Though the influx of tourists to this informal butchery and eatery in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township means it’s far from the authentic window into local culture that many outsiders claim it to be, there are still plenty of reasons for foodies to visit. Firstly, you get to pick out your raw meat from the display fridge at the entrance. Staff then baste it with a special sauce and send it to the back, where a team cooks it to perfection over open flames. While doing so, you’re free to drink your own alcoholic beverages on the covered courtyard. When the meat eventually arrives, most people just get stuck in without knifes, forks, and little more than a side serving of pap, a local dish made out of grounded maize. It’s a high intensity experience from start to finish, and though many are quick to point out it lacks authenticity, meat-eating foodies will revel in the simplistic charm.
Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0)21 638 1355
Also at the Old Biscuit Mill is the country’s most internationally lauded restaurant – The Test Kitchen. This is perhaps the most sought after foodie experience in the country, and it regularly features in global top 50 lists. Renowned chef Luke Dale Roberts ensures that this is a memorable meal from start to finish – and not just on the food front. Layout, decor, service and cuisine are unlike anything else you’ll find in the country. And the inclusion of a new Dark Room and Light Room, which set different tones for your meal, have only added to the magic of the venue. It’s no surprise why this restaurant books up months in advance, so a bit of prior planning is essential if you want to pay it a visit while in Cape Town.
375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0) 21 447 2337
Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap suburb has a rich culinary history, and it’s the perfect place to visit if you’d like to learn more about Cape Malay culture and the cooking techniques still practised to this day. This neighbourhood has its roots in the slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries, and though techniques and tastes have changed, much of the cooking stays true to the spicy and aromatic style of cooking. There are several companies that offer cooking lessons and tours of the suburb, and it’s an essential addition to any foodie itinerary in the city.