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Best Food in Cape Town

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Cape Town is a melting-pot of cultures where historical influences from India and Southeast Asia permeate the food scene. If you’re used to spending lots of money on food, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the great value for money in Cape Town. Coffee, food and wine are an important part of the Cape Town culture, so make sure you come hungry!

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

7 Places

11 City Tips

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7 Places

The Test Kitchen

Restaurants

El Burro

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Kyoto Garden Sushi

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Makaron Restaurant

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Chefs Warehouse

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Bread and Wine

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Babel Restaurant

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Natalie R's City Tips

  • Drink the local wine. You won’t find better value for money!
  • Each street in the city center has its own charm and hidden gems, so don’t be afraid to walk around and see which vibe takes your fancy.
  • Book a couple days in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, and spend them eating and drinking. Or book a transfer with one of the many companies that offer trips out to the winelands.
  • There are some wonderful foodie experiences like cooking classes, demonstrations and opportunities to learn to cook with a local.
  • Don't just stick to any red wine with meat and any white wine with fish. Many restaurants pride themselves on their wine lists, so ask your waiter for recommendations.
  • You don't want to drink and drive in South Africa. Rather, opt for a taxi or arrange to travel with a wine-tasting tour guide.
  • Be careful to stay safe — stick to well-lit areas at night, and avoid walking alone.
  • The winelands are just 30 minutes from the city center and a foodie hotspot!
  • Ask your waiter or sommelier what’s in season — many chefs create special off-menu dishes with whatever is fresh and local.
  • Book a cooking lesson in the Bo-Kaap to learn more about the Cape Town food culture and the history of where our flavors come from.
  • Of course our seafood is fresh and local, so don’t miss the opportunity to feast on crayfish, prawns and linefish while you're here.
  • The Test Kitchen
    Restaurants (Contemporary)
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    Natalie R Says:

    Voted South Africa’s top restaurant several years running, The Test Kitchen is the number one must-eat spot on every foodie’s list. Chef Luke Dale Roberts has become a celebrity in his own right and his food will show you why.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Reservations fill up very far in advance; try to secure yours at least 3 months before your planned trip.
    • It's the wine that really racks up your bill here, so call ahead and arrange to pay corkage, then buy your wine at cellar door prices.
    • The 8-course tasting menu is the restaurant's iconic specialty — a must-eat!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 35 restaurants in Woodstock
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A M A Z I N G 11/12/2018
    • excellent 10/12/2018
    • The Test Kitchen
    Address:
    375 Albert Road
    Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill
    Woodstock 7925
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 447 2337
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    19:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • El Burro
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
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    Natalie R Says:

    With its delicious, authentic Mexican food (think more chilli rellenos and less cheese-covered nachos) and delightful waitresses, El Burro has a long list of local regulars. Here you’ll find interesting cocktails, like peach and thyme margaritas, for instance, served against a tastefully-decorated Mexican backdrop.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bookings go quickly so don’t arrive without one.
    • Arrive early and enjoy some quality tequila at the Cabrito Bar downstairs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 984 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great!!!! 08/12/2018
    • So bad! 26/11/2018
    • El Burro
    Address:
    81 Main Road
    Green Point
    Cape Town Central 8005
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 433 2364
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$13
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 23:30
    Other:
  • Kyoto Garden Sushi
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian)
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    Natalie R Says:

    Another favorite with locals, this minimalistic and unassuming restaurant serves clean, authentic sushi without the deep-fried cream cheese and heaps of mayonnaise you’ll find at most pop-sushi restaurants. It’s all about the deliciously pure and clean flavors here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Forgo the menu and ask the owner to bring you his favorite selection. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #209 of 984 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    • Excellent 10/12/2018
    • Delicious food and beautiful atmosphere! 23/11/2018
    • Kyoto Garden Sushi
    Address:
    11 Kloof Nek Road
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 422 2001
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    17:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Makaron Restaurant
    Restaurants (International, European)
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    Natalie R Says:

    This is one of the wineland’s hidden gems. Here you’ll find quirky decor and delicious food, served up by bubbly and entertaining staff. This restaurant is located in a gorgeous building.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Book the Kitchen Table and experience intimate dining at the small table for two, right in the heart of the kitchen.
    • Definitely opt for the wine pairing!
    • The breakfast here is really delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 230 restaurants in Stellenbosch
    • Delicious dinner with wine pairing 13/11/2018
    • Anniversary Dinner 06/11/2018
    • Makaron Restaurant
    Address:
    26-32 Houtkapper Street
    Paradyskloof
    Stellenbosch 7600
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 880 1549
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$57
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Chefs Warehouse
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European)
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Chefs Warehouse is a favorite of many of the city's top chefs — which I think says a lot — yet just below the restaurant is their preferred lunch spot: Street Food on Bree. This little hole-in-the-wall on trendy Bree Street in the city center serves fresh and delicious meals to-go. Vietnamese rice paper wraps and tuna tataki are some of the tasty options prepared, and they won't leave a hole in your wallet.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The Vietnamese rice paper rolls served here are one of my all-time favorite things to eat!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 984 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience for the foodies out there. 11/12/2018
    • Delicious fresh tasting menu 02/12/2018
    • Chefs Warehouse
    Address:
    92 Bree Street
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 422 0128
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    16:30 - 20:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
    Other:
  • Bread and Wine
    Restaurants (European)
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    Natalie R Says:

    The chef here prepares his own cured meats, made with free-range pork that he sources from an organic farm where happy pigs are the top concern. The menu features changing seasonal dishes, and the fresh bread baskets, charcuterie platters and dessert plate are always available and always delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Book ahead and make sure you order wine from the Moreson farm — they are famous for their Methode Cap Classique (the Cape version of Champagne) and their Chardonnay.
    • Arrive early and enjoy a wine tasting at the Moreson tasting room. Any wine you buy here can be shipped to your door, anywhere in the world.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 69 restaurants in Franschhoek
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding in every aspect 11/12/2018
    • Excellent wine estate restaurant 07/12/2018
    • Bread and Wine
    Address:
    Happy Valley Road
    Moreson Farm
    Franschhoek 7690
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 876 4004
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$40
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Babel Restaurant
    Restaurants (International)
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    Natalie R Says:

    The restaurant is set within the farm’s gorgeous gardens where you can spend a couple hours roaming through lemon orchards and cactus groves. The food is fresh and seasonal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book ahead as reservations often fill up 3 months in advance.
    • Book a wine tasting before your lunch and you will get a tour of the farm and cellar — very interesting.
    • If you don’t want to book a big lunch, opt for tea and scones at the gorgeous glass tea house.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 restaurants in Simondium
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent service, beautiful setting 02/12/2018
    • Great overall experience with excellent service 01/12/2018
    • Babel Restaurant
    Address:
    Klapmuts Simondium Road
    between Paarl and Franschhoek
    Simondium, Franschhoek 7690
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 863 3852
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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