Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Cuisine | on: December 1, 2016


Fresh Food Markets to Visit This Weekend

The era of markets selling mass produce has, by and large, lost its appeal. These days anything handmade, unique and delicious takes centre stage. This trend mirrors the exceptional standard of food one might see in markets such as La Boqueria in Barcelona, Borough Market in London, Pike Place Market in Seattle, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Kreta Ayer Wet Market in Singapore… and the list goes on. South Africa too has its own blissful food markets, writhing with generous selections of home-grown, organic, handmade, feast worthy indulgence. For those in Cape Town, here are a few of the top food markets for market fanatics.

The Earth Fair Food Market at St George’s Mall

This market is open on Thursdays between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in Upper St Georges Mall right outside Taj Cape Town. Those in search of a gourmet lunch treat, organic vegetables, handmade breads, a plethora of national dishes and the like, this market promises a bountiful take.

Good Company Farmers Market

During the summer months, the Good Company Farmers Market is awash with fresh produce grown by local farmers, bread, cheeses, craft beer, wine and a bunch of delicious nibbles to sustain you while you shop. This market is romantically set under the magnificent oaks in the paddocks area at the top of the Company’s Gardens. Great for family picnics, the market sits right next to rolling green lawns. This food market is open on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at 19 Queen Victoria Street

ERF 81 Food Market

The ERF 81 Food Market is furnished by the Tyisa Nabanye – an urban agricultural non-profit organisation. The bounty on offer is locally grown, organic and hand-made. The Tyisa Nabanye initiative seeks to promote food security and sustainable income for those involved. The food is grown on this spot right in the middle of the city. You can buy fresh herbs and vegetables, seeds and seedlings, pastries and coffee. This food market is open on Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at ERF 81 on the Corner of Military and Leeuwenvoet Roads.

City Bowl Market

Last but not least, the City Bowl Market on Hope Street is the meeting place for dedicated local foodies, open each Thursday evening between 16:30 and 20:30 at 14 Hope Street. Offering quality cuisine from all over the globe, as well as a weekly live band to enjoy whilst you sip your chardonnay, there is something on offer for everyone.

Together all of these markets neatly wrap up the diverse range of cultures which keep the Mother City buzzing. With the lovely summer weather we experience during the festive season, these markets are nothing short of idyllic slices of joy. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Taj Cape Town, these markets are a must. For more information on local entertainment and sights during your stay at Taj Cape Town, contact:, or call +27 21 819 2000.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Hotel | on: November 25, 2016

Cape Town, 21 November 2016: On 24 November, one of the inner city’s most iconic bars, The Twankey Bar, relaunched following a creative reinvention. The bar’s update is strongly influenced by prohibition America, where sipping cocktails was a luxury and innovation was used to make the most of the ingredients on offer. The Twankey Bar’s renaissance is spearheaded by Cape Town Mixologist, AJ Snetler, the winner of numerous mixology awards and custodian of the decadent, crafted cocktail menu.

Located on the corner of Wale and Adderley streets, The Twankey Bar is associated with the five-star, luxurious Taj Cape Town hotel. Using intriguing cocktail-making methods from wood-chip smoking and blazing to teapot brewing, every ingredient is made fresh on the premises: every infusion, syrup and garnish is made from scratch.



Kaya Onaran, Food and Beverage Director at Taj Cape Town says AJ was able to bring something completely new to the bar. “His incredible gift and passion has meant our new offering is highly curated, with an ever-changing cocktail menu featuring the freshest and most exciting ingredients the Western Cape has to offer. The bar is a sumptuous sanctuary in the Cape Town city centre attracting creatives, professionals, tourists and locals alike.”



He said the deep traditions of the Spice Route are evident in the food menu. “The food is an eclectic melange of carefully created tapas-styled dishes. It features refined versions of Indian street snacks as well as local and international influences in dishes like the Asian salmon tataki, the spiced lamb and blue cheese croquettes and fish and chip sliders.”



AJ explains his vision for the bar is based on an intuitive, personalised style. “A good barman is able to read a patron’s mood and serve a drink which will perfectly suit the occasion.  We are all about a unique, exceptional experiences. Our barmen have been hand-picked and trained in the art of cocktail making. We see ourselves as an academy that will be sending highly skilled bar-people out into the world when they are ready!”



The Twankey Bar’s décor with its curved leather and mahogany chairs, marble bar counters and wooden floors all invite long, lingering visits.

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