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Den Anker

Den Anker (Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town) – given its location at Cape Town’s waterfront, Den Anker has the fortune of being situated an airy, windowed building directly overlooking the quayside. This is a Belgian eatery that provides dishes with a local South African influence (ranging from Fruits de Mer and soupe de poisson, to […]

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Coobs

Coobs (4th Ave, Parkhurst) – located in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, this bistro prides itself in serving dishes from local suppliers and organic farms (with nearly 75% of its ingredients coming from the organic farm ‘Brightside’ in the Magaliesburg). Items served there include Slow braised smoked lamb with cucumber raita and wild rocket; […]

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Blues Restaurant

Blues Restaurant (The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town) – located on the beachside enclave Camps Bay, this restaurant’s menu is defined as “Contemporary Mediterranean”, resonating the delectable flavors of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and a very Strong Italian influence.   The ‘Contemporary’ component is defined by Blues’ original menu […]

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Beluga

Beluga (The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point, Cape Town) – housed in a 100-year-old red brick building, its fine wood interior is pleasing to the eye, and offers seafood (from Thai Prawns to Baby East Coast Crayfish), and Asian dishes (from dim sum to sushi). Along with the usual drinks, it also offers alcohol-free cocktails […]

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BUS JOHANNESBURG

BUS JOHANNESBURG– in recent years, Johannesburg has been phasing in a new public transportation bus system, with 10 routes going to various parts of the city and outerlying areas (from Eldorado Park to Ellis Park East and elsewhere). The service is called Rea Vaya, and has a fare system which progressively increases according to distance. […]

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Taxi JOHANNESBURG

Taxi JOHANNESBURG– in Johannesburg (Jo’burg to locals) there are two kinds of taxis: the minibus taxis, and car taxis. Because of Johannesburg’s poorly-organized public transportation system, locals get around via minibus taxis (going back to the Apartheid period). Such minibuses, though, have a poor safety record and they don’t necessarily follow a fixed route, so […]

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CAR RENTALS JOHANNESBURG

CAR RENTALS JOHANNESBURG — since public transportation is limited to bus lines and questionable minibuses (and their service often tapes off during the evening), renting a car may be a preferable (if pricier) option to getting around in Johannesburg. Those renting a car should certainly get a map to familiarize oneself with the main streets […]

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BUS CAPE TOWN

BUS CAPE TOWN– in Cape Town, privately-run bus lines are, for all intents & purposes, one of the main public transportation options available (for both locals and visitors). Unlike other major cities, there is no metro train system here (only a regional Metrorail line that goes from Cape Town to various suburbs and rural areas). […]

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TAXI CAPE TOWN

TAXI CAPE TOWN – unlike other major cities, available taxis are not readily found in many of Cape Town’s streets (perhaps with the exception of the tourist-friendly Waterfront area). Visitors should plan ahead, and pre-program some reputable local taxi companies on their smart phones, so that they can arrange a taxi by phone:     […]

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Workers Museum

Workers Museum (52 Jeppe Street, Johannesburg) — this old Johannesburg facility has been renovated and a section of it has been converted into a Workers’ Museum, which explores the history of migrant laborers. The Workers’ Museum tells a visual tale of the thousands of migrant workers from throughout Southern Africa who moved to the city […]