Trendy new restaurants and bars in Cape Town

It’s safe to say Cape Town is a foodie’s paradise. 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.

Bootlegger, High Constantia

Bootlegger has opened a new branch in High Constantia, and it’s a totally new look and feel. The atmosphere is sophisticated, and while you’ll still get their famous coffee and baked goods, the dinner menu is full of gourmet twists on classic dishes. Try the Caprese salad with creamy burrata cheese. Their hand cut fries with roasted garlic aioli make an excellent side to their extensive selection of grills, including some of the best steaks in town. Add a bottle of reasonably priced wine and end off with hand-churned ice-cream and you have yourself a memorable meal.


Never too late for some flap jacks 😉

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Bilboa, Camps Bay

Prepare yourself for some good looking food, even better-looking clientele and a postcard-perfect view when you visit Bilboa in Camps Bay. Their menu offers seafood, meaty dishes, tons of side dishes and vegetarian options. Their extensive drinks list is quite impressive, but nothing can match that view of the beach.



Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek

With a recipe for success that has blessed us with restaurants like Thali in Gardens, Canteen and Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street, and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia, chef Liam Tomlin has opened a fourth restaurant  Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. Tomlin and his protégé David Schneider have put together a truly spectacular tapas selection with seasonal ingredients and flavours from around the world. Set in the beautiful Franschhoek winelands, the restaurant has a fantastic location and wine selection.



The Botanical Bar, City Bowl

This new gem on Longmarket Street gives you a chance to taste some incredible indigenous flavours mixed with old favourites. The masterminds behind Honest Chocolate are responsible for this unique bar, approaching it with the same focus on local produce and healthier alternatives. They’re making their own bitters and using local botanicals in all their cocktails and food, it’s a taste experience not to be missed.



Janse & Co., City Bowl

A relaxed fine dining experience awaits you at the new Janse & Co. on Kloof Street. Their focus is on locally sourced flavours and the healthy ingredients are the heroes. Their tasting menu comprises of about 20 dishes, depending on the chef’s menu the week. With chef Arno Janse van Rensburg and his pastry chef partner Liezl Odendaal at the helm, we’re expecting great things.



Jakes on the Common, Noordhoek

Jakes has opened their third restaurant at the foot of the picturesque Chapman’s Peak drive. The family-friendly eatery caters for everyone with a menu featuring burgers and gourmet hotdogs, Moroccan flatbreads, and Vietnamese coffee. Their bar & lounge is a great place for a sundowner, craft beer, colourful cocktail, or a glass of wine.


Lunch with mom

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Casa Restaurant at the Ritz, Sea Point

The newly refurbished and re-opened Ritz Hotel is a glamorous addition to the Atlantic Seaboard. Envision yourself feasting on a decadent brunch or lunch and lounging next to the pool in their Miami-inspired courtyard with a cocktail in hand. They also have dinner options available and their menu includes everything from sushi to pizza, so you’ll be well catered for. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated dinner with a view then head upstairs.


Miami vibes in Cape Town at @theritzhotelsa #Interiors #Hotels #LuxuryHotel

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 Lekker vegan, CBD

Finally, vegans have a gourmet junk food joint to get their gatsby fix in Cape Town. Lekker Vegan on the corner of Harrington & Barrack Street in town serves up accessible vegan fast food that anyone can enjoy. Their 100% plant-based options include mock chicken burgers, beef sandwiches, gatsybs, chip rolls, and bubblegum soft-serve.



Cause & Effect, Gardens

Cause & Effect is the result of passionate mixologist capturing the flavours, tastes and smells of Cape Town. The fynbos, ocean, mountains, and vineyards inspire experimental drinks crafted with award-winning local brandies and interesting seasonal ingredients. They also have a tapas and a la carte menu for when hunger strikes. It’s the cocktail emporium we’ve been waiting for.



La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek

Constantia’s La Colombe was crowned one of the top 10 fine dining restaurants in the world by TripAdvisor, so naturally, they’ve opened a sister restaurant in Franschhoek to expand on their winning recipe. Choose between their  and capitalise on their weekday lunch special for a world-class fine-dining experience.


Chinchilla, Camps Bay

We have four words for you: Camps. Bay. Rooftop. Bar. Enough said? We’d say so, but then we’d also like to add that Chinchilla also serves light bites, seafood, sandwiches, dessert and cocktails. They also host events and have two resident DJs.


Chilo, CBD

Plein Street in the CBD has a little Mexican place where you can get your margarita and taco fix in town. Their tacos are homemade and their hole-in-the-wall nature is part of the no-fuss appeal.


Jason Bakery, Green Point

Cape Town rejoice! The city’s favourite “Doughssant” (a doughnut and croissant hybrid usually decorated and filled according to a weekly theme) provider has opened a new branch in Green Point. You’ll find them on the main road in Green Point, or just follow your nose, the freshly baked bread, pastries and coffee will lead you there.


Harvest Café & Deli, Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap is home to a stylish new eatery dishing up nutritious and vibrant platefuls of goodness made with local produce. They’re above the local designer collective Bo-Op for extra cool-factor AND a great view of the colourful Bo-Kaap. They cater for vegans, vegetarians, banters, and of course meat eaters too. They’re open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and second lunch seven days a week. Try a hip smoothie bowl, pumpkin fritters, quinoa porridge, or the eggs Benedict they’re calling the best in town.


Coco Safar, Sea Point

The couture espresso and pâtisserie shop Coco Safar is opening a new flagship store in Sea Point on 17 January 2018. They promise to deliver world-class coffee and rooibos products as well as arty pâtisserie and decadent handmade chocolate bonbons.


Si Cantina Sociale, Silo District

This relaxed new eatery is all about social sharing of deliciously grilled foods like whole veggies, fish, and meats with a side of a warm wood-fired flatbread or a scrumptious salad. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect setting for a work breakfast or lunch or social gathering. Then there’s also their cocktail special! Buy two and you’ll get one free on weekdays from 3-6pm.  They’re open seven days a week from 8am till late.


Bowls on Bree

There’s a serious food trend of healthy, fresh food beautifully organised in a bowl and Bowls on Bree is the latest venture to fully capitalise on this one. Choose between a Buddha, Poke or Paleo bowl and treat yourself to a wholesome and colourful meal packed with flavour and Insta-worthiness.


Canteen, Salt River

This new eatery in Salt River’s Radar Dad precinct puts the “trend” in “trendy” by capitalising on Cape Town’s hunger for simplistic but chic gourmet lunch offerings. The team behind the Neighbourgoods Market is responsible for this new “boutique food court”, where you can enjoy a meal from a selection of micro-restaurants in a stylish communal dining area.


Enjoy a good meal in a stylish setting. 😋

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Devil’s Peak De Oude, Welgemoed

The craft brewers of Devil’s Peak brewery have established a hip new location in the Northern Suburbs. Devil’s Peak De Oude has three settings, each of course offering a great selection of craft beers. The Alpha Beer Hall specialises in pub food with ten craft beers on tap while the De Oude Manor is the more family-friendly offering with local dishes, burgers, brunch, and a kid’s menu. For pizza, head over to De Oude Bistro where you can enjoy woodfired cheesy deliciousness. There is seating inside as well as outside on the lawn beneath their 300-year old oak tree. They also have some impressive specials like R10 coffee before 10 am and half-price on all beers on tap during happy hour from 4-6pm.


Banks Burgers, CBD

The coolest burger joint in Newlands now has a new Loop Street branch where you can get your burger, milkshake and fries fix. The pink menu and decor are minimalistic, so you can focus on which burger you want and whether it should be a single, double, or triple serving. Their milkshakes will make you feel like a kid again… a really really cool kid.


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