Known as a food lover’s paradise, you will be spoilt for choices when it comes to dining in Cape Town. From burger joints to corner cafes, street food to tapas, casual to stylish restaurants, the city’s growing food scene is loaded with diverse options that cater to every taste and budget. Here’s a look at some of Cape Town's hippest restaurants.
If you’re looking for a highly sophisticated place to relax and unwind while enjoying a panoramic view of the ocean, then the Bungalow is for you. Located on the rocks in Clifton, the restaurant exhibits seafront sensuality with its succulent and sumptuous seafood. The exotic menu includes plump sushi, prawn tempura, line fish, beef Carpaccio, oysters and lot more. Be sure to try one of their signature cocktails including the Pomegranate Mojito, which contains rum muddled with fresh pomegranate.
Nestled on Green Point, Upper Bloem draws inspiration from the cosmopolitan cultures of Cape Town. Chefs André Hill and Henry Vigar have devised a seasonally inspired menu of irreducibly delicious dishes. Cape Town architect Liam Mooney designed the restaurant's interiors with shades of brown, orange and teal blue. Upper Bloem provides a fine dining experience in a cosy setting and a culinary journey reminiscent of the Mother City.
Myatt Café & Chocolatier is ritzy and elegant; the decor resembles a designer haute couture store. Dinnerware from Villeroy and Boch, furniture from Eileen Grey and Vitra all combine to provide a quintessentially chic experience. The cafe offers guests the best service, and a gourmet menu featuring mouthwatering light meals and sweet treats.
Located on Corner Buitenkant and Barrack Street, this beautiful French crêperie flaunts Parisian style and panache. Designers have artfully incorporated the swan into the decor of the cafe, which symbolises beauty and grace. It serves the most delicious sweet crepes, exclusive tea blends, savoury galettes, and of course coffees including beetroot and turmeric lattes. The sweet aromas of brewing coffee, pancake batter and melting chocolate will undoubtedly tempt you in!
Situated on Camps Bay, Bilboa offers delectable seafood platters, breathtaking ocean views and a warm, friendly service. Modern decor from timbered ceilings, beautiful lighting and elegant furniture create a sophisticated atmosphere. The extensive menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks, chicken and lamb. The baby squid, salmon with quinoa and crispy prawns are irresistible! Here you can enjoy a great meal on the outdoor deck overlooking the scenic Camps Bay.
The Fat Greek
This Greek restaurant by the Dimitris is a fantastic addition to Tableview’s thriving restaurant scene. As the name suggests, you can savour platters loaded with delicious Mediterranean dishes, such as the usual favourites like hummus, chicken and lamb skewers, sardines and Greek salad. Lying on the Marine Promenade, the vibrant and intimate decor contribute to the restaurant’s family-friendly and cosy atmosphere.
Situated in Tyger Waterfront, Zibaldone provides a menu which strikes the excellent balance between rustic and traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Enjoy a delicious and uncomplicated meal in a soothing and exquisite atmosphere. The menu features pasta, fish, veal, poultry, steaks, and seasonal fares, not to mention the visually pleasing desserts. Some must-try delicacies include the Veal Saltimbocca, Spaghetti Gamberi, Tagliata and Lamb Shank Tortelloni.
Lekker Vegan keeps things simple, modern and funky, with accents of rose-tinted gold, plants on one wall and the bright, minimalistic brand’s logo on the other, as well as suspended wooden counters. The vegan menu offers gourmet burgers, Gatsby sandwiches, nuggets, and wraps that are so delicious you won’t want to share.
Nestled on Solan Street, Sinn's Restaurant serves a variety of sumptuous dishes from across the globe. Offering everything from tapas to curries, this elegantly decorated restaurant is known for its contemporary and international cuisine. A wine list featuring local, Italian and French varieties makes for a perfect choice of accompaniment.
Located along bustling Longmarket Street, the restaurant caters to your every passion and desire in an imaginative and positive feast for the senses. With fun and inviting décor, Dear Me offers a diverse menu suited to all taste buds, which make it a great choice for breakfast or lunch. You can also unwind while sipping a perfect cocktail in Tjing Tjing, the upstairs bar.