Experience the ultimate in Cape Town luxury all in a one-day trip. Paarl’s Spice Route provides an extravaganza of sensory overload just 45 minutes from the Mother City.
One Venue, Six Senses
More a community than a destination, Spice Route offers 12 artisan experiences within close confines. Let the children loose to play on manicured lawns while you start your explorations.
You can take a curated tour or amble at leisure among the fine restaurants, quaint shops and tasting experiences at Spice Route.
If all the taste sensations are a bit much for one day, you can get a passport with a year’s validity to taste again later.
Taste and Smell
Inhale, sip and delight in Cape Town luxury. Wine tastings feature South African anomalies like Chakalaka with its strong flavour reminiscent of the dish for which it is named.
Sample a beer or 2 at Cape Brewing Co. or swirl a glass of gin at De Wilderer.
Nip in to De Villiers chocolate for the ultimate in locally made delicacies, try out the charcuterie at Richard Bosman’s or head for one of the restaurants.
Look, Listen and Learn
The indulgence continues with classic South African flavours fired up with a 21st century twist at Bertus Basson.
At La Grapperia, the children can munch on pizza. Barley and Biltong with its views over the activity in the glass blowing factory, serves up gourmet burgers and ice cream.
Carbo-loading done, you can make tracks to The Trading Company to browse among some things old and new, or stock up for your next picnic at Brenda’s Deli or Richard Bosman’s.
Those with a sweet tooth will love the cakes and ice cream on offer at DV Café, courtesy of De Villiers Chocolate.
There’s More at The Yard
Slightly closer to home, the Silo District on the V&A Waterfront provides a similar experience, again under one roof and close to the Zeitz MOCCA Art Gallery.
Here, artisan is the word of the day with a kaleidoscope of homemade goodness up for grabs. Considered a ‘hybrid concept store’, the venue offers sit down dining as well as grab and go options on a range of chocolates, deli items, cheese and even homeware.
This foodie haven is the brainchild of Spice Route creator, Abigail Bisogno, so you know it must be good.
Enjoy the very best of Cape Town luxury at either of these two venues during your stay in the Mother City.