We didn’t know it when we arrived, but it only took a couple of days to figure out. Cape Town, South Africa was a food lover’s heaven. It may just be the New York of Africa, for every corner has some amazing new restaurant popping up.
From Ethiopian, to Mexican, to Thai food Cape Town has something for every palette, budget, and diet. Don’t ask me if I found a good sushi spot either. Just read on to find out where you should be eating and drinking on your Cape Town experience!
Our Favorite Restaurants in Cape Town
In the mood for sushi and fish?
For fusion sushi at an incredibly affordable price try Salushi, right in the heart of Claremont. The bar and atmosphere is perfect for relaxing in after a long day out and about in Cape Town. The menu is huge and filled with many delicious options for sushi. We decided to try a bit of everything here and came out more than satisfied.
Our favorite was their signature “Prince’s Prawn Kisses.” If prawn and strawberry, wrapped in fresh avocado doesn’t tantalize your taste buds then I don’t know what will. Salushi features high-quality ingredients and affordable prices and I believe it will sky rocket up as one of the best sushi restaurants in Cape Town. Check their Facebook page for some of their many specials.
Dine in the V & A Harbour at Sevruga, in a perfect location overlooking the water. Sevruga is an elegant restaurant that specializes in sushi and dim sum. Their rolls are massive and for the first time ever we had to bring a couple of pieces of sushi home with us from Sevruga. Even if you’re not in the mood for fish, the menu here features entrees like Springbok Carpaccio, Mozzarella Salad, and Potato Gnocchi. We would suggest making reservations on weekends, good food and a waterfront location means this place fills up fast! Check them out on Facebook and find yourself at one of the best sushi restaurants on the waterfront in Cape Town.
Looking for an entertaining night out?
Try Gold Restaurant
Oh my we had a fun at night at Gold Restaurant. Gold brings African cuisine to a whole new level every night. Start your night with a 30-minute drum story, followed by a hand washing ceremony before being graciously led to your table for the evening. For the next two hours, you will engage with the entertainers and waitstaff from all over Africa while trying delicious drinks and African inspired cuisine from around the continent. There are many dance and song numbers by the performers throughout dinner so there is never a dull moment. It may seem a little bit touristy, and although we are usually not up for that, our night at Golds went above and beyond our expectations and was some of the best African food in Cape Town. Check them out on Facebook!
Looking for a night out with friends?
It’s Wednesday night and you can’t imagine anything better than a night out with friends? Then head to the hip and eccentric Beluga restaurant in Greenpoint. Beluga features some inspirational fish dishes, as well as things like fried calamari, beef carpaccio, and ostrich filet.
They have both a winter and summer tasting menu, which features great 3-course dinner meals. We had the most fun trying out the fun and trendy cocktails here while enjoying the Cape Town atmosphere around us.
Going on a romantic date night?
After a few months of working and exploring in Cape Town, we knew we were in need for a good date night. So we made our way to one of Cape Town’s most expensive hotels and decided to have dinner in their fancy restaurant. Reuben’s Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the One and Only near the V & A Waterfront. We went with a three-course meal here and were absolutely blown away by the mussels and calamari starters. We aren’t big meat eaters but we both decided to splurge here and go for the Springbok Steak paired with a local pinotage for our main.
Every single item here was exceptional and the service was on point. A three-course meal like we had here would have cost us at least $120 back home in the states, but here in South Africa it was half that. South Africa is definitely a place where you can eat like a king at affordable prices on date night! Although the restaurant is big it is advisable to make reservations in advance (especially on weekends).
Seeking pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers?
Try Tigers Milk
Whether you’re in Muizenberg, Long Street, Claremont, or Century City you can always start your night off right with a few drinks and appetizers at Tiger’s Milk Restuarant. The general vibe is relaxed and cool any night of the week. We loved trying all the craft beers here, brought to us by the fantastic waitstaff.
Try Den Anker
Set in the heart of the V & A Waterfront, Den Anker specialized in Belgium beers and seafood. It’s a great place to catch a quick bite to eat on a beautiful day before you make your way to a movie. Oh, and they have Cameron’s favorite beer on tap, La Chouffe. However, be careful at about 9.6 abv it’s not to be messed with.
Looking for a good lunch time spot?
Try the Sidewalk Cafe
This little cafe is located right on, well, a sidewalk. The cafe is small and quaint and reminds me of simpler times. The menu here is small but packs a punch of value. They have wonderful vegetarians sandwiches and salads as well as 2 for 1 cocktails on most days. Bonus points here for the decent WiFi connection!
Craving some coffee and sweets?
Try Truth Coffee
It’s hard to say coffee and Cape Town in the same sentence without mentioning Truth Coffee. This steampunk style coffee shop has won numerous awards throughout the world of coffee and when we stepped in we saw why. From the decor to the service, to the coffee everything at Truth is combined for a top-notch cafe experience.
Try Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar
Lady Bonin’s is a tea shop located right on the busy Long Street. It’s tiny and easy to pass by, so make sure you keep your eyes out. They have a wonderful selection of teas to purchase, as well as drink right there. Our favorite thing to do was sit on the back patio there with a Matcha latte and Matcha ball. Yum!
Try Charly’s Bakery
Charly’s Bakery is somewhat of an institution in Cape Town, and for good reason! Charly’s has been specializing in cakes since 1989 and is located in District 6. Not a cake fan? Don’t worry! There are plenty of cookies, brownies, and chocolate to go around!
No matter where you eat in Cape Town, I’m certain your stomach will be happy. There are so many fantastic restaurants to eat at you are spoilt for options
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