Heritage Square in Cape Town is an example of the ‘art of the possible’. An area that was earmarked for demolition to facilitate the expansion of the Buitengracht Freeway is now a thriving community. Old eighteenth century buildings have been restored and the block at Bree Street/Shortmarket Street renamed to Heritage Square. All this has been made possible by the work of the Cape Town Heritage Trust and the City Council.
There are a number of excellent restaurants in Heritage Square serving excellent food and accompanied by fine wines. Now Cape Town has some fine restaurants but Bistrot Bizerca is definitely up there with the best. Located at 98 Shortmarket Street it is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday serving classic French bistro cuisine. Dining is available both inside and outside in their delightful courtyard perfect for a romantic meal with your loved one. For those of you that have a hard time choosing something from a menu we recommend a trip to Headquarters (HQ Restaurant), also in Bree Street, where they only serve steak with salad and frites and all you have to do is decide how you want it cooked and what you want to drink with it. For something a bit more African head to The Africa Café where they serve traditional Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele dishes delivered on colourful ceramic bowls. If there is a group of you we recommend booking one of their themed rooms. Finally for a real treat try the Savoy Cabbage on the North side of the square where dining doesn’t come cheap but the food is to die for.
For a different wine-tasting experience to those in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl why not head to the Signal Hill Winery located in Heritage Square. This small business is both a wine bar and a wine shop and is run by Jean-Vincent Ridon a Frenchman who has been living in Cape Town for over 15 years.
The buildings in Heritage Square date back to the eighteenth century and have been beautifully restored to their former glory. A special mention goes to the Cape Heritage Hotel located at 90 Bree Street which is a boutique style hotel with individually decorated rooms and a roof terrace with Jacuzzi pool. In the central courtyard of the hotel they boast the oldest grapevine in South Africa which still bears fruit and provides dapple shade.