Restaurants in Cape Town
Chef Yang Zhao's successful dim-sum pop-up has now found itself a permanent home in the lively De Waterkant neighborhood. Favorites include pork buns, chicken potstickers, and steamed pepper, chilli and shrimp dumplings, washed down with some aloe juice.
Local chef Seelan Sundoo has been working his magic at area favorites such as La Perla and Grand Café & Beach long enough that it comes as no surprise that he launched his own namesake restaurant this year.
Naldo and Victor Gonçalves are two of South Africa's most successful restaurateurs, best known for the iconic Pigalle.
Ever since this restaurant opened up on Kloof Street, I had been exhorted to check it out by just about everyone. One look at the slick decor and daily changing chalkboard menu, and it was easy to see why.
This cozy, cluttered brasserie is filled with aesthetically mismatched pieces—soccer and army figurines battling it out, alongside life-size animal sculptures— but don't let its eclectic look fool you.
You'd be forgiven for wondering if you'd stepped into Paris when you walk through the back doors of Bistrot Bizerca, and into its lovely courtyard garden.
This signature restaurant, in the historic Alphen Hotel in Constantia, exudes dramatic, old-world romance: dark woods, plush crimson and violet chairs, all lit by gilded lampshades.
Even if its sister restaurant, the Test Kitchen, is much more formal, I prefer the Pot Luck Clu: its casual, small-plates menu and industrial-chic décor are much more laid-back, but no less stylish.
Pigalle is a stalwart on the Cape Town dining scene: a go-to venue for special occasions, anniversaries, and proposals. The scarlet walls, sparkling chandeliers, and live jazz band make for a memorable evening—the kind where you hit the dance floor to work off the escargot and filet mignon.
I took my hubby here for his birthday this year, and was wowed: This glittering eatery at the Taj Hotel Cape Town is one of the best Indian restaurants I've ever eaten at anywhere in the world. The cozy banquettes and dim lighting make the mood just right.
This hip new watering hole opened in a subterranean space occupied by the well-known Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants—think the Pat LaFrieda of Cape Town—last November, making for a most unusual butcher-meets-wine-bar combination.
Now reborne as Weinhaus & Biergarten, this Bree Street pub is, as the name suggests, a wine bar and beer garden, complete with an unpretentious vibe and regular live-music acts. On a summer afternoon, relax at an outdoor table and wash down a prego or brat with an unfiltered amber.
Don't let the shocking neon yellow splashed over the once-elegant Victorian exterior of the Beer House stop you from going in—this recent addition to Long Street, Cape Town's main nightlife drag, is well worth a visit.
Step back in time when you slip into this old-world bar on Bree Street, where Dickens is king. Exposed-brick walls, worn wooden floors, waistcoated-bartenders, flickering oil lamps on low tables, and a menu filled with nods to famous literary orphans all are tributes to the Victorian era.
Grab a seat at this rooftop lounge, not unlike a well-appointed attic with its mismatched leather chairs and vintage-photo wallpaper, for cheers-worthy tapas (risotto balls, cheesy quesadillas, pork-belly skewers), and inventively-named cocktails like the Porn Star (vodka, vanilla, lime, passion