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



Cape Town’s best Indian cuisine in lofty modern surrounds.
Tel: 021 424 0000

Five Flies    

Fine dining in the historic heart of Cape Town’s legal district.
Tel: 021 424 4442

La Colombe   

Tucked away on the Constantia Uitsig winery, it has repeatedly won accolades for its experimental cuisine and innovative flavours.
Tel: 021 794 2390

Miller's Thumb    

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

The Bombay Bicycle Club    

Bohemian bric-a-brac and gypsy glam make the atmosphere as enjoyable as the food.
Tel: 021 423 6805

Willoughby & Co

Excellent sushi and hand-picked fish in the Waterfront.
Tel: 021 418 6115

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