The Northern Cape Restaurants

The Northern Cape has never been gastronomically exciting, but some standout additions to the province’s tourism map offer food as good as anything you'll find in Cape Town. In the larger towns of Kimberley, Upington, and Springbok—where local residents generally traditionally like their meat well done and regard chicken as salad—it may be hard to find what you’re looking for. Your most memorable meal might be the legendary delicacy Karoo lamb—often roasted on a braai. It can be savored not only on the farms of the Karoo but also in restaurants in Kimberley, Upington, and the Kalahari. Vegetarians will find their needs very difficult to meet in large towns and almost unheard of in small villages. However, fresh fruits, especially grapes, are delicious and abundant in the summer months in the Orange River valley, from Upington to Kakamas. In winter look out for homemade preserves like peach chutney and apricot jam. Other than the more sophisticated hotels and such national steak-house chains as Spurs and Saddles, many restaurants are closed on Sunday evening. Unless you are a large group, reservations are not essential or even expected. Dining in the Northern Cape, even in Kimberley, is a casual affair in all but the few elegant and chic establishments. Wearing anything other than flip-flops is usually acceptable.

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  • 1. Caffe Bella

    $ | Eclectic

    What a nice and welcome surprise! Good coffee is generally hard to find in such remote parts, but the owners here have got this right. Though...Read More

  • 2. Die Dros

    $ | Italian

    You can drop in for a meal or just a drink at the bar in this large and rowdy franchise steak house which its owner has dubbed a "grill and...Read More

  • 3. Kalahari Sushi & Cocktail Bar

    $$$$ | Japanese

    The current owner of this restaurant was so impressed by a sushi-cum-cocktail bar in Cape Town that he bought it and moved it—plus the barman...Read More

  • 4. Kamieskroon Padstal

    $ | Café

    Some nibbles may be required on your journey, and this would be the ideal place for a snack, particularly because stops in this area are few...Read More

  • 5. Pump House Bar

    $ | Café

    Finish off your tour of Barkly West with a drink or light snack at the Pump House Bar, on the important Vaal river and within a stone's throw...Read More

  • 6. Barnato's

    $$ | European

    Set in a picturesque old colonial home dating to around the turn of the 19th century, Barnato's offers plenty of atmosphere and well-presented...Read More

  • 7. Copacabana Sidewalk Cafe

    $ | European

    A laid-back, Continental atmosphere prevails at this restaurant, cafe[ac], and bar. Caffeinoholics can get espressos and cappuccinos while...Read More

  • 8. Godfather's

    $ | Pizza

    If it's been a while since you carbo-loaded, grab a pizza from Godfather's. Don't go expecting anything but good food (provided the owner is...Read More

  • 9. Le Must

    $ | South African

    It's for good reason that the likes of President Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki dine here when they're in town, and that one of South Africa...Read More

  • 10. Mario's

    $ | Italian

    The relaxed atmosphere both in this historic Kimberley house and outside under a magical Japanese pagoda tree in summer make this one of the...Read More

  • 11. Melkboschkuil Restaurant

    $ | South African

    Traditional South African fare is prepared here by people who know what visitors want. Lovers of game are catered to with anything from crocodile...Read More

  • 12. Spill the Beans

    $ | Café

    This coffee shop is an excellent place to grab a bargain breakfast (R20), scones with biltong (air-dried meat) and cottage cheese, or a light...Read More

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