Eating and Drinking in Cape Town

Baked Bistro

Cape Town

Restaurants

Baked Bistro

Everyone has a ‘local’, a place where they know you by name, where the food is good, the coffee great and you can relax in comfort. Baked Bistro in Bakoven happened to be my ‘local’ for a recent 2-week stint in Cape Town and will become yours too, even if you live on the other side of the mountain. Sitting out in the beautiful sunshine, with the faint smell of the ocean mingling with the smell of freshly-baked breads, you may find yourself sitting there for hours, watching the world go by, but really just waiting for the next meal time. Baked Bistro offers brilliant baked delights, scrumptious breakfasts, home-made pizzas and burgers... and more besides.

  • Contact: 38 Victoria Road, Bakoven
  • Tel: +27 (21) 437 1737
  • Email: info@bakedbistro.co.za
  • Updated: 31/05/2013

Café Paradiso

Restaurants

Café Paradiso

Breakfast lunch and dinner are a relaxed and vibey treat at Café Paradiso.It's at the top of Kloof Street in central Cape Town and was recently taken over by those creative geniuses at Madame Zingara. Think rustic and relaxed Italian - great risottos, pebbled courtyards and several farm house dining rooms. Whether you relax in the garden, watch fresh pasta being made in the pasta room or soak up the atmosphere in the wine room, this is the perfect place to unwind with friends and family. And it's pretty reasonable as well.

  • Contact: 110 Kloof Street, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021 423 8653
  • Email: bookings@cafeparadiso.co.za
  • Web: www.cafeparadiso.co.za
  • Updated: 18/01/2011

Café Roux

Noordhoek

Restaurants

Café Roux

Paul, Bern and Lindi are all about good times and fantastic food. As they themselves put it: "we wanted to create a special place where we could sit outside with our family and friends, eating great food, drinking our favourite wine, simply enjoying life..." This mission has been accomplished... and in spades.

  • Prices: Breakfast: R18 - R54. Lunch: R38 - R98.
  • Contact: Noordhoek Farm Village
  • Tel: 021-789-2538
  • Fax: 021-789-2577
  • Email: info@caferoux.co.za
  • Web: www.caferoux.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar

Cape Town

Wine

Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar

Buying wine is a very personal thing. A lady who understands that more than most is Caroline Rillema, who has been in the business for 30 years. Her two wine shops in Cape Town are filled to the brim with a huge selection of over 1,500 hand-picked South African wines. Every wine has been tasted by Caroline and her team of enthusiastic, passionate wine managers. They are available to help you choose, or you can be left alone to make your own selection, knowing that if it’s there, it’s worth buying. Value for money is their creed. Tastings are held daily in the Victoria and Alfred waterfront shop, from 16h00 to 19h00, Monday to Friday. No charge and no booking required. Exports are arranged to most countries around the world, and special packaging is done if you wish to travel with your wine purchase. A large range of the finest spirits, liqueurs and beers are stocked as well.

  • Prices: You can buy online via www.carolineswine.com.
  • Contact: 62 Strand Street, Cape Town, or V&A store at Shop KWH8, King’s Warehouse, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021-419-8984
  • Email: carowine@mweb.co.za
  • Web: www.carolineswine.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Detour Espresso Bar

Cape Town

Cafés & delis

Detour Espresso Bar

Detour Espresso Bar is undoubtedly the coolest, albeit elusive, coffee shop in Cape Town (and possibly in the world). Situated on the beautiful, winding road between Camps Bay and Llandudno, you would possibly pass it without ever knowing of its existence. That is until now! This is a café with a difference. Being fully mobile, Detour and its owner Marck can be found on most weekdays between 7 and 11 am. But be warned: if the surf is good, Marck probably won't be there! With light snacks and views to beat any other coffee shop, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Marck and his one-of-kind Espresso Bar.

  • Contact: Victoria Road, between Bakoven and Oudekraal
  • Updated: 15/04/2014

Dias Tavern

Restaurants

Dias Tavern

One of Cape Town's longest-running restaurants, this lively Portuguese taverna serves up traditional favourites like beef espetadas, spicy trinchado, peri-peri prawns and peri-peri chicken while you enjoy sensational views of Table Mountain. The atmosphere, authentic food and live music (Thursday to Saturday) makes Dias a hot favourite with local Capetonians who pack it out over the weekends... so be sure to book.

  • Contact: 15 Caledon Street, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021-465-7547
  • Fax: 021-465-7582
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Dogs' Bollocks

Restaurants

Dogs' Bollocks

Allow me to introduce to you the best underground burger joint this side of New York State, nah, the world! Dogs' Bollocks. A visit to this little alleyway set-up will be like nothing else you have experienced. Nigel, the owner, is a complete character (the name of the joint might have told you that already) and you soon realize his energy and personality is converted in to all that you encounter. The burgers are delicious and flavourful and huge value for money. They are grilled right by your table and all of the sauces and spices are manufactured by Nigel himself. These can be bought not only locally but also internationally (trust me, you will need your weekly fix of his stuff when your holiday finally comes to an end). But perhaps my favourite part of this entire experience is not the food, nor the quirkiness of Nigel or the location (nor the name), but possibly their wines. Utube... what a revelation. Have a look at their website to find out more. I am literally in love with - well addicted to - this place!

  • Prices: Burgers: R40 - R50; Wine: R50 for 1,5 litres.
  • Contact: 6 Roodehoek Avenue, Off Buitenkant Street, Gardens
  • Tel: +27 (83) 440 7843
  • Email: ukuva@netactive.co.za
  • Web: www.ukuvaiafrica.com
  • Updated: 21/11/2011

Harbour House Restaurant

Kalk Bay

Restaurants

Harbour House Restaurant

Built on the breakwater of Kalk Bay's working harbour, Harbour House not only provides diners with uninterrupted sea views (and whale-watching from your table in season), but they also have their own boat which delivers the freshest linefish in Cape Town straight onto your plate. The restaurant is elegant and simple, qualities reflected in the cooking where the emphasis is on allowing the flavours of the fresh seafood to speak for themselves. Hugely popular with the locals, so book well in advance.

  • Contact: Kalk Bay harbour, Kalk Bay
  • Tel: 021-788-4133
  • Email: harbourhouse@icon.co.za
  • Web: www.harbourhouse.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Hard Pressed Café

Cafés & delis

Hard Pressed Café

Coffee. Food. Vinyl. A small bird told us recently of a new set-up called the Hard Pressed Café, which, wait for it, sells vinyls and can be washed down with a best cup of hot brew... and equally delicious food! Tucked in to the bottom corner of town, the Hard Pressed Café is set to be one of Cape Town's new trendy hot spots - be sure to be one of the first to sample its charms!

  • Contact: Portside Towers,, 5 Buitengracht Street,, Cape Town
  • Email: info@hardpressed.co.za
  • Web: www.hardpressed.co.za
  • Updated: 18/07/2014

Just Sushi

Simon's Town

Restaurants

Just Sushi

When it comes to sushi you want three things: fresh, fresh and fresh. And that's just what you get at Just Sushi. Nothing is prepared in advance by their Cantonese chefs. Relax at the bar and try some traditional saki or a Japanese beer while your fresh sashimi, nigiri, roses, rolls and combo platters are put together. Fill your nostrils with some wasabi-flavoured sea air and enjoy great food in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Prices: Average R160.
  • Contact: Simon's Town Waterfront, St Georges Street, Simon's Town
  • Tel: 021-786-4340
  • Email: justsushi@telkomsa.net
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Kloof Street House

Cape Town

Restaurants

Kloof Street House

Real men don't drink pink drinks... so they say. Unless you find yourself sitting at the modern, chic, eclectic, Victorian, boho, totally-confused, but oh-so-wonderful Kloof Street House bar, sipping on possibly the world's best cocktails (assiduously checked by barman for quality - someone's got to take the tough jobs out there!). Everything about this place will make you fall in love: the staff, the decor, the 'vibe and feel', the crowd, oh and lets not even get on to the food! I dare you to find a jus as lip-smackingly good anywhere else. See you there in 15 minutes!P.S. almost forgot to tell you about their new fantastic Sunday jazz lunches.

  • Contact: 30 Kloof Street, Gardens
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 423 4413
  • Email: info@kloofstreethouse.co.za
  • Web: www.kloofstreethouse.co.za
  • Updated: 06/08/2013

Knead

South Africa

Restaurants

Knead

Not being one to fall in love with any multi-venue restaurants, Knead Bakery might in fact be the only exception to this rule. Established in 2006, Knead offers a fantastic café-boulangerie-type experience. Whilst bakers are hard at work lovingly kneading their dough in the background, one can indulge in a cup of their own special coffee blends and tuck in to an array of mouth-watering meals.With branches across Cape Town and the most amazing breakfast and lunch time specials, Knead is the perfect venue for business meetings, post-stroll munchies and carb lovers alike.

Kwalapa

Newlands

Cafés & delis

Kwalapa

Kwalapa is Xhosa for local and if organic produce is your thing then Kwalapa is a must. They are 'locavores' to the core and bring you low carbon footprint produce straight from the local farmer into your omelette and smoothie. Also on offer is a fantastic selection of home bakes, juices and organic coffee. Kwalapa is about much more than just serving up healthy organic nosh though. They strive to teach people how to go green sustainably and to enjoy the process.

  • Prices: Organic coffee R15; average price for light meal is R40.
  • Contact: Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
  • Tel: 021-687-9314
  • Email: emily@kwalapa.com
  • Web: www.kwalapa.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Mount Nelson High Tea

Restaurants

Mount Nelson High Tea

I have a little secret to tell you my dear readers. I am studying to become a chef, of pastry in particular, and so it was with a shocking realization that after 3 years of living in Cape Town I was booking my first visit to the highly-acclaimed Mount Nelson High Tea. And let me tell you, I more than ate my 3 years' worth of sweet and savoury delights. The High Tea takes place daily from 2:30 – 5:30 and can be enjoyed in a number of seating areas. The area around the garden fountain is particularly relaxing on a warm day. Take your time and savour all that is on offer: the stunning gardens, the grand colonial buildings and, most importantly, the tea-time treats. The service will ensure that you feel totally at ease before you even take your first sip of tea. P.S. A tip from one tea connoisseur to another. Try the signature Mount Nelson blend. Delicious!

  • Prices: R165.
  • Contact: 76 Orange Street, Cape Town
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 483 1948
  • Email: restaurantreservations@mountnelson.co.za
  • Web: www.mountnelson.co.za
  • Updated: 04/08/2011

Panama Jacks Lobster & Sushi Bar

Restaurants

Panama Jacks Lobster & Sushi Bar

Set in the working half of Cape Town's docks, Panama Jacks is undoubtedly the city's quintessential seafood restaurant. The emphasis is on food quality and freshness, so you can choose your live lobster or abalone from the fresh seawater tanks. This wooden shack with its low flag-bedecked ceiling has become a Cape Town institution. Throw in a selection of over 120 wines and your outing to Panama Jacks is sure to be a memorable one.

  • Contact: Quay 500, Cape Town harbour
  • Tel: 021-447-3992
  • Email: panamajacks@mweb.co.za
  • Web: www.panamajacks.net
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Peter's House

Cape Town

Restaurants

Peter's House

Peter's House is found on the hippest, hipster corner in Cape Town - Kloof Nek corner. If you happen to be in town on a Tuesday be sure to make it to this restaurant for their weekly quiz night. Gather a team of two or four and for a little more than 7 quid you gain entry in to the quiz, a pasta of your choice and a glass or two of wine. Once done, pop across to The Black Ram (The Power and the Glory) and either toast your victory (or in our case ponder over a few pints what led to your terrible loss).

  • Contact: Kloof Nek Corner, Cape Town
  • Tel: +27 21 424 3451
  • Updated: 19/03/2014

Royale Eatery

Cape Town

Restaurants

Royale Eatery

The Royale Eatery represents vibey, beatnik Long Street at its best and is a burger lover’s heaven, with more than thirty options to choose from including a far more than token vegetarian section (there are soya, tofu or mushroom burgers), as well as chicken, lamb, fish, ostrich, veal and, of course, beef patties. And yes, you can get a “royale with cheese”. Feta, brie, cheddar, blue or Swiss?

  • Contact: 279 Long Street, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021 422 4536
  • Updated: 07/10/2010

Salty Sea Dog Restaurant

Restaurants

Salty Sea Dog Restaurant

Head here for fish 'n' chips at their greatest. The building is the old fish market on the wharf and you can eat in or take away freshly-grilled or -fried fish, calamari, squid, prawns and all sorts of other marine delicacies. Friendly service and packed with locals - just what we like.

  • Prices: R45 - R75.
  • Contact: Wharf St, Simon's Town
  • Tel: 021-786-1918
  • Fax: 021-786-1918
  • Email: saltydog@telkomsa.net
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Stardust Restaurant

Restaurants

Stardust Restaurant

All the staff are students of the performing arts or studying other vocations and have a passion for fun and performing. Our waiter, a 5th-year medical student, literally let loose with a Freddie Mercury number that made us all want to break free too. These guys put on a dinner party like no other with ongoing performances including tap-dancing dance-offs and plenty more. The Mediterranean food is great and no-one leaves before 1am. Due to popular demand they have opened a second Stardust in Durbanville... same menu, same performers, same fantastic experience!

  • Prices: Starters: R45 - R55. Mains: R70 - R150.
  • Contact: 165 Main Rd, Rondebosch
  • Tel: 021-686-6280
  • Fax: 021-686-0674
  • Email: admin@stardustcapetown.com
  • Web: www.stardustcapetown.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Starlings Cafe

Claremont

Cafés & delis

Starlings Cafe

Setting a scene more fit for a quaint little country eatery, Starlings Cafe is an absolute gem hidden in the Cape Town suburbs. Focus is on home-grown produce, reflected in the daily, personalised menu, where every dish reflects passion, freshness, love and goodness. The Wednesday farmers' market, a great new addition to the already popular cafe, allows visitors to meet the suppliers and sample their wares, the very same suppliers that the cafe uses every day in their kitchen. A great place to meet any day or any hour of the week.

  • Contact: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town
  • Tel: +27 (21) 671 6875
  • Email: starlingscafe@gmail.com
  • Updated: 03/09/2012

Tamboers Winkel

Cape Town

Restaurants

Tamboers Winkel

There are some places which I fall in love with, but then think, damn, I wish I had thought of starting a place like this! I had two such experiences this weekend, and, they were right next door to each other. Carefully-thought-out, farm-style interior (and a brilliant little outdoor alcove), only the best and freshest products from some of the area's best suppliers, a concise but tasty menu, cosy in winter, fun vibes in summer, communal tables, craft beers and cracking wines. This place has it all. I found myself there on a Sunday morning with a paper in hand; in fact, you will find me there every Sunday morning!

  • Contact: 3 De Lorentz Street, Gardens
  • Tel: +27 21 424 0521
  • Cel: +27 72 368 3991
  • Email: theo@tamboerswinkel.com
  • Updated: 09/07/2013

The Butcher Man

Cape Town

Restaurants

The Butcher Man

There are a lot of people out there jumping on bandwagons of new food movements, calling themselves boutique this, craft that or artisanal something-or-other, but with a 'Made in China' sticker still on the packaging. The guys at Butcher Man avoid any such pretentiousness and stick to what they know best: no surprises, it's meat! Not only do they offer superior products and over 100 years of experience behind them, but they also serve up some mean grub using their own products. Pop in for a snack and take some meat home with you for a good ol' South African braai.

  • Contact: 105 Main Road
  • Tel: 021 434 1111
  • Email: realmeat@thebutcherman.co.za
  • Web: www.thebutcherman.co.za
  • Updated: 29/11/2013

The Daily Deli

Restaurants

The Daily Deli

I thought it was time to remind you all of one of the top secret spots in Cape Town as it celebrates the start of its teens at 13 years old. Whenever I have the pleasure of visiting Cape Town for a little holiday I fall automatically into a daily routine: a (very) slow run through the beautiful suburb of Tamboerskloof followed by my daily breakfast at the local Daily Deli (truth be told the run is just an excuse to get there!).A hidden gem for locals, The Daily Deli, located in a stunning semi-detached Victorian house, is a sidewalk café / deli / bakery. Think morning newspapers, delicious coffee, freshly-baked croissants, warm sunshine and stunning views. Now that you are in on the secret, be sure to go see it for yourself.

  • Contact: 13 Brownlow Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
  • Tel: +27 (21) 426 0250
  • Updated: 01/06/2012

The Duchess of Wisbeach

Sea Point

Restaurants

The Duchess of Wisbeach

The Duchess of Wisbeach is loud, busy, chaotic and superbly stylish! The bold, pink, front door is flanked by awnings and two large painted cameos of women, one languidly smoking a cheroot. Inside, there’s a great energy – homely, playful and ever so slightly mischievous. Book in advance, or, like us, the only table you’ll be able to get on a Saturday night will be at 9pm! The food is magnificent. It’s good, hearty, uncomplicated home cooking. The beef fillet was sensational – served with a decadent béarnaise sauce and the best chips I have ever eaten. Ever. I’m not sure what her secret is, but I’m still thinking about those blasted chips!Go with friends, go for the food, dress up – eat, drink and be merry. I can’t wait to go back! Dinner only.

  • Contact: 1 Wisbeach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021-434-1525
  • Updated: 11/11/2010

The Fireman's Arms

Cape Town

Pubs

The Fireman's Arms

Established in 1864 The Fireman's Arms is one of the oldest operating public houses in Cape Town. Festooned with old and colourful fire-fighting paraphernalia (including a pole), Fireman's is without doubt both the best place to catch any sports match and Cape Town's most authentic English pub. Traditional pub favourites like steak and kidney pie, liver and onions and thin crusted pizzas are served up by the cheerful team. Wash it all down with a pint from the long list of ales, stouts and lagers.

  • Contact: Corner of Buitengracht and Mechau Streets, Cape Town
  • Tel: 021-4191513
  • Fax: 021-419-0221
  • Cel: 083-255-6116
  • Email: kevin@firemansarms.co.za
  • Web: www.firemansarms.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

The Foodbarn

Noordhoek

Restaurants

The Foodbarn

What I love about the Food Barn is that on a Wednesday evening (you’ll need to book), one of South Africa’s top chefs, Franck Dangereuxs, will perform a demo of one of the delicious dishes on offer that evening. The food itself is on the verge of gastronomic greatness. Throw in a spectacular setting, fantastic value for money and a great atmosphere and you’ll see why this is one of Cape Town’s local favourites. The Foodbarn has also launched its new Winter special (and it’s even better and cheaper than last year!). Get three courses for R165, four for R185 or five courses for R215. All courses come with a tasting of Steenberg wines, except for dessert.

  • Contact: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 789 1390
  • Email: info@thefoodbarn.co.za
  • Web: www.thefoodbarn.co.za
  • Updated: 17/06/2011

The Grand Café & Beach

Granger Bay

Restaurants

The Grand Café & Beach

If I were to plan the perfect day in Cape Town it would have to reach its climax at The Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay. Cape Town meets St Tropez at this brand-new private beach dining experience. Enjoy a crayfish sandwich or a full seafood platter at what promises to be THE place to rub shoulders with Cape Town’s beautiful people this summer... this winter, next summer... to Jupiter and beyond I would think! Also try the Grand Café on Camps Bay’s famous beachfront strip for another grand affair with loads of eclectic flair.

  • Prices: Average 3-course meal R250.
  • Contact: Beach Rd, Granger Bay
  • Tel: 021-425-0551
  • Email: beach@thegrand.co.za
  • Web: www.thegrand.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

The Secret Coffee Spot

Cafés & delis

The Secret Coffee Spot

We all have our secret little coffee shop that we like to keep to ourselves so that no one takes are favourite seat in the corner. This one is so secretive I cant even tell you what it is called (I swear if I actually knew the name I would!).The reason for this is that this coffee shop is unique, just like our last review on Detour Espresso Bar. The coffee is served straight out the back of a tuk-tuk. This one-man operation serves up delicious coffee, complete with a smile, and a few tit-bits to enjoy with it. All I can give you is its general whereabouts and a picture, the rest is up to you!

  • Contact: Corner of Vineyard and Protea Road, Claremont, Cape Town
  • Updated: 10/06/2014

The Tap Room

Cape Town

Restaurants

The Tap Room

The craft beer capital of South Africa is arguably Cape Town. With a plethora of options depending on taste, weather or situation, there is a beer out there for everyone. The Tap Room, Devil's Peak Brewery's tasting room, is something that dreams are made of. Not only can you taste their full range of beers, plus a few special offerings, but also indulge in some delicious grub. Expect only the freshest ingredients and food to get you thirsty for more beer. There is also a great food and beer pairing board.

  • Contact: 95 Durham Avenue, Salt River
  • Tel: +27 21 200 5818
  • Email: thetaproom@devilspeakbrewing.co.za
  • Web: devilspeakbrewing.co.za/taproom
  • Updated: 20/02/2014

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