From fresh seafood to spicy curries to juicy steaks, Cape Town is one of the best cities in the world for foodies.
We know that eating in restaurants can sometimes add up but in the Mother City, there’s no need to miss out even if you’re on a budget. To help you plan your food itinerary whilst visiting – yes, we take eating very seriously – we’ve listed some of our favourite restaurants to check out…
Warning: Read on with a full stomach – this will make you hungry.
The Poke Co.
Heard of poké? Well, if you’re looking for healthy food on the go and are a sushi lover, you’re going to be all over this when you head here. Inspired by the owner’s trip to Bali, The Poké Co has a tonne of filling options around R85 including the popular Charlie Tuna which is a bowl of house shoyu tuna with mango, cucumber, carrot, sweet red onion and toasted Macadamias on a bed of sticky sushi rice. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch as you explore the city or a casual dinner in the evening, this spot – located in the city centre on Loop Street as well as in Sea Point – is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite to eat. Healthy, tasty and budget friendly (plus it’s Insta heaven too!).
Location: Loop Street and Sea Point
Can we get a raise of hands who loves eating breakfast dishes all day? If you do, Clarke’s is the place to be. With a packed breakfast menu available from open til close and a varied dinner menu, there’s pretty much no chance you can head to this place and not find something you fancy. From pizzas starting out at R47, Mac n Cheese for R69 and their range of breakfast dishes from R30, this upbeat and friendly diner is a great spot for cheap and filling eats. Oh, did we mention the R25 Mimosas at the weekend too?
Location: Bree Street
Originally located in Germany, Cafe Extrablatt made its way over to Cape Town and into people’s hearts. Combining a love for food and passion for people with a touch of South African flair, this eatery offers a mix of international and local dishes – all equally as good. Just a few minutes walk from our doorstep, this restaurant is definitely a place to head for delicious, hearty food on a budget.
Location: Green Point
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cape Town’s Eastern Food Bazaar is pretty much the bastion of cheap eats in the city. From huge shwarmas bursting with meat and toppings to generous bunny chows, this laidback canteen-style eatery offers up great food at affordable prices (their veggie curry of the day is just R30!). The only warning you need for this place is the portion sizes because be aware, they are often huge (such a problem, we know) so get a couple of dishes to share with friends and eat yourself into a food coma at this authentic spot in the City Bowl. It’s too good not to, we promise…
Location: Longmarket Street
After a lively night out in Cape Town, there’s only one place to head for a late night feast – and it doesn’t start with Mc… Even with just a few coins in your pocket, NY Slice has got you covered with their insanely good pizza at equally insane prices. With their ‘secret’ New York dough and sauce recipe, NY Slice is too good to miss out on after a night visiting some of the city’s best bars and clubs.
Location: Across Cape Town
Nuri Sushi Factory
If you’re a sushi lover, Cape Town is the place for you and this spot in particular is good for the belly and the bank balance. Nuri Sushi Factory – located on Parliament Street in the city centre – is an affordable restaurant and takeaway that boasts prices that are perfect for even the tightest of budgets. Serving deliciously fresh seafood with a twist (if you so wish for one), this CBD sushi hotspot is one to put on the ‘must visit’ list during your time in Cape Town.
Location: City Bowl
Kalky’s Fish & Chips
Just a short train journey from the city, the peaceful fishing village of Kalk Bay is known for its raw beauty, stunning views and… Kalky’s Fish and Chips. With huge portions and delicious seafood, this down-to-earth seaside eatery is the perfect place to chill out and relax – the food will always leave you wanting more (trust us). As a local favourite with a great view and a simple Hake and chips for R48, you really can’t go wrong.
Location: Kalk Bay
Panchos Mexican Restaurant
With its delicious Mexican grub and dangerously good frozen margaritas, it’s safe to say Panchos is somewhat of an institution in Cape Town. From chilli poppers to jam-packed burritos to a sharing bowl of nachos, the best way to order at Panchos is to go with friends, each pick a dish and share the lot. Servings are large, prices are great and the place is always full so book in advance and head there hungry.
Location: Lower Main Road, Observatory
We don’t know about you but we’re lining up our next meal right this second after writing that. Which ones are you putting on your list? Be sure to tag us in the pics when you head there. Like us on Facebook and follow on Instagram to keep up to date with where we’re eating next…