Savouring Cape Town: A Foodie’s Guide to the Best Restaurants and Local Flavours

A group of friends enjoying local flavours and wine at a Cape Town restaurant

Cape Town, known for its wide variety of scenery and rich cultural heritage, is also a paradise for food enthusiasts. The city’s culinary scene is as diverse and vibrant as its people, offering a wide range of dining experiences that showcase the best of local and international cuisine.

The Test Kitchen 

The Test Kitchen, renowned as one of the world’s best restaurants, it offers a multi-course tasting menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s careful attention to detail and creativity make it a must-visit for any food lover. Due to its popularity, advanced booking reservations are required.

Gold Restaurant 

The Gold Restaurant offers an immersive culinary adventure celebrating diverse African flavours. The set menu features dishes from Morocco, Mali, Ethiopia, Cape Malay, and more. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment, including drumming sessions and traditional dance performances, making it a truly unforgettable dining experience.

The Pot Luck Club 

The Pot Luck Club offers a tapas-style menu inspired by street food from around the world. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts combines a variety of flavours, creating a unique dining experience. In addition to serving delicious cuisine, this restaurant is known for its breathtaking views of Cape Town.

La Colombe 

Located in the idyllic Constantia wine valley, La Colombe serves delectable fusion dishes inspired by French and Asian flavors. Diners, both locals and visitors, rave about the restaurant’s chic decor, friendly service, and inventive menu. 


Known for its wood-fired pizzas and fresh pasta dishes, Bocca’s lively atmosphere and central location on Bree Street make it a popular choice for those looking for a casual yet delicious dining experience.

A photo of a delicious pizza fresh out of the wood fired oven

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen 

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen is a casual eatery with a daily-changing menu. The restaurant offers small plates meant for sharing, with bold flavors and seasonal ingredients. The relaxed atmosphere and delicious food make it a great spot for a laid-back meal with friends or family.

Harbour House 

Situated at Quay Four, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Harbour House specialises in fresh seafood. The restaurant’s prime waterfront location offers stunning views of the harbour, making it a perfect choice for a memorable dining experience.


Hemelhuijs is a whimsical world of design and flavour. The restaurant’s creative menu features dishes inspired by local ingredients, with the legendary French toast being a standout favourite for customers.

Cape Town’s culinary scene is a melting pot of flavours and cultures, offering a wide range of dining experiences that cater to every taste. Whether you’re a fan of fine dining or street food, Cape Town has something to offer everyone.

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