I hadn’t expected so many great restaurants and cafes in Cape Town, there’s a real scene for cute lunch places and health food. Below are some of my favourites from the trip:
Great little spot to stop off for lunch. We had fresh salads and falafel- and homemade hummus. Pick 5 of the colourful salads at the counter for just one box, add your chicken or falafel and go. So good we went two days running.
Another lunch pit stop but I was told it’s also great for brunch. Loading Bay has a really cool industrial vibe and includes a small shop with great hand picked clothing and lifestyle pieces. There’s also an Aesop store upstairs … worth it with the current exchange rate.
We had spicy fried chicken and truffle fries, fresh orange and mango smoothies and ‘the best tempura vegetables in Cape Town’ according to one of our colleagues.
This tiny little deli really packs a lot in. One huge square counter in the centre is filled with plates of fresh tabbouleh and quinoa salads, pick a base like chicken and the staff will stuff your box full for you. Also they do a selection of good-for-you sweet treats like coconut protein balls and vegan brownies. Honestly one of the most delicious take out lunches I’ve ever had.
This restaurant was packed to the rafters – a firm favourite with the team who travel to Cape Town regularly. Although generic in its oriental red and black decor, it had a buzzy atmosphere and I was more than impressed with the strong cocktails and the huge menu. Everything we ordered was delicious, but be warned the portions are large! We took away a big doggy bag to give to the local homeless people.
The Grand cafe & beach club
This place is the perfect setting for a romantic date on a warm night. It’s a little out of the way so get a cab. As soon as you arrive the chilled Ibiza-style beach club atmosphere will hit you. We came for dinner and were seated on a candlelit table with our feet in the sand. Service is a little too relaxed for me but the cocktails were great when we got them – try the Figgy Sour. Going on a recommendation we had the Kingpin and steak.
There’s also a bar area with fun sofas and heart shaped neon lights, it’s certainly a fun place to spend an evening. I’d definitely go again.
Also worth checking out:
Small cafe with a delicious traditional chicken pie.
Situated on a steep hill this small & intimate place was great for steak.
The Grand at Camps Bay
Sister to the beach restaurant above… Also serving great steak and good cocktails. Try their giant lemon meringue pie and iced coffee if you pop in during the day – it’s basically ice-cream (maybe best not to have them both together!)