South Africa

Restaurants in South Africa

Anyone with kids knows that space is of utmost importance, and Deer Park Café, set against the slopes of Table Mountain, delivers, both inside and out. The open dining room has plenty of room for strollers and scampering tots.

A stylish barn? It's not an oxymoron—rather, it's the fabulous Foodbarn restaurant in the beachside village of Noordhoek.

This Kloof Street café is one of Cape Town's most beloved eateries, with a lovely garden, shabby-chic décor, and delicious menu of hearty comfort foods.

This chic Noordhoek bistro overlooks a playground, so you can tuck in to a gorgonzola burger while keeping a watchful eye on your kids as they have a go at the jungle gym. Café Roux is also pet-friendly, meaning there's bound to be a playful pooch or two to distract the little ones.

What kids don't enjoy getting their hands dirty? At Clay Café in Hout Bay, you'll probably want to join them when you see the fun they're having daubing ceramics in bright, messy colors. Order yourself a cappuccino, then join the kids in painting a pair of matching dad-and-son duckies.

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.