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 restaurants you need to check out.

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Belly of the Beast, City Bowl

No two experiences will be the same at Belly of the Beast. Chefs Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart offer a tasting menu, which changes daily, for lunch and dinner. This is a nose to tail eatery, using sustainable farmed whole animals and local seasonal ingredients. All you do is show up and trust them to satisfy with their seasonal fair. The 20 seats make for a personal dining experience, as they do everything from cooking the food to pouring the wine.

Website: bellyofthebeast.co.za

 

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Eike, Stellenbosch

Chef Bertus Basson’s new kid on the block, Eike, is situated in a spectacular historic building in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The restaurant is a dining room that celebrates South African food and heritage. They serve a fixed menu, but accommodate various dietary requirements.

Website: bertusbasson.com

 

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Gardens Collectors Club, City Bowl

Gardens Collectors Club describes itself as a meeting place for new friends and old souls. The casual dining fare includes an enticing variety of delectable bar snacks, with easy-eating nibbles such as bacon and blue cheese croquettes, crispy calamari, and beer nuts. Those looking for a more substantial accompaniment can choose from a variety or classic and speciality pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and clubs – all prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Website: www.facebook.com/GardensCollectorsClub

 

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La Parada, V&A Waterfront

La Parada opens in November at the V&A Waterfront. Serving everything from smart, snack style choices like prawn croquettes to more robust offerings like their famous crispy Pork Belly or grilled cheese with ham and truffle – they cater for every level of appetite. Stylish, yet unpretentious, La Parada is the perfect place to celebrate summer.

Website: laparada.co.za

 

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No.89, City Bowl

No.89 sees itself as a lifestyle brand and not just a restaurant. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a specialised gin bar, speciality coffee bar, unique wines, craft beer, and street styled food. You can also enjoy live acoustic music on selected nights.

Website: facebook.com/89degreesbree

 

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Seven, Somerset West

Restaurant Seven, George Jardine’s new Somerset West downtown eatery is headed up by Brendan Thorncroft, previously at Jardine and Jordan restaurants in Stellenbosch. 

Restaurant Seven has an a la carte menu, which changes weekly. It’s relaxed and informal. Enjoy fresh oysters to start, followed by succulent sirloin steak or choose a delicious hake dish for mains. The grand marnier soufflé for dessert is unforgettable as is the chocolate valrhona chocolate with raspberry.

The name Seven has an interesting story. It’s inspired by the restaurant’s address of 7 Drama Street, George’s seventh restaurant, and Brendan’s seventh year of being with the team.

Website: facebook.com/RestaurantSevenSW

 

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Table Seven, Salt River

Table Seven offers creative minds a place to come together over food, where lazy lunches and intimate dinners can be enjoyed in a relaxed environment. The ever-changing menu is a culmination of the exciting careers of husband and wife team Luke and Kate Wonnacott, spent in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Maze at The One & Only, where they  met.

Website: tableseven.co.za

 

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Tjing Tjing, City Bowl

Tjing Tjing is back with a new look. The establishment has four distinctly different venues and experiences. At Torii, you’ll find Japanese street food. Tjing Tjing Momiji is where you can experience Kaiseki, Japan’s precursor to the modern degustation menu. Japanese folklore inspired cocktails are on offer at the sophisticated Momiji Lounge. Tjing Tjing Rooftop offers all kinds of drinks, a playlist of our current indie and electronica favourites and otsumami in a casual setting.

Website: tjingtjing.co.za

 

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Between Us, City Bowl

This tasteful and trendy new restaurant at the top of Bree Street is worth a visit for the aesthetics, food, and the perfect slither of Table Mountain you can see from their patio. Open from 8am-4pm daily, their breakfasts, light lunches, juices, and coffees are works of art—perfect for a special occasion or celebration. Think freshly bakes wholegrain loaves of bread, flower-strewn salads, and jars of porridge served with rhubarb caraway compote, Kültüre yoghurt, and cardamom granola. Dishes are served up on beautiful ceramics set amidst the most decadent flower bouquets.

Website: betweenus.capetown

The Electric, District Six

At the moment the hippest area in Cape Town has to be the East City Precinct. The area around Harrington Street and District Six is almost unrecognizable with the amount of hip new coffee shops, stores, and restaurants that have blossomed in the neighbourhood. One of the new restaurants is the juice, nut milk, and sandwich bar The Elecrtic. The bright yellow building hosts an uncomplicated menu packed with fresh ingredients, nut milk drinks, and healthy shots that will put a spring in your step. They’re open from 7:30 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.

Website: the-electric.com

Swan Café, District Six

This beautiful and perfectly curated crêperie on the corner of Buitenkant & Barrack Street in District Six serves up the most spectacular sweet crepes, savoury galettes, their own range of speciality tea blends, and of course coffees and turmeric and beetroot lattes. Its another of the exciting new restaurants in the east City you need to visit! Their exquisite and well-thought-out interior will have you swooning. It’s definitely worth a visit, but be warned, they are very popular so try going at off-peak times (they are open from 8 am to 4 pm).

Website: swancafe.co.za

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Swan Café interior design by @haldanemartin and graphic identity by @heidi.chisholm has, at its heart and soul, the majestic and graceful creature, the swan. Owner Jessica Rushmere has always related to the elegant bird almost like a spirit animal. Its mythological ties conjure up associations of romance and nostalgia, and it symbolises grace and beauty on many levels. Both designers have artfully integrated the Swan into the many layers of the crêperie and brand identity, from our logo and signage to wallpaper, tea tins and trays. The avian theme even continues into the lighting with our copper bird cages to the egg-shaped vintage globes. #swancafecapetown #swancafe #swancafect #capetown #interiordesign #conceptinterior #haldanemartin #creperie #swan #bird #avian #lighting #birdcage #southafrica #southafricandesign #crêpe #crepes #design #capetowneats #capetownmagazine #capetownrestaurant #capetowncafe #cafeculture

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Pauline’s, Sea Point

The little coffee nook on the corner of Rhine and Main Road in Sea Point is all about consciously sourced coffee and light meals. The stand-up coffeeshop is brought to you by the same people behind the stylish Loading Bay in De Waterkant, so you know you’re in for something special.

Website: www.instagram.com/paulinescoffeect

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TOMO, City Bowl

The City Bowl has a new Asian cuisine eatery, with amazing sushi, Japanese cuisine, and Asian fusion dishes on offer. Open from noon until late, they serve lunch and dinner with a special tea room to open upstairs soon. Find them on the corner of Shortmarket and Loop Street in the heart of town.

Website: facebook.com/TOMOCAPETOWN

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Upper Bloem, Green Point

From the masterminds behind Cape Town’s darling La Mouette Restaurant, comes one of our favourite new restaurants, Upper Bloem in Green Point. Inspired by the uniqueness of Cape Town, the restaurant promises exceptional small plates packed with local flavours and seasonal produce. The wine list and interior alone is enough to have us making a booking.

Website: upperbloemrestaurant.co.za

 

Merkava, City Bowl

The City Bowl is rejoicing as the popular Somerset West coffee roastery Merkava has finally opened a city branch in Shortmarket Street. Try their amazing variety of coffees in their beautiful blue setting and don’t miss the opportunity to try one of their priceless brownies.

Website: merkavacoffee.co.za

Jessy’s Waffles, Gardens

Vegan and gluten-free waffles and desserts are no longer a pipe dream! At Jessy’s Waffles in Dunkley Square, Gardens, you’ll be able to feast on tasty and healthy treats like beetroot and chocolate waffles or gluten-free brownies with hazelnut sauce, raspberries, and coconut sprinkles topped with Unframed vegan ice cream. They also have savoury waffles with toppings like vegan cheese, paprika, and tomato chutney. While you’re there you can also enjoy a coffee or a matcha and mint latte.

Website: facebook.com/jessyswaffles

 


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