Want to sink your teeth into something unique in Cape Town? From healthy, to meaty to over-the-top sweet, here’s our list of what to eat while in Cape Town.
Where To Eat In Cape Town: A Cultural Experience
Addis in Cape
Addis in Cape on Long Street is an unforgettable Ethiopian dining experience. Stews packed with flavour are served on a pancake-like base which you use to scoop up the tasty food. No utensils required! The ambiance and relaxed atmosphere will transport you to a different world. They’re known for their mini traditional coffee ceremony, where coffee is served with popcorn.
More info: www.addisincape.co.za
This Korean Fusion BBQ restaurant just off upper Long Street combines the best of Korean and South African dining. You’ll be able to barbeque a wide variety of succulent marinated meats and veggies over a table-top fire. Try some traditional Seoul-food like Kimchi Jiggae, Doenjjang Jiggae, Bibimbap and Kimchi Buchimgae. With a meat selection ranging from ostrich to sub-Saharan warthog, kudu and zebra, you’re in for a whole new experience! To end your off on a sweet note, you get to enjoy the s’mores – roast a marshmallow with some chocolate and sandwich it between two Marie biscuits.
More info: www.galbi.co.za
Gold – Opulent African Cuisine
With a 14 course Cape Malay and African menu, Gold offers a one-of-a-kind opulent African dining experience. It’s hailed as a ‘taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu’. Their set menu contains gems like Malawi sweet potato cakes, Cameroon Benne chicken salad, Xhosa pot corn bread and South African Mandazi (cinnamon and sugar-coated pumpkin fritters).
Enjoy Djembe drumming or a glass of sparkling wine at Gold restaurant with a City Pass!
More info: www.goldrestaurant.co.za
Boasting one of the largest milkshake menus in town, Gibson’s at the V&A Waterfront has over 100 milkshakes to add to your bucket list. There’s something for every palate with gourmet shake flavours ranging from SA flavours like Malva & Custard and Trifle to interesting combinations like Sweet & Salted Popcorn and Chocolate & Salty Pretzels. Their Freek Shakes bring the WOW-factor with 185ml of liquid dessert topped with more sweet treats. For the healthier option, they have yogurt shakes in fruity flavours and even a creamy Avo & Mint Yogurt Shake to try.
More info: gibsonsburgers.co.za
Expect Hand-crafted artisanal chocolate that will make you feel like you’re in the movie Chocolat. The treats at My Sugar double up as impressive gifts. Enjoy free WiFi while you have a milkshake or ice cream sandwich. To balance out the decadent sweetness they offer an exclusive rich and smooth My Sugar coffee blend.
More info: mysugar.co.za
Think juicy, tender, fresh and enormous burgers with a great vibe and no-fuss, messy fun. It’s a real and rugged experience where you can eat cutlery-free. It’s unconventional and has a garage feel about it. As at any spot in the trendy suburb of Gardens, craft beer is encouraged.
More info: www.facebook.com/TheDogsBollocksAtYardCT
There’s a reason Jamie Oliver visited this legendary Gugulethu joint – it’s the real deal! Believe the hype. At Mzoli’s you’ll be delighted to find a great selection of meat braaied on the coals. Like any respectable Shisa Nyama (or barbeque) there’s pap, a great vibe and cutlery is kept to a minimum.
More info: www.facebook.com/Mzolis-Meat-Gugulethu
Reverie Social Table
If you love surprises, great food, wine and company book a seat at Reverie Social Table. Everyday chef Julia Hattingh serves up an exclusive five-course meal to guests seated around an 18-seater table. Put away your cellphone and chat to some of the interesting people you’ll find in Cape Town.
More info: www.reverie.capetown
Affectionately known as the R10 store, Xpresso takes the cake for the best bargain in town. Everything on the menu is R10 (no seriously, everything). From lattes to chocolate muffins, croissants and tuna salads. With three branches (Durbanville, the CBD and Brackenfell’s Cape Gate), this franchise aims to make coffee affordable for everyone.
I love my Laundry
Kill two birds with one stone at I love My Laundry. Get your laundry cleaned munch on delicious Dim Sum and baked goods. Who knew meat, vegetarian and BBQ pork buns would make such a fantastic match with dry-cleaning and alterations! It’s a clever concept and brilliant way to multi-task.
More info: www.facebook.com/ILMLbuitenkant
This Vegan favourite in Cape Town offers a completely animal-product-free menu that anyone can appreciate. Order the chia seed parfait on the breakfast menu, or a vegan BLT with Tempeh rashers served with plain or spicy Plant mayo and sweet potato fries. Their burgers come highly recommended (choose between a beet burger, bun-less Mexican Tower or mushroom burger). There’s a whole menu-page of desserts with delicious options like raw cake, raw tiramisu and gluten free brownies.
More info: www.facebook.com/plantcapetown