Cape Town is known for its vast selection of halal eateries scattered throughout the city, with new places popping up regularly. From fine dining and cafés to food trucks and bistros – there’s something for all tastebuds.
Here are 10 new halal spots you need to try:
French Tacos Deli
Did you know that a French taco is different from its Mexican counterpart? A French taco, is a freshly toasted white tortilla filled with chicken, French fries, sauce, cheese and other mouth-watering ingredients – French Tacos Deli brings this unique dish to locals.
Must-try: The French tacos of course! However, their crepes and waffles are also a speciality
Location: Palmhof Centre, 105 Kloof Street, CBD, Cape Town
Price Range: From R70
Looking for an upmarket halal café in a stylish setting? Café 51 is undoubtedly insta-worthy! From its art adorned walls to its chic table settings; you’ll feel like a VIP the instant you walk in. Patrons can indulge in mouth-watering burgers, wraps, pastries, salads, healthy meals and breakfast. They are also available for functions and private hire.
Must-try: Their Signature Legend Burger and Crisp Warm Smoked Salmon on Toast
Location: 51 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Price Range: From R80
The Happy Uncles
The Happy Uncles is the first halal, pure fine dining restaurant offering patrons an authentic and memorable culinary experience in a contemporary industrial space. You will be treated to a 4 – 8 course meal of innovative dishes that you’ve probably never had before. What’s more, it will probably be a while before you get to try it again as the menu changes frequently.
Must-try: Puffed rice cracker with salmon tartare and labneh and Tempura curly kale with wild mushroom duxelle, avocado mousse and a sweet n sour dressing
Location: The Spice Yard, 100 Voortrekker Road, Salt River, Cape Town
Price Range: 4-course menu (R650 per person); 6-course menu (R880 per person); 8-course menu (R1225 per person)
By Concept Café
From burgers, sushi, grills and Mexican favourites to breakfast, bowls and salads, the variety on offer at By Concept Café will have you wanting to come back again and again.
Must-try: The Royal Burger stacked with avocado, macon and a thick beef patty
Location: 60B Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Price Range: From R69
Visit: www.byconcept.cafe or www.facebook.com/byconcept.cafe
Burger lovers this one is for you! Jango Café has options for big and small appetites. And, what’s a burger without a thick and creamy shake? From strawberry and caramel to white chocolate and popcorn – Jango Café has your milkshake cravings covered.
Must-try: The Jango Original with the luxurious Lindt milkshake
Location: 58 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East, Cape Town
Price Range: From R70
Food Truck Valley, N1 City
SA’s food truck scene continues to grow, and the fully halal Food Truck Valley at N1 City is the perfect spot for halal foodies to experience this. The options are endless, with each food truck boasting their own signature flavours and the great part is you get to try so many new treats in one space. Food Truck Valley is open every Friday (14h00 – 09h30), Saturday (12h00 – 09h30) and Sunday (12h00 – 19h00).
Must-try: The ribs and wings from On the Grill are absolutely delicious!
Location: N1 City, Value Centre, Goodwood (Opposite the McDonalds)
Price Range: Varies
Shift Espresso Bar (Newlands Peak)
Nestled in the charming suburb of Newlands, Shift Expresso Bar offers a captivating blend of rich flavours and in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. From expertly crafted espressos to aromatic cappuccinos and velvety lattes, their coffee beans are sourced from various corners of the globe and meticulously roasted in-house. Their menu offers an array of breakfast and lunch options.
The Newlands Peak branch is strictly halal.
Must-try: The Smoked Salmon Bagel
Location: 6 Thicket Street, Newlands, Cape Town
Price Range: R22 – R135
The jungle-inspired Selva is nestled in the quaint, eclectic suburb of Harfield Village. The eatery specialises in high-quality coffee, delicious wholesome whole-day breakfasts and light meals.
Must-try: Hangry Eggs Benny
Location: 48 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village
Price Range: R22 – R135
126 Cape Kitchen & Café at Hyatt
Inspired by neighbouring colourful homes and rare blended aromas, embark on an exciting journey at 126 Cape Kitchen & Café. Go on a taste odyssey, capturing the essence of vibrant Malay and Indian-inspired cuisine with a modern twist.
Must-try: Lamb Burger or Butter Chicken
Location: 126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre
Price Range: R75 – R350
La Menara is a Moroccan restaurant located close to the CBD. Decorated in traditional tiles and colourful fabrics, satiate your senses in an inviting atmosphere while fragrant spices ignite the air. The restaurant features a variety of traditional Moroccan dishes such as tagines, couscous, and pastilla.
Must-try: Lamb Barkook Tagine
Location: 48 Harrington Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Price Range: R30 – R195