Cape Town is known for its beauty, but it is also known for its trendy restaurants and delicious food. You may need to make your way through a few hipsters, but the food at the end will be worth it. We have complied a list of the ten restaurants in Cape Town that we think are an absolute must if you’re visiting this gem of a city.
1. Café Caprice
Camps Bay Beach is one of Cape Town’s most iconic beaches. The water may be cold, but people flock to this white sandy beach regardless of the season. But, Café Caprice may be as iconic as the famous beach it looks onto. Sip on delicious cocktails or enjoy the Caprice burger – it was voted as one of the best burgers in Cape Town, all while you look onto the stunning surroundings. Mix with cosmopolitan locals or many of the foreigners that flock to this beachside restaurant.
2. Burger & Lobster
You may be thinking that this is an odd combination, you’re mistaken because it’s delicious! The Burger & Lobster story started in 2011 when four friends bonded on a rooftop about opening a restaurant that perfected just two ingredients. Burger & Lobster was born in a small Irish pub in Mayfair and it has made its way to sunny Cape Town and we couldn’t be happier. Choose from a plain burger, a burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce or the Beast Burger – we’ll just say truffle oil and lobster! Make sure you make a booking if you would like to indulge in a delicious burger.
3. Mama Africa Restaurant
This truly South African experience is one you can’t miss – with a live band every night and situated in the bustling Long Street, it’s one you can’t miss out on. Mama Africa Restaurant was established in 1995 as a celebration of South Africa’s new democracy and our vibrant diversity and hospitality of the African continent. Choose from a menu offering unique dishes including crocodile, ostrich, springbok, and kudu. The Mama Africa philosophy is one that we love – all guests should leave with a full tummy and a happy heart.
4. South China Dim Sum Bar
If you love dim sum then you are in luck because this little beauty is where you need to go. Situated in Long Street this restaurant may seem unappealing from the outside, but it cannot be ignored. The philosophy of the chef/owner, Edmund Hung, is that simplicity is key. He allows fresh ingredients to sing through his meals giving you that umami experience with each and every mouthful of his delicious creations. If you can, be brave and work your way through the menu, but get there early because the restaurant does fill up quickly!
5. Richard’s Bistro
if it’s authentic Cape Malay you’re after then Richard’s is where you need to be! Situated in the trendy Sea Point area near the promenade, you are in for a treat. Richard’s offers its visitors a cultural experience that you will struggle to find anywhere else. This vibrant bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and supper with Mediterranean inspired dishes all the way through to the colourful Cape Malay dishes inspired by the Bo-Kaap. Enjoy the live entertainment from 6:00pm each night.
6. Jonkershuis & Simon’s
Situated in Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, you couldn’t pick a better place to visit either of these restaurants. Enjoy a glass of wine and choose from either Jonkershuis or Simon’s, each with their own unique ambience and cuisine. Jonkershuis pays homage to Cape Malay cuisine and Simon’s is perfect for al fresco dining with delicious homely meals. Both restaurants have cozy, inviting fires for those chilly days, but the surroundings will take your breath away.
7. Moyo Restaurant at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Moyo is situated in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain, one of the official New Seven Wonders of Nature. Inspired by the traditions and values of South Africa’s ancestors, Moyo is a celebration of the beauty of Africa and the industry of her people. Experience the famously warm hospitality and modern African ambiance that make Moyo unforgettable. Don’t forget to make a booking for a truly unforgettable experience.
8. Culture Club Cheese
If you are a lover of all things cheese then you are in luck because this little gem heroes cheese in every dish. We aren’t kidding! Culture Club Cheese is Cape Town’s first boutique artisan cheese hub and fermented foods hotspot and restaurant. The passion that oozes out of this little restaurant is contagious and you will be sucked in within seconds of being there. From delicious dishes like Camembert Macaroni and Cheese, you will not be disappointed with anything you order.
9. Jason Bakery
This little bakery is always choc-a-bloc and the reason for this is the delicious food that flows through its kitchen doors. Don’t be alarmed to see people standing on the curb in lines, patiently waiting for their Flat White and fresh croissant. Everything that comes out of the Jason’s kitchen is absolute perfection and has become one of the most popular restaurants in Cape Town. Get there early so you don’t miss out on the daily surprises!
10. 95 at Parks
This is a break off restaurant from the 95 Keerom restaurant, but it is one that cannot be overlooked. Situated in the Southern Suburbs this amazing restaurant offers great Italian food and juicy steaks that have been prepared to perfection. If you love fresh, delicious pasta dishes then you are in luck. Their signature slow roasted lamb ravioli with butter sage sauce will be a dish you never forget.
Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a meal, these 10 restaurants are a must if you are in Cape Town. Café Caprice, Mama Africa, Moyo Kirstenbosch, Jonkershuis & Simon’s at Groot Constantia are all included in the restaurant selection of Cape Town City Pass.