From lunches and carols to markets and meeting Santa
New restaurants and experiences to discover and share
New trendy spots and experiences, from fancy to most affordable
Last updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
What’s new in and around Cape Town? This week we’re spotlighting two new Asian spots. You can try authentic Vietnamese dishes in the Southern Suburbs or visit the Cape Winelands for Japanese fine dining. Here’s your go-to list for the latest and hottest new places.
TRY JAPANESE FLAVOURS ON A WINE FARM
HŌSEKI at Delaire Graff Estate is seeped in Japanese culture and customs, honoured through food and decor. Chef Virgil Kahn combines his time living and working across Asia with locally sourced ingredients seen in dishes such as Crayfish Tacos and Malay Tempura Market Fish with Cape Tsukemono. The space is decorated with pansy flowers on each table and a swallow art installation, symbolising good luck.
Must-try: Scallop, Ikura & Yuzu Kosho Butter skewers or Green Tea Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert
Hours: Daily; Lunch, 12pm to 4pm; Dinner, 6pm to 11pm
Cost: Hand Roll sushi from R105
Helshoogte Road | Stellenbosch | @delairegraff | Image: Delaire Graff Estate
TASTE VIETNAMESE DISHES
Pho and Bun Halal Vietnamese Kitchen in Diep River is a new local spot where you can try Vietnamese cuisine (and vegan-friendly options too). With bamboo straw hats hanging from the ceiling and greenery climbing up the walls, try Pho (a Vietnamese specialty, made of rice noodle soup) and Bún Thit Núóngh (vermicelli noodles, grilled meat and salad). There’s also ice cream baguettes and Vietnamese-dripped coffee.
Must-try: Pho, a salty broth, rice noodles, thinly sliced onions, fried shallots, coriander and spring onion
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 9pm
Cost: Starters from R65
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67 Main Road | Diep River | Cape Town | @phoandbunhalalvietkitchen
GRAB SLUSHIES ‘N SLICES AT PALS
Located on the bustling Kloof Street and right next to Yours Truly, is a little pizza joint named PALS. This new spot has massive pizza slices, boozy and non-alcoholic slushies, soft-serve ice cream, and milkshakes. There are also live vinyl DJs at PALS.
Must-try: An alcoholic slushie with a slice of Mad Villainy pizza
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 7am to 12am; Thursday to Saturday, 7am to 1am
Cost: Slushies from R28 and pizza slices from R35
73 Kloof Street | Cape Town | @allyourpals | Image: PALS
SIP COCKTAILS AT A HIDDEN BEACHSIDE SPOT
Overlooking the Camps Bay Strip in the Promenade Shopping Centre, you’ll find The Attic by Bo-Vine, a secretive new cocktail lounge and wine bar. If you’re wanting to pair your drink with a snack, crostinis are also available. Or head downstairs to the Bo-Vine Wine and Grill House. Ring the doorbell and enter into a lounge with cheetah cushioned seats, pink floral carpets and orange couches.
Must-try: Cointreau Orange Sour or Aubergine Bruschetta
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 11pm; Friday to Sunday, 1pm to 11pm
85 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | @the_attic_by_bovine | Image: The Attic by Bo-Vine
GET YOUR GAME (AND YOUR DRINK) ON
There are tons of bars in Cape Town, but how many of them have an arcade? Barcadia is Cape Town’s first retro bar and arcade, and they’ve got a collection of original arcade game machines, some going back as far as 30 years. Play the classics like Rave Racer, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter while enjoying drinks on tap. Currently all the games are free to play and there’s no entry fee.
Must-try: No food is served yet but they have a soda gun with various flavours, including lemonade, cola and tonic
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 2am
Cost: Sodas from R10
52 Hout Street | Cape Town | @barcadiaza | Image: Barcadia
COMING SOON: COWFISH
Cowfish is finally coming to Cape Town. It has a wide range of menu items, from burgers to sushi, steak to seafood, poke bowls and more. With a green and beige colour scheme, rattan chandeliers and hanging plants, Bree Street’s latest addition is something to keep an eye out for in November. It's situated in The Barracks, the latest CBD development in an over 300-year old building.
Must-try: Asian Apple Pie (Spring rolls filled with poached apple, cinnamon and ginger. Paired with ice cream)
Cost: Varies based on cuisine type (Starters and Dim Sum from R79, Mains from R109)
The Barracks | 50 Bree Street | @cowfishbreestreet | Image: Cowfish
TASTE THE 12TH BEST BURGER IN THE WORLD
Smokin Joes is a well-known burger joint from Durban that has recently opened in Cape Town. They were voted the 12th best burger in the world by Big 7 Travel, and their knockout burgers are proof. The images of Rocky Balboa on the wall and menu item names such as “Lightweight”, “Trip Switch” and “Real Deal Holyfield” all follow the same theme of boxing. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, including their own homemade sauces.
Must-try: The Gypsy King (2 beef patties, cheese, jalapeno poppers, smoked beef fillet, onion, peppadews and roasted tomatoes in a squishy butter toasted bun)
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11am - 8.30pm; Friday & Saturday, 11am - 10:30pm
Cost: From R65
50 Kloof Street | Gardens | @smokinjoesza | Image: @cosmopolitanfoodie_
GRAB A LIMONCELLO SPRITZ
Two doors down from Pizza Shed on Bree, you’ll find a brand new cocktail bar. Aperitif, sister restaurant of Pizza Shed, has a European vibe to it – with a balcony overlooking the street, indoor courtyard and classy bar. The menu is drinks only, with classic cocktails like the Aperol Spritz or Martini, as well as an extensive wine list. You can order snack plates (olives and potato crisps) while sipping your drink.
Must-try: Limoncello, made with Limoncello, Edie’s Lemonade, MCC and soda water. Described as zesty, sweet and dry
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm - 11pm; Friday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm
Cost: From R95 for a cocktail
227 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | @aperitifonbree | Image: Lara van Zyl
EXPLORE BREE STREET’S NEW TROPICAL ISLAND
The Tiki Tomb is a brand new, no under 25, tropical island themed bar on Bree Street. From the gurus behind Harringtons Cocktail Lounge, SurfaRosa and Village Idiot, this urban wonder has exotic drinks, disco balls and luau vibes. It’s hidden next to Boma on Bree, another success from The Firm.
107A Bree Street | Cape Town | @tikitomb | Image: Tiki Tomb
DESIGN YOUR OWN RUG
Tufting is a worldwide trend that is now coming to Cape Town. A new arts and crafts store, Tuft Crowd, is opening on Bree Street. You can hand-tuft rugs of every shape, size and colour, choose from over hundreds of yarn colours, and explore different designs and patterns. Plus, you can create your own mirror.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am - 8pm
Cost: Small workshops starting from R960 (50x50cm rug)
243 Bree Street | Cape Town | @tuftcrowd.za | Image: Tuft Crowd
HANGOUT AT A COCKTAIL LOUNGE
As if Kloof Street couldn’t get any cooler, there’s a new cocktail club. Rita’s Cocktail Club has an underground, exclusive feel to it, with its dark green and gold interiors and moody lighting. There’s a range of tequila-based drinks and curious cocktails. Plus, it hosts First Thursdays events with live music.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 4:30pm to 2am
22 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | @ritascocktailclub | Image: Rita’s Cocktail Club
SEE YOU AT THERAPY
“I’m going to Therapy, how about you?” just got a whole new meaning. Therapy Restaurant aims to produce good food that is meant to nourish our bodies and comfort our souls. Even the cocktails are good for you. Ginger & honey beer with lime might sound like ingredients you’ll need to cure a sore throat but add in Ketel One and bitters and you’ll find that you have a delicious “Ginger Bliss”. Or maybe you’ll enjoy “The Prescription” made from old fashioned milk punch, Bulleit bourbon and passion fruit.
Must-try: The Antidote (Tanqueray no.10, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Ginger, Grapefruit Soda)
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 12am - 10pm; Thursday to Saturday, 12am to 11pm; Sundays, 12am - 10pm
Cost: Small plates starting from R110
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5 Park Road | Gardens | 021 109 0112
EXPERIENCE A LAID-BACK PORTUGUESE EATERY
Inspired by the 17th-century explorer Bartholomew Dias, Dias Tavern Portuguese Restaurant is an authentic Portuguese food experience with a sports bar atmosphere. Situated in Claremont, behind South Africa’s oldest rugby club, Dias Tavern boasts sporting colours of red and green décor, and has a stunning view of Table Mountain. They also have big screen TVs (perfect for catching the upcoming rugby games), not to mention dinner and drinks specials. As a Cape Town resident, this pub style restaurant should be high on your dining list.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am - 9pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 11am – 10 pm; Sundays, 11am - 4pm
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11 Imam Haron Road | Claremont | 021 020 8185
A PIECE OF ITALY IN CAPE TOWN
If you love The Athletic Club & Social, this one’s for you! La Trip Club and Social has just opened under the Athletic Club family. With chic décor, you’ll definitely want to add La Trip to your list of places to grab drinks. The space transports you to 1960’s Italy, with a splash of modern finishes. Look out on their social pages for events, such as their night of African rhythms.
Must-try: The La Trip menu is still under construction
102 Castle Street | Cape Town City Centre | @latripclubandsocial | Image: La Trip Club and Social
EXPERIENCE THE AFRICAN DESERT
Come sit around the fire, and grab a plate as you’re transported from Karoo to Kalahari. This new hot spot on Bree Street (where La Parada was) recreates the magical ambience of the African desert, with dishes like skaap rib, jaffles and even kaas for dessert. Plus, there’s a sizzling cocktail lounge at Boma.
Must-try: 90-day-aged comte, tomato, blatjang and onion jaffle
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 2am
Cost: From R50
Boma | 107 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | @bomaonbree | Image: Boma
DRINK ITALIAN OR FRENCH WINE
The founders of the smallest wine bar in South Africa, Mr Pants, have opened a hole-in-the-wall spot in the city centre. Cooper Wine Bar, named after the owner’s puppy, has a wide variety of labels on its shelf – from Swartland wines like Porseleinberg to Italian blends like friulano (which goes splendidly with some burrata). No reservation needed, just pop in and enjoy.
Must-try: Domaine Roulot 2019 Bourgogne Blanc, a French wine
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 4pm - 10pm
32 Parliament Street | Cape Town City Centre | @cooper_winebar | Image: Cooper Wine Bar
PARTY AT AN UNDERGROUND BAR
Underground. Intimate. Minimal…That’s how this new music bar and eatery describes itself. Located in the heart of the CBD, Minimal has quickly become a must-visit hangout, with its moody setting, neon lights and First Thursdays events. It doubles as both a nightclub and an eatery. No under 21s.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 7pm - 2am
Cost: R0 - R70
11 Orphan Street | Cape Town City Centre | @minimal_cpt | Image: Minimal
TRY THIS INVITE-ONLY WHISKEY BAR
This exclusive whiskey and cocktail bar is invite-only. Based in the Waterfront district, The Queens has warm cosy interiors with plenty of revealed brick, dark wood and ornate brass mirrors. How does one get an invite, you ask? We’ll give you a hint: It’s invite only, but not members only.
Must-try: Jungle Bird (Bacardi 8 Ocho Rum, Strawberry Campari, fresh pineapple and citrus juice, spice blend)
Waterfront district | @queens_cpt | Image: The Queens
GET A COFFEE AT A PHILOSOPHICAL CAFE
You might know him as a world-famous philosopher, but in the Western Cape Platō is a hot spot for coffee lovers. This aesthetic coffee franchise has popped up in all major locations across the province – Stellenbosch, Paarl, Hermanus, George…And now it’s finally come to the city in De Waterkant. Their specialty coffees are named after other famous philosophers, like Aristotle or Socrates.
Must-try: Ophelia – a Rooibos, white hot chocolate and micro foam drink
Hours: Daily, 6am - 6pm
Cost: From R20
Corner Chiappini and Waterkant Street | De Waterkant | @plato.coffee | Image: Lara van Zyl
SHOP AT A MYSTERY POP UP
There’s a Lagos Street in Cape Town. No, it’s not an actual street, but a really cool pop up clothing store that recently opened on Bree Street. And what’s the mystery part, you might be asking yourself. There’s a secret door that leads to a fitting room. Plus, other little nooks that you won’t find in your ordinary clothing store. Find stylish streetwear from brands like 101 Avenue, RVGER and King on Horses.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm - 9pm, Sunday 3pm - 9pm
17 Bree Street | Cape Town | @lagosstreet | Image: Lagos Street
GRAB A TOEBROODJIE
It’s like how your ma made it, but with a twist. Toebroodjie, started by esteemed chef Hilde-Lee Olivier of Restaurant Jardine, specialises in innovative South African kos and sarmies. Highlights on the menu include a chip broodjie (with salted Lays and jalapeno spread), pastrami on shokupan (Japanese milk bread) and even corn ribs tossed in Aromat and lime.
Must-try: Masala steak toebroodjie with caramelised onion and coriander yogurt
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am - 7pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am - 9pm
Cost: From R45 to R125
1 Andringa Street | Stellenbosch | @nlekkertoebie | Image: Lukas Stander
TRY DEEP-FRIED PIZZA DOUGH
Sofia Pizza Pasta House recently opened its doors in the heart of Stellenbosch, and has brought an Italian charm to the small wine town. With contemporary Neapolitan pizzas (that they cut with scissors at your table), deep-fried pizza dough and Aperol & limoncello spritz – it has quickly become a vibey hangout and date night spot.
Must-try: Montanatre trio (deep-fried pizza dough)
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm - 9pm; Sundays, 1pm - 4pm
Oude Bank Building | 7 Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | @sofiapizzapastahouse | Image: Sofia Pizza
GET VIP TREATMENT AT A MIDNIGHT CLUB
The call of the dark side is a tempting offer, will you succumb to its allure and join the ranks? Noir VIP Night Club recently opened its luxurious doors on Long Street, with a larger than life grand opening (the Platinum table at the grand opening went for R2.5 million). Dress your best and experience the epitome of luxury, style, and late night beats.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10pm - 4am
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164 Long Street | Cape Town | 062 663 7843
INDULGE IN AMERICAN-STYLE COOKIES
Cookie Co, home of the original American-style cookie in Johannesburg has come to Cape Town. Their cookie flavours are constantly being updated, with a “cookie of the month,” like milk tart or lemon meringue. Pair them with a coffee for the ultimate morning pick-me-up, or indulge in one of the rich, creamy, ice-cream flavour. For the sweet tooths out there, there’s a wide selection of local and imported sweets and treats.
Must-try: S’mores, soft-baked and covered in a delectable bar one sauce. Topped off with roasted marshmallows and a sugar cone
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 4pm; Saturdays, 8am - 2pm
16 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | @cookieco_sa | Image: Cookie Co
TRY GENERATIONAL MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD
COOKED, a Middle Eastern café and deli, recently opened in the Adelphi Galleria. Run by a family of Lithuanian descent, the recipes have been passed down from generation to generation (all the way from 1893). They have a menu filled with a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, like bagels, latkes, souvlaki, shawarma and more.
Must-try: Salmon Stack Latke with cream cheese, two poached eggs and pickled red onions
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 5pm; Sunday, 8am - 3pm
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277 Main Road | Sea Point | 064 850 2523
GET A TASTE OF THE JUNGLE
Vadivelu is a newcomer to the Indian cuisine scene in Cape Town, and it’s adding a bit of “Indian. With Attitude” to Kloof Street. The eatery is colourfully decorated with a pink jungle wallpaper and has Southern Indian street food, Durban curries, samosas and Breyani.
Must-try: Curry bomb shooters – puff shells with a savoury filling, topped up with a tamarind shooter. You shoot each one down in one gulp.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 1pm
Cost: R40 for samosa trio
151 Kloof Street | Gardens | @vadiveluonkloof | Image: Vadivelu
TRY RATTLESNAKE BITES
Coffee Cocktails opened on 3 May in Parliament Street and is open for all day dining, from coffee to cocktails and everything in between. The coffee is affordable (most cost around the R30 range) and there are some really curious cocktail options — like a coffee mojito or frozen margarita jug (layered in different flavours like pineapple, cranberry and orange).
Must-try: Rattlesnake bites (spicy deep-fried cheese bites with a rattle)
Hours: Daily, 8am - 8pm
Cost: Around R100 for a cocktail; around R30 for coffee
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32 Parliament Street | Cape Town City Centre | 073 788 4162
POP BY A PIERCING SHOP
This is not your ordinary piercing atelier, though. The Piercery is something from Barbie Land and we’re obsessed. Almost every colour of the rainbow graces the room – bright pink, baby pink, dark purple, light blue, red and and and. You can get all kinds of piercings, from classic studs and helix to conch and nose. There’s even a Boobie Booth for, well, you know…They only take walk-ins and promise a pain free experience. Plus, you can take epic selfies with the large lightning bolt mirror.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday; 10am - 6pm
Cost: R150 for one piercing
8 Kloof Street | Gardens | @the.piercery | Image: Lara van Zyl
TRY GENUINE ITALIAN ESPRESSO
The popular Lello’s Deli opened a sister restaurant, Lello’s Caffe, in May 2023. Inspired by the espresso bars of Italy, Lello’s Caffe has tables set on a cobbled side street, old stone walls and authentic Italian coffee. There’s also a variety of freshly baked breads and sweet and savoury pastries at this little café in De Waterkant.
Must-try: Besides an espresso (obviously), the Cioccolato Calda (hot chocolate made with an Italian hazelnut chocolate paste & raw unprocessed rich cocoa)
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8.30am - 5pm
5 Jarvis Street | De Waterkant | @lellosdeli | Image: Lara van Zyl
GET BUBBLE TEA AND MOUSSE DESSERTS
This bubble tea cafe in Stellenbosch is the hot new hangout spot. 4Tea was founded by four Stellenbosch University students from China. It has little water features at each table, a modern fireplace and cosy desks where students and digital nomads can work while enjoying Xue Mei Niang desserts. You'll find everything from classic teas and fruit teas to cheesy teas (yes, you read correctly).
Must-try: A double-berry cheese tea (jasmine green tea mixed with strawberry and blueberry, on a base of coconut jelly with salty cream cheese)
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 8pm; Sunday, 10am - 3pm
De Wet Center | 5 Plein Street | Stellenbosch | @4teasa | Image: Kyla Swanepoel
COMING SOON: COCKTAILS LIKE NO OTHER
From the same creators of Dusk, Nocturne aims to blur the lines between gastronomy and mixology, delivering innovative cocktails and dishes that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. An official open date or menu has not been announced, but we already like what we’re seeing: Like a Rice Crispies-inspired cocktail topped with toasted marshmallow foam or the Ugly Bourbon (with smoky bourbon-infused brioche and bitters).
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43 Plein Street | Stellenbosch Central | 021 023 4745
ROAD TRIP TO A WINE BAR IN THE KAROO
If you happen to find yourself in the charming Prince Albert, this countryside eatery is a must visit. Jeremy’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is minimally decorated with sleek white walls, a colourful wine bar and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs do their thing. It’s like visiting a friend's house for dinner. There are 10 menu items, including cosy dishes like cauliflower cake or Karoo Mutton Rogan Josh. Pop by the charcuterie deli and get all your staples. You can even join a charcuterie course and learn the basic techniques of meat curing.
Must-try: The Karoo Pavlova served with fresh berries, figs and Turksvy syrup
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays; from 5pm (kitchen closes at 9pm)
61 Church Street | Prince Albert | 063 682 5302 | @jeremy’s_princealbert | Image: Jeremy’s
DINE ON EXCLUSIVE SEAFOOD
Galjoen is a seafood experience like no other: The tasting menus are a secret, bookings have to be made a month in advance and if it’s not South African, it doesn’t feature on the menu. All of the ingredients are sustainably sourced, and since there are set menus, there is hardly any wastage. Galjoen opens 16 June 2023.
Must-try: The menu is not made public
Hours: Lunch seating, 12.30pm Wednesday to Saturday; Dinner seating, 18.45pm Tuesday to Saturday
Cost: R550pp for lunch tasting menu, R750pp for dinner tasting menu
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99 Harrington Street | District Six | 079 093 0559
DINE IN THIS TOPSY-TURVY HIDDEN GEM
Droom at Die Meul serves hearty traditional South African food with an elegant twist. It’s housed inside a wheat mill from the 1800’s and has a quirky structure surrounded by cheerful yellow canola fields. While the outside may be reminiscent of its industrial roots, the decor is sophisticated with lots of candles, warm lighting and navy blue walls.
Must-try: Mosbolletjie french toast stack
Hours: Saturday 9am - 3pm; Sunday roast from 12pm
Cost: Around R120 for a main meal
1 Main Street | Philadelphia | @droom_diemeul | Image: Droom at Die Meul
VISIT A VODKA BAR
The Holy Spirit is Cape Town’s newest (and cheekiest) vodka bar. Opened on 27 May, it offers vodka-only cocktails and Eastern European small plates. Try a signature cocktail, like The Hasbulla Magomedov, or a traditional Russian pancake in this cosy bar filled with greenery.
Must-try: Black pepper and plum cosmo
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am - 10pm; Sunday 9am - 4pm
Cost: Cocktails around R80; Small plates around R70
118 Church St | Gardens | Cape Town | 066 187 8315 | @the_holy_spirit_ct | Image: The Holy Spirit
SHOP LOCAL + BUY COFFEE TOO
SOFUL, a popular online thrift store, has opened a new cafė in Observatory. The cafė is still getting ready, but it sells a variety of coffee, smoothies, cakes and sandwiches in the meantime. Pop in for a coffee and browse the SOFUL clothing brand, as well as thrifted goods and other products from small businesses.
Must-try: Blueberry iced coffee or oreo chocolate fudge
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 6.30pm; Saturday 8.30am - 8pm
Cost: Around R35 - R55 for coffee
345 Lower Main Rd | Observatory | @thatsoulfulshop | Image: SOFUL
COMING SOON: NEW BAKERY AND PATISSERIE
Joburg’s hottest bakery is coming to Cape Town. The internationally beloved Paul’s Bakery, a French bakery-café, is joining the V&A Waterfront neighbourhood. Located across from Tang, Paul’s Bakery will serve their specialty French products, including croissants, crêpes, breads, sandwiches and other pastries, and bring the well-known aesthetic from the Joburg branch.
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town | 087 470 0316
BOOK THIS AESTHETIC VILLA
Bali House is a new boutique villa situated in the idyllic Bantry Bay. Thanks to its gorgeous location, it has views of Lion’s Head and is within walking distance of the beach and some of the city’s best restaurants. The decor is crisp, clean and Mediterranean-inspired, with a private pool and balcony. Plus, it’s completely off the grid - so no loadshedding!
Cost: R3 700 per night; find out more via AirBnb
Bantry Bay | Cape Town | @bali.house_capetown | Image: Bali House
TRY ROLLED ICE CREAM
Ice-cream is always the mood, and this new cafe takes it to a whole new level. Sweet Revenge started as a pop up stall in various markets and became a hit selling the viral rolled ice-cream. It has recently launched a flagship cafe on Kloof, serving all day breakfasts, Belgian waffles and, of course, rolled ice-cream. The soft-pink cafe is just the cutesy spot to take that next great Instagram pic and grab some sweet treats.
Must-try: A strawberry and white chocolate New York Roll (a crème-filled circular croissant)
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9am - 6pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am - 10pm
115 Kloof Street | Gardens | @sweetrevenge | Image: Sweet Revenge
The Roots Pantry is an eco-friendly refill store selling pantry staples and household products with no wasteful packaging. It has recently opened a new store in Stellenbosch Square, a quaint shopping centre just outside the student town. Customers can bring their own containers or the bamboo bags provided in store and fill up on all things spices, granola, oils and even cleaning liquids.
Must-try: If you’re a snack lover, stock up on the caramel popcorn
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm; Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am - 2pm
Cost: Products are weighed per ml/mg
Shop 20 | Stellenbosch Square | Valley Road | Stellenbosch | @therootspantry | Image: Roots Pantry
BE A BADASS WITH A LEKKER A**
This bright pink and green eatery in Stellenbosch is the latest spot to take a cheeky IG pic. You can pose in front of the green “Be a Badass with a Lekker Ass” neon sign or drink a cappuccino from a cute pink coffee cup. Monarch’s menu is vibrant, with lots of colourful bowls and fresh smoothies.
Must-try: Freshly-baked pastries like cinnamon twists and pasteis de nata
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30am - 4pm; Saturday 8am - 2pm
Cost: R80 for a healthy bowl and R35 for a pastry
32 Ryneveld Street | Stellenbosch | @monarchstellenbosch | Image: Monarch
BRUNCH AT A LGBTQ+ CAFÉ
Located in the historic gay village, De Waterkant, Honey and Dora boasts both queer pride and family legacy. The name comes from the Gayle term “food and drinks”, and also has a mini Gayle guideline on the menu. Portraits of queer icons like Freddie Mercury and Lady Gaga stretch along the wall, and it also showcases some quirky details like the jungle bar with hanging plants and 3-generation sewing machines from the owners mother, grandmother and great grandmother. It’s a great spot for a quick brunch of after work drinks on the large veranda.
Must-try: French toast that’s baked and grilled with maple whipped butter.
Hours: 55 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Cost: From R35
55 Prestwich Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | @honey_and_dora_cafe | Image: Honey & Dora
FIND THIS SECRET FOOD TRUCK
This hidden food truck is tucked away just off of Kloof Street. Bigga D’s serves authentic Mexican food like birria tacos (a rich meat stew stuffed in a taco with cheese), quesadillas and Jamaica Juice (a Mexican hibiscus iced tea). All meat is sourced from a halaal-certified butcher. You can find it down Metal Lane (close to Jubilee Church at the top of Kloof Street).
Must-try: Cheesy birria tacos (beef, lamb or chicken)
Hours: Check their Instagram page, as it changes weekly
Cost: R90 for a half-portion taco
Metal Lane | 4 Kloof Street | Gardens | @bigga_d_s_foodtruck | Image: Bigga D’s
GO TO AN EXCLUSIVE DINING POP UP
There’s a new pop up restaurant in town – a long table dining experience (only seats 30) in an art gallery, with a 4-course menu, wine pairing and live jazz. Rose’s Table is a new exclusive dining experience with two culturally-infused evenings every month. Pop in for wine and canapés every First Thursday or book the full affair every First Friday.
Hours: Every First Thursday + Friday; from 6pm
Cost: R150 for First Thursdays; R885 for First Fridays
76 Wale Street | CBD | 083 987 5040 | @roses_table_restaurant | Image: Rose’s Table
GO ON A CULINARY JOURNEY
From the guy who brought you The Test Kitchen, Potluck Club and Shortmarket Club – Luke Dale Roberts unveils a sizzling new dining concept in the Old Biscuit Mill precinct. SALON is decorated in an old-world style, with Art-Deco patterning, contrasting the industrial building it’s set in. Guests can look forward to the Journey menu, a nine-course menu showcasing signature dishes from Roberts’s travels.
Must-try: A a playful take on a shisanyama staple
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm - 9pm
Cost: The Journey menu is R1100 pp; the Explorer is R550 pp
375 Albert Road | Woodstock | 087 093 5890 | @saloncpt | Image: Salon
PREPARE FOR SPICE
Heritage Square’s newest restaurant is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Zama Restaurant & Prohibition Bar is a Mozambican-inspired eatery (expect lots of fish, grills and spice). The space is cheerfully decorated, with colourful woven lights and upside-down umbrellas adorning the ceiling. Read more about Zama and its secret bar.
Must-try: A classic chicken prego roll or prawn rissoles (half moon breaded pastry stuffed with spicy prawn)
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 12pm - 11pm; Friday - Saturday, 11am - 11pm
Cost: Starters from R55; Mains from R185
Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | @zamacapetown | Image: Zama
TRY FOOD FROM ACROSS AFRICA
Mama Africa closed down during Covid-19, but has recently undergone a classy revamp under new ownership. Try food from across the African continent (like smoky goat and deep-fried plantain), try djembe drumming and dance to live reggae music. Read more about Mama Africa and why you should visit this Long Street institution.
Must-try: Chikanda, a vegan dish from Zambia that mimics polony
Hours: Daily, 12pm to 2am
Mama Africa | 178 Long Street | @mama_africa_cpt | Image: Mama Africa
FEAST ON FALAFEL, PITA, HUMMUS…
Looking for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine? Nish Nush, the hole-in-the-wall on Bree Street with delicious falafels and shawarmas, has moved to a new spot. Two doors down from its original spot, this intimate eatery has exposed stone walls and pops of colour from yellow stools and mosaic decor. Read more about Nish Nush and its owner, “the inimitable falafel king”.
Must-try: Arayes (lamb and beef mince in a pita, fried until crispy and served with tahini and amba sauce)
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 9pm
Cost: From R50
100 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | @nish_nush_sa | Image: Lara van Zyl
STAY IN A CAVE
Imagine spending the night in a luxurious cave, surrounded by the raw beauty of nature in a comfortable setting. You’ll want to put the Cave House at Abrikoos Kloof Reserve on your weekend getaway bucket list. Just 20 minutes outside of Montagu, you’ll find a private pod with an exterior deck overlooking 300 hectares of secluded wilderness, a boma fire pit, wood-fired hot tub, a fully equipped kitchen and designer bathroom with a view.
Hours: Check in at 2pm; check out at 10am
Cost: R3,850 per night for 2 guests (minimum 2 night stay)
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TUCK INTO AN ICE CREAM TACO
Ice cream taco? You read correctly. Cape Town Ice Cream Rolls are new to Long Street and make hand-rolled ice cream. There’s plenty of flavours, like strawberry cheesecake, espresso and birthday cake, and one of the ways you can enjoy it is in an ice cream taco (a taco-shaped waffle cone). There are vegan and regular options, and you can also create your own flavours.
Must-try: The 24K taco with oreos, brownie bits and chocolate sauce in an activated charcoal taco
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 12pm
Cost: From R30
108 Long Street | Cape Town | @caperolls | Image: Cape Town Ice Cream Rolls
VISIT A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD DELI
This wholesome deli and cafe covers all your daily needs, with some sweet treats on the side. Norfolk Deli, located on the ground floor of Six on N, a BLOK property, serves everything from cakes and pastries to ready-made meals, like vegetable and coconut curry or a classic bobotie. You can buy staples like freshly-baked bread, eggs, honey and granola, as well as stay for a sit-down meal (the hot-pressed sandwiches are a must-try). The deli also supports local, selling goods from Hausfrauen Food Co and POPCO ice cream.
Must-try: The Speculoos Gingerbread Iced Latte, the gluten-free Frittatas, or french onion grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 6pm; Saturday + Sunday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: From R30 for pastries; from R60 for meals
6 Norfolk Road | Sea Point | 065 617 7129 | @norfolk.deli | Image: Norfolk Deli
GET A PIZZETTE
A pizz..what? From the duo that brought you Our Local, this Italian-ish bar is Kloof Street’s hottest new spot. Club Kloof opened on 25 March and has already become a favourite local hangout, with its sunny veranda, maroon table lamps and small pizza offerings. Plus, there’s some really curious cocktail options along with classics like an Espresso Martini.
Must-try: The traditional beef meatballs on pomodoro sauce with a Rooibos Old Fashioned on the side
Hours: Tues, 5pm - 8pm; Wed, Fri + Sat; 8am - 11.30pm; Thur, 8am - 10.30pm; Sun, 12pm - 6pm
Cost: From R50
84 Kloof Street | Gardens | 072 415 3752 | @clubkloof_ | Image: Club Kloof
FEAST ON AN ABUNDANT SPREAD
It’s like a braai, but with an Argentinian twist. Fuegos, a buffet-style restaurant, is an open fire eating concept inspired by authentic Argentinian cooking. There are three menus - all meat, all veggie and mixed - each consisting of a seven course meal paired with Knoerhoek wine. The spread is abundant: You can chow down on Argentinian chorizo, thin skirt, medium-rare rump, pork ribs and more.
Must-try: The mixed menu, with a variety of meats and veggies (such as four hour slowed-cooked pumpkin with Danish feta, mint vinaigrette and nuts)
Hours: Saturday 11:30am - 7:30pm; Sunday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: R450pp or R200pp (kids), book here
Fuegos | Knorhoek WIne Farm | Stellenbosch | @fuegos_stellies | Image: Fuegos
TRY A BACON AND BOURBON MILKSHAKE
This eatery, just off Bree Street, is a sandwich lover’s paradise and a milkshake heaven that even gets adults excited – think bacon, bourbon and peanut butter or caramel and ginger milkshakes. At 8pm, the eatery turns into a full blown club. If that’s not cool enough – the restroom has a party button, turning the room into a disco dance floor. Find out more about Safehouse.
Must-try: The bacon and bourbon milkshake with a Cape Town cheese steak sandwich (slow cooked beef short rib with mushrooms and cheese).
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 12pm - 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 12pm - 2am
Cost: From R95 for a main
75 Church Street | CBD | 067 332 3558 | @safehousecpt | Image: Safehouse
VISIT A CUTE JAPANESE CAFÉ
Onigiri are nori-wrapped rice parcels filled with ingredients like prawn, salmon, Asian mushrooms or pulled jackfruit. How’s Your Oni? opened on 17 February and specialises in this tasty Japanese snack. You’ll find this quaint café in Gardens.
Must-try: Honey Butter Chicken onigiri (honey mustard fried chicken, avocado and peppadew)
Hours: Monday to Tuesday, 12pm - 4pm; Thursday 12pm - 4pm; Friday to Saturday, 12pm - 9pm
Cost: Onigiri start at R50 each
How’s Your Oni? | 7 Scott St | Gardens | @howsyouroni | Image: How’s Your Oni?
EXPLORE PERSIAN CUISINE
Named after an ancient city in Iran, Susa specialises in Persian-inspired cuisine. Try lamb and kidney bean stew, hummus platters and plenty of fish and sushi. It’s located inside the Youngblood Art Gallery, which means that there are constantly-changing art displays to admire.
Must-try: Ghormeh Sabzi, a lamb and kidney bean stew
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7:30am to 9pm
Cost: Mains start at ± R160
Susa | 70 Bree St | @susa.restaurant | Image: Susa
TRY A FRENCH TACO
Ever heard of a French Taco? Us neither, until French Tacos opened on Kloof Street in September 2022. It’s a toasted tortilla filled with french fries, gooey melted cheese and protein like chicken nuggets or beef mince. This 100% halaal restaurant also has 17 waffle and crêpe options, as well as shisha.
Must-try: A classic French Taco or a Ferrero Rocher waffle
Hours: 9am - 11pm, daily
Cost: From R79
105 Kloof Street | CBD | 021 422 2092 | @frenchtacoscpt | Image: French Tacos
TAKE PICS AT THIS CUTE SPOT
Jenna’s is a health-conscious eatery on Regent Road in Seapoint (where Lexi’s Healthy Eatery used to be). Opened on 21 February 2023, this (mostly) plant-based spot serves wholesome food with plenty of organic and gluten-free options. It also has a cute minimalist aesthetic that would be great for Instagram pictures.
Must-try: Sweet potato and pesto gnocchi with a sage and roasted tomato sauce, or tofu scramble
Hours: Daily, 7am - 10pm
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GO COCKTAIL TASTING AT THIS LOUNGE
This new lounge is not only a great spot for a night out with friends but also offers a curious tasting experience. StrangeLove Cocktail Lounge, located above Hope Distillery, offers a cocktail-and-mini-food-pairing menu that is served in three courses, including hits like the Sbagliato with a taralli cracker, the El Presidente with rolled labneh and salted cracker and the Gin Alexander with a mini nutmeg macaron. There’s also a classic cocktail menu available.
Must-try: For the full experience try the cocktail-and-mini-food-pairing menu. Or go for a classic martini
Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 5pm - 10.30pm, book via Dineplan
Cost: From R70, R250 for the 3-course experience
Hopkins Street | Salt River | @strangelove_ct | Image: StrangeLove
VISIT OBS FOR AFFORDABLE BREAKFASTS
Honeybun is back in Observatory. After closing down, this quaint coffee shop with streetside seating reopened on 19 February 2023. It serves smoothies, coffee, breakfast and lunch and it’s a great spot for a relaxed Saturday breakfast or a calm working spot. Plus, Honeybun is dog-friendly.
Must-try: The veggie breakfast - crispy hash browns topped with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, avocado, rocket and onion sprinkles
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 5pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8am to 4pm
Cost: Average cost of a meal is ± R80
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SHARE FINE DINING TAPAS
Liam Tomlin's Chefs Warehouse is coming back to Bree Street in early March. First opened in 2014, this renowned fine dining spot is reviving some of fans' old favourites with new and exciting twists. Read more about Chefs Warehouse, and where you can find it.
91 Bree St | Cape Town | @chefswarehouseatthebailey | Image: Chefs Warehouse
EAT GREEK FOOD BY THE SEA
Just off the centre of Hermanus, on a quiet side street filled with galleries and stores, is the first Greek taverna in this seaside town. Theo’s Taverna gives off coastal Greek vibes with bright blue and white decor with a striking mural of a Grecian town. Locals love the traditional foods like pitas, souvlaki and yiro's, and it’s well priced too.
Must-try: The traditional Greek Yiro’s with lamb, rump or falafel
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 9pm; Sundays, 12pm - 4pm
Cost: From R40 for starters
8 Harbour Road | Hermanus | 072 787 2505 | @theostaverna_hermanus | Image: Theo’s Taverna
TRY KOREAN BBQ IN SEAPOINT
You can try South Korean BBQ at Kimchi, which opened on the 18 January 2023 in Seapoint. This interactive style of dining involves a small coal grill in the centre of the table and guests can cook their own meats and vegetables. It’s a fun experience that would be great to try with a group of friends, or for a less-awkward first date.
Must-try: Besides the Korean BBQ, the “KFC” (Korean Fried Chicken)
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12 - 10pm; Friday to Sunday, 12pm - 3pm and 5pm - 10pm
Cost: From R99
178 Main Rd | Seapoint | 076 359 8074 | @kimchicpt | Image: Kimchi
COMING SPRING 2023
The Jozi-famous Marble is coming to Cape Town. This luxurious spot is known for dishes that combine the essence of South African food with the ritual of cooking over an open flame. Created by chef David Higgs, the location is still a secret – but it’ll boast 360 degree views of the harbour, Table Mountain and the city. Watch this space.
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Duck croquettes, charcoal grilled lamb ribs and mushroom pot stickers are just a few of the dishes you could expect to find at Silk Restaurant. The name is derived from the ancient Silk Route – the meeting of East and West – which is showcased in the food. Explore intense Asian flavours while enjoying one of the fun cocktails on offer, like the Monsoon Fizz (tequila, lemon and grapefruit) or the Kimoto Sours (bourbon, egg white and sundried orange syrup).
Must-try: Takoyaki - soft battered balls filled with octopus, pickled ginger and spring onion topped with tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo and katsuobushi
Hours: Monday to Saturday; 4pm - 11pm
Cost: From R75
GO TO A CHEESE BAR
Located at Waterkloof Wines, Osteria Cheese Bar promises to be a cheese-lover’s paradise. Osteria was born from Puglia Cheese (cheese manufacturer) and is an idyllic place for your cheese journey and wine tastings. Cheese is king in all dishes: think gnocchi made with ricotta, homemade pappardelle with wild mushrooms, porcini and Puglia Cheese labneh and sourdough pizzas dripping with cheese. And of course, local and imported Italian charcuterie.
Must-try: A Pizza Stracciatella and Parma or classic charcuterie board
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am - 5pm
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GET PIZZA IN A PARKING LOT
It’s no ordinary parking lot. Tucked away off Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, between the old oak trees and Cape Dutch architecture, you’ll find a pop-up in Eike’s parking lot. Parkeer is open every Friday and Saturday evening for takeaway or sit down under the vines. Enjoy a pizza or some sizzling sides like the peri peri bBQ chicken wings. Book a table or pre-order.
Must-try: The Braai Vibes pizza with boerewors frikadelle, caramelised onions and jalapenos
Hours: Friday and Saturday evenings; 5.30pm - 9pm
Cost: From R50
50 Dorp Street | Stellenbosch Central | 071 138 3991 | @parkeerpizza | Image: Parkeer
TRY JUICY BURGERS IN SEA POINT
No fuss, no bull, just beef. Stud the Burger Shop first opened in Stellenbosch in 2020 and is now branching out to the Mother City. Capetonians can look forward to classic beef burgers or go for the “No Bull Burger” that is 100% vegan at this semi-takeaway spot (few sit down seats available). Plus, Stud has its very own wine in a can that you can enjoy with your choice of burger. Opening in Sea Point 15 December.
Must-try: The classic Stud Burger (double stacked patty) with a side of Stud chips (dusted with secret spice mix)
Cost: From R80 a burger
315 Main Road | Sea Point | @stud_the_burger_shop | Image: Stud
ENJOY A PIZZA WHILE WATCHING PADEL
This pop up pizzeria in Green Point is just the spot to curb your carb cravings. Lievita Restaurant, opened 16 December, overlooks the Africa Padel courts, making it just the chilled and sunny vibe you’d want for late afternoon pizza binges, beer, wine and a friendly game of padel. The full restaurant will be available later in the year.
Must-try: The classic Margherita pizza made in a Fazzone pizza oven (imported from Naples)
Hours: Daily; 12pm - 8.30pm
Cost: R120 for a classic Margherita
1 Marina Road | Green Point | 021 300 1514 | @lievitacpt | Image: Lievita
GET YOUR RAMENHEAD ON
Handmade ramen and fried dumplings served in street-food vibes - need we say more? Ramenhead on Church Street is bringing classic Japanese ramen to Cape Town. It has fired up the Yamamoto Noodle Machine (the only one in Africa), making fresh noodles daily and you can spot it from the restaurant and see the process in action. Let the slurping begin.
Must-try: The Tori Chintan with a Shoyu Tare served with a thicker and chewier Tokyo Style noodle, ajitamago, pork chashu and chicken dumplings
Hours: Opening 13 December
Speakers Corner | Church Square | Cape Town | @ramenheadcapetown | Image: Ramenhead
SIP COCKTAILS BY THIS ROOFTOP BAR
The Station House in Sea Point is pushing the Atlantic Seaboard dining experience to the next level. Besides the stunningly popular Sonny and Irene (read below), it is now home to a new cocktail lounge and rooftop bar, The Nines. Think gorgeous sea views, epic sunsets and dazzling cocktails. It has a variety of dishes to choose from, including some decadent desserts.
Must-try: The Seafood Risotto, served with White Tiger Prawns, Patagonian Baby Squid, Seabass, Saldanha Bay Black Mussels, Pomodoro and Mascarpone
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm
Cost: From R135
Station House | 19 Kloof Road | Sea Point | 021 745 6609 | @thenines | Image: The Nines
EXPERIMENT WITH GOURMET BOBA
Xing Fu Tang isn’t your regular boba spot. This Taiwanese café has opened its first branch in the Western Cape, and on the menu you’ll find bubble tea options like Biscoff (topped with cream cheese and crunchy Biscoff biscuits), whipped Dalgona coffee or mango and strawberry topped with a cute rabbit panna cotta.
Must-try: The signature Brown Sugar Boba Milk with a blow-torched sugar top
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am to 6pm; Sunday 9:30am - 3pm
Cost: From R55
104 Main Road | Hermanus | 082 970 7373 | @xingfutang_hermanus | Image: Xing Fu Tang Hermanus
SHARE A PLATE WITH A LOVED ONE
This new stunner in the bustling Kloof Street area is the perfect escape to connect with good food, fine wines and bespoke cocktails. Located in a heritage building (next to Van Hunks), Upper Union specialises in a modern, shared-dining concept, a group offering that is something new for the creative and the curious. The menu incorporates a lot of North African flavours with dishes like Malay mussels or rose and harissa lamb rump.
Must-try: For the adventurous try the marmite ox tongue
Hours: Daily; 11.30am - 10pm
Cost: R550 pp for a bread course, two starters (choosing from four) and a main which consists of a large plate to share
3 Upper Union Street | Gardens | 021 891 0360 | @upperunion_restaurant | Image: Jan Ras Photography
PLAY DARTS AT THIS SEASIDE BAR
Drink, play and eat at this new eatery in Blouberg. There’s something for every occasion, whether it’s a quick bite to eat, after-work drinks, birthday celebrations, watching the big game or even team building with your colleagues. There are dart lanes for hire along with a great selection of food and drinks, including 15 burger options to choose from (veggie too). There’s sushi, pizzas, salads, poke bowls, seafood combos and more.
Must-try: The chilli cheese fries starter, Pulled Porkies burger and fried oreos for dessert
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11am - 10.30pm; Friday + Saturday, 11am - 11pm
Cost: From R54
Shop 57C | Eden on the Bay | Cnr Big Bay Blvd | Big Bay | @happy_folksza | Image: Happy Folks
POP BY THIS CAFÉ WITH AN ALL-DAY COCKTAIL BAR
In the heart of Stellenbosch, tucked between wine bars and art galleries, you’ll find a new Italian breakfast café with freshly baked chocolate croissants and creamy burrata with a bed of greens. But that’s not all – it also has a cocktail bar with cocktail nights every Wednesday to Saturday. Sophia Eatery has neutral, sophisticated colours that will make you feel right at home.
Must-try: The Frozen Passion Fruit Daiquiri for a refreshing summer drink
Hours: Monday - Tuesday, 8am - 5pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 8am - 9pm; Sunday, 8am - 2.30pm
Oude Bank Building | 7 Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | @sofiaeatery | Image: Sofia Eatery
UP YOUR MOVIE-WATCHING GAME
The new Ster Kinekor IMAX theatre at the V&A Waterfront gives a whole new dimension to watching a movie. Laser technology makes images appear sharper, brighter, more colourful and with deeper contrast – so you’ll feel like you can touch the images or enter the screen itself. You can experience this for yourself for free when you enter our giveaway to win IMAX tickets.
Must-try: Catch Avatar: The Way of Water, the sequel to the epic 2009 film, showing now and best seen on IMAX.
Hours: Show times vary
223 Victoria Wharf Shopping Center | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | email@example.com | Image: Ster Kinekor
FEEL NOSTALGIC WITH THESE TRADITIONAL MEALS
Seven Colours Eatery has opened a stall at the V&A Foodmarket. You’ll be able to find classic South African food like tshisanyama, umleqwa and bean chakalaka. Seven Colours also does a delivery service - perfect for when you’re stuck in a mid-week dinner slump.
Must-try: Isaladi yamazimba (Red sorghum salad with roasted onion, chickpeas and sun-dried tomato) or chicken sosaties with amasi dressing
Hours: Daily, 11am to 7pm
V&A Food Market | 19 Dock Road| V&A Waterfront | @sevencolours_eatery | Image: Seven Colours Eatery
DINE WITH A 180 DEGREE SEA VIEW
This seaside eatery is this season’s most secret treasure. It’s located on a lagoon, overlooking the main beach of Onrus River, a small town just off Hermanus. Every corner is filled with thoughtful trinkets, from a gumball machine for kids to a “wine wall” showcasing the best of local wines. It has a variety of unexpected dishes, including a waffle croissant for breakfast to an entire menu dedicated to sushi. Plus, there’s a Waffle Shack with all sorts of treats at Milk on the Beach.
Must-try: Anything from the sushi menu, the salmon and tuna are fresh off the boat
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 9pm; Sundays, 8am to 8.30pm
Cost: From R75 for breakfast, R95 for mains
Also read: Our team's top picks at The Waffle Shack.
1 Atlantic Drive | Onrus River | 028 316 1516 | @milk_onthebeach | Image: Milk on the Beach
WINE AND DINE LIKE A ROYAL
Emperor’s Lounge is inspired by the 4000 year-old heritage of black royalty. Opened on 25 November, this restaurant-bar on Long Street serves Western cuisine with an African twist and is opulently decorated with black and gold decor. Plus, the kitchen is open until 2am and there’s shisha.
Must try: The meat and seafood platters are great for groups, or the mopani worms if you're feeling adventurous
Hours: 1pm to 2am, daily
Cost: Meals range from R60 - R500
Emperor’s Lounge | 230 Long Street | Cape Town | @emperors_lounge | Image: Emperor's Lounge
SHAKE IT UP AT THIS NEW BAR
Who Knows Bar is a quirky and fun bar that is all about openness and new experiences. With hand-labelled wine glasses and bottles, crates with pillows as seats and graffiti on the wall, this new gem definitely offers a creative art space. Pop in for a drink and a meal at this bar and Who Knows, you might have yourself a great time.
Must-try: The best in the West…ern Cape Burger
Hours: Tues, Wed, Thur, Sun; 3pm to 12am, Fri, Sat; 2pm to 2am
17 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | @whoknowsbar | Image: Who Knows Bar
DON’T MISS THIS BRIGHT ORANGE ASIAN EATERY
Hello Asia isn’t hard to miss. The bright orange building on Sea Point Main Road, which will be opening 23 January, is an Asian grocer and restaurant. Along with yummy meals like chicken fried rice and steamed bao buns, customers can buy products like instant ramen, sauces and cute cutlery sets.
Must-try: Test your tolerance for spice with Buldak instant noodles.
Hours: Opening Jan 2023
Hello Asia | 161 Main Road | Sea Point | @helloasia.co.za | Image: Hello Asia
HEALTH IS WEALTH AT THIS CAFE
Pop by the new double-storey Okja Cafe in Kloof Street. With a new and dreamy cookie factory, you can enjoy freshly baked cookies and vegan croissants over a creamy cup of coffee. The name is officially pronounced OAK-JAH, but “ok-ja” has a good ring to it. Experience the goodness of their products both in Camps Bay and in Kloof. With plant-based dog treats, Okja is a delight for furry friends too.
Must-try: Their crunchy, vegan croissants or shop for Okja products
Hours: 6:30am - 3:30pm (Monday - Friday), 7am - 3:30pm (Saturday), 8am - 1pm (Sunday)
77 Kloof Street | Gardens | okjacafe | Image: Julia Rowley
DINE IN STYLE AT BREE’S NEWEST SPOT
Amber is an elegant eatery that has just opened on Bree Street. With green velvet chairs and a galaxy wall with gold embellishments, this classy restaurant has a seasonal menu influenced by cuisine from around the world. It also has a shady outdoor area, which makes it a great spot to sip on summer cocktails. Make sure to visit on a Sunday, as Amber hosts Raise the Roof Sundays with live DJs and an exclusive tapas menu.
Must-try: The sesame cured yellowtail or wild mushroom risotto
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9am to 10pm; Sunday 4pm to 10pm
Cost: From R75
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DISCOVER GOURMET CRÊPES IN PAARL
Prepare to taste crêpes like you never have before at Francis Crêperie and Pizzeria. Their gourmet crêpes are rolled into a cone shape and filled to the brim, so you know you’re getting the most toppings. For those who have less of a sweet tooth, they also sell sourdough pizza. Order a few different slices and taste a variety of delicious cheesy pizzas.
Must-try: The crème brûlée crêpe with biscuit crumbs, custard and a caramelised sugar crust, or for something salty - the tangy beef or salami pizza
Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am to 8pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm
Cost: From R65
Francis Crêperie and Pizzeria | 166 Main Road, Omnipark building | Paarl | 021 493-7867 | @franciscreperienpizzeria | Image: Simone Strydom
TRY ASIAN TAPAS + COCKTAILS
Taste everything from Chinese Dim Sum to Japanese Teriyaki at this Asian-inspired tapas bar. Soi Bar, which opened mid-October 2022, has quickly become the new Instagrammer moment, with its funky neon lights, rose wall and stunning food and drinks. You won’t want to miss the Apollo cocktail (tequila and mango) that comes with its own little Astronaut.
Must-try: The dumplings or potstickers for starters and the Wok Tossed Teriyaki Ribs for mains. And definitely the Apollo or Rose Bath cocktails.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm - 1pm
Cost: From R52
9 Kloof Nek Road | Cape Town | 079 038 2893 | @soibar.cpt | Image: Soi Bar
DRINK WHISKEY SOURS AT THIS RUSTIC BAR
This new bar has taken over the space of the old Bombay Bicycle Club. Cargo has mastered the all-day bar culture with its hearty breakfast specials and late night cocktail vibe. It has an edgy old school nature, with old army memorabilia, moody decor and a wall full of black and white pictures. It’s the kind of place where you can have breakfast or lunch and stay for a whiskey sour or an Old Fashioned.
Must-try: Fried chicken burger with BBQ sauce with a classic Negroni. And for dessert, Bombay Cigars (phyllo with chocolate, honey + vanilla ice-cream).
Hours: 7am to 12am, daily
Cost: From R65 (for starters); from R60 (for cocktails)
158 Kloof Street | Cape Town City Centre | 021 213 1221 | @c__a__r__g__o | Image: Julia Rowley
ROADTRIP FOR AN OUTDOOR DINING EXPERIENCE
Just 30 minutes outside of Mossel Bay, you’ll find this new gem that is perfect for the summer months. Voerkraal has the look and feel of an old school tuckshop, splashed with beach vibes. It serves all the South African comfort foods from vetkoek and “geroosterde brood” to burgers, viennas, hearty breakfasts and Steri Stumpies. Plus, you can buy succulents from R20 onsite.
Must-try: A “konfyt en kaas” or “gewone maalvleis” vetkoek
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm; Saturday, 8am - 4pm; Sunday, 9am - 2pm
Cost: From R12
CELEBRATE FINE-DINING WITH ZULU CUISINE
You’ll be inspired by Emazulwini, a modern Zulu-inspired restaurant, which celebrates Nguni cuisine and South African ingredients. Emerging from the kitchens of top fine dining restaurants, owner Mmabatho Molefe stepped out on her own with a tiny restaurant at Makers Landing where she presents traditional Zulu cuisine in a fine dining context. It is currently being revamped – so get ready for its launch on the 10th of November 2022.
Must-try: Isibindi nechakalaka (butter basted ox liver, yellow lentil chakalaka, onion jus)
Hours: Thursday, 6pm - 9pm; Friday, 12pm - 8.30pm; Saturday, 12pm - 9 pm; Sunday, 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Reserve here
Makers Landing The Cruise Terminal | V&A Waterfront | 062 160 2347 | @emazulwini_restaurant | Image: Emazulwini Restaurant
STEP INTO A DUNGEON COFFEE SHOP
Situated in the underrated Riebeeck Street, you’ll find a little black hole in the wall, guarded by an iron gate with the sign “Dungeon Coffee & Co”. This garage-turned-coffee-shop, styled with minimalist imperfections, opened on 10 October. It was made for coffee fanatics – by coffee fanatics, with a range of coffee, iced drinks, classic koesisters and, if you’re early enough, gourmet sandwiches (limited amount per day). Plus, if you’re a student you can get 20% off with a valid student card.
Must-try: Keep an eye out for the Summer delights – Dungeon on Ice (think iced strawberry rooibos drinks).
Hours: Monday to Fridays, 6.30am - 4pm; Saturdays, 7am - 2pm; Sundays, 7am - 12pm
Cost: From R8 a koesister; from R20 a coffee
48 Riebeek Street | Cape Town City Centre | @dungeoncoffeeco | Image: Lara van Zyl
PARTY IN A LUXURIOUS LOUNGE
Long street is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, and now, you have another club to add to your weekend (or weekday) benders. Clubnovella is “a premium experience,” with its luxurious decor, moody lighting and laser shows, and of course, some epic DJ’s like Camidoh, Raffa and more.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4pm - 2am and Friday to Sunday, 4pm - 4am
Bookings are essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRY RICH NORTHERN ITALIAN DISHES
There’s a new Italian kid on the block, and she’s serving up the works. Loco specialises in Northern Italian cuisines (think hearty meat dishes like grilled pork belly or fresh red snapper), and has a wood-fired pizza oven, adding to the rustic ambience of exposed-brick walls, leather booths and hanging plants. Plus, it has a stunning outside terrace overlooking Kloof Street.
Must-try: The tagliatelle al filetto & fungi served with beef fillet, mix mushroom, cream sauce
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday; 12pm - 9pm
Cost: From R75
70A Kloof Street | Gardens | 021 424 7504 | @loco_ristorante | Image: Loco
GET SOME VITAMIN SEA
This rustic (and very blue) eatery in Mossel Bay specialises in “from-the-grill” and seafood dishes. Sit on the outside deck at Blaize and Barrel and try the Vitamin Sea menu with prawn curry and fresh line-fish. Or something from the land like a blaize burger (vegetarian options available), nachos or steaks. There’s even a selection of sweet options, like KitKat and M&M pancakes or Mississippi mud pies. Plus, do a wine tasting in the wine emporium room.
Must-try: Squidward calamari with lemon butter sauce
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 12pm - 9pm and Sunday, 10am - 3pm
Cost: From R28
UNWIND AT THIS BAKERY AND CAFE
This is not your average neighbourhood cafe. Set below the Station House in the bustling Sea Point, Sonny and Irene is designed to celebrate cafe-style classics with a contemporary twist. It is open all day, so customers can move from coffees to cocktails and from healthy breakfasts to decadent desserts. Best of all, it is a serene paradise with lush pink and green chairs, hanging plants and a hint of marble.
Must-try: The Sonny And Irene Buttermilk Hot Cakes with bacon, banana, salted honey, white chocolate crumble, syllabub and raspberry meringue.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 10pm
Cost: From R95
Ground Floor of Station House | 19 Kloof Road | Sea Point | 021 745 6600 | @sonnyandirene | Image: Sonny and Irene
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