South African beers include Castle, Hansa, Black Label and Amstel alongside the popular Namibian imports Windhoek and Tafel. Complementing these are a wide range of foreign imports such as Heineken, Becks and other big names.
A South African speciality sausage very popular at braais. Different varieties of boerewors are widely available. Dried boerewors, or droewors is also very nice as a snack.
The Western Cape has excellent red and white wines grown locally. There are plenty of varieties and styles to please even the pickiest of palettes. Local wine estates are open for visits, sales and tastings to the public. The prices are affordable and the settings are beautiful. The wine producing areas of Franschoek, Stellenbosch, Robertson and Paarl are of particular interest to wine connaisseurs.
Cap Classique is South Africa's very own bubbly. The traditional Methode Champagnoise is used to produce this excellent southern hemisphere champagne. Not all wine estates produce Cap Classique but it is worth a try if offered on the tastings card.
Being a coastal region, fresh crayfish, lobster, mussels, fish and prawns are widely available in restaurants and shops. Calamari is particularly popular in the Western Cape and a fish called snoek, similar to barracuda is good smoked or fried.
Biltong is dried beef or game meat. The most popular types are beef, kudu, impala and springbok and come in different flavours including chili. It's a great snack but not the best for the old ticker.
Pies are widely available as a quick bite to eat while on the go. They aren't very healthy but will do when time is pressed.
A Potjiekos is a meaty South African type of stew done in a steel pot on an open fire called a braai. Lamb, beef, chicken and curries are all commonly done in a Potjie.
A traditional South African Cape Malay dish. It consists of rice, minced beef, egg and sultanas with spices. Delicious, especially with some mango chutney.
Milk tart and koeksisters are great desserts. For breakfast, have some rusks and dip them in your coffee.
Barbecued meat - enjoy the meats of South Africa, they are of great quality and delicious when cooked properly. Game is particularly good and is a healthy alternative to beef.