Marco’s African Place
Bo-Kaap’s most historic restaurant, Marco’s African Place has been serving Xhosa, Cape Malay and African cuisine since 1933. You won’t find food quite like this anywhere else, so a stop here is essential. The menu includes popular Xhosa dishes such as ulwimi (steamed ox tongue in a mustard sauce) and umleqwa (free range chicken and onion stew), and the servers are friendly and proud to explain the different dishes to newcomers. What makes Marco’s African Place special is not only its cuisine, but also its music: home to a marimba (Afro-Jazz) band that plays nightly.
15 Rose Street, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 423 5412
Bo Kaap Kombuis
If you’re looking for authentic Cape Malay cuisine, come to Bo Kaap Kombuis. Husband and wife team Yusuf and Nazli Larney have created an unmissable Halaal restaurant serving succulent, expertly prepared food at great prices. Specialities include starters such as dhaltjies (chili bites with spinach) and meat dishes slow-cooked to perfection, such as house specialty, denningvleis, tender lamb cubes slow cooked with vegetables and tamarind paste. If the food’s not enough to make you swoon, the view certainly will: the venue offers a panoramic view of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and the Bo-Kaap.
7 August Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa +27 21 422 5446
Serving Middle Eastern and Cape fusion, Biesmiellah is a great place to come after a long day of sightseeing for high-quality Cape Malay cuisine. The food is fresh and incorporates a range of spices to season the local meat and fish dishes. The menu includes tasty, traditional treats like bobotie, a dish of flavorful spiced minced meat with a baked egg topping, and a range of turmeric-heavy curries. Like Bo Kaap Kombuis, Biesmiellah is strictly Halaal, so no alcohol is permitted.
2 Wale St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 423 0850
If you’re feeling fancy, come to La Mouette for a taste of modern French cuisine. With a constantly changing seasonal menu, the restaurant consistently upholds a stellar reputation for mouthwatering dishes at every turn. The tasting menu is recommended, so you don’t miss a thing. The interior is elegant with rich eggplant-colored walls, while the terrace features a fountain and romantic atmosphere that’s ideal for a lingering dinner under the stars.
78 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 433 0856
Beleza serves fresh Mediterranean fusion cuisine, combining traditions from Portugal, Italy, and Spain with a shot of African inspiration. Whether you’re looking for a simple pasta dish with fresh tomato sauce, or Mozambiquan Peri Peri Prawns, there’s something on this menu for every comfort zone. This is also a great place to taste South African ostrich as it was intended to be prepared: tender and served with a creamy sauce. The meats on offer all come from free-range, grass fed animals, and being so close to the sea, there’s also a wide selection of fresh fish and seafood.
If you have a hankering for sushi, come to Beluga, Cape Town’s go-to restaurant for Asian fusion. Here you can look forward to first-rate sushi, sashimi and dim sum, but also heartier meat dishes, like the flavorful pork ribs. Beluga is known for its impeccable, friendly service, and an intimate and relaxed ambience. Its interior style is a cross between Art Deco and contemporary New York City chic. Try a peach Bellini from the killer cocktail list and enjoy.
The Foundry, Prestwich St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 418 2948
If you want a taste of authentic Asian cuisine, hop over to @Seoul Restaurant. Offering both Thai and Korean food, this restaurant serves an extensive menu including kimchi dumplings, spicy fried calamari, noodle-based dishes, and several vegetarian options. Fresh ingredients and an array of spices make incredibly flavorful plates that wow the senses. The portions are generous, as is the service. The décor is simple, but who needs a fancy interior when the food is this good?
72 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 439 3373
I Love My Laundry
I Love My Laundry is a hip little spot serving superb coffee and a high-quality Asian menu that should not be overlooked. The menu is short but sweet, boasting some of the best dim sum (steamed dumplings) in Cape Town; try the pork and coriander version. Whether you want a sweet snack, a long and lazy lunch or dinner with a glass of South African wine or an Asian pint, this eclectic cafe will leave you satisfied.
50 Buitenkant Street, CBD, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 875 502 852
The Urban Garden
Dinner at Cape Town’s Urban Garden is more than a meal: it’s a gastronomic experience. Situated in a gorgeous and tranquil garden, this five-star eatery is sure to impressed with its superior cuisine. Freshly caught fish and high quality cuts of meat are the focal point of this menu, complemented by creative vegetable dishes. Though the menu is ever-changing to work with the freshest ingredients on hand, previous standouts include the kingklip with a cauliflower puree, and roasted pumpkin and goat cheese tart for vegetarians. From the service to the food, every detail of this restaurant testifies to the chef’s passion for culinary craft, and the staff’s commitment to creating a sublime experience.
Watch out for: the private garden booths and atrium
35 Rose Street, Cape Town, South Africa, + 27 21 481 1022
The Royale Eatery
The Royale Eatery has built a stellar reputation on their mouthwatering customizable burgers, made with high-quality ingredients. Pair your made-to-order burger with regular or sweet potato fries. The milkshakes are also out of this world: think creamy avocado mint, or sweet-savory bananas and peanut butter. Befitting an upscale burger joint, the ambience here is kitschy and eclectic, with a funky hat collection decorating one wall, wooden benches, and leather booths. Make sure you come with an empty stomach; the Royale doesn’t skimp on portions.