The Best Waterfront Restaurants And Bars In Cape Town, South Africa


The Waterfront is a flourishing market of multicultural fashion, fun and food that provides for any occasion – parties, luncheons, catch up coffee or even a family day out. Since the construction of the V&A shopping center, the Waterfront has become a veritable swamp of independent and chain restaurants, bars and coffee shops. So after a long, tiring day of shopping, sit, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of the harbor at sunset at one of these top Waterfront bars and restaurants.

Let’s Have a Beer | © Cyril Caton/Flickr

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

Mitchell’s always has plenty of food and drink to satisfy even the biggest appetites. Have a glass of wine whilst the stunning view of the harbor and Table Mountain. If you fancy something a bit more wild, go down for an evening booze cruise and get down on the dance floor with a bit of karaoke.

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Hungry Herbivore

A must for vegans, Hungry Herbivore began as a market stall run by founders Amy and Brent. With a vision of serving food that is free of everything but flavor, Amy and Brent serve the best plant based cakes in town. If you find something you really like here, they have a shop where you can buy the products you’ve tried.

Shrimp Tempura Roll | © Clotee Allochuku/Flickr

Willoughby and Co.

Willoughby and Co is the Japanese kitchen to go to in Cape Town. With original recipes such as the flash-grilled Salmon Saikyo Miso Yaki there is always something new and a little bit different to try out at the finest sushi restaurant in town.

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The Cape Town Comedy Club

In the historic Pumphouse in the center of the V&A Waterfront is the Cape Town Comedy Club. A dinner-theater, you will be served great laughs as well as great food. The club has seen some well-known faces of comedy pass through including Christopher Titus and Babben Larsson. If you’re feeling peckish, the food menu includes burgers, steaks, salads and pizzas – all of it halaal. If you feel like enjoying a drink with the show instead of a meal, there are a variety of shooters, beers, wines, cocktails and spirits to enjoy – the Pina Colada comes highly recommended.

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Cape Grace Hotel’s Signal Restaurant

In the luxurious and refined Cape Grace Hotel, you’ll find the Signal Restaurant. With sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, dinners and lighter bites, this hotel has it all. There’s even a bar, the Bascule Whiskey Bar, completely separate from the restaurant so you can enjoy a quiet drink. The chefs use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The recipes, which change seasonally, celebrate the establishment’s Cape Dutch heritage with dishes such as bobotie-spiced springbok with butternut risotto.

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BAiA Seafood Restaurant

BAiA is known for its fine cuisine and its rare vintage wines and cocktails. A prime spot, the 360 views of the stunning Waterfront harbor and ocean as seen from the covered outside dining area, perfectly complement the seafood based dishes. BAiA also serves the finest quality beef, venison and poultry. The recipes are loosely based on a mixture of continental cuisine and Portuguese colonial traditions.

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