The Butcher Shop & Grill / 125 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa / +27 21 434 0758

Since before we’ve arrived in Cape Town we’ve been getting recommendations for The Butcher Shop & Grill. We start the morning by walking to the water and having lunch.

The steakhouse boasts an amazing walk-in cooler of hanging sides of meat. The manager walks us through the selections, and they’re impressive.

Their chops, steaks, meatballs, and sausages are plentiful, and now that we’ve done a braai, completely understandable.

We picked out several special items off the menu, each of which were nicely prepared. The Butcher Shop & Grille was a good recommendation to have listened to.

V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

We walked down to the V & A Waterfront, a historic working harbor that also has a mix of condos, shops, random businesses, an art museum, and restaurants. The view from the harbor of Table Mountain is a great backdrop to the city skyline.

Almost the first thing that we see, coming onto the V&A, are dancing buskers.

New video by Michael Sattler / Google Photos

Cape Town Fish Market / G12, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa / +27 21 418 5977

Located next to the Marina Swing Bridge, the Cape Town Fish Market has both indoor and outdoor seating, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wide menu from which we sampled many items.

Here’s some of the sampling: some sashami, some temaki, and some hosimaki. All of it was good, and there’s a late-afternoon special deal that makes it all even more affordable.

This is what the Marina Swing Bridge looks like in action:

New video by Michael Sattler / Google Photos

Pick n Pay Waterfront / V&A Wharf Pantry, Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Blvd, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa / +27 21 417 1900

Located in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, the Pick n Pay Waterfront was the only place in South Africa where I was able to find single-source Ethiopian coffee beans, Harrar or Yirgacheffe. Not at the specialty coffee section in the aisles, but at the inexpensive dessert bar! For spare change I got a cup of amazing coffee! I think the counter lady was amused by my excitement. The coffee was consistently great, sampled over repeated visits. Oh, there’s a supermarket attached to the dessert bar :-)

One of the waterfront buildings is a large collection of small art-related businesses, through which we covetously wandered several times. There were just so many wonderful reminders of our time in South Africa; I wanted to take the whole place back with me! Carmella loved the colorful animals made by this artist, whilst I wanted the kudu head made of wire. Oh, it sounds silly, but they were perfect. Unfortunately, we’re not going home, but continuing for at least another month. I’ll pick it up on my next trip to South Africa.

The art is so compelling that we return to the waterfront at night. The restaurants are social magnets, so the people-watching is great. The nighttime views of the fog rolling over Table Mountain are worth the visit alone.

One evening, we’re hungry and want to explore another neighborhood. Checking out the reviews we decide that Kloof Street has lots of late-night options. It does! Its vibe is electric; the combination of different groups all hanging out late at night, the parade of interesting people, varying accents, and different languages make for a dynamic experience.

Next, it’s time for a Cape Town Food Walk.

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