If you’re interested in fine dining, fusion cuisine, home-grown fare or distinct African flavours, rest assured that Cape Town is the foodie capital of South Africa. Whether you’re looking for a light snack in the summer sunshine or a hearty winter’s meal near a warm hearth, the Mother City is the ultimate culinary destination.
When it comes to dining out, you are simply spoilt for choice.
La Colombe on Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm (+27 (0)21 794 6500) in the Constantia Valley is one of the finest restaurants in Cape Town. In 2006, it was voted the Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East and the 28th Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, published in the United Kingdom. It has maintained its excellent reputation ever since. Make sure you book in advance.
Voted Restaurant of the Year at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, The Greenhouse is a showcase of Cape Town's first Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff's prowess in the kitchen, infusing international culinary experience with local cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce and wine. The restaurant has limited seating, just 45 people, providing an intimate dining experience.
The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, was named the second-best restaurant in South Africa at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, while its chef/owner Luke-Dale Roberts was named Chef of the Year. Described as "a gourmet laboratory on the city’s food map", the cuisine is a gastronomic mix of innovation, experimentation resulting in an Asian-infused gourmet feast in a creative and delightful setting.
The prestigious South African 2010 Eat Out Restaurant Awards selected Cape Town restaurant, Aubergine, in its pick of the 2010 Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa. This venue is situated at 39 Barnet Street, Gardens. To book a table, contact +27 (0)21 465 4909.
Wine magazine identified Bibi’s Kitchen (+27 (0)21 797 1054), The Food Barn (+27 (0)21 789 1390) and Mzoli’s Place (+27 (0)21 638 1355) as three of Cape Town’s Top 10 Everyday Restaurants. Bibi’s Kitchen in Wynberg offers spectacular Indian fare; The Food Barn in Noordhoek was started by renowned chef Franck Dangereux, and has an excellent bistro menu and relaxed atmosphere; Mzoli’s is an authentically African restaurant in Gugulethu known world-widea for its good vibes and meaty menu.
For sushi, head to Wakame (+27 (0)21 433 2377) in Beach Road, Mouille Point. For a touch of Moroccan you have to go to Mojolenas (+27 (0)21 426-2351) to try out the chocolate chilli steak, and for your fill of fabulous pizza, Vabbo (+27 (0)21 448 0282) is a sure bet.
If you are unsure what type of cuisine you are in the mood for, and would like to browse a variety of restaurants easily, head to the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants (and prices), many of which have a spectacular view of the harbour and Table Mountain.
- Phone: +27 (0) 21 487 6800
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
The Cape Town Carnival brings South Africans together to celebrate our culture and heritage; people united in the joy of movement, rhythm, colour and creativity. The fact that we can showcase this to the rest of the world and create jobs and promote social cohesion at the same time, makes it even more wonderful.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
!Khwa ttu, the San Education and Culture Centre, 70 km north-west of Cape Town offers you the unique experience of being introduced to the world of the descendants of the first indigenous people of southern Africa.
Rising 669m above sea level, Lion’s Head, a popular hiking spot, is unmistakably part of Cape Town’s skyline. Driving on the N2 into the city centre, you can clearly see why it’s called Lion’s Head – look to your right; Signal Hill forms the rump, the space in between the body of what could be a crouching feline.
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