Foodie Travel: How SA's unique eating habits compare to the rest of the world

2017-04-07 12:30 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Culture, language and practices vary dramatically across the world. There is one thing, however, we all have in common - we all like to eat and drink.

But how much we eat, what time we eat, and whether we use utensils or not to eat… herein lie the differences.

According to a study recently done by, most countries eat dinner between 18:00 - 21:00. 

In SA, we like to keep it on the late side, with our average dinner plans falling around 21:00. Considering our long summer days, however, it makes sense that travellers only want enjoy their dinner after the sun sets... 

Alcohol also plays a large role in the way many countries enjoy their meal. In SA, for example, our predominant drink of choice is beer, followed by wine and then 'hardehout', or spirit liquor. 

SA also ranks as the 10th most boozy country, after other big drinkers like Russia and Germany. 

Finally, the utensils South Africans use when eating separates us from the rest of the world entirely... According to the study, SA is the only place in the world where a knife and spoon is used, mostly in the south-eastern parts of the country. 

This habit of ours can only point to one thing - that our meals are so delicious that we have to scoop up every last morsel of our iconic pap and chakalaka with the spoons!  

CHECK OUT: 21 Unique eats worth travelling South Africa for

Here's how SA's food habits compare to the eating and drinking in the rest of the world - 

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