Are you coming to Cape Town for the holidays? Here are our favourite fast foods you must sink your teeth into.
From coast to coast to suburbs with serious foodie street cred, Cape Town has an array of unreal, old-school outlets and no-frills-no-fuss take-out joints.
Here are our favourites and spots we highly recommend!
Fish and Chips
Blessed with two coastlines and a variety of fresh fish, straight off the boats and into fryers, Cape Town has plenty of fish and chip shops dotted along its beautiful shores. Each establishment carefully prepares its offering with secret recipes and traditional cooking methods, resulting in a deep-fried combo enjoyed by both locals and visitors.
Here are a few hotspots to check out:
Kalky’s – Straight from the depths of the False Bay waters, Kalky’s serves up a variety of mouth-watering hake and snoek, with a side of deliciously deep-fried chips guaranteed to quell any hunger pangs.
Location: Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay
Price: Avg R65
Contact details: +27 21 788 1726
Fish on the Rocks – Nestled between Hout Bay harbour and the West Fort Battery Naval Heritage site, Fish on the Rocks blows away big appetites with even bigger portions of succulent fish and chips daily.
Location: Far End Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Contact details: +27 21 790 1153
Boerewors, directly translated from Afrikaans means “Farmer’s sausage”, has been munched away by locals and visitors for generations. This sausage is braaied (BBQed) to juicy perfection before it’s slipped into a fresh hotdog bun. Caramelised onions and your choice of sauce add the finishing trimmings to another proudly South African meal.
If you’re hankering for a boerie roll, check out:
Long Street – Out partying over the weekend? Need a quick and tasty midnight munchie? Then queue up at one of the local boerewors vendors lining the sidewalks of pumping Long Street.
Location: Long Street, Cape Town
Price: Under R40.
Nomzamo Butchery – This family-friendly butchery located in Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, cooks up a storm with its popular shisa nyama (braai meat) delights. Choose your sausage and watch them sizzle it in seconds to succulent perfection.
Location: Shop 9, Washington Street, Langa
Contact details: +27 21 695 4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vienna and Chips Parcel
Served in all sizes, the last legendary local favourite is the vienna and chips parcel.
Think deep-fried polony, vienna or Russian sausages, served on a bed of crispy-fried potato chips, spiced with BBQ, peri-peri or masala, and covered in a sauce of your choosing.
Chomping at the bit to get your hands on this crowd-pleaser? Check out:
Aneesa’s – Home of the vienna and chips parcel since 1976, Aneesa’s packs an authentic punch with their fast food offerings. Try their grand 5 viennas, stacked on a mountain of hot chips and drenched in their special sauce.
Location: 86 Ottery Rd, Wynberg
Price: Between R79 – R123
Contact details: +27 21 797 5682
Mariam’s Kitchen – Operating since the 1980s, Mariam’s Kitchen is abuzz with grumbling lunchtime goers, eagerly anticipating their flavorful portion of vienna and chips.
Location: 22 Kromboom Road, Crawford Price: R85
Contact details: +27 68 457 0004 or email@example.com
This iconic monster of a meal has its roots in the Athlone area. Described as a long sandwich/sub filled with different meats, hot chips, spices and sauces.
A single gatsby feeds four people, while other edacious eaters precariously take on this mammoth meal by themselves. Grab a great gatsby at these fine establishments:
Golden Dish – Captivating ravenous crowds since the 1960s, Golden Dish has been voted one of Cape Town’s favourite takeaway spots. Try their Masala steak gatsby with charred and spiced succulent steak, signature fries, sauce and garden salad.
Location: Gatesville Shopping Centre c/o Klipfontein and Hazel Road, Gatesville
Price: Between R38 – R165
Contact details: +27 21 633 7864
Wajid’s Chicken Tikka & Take-Aways – With multiple locations all over the city, Wajid’s remains a relatively hidden Gatsby gem in Cape Town, until now. Fresh, hot and packed with deliciously unique ingredients, pop in at Wajid’s and find out why this spot garners an impressive local following.
Location: No 2 Admirals Drive, Strandfontein, Mitchell’s Plain
Price: From R70
Contact details: +27 73 110 1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Koeksister & Koesister
No trip to Cape Town is complete without the famous sweet and syrupy duo, the koeksister and koesister. Yes, there is a difference! Koesisters are a Cape Malay delicacy, oval dough balls with a doughnut-like texture, flavoured with spices and naartjie peel and darker in colour. The koeksister, however, is a golden, twisted plait, crisp on the outside and covered with a sweet syrup.
Slip over to these shops for some tempting treats…
Against The Grain – Offering a traditional twist while staying true to their roots, Against The Grain promises customers a unique taste experience on a local favourite. Expect hot koesisters served, sweet, soft and spicy, smothered in sticky syrup and sprinkled lightly with snow-white coconut. Location: 102 Wale St, Bo-Kaap Price: R90 for 12 Contact details: email@example.com Halal
Farieda’s Koeksisters – Give your tastebuds the gift of Farieda’s Koeksisters. Fried, sugared or with syrup, followers far and near flock to her humble establishment for a chance to sample her golden koeksisters/koesisters.
Location: 580 Lansdowne Rd, Lansdowne
Price: R40 for 10
Contact details: +27 76 760 8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org