A visit to Cape Town, South Africa is a delight even for the most jaded of travelers. This town (often called the Mother City) by locals is set at the foot of the famously picturesque Table Mountain in South Africa’s most Southerly Province, the Western Cape. Victorian styles architecture, a welcoming Mediterranean type climate and some of the most picturesque natural vista in the world have made Cape Town into one of the most visited cities in the world.
There’s also another very good reason to add Cape Town to a list of places to visit when you’re planning your next trip. This is the fabulous cuisine that is available from any of the world class restaurants in the city. The opportunities to enjoy food made from the freshest ingredients and prepared by some of the world’s best chefs is (at least for gourmands) is often simply too good to resist.
There are numerous fantastic dining opportunities in Cape Town, however, here are five of Cape Town’s top restaurants.
#1 The Round House.
Set above the magnificent Camps Bay Beach this 19th century hunting lodge has been re-purposed as a romantic fine dining escape. Only minutes form the city you center you could be in another country. Enjoy a world class stating menu and wines from as little as $70 (exchange rate dependent). For the best effect get there just before the sunset which paints the Atlantic ocean in every color imaginable.
#2 The Test Kitchen.
The meals created by chef Luke Dale-Roberts at this Woodstock eatery are nothing short of a sensual experience. Adding to undoubted attractions of a menu that changes but remains true to the chef’s vision are the excellent wait staff who are both expert and knowledgeable. The restaurant was named as one of the Top 50 in the world and the best in Africa in the 2015 S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna survey.
The Asian inspired menu at Umi is a delight for both the taste buds and the eye. With dishes such as charred asparagus with yuzu truffle egg sauce and the soft shell crab taking pride of place this is a restaurant experience that should simply not be missed. Located on the Camps Bay promenade the view over the Atlantic Ocean (especially as the sun goes down) this restaurant offers exceptional cuisine and an unbeatable ambiance courtesy of that genuinely sublime view.
#4 Willoughby & Co.
This is one of the few restaurants that notoriously impatient Cape Town residents are more than happy to get in line for. This is without doubt the city’s most impressive destination for some of the best and freshest sushi in the world. Located at the world famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront those in the know take a seat at the bar to enjoy a seafood extravaganza. there are also some African inspired sushi dishes that offer a whole new take on sushi and give it a great dollop of uniquely Cape Town flavor.
#5 De Anker.
Another mainstay of Cape Town cuisine De Anker on the V&A Waterfront seems to have been around forever – but there’s a good reason for that. This Belgian style eatery serves some of the best food in the city. Even in the harsh Cape winter this is a restaurant that will warm the cockles of every diner that enters its doors. With Belgian inspired favorites such as Fruits de Mer and soupe de poisson this is a gastronomic destination not to be missed. Try the Springbok Chateaubriand for a uniquely South African meal.
Cape Town is a paradise for those with a refined palette, as well as those with a hearty appetite. Enjoy some of the most scenic vistas in the world – and exceptional, world class food on your next visit.