Where to Eat in Cape Town
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
Harbour House in Kalk Bay is one of the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town. With large windows showcasing sweeping views of False Bay, it's ideal to visit on a full moon when the crests of the waves are most visible in the moonlight. The white...
Kalk Bay, Peninsula, South Africa, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Kalk Bay is a working harbor. There is no better example of this than the scene you'll witness when you walk down by the Harbour House restaurant area. The catwalk leading to the lighthouse provides a great view (and photo op) of the entire...
214 Main Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa
One of the best fast casual Italian restaurants in Cape Town is Morituri. In Claremont, when the street-facing windows are open on a Friday evening, the noise of a full house of diners spills out onto the street. The warm, casual atmosphere...
Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
It's a weekend ritual for my cousin and his friends to pop into either The Loading Bay or Origins Roast right next door for breakfast. With a gorgeous view of the mountain, both cafés have coffee to die for and stellar food. This particular beauty...
94 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Melissa's is a coffee shop/deli that is a bit of an institution in Cape Town. This is their flagship store. They make lots of wonderful, delicious things to eat and drink, if you are easily tempted by gorgeous packaging or have a sweet tooth be...
99 Beach Rd, Strand, Cape Town, 7139, South Africa
99 on Beach in Strand is a cafe/bar/restaurant with quite eclectic decor. Pieces of artwork are hung on every square inch of wall upstairs. This, combined with the sea-facing view, certainly gives you something to talk about while you wait for...
Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Fish and chips from Hout Bay harbour is a Cape Town family tradition going back generations and the recipe hasnt changed in living memory. Fresh fish battered and deep fried served with hot chips doused in salt and vinegar, just the way theyve...
6130 & 6132, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, Breakwater Blvd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
For the best sushi in town, try Willoughby & Co on the V&A waterfront. Here they serve the freshest sushi and at a great value. The one drawback it is inside the mall part of the V&A but don't let that fool you. Locals line up for this daily.
323 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
The legacy of this legendary Cape Town secret is approaching 15 years, and owners, Enrico and Gioacchino, are still infusing their unique blend of energy and personality into everything they make. Always full because of the laid back vibe, good...
6 Roodehek St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
A narrow alleyway off Roodehek Street in the Gardens neighborhood of Cape Town's central business district will lead you to the largest burgers in the city. The Dog's Bollock's, best described as a mix of snarky and charming, has made this tiny...
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 home is perched on the hillside in Simon's Town and features 4 en-suite rooms, a communal swimming...
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...
2 Mains Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa
The best pizza in Cape Town isn't found in the city center; it's actually found at Borruso's, a small restaurant tucked away in the small suburb of Kenilworth. Located down a small alleyway at the intersection of Main Road and Summerly, it's one...
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hemelhuijs is a stylish and intimate oasis in downtown Cape Town, perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast or lunch. The menus are seasonal, featuring fresh ingredients and modern South African cuisine with tempting savory and sweet items, like...
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...
Door De Kraal Ave, Kenever, Cape Town, 7550, South Africa
"Last June, one of the sushi chefs from Cape Town’s popular Willoughby & Co. opened this affordable spot. I enjoy Andy’s California rolls and anything topped with spicy mayo," says resident Rashiq Fataar, founder of the think tank Future Cape Town...
Sidmouth Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Walking barefoot into a restaurant with your surfboard in tow wouldn't be frowned upon in this casual beach town. Tiger's Milk is bar and restaurant in the redeveloped Muizenberg beachfront. Strange name aside, this upstairs restaurant is a...
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...
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Although English is widely spoken throughout South Africa, so is Afrikaans and it has certainly made its way into everyday language. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, but the influence of other languages and accents transformed it into a...
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