The annual Telegraph Travel Awards were held again earlier this month and 90,000 readers voted Cape Town as the best city in the world, beating Vancouver and Tokyo. This is the fifth consecutive year Cape Town has been crowned number one and the award comes as an offering of good news for Capetonians suffering through the worst drought in nearly 100 years.
The news also comes on the back of UNESCO naming the mother city a City of Design – the first African country to be given such an honour. Read more about that here.
Though the city in some ways still seems to be figuring out an identity in a post-Apartheid world, the people of Cape Town proudly uphold and maintain major parts of their rich cultures – seen in the colourful houses in the Bo-Kaap, to traditional winemaking and the promotion of cultural cuisines.
It comes as no surprise that the city took the top spot. Cape Town offers something for every kind of traveller. The food scene is starting to compete on an international level and the wine route is the oldest outside of Europe. And, since the completion of the Zeitz MOCAA, the museums and cultural activities on offer have never been better. When you consider all of this is wedged between that famed wine route, Table Mountain – a new seven wonder of nature – and pristine beaches, Cape Town really does have it all.
As the voters were mostly based in the UK, it’s expected that Cape Town will continue its love affair with tourists, which is great for the economy and small, local businesses. As long as they follow the water restriction guidelines, we’ll welcome them with open arms and, of course, a glass of outstanding MCC.
To read the full article, and see the rest of the world’s winners, visit the Telegraph.