The Stanley Hotel’s legendary pavement cafe still serves as a traveller favourite, and caters to most tastes with a good mix of food. The original thorn-tree noticeboard in the courtyard gave rise to the general expression, and inspired Lonely Planet’s own online Thorn Tree Travel Forum. The menu ranges from grilled giant prawns to Kenyan-style chicken stew.

While the cafe is now on its third acacia, and the noticeboard’s not quite the paperfest it once was, a little nostalgia is de rigueur, even if only to pause and recognise an original landmark on the Cape-to-Cairo overland trail.