In the hypothetical race for Cape Town’s most Instagrammable food garden, Babylonstoren in the Franschhoek Valley certainly comes out tops. The acres of organic wonders, iconic prickly pear orchard and meticulously landscaped squares of herbs, berries and veggies are the stuff of bucolic fantasies. But much like the bees that populate the beds of thyme, Babylonstoren is abuzz with activity — so much so that one would often find it difficult to get into the paid attraction, let alone an unpopulated footpath from where to enjoy the earth’s bounty. And what of Babel, the farm’s famed restaurant? Glorious to be sure, but you’ll have to form a line behind the booked-up list of locavores eager to earn their farm-to-table stripes. Not too far off though is another garden, less hashtagged but no less beautiful. Ensconced by the purple-tinged Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains, Boschendal’s own Eden-like plot is flourishing, providing its flagship restaurant, The Werf, with delicate fronds...

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