"Listen to this music," he says, emphatically pointing toward the ceiling as if trying to explain a time and place, "this is not Africa." When we return to his friends, balancing fistfuls of mojitos, he makes the point again. "Look at these people," motioning at his own entourage and then at the rest of the crowd, which would not look out of place in SoHo or
Rich HistoryOften referred to as the Mother City, Cape Town is the oldest established settlement in South Africa. Founded in 1652 as a stopping point for Dutch East India Company trading ships, it occupies a setting of extraordinary beauty near the southernmost horn of Africa, straddling the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which meet near the Cape of Good Hope. Since then it's been a way station for every ship, sailor and pirate seeking a fortune in the East. The resulting hodgepodge of colonialists, entrepreneurs and reluctant settlers served to create a mixed-heritage blend of cultural tolerance and acceptance. It's no wonder that post-apartheid, Cape Town has become one of the world's top tourist destinations.
Waterfront AttractionsRestored and maintained as a working harbor, one of the biggest attractions is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which offers a plethora of things to do and see. It's also a prime location for high-end hotels with views to die for. The
Dine and WineWhen hunger pangs strike, head into the city center, or City Bowl, as it's commonly called. Cape Town's scenic setting and cosmopolitan vibe has been attracting top chefs from across the world, and Cape cuisine, as it's becoming known, is a heady mix of the Dutch, French, German, Indian and Malaysian influences that have made this city a multiculti paradise. Try stylish eatery
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