Cape Town - The Mother City has claimed bronze laurels yet again, this time in the foodie sphere as it was placed third in Condé Nast Traveler's (CNT) the World's Best Food Cities for 2014.
This prestigious list was released on Tuesday, 7 April, and is compiled by a board of seasoned CNT writers.
The description of Cape Town on Condé Nast Traveler's site reads, "In Cape Town, ‘local’ rules. The Mother city is smallish, casual but supremely stylish, and welcoming — words that describe its artisanal foods and restaurant scenes as much as its citizens".
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Writer Maria Shollenbarger acknowledges that, "Sure, there are flashy, world-renowned addresses [in Cape Town], like Luke Dale-Roberts’ Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club. (Both are housed in the Old Biscuit Mill, which also hosts the Saturdays-only Neighbourgoods Market, an alfresco fair of the small-batch and hand-crafted, from sheep's milk cheeses to artisanal honeys to beers and wines, biltong and oysters.)"
Shollenbarger, thankfully, also mentions the other hotspots the Mother City has to offer. "Places with a sense of place tend to be the favorites," she says.
These are the few sweet spots she highlights:
"A bakery in village-y Bakhoven, whose sublime sourdough is legendary"
"Where Continental fare gets a Western Cape twist in a candle-lit, heritage-listed building"
The Rumbullion Lawn & The Roundhouse
"Where the brilliant staff comes from the townships and the views south over the Twelve Apostles are breathtaking"
Bistro 1682, on the Steenberg Estate in Costantia
"Where a glossy new dining room and striking tasting center only enhance the sense of history"
Cape Town's local producers also get a mention. Among others, "Honest Chocolate is worth a shopping trip for the delectable packaging alone," Shollenbarger advises travellers.
The number one Food City of the World for 2014 is San Sebastián in Spain, with Paris in France settling in second place.
1. San Sebastián, Spain
2. Paris, France
The rest of the World's Best Food Cities, as chosen by CNT, clearly favours the irresistible Italy. The cities are as follows:
4. Florence, Italy
5. Rome, Italy
6. Tokyo, Japan
7. Hong Kong, China
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Quebec City, Canada
11. Sydney, Australia
12. Vancouver, British Colombia
13. Montreal, Canada
14. Lyon, France
15. Bologna, Italy
16. Kyoto, Japan
17. Vienna, Austria
18. Budapest, Hungary
19. Madrid, Spain
20. Melbourne, Australia
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