Cape Town named World's BEST city, food town, and more

2016-04-15 12:30 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - The Mother City is pulling out all the stop, flashing her beauty and appeal to foreigners and gathering awards around the globe for her sublime tourist offerings. 

Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, dusting out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.

In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world!

This is two places up to top spot from last year's 3rd place in the Condé Nast World's Best Food Cities list

The publication hits it on the head saying, "From sipping regional rosé on Table Mountain to scarfing hake and fries at Kalky’s, there’s a breezy simplicity to Cape Town’s iconic eating experiences".

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As a cherry on top - literally - Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has also just launched a brand new free WiFi lounge on the very top of the mountain, making it so much easier for visitors to share their beautiful surroundings with the rest of the world. 

SEE: Smart View from the Top: Table Mountain Cableway opens FREE WiFi lounge

But wait... there's more. The Mother City wasn't only voted the best destination in the world in the Telegraph Travel Awards, but is also listed third in the Best Country segment, missing the top spots only to New Zealand and the Maldives. 

The Telegraph Travel Awards are voted for by 75 000 readers worldwide.   

Condé Nast again noted the variety of food offerings Cape Town has, from laid-back, lekker-local fish and chips in Kalk Bay to ultra-modern fusion at the Pot Luck Club in Woodstock. 

SEE: Kalkies crowned ‘quintessential’ Cape Town hangout PLUS 10 quirky spots to need to see

So, whether you're after natural scenery, or interested in indulging in the diverse food scene Cape Town offers, you won't be let down. 


Enver Duminy for Cape Town Tourism says the recognition will aid in creating more job opportunities for locals. “These accolades pave the way for even more innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation within the tourism sector. 

"They also accurately reflect the variety of experiences Cape Town has to offer visitors, from unparalleled natural beauty, to delicious, intimate culinary adventures in our many restaurants."

Apart from the weak rand, which is making travel to South Africa very appealing to foreigners, Cape Town is only very accessible in terms of accommodation. 

Cape Town currently has the 21st biggest Airbnb market in the world, and guests can stay in high profile Cape Town suburbs for a fraction of typical area prices - whilst also immersing themselves within local culture. 

A high percentage of locals are also using Airbnb for staycations within SA's borders. 

SEE: Airbnb SA trends show locals love staycations

For hotel stays, SA hotel prices low in comparison to other African hubs. The average rate for a hotel room in Addis Ababa is about R3 212 per night, which is more than double what guests would pay in Cape Town - an average of R1 448 per night, according to a 2015 survey

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