The Mount Nelson Hotel / © Belmond Management Limited
The Mount Nelson Hotel / © Belmond Management Limited
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Best Hotels for Foodies in Cape Town

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Freelance Travel Writer -
Updated: 6 June 2017
Hotels in Cape Town are no longer just the resting place for tepid buffets and bland room service meals. In fact, there’s a new breed of hotel restaurants that are not only setting, but exceeding, the high standards in this famously foodie friendly city. Whether you’re overnighting or not, these hotels and their in-house restaurants are must-visit attractions for foodies.
  1. Hotel Verde

    In a city where hotels and restaurants frequently boast panoramic vistas, a hotel within the Airport Industria region seems fairly illogical for anyone but the hurried business traveller. But Hotel Verde, and its in-house Nuovo Restaurant, almost within earshot of Cape Town International Airport, is about more than just convenience. It’s earned praise for its service, ambiance and superb restaurant that uses only the freshest produce sourced no further away than 150 kilometres. Though it takes some seeking out if you’re based in the city, it may be worth your while to leave for the airport a few hours early and pay this popular restaurant a visit, particularly if you’re of vegetarian persuasion.

    Hotel Verde, 15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 380 5500

    Meal at Hotel Verde’s in-house restaurant / © Hotel Verde

    12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

    Set on the slopes of Table Mountain, with panoramic views across the sparkling Atlantic, the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is without doubt one of the Cape’s most exclusive hotels. Though just a short drive from bustling Camp’s Bay, there’s a palpable sense of tranquility that descends on you from the moment you arrive. Luxurious spa and lavish rooms aside, the hotel’s Azure Restaurant is also a celebrated destination in its own right. Given the ocean-side location it’s hardly surprising that the menu favours fresh seafood, but there’s also a wide selection of quintessentially South African dishes such as Cape Malay curry, various meat dishes and platters of carefully selected Cape cheeses.

    12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 437 9029

    Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa / © Red Carnation Hotels

    Cape Grace Hotel

    The Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront is one of the city’s most revered hotels. Though its location in the heart of the city’s most visited tourist attraction means it’s somewhat pricey, the in-house Signal Restaurant still draws in foodies from across the city looking for a special meal out. They serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and there’s a separate bar perfect for starting, or ending, the evening. The food is local, fresh and innovative, and you’ll a variety of traditional Cape ingredients and flavours interspersed with several classic European alternatives.

    Cape Grace Hotel, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 410 7080

    Springbok tataki and tartar at Signal Restaurant / © Cape Grace

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    The Mount Nelson is one of the country’s oldest hotels, and so it’s hardly surprising that there’s an air of vintage sophistication floating down the wide corridors and out onto the tranquil terraces overlooking the lush green gardens. Luxurious accommodation and facilities aside, the Mount Nelson has also won favour with foodies of all persuasions. During the day there’s an option to have casual drinks and snacks on the terrace, but for many years now people have been flocking there for the opulent high teas, which you can take either indoors or out. And if you’re there after dark, the Planet Restaurant headed up by Chef Rudi Liebenberg offers celebrated classic dishes influenced by local flavours.

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town South Africa, +27 21 483 1948

    Mount Nelson Hotel Entrance / © Belmond Management Limited

    Steenberg Hotel

    The Steenberg Hotel in Cape Town’s Tokai suburb takes many first time visitors by surprise. The farm, which is home to a wine estate, hotel, spa and two restaurants, is just 30 minutes from the Cape Town CBD, and yet it feels like another world altogether. There’s a wide selection of luxurious accommodation to prolong the pleasure, but day visitors can also get in on the action with wine tastings in a dedicated room, and meals at two celebrated restaurants – Catharina’s and Bistro Sixteen82.

    Steenberg Hotel, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 713 7178

    Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg Hotel / © Steenberg

    One&Only Cape Town

    The One&Only at the V&A Waterfront may just be Cape Town’s most extravagant hotel. With an idyllic address on Dock Road, and views across the harbour and access to serene canals otherwise hidden from view, it’s no surprise that this one of the Mother City’s premium accommodation options. The dining options at the One&Only are equally impressive. Celebrated local chef Reuben Riffel operates his flagship establishment from this venue in Reuben’s, and the hotel is also home to Africa’s only Nobu restaurant.

    One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 431 4511

    Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town / © One&Only

    The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

    This five-star hotel in Cape Town’s Constantia Valley offers some of the best views of the famous wine region. Despite being 15 minutes from Cape Town’s City Centre, it’s an oasis of serenity. The sprawling estate is home to a 52 room hotel, a spa and two of the country’s best restaurants — Greenhouse and The Conservatory. Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff oversees both restaurants, which regularly feature in global best-of lists.

    The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 794 2137

    Greenhouse Restaurant at Cellars-Hohenort Hotel / Copyright © The Collection by Liz McGrath