Cape Town is a cultural mecca and for those who visit here for the first time, or the twentieth, there is always something to see, try or explore. Although the city has many fascinating things to see and do, it is also home to some of the best restaurants and bakeries, not just in South Africa, but in the world.
When you are in the city, you have to eat! And we don’t mean stopping off at a franchised KFC or McDonald’s. We are talking about sitting down and tucking into some made local. The flavours of Cape Town are abundant and with just one visit to the city, you sadly won’t be able to try it all. But that’s not a problem, it is just a great excuse to visit again!
As part of your Cape Town experience, these are our top recommendations (in no particular order) for restaurants and bakeries that you have to pop into while on your trip.
Seating 50 people and boasting a heavy industrial vibe, FYN is a favourite among local diners and for good reason. Both the menu and the décor are inspired by Africa and there is also some Japanese influence, but the flavours, textures and styles come together perfectly to give diners a taste explosion.
The restaurant is in the inner city, up on the 5th floor of a building and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.
- The Foodbarn Restaurant
A cosy and really vibrant aesthetic welcomes guests when they walk into this barn-style restaurant. The restaurant is headed up by internationally acclaimed chef Franck Dangereux and it is currently recognised as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city. The environment is made to be laidback and the menu is packed full of the good stuff with a lot of French influence, so you can bet these meals are hearty!
- Grub and Vine
A bistro with a twist, chef Matt Manning describes his restaurant as small, honest and super vibey. Originally from the UK, Matt has made his mark on the city by serving up delectable food that is mouth-watering and pomp free. Each dish is a work of art and will most certainly have you oohing and aahing when it arrives on the table. And as for taste, it doesn’t get more flavourful than this.
What also makes this a special place to eat is that diners can watch the kitchen in action, as the galley is in full view.
- Bentlys Bread Co.
Based at Sea Point, this bakery’s artisanal bread has earned it a following. Along with delicious bread, this is also the perfect place to stock up on some goats milk cheese, bacon and caramelised onion quiche, bagels with fresh salmon, and all sorts of sweet treats to keep you energised while on your Cape Town tour.
- Jason’s Bakery
Known as the King of bread and pastry, Jason’s Bakery (in the City Bowl and Green Point) is legendary. The bakery is famous for its doughssants, and for making all sorts of scrumptious cakes that will leave you day dreaming about the flavours for days. The doughssants are incredibly popular and tend to sell out fast when they are sold on a Saturday. Also, everything in the bakery is fresh on the day. These guys definitely live in the moment!