It’s time for a new ‘5 Places to Eat in’ post! And this one has been a long time in the making – I’d say a good four years since I first went to Cape Town and started collecting my fave places to eat. In the same way that I found it very difficult to narrow places to eat in Guernsey down to 5, I struggled in the same way to bring you 5 places to eat in Cape Town. But I have managed – just! I have tried to give you a good overview of the different options (with a couple of bonus tips below!), but there are actually a million more options, so if you do visit the city, I’d suggest you go hungry. And partake in rather lot of outdoor activities to balance it all out.
Willoughby & Co
My number one place to head when I arrive in the city is Willoughby’s. It is by far the best sushi in Cape Town. Situated in the V&A Waterfront mall, do not be deterred by the location. I was very confused at first as to why we were queuing (yes, queuing!) for thirty minutes to sit in the middle of the mall outside of a pharmacy. However, I was very happy to be proven wrong, because this place is a VIBE. It is almost always full, has a great wine menu and a ridiculously amazing selection of sushi. We tend to go for a 4×4 and some kind of salmon platter, sometimes with some extra salmon roses and some edamame. You should too.
Shop 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Blvd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Giovanni’s is another Cape Town staple. We were lucky enough to be staying just up the road when we were in Cape Town last week so we had this stunning Italian deli on our doorstep. Giovanni’s is a deli and an international store, with a cute street-front coffee bar that is always buzzing. The deli counter is filled with fresh delicious salads, meats and cheeses. You can pick what you want to be plated and brought through to a table for you, or even pick a fresh bread roll for the bakery section for a gourmet takeaway sandwich to take to the beach or park. The baristas will also make brilliant fresh Italian coffee – they sell it too, so we actually bought their pods for our Airbnb Nespresso machine, which felt like a luxury every single morning.
The Pot Luck Club (& friends)
If you are going to treat yourself to a really good meal in Cape Town, then you should probably try a Luke Dale-Roberts establishment or one of the Chef’s Warehouse locations. It can be very difficult to get a table at a lot of these – often listed in the 50 World Best Restaurants. This time around in Cape Town, we made it to three of them: Chef’s Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek, Thali & The Pot Luck Club. All of these restaurants are based around communal eating, tapas-style sharing plates. This is not homestyle cooking – this is sophisticated, high-end gourmet dishes that are going to surprise and delight your tastebuds and combine flavours that you may not expect. Try one of these places and let me know what you think!
The Pot Luck Club, The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
Want a simple pizza or pasta on a terrace with a cosy neighbourhood vibe? Bacini’s, located in the Gardens area of the city, has it all. I love the simple Italian vibes, the easy to choose from menu – and the fact that it is always pumping, no matter when you go. Indoors is cosy and busy. Outdoors has a cool buzz that I really enjoy. It can get chilly, even in summer, so take some sleeves, but I’d recommend ordering a simple bowl of pasta or pizza with a glass of red and enjoying the atmosphere.
177 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
The Chapmans Peak Hotel Restaurant
I may have saved the best ’til last here. Chapmans Peak Hotel is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Cape Town. Situated in Hout Bay overlooking the water, it is just at the end of Chapmans Peak Drive (worth a spin before or afterwards by the way), it’s a lovely place to spend a long, relaxing lunch. And what should you order? The portuguese steak & calamari pan (with either rice or chips, depending on your mood) – and the beetroot squash & feta salad. Just go with me here. You don’t even need a menu. Wash it down with some rose and have a quick espresso afterwards. Thank me later.
Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay, 7806
Extra shout-outs must go to Carne, Jason Bakery, Olympia Cafe & Deli in Kalk Bay, Liquorice & Lime, Newport Deli, Tasha’s and a few other places out in the winelands that I may do a whole separate post for. Fancy that? Comment below!
And don’t forget to tag me in your Instas if you go to any of the places above! (@stefaniegraceblog)
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