Establishments adhere to stringent food health and safety regulations.

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. 

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. Our fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

At markets and public events, fast-food chains operate mobile outlets or coffee stands, which are safe to patronise. Here you'll also often find individuals selling take-away eats like boerewors rolls, pancakes, samoosas and other South African foods - generally safe to eat. In such instances - as with fresh food preparation at establishments across the country - servers should handle the food with utensils or, if by hand, with plastic gloves.


  • Is organic food available in South Africa?
  • South Africa's larger supermarkets and food stores stock organic produce, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products and meat. Look out for specific labels that say the food is certified organic. You can also pick up fresh organic produce at any of the country's organic markets. There are some restaurants that offer entirely organic menus and others that offer a combination of regular and organic foods, where certain items, such as eggs, are also free-range. Some health shops also sell organic foods.