Nestled between imposing mountains and glittering bays, Cape Town is a city rich in history, culture and of course, food. During your stay in Cape Town, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining options in this beautiful city. With world-renowned restaurants and award-winning wineries, Cape Town is a must for any gourmand who wants to experience an eclectic mix of international and South African cuisines.
We have found the best and most memorable culinary experiences in the city, so you can enjoy your foodie adventure in style.
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If you are searching for a unique dining experience, look no further than The Test Kitchen. Opened by chef Luke Dale-Roberts in 2010, it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most innovative restaurants in the world. Your evening at The Test Kitchen is divided into two parts, one in The Dark Room and one in The Light Room, each offering its own ambience and exquisite menu. With room for only 40 diners, you will want to book ahead for this one – it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening of creative dining and original atmosphere.
Featuring stunning views over the estate’s vineyards, a meal at De Grendel Restaurant is a must during your time in Cape Town. A feast for all the senses, the menu at De Grendel is based on classic, locally sourced ingredients prepared in inventive combinations with a modern edge. The De Grendal menu changes daily so that you can be guaranteed the freshest and most delicious meals. And of course, no meal at De Grendel would be complete without sampling one of their award-winning wines. Book in advance for the Food and Wine pairing menu for a truly exquisite dining experience.
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One of South Africa’s most widely acclaimed restaurants, La Colombe has become iconic for its fusion of Asian and French cuisines. This unique culinary style will make for an unforgettable meal as you overlook the Constantia Wine Valley and False Bay. With a focus on seasonal produce and classical elegance, you will understand why La Colombe boasts numerous local and international awards. You’ll be able to cater for everyone with vegetarian options available, as well as an extensive wine menu.
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An evening at Reverie Social Table is all about good food, good wine and most importantly, good company. Every evening, Chef Julia Hattingh welcomes guests to indulge in a five-course meal which changes every night. Chef Julia’s style is contemporary and strongly influenced by her home of Cape Town, with its myriad of cultures and culinary heritage. You will not only be treated to a delicious meal, but to the history and culture that informs each dish. With its intimate setting, a dinner at Reverie Social Table is the perfect way to get to know other travellers and locals during your time in South Africa.
Rub shoulders with Cape Town’s most glamorous locals at this vibrant restaurant located at the foot of stylish Kloof Street. Perfect for a romantic dining experience or cocktail in the garden with friends, Kloof Street House is an ultra-cool hotspot that serves up a brasserie-style menu including dishes such as beef fillet tartare with smoked tomato chutney, grilled ostrich fillet with a crushed butternut and apple salsa, and sticky malva pudding with grilled pineapple. Head there on a Sunday for weekend jazz sessions in partnership with Hendricks Gin.
Based on the four-roomed homes found in the oldest townships of South Africa, eRoomed eKasi Culture is a new concept that celebrates local street food. Diners enjoy a feasting-style meal with the current menu showcasing dishes like mleqwa (fall off the bone runaway chicken, slowly cooked with fennel); umngqusho (samp cooked in coconut cream and tarragon); and citrus cake with dark chocolate chips, fresh berries and pistachios.
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