As one of the largest and most inviting cities along the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Port Elizabeth is home to wonderful cultural restaurants. Over the centuries waves of migration have created an exciting foodie scene, where African traditions mingle with European flavors. Here are 10 of the best local restaurants in the area.
The place to go for delicious, creatively prepared meals as well as free live music by local artists, Friendly Stranger attracts a varied crowd of hip music fans, coffee addicts and innovative foodies. On a summer’s day nab a table outside and share a platter of tasty treats with friends, or tuck into a scrumptious breakfast whilst watching the world go by. For lunch the deluxe burger is a huge favorite, as are all of the crisp, fresh salads. Friendly Stranger also features a variety of craft beers, delicious coffee and a beautiful range of cakes. Popular for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks it can be hard to get a table but the cool vibe and great food means it’s definitely worth taking a chance and trying.
Friendly Stranger, 1 Bridge Street, Upper Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 76 437 6850
Port Elizabeth’s Vovo Telo is the brand’s flagship bakery and cafe, and can be found tucked away in the most fashionable area of the city in Richmond Hill. The layout of the cafe allows diners to watch the bakers at work as they create the most magical tasting breads, pastries, pizzas and rolls that go so perfectly with a cup of delicious steaming coffee. The aroma that leaks out of Vovo Telo and onto the street outside is sweet enough to tempt even the busiest of passers-by in for a spot of lunch or a quick treat to take home for later.
Vovo Telo, Corner of Raleigh and Irvine Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 041 585 5606
A perfect example of the city’s multiculturalism, Bocadillo’s Bakery & Cafe is a casual and affordable establishment that serves winter warmers and international dishes. Stop by on a Wednesday to take advantage of the popular curry night, where diners can enjoy a choice of two curries with all the trimmings. The curries on offer vary weekly but have previously included options such as Kapitan chicken curry, cauliflower and lentil curry, Durban lamb curry and coconut vegetable curry. Those with a preference for Italian fare over spicy curries can reserve a table on a Monday to enjoy a half price pizza.
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