Eating out in Cape Town
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It's important to note that almost all Cape Malay restaurants in Cape Town are strictly halaal so no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises
Eating out in Cape Town is easy - the city's natural abundance of land and sea combined with cultural diversity ensure that there are menus to suit all palates and price ranges.
In Cape Town restaurants and eateries offer a wide variety of choices, including a few you would never experience elsewhere in the world.
Cape Malay cuisine is the culinary inheritance of those Cape Town residents whose ancestors arrived as Malay, Javanese and Indonesian slaves in the mid 17th century. In the intervening years an intriguing sweet, aromatic and utterly South African food genre has emerged. Cape Malay people historically lived in the Bo-Kaap district and it is still home to many of their most authentic restaurants.
Cape Town is also famed for its fine dining and should you wish to celebrate in style you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you favour molecular gastronomy at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock or classic French at La Mouette in Sea Point you really can't go wrong.
If you struggle to decide on a dining destination simply wander down the restaurant strips of Long Street, the CBD, Kloof Street, Gardens or the beachfront at Camps Bay.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Test Kitchen
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Tel: +27 (0)21 447 2337
78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Tel: +27 (0)21 433 0856
How to get here
Domestic and international airlines fly in daily to Cape Town International airport, and the host city is also easily accessible by car, bus or train.
Around the area
There’s lots to experience in and around Cape Town. There are numerous restaurants both in the city centre (around Long and Loop Streets ) and at the V&A Waterfront. If you like fresh fish then try the Hout Bay Harbour or Kalky’s in Hout Bay.
Tours to do
If you're a serious food-lover then you must spend a day or two in Franschhoek, the food capital of South Africa. You can also dine at the various wine estates in the area.
If you're staying in the city centre you can get around on foot. Alternatively you can hire a taxi to get to your chosen restaurant.
What will it cost
Restaurant prices range from moderate R120 to R180 per person for a decent one to two course meal to anything over approx R500/R1000 and beyond at the high-end restaurants. Note that seafood, in particular crayfish, is generally quite expensive.
Length of stay
Stay for a week or longer.
What to pack
Elegant dining wear, if you are planning to visit some of Cape Town's finest restaurants.
Where to stay
There are many hotels and self-catering apartments; why not book your accommodation in the old Malay area of Bo-Kaap.
What to eat
Seafood, Cape Malay cuisine, township barbeques and street food on the move.
Local Cape Malay spices designed to spice up any curry dish.