Cape Town’s restored narrow streets, art galleries and parliament buildings provide South Africa‘s legislative capital with a bustling hub worthy of the continent’s most culturally diverse population. And for evidence of its diversity, look no further than the city’s restaurant scene, where foodies can find just about any cuisine their heart desires.
While stumbling upon a great restaurant can be as fulfilling as it is filling (ed. note: sorry—couldn’t resist the pun), in a city of 3.5 million people, a little insider intel from the locals goes a long way. For that, look no further than Lauren Foulds-Vallee, a member of our African design team. We tapped the South African native for a few of her favourite places to indulge her inner foodie.
What are the best Cape Town restaurants?
A stunning location with views of the Twelve Apostles and ocean and an unusual setting (an old hunting lodge) make this a truly unique dining option. Best to book a table by the window or outside—the picture to the right should tell you why.
Charming French country-style restaurant in the Constantia Winelands—perfect for a romantic evening out! The wild mushroom cannelloni is fantastic, as is the foie gras. On summer evenings, it’s lovely to sit in the courtyard.
Located in Woodstock, an up-and-coming part of Cape Town, this is Cape Town’s favourite restaurant of the moment! The food is inventive and original—the “Gourmand Menu” is a must. Book early, as there is generally a two-month waiting list!
Classic Italian with wonderfully simple dishes. Parmesan polenta and butternut ravioli are some of the highlights for me in this restaurant housed in a beautiful old building with great character.
My favourite Bistro in Cape Town, with an ever-changing blackboard menu and a colourful and fun team!