Cape Town. – Equipped with a gorgeous Landrover Discovery supplied by Aroundabout Cars | Car Hire, I joined some of the city’s top bloggers for a road trip exploration of Cape Town. Picking up our car for the day on Bloem Street, we took to misty mountains, seascapes, painted streets and diverse urban expressions before arriving at The Pot Luck Club for a delicious lunch. Areas to seldom visited in this place I call home. It looked a little like this in pics.
The car looked good parked at the Kogel Bay parking area.
The Detour Espresso Bar on the side of the road between Camps Bay and Llandudno is a perfect spot to pause and take in the views, with the Twelve Apostles behind you and the Atlantic Ocean before you. Delicious coffee, easy snacks to go and a recycling policy that every coffee kiosk around the world should be adopting.
From there we headed to Bo-Kaap for a walk about. Such a significant part of our city’s history that brings colour to a story on any given day with it painted houses and rich welcoming characters.
Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries, who were imported to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were known as “Cape Malays” which is not essentially true as most of the residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent, however the term has stuck and Bo-Kaap is also known today as the Cape Malay Quarter.
The best place to discover the history of the area is the quaint Bo-Kaap Museum, otherwise just take yourself there for a walk about and to shoot the vibrant colours and cobbled walkways, as we did.
The remarkable Nayla who was so happy to chat with us about her life in the Bo-Kaap and the many children she has raised here.
On to Woodstock, an area that has established a name for it’s pockets of impressive regeneration inter-mixed with street art and the expressions of our times in the form of murals and graffiti. We stopped for a closer look.
Strong statement being made on the walls of Woodstock.
The day culminated with a decadent and indulgent meals at The Pot Luck Club & Gallery where plate after plate of shared culinary delights kept us eating and in awe of the flavours for longer than anticipated. But then again, it is an incredibly hard place to tear yourself away from.
A glimpse at the most intensely delicious lunch, this for starters, with many more courses to follow. If you eat out any where in the city, consider making it here.
Desert, or rather the Sweet Endings at The Pot Luck Club are a triumph that we overindulged in with Roasted Frozen Marshmallow and Peanut Butter Ice-Cream; Malted Chocolate Fondant Soufflé and my best, Granadilla Sorbet in their shells. We ate to bursting.
A great day in extraordinary company that took me to areas that I too seldom visit.
A girl could get used to this kind of ride … But sadly had to give it back.
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Thank you for the inclusion on this city exploration The Travel Manuel. Wonderful to share the day with you | The Roaming Giraffe | Inspired Living SA | Becoming you | Vaughan McShane and The Pot Luck Club.
Team pic courtesy of Inspired Living SA.