Below are a few of the best restaurants in Cape Town for every type of cuisine!
Mzanzi, located a short distance outside of downtown, offers a unique Xhosa township African dining experience. The food is primarily traditional South African dishes, including a variety of meat and vegetable dishes, ‘pot food’, coleslaw, salads…a delicious variety of local cuisine which is served buffet style.
The food alone makes the visit worthwhile, but the real treat is the atmosphere, music and entertainment, which will encourage even the sourest of faces to break into a smile! Drum circles, gumboot dancing, salsa, traditional face painting and local music all add to the fantastic ambience created by the infamous Mrs Nomonde.
Moyo is a small chain of traditional African restaurants, located in some of the tourist hotspots of the Western Cape. Kirstenbosch is an incredible botanical garden set in the Table Mountain National Park, and is acclaimed as one of the great gardens of the world. A huge diversity of trees, plants, herbs and flowers are on show and can be enjoyed on foot, or equally from the comfort of the Moyo restaurant.
The food on offer is from a traditional African menu, including ‘Potjiekos’, maize meal dishes, local game and cooked beans and vegetables. Portions are generous and delicious, and although not cheap for South African standards, an average main course will set you back around R250 (approx. $18).
Voortrekker Rd, Parow
South Africa, known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, boasts a wealth of cultural and racial diversity. The Afrikaans culture have their unique customs and food, and the Bar-B-Que steakhouse in the Northern Suburb of Parow is well worth a visit, especially if you are hungry!
The full rack of ribs are a challenge for even the hungriest of bellies and the Schnitzel will more than cover your plate. The place is packed full of locals, which is always a good indication, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
Bombay Bicycle Club
Kloof Street, Cape Town
If you are looking for something a bit different, the Bombay Bicycle Club is the place for you. A colourful cross between Indian and African cultures, self-described as a ‘Wacky Bohemian Love Den.’
This is a perfect spot if you are in the mood to let your hair down and enjoy. Drinks are free flowing, and the quality food will help to soak up a little of the alcohol.
Recommended is the Chilli Chocolate Steak, a mouth-watering feast for meat lovers!
Gardens, Cape Town
If you are looking for something more sophisticated in Central Cape Town, then Aubergine has to be your choice.
The food is locally sourced and expertly cooked by award winning chefs. Expect to pay top prices for your meal (around R600/$45), but the service and quality are without comparison. The waiters can also assist with a perfectly paired wine (or wines) with your meal.
Central, convenient and 5* quality, this is one restaurant to visit if you demand the best.
Woodstock, Cape Town
Looking for something quirky and entertaining?
Stardust is a theatrical restaurant, where your waiter/waitress will also be performing some short skits/entertainments on stage between your courses.
The food is well presented and tasty, and the unique setting makes for a night to remember!
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