When searching for produce to make her colourful South African feasts, chef, Masterchef SA judge and cookbook author Zola Nene goes straight to the source.
Kalk Bay Harbour
Fishing villageKalk Bay Harbour, 7975, Cape Town
"Take a slow drive to Kalk Bay, spend the day there, eat some fish and chips, get some fresh fish and then go home and cook it. You should always get there early, just as the boats are coming in, so you can get the first pick of all the best fish. The fishermen and fisherwomen are incredible as they'll tell you what's really great and how to cook it, and they will prepare the fish for you however you want it."
Boschendal Wine Estate
WineryBoschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
"Boschendal has everything going for it. It's been making exceptional wines forever but it also has so many other foodie things to offer. They’re really passionate about sustainability. There's a market where you can buy produce from the farm. They have their own seasonal honey and you can visit the bees to see exactly where it comes from. You can pick veggies from the garden to buy and take home."
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Farmers' marketHaul Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
"Oranjezicht Market is very family-friendly. People come to have their coffee and their pastries here after they've gone for their morning run. It's such a wholesome space and it's really great for sourcing ingredients — all the vendors are really passionate about their produce. There's a guy who sells mushrooms, who will talk to you about all the different mushrooms for ages; The Hog House sells pastéis de nata that are a game changer: crispy pastry, just-set custard."
Klein Goederust Boutique Winery
RestaurantKlein Goederust Rd, Franschhoek, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
"I have a lot of favourite wine spots but one that is very close to my heart is Klein Goederust. It is the first Black-owned wine farm in Franschhoek, and that's something worth celebrating because integration is a wonderful thing. The history of the farm goes back a really long time, but the current owners farm as an ode to their mum. The wine is exceptional. It's a beautiful farm that everyone should visit."
NeighborhoodBo-Kaap, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town
Atlas Trading Company
Grocery store104 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
"Atlas Trading is a beautiful spice shop situated in the Bo-Kaap. I have been going there for years. I love to mix my own spices, as I grew up with my mum mixing her own curry powders and her own masala. I love that the spices are always fresh. Whenever you visit, you'll meet people from all over the world who source their spices there."