Cape Town has some incredibly Instagram worthy places and people, but our foodie game is also incredibly strong and just keeps getting better. If you love discovering new foods with the added bonus of Instagram bragging rights, then you are going to love this to-do list of the top ten most Insta-worthy foods in Cape Town.
Doughssants at Jason Bakery
New York has the cronut, but Cape Town has the doughssant, Jason’s Bakery’s croissant and doughnut hybrid that gets a unique twist every week. On Saturday they have a fresh batch with a new theme available in limited numbers at their Bree Street and Green Point locations. It’s one of the top things on the Cape Town foodie bucket list. You’ll certainly want to photograph it to remember it forever and ever once you’ve licked the plate clean.
Fresh produce at the Oranjezicht City Farm market
The Oranjezicht City Farm has a Saturday market at Granger Bay next to the V&A Waterfront where you can buy everything from healthy meals to freshly baked goods, plants, and meats. Everything is pretty photogenic, but we’d have to say the fresh produce is something quite special. Think pink oyster mushrooms, emoji-like eggplants, and purple carrots that will turn your Sunday roast into something Jamie Oliver would be proud of. It’s a feast for the eyes ready to become an actual feast at home.
Anything from Pajamas and Jam Eatery
From the incredible crockery to the food styling, it’s clear to see that the folks at Pajamas and Jam Eatery in Somerset West have impeccable taste. With treasures like lemon and ricotta cake, dragon fruit tartlets, and meringues with lemon curd it’s easy to see why we’re so in love. They also have hearty meals and healthy salads that taste as good as they look.
Last year was the year of the poké bowl for Cape Town as the Hawaiian dish made of fresh ingredients stylishly curated in a bowl started popping up everywhere. The pop of the pink salmon and fresh green edamame beans paired with a tropical fruit on top of a bed of something filling like sticky rice looks like an edible masterpiece. Find them at Hokey Poké Bar on Church Street in town or at their stall at the Mojo Market in Sea Point or many of the wonderful markets in and around Cape Town.
Smoothies at Raw and Roxy
Raw and Roxy’s smoothies are guaranteed to make you feel like you are glowing thanks to their healthy ingredients. They’re also styled really well so they are almost too beautiful to eat/drink, but one taste and you’ll be hooked. Their peanut butter and banana nice-cream smoothie, for example, is raw and vegan, and it’s also dairy-, gluten-, and refined sugar-free. It’s topped with raw chocolate sauce and berries so it also looks incredible. Don’t take our word for it though, try it for yourself.
High teas in iconic locations
So we will concede a high tea is probably Insta-worth anywhere, but you won’t find the views you’ll get in Cape Town just anywhere. There are at least ten great high teas you have to try in Cape Town where you can sample delicious local treats and a great variety of teas. You’ll find the most picture perfect views at the millennial pink Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, at the Cape Grace at the V&A Waterfront, at the Silo Hotel with its Table Mountain view and the Twelve Apostles Hotel on the Table Mountain slopes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Yard at the Silo District is the latest trendy eatery to offer a high tea and our sources highly recommend it.
All the ice cream
The ice cream makers of Cape Town have seriously gone out of their way to ensure their products are world-class yet totally Cape Town. From the enormous sugar cones and giant scoops of delicious flavours like salted caramel and birthday cake at The Creamery, to unicorn swirl soft serve in black cones at the Dairy Den, the ice cream in Cape Town comes in all beautiful shapes and sizes. Check out our top ten ice cream spot and watch a video we made to honour the ice cream artists of Cape Town.
The fact that the Mother City’s hottest cafés stocks Black Insomnia, the strongest coffee ever created, should give you an indication of how obsessed we are with a good cuppa. Turmeric, beetroot, and matcha lattes are having a moment, but we still know how to keep it classy Americano style. It’s easy these days to also get all kinds of milk alternatives. Tea lovers will be happy to know Cape Town also has a booming tea scene to keep an eye on.
Milkshakes at Gibsons
The V&A Waterfront’s burger and shakes hotspot Gibsons has over 120 milkshakes to choose from and the freak shakes and gourmet shakes are seriously drool-worthy. They’re also hand-spun, meaning they’re made with love using real ingredients and not just flavourants. For visual appeal, we’d recommend the orange blossom and pansies milkshake with real edible flowers in it or the Amarula shake topped with toasted marshmallows. If you’re more into classic flavours then you can’t go wrong with a chocolate brownie, salted caramel, or real strawberry shake.
Pumpkin pie or organic matcha flapjacks from Scheckter’s Raw
This gourmet health food restaurant at the end of Sea Point’s main road has a few contenders for most Insta-wrothy food (their bright berrilicious smoothies, superfood smoothie bowls and black vegan burgers are all super eye-catching), but the flapjacks are what really seems to drive the health foodies crazy. You can either get them topped with vegan cream or ice cream and they’re layered with fresh fruit and simply ooze Insta-appeal.