Gourmet Cape Town

Cape Town is a foodie's heaven. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Gourmet Cape Town

Cape Town is without question the food and dining capital of South Africa and arguably of the entire African continent.  The city is home to not only a vast array of diverse dining options, but Cape Town also has a very high concentration of the country’s finest dining establishments.  That said, such is the diversity of gourmet offerings here in the city and surrounding winelands that there really is something for everyone – every palate and every pocket.

During the day

As there is so much to look at in Cape Town, be it the mountains, oceans, rolling vineyards or eclectic cityscapes, one’s choice of dining options is often determined by the vista on offer.  Fortunately, there are plenty of quality restaurant offerings in places like the Waterfront, Hout Bay, Constantia and in the CBD that all offer wonderful food and equally tasty views.  Many of the wine farms in Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Paarl have superb dining options, as do the villages of Paarl and Stellenbosch, but the dish of the day in the “out of town” category must certainly go to the village and vineyards of Franschhoek.  Some 45 minutes from the city of Cape Town, Franschhoek has a main road filled with world class dining options, many of whom have been awarded significant national and international accolades for their gastronomic offerings.   Not surprisingly the coastal towns and suburbs like Camps Bay, Mouille Point, Sea Point and Simon’s Town all have great daytime dining options with sea views.

Dining at night

Not unlike other creative exploits, the gastronomic world of Cape Town is in constant flux, but one thing that remains constant is that the diner is always spoilt for choice come dinnertime here.  The city cannot easily be segmented into defined areas of epicurean excellence, but there are pockets that stand out as always offering superb restaurants.  Many of the better hotels have wonderful in-house restaurants and both Long Street and Kloof Street in the city remain unwavering in their nighttime offerings.  Long Street and the side streets are “touristy” in many respects and this ensures that there is often lots to choose from here. 

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