The list of restaurants in Cape Town is endless,
but the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
is a very good and popular start. It has a large variety of
restaurants to cater for many different tastes that vary from
seafood, Indian cuisine, steakhouses, Mexican, mediterranean
and many more. Dining in Cape Town is relatively affordable
for foreign visitors especially when strong currencies like
the Euro, Pound and US Dollar are concerned. But check out
the menus at the Waterfront before you order as some restaurants
can get very pricy.
The Quay Four
at the Waterfront however is a very popular and not too expensive
restaurant, directly on the waters edge. It is a local and
international favourite with live music almost every night
of the week and a vibrant atmosphere.
Or for a unique, alternative and slightly
wacky restaurant experience try Madame
The menu is Italian fused with a North Eastern African influence.
But a house speciality is steak covered with chocolate sauce.
She was destroyed by a fire in 2006, but the Phoenix will
rise from her ashes. You will find her on 192 Loop Street,
in the city centre. She is a little pricy but definitely worth
every penny as you won’t forget this experience.
on the corner of Long Street and Church Street is a small
Kurdish restaurant in Long Street. They have great food and
beautiful inside décor. You sit on pillows on the floor
next to low eating tables. Every night a belly dancer will
entertain the visitors with her gracious moves. And for dessert
you can have some real Turkish Delight and a water pipe.
has two outlets, one on Kloof Street, Cape Town and
one on Woodbridge Island, Milnerton. This is the recommended
outlet as it is directly on the beach with stunning views
of the mountain and Table Bay. In addition they also have
a great menu and is quite affordable. To get there follow
Otto du Plessis drive from Cape Town and turn left into Woodbridge
Island (where the Milnerton lighthouse is).
is a very special restaurant about 35km outside Cape Town
in the suburb of Melkbos. They are located on Otto du Plessis
drive but check out their website for directions as there
is no street number. Here you will experience a real West
Coast feast of traditionally prepared Afrikaner food with
great hospitality. It’s setting is ‘semi-outdoor’
which gives its patrons the feeling that they’re at
a home braai (barbeque). The menu consists of different buffet
options, to cater for different tastes and hungers.
If you are looking for something more uniquely
African and more affordable you should try the city centre.
Here you can try out Mama Africa
which is located in 178 Long Street, city centre. It has a
true african décor and they specialise in traditional
African dishes. A special attraction is the live drumbeat
shows performed during your dining experience.
Marco’s African Place (http://www.marcosafricanplace.co.za/)
is located at no. 15 Rose Lane, in the Bo Kaap area. They
also specialise in African cuisine and also have live music
available. This is not every night of the week, so check out
their website for more details on live performances.
The Africa Café
is located at 108 Shortmarket Street, city centre and specialises
in African cuisine. The special attractions at this restaurant
is the communal feast and the interesting attire that the
is located at 48 Church Street Mall, city centre and is a
small little restaurant/café hidden under some trees.
It’s small and cosy but has outdoor seating space to
accommodate daytime patrons. It has a great urban African
feel about it and is very affordable. They also have cool
T-shirts with African themes for sale as momento’s.
Cape Town also has a number of good and affordable
franchise restaurants offering a wide variety of tastes.
For the best seafood in the world you have
to try Ocean Basket (http://www.oceanbasket.co.za).
The outlet at Beach Boulevard,
Table View beachfront (a suburb of Cape Town) is highly recommended
with it’s great view of Table Bay and Table Mountain.
They serve platters of fish in a metal pan to keep it warm
longer. It also looks great. They always have fresh line fish,
calamari, prawns and mussels which are flavourably prepared
at a very good price. Try the calamari steak strips grilled
and cajun style for some extra flavour!
The Spur Steakhouses (http://www.spur.co.za)
are family favourites with huge varieties of meals at very
good prices. They are located in most shopping centres all
over Cape Town. All meals are prepared in an open kitchen
where you watch your beef being grilled. They also serve mexican
dishes, seafood, and poultry, but are most famous for their
ribs and their onion rings. Recommended outlets are the ones
located at Big Bay, Melkbosstrand and the V&A Watrfront.
are very popular for their pasta and pizzas. During the week
they have many specials, but they are most famous for their
all-you-can-eat special. For this you pay a fixed amount and
can eat as much different pizza as your stomach can handle.
Check out their website for their other weekly specials.
Cape Town Fish Market
is a seafood franchise and is recommended for their excellent
sushi and teppanyaki (stir-fry Japanese style on a large iron
plate). They also sell fresh fish directly to the public if
you wish to prepare your own dishes.
If you want to try some typical local dishes,
the following are a must: crayfish, snoek, ostrich fillet,
springbok, boerewors & pap or a Cape Malay meal. As a
snack you can try biltong, bokkoms, samoosas, melktert and
koeksusters. And of course you can swollow it down with some
local and healthy rooibostea. Or if you prefer, the national
brew Castle Lager.
In South Africa you can ask for a doggy bag
when you haven’t been able to fininsh your meal. So
if you want to take the rest home the restaurant will place
the left-overs in a nice container for you. This practice
started many years back when people wanted to take the left-over
bones home for their dogs, hence the name doggy bag. This
practice became very popular and eventually evolved into taking
left-overs home for yourself (for breakfast for instance).
This might sound strange, but hey as a student you might agree
that taking left-overs home is better than cooking.
It is also standard practice at most restaurants
that you can take your own wine to a restaurant. But you will
need to pay a small corkage fee to do this. This is much cheaper
than paying restaurant prices. You might be limited to one
bottle per 4 people at certain restaurants, and this only
applies to wine (not beer or spirits).
Please remember that waitresses and barmen
don’t earn salaries in South Africa. Restaurant tipping
is therefore suggested between 10% – 15% of your bill
depending on the quality of the service you received. If you’re
a non-smoker great news: by law restaurants in South Africa
must have a designated non-smoking section, or they must be
intirely non-smoking. This works well so you can enjoy your
meal in smoke free air, and you won’t go home smelling
of smoke after dining out.