Restaurants in Cape Town
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).
Recommended restaurants in Cape Town
Cape Town’s best Indian cuisine in lofty modern surrounds.
Tel: 021 424 0000
Fine dining in the historic heart of Cape Town’s legal district.
Tel: 021 424 4442
La ColombeTucked away on the Constantia Uitsig winery, it has repeatedly won accolades for its experimental cuisine and innovative flavours.
Tel: 021 794 2390
A relaxed seafood joint with loyal local following.
Tel: 021 424 3838
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.
Tel: 021 637 8449
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.
Tel: 021 789 1390
Bohemian bric-a-brac and gypsy glam make the atmosphere as enjoyable as the food.
The Bombay Bicycle Club
Tel: 021 423 6805
Willoughby & CoExcellent sushi and hand-picked fish in the Waterfront.
Tel: 021 418 6115