Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2024: Foodie Guide

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Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2024: Foodie Guide

Cape Town Foodie Guide 2.0 is back! Back in 2021 I released my complete Cape Town Foodie Guide, but the Cape Town foodie scene is ever changing and I have since discovered even more fabulous spots for you to try out. I have also recently updated my original guide so be sure to browse it here: Cape Town Foodie Guide. Here are some of the restaurants I’m loving in Cape Town at the moment: Cape Town Foodie Guide 2024

Cape Town Foodie Guide: Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Egghead Diner, Kloof Street

Egghead Diner has to be my favourite new Cape Town Foodie discovery. I think I’ve been back 3-4 times which is unusual for me because I tend to prefer trying new places. But the porkey bun at Egghead has coaxed me back on mutliple occasions. Egghead is all things eggrolls. The decor is mustard yellow, 70’s diner style, the egg rolls are greasy with bright yellow runny yolks and your coffee is served in exclusively yellow mugs. It gets a 10/10 recommendation from me!

Browse their menu here.

Trading hours:
Mon-Sat 7:30am-10pm
Sun 7:30am-4pm

Contact: 021 286 9034

New York Bagels, Harrington Street

New York Bagels is affordable, aesthetic and the OG bagel spot in Cape Town. There’s no denying Cape Town has become bagel-obsessed in the past couple of years. I am no exception to the trend and love a classic cream cheese & smoked trout combo. New York bagel really is the original, starting up years ago before bagels were on trend in Cape Town. Their coffee is deluxe, their prices are so affordable and the shop is covered in Plantify plants.

Trading hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun 7am-2pm

Contact: 082 697 6061

Stellski, Bree Street

Stellski is the perfect inner city working cafe. Their beautiful layout incorporates an indoor courtyard surrounded by working spaces and tasteful art deco decor. They have their own exclusive coffee blends and their food is top notch. We had a smoked trout bagel and a Nature’s Delight Toastie which were both insanely delicious! They also have a branch in Woodstock which is also super cute.

Find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
Sat 8am-3pm
Sun 8am-2pm

Contact: 066 275 5118

Lazari, Vredehoek

Lazari is a down to earth neighbourhood cafe in the heart of Vredehoek. They’ve been going for years but have recently revamped their menu to “Cape Mediterranean” style. The decor is lovely, the service friendly and their menu contains flavours from Greece, Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt. It’s a lovely mid-week work spot or great for a slow Saturday brunch.

Browse their menu here.

Trading hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:00 – 16:30 (the kitchen closes at 15:30, however, thereafter we offer sweet treats, some savoury treats and hot and cold beverages till 16:30)
Saturday: 8:30 – 14:00 (the kitchen closes at 13:00, however, thereafter we offer sweet treats, some savoury treats and hot and cold beverages till 14:00)
Sunday: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

Contact: 063 276 5933

Kleinsky’s, Sea Point

Kleinsky’s bagels in Sea Point is an absolute institution. The bagels so fresh and delicious. I’ve only ever bought the fresh bagels from the bakery counter and taken them home to eat but the sit-down options also look super deluxe.

Browse their menu here.

Trading hours:
Mon – Sun  8AM – 5PM 

Contact: +27 21 433 2871
[email protected]
[email protected]

Kanela Café, Sea Point

I recently discovered Kanela Café and it is such a gem! Located on Regent Street in Sea Point, Kanela is a wholesome breakfast/brunch spot serving up wonderful healthy foodie options within a beautiful retro building. Plants everywhere and a warm fireplace for the winter time, Kanela is lovely spot. I had the pulled mushroom gyros and it was so divine. It was so beautifully done and honestly tasted like it could’ve been lamb so props to Kanela for pulling off this vegetarian version so well!

You can find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Monday-Sunday: 8am-5pm

Contact: 066 251 7761

Cape Town Foodie Guide: Lunch Spots

Arthur’s Mini Super, Sea Point

The king of all sandwich shops! Arthur’s Mini Super is such a quirky and fun spot in Sea Point. Arthur’s will make all your sandwich dreams come true from chicken parmas to every toastie combo you can imagine. Bright red, with a retro flair, Arthur’s Mini Super also has a mini bar on Wednesday-Saturday evenings and speciality groceries.

View their menu here.

Trading hours:
Sun & Mon: 8am-2pm
Tues: 8am-3:30pm
Wed-Sat:8am-10pm

Contact: 087 702 7470

 

Korean Kitchen, Sea Point

When I say I haven’t stopped dreaming about the meal I had at The Korean Kitchen back in 2022, I’m not exaggerating. I had the Teriyaki Chicken with kewpie mayo & nori and wowza! They offer traditional Koren BBQ, lunch box combos and plenty of other delicious dishes. The ambience isn’t the best best and there aren’t too many tables but the food is so worth it!

You can find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Monday-Saturday 11am-7:30pm

Yen’s Vietnamese, De Waterkant

Yen’s Vietnamese has fast become a family favourite. The decor closely resembles that of the traditional Vietnamese restaurants you’d find in Hoi An and Hanoi. The food is absolutely spot-on and truely reflects the tradional Vietnamese cuisine, making a trip to Yen’s feel like far more like a trip overseas than a mere lunch outing. Their traditional iced coffees (with condensed milk) and bahn mi are the stars of the show. but everything on their menu is divine.

Find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Monday 10am-5:30pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Protea Picnics, Hout Bay

Protea Picnics offers bespoke, gourmet picnics with something for the whole family. They have an incredibly diverse menu with so many delicious options. Each picnic is tailored to your taste as you get to build-your-own picnic chosing your top picks from their delicious dip, pastry, salad, protein and dessert menus. Picnics cost R325 per person and you get SO MUCH food! Everything is made fresh to order and is so delicious. Orders need to be placed 2 days in advance and be collected in Hout Bay. Grab your picnic and go and enjoy it on the beach, Chapman’s Peak or in Kirstenbosch Gardens. For more details on how to plan the perfect picnic in Cape Town with my top 10 picnic sites, read my blog here.

Find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-12pm
Sunday 9-10am

Contact: 0835042342

Lello’s Deli, De Waterkant

Lello’s Deli is an authentic Italian Deli nestled in the ehart of De Waterkant. They stock all sorts of delicious imported Italian goodies but the star of the show is their focaccia sandwiches. Made freshly each day, Lello’s sandwicches boast divine combinations of mozarella & parma ham, slow roasted prochetta or caprese with tomato, caprese and basil. Using nothing but the freshest locally sourced ingredients, their sandwiches are really divine. They are pretty pricey though coming in at around R125 per sandwich. Finish off your meal with their famous pistachio cornetto – an italian citrus pastry filled with creamy pistachio mousse. Lello’s deli is run the family who run Scarpetta in Woodstock (they’ll be featured in the dinner section!).

Trading hours:
Monday-Friday 9:30am-6pm
Saturday 9:30am-3pm

Contact: 060 795 9071

Laced Coffee, Rosebank

Laced Coffee was started a few year’s ago by the Paul Roberts, husband of the famous wedding dress designer, Robyn Roberts. The beautifully decorated garden cafe serves as a wonderful accompaniment to Robyn’s designer studio. Grab a coffee, a breakfast bagel or some lunch after your dress fitting or even have your bridal shower here. Laced Coffee is not just for future brides though and has become a popular study spot for university students as it is located close to many residences in the Rosebank area. It’s the perfect peaceful spot for a study session, a catch up with a friend or a wedding planning session with your bridesmaids. Their Billy Bagel with salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onions has to be my favourite bagel in Cape Town. It just hits the spot! The staff are all so friendly, warm and welcoming.

Trading hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 8am-4pm

Contact:  082 448 4307

Kloof Street House, Kloof Street

Kloof Street House is a beautiful leafy garden restaurant located in the heart of the city. More on the upmarket side of things, Kloof Street House is a great spot for a special occassion. Their cocktails are delicious and they offer a fairly affordable seasonal lunch special of R195 for 2 courses or R235 for 3 courses. Check out their most up to date specials here. They also offer great brunch & mimosa options.

Trading hours:
Tuesday- Sunday 10am-2am
Monday 12pm-2am

Contact:  021 424 8496

Cape Town Foodie Guide: Snacks

Ditto Ice Cream & Waffle House, Kloof Street

We LOVE Ditto. So much so that we actually took some of our engagement shoot photos here. Ditto started up a few years years ago serving the most divine vegan oat m*lk based ice cream. Check out my Best Ice Cream in Cape Town Blog here.
But last year they expanded to become a full blown ice cream & waffle house. They have a gorgeous sit-down area with a plant wall and freshly cut flowers on display. Ditto serves up the most deluxe waffles. You can build your own waffles picking your ice cream and topping of choice or choose from their signature combinations.
And now for the biggest plug: Sunday Ditto x Labia Movie deal. For R160 you get 2x labia movie tickets to see any movie and you get 2x waffles with 1 scoop of ice cream + 1 topping. That’s only R160 for both of you for the perfect Sunday date! To redeem the deal you need to first go to Ditto and order your waffles of choice and pay. Ditto will print out a receipt which you can take across to the Labia to redeem your 2 movie tickets after you’ve enjoyed your waffles. If you’re keen to upgrade your waffle choice to one of their signature waffles you can pay R200 and get 2x signature waffles and 2x movie tickets. Definitely pop this on the date night bucket list!

Trading hours:
Sunday-Thursday 9am-10pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm

Cape Town Foodie Guide: Dinner Spots

Una Mas, Sea Point

Una Mas is my favourite Mexican restaurant in Cape Town. It’s taken classic Mexican fare and elevated it to sophisticated Mezcal & Tequila cocktails and trendy small plates. Come and order a few different small plates to share and enjoy all the wonderful flavours. My favourites are the ceviche (out of this world!) and the fish tacos. If you’re looking for a heartier meal they do offer burrito bowls and loaded nachos. End off the evening with one of their decadent churros and chocolate.

Find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Monday 5pm til late
Tuesday- Sunday 12pm til late

Contact: 087 470 0296

Torii @ Tjing Tjing House, Longmarket Street

Torii @ Tjing Tjing House serves up Tokyo street food style dishes. The menu comprises a number of delicious small plates including steamed buns, gyoza and the most delicious okonomiyaki fries slathered in kewpie mayo and topped with bonito flakes, nori & sesame seeds. They also have ramen, bento boxes and donburi for more substantial mains. This is a great date night or family dinner spot if you’re looking to try something new and a little more adventurous. They don’t take reservations so I recommend arriving early. They also have amazing cocktails which can be enjoyed upstairs at the Tjing Tjing Rooftop bar.

Find their menu here.

Trading hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 12pm til late

Contact:
Call us on: 021 422 4374 / 422 4920
Email us on: [email protected]

Chuck Yangs, Campground Road

If you’re looking for authentic Chinese food to be enjoyed by the whole family look no further than Chuck Yangs in Rondebosch. Order a few main dishes to be shared and take their owner’s lead on how much is enough for your table. The General Chicken is an absolute crowd favourite and they have so many other wonderful dishes to choose from.

Trading hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am – 9pm

Contact:
074 224 1538

Cape Town Foodie Guide: Fine Dining

Grub & Vine, Bree Street

Grub & Vine combines delicious bistro-style cuisine with fine wine. This is a higher end dining experience and great for a celebratory function or special date. When we went we did their summer menu du jour which is R395 pp for Canapés & 2 Courses or R495 pp for Canapés & 3 Courses. Every morsel was exquisite! For a step up you can do their summer tasting menu which starts at R850 pp for 5 courses and increases when you add wine pairings. The ambience is amazing and their service is excellent.

Find their menu here.

Trading Hours:
MONDAY TO SATURDAY
Brunch (Saturdays only) 11:30 – 15:00
Lunch 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner
18:00 – 21:30

If you’re looking for more foodie guide recommendations check out my first Cape Town Foodie Guide here.

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