Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city and is home to a wide diversity of tastes from every corner of the globe. The extensive variety of unique and authentic cuisine available in Cape Town has won it many awards and has made it not only a travel destination but also a taste destination for food lovers.
Jewel of India – Green Point
For a true Indian experience, Jewel of India in Sea Point serves authentic Indian food prepared with delicate brilliance. The friendly staff, simple decor, comprehensive menu and the perfect balance of spices makes this charming restaurant is an sheer treat for all spicy food lovers. The Kheer, a traditional Indian dessert of rise and cream, is a must for all diners to sample.
Nobu Restaurant – V&A Waterfront
The worlds most recognised Japanese restaurant, with its innovative cuisine and celebrity following, has a prime location at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The view and location is enough to make this restaurant a firm favourite and its world-class cuisine has made this restaurant famous. Master chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa has built this empire by offering mesmerising dishes and fresh indulgences such as Sake Roast Whitefish, Chocolate Bento Box and Sake and Shochu based cocktails.
Make Restaurant – Sea Point
This restaurant is highly recommended with its delightful sushi and Chinese food. The authentic food, irresistible flavours, friendly Chinese chef and good value for money has made this charming establishment a favourite amongst both locals and travellers.
San Julian – Green Point
For the best Mexican food in Cape Town, San Julian Taco & Tequila Restaurant in Green Point is well known for its authentic Mexican food, ambience, friendly staff and its wide variety of tequilas on offer. This establishment is run by the San Julian family who immigrated from Mexico in 2009. Their reputation and unsurpassed flavours makes the food as genuine and as authentic as you can get in South Africa.
A Tavola – Claremont
For a homely and wholesome traditional Italian meal, A Tavola in Claremont specialises in fresh, home-style Italian fare and make use of seasonal ingredients. What makes A Tavola special is that they only use organic products sourced from local growers, free range livestock nurtured by farmers who care and fish sourced in sustainable manner. The handmade pasta and food sourced and prepared with love and care is one of the reasons why this charming restaurant has been voted as Cape Town’s best Italian restaurant.
Pastis Brasserie – Constantia
If you’re a French food lover, this cosy bistro is a firm favourite with locals due to its French Flair and Cape Country style ambience and top quality food. Pastis is situated alongside the vineyards of the world-renowned Groot Constantia, the oldest homestead in South Africa and a leading tourist destination. The menu offers an impressive range; quintessentially French with a South African flavour and include items such as bouillabaise, seafood linguine, beef espetada and niçoise salad.
Maria’s Greek Cafe & Restaurant – Gardens
This cosy cafe is an absolute delight with its perfect, colourful, delicious food. The Greek country style food is all made from fresh ingredients and is a treat for your taste buds. The distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere provides the perfect backdrops to try out some of their specialities like their mezze and baklava.
A visit to Cape Town would not be complete if you don’t sample some of the unique and distinct South African flavours. As we say in South Africa, local is lekker.
Cape Malay Cuisine
Bo Kaap Kombuis – Bo Kaap
South African’s love curry and have mastered local dishes that are unique and traditional and are steeped in culture and history. Bo Kaap Kombuis features panoramic views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and serve traditional and authentic Cape Malay cuisine A visit to this establishment not only offers world class, tasty food but also offers a cultural experience.
Xhosa and African Cuisine
Marco’s African Place – Bo Kaap
In this vibrant orange building, you’ll not only encounter authentic décor, but live music and dancing too. The menu specialises in game such as, springbok, kudu and ostrich accompanied by pap and other staples. The menu includes popular Xhosa dishes such as ulwimi (steamed ox tongue in a mustard sauce) and umleqwa (free range chicken and onion stew) and is home to a marimba (Afro-Jazz) band that plays nightly.