Trendy new eateries to try in Cape Town
Cape Town is a food lover’s dream – from street food to corner cafes, burger joints to tapas, traditional cooking to fine dining, the city’s growing food scene is packed with mind-blowing options that cater to every taste and vibe. Here’s a look at some new spots well worth a visit:
We recently crowned Bree Street the current gold medalist in the Hipster Olympics, and for good reason! Crazy Horse is a welcome addition to Cape Town’s hippest strip, with their focus on European pub style food and an extensive selection of drinks featuring a whole wall of wine, eight beers on tap and seven signature cocktails. The lunch menu changes daily (so you can go every day) and on Sundays you can enjoy their signature carvery lunch for R150.
Café du Cap
We can all learn a thing or two from the French, so enjoy a slice of France when you enter the cosy Cafe du Cap at Cartel House on Loop Street. From the food and ambience to the decor and kaftans on sale, you’ll certainly feel like stylish Parisian savouring wholesome home-style food from their lunch table and salad bar. Their menu states their Croque Monsier is the best in town, the perfect excuse to go try it and verify it for yourself!
Big Dog Cafe
If you love the smell of coffee and the look of fresh pastries and gourmet lunches, then you’re going to feel right at home in Franschhoek’s Big Dog Café. The masterminds behind Terbodore Coffee established their successful headquarters in KZN in the early 2000s and have found a perfect match in Franschhoek for their Western Cape branch. They have come a long way since they brewed their first cup in KZN and their Great Dane logo (inspired by their dog Sultan) has become a symbol of good coffee.
One of our favourite neighbourhoods for fresh seafood, beautiful views and an arty atmosphere, Kalk Bay, has a new restaurant to enjoy. Salt, right next door to Olympia Cafe, specialises in small plates with their daily menu written on a chalk board. Think soups with freshly baked bread, seafood, delectable desserts and a great selection of wines.
YUZU Kitchen & Bar
East meets west at this hip Rock’nRoll Ramen restaurant and bar on Kloof Street where you can drink Saki while eating a juicy burger on a steamed bun. Interesting flavour combinations and a drinks menu for the ages is what you’re in for. At the moment they have a great special of a draft beer and a giant bowl of steamy Ramen (noodles in broth with vegetables and meat/ tofu) for R100, the perfect winter warmer.
Mille crepe cakes are divine delicacies compiled of 20 paper-thin crepes (French pancakes) with a light and sweet filling between them. It’s a work of art that you’ll want to admire and then devour and Localli has four flavours you’ll love: Dark chocolate, strawberry, Rooibos Masala Matcha and Vanilla Crème brûlée. With a fierce passion for all things local, Localli uses predominantly products sourced and produced in South Africa, from the indigenous wood tables, to the cups, napkins, chocolate and teas. Stop by St. Georges Mall in the CBD and you’ll be hooked on mille crepe cakes for life.
Cookies and Cream
Cookies and Cream has been making handmade ice-cream sandwiches since 2014 and now their eatery at 87 Buitengracht Street is causing a sensation. Their ice-cream sandwiches are made with great love and care and their bubble waffles are extremely Insta-worthy. Open until 22h00 on weekdays and 23h00 over the weekend, you can satisfy your salted caramel ice-cream craving after dinner too.
This friendly and contemporary eatery has a relaxed atmosphere and a hip and healthy menu with something for everyone. Located in the beautiful Mouille Point, Lily’s has a picturesque sea view and offers coffees, juices, breakfast, light lunches and then dinner and sundowners for when the sky turns pink.
For more info visit lilysrestaurant.co.za
Seabreeze Fish and Shell
If you’re feeling like traditional seafood with a twist, then you should check out the brilliant blue SeaBreeze on Bree Street. Celebrating Cape Town’s rich seafood heritage and our love for wine, Seabreeze serves lunch (think squid ink linguine with Mozambican prawns or a tuna burger), dinner and Oyster Happy Hour daily between 5 pm and 6 pm.
For more info visit: www.seabreezecapetown.co.za
The Mojo Market
Adjacent to the Mojo Hotel on Sea Point’s Regent Road, this market offers an insane amount of foodie favourites, gifts, decor, crafts and even flowers. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide variety of food stalls serving up anything from oysters and champagne to poké bowls, falafels, fresh sushi, sweet treats and perfect macarons. Grab a drink at the central bar and drink while you shop or secure a seat and check out the game on the screens above the counter. They’re open from 9 am to 9 pm with some stalls even staying open 24/7, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab an ice cream or burger on your way out!
For more info visit: www.mojomarket.co.za