WHERE TO EAT
Laid-back waterfront restaurants, sizzling steakhouses and authentic sushi – dining in South Africa is as eclectic and surprising as the city itself. But don’t leave without sampling real, hearty African fare. Your new favourite cuisine is here.
Renowned for its amazing pastries and treats Jason Bakery is something you simply have to pay a visit to! Breakfast includes delicious, flaky croissants filled with cheese and bacon, and at lunch time you can pick up a hearty sandwich filled with pulled pork with pickled cabbage. Oh, and if you can, try go on Saturday morning so you can get your hands on their special doughssants – a beautiful fusion of croissant and doughnut! It’s the perfect place to grab a treat, meet the locals and chill.
185 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8000 South Africa
Offering a fresh contemporary menu with an Asian flair, Beluga is the perfect spot for an after-work bite. Meat, poultry, seafood, dim sum and an impressive sushi offering– Beluga has it all! Pair that with an open plan kitchen, designer bar and intimate cobbled courtyard we predict Beluga will become a bit of a post-work weekly ritual.
5323 Geary Boulevard, 9412 Cape Town, Western Cape
House of H
High quality local and organic meats, salad plates piled high with delicious roasted veggies and greens and life-sized Marmite stools to sit down on, what’s not to love? House of H is an unpretentious hangout with a simple and relaxed approach to making hearty and flavoursome food. Oh, and don’t be surprised when you walk in and can’t see any waiters, House of H operates a do-it-yourself experience allowing you to be in total control of your House of H meal.
112 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Willoughby and Co
Assured and inventive new South African cooking blending fine Cape seafoods with traditional Japanese sushi and maki styles, west coast crayfish and Mozambique langoustines.
6130 & 6132, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Classic French dishes – veal, beef cheeks, seafood and lighter bites – are the stars of this family run bistro, regularly scooping best restaurant-awards for its surefooted execution of the finest local produce.
98 Shortmarket Street, Heritage Square
The Test Kitchen
Serious fun. That’s the pithy philosophy behind this enfant terrible two Cape Town restaurants. London-born Luke Dale-Roberts is firmly of the Heston School of gastronomic invention. Tasting ‘gourmand’ dinners offer a dizzying display of the man’s talents.
The Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock/Salt River
In the heart of the city centre, this riotously good fun institution serves up sociable, communal feasts celebrating traditional Ndebele, Xhosa and Zulu dishes. Try the fried Channa fish curry, or the Karoo lamb stew.
108 Shortmarket Street
Mount Nelson Hotel
Take high tea in this sumptuous, colonial-styled hotel in the foothills of Table Mountain. It’s tradition, don’t you know. The hotels’ Planet Restaurant is as glitzy as it gets – if you want to do it in style, this is the place.
76 Orange Street
Colourful food in colourful surroundings – that’s the Mama Africa recipe. And it’s one that’s served them well. This is something of a Long Street institution, serving hearty, rustic Cape fare with a side order of pounding African drummers. Touristy? A touch. But, hey, you’re on holiday, right? And the food’s great.
178 Long Street