5 Alternative Must-Visit Restaurants in Cape Town

Anyone who arrives in Cape Town, no matter whether it is just for the weekend or a longer vacation, will get to know the various sites and sounds of this vibrant city. With plenty of things to do either outdoors or indoors, your appetite will soon need to be satisfied. This will be no problem but with so many great options, deciding where to go maybe a little bit more difficult. So to make it easier for you, we have put together a list of our 5 Must Visit restaurants while you are in Cape Town.

  1. Mama Africa (Long Street)

Budget: RRR

Mama Africa is the unchallenged number one for authentic local dishes. The unique atmosphere, steeped in African history and culture, creates an unforgettable dining experience for every guest.  Start off your meal with some kudu biltong followed either by a lamb potjie or the must-try Game Grill dish with braaied ostrich, crocodile, springbok and kudu. The menu offers an array of dishes including vegetarian options, ensuring everybody is able to find something fitting to their taste buds. During the course of dinner, admire the artwork displayed by up and coming local artists while listening to vibrant and authentic sounds of a live marimba band. “Mama Africa” is a great cultural experience, providing guests with an understanding of the taste, dishes and sounds of South Africa.

Mama Africa (Image from What’s on in Cape Town)
  1. HQ (City Centre)

Budget: RR – RRR

For meat lovers, HQ is your first stop. This sophisticated, saucy steakhouse restaurant is situated near Short Market Square, with a festive buzz and modern design offering the ideal choice for socialites. Each meal is prepared and presented with perfection. On the menu, you can’t go wrong with their renowned sirloin steak meal or an indulgent of their Triple Cooked Port Belly Cubes with bourbon glaze, bacon soil and apple creme fraiche. Whether you are looking for a spot to enjoy stylish cocktails and tapas with the girls, or impress the socks off a companion, HQ provides the perfect spot.

HQ Restaurant (Image from FoodBlog Cape Town)
  1. Ferdinando’s Pizza (Observatory)

Budget: RR

A quaint gem hidden in Observatory, Ferdinando’s Pizzeria is a mozzarella heaven! From the outside, the restaurant seems inconspicuous, but once inside an eccentric atmosphere invites you to relax in the cosy setting and enjoy the best Italian pizza at a fraction of the price! With the menu ranging from simple to taste bud overload, no meat-lover or vegetarian will be left unsatisfied.  With friendly staff and artwork to be admired, Ferdinando’ is a perfect choice for a relaxing Italian evening.

Ferdinando’s Pizzeria (Image from Ferdinando)
  1. Mzansi (Langa)

Budget: RR – RRR

At the edge of Langa township, awaits an extraordinary food and cultural experience for you. Mzansi offers guests the chance to experience African traditional foods within in a traditional environment. It is an evening filled with flair as Nomonde, the host, shares stories about the restaurant and her family, while live jazz music is played in the background and local dances are performed. Served buffet style, the food at Mzansi showcases traditional Xhosa meals and influencing flavours from around Cape Town. While here, make sure to try the umbhako (baked bread), umxhaxha (butternut mixed with corn mealies wrapped with aubergine) and the umngqusho (samp and beans) with the succulent meats on offer. The restaurant is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, however, this is an additional cost and must be communicated beforehand. Mzansi welcomes you into the community and together, enjoy an evening of food, music, and dance.

Mzansi Restaurant (Image from TripAdvisor)
  1. Food Market (V&A Waterfront)

Budget: R – RR

The Food Market at the V&A Waterfront offers an array of street food served in an authentic market set up within the historical Pumphouse building. The market is alive and buzzing with activity making it a wonderful lunch spot while visiting the V&A Waterfront. Choose to either sit inside or on the outside picnic tables while enjoying the live music, crispy craft beers and great food. With over 40 vendors, there is something for everybody!

Food Market at V&A Waterfront (Image from capemarkets.co.za)

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