The Best Restaurants in Cape Town
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
From the cool cafés on Bree Street to the refined dining rooms along the V&A Waterfront, you'll find Cape Town's food scene almost as thrilling as its dramatic setting. The freshest ingredients—harvested from surrounding farms and wine estates and from the Atlantic itself—give every tasting menu or just-baked croissant an almost unfair advantage. With every bite, you're tasting South Africa.
6130 & 6132, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, Breakwater Blvd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
While South Africa isn’t known for its sushi, you can easily satisfy your craving in Cape Town at Willoughby & Co. The menu at this waterfront restaurant is encyclopedic—there’s everything from Boston clam chowder and...
Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Bistro Sixteen82 has one of the most gorgeous settings in a city packed with them. One side of the restaurant opens out onto the Steenberg vineyards—founded all the way back in 1682—and the other positions you in full view of mighty Table...
15 Erica Rd, Simon's Town, Simonstown, 7975, South Africa
The Flagship restaurant and guesthouse continues the locavore legacy the late Chef Bruce Robertson pioneered with his restaurant the Boathouse. The guesthouse, perched on the hillside in Simon's Town, features four en-suite rooms, a communal...
Beach Rd, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, 7979, South Africa
The Red Herring in Noordhoek is a local pub that is a nice place to dine in all seasons. In the summer, you can toast the sunset over Noordhoek Beach from the rooftop balcony (but arrive early to ensure you get a seat). In the winter, you can dine...
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hemelhuijs is a stylish and intimate oasis in downtown Cape Town, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or lunch. The menus here are seasonal, featuring modern South African dishes made with fresh ingredients. Diners can look forward to...
7 Weltevreden St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Located in the 160-year-old Leinster Hall, The Stack has to be seen to be believed. Its recently refurbished interiors are both outrageous and sublime, with emerald and sapphire walls, a leopard-print couch, and a rainbow of velvet chairs....
88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Located just off Bree Street in a heritage building, Chef Luke Dale Roberts’ latest venture is all about the “wow factor.” The menu upends traditional bistro fare, transforming dishes into culinary works of art. Locals...
81 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Ash comes with a serious pedigree, as chef-owner Ash Heeger has worked at award-winning restaurants like Test Kitchen and La Colombe. Being a partnership with Publik Wine Bar and Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants – whose former butchery premises...
93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Surrounded by the manicured gardens of the Cellars Hohenort Hotel—on the back slopes of Table Mountain—the award-winning Greenhouse packs tons of flavor onto each plate, no matter how small the dish. A good way to sample the...
17 Dixon St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Originally started as a South African take on a Parisian café, with a menu for breakfast, tea, and lunch, La Petite Tart has been so successful it took over the premises next-door and extended its hours to cater to dinner patrons too. It...
11D Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Just around the corner from The Power and the Glory is Hallelujah, an Asian-style tapas restaurant also dreamed up by Whiteman. Prawn buns, Thai green papaya salad, and spicy chicken wings—and walls papered with pink flamingos—keep...
70 Keerom St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Carne SA is unapologetically about meat, meat, and more meat! Every cut of beef, lamb, or venison will be paraded in front of you with pride before it's cooked to perfection. Most of the meat comes from the Nieu Bethesda farm of owner/chef...
107 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
A once quiet downtown thoroughfare, Bree Street now has so many eateries that it is a sort of restaurant row. The feeding starts with breakfast and goes through lunch, afternoon snacks, drinks, and dinner at places like Bacon on Bree, Folk Coffee,...
81 St Johns St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
This new restaurant’s philosophy is deceptively simple, and it seems to be drawing people in. There's no booking; Just arrive for lunch or dinner and hope there’s a table. (It's totally worth the hassle.) The airy restaurant prepares a...
22 Cobern St, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
A Cape Town favorite Italian restaurant that is always packed, with families, lovers on a special date, friends, even though it’s not cheap Italian food by any means. The pastas are divided into long and short varieties – corta and...
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Ln, Goedehoop Estate, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Chef Franck Dangereux (formerly of La Colombe, a celebrated Cape Town institution) runs The Foodbarn Restaurant out of a lovely old barn in the village of Noordhoek. Here, you’ll get all the flavors of a fancy restaurant, without the fuss....
3 De Lorentz St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Each time you enter the door at Tamboers Winkel, you feel like you're in for a treat. With its long wooden table and shelves stocked with local produce and wines, the style of the eatery is very European cafe meets farm kitchen. Think freshly...
51 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Long Street has always been a walkable street frequented by tourists and locals alike. Travel further uphill and you'll find Chalk & Cork, a tapas and wine bar. In a city where there is no shortage of choices for International cuisine, how could...
111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
On a visit to Cape Town in 2011, Michelle Obama made quite an impression at local eatery The Kitchen in Woodstock. It’s easy to see why she—or her staffers—chose this homey spot, stylishly cluttered with an array of retro...
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