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YYou will discover a bold, experimental and contemporary food scene in Cape Town. From Camps Bay to Mouille Point, and to the Waterfront and Simon’s Town, from tapas to seafood to Cape Malay curry, Cape Town is a haven for foodies with a list of great eating spots that just continues to grow.
While the restaurants in the city offer a wide variety of choices, you have to try Cape Malay cuisine. An intriguing sweet, aromatic and utterly South African food genre, it is the culinary inheritance of Cape Town residents whose ancestors arrived as Malay, Javanese and Indonesian slaves in the mid-17th century. A Cape Town favourite is Jonkershuis eatery which is situated on beautiful Groot Constantia Wine Estate, which at its core is conscious of the provenance, sustainability and the ethical content of all the food prepared, as well as reflecting the rich Cape Malay heritage of their ‘home’.
IIf you prefer something fancier, Cape Town offers a host of fine-dining restaurants. The Test Kitchen in Woodstock is world famous, offering molecular gastronomy, with many famous figures having dined there. Ranked 22nd in The World’s Best Restaurant Awards in 2016, as well as Best Restaurant in Africa at The World’s Best Restaurant Awards 2016, be sure to book well in advance as the waiting list is long.
TTry the Pot Luck Club, where the focus is on the five flavour profiles (salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami) and plate-sharing is encouraged, so you get to savour them all.
You will find Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street, not only known for its global tapas, but also for its great setting and chic interior. Its Constantia branch boasts panoramic vistas that will take your breath away. Also on Bree Street, in a heritage building, is Villa 47—a three-in-one Italian emporium that has a little something for everyone. Staying in the city, at a prime address on Church Street, is Ash, an edgy inner-city eatery which shares floor space with Publik Wine Bar. If French cuisine is your thing, try La Tête, with fresh, original and utterly delicious French-bistro fare or La Mouette in Sea Point for classic French food.
OOn trend is Marrow, which serves broths in a cup or bowl, created to promote a healthy digestive system, leaving you feeling energised! Still not sure? Wander along the restaurant strips of Long Street, the CBD, Kloof Street, Gardens or the beachfront at Camps Bay, and pick and choose from a variety of cuisines and price ranges.
Eating out in Cape Town is easy—the city's natural abundance of land and sea combined with cultural diversity ensures that there are menus to suit all palates and price ranges.