Travel Guide: South Africa

January 15, 2014

On Henry’s recent trip to South Africa he ate at some amazing restaurants and stayed in some beautiful hotels. Read on for our brief travel guide to South Africa.

Starting in Durban, Henry stayed at The Oyster Box right on the sea front. The décor is simple, elegant, but what you’re really here for is the stunning view out onto the sea.

Henry travelled with Anna, our International Sales Manager, and Pixie Geldof. They ate dinner at Italian restaurant Marco Paulo on their one evening in Durban. Marco Paulo serves gourmet pizzas (think gorgonzola, apple and bacon) and take pride in their wine list. One of the locals’ favourites.


On to Cape Town and Henry & Co stayed at the luxurious Bay Hotel. This hotel boasts four pools, an expansive sun deck which looks out on to the Atlantic ocean and even an in-house flower shop. The décor is all exposed wood and crisp white sheets, don’t leave without checking out the hotel’s private beach club.

The first restaurant they ate at in Cape Town was The Pot Luck Club. Anna, also a chef and restaurant reviewer in her spare time, claims this is the “BEST meal I’ve had for a long time. Fish tacos were next level.” That is really saying something. Get yourself (with a group of friends) down there if you’re visiting the city and order as much of the menu as you can manage – it’s all to die for.

The next day, the group headed to lunch in the Wine lands. They ate at Babylonsteron and sampled a selection of their wines produced locally in the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain. Their menu’s ingredients are strictly seasonal so you’re bound to discover a different dish each time you eat there. Expect simple and tasty dishes like fresh salads and smoked meats.

The Bicsuit Mill’s weekly market - Neighbourgoods Market – is not to be missed for any foodies out there. The market is on every Saturday 9am – 2pm and the stall holders sell some of the best local farming produce you’ll find anywhere.

The last place Henry visited was the V&A Waterfront Shopping Centre. If you can think of it, you can buy it here. It’s a one stop shop for fashion, homeware, jewellery, tech, tea – anything. They’ve even had a One Direction pop up shop this month and offer weekly craft workshops. You can easily wile away a day browsing the shops and getting involved in some activities.

Henry’s whistle stop tour of South Africa ends here, make sure to tweet or comment if you’ve visited, stayed in or eaten at some great places in SA, we’d love to hear your recommendations!



Durban links:

The Oyster Box Hotel - http://www.oysterboxhotel.com/residency?returnUrl=/

Marco Paulo restaurant - http://eatout.co.za/Restaurants/5282/Durban/Bistro-Mediterranean-Italian/Marco-Paulo

Cape Town links:

The Bay Hotel - http://www.thebayhotel.com/

The Pot Luck Club - http://www.thepotluckclub.co.za/

Babylonsteron - http://babylonstoren.com/babel/

The Biscuit Mill’s Neighbourgoods Market: http://www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za/ http://www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za/cape-town

V&A Waterfront Shopping Centre: http://www.waterfront.co.za/