The Best Restaurants in Cape Town

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An up to date list of Cape Town’s favourite restaurants and foodie hotspots.

best restaurants in cape town

Food24 HQ is always abuzz with the cool new restaurants and foodie destinations popping up all over Cape Town – (if you want to be in the know then just click on our Cape Town restaurant section where we load new restaurants and other interesting foodie events daily).Because the Mother City is such a popular destination all year round we’ve decided to put together a list of some amazing places to suggest to your friends and family when they are here, and if you haven’t tried them out yourself, then we think it’s time that you did.

*Please note that no actual restaurants were harmed in the process of putting this list together – we encourage  you to recommend your favourite place to eat in Cape Town in the comments below so that we can all discover them.Here are Food24’s top recommendations for eating out in Cape Town:

CAPE TOWN CBD & CITY BOWL

The Dog’s Bollocks & The Bitches’ Tits – Roodehek Rd, GardensAKA The Yard
It’s a hipster city, literally, with 3 totally stellar food loving concepts all tucked away on Roodehek in Gardens.  And, Deluxe coffee, the pinnacle of an awesome roast, sports their headquarters there too. They’ve got Mucky Mary’s that serves a “hubcap” breakfast until 4. The Bitches Tits rocking classic sandwiches from around the world like the sexy meaty Philly cheese steak.  And, if you are lucky (and punctual enough), the Dogs Bollocks serves a daily dose of 50 gourmet burgers (after 5).

Tip: The Yard actually looks like a low budget garage until you take a peek inside, but doesn’t that make the prize of finding it that much sweeter?

South China Dim Sum Bar – Long Street

Food24’s top choice of dim sum and Asian Fusion. Small, laid back and fun. Wine list is designed to go with dim sum, but can be rather limited.

Tip: The whole menu (off a blackboard) can go down in one night! It’s awesome.

Takumi – Park Rd, Gardens
Sit down, order quickly, and get serious about your sushi, Takumi isn’t for the iffy.  Papa San’s caricature sits jolly on the wall, while he slaves away to make you the most funky and tasty sushi in Cape Town.  Beware: there are no substitutes, changes, or nonsense, his sushi is the real deal and if the master says it’s good, trust him, it’s damn good.  Takumi’s creative genius inspires rolls with strawberry, rocket, banana, fresh rice and buttery fish.

Tip: Bring friends who like to share, you will want to taste everything, yes, you will.

The Black Sheep – Kloof Street
This is the place to be in Cape Town right now. A blackboard menu that changes daily and a nice bar area spilling out onto vibey Kloof Street provides a great setting for any lunch or dinner plans. Book. Book now.

Tip: If you want visitors to experience Cape Town vibe, take them to The Black Sheep, followed by a nightcap at the nearby Power & the Glory bar.

Clarke’s bar and dining room – Bree St, CBD
For burgers with a buzz or “the best breakfast in Cape Town” Clarke’s is a must if you don’t mind not being heard over the drum of other people having a good time.

Tip: Not called the best breakfast in Cape Town for nothing.

Weinhaus + Biergarten – Bree Street (Formerly known as &Union)
Home of the Bree Street Burger and let’s not forget their famous hot-diggety hot dogs. The buzz post-work is second-to- none. Home of the Brewers & Union craft beers. Best on a nice day to sit outside. Live music.

Hard Pressed cafe – Portside Building – Bree Street
Clever and creative and social media whizzes. You’ll most likely be tagged in one of their most awesome Instagams. Well worth a visit for breakfast or lunch and they play great music all the time.

The Miller’s Thumb – Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens
For a top-drawer selection of linefish this is the local’s recommendation. Not too poncey or pricey with wonderfully prepared seafood.

Woodlands Eatery – Vredehoek
Great for a chillaxed burger or pizza paired with a craft beer if you’ve just hiked up Lion’s Head or Table Mountain.

Tip: Seafood linguini.

Plant – Cape Town CBD
The premium vegan destination in Cape Town – a spacious, urban-chic, fresh location in the CBD. Now open for dinner and serving vegan wine and beer.

(The new) Bizerca – Heritage Square, CBD
A top end fine dining bistro. Set in Heritage Square with a large fairy light laden courtyard, this is a great place to go for amazing food and a lovely vibe. There is an ever-changing chalkboard menu and superb service by the maitre d’ Raphael who will woo you with his French accent.

Tip: Raw Norwegian salmon salad, braised farm pigs trotter parcel with scallops.

Tamboers Winkel –  Tamboerskloof

It’s easy to go gaga for Tamboers Winkel: the fresh farm eggs, the smell of fresh bacon, the gorgeous red velvet cupcakes teasing you behind the display case, it’s all just a bit of magic. The burger night on Thursdays is a MUST DO.

Tip: Brunch it up on Sunday with a French toasted croissant topped with your choice of savoury or sweet, they are both equally as good and don’t worry because both have bacon, because what’s a Sunday brunch without it?

The Chefs Warehouse – Bree Street
Tapas style street-food eatery run by top chef Liam Tomlin and Eat Out Awards 2014 – Best Everyday Eatery.

Tip: Don’t leave without trying a dessert.

Bocca – Bree Street
Opened November 2014 to rave reviews. From the owner of Burrata comes more sophisticated Italian food in a trendy area with plenty of vibe.

Dear Me Foodworld –  Longmarket Street, CBD
A whimsical and stylish day-time brasserie situated just a few yards from Green Market square. Breakfasts are wholesome with the choice of fresh juices and expertly made Espresso Lab coffee. The lunch menu (which changes daily), incorporates seasonal produce with ethically farmed meat. The restaurant prides itself on catering for those with food intolerance with items being offered as lactose/sugar/wheat/gluten-free for added convenience.

Tip: Eggs Benedict and interesting salads.

The White Room at Dear Me
Situated at Dear Me and only open on Thursday and Friday nights this food experience is perfect for celebrations and special occasions. A once-in-a-lifetime personalised food and wine experience.

Tip: You might want to take your notebook to write down the wines you try. Out of this world.

Hemelhuijs – a perfect lunchtime foodie treat. Beautifully decorated with original ideas and magnificently plated food. Take your camera!

Tip: The calamari is a must!

Mitico –  Kloof Street, Gardens

Sometimes hard to find an Italian where the pastas are as good as the pizzas. Many believe these are the best pizzas in town. We think they do a mean pasta sauce.

Tip:
Try the Calzonicini.

Jason Bakey – Bree Street, CBD
Bree Street in Cape Town IS the new black. And Jason Bakery is the jewel in this crown. A local artisanal bakery serving freshly made bread daily.  Follow your nose as the smell oozes out onto the street from baked goods cooking by people who love to make beautiful food. Their blackboard menu changes often for your palate’s pleasure and the beer flows for your daily dose of relaxation.

Tip: try the freshly baked original doughsant on Sat mornings! A treat!

Café Paradiso – Kloof St, Gardens
Lovely laid-back indoor and outdoor setting. Awesome breakfast venue. Very child-friendly but not restricted to families only. Popular for breakfast baby-showers and birthday parties.

Tip: Enjoy a nice bottle of wine with the Charcuterie platter and stare at the mountain before dinner.

WOODSTOCK & SALT RIVER

The Test Kitchen – Salt River
Book now, before you even finish reading this article, and you’ll be lucky to get a table in 2 months. Not South Africa’s Number 1 restaurant for nothing. This is where you will experience food Nirvana.

Tip: Top restaurant in South Africa for 2012, 2013 and 2014. A well deserved accolade.

Pot Luck Club – Salt River
The super-trendy and ultimate epicurean destination is  located at the top of the Silo tower at The Biscuit Mill. The view is now just as noteworthy as the epic tapas style dishes you are served.

Tip: Absolutely anything on the menu – the broccoli mops being buzzed about at the mo. Oh, and BOOK EARLY!

The Dining Room – Woodstock
The name says it all – the idea is that you are sitting in the dining room of someone’s house, being served humble, flavoursome food in an unpretentious environment. Karen Dudley is very hands on – making her way from the kitchen to front of house, chatting to guests and literally being the ultimate hostess with the mostess. She oozes style and her edgy take on classic dishes is a real treat. More brilliance from Karen Dudley owner of The Kitchen (next door and also worth a visit).

A highlight: The quaint antique dessert trolley!

The Taproom at Devil’s Peak Brewery – Salt River
Gritty, urban, funky instagrammers heaven. Serve an awesome menu consisting of amazing burgers, ppulled pork sandwiches etc to go with their equally popular beers.

Tip: go for a beer & burger combo and on Tuesday nights they have a great special.

Chandani – Woodstock
A gem of an Indian curry restaurant in Woodstock. This is the real deal people, the dishes are beautifully balanced and the fragrance in the dishes is fantastic.

Tip: They have a great vegetarian menu and do a weigh your plate buffet lunch. Definitely try the butter chicken and the Aubergine curry.

GREENPOINT AND SEAPOINT
Il Leone – Greenpoint
Beautiful food. High-end Italian eating in a classical atmosphere.

Tip: Steak Fiorentina and the prawn pasta special.

El Burro, Greenpoint
If you want to have a fun night out with friends, or you want to feel the vibe with locals downing shots of premium tequila and enjoying good Mexican food then this is your place.

Also visit Cabrito Bar  and have a world class tequila there.

Tip: Try the Paloma cocktail.

La Boheme – Seapoint
You might get to this unassuming place to find there are no tables available. Most popular with locals. Good honest food, wonderfully priced set menus and a fluid wine list.

Tip: the wine list constantly changes to feature amazing South African wines.

Nu – Sea Point

Healthy, healthy, healthy and pumping! Rave reviews.

Tip: after a good run on the promenade pick up something healthy from Nu.

The Grand Beach Café (Granger Bay)
The most popular and most searched for (on the internet) restaurant in South Africa. Sports a home-made beach and ideal setting for any sundowner opportunity.

Tip: Don’t let an indifferent waiter get on your nerves. Just have another of their awesome cocktails.

La Mouette – Sea Point
With arguably the most dedicated and friendly service team in Cape Town, this lovely court-yarded restaurant is popular with locals, and also visitors to this busy part of the Atlantic Seaboard.  On any balmy evening the buzz is awesome with Chef Henry always coming up with new flavour combinations.

Tip: Every month they have a new tasting menu with wine. Try it.

SOUTHERN SUBURBS

Erawan –  Chelsea, Wynberg
Lovely Thai restaurant in the cute village of Chelsea, Wynberg. A beautiful interior and is always full to the brim as it is great value for money. You can control the heat of your dish from mild to smoking hot.

Tip: definitely try the dumplings followed by a stir-fry.

Starlings CaféClaremont
A beautiful café with a gorgeous outside garden on Belvedere in Claremont. Perfect for breakfast and lunch with really delicious and interesting menu items.

Tip: Definitely pop in for a coffee and a huge slice of cake too.

Four & Twenty – Wynberg

A cosy and cute French-style daytime café in the heart of Chelsea Village, Wynberg.
The décor is adorable and one cannot leave without taking home a sweet (and perfectly cooked) pastry. The chocolate brownie cookie is to die for and you will want to go back just for that! Perfect spot for a lazy weekend brunch with your significant other or a small group of friends.

Warning: they are SUPER busy on weekends so go early as they don’t take bookings.


The Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenhort
Another real foodie destination. If you are serious about a serious dinner with serious food, you can’t beat chef Peter Tempelhoff’s food.

Tip: Voted Number 1 restaurant in SA by Eat Out in 2011.

Beau Constantia – Constantia

The location and venue are like something out of a movie. Fantastic estate wines and bubbly are accompanied by a seasonal pop-up restaurant, craft beers and ciders. This season’s pop-up restaurant is The Sushi Box.

Tip: Take someone if you want to show off.

The Foodbarn – Noordhoek
Get yourself out of the city and head out to Noordhoek Farm Village. Franck Dangereux, chef extraordinaire cooks up fine dining in a beautiful barn. There’s a huge outside play area for kids, deli and plenty of cool shops to browse after your delicious meal.

Tip: Franck is a master of food and wine pairing and he always has special pairing menus.

HOUT BAY

The Chapman’s Peak Hotel – Hout Bay
If you like prawns, clamari, fresh salad and a view then this is the place to go. Also a nice bar inside serving beers on tap if you fancy a pint of Stella while you wait for your table.

Tip: The prawn and calamari combo with Greek salad.


Kitima – Hout Bay

A celeb favourite (Halle Berry went there) and known to be one of SA’s top Thai restaurants.

Tip:
Their Happy Duck is happy-making.

Massimo’s – Hout Bay
Voted by our readers the Best Pizza in Cape Town. Truly awesome pizzas in a lovely setting. So worth the drive to Hout Bay.

Tip: Every single pizza on the menu is worth trying, and a magnificent specials board if pizza is not your thing.

Food markets worth visiting

And if that isn’t enough foodie fodder then you absolutely must go to at least one of the markets Cape Town has on offer…

The Oranjezicht City Farm Market – buzzing every Saturday morning! You have to give it a try. Very family friendly and new faces all the time. Read this review for a guide of what to expect.

Tip: The nutella crepes and live music are a highlight.

The Biscuit Mill – immensely popular and quite touristy now, but still an incredibly cool must-do Cape Town experience.

The Hout Bay Harbour Market – becoming a hugely popular Friday night destination with amazing food, live music and craft beer.

Hope Street Market (CBD/Gardens) – funky, laid-back and new and “the” place to go on a Thursday evening.

And coming soon to a waterfront near you…

The V&A Market on the Wharf – located at the beautiful and easily accessible V&A Waterfront.

And keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Town food trucks – they can be found at Oudekraal on Wednesdays and sometimes at the Hope Street Market on Thursday… they are well worth tracking down, and lots of fun! Follow them on @CTFoodTrucks for updates.

The Eastern Food Bazaar off Adderley Street is teeming with authentic, amazing, cheap and cheerful Halaal food. Awesome for takeaways or just sit and enjoy the hectic stream of busy people.

 

Source: Food24

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The Table at De Meye Wine farm

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The Table at De Meye Wine farm – what a wonderful surprise!

De Meye The Table

Alert to all those who still think Cape Town is a uniquely summer destination: we are having some amazing winter weather!

And one of the joys of being Cape Town bound in the supposedly wet and windy months is that you can get out at the drop of the hat. No fighting for reservations, no traffic jams. So this weekend with the help of Zomato (which promises to be the foodies’ new online bible), we tried something new. Intrigued by the concept of a set menu to take all the ordering anxiety out of our overstressed lives, the promise of a table under the trees in the garden, and the recommendation of Zomato we decided to give it a whirl. It’s only a hop and skip from Cape Town just off the Old Paarl Road between Paarl and Stellenbosch. Twenty five minutes from the airport. Nothing could be simpler.

Four  handsome dogs, including a Ridgeback bitch were on hand to welcome us as we turned into the unassuming driveway. In front of the main house on an expansive lawn were all of half a dozen tables under the shade of the trees. It seemed immediately obvious that we had stumbled across a perfect rustic idyll. The sense of peace and harmony was complete. So much so that one young couple who must have already finished their lunch were stretched out on a picnic blanket next to their table and seemed to be having a nap. We felt as if we had stumbled onto something of a well-kept secret. We found ourselves talking in hushed tones.

After we’d been given drinks, the charming Luke – one half of this brilliant culinary couple who run the restaurant as out of their own home kitchen – wandered over to explain that there was a set menu. One starter, one main, one dessert. He certainly didn’t seem apologetic about it. Indeed there was something reassuring about his air of quiet certainty that it was going to be as good as anything we’d had in a long time. And it was actually as good as anything I can remember having in the winelands ever. No more, no less.

The starter was a double baked souffle with goats cheese and those funny Japanese mushrooms. It was quite simply perfection. The bread was brilliant and the olives were off the charts. The main course was a slow cooked lamb neck with butternut and carrots. Delicious, nutritious, simply ridiculous. Served with two salads. Apple and cale. Beetroot and rocket. The dessert was a panacotta, grapefruit ice cream, almond nougatine and pastry. Or at least I think it all was. It was quite simply off the charts.

So as we left (confiding to Luke, perhaps stupidly, that he should be charging more for this amazing experience), we felt torn between broadcasting our discovery from the rooftops and keeping the secret to ourselves. Oh well, no good in that. If you get the chance then go, go, go…

Well done to Jessica and Luke.

www.thetablerestaurant.co.za

 

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CAPE TOWN – PATERNOSTER – FRANSCHHOEK

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paternosterFor a magic winter getaway the West Coast offers some fantastic days in winter. Lots of sunshine for top down driving even when it’s slightly fresh outside. The scenery is magnificent and it’s a great stretch upon which to open up the throttle.

We took the Jag F-type up the R27, the West Coast Cape Town – Namibia highway, earlier this week. It was an opportunity to get to grips with the beastie and we weren’t disappointed. In normal drive mode the Jag has all the power of the V6 supercharged engine lurking (279 kW), but it remains a docile beast, all elegance and grace. The heated seats and steering wheel keep you comfy as you are gripped in your pilot’s seat enjoying the sublime sound system. But when you flip it into sport mode with the merest nudge of the knuckles, you instantly feel the sinews stiffen as the dynamic suspension kicks in and the beast gets ready to leap. For the adventurous there is the further thrill of Race mode, enabled by a flick of a switch and the car seems to hunch and grip the road as if threatening it with some form of assault. The Ducati racing exhaust is enabled and as you accelerate into the straight line horizon, leaving the grain truck as a narrowing dot in your wake, the noise from behind you is ripping, it feels like surfing on thunder. If you are not careful you can even miss the arresting sight of Giraffe grazing peacefully in the nature reserves by the side of the road.

Arrival in Paternoster is like wandering into another time and place. Although it’s barely taken two hours to get to, the wildness of the West Coast makes this place feel remote in the extreme, especially in winter. Over the last few years it’s become a great destination for tourists and Capetonians wanting something just a little bit different. So be assured that while you are in the Wild West you can also repose in the lap of luxury. We stayed at the Strandloper, in one of their beautifully appointed ocean suites where a wood fire was lit for us and we enjoyed a glass of wine looking out onto the deserted beach.

The next day we decided to return to Cape Town via Franschhoek and the R45 is a great stretch of road. It takes you within a stone’s throw of Riebeek-Casteel, and then you skirt Paarl and into Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the R44. A fantastic drive then lunch at any one of the world class wine farm restaurants. Although you’ve only been away 24 hours it feels like living the dream.

And for the last stretch back to the Mother City then the Jag does also have a wet weather mode, as the predator, replete, ambles gently home… :-)

 

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The Best Restaurants in Cape Town

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The best restaurants in Cape Town: where to eat in 2015

by Eat Out
 
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It’s hard not to be smug about living in Cape Town. Yup, there’s the azure Atlantic ocean, the silvery beaches (with their accompanying bronzed bodies), and our iconic mountain, which reveals a different side of its personality through any given window. The paved pedestrian lanes are filled with art galleries, you can pretty much walk from one end of the Mother City to the other, and in summer the days seem endless…

But the real clincher for us here at Eat Out is the wealth of world-class restaurants, cafés and bars lining the streets. Whether you want wood-fired artisanal pizza, sushi or fish fresh off the boats, Cape Town is your gal. On your next trip down south – or even if you’re lucky enough to live there already, use this handy guide to the top restaurants as rated and reviewed by our editorial panel  for the 2015 edition of Eat Out. (Buy it online now.)

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Wedding Car Hire Specials

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wedding car hire cape town

Are you planning a wedding or a honeymoon in Cape Town? What better way to arrive or to set off into the sunset than in one of our convertibles. If you happen to be the happy couple or planning
a wedding for someone special, then you surely have guests coming who also want to travel in style. If they are coming from overseas then they probably also want to spend a few days seeing the
sights and making the most of the Cape. Not only do we have the best deals available for renting convertibles in Cape Town, we also want to encourage you to get your guests to make the most of
our offers too. And because we love a wedding we will discount the happy couple’s rental according to the number of guests in the wedding party who also hire from us. So that Wiggle could end up
offering you a wedding car for free.

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