From the tantalizing aromas wafting from the dining rooms to the tasteful and elegantly hand picked decorative pieces from Thailand.

Each dining room has its own unique atmosphere, where elegance and opulence is abundant whilst still maintaining an air of unpretentious grace.

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“And more than that, Cape Town itself is a good choice.

It is a place of incredible natural beauty and we attract sophisticated international visitors.

The ingredients are sourced from the best local suppliers where possible – otherwise they are imported from Thailand specifically for Kitima.

As you enter through her doors you are greeted by an array of senses.

“We are also hoping to bring back some of the paintings, sculptures and photographs that have been taken out of Africa because they deserve to be shown here too.” Local gallery owners agree too that the introduction of a world-class contemporary art museum will propel the African perspective to the fore.

“Zeitz has already changed the art scene on the continent and it’s not even open yet,” says Monna Mokoena, the owner of Gallery MOMO on Buitengracht Street in Cape Town’s city centre.

With six floors of exhibition rooms, an education centre and a vast central atrium designed in the shape of a grain sheaf, the museum will be relying heavily on the goodwill of donors.

“Our patron Jochem Zeitz is loaning his collection for 20 years so we have time to build up one of our own,” says assistant photography curator Gcotyelwa Mashiqa.

As the Asian art market slows, Africa has filled the gap left behind.