Restaurants in Cape Town


Restaurants in Cape TownCape Town's restaurants can favourably be compared with the world's best. Its multicultural foundations make for a vibrant, eclectic food scene that readily has access to fresh produce from land and sea.

From gourmet eateries to food trucks and fine dining, the city has something for every palate. With its diverse cultural history, the closest one might come to an "authentic" Capetonian cooking is Cape Malay cuisine, a combination of rich Eastern flavours and regional ingredients.

African food has also been getting more attention, largely thanks to township butchery and restaurant Mzoli's Place, a major tourist attraction in its own right. Meat is traditionally associated with wealth and special occasions, and the best South African food is meat focused. Expats wanting to enjoy authentic local cooking should try their meat with mielie pap (maize porridge) or samp (coarse ground corn) and beans. The more adventurous expatriate can try a smiley (sheep's head) or walkie talkie (chicken feet). 
 
The best areas for dining out in the city centre include Camps Bay, De Waterkant, Green Point and the Waterfront, all of which are packed with restaurants. Some of the very best venues are outside the city in wine centres such as Franschhoek, the self-titled gourmet capital of South Africa, and Constantia.

 

Recommended restaurants in Cape Town

 

Bukhara    

Cape Town’s best Indian cuisine in lofty modern surrounds.
www.bukhara.com
 

Five Flies    

Fine dining in the historic heart of Cape Town’s legal district.
www.fiveflies.co.za
 

La Colombe   

Tucked away on the Silvermist Wine Estate, it has repeatedly won accolades for its experimental cuisine and innovative flavours.
http://lacolombe.co.za/


Miller's Thumb    

A relaxed seafood joint with loyal local following.
www.millersthumb.co.za

 

Mzoli's

A local butchery where the meat is slow-cooked and the music fast-paced. This no-frills township hotspot offers a taste of African culture alongside a memorable meal.
www.mzolisplace.co.za
 

The Food Barn

A short drive outside of the city centre brings expats to a place where they can enjoy top-notch food in a casual setting.
www.thefoodbarn.co.za
 

The Bombay Bicycle Club    

Bohemian bric-a-brac and gypsy glam make the atmosphere as enjoyable as the food. 
www.thebombay.co.za

Willoughby & Co

Excellent sushi and hand-picked fish in the Waterfront.
www.willoughbyandco.co.za

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