Cape Town Food Trends to Watch in 2014

24 February 2014

A look at nine food trends in Cape Town that find favour with locals and visitors alike:

1. Secret Eating
Adventurous foodies looking to eat and experience something different gather in a surprising, unexpected venue for Secret Eats. This mysterious pop-up eatery trend is catching on in Cape Town with pop-up restaurants, picnics and invite-only mystery dinners.

Spier Secret Courtyard
A hidden courtyard at 64A Wale Street, in the heart of Cape Town, will host special dinners, musicians and food-and-wine themed movie nights from February – April 2014.
The Spier Secret Festival Conference
This year incorporated into the World Design Capital 2014 Food Indaba, will take place from 16 – 18 October 2014.
Visit for more information, or follow @SpierSecret on Twitter.

SecretEATS is a mystery portal to the best venues, hosts and chefs in Cape Town. Attending a SecretEAT is as easy as signing up to reserve a seat and waiting for your official invite.
For more information visit, follow @thesecreteats on Twitter or Secret EATS on Facebook.

2. Food Trucks
Food on the move is a global trend but in Cape Town it comes with a spectacular backdrop and local culinary cool. From surf-loving, Italian chef Luca Castiglione’s Limoncello to top chef, Bertus Basson’s gourmet hotdogs by Die Wors-Rol (which uses only ethically sourced meats); follow their movements @CTFoodTrucks on Twitter or Cape Town Food Trucks on Facebook to grab a gourmet meal from a caravan or truck.

You will regularly find The Limoncello at the Oudekraal market on Wednesdays, Salt River Circle most lunch times during the week, Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays and the Blaauwklippen Market on Sundays.

Die Wors-Rol
Die Wors-Rol drives around with pin-up mascot, Betsie, covering the sides of the truck. You can tweet @DieWorsRol to find out where Betsie will be next, or call 078 822 2885 if you would like them to roll on your way.

Baguette Bicycle
Baguette Bicycle is a collection of vintage bicycles loaded with baskets of gourmet sandwiches, stationed at Deluxe Coffee Works and Bean There Coffee Roasters in the central city. Tweet @BaguetteBicycle to find out where they are.

Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour
Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour is a bohemian caravan that travels from place to place around the Cape selling a wide range of loose-leaf teas. It can be found at the Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays, as well as at major markets, festivals and events. There is also a new permanent store at the Woodstock Exchange.

Cafeteria Guerilla Gastronomica
Cafeteria’s popular haunts are: Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays and 73 Kloof Street Mondays to Fridays. Follow @cafeteriamobile on Twitter and Cafeteria Mobile on Facebook.

The Grubbery
The Grubbery serves New York-style street food and can often be found on Harrington Street, at Oudekraal, and at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill. Follow @GrubberyTruck on Twitter or The Grubbery on Facebook.

Durban’s Finest Curry
Think spicy – can be found at Oudekraal and at various events. Follow @durbsfinestcurry on Twitter and Durban’s Finest Curry on Facebook.

El Burro
Mexican street food on the go. El Burro’s food truck can be found at the Neighbourgoods Market and can be hired for private events. Follow @_El_Burro on Twitter.

The Good Life
Designer burgers and finer foods are on offer at The Good Life. Find them at Oudekraal Market or in front of Charly’s Bakery on Harrington Street. Also look out for them at festivals and events. Follow @thegoodlife_ct on Twitter and The Good Life CT on Facebook.

Lotus Food Truck
Lotus serves contemporary Asian street food from popular public hangouts and at private events. Follow @LOTUSfoodtruck on Twitter and LOTUS Food Truck on Facebook.

Meisies Kitchen
Meisies Kitchen offers fresh home-cooked meals like pastas, salads, pita’s and wraps at events, markets, and roadside around Cape Town. Follow @MeisiesKitchen on Twitter and Meisies Kitchen Food Truck on Facebook.

The Nob
The mobile trailer version of the Woodstock restaurant serves dishes at popular events and gatherings. Follow The NOB on Facebook.

Tebb’s Kitchen
Tebb’s offers light lunches served from Sea Point Promenade and is available for private events. Follow @Tebbs-Kitchen on Twitter and Tebb’s Kitchen on Facebook.

3. Staying In
Forget the days of ordering the same-old food when you are worn out from a day of sea, sun and city adventures, and want to stay in. You can still spoil yourself with some great quality food, just by picking up the phone:

Mr Delivery
Food deliveries from a range of restaurants across the Peninsula, as well as from their own “convenience store”. Follow @MrDeliverySA on Twitter and Mr Delivery SA on Facebook.

Excellent Chinese Food – by delivery only. Follow @MonksChinese on Twitter or Monks on Facebook.

The Flying Pan
For home-made meals delivered to your door. Follow @theflyingpan_ct  on Twitter and The Flying Pan on Facebook.

The Doorstep Chef
The Doorstep Chef also offers dinner meals delivered to your front door, but includes a vegetarian and vegan menu.

4. Sweet Tooth Delicacies
Not only can you get a regular ice lolly or a good old soft serve cone beside most Cape Town beaches, but there is also an endless variety of creative and whimsical decadent treats – from beet ice cream to organic dark chocolate covered in a designer wrapper.

The Creamery
Real ice cream made from fresh local produce – in flavours ranging from the usual chocolate and vanilla to those as surprising as Coconut Rice Pudding and Beet and Orange. Follow on @TheCreamerySA on Twitter or The Creamery SA on Facebook.

Sinnfull Ice Cream Emporium
Follow the queue to Sinnfull Ice Cream Emporium where ice cream and sorbet using natural ingredients for a variety of flavours are sold – also in packaged litres. Follow @SinnfullCT on Twitter and Sinnfull Ice Cream! on Facebook.

Honest Chocolate
Chocolate handmade in Cape Town using raw, organic Ecuadorian cacao - no preservatives, artificial flavouring or emulsifiers added. Exquisite art wrappers make these almost too good to eat. Follow on @HonestChoc on Twitter or Honest Chocolate on Facebook.

Charly’s Bakery
The quirky Charly’s Bakery is an institution in Cape Town and their hit cake-and-life show, Charly’s Cake Angels, produced by Cooked in Africa Films, was so well received it’s made its way around the world. Join their cult following on @charlysbakery or Charly’s Bakery on Facebook.

Jason Bakery
A local favourite for breakfast and lunch, Jason Bakery is the first to acknowledge the growing trend of serving gourmet doughnuts called “Dough-Ssants” – think caramelised popcorn, black forest and double chocolate among many, many others. Follow Jason Bakery @jasonbakery on Twitter and Jason Bakery on Facebook.

High Tea
Skip lunch (and all other snacks) and save yourself for high tea, Cape Town-style. You’ll find everything from cucumber sandwiches to champagne, macaroons, éclairs and more at one of the many upmarket establishments that serve afternoon tea.
The Cape Grace
The Conservatory at The Cellars Hohenhort
Ellerman House
The Terrace at the Mount Nelson
Vista Bar at the One & Only Cape Town
The Lounge at the Table Bay Hotel

5. Healthy
An abundant outdoor lifestyle and beautiful surrounds are encouragement enough to keep it healthy – and in good company.  Cape Town leads the way with healthy, organic, vegetarian and allergen-sensitive options.

Plant Café
Plant Café is Cape Town’s latest vegetarian and vegan foodie offering of 100% plant-based fast food with additional gluten-free options.

The Nook
The Nooks menu is light and affordable offering a selection of fresh and homemade smoothies, fruits and yogurt, toasted sandwiches, pastries and cakes.

Wellness Warehouse
Visit a Wellness Warehouse, dotted around Cape Town, for natural ingredients and organic products, and stop for a bite at their healthy café.

Sababa Kitchen and Deli
Sababa serves up uncomplicated, healthy food with a Middle Eastern and Mediterannean touch from deli style shops in Sea Point and Bree Street, Cape Town - sit down or take away.

Capetonians are mad about this fresh and healthy Japanese dish… for the best of the best sushi restaurants, head down to:
Willoughby and Co.

Healthy Food on the Go…
For smoothies, fresh juices and healthy food alternatives.
For high quality healthy food.
Myog and Marcels
For frozen yoghurt. and respectively

Raw Foods
Surprisingly filling and very nutritious, raw food is sweeping the city and can be found at many markets across Cape Town as well as being ordered from:
Raw Superfood Snacks

6. Do-it-Yourself Cooking
Cape Town’s everyday food offerings cater to all tastes and dietary requirements, whilst several Cape Town deli’s and speciality food stores are a treasure trove of flavours.

Giovanni’s Deliworld
Giovanni’s in Green Point is legendary for its bustling Italian café and deli stocking healthy sandwiches and picnic goodies.
Oakhurst Farmstall
Oakhurst Farmstall in Kenilworth offers juicy fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade cakes and baked breads, as well as ready-made hot meals. Follow Oakhurst Farmstall on Facebook.
Melissa's The Food Shop
Melissa’s is a retail food store that offers local produce, fresh baked goods and their own range of spices, sauces and more. Melissa’s restaurants also serve breakfast, lunch and early suppers. Follow Melissa’s @melissas_za on Twitter and Melissa’s The Food Shop on Facebook.
Millstone Farmstall and Café
The Millstone Farmstall and Café is situated in the Oude Molen Eco-Village in Pinelands. The café serves freshly squeezed juices, coffee, light meals and daily wood-fired breads, as well as home grown organic produce at the farmstall. Follow Millstone Farmstall & Cafe on Facebook.

Amazing chain store supermarkets include:
Pick ‘n Pay
Bigger Pick ‘n Pay Supermarkets (such as the V&A Waterfront's revamped branch) also offer healthy pre-made food and ingredients.
Selected Spars offer a large range of continental and health food. The Spar at the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre was recently voted the ‘Number One’ outlet in SA.
Offers a comprehensive range of low fat, vegan, organic and health conscious foods.

7. Gourmet Meat and Butcheries
A passion for farm-reared meat, man-food and snout-to-tail creativity has spawned a number of gourmet butchers and meat purveyors.

Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants
Believes that the meat we eat should be healthy and sustainable; they only work with suppliers who feel the same way. Follow them on Twitter @FrankieFenner.

The Butcher Man
The Butcher Man is a boutique butchery offering quality cuts of meat.

Farmer Angus
Farmer Angus sells grass fed/pasture reared/free range beef. Follow @FarmerAngus on Twitter.

Cape Town Food Markets
Have a host of suppliers who bring fresh meat from farms in Cape Town’s outlying rural areas

Carne SA
Award-winning restaurateur Giorgio Nava’s ode to meat. Follow Carne SA on Facebook.

Elgin Free Range Chicken
A pioneer in making free range, drug-free chicken available to various shops and supermarkets. Follow @ElginTheChicken on Twitter or Elgin The Free Range Chicken on Facebook.

Oak Valley
Look out for their Wagu beef and acorn-fed pork. Follow @oakvalleywines on Twitter and Oak Valley on Facebook.

Joubert & Monty’s
Have numerous biltong stands and shops in malls across Cape Town and South Africa. Follow @JandMBiltong on Twitter and Joubert & Monty Famous Biltong on Facebook.

8. Craft Beer
Beer actually came to Cape Town before wine when the Big Daddy of beer (one of the biggest breweries in the world), South African Breweries, started making beer from the waters of a Newlands spring. The Craft Beer revolution is about five years old in Cape Town and continues to grow as makers vie for the best label design and coolest tasting rooms.

& Union
Earlier adopters these guys were amongst the first to import craft beer and now have a cool Craft Beer and Wine Bar in Bree Street, Cape Town. Follow on Twitter @andUnionwine and And Union Bar on Bree on Facebook.

Beerhouse on Long
The Beerhouse on Long is a stylish beer hall with 99 types of beers and ales on offer, with a focus on local craft beer brands. Follow @BEERHOUSEonLong on Twitter and Beerhouse on Facebook.

The Tap Room at Devil’s Peak Brewery
Restaurant and bar at Devil’s Peak Brewery, offering a menu by top chefs and a unique beer and food pairing board. Follow @DevilsPeakBC on Twitter or Devil’s Peak Brewing Company on Facebook.

Everson Cider
Everson makes real apple and pear ciders that sell at markets across Cape Town and at restaurants like Banana Jam, El Burro and the Power & the Glory, amongst others. Follow @EversonsCider on Twitter and Everson’s Cider on Facebook.

Cape Town Festival of Beer
The Cape Town Festival of Beer is the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, showcasing beers from mass producers to craft brewers. Follow @FestofBeer on Twitter or Cape Town Festival of Beer on Facebook. #CTFOB

Cape Town Bierfest
Bierfest is a beer festival modelled on the German Oktoberfest offering Bavarian styled beer varieties, as well as a range of local South African beers, ciders and wines. Follow SA Bierfest on Facebook.

9. Food and Wine Pairings
Capetonians are always keen to pair new and interesting food and drink combinations to please the palate. The latest pairings include anything from biltong and wine to brandy and chocolate.
Chocolate and wine pairing at Waterford Estate
Biltong and wine pairing at Stellenbosch Hills
Ice cream and wine pairing at Clos Malverne
Food and beer pairing at Darling Brewery
Brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing at Van Ryn’s
Whiskey and food pairing at Bascule, Cape Grace
Nougat, meringues and sparkling wine tasting at JC Le Roux
Olives, dried olives and olive oil tasting at Morgenster Estate or Cascade Country Manor and respectively

• For an atmospheric look at Cape Town’s foodie vibe watch Cape Town Tourism’s The Food of Cape Town #lovecapetown; view it on Youtube.
• For a gallery of free-to-use images of food scenes in Cape Town, click here. We simply ask that you credit Cape Town Tourism.


Released for Cape Town Tourism by Rabbit in a Hat Communications, Tammy White, +27 21 671 2640, +27 73 202 5041,

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