Gluten-Free Travel: Savor the View, World-Class Wine in Stunning Cape Town

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A mural of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town. (photo: Simon Marsh)

About 2 miles down the road is Camps Bay, the glitzy beach area of Cape Town, often favored by celebrities and the uber-wealthy. There is a wide range of bars and eateries along the main road offering great ocean views, be warned these can get very busy in high season. The Hussar Grill is part of a small chain of steak restaurants in the Western Cape of South Africa, but this one is my personal favorite. For the steak lovers, this is for you, the challenge of the kilogram T-bone steak was one I took on and just about managed to complete. Also, this restaurant is ready to meet any gluten free and coeliac needs. The staff is well-prepared to explain the menu’s gluten-free offerings and will even offer some advice about which wine goes well with which dish. If meat isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they offer a great range for pescatarians and vegetarians alike.

Aside from fine dining, there is plenty to do in Cape Town. For the adrenaline junkie, there’s a tandem paragliding experience. Depending on the wind direction, you’ll take off either from Signal Hill, where the midday cannon is fired daily or the adjacent Lions Head. While strapped to an instructor the flight includes a soar into the sky above the city. For about five minutes the instructor will pilot you this way and that, and – if you feel confident – will let you take the controls for a bit before coming in to land at near the water’s edge.

About a 15 minutes drive along the breathtakingly beautiful oceanfront road you come to Hout Bay. As well as the opportunity to take a boat trip to see the seals and even snorkel with them if you fancy, there’s the Chapmans Peak Hotel which claims to offer the best calamari in South Africa. They quickly rustle up gluten-free bread so you are not the only one missing out. Besides, pretty much everything on the menu can be prepared gluten free.

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