Eating Out In Cape Town
When you’re visiting Cape Town you should ensure you make time to sit back, relax, and enjoy an unforgettable fine dining experience. With its abundance of home grown wines and plentiful fresh produce, Cape Town is a fabulous place to eat and drink, no matter what kind of cuisine you fancy. The gastronomic possibilities are almost endless, which whilst exciting can also be overwhelming. Looking to book a restaurant or two during your stay in Cape Town but not sure where to begin? Here are a few places to start:
If you’re looking for a simple but delicious lunch then there are plenty of options available to you. If you want something unfussy and nutritious, where you’re likely to be surrounded by locals grabbing their lunch then Melissa’s is a highly regarded deli chain with several branches across the city. You can buy some of your favorite products to take home with you, as well as enjoying a restaurant-style dining experience. The food is fresh, well prepared, but won’t leave you feeling full or bloated, so you can still enjoy a post-lunch afternoon of adventure in the city! If you’re looking for a lunch time dining experience that is a little more decadent then from Wednesday to Friday, Aubergine opens its doors to lunch time diners. Aubergine is regarded as one of the very best restaurants in Cape Town, and is one of Pellegrinos’ top 100 restaurants in the world, with a focus on paring their food perfectly with just the right local wine. During the summer months an al fresco dining experience on the restaurants beautiful terrace really is not to be missed. Finally, if you have a hankering for a burger then Clarke’s make the very best burgers in town; this place is fantastically ‘cool’ with interesting décor and a skate boarding ramp at the back of the restaurant in case you need to do a little exercise to build up an appetite!
Deliciously Decadent Dinners
Dinner in Cape Town can be a much more extravagant experience, and if you want to really enjoy a feast then you should dedicate your evening to it. In the heart of the city you’ll find Beluga, which is the perfect place to eat if you want a little glitz and glamor. Celebrities such as HRH Prince Harry and actor Kiefer Sutherland head to Beluga when they’re in town. Here you’ll find understated elegance, a beautiful courtyard garden, and some of the very best sushi in town. If you want to combine your dinner with a trip to a local vineyard then head to the Delaire Graff Restaurant (which is situated on the Delaire Graff Wine Estate). The restaurant here only uses local and organic ingredients making for a fresh and delicious menu bursting with flavor; this is the perfect place for al fresco evening dining. Relax under dappled oak trees or, on cooler evenings, eat inside the restaurant and admire the beautiful selection of South African art work that adorns the walls. Finally for real foodies looking for a gastronomic delight, visit La Colombe, another restaurant situated on a wine estate. La Colombe is regarded as the best restaurant on the western cape and the restaurant offers a unique and unmissable dining experience. Decadent luxury are the buzzwords at this restaurant with fabulous food in elegant surroundings taking center stage. The food is a combination of French and Asian fusion, providing a delight for the taste buds that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
These are just a small selection of the hundreds of excellent restaurants available in Cape Town. If you only have a short amount of time in Cape Town, which is very common amongst the many visitors spending just a day or two in the city as part of wider luxury cruises or African safari adventures, then these are some great places to start. You certainly won’t be left disappointed, although you may leave the city wishing you could take some of your favorite dishes with you. Just remember to make your restaurant reservations well in advance of your arrival to avoid disappointment, as these are some of the hottest spots in town!
Contributed by Sue Miles