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2010 World Cup Travel Guide: Where to Watch and Where to Eat

June 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

A recent FIFA Fan Fest in Cape Town.

All this week, we'll be giving you the low-down on the many venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We've showed you the stadiums, how to get tickets and even how to get around South Africa. Today we tell you where you can watch the games for free, and most importantly, where to get some grub.

The FIFA Fan Fests are official public viewing match events, available for those without tickets. All games will be shown live on giant screens complete with events and entertainment before and after the broadcasts. Some popular venues include:

· Cape Town: This prime location, in the heart of the city, is at the foot of Table Mountain, in front of City Hall and next to the Historic Castle of Good Hope, South Africa's oldest building.

· Johannesburg: Fans sans tickets can celebrate in these fields belonging to a local cricket club, five miles from Soccer City. Visit the beer tent for a taste of the home-brewed Castle Lager.

· Durban: The country's only free public venue on the beach, is within walking distance of the Mabhida Stadium.

· Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth: This Fan Fest area is based at St. George's Park Cricket Stadium. There will be plenty of seats to sit and watch the games on the extra-large screen.

No doubt all the festivities will leave fans feeling a bit peckish. In addition to the traditional South African braai barbecue vendors that will be lining the streets hawking seasoned beef, chicken and lamb, we say pack some jerky-like biltong (we tried both beef and ostrich meat), a protein-packed snack that will temper any game-time cravings. Also, check out these eateries before and after the games.

·Cape Town: Located in the funky Bo-Kaap area on top of Signal Hill, Noon Gun is surrounded by brightly colored houses and an incredible panorama of Table Mountain and the city below. You may initially be distracted by the views, but once the plates of insanely tasty Malay chicken Breyani and boeboetie (oven baked sweet and sour curried beef) are served, you'll soon forget all about what's happening outside. FYI, this resto doesn't serve alcohol according to their culture, so use it as a chance to get familiar with the soothing rooibos tea.

· Johannesburg: Nando’s, a South African chicken chain, puts KFC to shame with its finger-licking Afro-Portuguese peri-peri chicken. Punks like us request mild, but those with gumption ask for extra hot. From wraps to dinner plates accompanied by paprika-dusted fries, it hits the spot when soaking up copious amounts of SA wine and beer.

· Elsewhere: Moyo is a dining/interactive experience, inspired by the traditions and valuse of their African ancestors. They offer authentic African food like braai meat (pictured above) as well as free face-painting, live music and dancing. But they are just as crazy about the World Cup as the rest of South Africa. All six Moyo locations (from Durban to Cape Town) will be showing the games so this could be a fun place to both watch and eat.

Related Stories:
· 2010 World Cup coverage [Jaunted]
· 2010 World Cup Travel Guide: How to Get Last-Minute Tickets [Jaunted]

[Photos: Warrenski and David DiGregorio]

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