Cape Town and Peninsula Restaurants

Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurants in southern Africa. Nowhere else in the country is the populace so discerning about food, and nowhere else is there such a wide selection of high-quality restaurants. Western culinary history here dates back
Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurants in southern Africa. Nowhere else in the country is the populace so discerning about food, and nowhere else is there such a wide selection of high-qu
Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurant

Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa and quite possibly the continent. It certainly has the best restaurants in southern Africa. Nowhere else in the country is the populace so discerning about food, and nowhere else is there such a wide selection of high-quality restaurants. Western culinary history here dates back to the 17th century—Cape Town was founded specifically to grow food—and that heritage is reflected in the city's cuisine and the fact that a number of restaurants operate in historic town houses and 18th-century wine estates.

Cape Town dining today offers a global culinary experience, with Cape chefs showing the same enthusiasm for international food trends as their counterparts worldwide. French and Italian fare has long been available, but with Thai, Japanese, and Pan-Asian influences flooding in, accents of lemongrass, miso, and yuzu have become de rigueur in fine-dining kitchens. Middle Eastern cuisine is finally making some headway, and the Americas have also come to the fore, with plenty of burgers and ribs, and even chicken and waffles popping up on menus these days, not to mention a few South American and passable Mexican eateries. Ubiquitous pan-Asian fare is probably not as good as what you might be used to in major American cities; sushi is also easily found, though largely limited to tuna and salmon, and often prepared with lots of drizzled mayo and sauces. The locavore trend toward organic produce and healthful dishes is also gaining popularity, though attitudes toward vegetarianism in this meat-happy land remain somewhat backward.

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  • 1. Olympia Café

    $$ | Café

    This tiny Kalk Bay landmark with its mismatched tables and open kitchen is much beloved by locals as a super-casual destination for consistently...Read More

  • 2. The Foodbarn

    $$$ | Noordhoek | French

    Very probably the best restaurant on the Cape Peninsula, the aptly named Foodbarn serves French-influenced cuisine in a rustic and relaxed setting...Read More

  • 3. La Mouette

    $$ | Sea Point | French

    La Mouette serves extremely reasonably priced, modern French-Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful old Sea Point home that is all sash windows...Read More

  • 4. Massimo's

    $ | Italian

    Having begun as a pizza joint, this casual Hout Bay eatery, which is in an old barn, now serves a range of delightfully simple Italian fare...Read More

  • Myoga

    5. Myoga

    $$$ | Newlands | Asian

    This relaxed but glam eatery in the posh Vineyard Hotel & Spa outside Cape Town attracts well-heeled regulars, who come for chef Mike Basset...Read More

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  • 6. Planet Restaurant

    $$$ | Gardens | Eclectic

    The refurbished fine-dining restaurant at the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel, the Planet occupies one of the most glamorous rooms in the city and...Read More

  • 7. Sababa

    $ | Cape Town Central | Middle Eastern

    This bright, all-white café on trendy Bree Street is the go-to place for delicious, creative, and relatively healthful Middle Eastern–style...Read More

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