SA Itinerary 1: Update 2013/Constantia and Hout Bay

The standout experiences of this trip were the produce and food markets that have really taken off in a big way in South Africa. We visited three markets, while again staying at The King's Place, Hout Bay: the Porter Estate Market in Constantia, between the Constantia Utsig and Steenberg wineries, the Hout Bay Market at the far end of the docks and Mariner's Wharf and Cape Point Winery Market at Noordhoek. Although very different in character all three venues were very much local institutions organised by and for the local communities.

The Markets

The Saturday morning Porter Estate Market focuses on local fruit and vegetables, locally made baked goods, cooked food and drinks — the big breakfasts were particularly popular with the cycling fraternity. The lively Friday evening Hout Bay Market is a great way to start the weekend with a wide range of cooked to order food and drinking options plus live music — it's party time! It's open all day on Saturday and Sunday too!  The Cape Point Winery Market is an early evening event on a Thursday with more of a picnic/ party flavour — visitors can sit on the grass above the dam and enjoy the food with fabulous views down to the beach at Noordhoek and beyond to the Atlantic. We also visited the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village and bought wonderful artisan bread and excellent pies bursting with either chicken or steak.

Restaurants

Our gastronomic highlights while staying on the Cape Peninsula were both at restauarants on wine estates: the very contemporary styled Steenberg 1628 Bistro for the excellent early evening tapas menu [live music on Thursdays] and a wonderful lunch at the fabulous La Colombe Restauarant on the Constantia Utsig Wine Estate — amazing food, deftly presented and with the most subtle attention by the serving staff I have ever encountered — see the pictures!