Restaurants in Cape Town

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Cape Town chefs have been quietly making a name for themselves on the tip of the African continent, sourcing a bounty of exquisite fresh ingredients ... Read More

Cape Town chefs have been quietly making a name for themselves on the tip of the African continent, sourcing a bounty of exquisite fresh ingredients and going all out with creative techniques and combinations. From seafood to braai (barbecue), from Italian to burgers, and, above all, coffee (Capetonians take theirs very seriously), it’s hard to find something this culinary-minded city doesn’t get just right. Seafood is often the star of Cape Town dishes, courtesy of South Africa’s coastlines and more-distant African shores like Namibia.

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  • Backyard Grill Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of The Backyard
    Backyard Grill & Lounge

    If you can't score an invite to a traditional braai, this chic, homey Seapoint spot might be your best alternative. Order a mixed platter for a sampling... Read More

  • Black Sheep Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of The Black Sheep Restaurant
    Black Sheep

    One look at the slick décor and daily-changing chalkboard menu, and it's easy to see why Black Sheep has quickly become a neighborhood favorite with in... Read More

  • Bombay Brasserie Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Taj Cape Town
    Bombay Brasserie

    The whole of Cape Town is clamoring for a table at Bombay Brasserie—this outpost of the London classic is the city's premier Indian restaurant, set in a... Read More

  • Boston Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Boston Est.2015
    Boston

    It feels a bit surprising to stumble into a Boston-themed restaurant in the middle of South Africa. But Boston, in historic Heritage Square, is an Irish... Read More

  • Charango Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Charango Grill & Bar
    Charango

    While Cape Town's culinary prowess has never been in question, one area that was definitely lacking was Peruvian food. The new Charango Grill & Bar,... Read More

  • Chef's Warehouse & Canteen Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Chef's Warehouse & Canteen
    Chef's Warehouse & Canteen

    Irish-born Liam Tomlin opened Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen as a combination deli and kitchen store, its shelves lined with cookbooks, ceramic plates,... Read More

  • Haas Coffee Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Haas Coffee
    Haas Coffee

    You'll find Haas Coffee behind the dark gray gabled façade of a Buitenkant Street building. In this contemporary art gallery meets café, mismatched... Read More

  • Harbour House Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Harbour House
    Harbour House

    The original Harbour House, in the salty seaside village of Kalk Bay, was such a hit that this outpost opened at the tourist-friendly V&A Waterfront... Read More

  • Hemelhuijs Restaurant in Cape Town Micky Hoyle
    Hemelhuijs

    Chef Jacques Erasmus combines seasonal and classic ingredients like salmon with daikon radish at this chic daytime bistro. The freshly squeezed juices,... Read More

  • Jason Bakery Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Jason Bakery
    Jason Bakery

    How many bakers can say they have a cult following? Jason Lilley has built up a bit of a rock-star reputation for the croissants he serves up at his... Read More

  • La Colombe Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of La Colombe
    La Colombe

    Nestled in a leafy perch at the Silvermist Wine Estate lies one of the country's culinary gems. Chef Scot Kirton is at the helm of this Constantia... Read More

  • La Mouette Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of La Mouette
    La Mouette

    Chef Henry Vigar turns out elegant tasting menus at his cozy Seapoint restaurant year-round, but come winter they’re a fraction of the price: six... Read More

  • Loaves on Long Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Loaves on Long
    Loaves on Long

    A relative newcomer to Cape Town’s dining scene, Loaves on Long opened recently in a heritage building on busy Long Street. In that 200-year-old space,... Read More

  • Manna Epicure Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Manna Epicure
    Manna Epicure

    Located inside a restored old house, Manna Epicure café has an airy, all-white interior that blends homelike elements—such as a fireplace mantel lined... Read More

  • Mariam's Kitchen Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Zomato
    Mariam's Kitchen

    The steak salomie at Mariam's—a spicy concoction of curried beef wrapped up in Malaysian-style roti bread—is one of the best-value meals in Cape Town.... Read More

  • NV-80 Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of NV-80
    NV-80

    Naldo and Victor Gonçalves are two of South Africa's most successful restaurateurs, best known for the iconic Pigalle. In this venture—the name comes... Read More

  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Cape Town Alamy
    Oranjezicht City Farm Market

    After outgrowing its original digs at the urban Oranjezicht City Farm, this beloved weekly market has moved to the V&A Waterfront. Every Saturday... Read More

  • Origin Coffee Roasting Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Origin Coffee Roasters
    Origin Coffee Roasting

    Origin Coffee Roasting might be the pioneer of Cape Town's artisanal coffee scene. Located in a historic building on a quiet street next to the De... Read More

  • Pot Luck Club Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Pot Luck Club
    Pot Luck Club

    Chef-owner Luke Dale-Robert’s low-key tapas spot is the coastal port’s most buzzed-about restaurant. An airy, loftlike dining room decorated with... Read More

  • Test Kitchen Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of The Test Kitchen
    Test Kitchen

    Chef Luke Dale-Roberts' signature restaurant is number 22 on the World's Top Restaurants list. Here, ingredients such as ginger and yuzu are pickled and... Read More

  • Truth Coffee Restaurant in Cape Town Courtesy of Truth Coffee Roasting
    Truth Coffee

    Truth Coffee's dim, industrial-chic café is decorated with a bar embellished in tin, copper tables, vintage typewriters and bicycles, and a massive... Read More

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