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Last updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2023
New restaurants and special experiences pop up every month. Who knows? You might find your future favourite spot. This week's freshest finds include an 1800’s wheat mill-turned-restaurant, a cheeky vodka bar, and 40+ other new places around Cape Town.
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: Nish Nush
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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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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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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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
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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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
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
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
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
108 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town City Centre | 071 910 8122 | @silkasianfusion | Image: @thesociallemon.agency
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Image: Ster Kinekor
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
62 Hoof Way | Herbertsdale | 062 658 4298 | @voerkraal | Image: @cinematicsolutionssa
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
Comic book style murals, a life-sized Joker, a tattoo studio and luxury couture – that’s the Rare Gallery experience. Inside the cerulean-framed door of Rare are highly sought-after MediCom toy figures Bearbricks, limited edition works from Brooklyn-based artist KAWS and couture from culture-shifting Off-White. Plus, a tattoo studio tucked around the corner.
Hours: Tue to Fri, 10am - 6pm; Sat + Sun, 11am - 5pm
Cost: From R2 000 for couture
6 Watson Street | Cape Town City Centre | 074 784 2986 | @raregallery_ | Image: Rare Gallery
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
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: email@example.com
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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
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
12 Marsh Street | Mossel Bay | 082 884 843 | blaizeandbarrel.com | @blaizeandbarrel | Image: Blaize and Barrel
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
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
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Located inside The Boatshed, a maritime heritage building on Thesen Island in Knysna, is The Lofts. This family-owned hotel has just opened Nest restaurant that overlooks Knysna Lagoon. In the morning try caramel pulled beef brisket eggs benedict with freshly squeezed OJ. Or go for sundowners and fresh seafood with some of the best sunset views Knysna has to offer.
Must-try: Knysna mussel Pot - Wednesday’s only
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 2pm and 3pm- 8pm
Cost: It's cashless
Long Street | Thesen Island | Knysna | 044 302 5710 | @nest_knysna | Image: Nest Knysna
Sea Point’s most popular Greek restaurant, Mykonos, has opened its doors in Claremont. It is located just outside of Cavendish Square on the corner of Vineyard Road and Cavendish Street. Try classic Greek dishes like moussaka, shawarma or meat skewers with a selection of wines, while the kids can jol at the kiddies play area.
Must-try: The Yuvetsi (traditional Greek pasta rice) or baby chicken
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 5pm - 10pm; Saturdays + Sundays, 12pm - 10pm
Cost: From R40
Corner of Cavendish Street and Vineyard Road | Claremont | 087 152 5323 | @mykonostavernas | Image: Mykonos Taverna
This new eatery is situated in an original wagon house, built in the late 19th century. There’s ample light flowing in from the windows, a large terrace filled with pops of colour and is surrounded by lush gardens. The menu is just as delectable: There’s beef and bone-marrow burgers and scrambled duck eggs on toasted brioche. Guests are invited to linger, taste and purchase superb wines and explore the surroundings with a picnic (you can pre-order a basket).
Must-try: The biltong spiced ribeye
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 4pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8am - 4pm
Cost: From R30
Mila at Doolhof Estate | Bovlei Road | Wellington | 021 864 2805 | @mila_atdoolhof | Image: Mila at Doolhof Estate
The new addition to the Ideas Cartel’s co-working spaces is in the centre of the Southern Suburbs (next to Cavendish Square). Ideas Cartel Claremont offers fixed offices for companies, hot desks for freelancers and travellers, as well as stylish boardrooms that will impress any client. Plus, it has an in-house coffee shop, secure parking and more.
Hours: Open Monday to Fridays, open 24/7; closed on Saturdays + Sundays
Cost: Monday to Fridays, open 24/7; closed on Saturdays + Sundays
9 Grove Avenue (at the Grove Exchange) | Claremont | @ideascartel | Image: Ideas Cartel
This new ice-cream truck serves Two Scoops of Happiness… because one is never enough. Pair your ice-cream flavour of choice from a simple sugar-cone to a bubble waffle, waffle fries, even a waffle stick and tacos. Or you can make it a milkshake. They also offer cotton candy, toffee apples, ice-cream cakes and cupcakes, all from their strictly halaal, mobile food truck (which you can hire for any event).
Must-try: The waffle taco – choose any 3 ice cream flavours, 1 sauce and any topping
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 3pm - 6pm; Saturday to Sunday, 2pm- 8pm
Cost: From R28
Corner of Woodbury and Mitchells Avenue | Mitchells Plain | 083 966 1118 | @two_scoops_of_happiness | Image: Two Scoops of Happiness
Artezian is an art gallery, lounge and sushi bar all in one. It features work from artists across the country. The cocktail menu has been curated by Roxanne Read, and Maruwaan, founder of Sushi Fundi, is the resident sushi chef. Resident DJ Erefaan Pearce, who plays house music, provides the after-dinner vibes.
Must-try: The deep-fried roll infused with teriyaki vodka
Hours: Tuesday to Fridays, 12pm - 2am; Saturdays + Sundays, 11am - 2am
Cost: From R60
217 Bree Street | Cape Town | 068 554 2849 | @artezian_restaurant | Image: Artezian
Bertha’s Wine has recently opened a wine bar in Stellenbosch. It is tucked between art galleries and cafés like the popular Meraki in Church Street, across from the Moederkerk. There are various wines and tasting options available, as well as some small snack plates like Plankie Steak or Salmon Trout.
Must-try: The wine and macaron pairing
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 7pm
Cost: From R40 a glass
43 Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | @bertha.wines | Image: Bertha Wines
With roots deeply founded in Kerala, India – better known as “The Land of Spices” – owner Seelan Sundoo has created a menu for diners to taste authentic South Indian dishes. There’s briyanis, smokey, traditional Tandooris, Nepalese steamed dumplings, clay oven curries and more. The meals are designed as tapas to be savoured and shared, which you can now try at the newest branches in Newlands and Woodstock.
Must-try: Kaverati Chicken curry, blended with Kastoori Methi, cumin and cardamon
Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm - 9.30pm; Sunday 12pm - 4.30pm
Cost: From R17
Shop number 3 | Double Three Hotel | Woodstock | @sundooindiantapas | Image: Sundoo
Decadent pastas, fried stewed beef balls, truffle lollipops and a cracking tiramisu are just some of the things to look forward to when Scala Pasta Bar opens on 15 September. In collaboration with Michelin star chef Luciano Monosilio, Scala is bringing the textures and flavours from Rome to Heritage Square.
Must-try: Monosilio’s famous carbonara. If you have a sweet tooth, the tiramisu is not to be missed (you have to crack it open with a spoon).
Hours: Opening 15 September 2022, book via Dineplan
81 Church Street | Heritage Square | Cape Town | @scalapasta | Image: Scala Pasta Bar
HintHunt, the guys who brought the escape games craze to South Africa, have two new escape rooms – Escape Plan or Torpedo. How do HintHunt escape rooms work? You and your friends or colleagues are locked inside a themed room. Each room has a gamemaster, who sends hints as the clock ticks. No phones are allowed in the rooms. Your smarts, great team collaboration and a competitive spirit are all you need to escape. Intrigued: Find which of the 5 escape rooms suits you and your crew.
Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10am - 5.30pm; Fridays + Saturdays, 10am - 8.30pm; Sundays, 10am - 4pm
HintHunt | Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 076 187 2764 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Instagram: @hinthuntafrica
Yes, Crusted Pizza serves all the classics, but there’s some with a twist. Try the Basic (which is everything but basic) - this adventurous pizza is topped with biltong, figs, and brie. There’s also a protein-packed pizza, topped with ham, pepperoni, and pulled pork, a vegetarian option, with olives, cherry tomatoes, feta, and basil pesto, plus 7 more to choose from (all made with fresh dough).
Must-try: The biltong, fig, and brie pizza
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11.30am - 8pm; Friday, 11.30am - 8.30pm; Saturday, 11.30am - 8pm
Cost: R40 - R120
Crusted Pizza | 83 Main Street | Paarl | number | @crusted.pizza | Image: Crusted Pizza
You’ve heard of Hungry Lion, but do you know about Happy Hippo? This on-the-go breakfast joint opened in July 2022 in the heart of the inner city. It’s the ideal spot to grab a quick snack on your way to work – it’s got pastries, muffins, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, bagels, pies – you name it. And it’s affordable, too. It’s decorated with green walls and plants, giving you that serene feeling you need to kick-start your day.
Must-try: For a quick snack, the apricot-jam donut hits the spot. If you’re looking for something more filling, the salmon cream cheese bagel or the smoked chicken salad with hummus dressing.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 5pm; Saturdays, 7am - 1pm
Cost: From R12
The Felix | Strand Street | Cape Town City Centre | 078 007 2566 | @happyhippo_capetown | Image: Lara van Zyl
Pink cherry blossoms cascade down the roof of this pink-lit restaurant. Ukiyo, pronounced “u-key-yo” is the Japanese principle of the fleeting world – that it’s all about the journey, not the destination. This newly opened Japanese restaurant believes that eating good food with people you care about is one of life’s great pleasures and experiences. And with a menu of hibachi grilled lamb, tempura langoustines and octopus carpaccio, you’re in for an experience.
Must try: Langoustines or hibachi grilled lamb chops
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12pm - 3.30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday, 6pm - Late
First Floor, The Arum | 29 Victoria Road | Bantry Bay | @ukiyo_capetown | Image: Ukiyo
A new waffle house is the latest addition to Ditto ice cream parlour. These oat waffles come in 5 banging flavours. Try the Better Than Biscoff (2 scoops Biscoff ice-cream, biscoff crumble, biscoff spread, caramel sauce, and brûléed banana) or Peanut Butter Bomb (1 scoop Pick Me Up Buttercup, 1 scoop Brittle Gone Nuts, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and peanut butter cup). There’s also a cookies-and-cream, chocolate, and Nutella option, or opt to build your own.
Must-try: Better Than Biscoff waffle
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday, 7am-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-11pm
Cost: From R40
119 Kloof Street | Gardens | @eatditto | Image: Jo Roodt
The once popular Entourage, above Nu Bar in Stellenbosch, is now a hot pink nightclub. Walk up neon-pink lit steps and enter a vibey club and bar. There’s a dance floor, live DJ, large bar area and plenty of raised seating to take a break in between dancing. Plus, you can party throughout the week (open between Monday to Saturday) with live DJ’s every night.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 8pm - late
51 Plein Street | Stellenbosch Central | @penthousestellies | Image: Penthouse
The flagship restaurant at Temeno Retreat in McGregor has reopened and is bringing a fresh take on contemporary country cuisine. Tebaldi’s is now under the leadership of Chef Christiaan Campbell (known for his work at Delaire Graff and Boschendal). The restaurant overlooks a stunning garden on its enclosed patio area and also has an elegant yet cosy dining room.
Must-try: The hot smoked salmon stirred into a potato ‘risotto’ with a dash of confit lemon, fermented cream and grilled leeks
Hours: Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday, 6pm – 8pm; Lunch: Saturday + Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Cost: From R295 for 2 courses, book here
72 Voortrekker Street | McGregor | 023 625 1115 | @tebaldisinmcgregor | Image: Tebaldi's at Temenos
Revolutionary, immersive, unique - that’s what a new, fine-dining restaurant in Stellenbosch promises. There's a 13-course tasting menu and wholesome concepts around ingredients – like using limpets and mature chicken – and collaborations with small, local suppliers. Dusk aims to push boundaries, and you'll be able to judge for yourself when it opens on 1 September 2022.
Must-try: Laying hen ballotine with foraged mushroom garum and roasted local roots.
Cost: From R1395 pp (13-course tasting menu)
43 Plein Street | Stellenbosch | email@example.com | @dusk_restaurant_ | Image: @miavh_photography
Comfort meets eloquence at this new meat eatery in Newlands. Picanha Steakhouse is rustic and moody, with concrete walls, hunting trophies and hanging plants. It has a variety of steak options, as well as some smokey appetisers like a Beef Fillet Carpaccio. Pair it all with a glass of wine (it has loads to select from). Plus there’s free parking across the street.
Must-try: You can’t go wrong with any of the steak options. For those not in a steaky mood, try the Ragu Beef Gnocchi (slow-cooked beef with butternut gnocchi) or the Deluxe Burger.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 10.30pm
Cost: From R90
37 Dean Street | Newlands | 087 058 5314 | @picanha.steakhouse | Image: @jody.alexander_
Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview Wine Farm in Paarl reopened its doors in early July 2022. The space is modern, yet quirky and has comical portraits of the farm’s goats throughout the restaurant. It has a cosy fireplace indoors and a veranda covered in vines with a view of the goat tower.
Must-try: Baked Camembert with chilli, almonds, cranberries, rosemary and buttery crouton fingers
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am - 3.30pm
Cost: R38 - R295
Fairview Wine Farm | Paarl | 021 863 3609 | @fairviewwineandcheese | Image: Goatshed
This spot was once the popular Wijnhuis in Stellenbosch, but is now a “no fuss no muss” wine bar. The veranda stretches around the bar and spills out into the streets, giving it that European feel. Taste a wide variety of wines (including Guardians Peak, Rust and Vrede and more) and share a plate of Mediterranean-style tapas.
Must-try: For vegetarians – The herb arancini served with a lemon crème fraiche paired with the Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay. For meat eaters – The salt and pepper squid paired with the Stellenbosch Reserve Chenin Blanc.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 10pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R35
Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | 063 646 3207 | @stellenboschreserve | Image: Stellenbosch Wine Bar
Nothing will ever replace Mzoli’s (butchery and shisanyama in Gugulethu), but there’s a new spot that’s opened right where Mzoli’s used to be. Teez @ 115 is a stylish lounge and butchery with plush green and blue couches and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling. You can eat breakfast and lunch or shop at the butchery.
NY115 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | 076 921 0250 | @teez_lounge_langa | Image: Siphiwo Balman
Don’t worry about dressing up for a night out in Sea Point. This laid back space, which opened in June 2022, is so cosy it will feel like home (with comfortable couches and heaters, perfect for winter). You can order simple foods and get wine by the glass, plus there’s live jazz on Sundays at Only Fools.
Must-try: A classic cheeseburger served on a potato bun
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm
Cost: From R30
82 Regent Road | Sea Point | 067 672 2109 | @onlyfoolsct | Image: Only Fools
Who said fast food can’t be healthy? OAKBERRY Açaí Bowls (originating from Brazil) has opened a colourful hub in Sea Point, serving a nutritious experience at a fast pace. It’s simple: choose between a bowl or smoothie, pick a size and add whatever toppings you like. This treat has amazing health benefits, plus you’ll love the purple colour scheme of the space itself.
Must-try: There are so many topics to choose from, you can really make it your own
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 8pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R70
Shop 202b | 196 Main Road | Sea Point | Instagram: @oakberry.sa | Image: OAKBERRY
Reese’s cups, Hershey bars, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, and Chips Ahoy – this new sweet shop hits the spot for all your candy cravings. Set amongst the colourful houses in Bo-Kaap, The Sweet Shop offers treats from the UK, America, and Turkey.
Must-try: Samyang Ramen Noodles (if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am - 6pm; Friday to Saturday, 8am - 10pm; Sunday, 8am - 4:30pm
Cost: From R3
The Sweet Spot | Bo-Kaap | 071 369 6280 | @thesweetspot.cpt | Image: The Sweet Spot
After closing its doors in August 2020, Addis Restaurant is back with a bang. It reopened on 20 June 2022 and brings an Ethiopian dining experience to the heart of Cape Town. The menu caters for almost every taste bud (50% of the menu is vegan), plus there’s gluten-free options, and it’s halaal friendly. Try everything from Doro Tibs (chicken fillet cut into strips, stir-fried with cardamom) to Pumpkin Wot (pumpkin cubes sauteed with garlic and onions, prepared with a fiery Ethiopian spice blend).
Must-try: The combo for two - you can combine any four dishes from the main menu.
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 10.30pm (booking essential)
Cost: From R45
168 Loop Street | Cape Town CBD | 076 846 0929 | @addis_in_cape_restaurant | Image: Addis Restaurant
The newest addition to the inner city’s foodie scene comes with punchy flavours and vacay vibes. Ouzeri in Wale Street specialises in traditional Cyprus and Greece foods, whie mimicking the look and feel of a traditional tavern with sleek white walls, arches and marble pedestals.
Must-try: The traditional halloumi or youvetsi (made with beef shin)
Hours: Tuesdays, 6pm - 9.30pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12am to 9.30pm
Cost: From R60
58 Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre | 061 533 9071 | @ouzeri_ct | Image: Ouzeri
Dreaming of a holiday in Greece amongst blue and white houses, cobblestone streets and an ocean view? Santorini, in Newlands, takes you right there with its Grecian street-style interior, painted sea view walls and a large boat mounted to the wall. Eat traditional Greek tapas or classics like moussaka, spanakopita and lamb.
Must-try: The Santorini Mezza Platter
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 10pm; Sunday, 12pm - 7:30pm
Cost: R85 for 2 people, R395 for 4 people
37 Dean Street | Newlands | 021 685 3885 | @santorini.cafe.newlands | Image: Santorini
Tantalize your taste buds with an explosion of Mexican flavours like tacos and homemade tortillas, but with an elevated twist. Located where Chefs Warehouse once stood, Hacienda is bringing “the spirit of Baja California to the tables of Cape Town”. This is a dining experience like no other.
Must-try: Brisket Adobo with salsa macha, pineapple sesame seed salsa and Los Danzantes Reposado mezcal pickled Sandia.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10:30pm
92 Bree Street | Cape Town | 021 422-0128 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @hacienda_sa | Image: Hacienda
A bakery, brasserie, champagne bar and whiskey bar all under one roof and one name – Liam Tomlin’s newest hot spot is dripping in style. The Bailey is located opposite Tomlin’s original Chefs Warehouse site and boasts a café, brasserie, champagne bar and a whiskey bar.
Must-try: If you're dining at Café Bailey, you have to try the Pain au Chocolat (it is out of this world good).
Hours: Monday to Saturday, time varies
Cost: From R30
The Bailey | Bree Street | @thebaileyonbree | Image: Lara van Zyl
Beano Coffee Co brings city vibes to the Northern Suburbs. It’s a minimalist-style coffee shop painted in neutral colours and filled with lush green plants, creating a clean, modern feel. Go for the coffee and stay for brekkie or lunch. Order a granola bowl, croissant stuffed with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese and tomato, a steak or chicken toastie, or other yummy baked goods. Be daring and try a coffee cocktail, like the Caffeinade (lemonade with a shot of espresso).
Must-try: The coffee (of course) and pesto-chicken toastie or carrot cake
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 5pm; Saturday, 8am - 2pm, Sunday, 8am - 12pm
Cost: From R28
Beano Coffee Co | 1 Keurboom Cres, Plattekloof 3 | 062 975 1157 | @beano_coffee_co | Image: @lucindabosch
Perlemoen is a new, first-of-a-kind restaurant, set in a museum in the Old Harbour. It’s the only eatery in South Africa that focuses on abalone, which is harvested fresh (and legally) from a local farm. Enjoy its versatile seafood menu (is there anything better than eating fish by the sea) and take a stroll down to the water and learn about its history.
Must-try: Perlemoen Benedict: toasted muffin, with creamy abalone hollandaise, topped with bacon crisps.
Hours: Monday to Sundays, 7am - 10pm
Perlemoen | 64 Marine Drive | Old Harbour, Hermanus | 082 841 3547 | @oldharbourperlemoen | Image: Perlemoen
Allure Rooftop Lounge in De Waterkant offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Unwind on the stylish urban terrace while sipping cocktails at sunset. Try the Corn Ribs, Sticky Spare Ribs, Lamb Kebabs or other dishes from the excellent halaal menu. The kitchen is open till 2am, there’s DJs and live events, plus free parking at Allure.
Must-try: The Cheecki Tiki or Kiwi Bellini cocktail
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 1pm - 2am
Cost: R35 - R650
Allure Rooftop Lounge | 71 Waterkant Street | 067 102 8634 | @allurerooftop | Image: Mpumelelo Nyambi
In the bustling Dorp Street, under the acorn trees, you’ll find an old-school bar. Blix Tavern boasts old-Western decor, craft beers and a hidden cigar alley (and it sells cigars, too). It’s a great spot for a nightcap on the veranda or a cosy date night.
Must-try: Blix specialises in hand crafted beer. Try a Lager, Weiss or the Guest Brew (varies between Pale Ale or Blonde)
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3pm - 12pm
Cost: From R45 a cigar, R55 a beer, R80-R140 a platter
100 Dorp Street | Stellenbosch | 078 703 3628 | @blix_tavern | Image: Blix Tavern
Susu Bubble Tea opened its doors at the end of April 2022, in De Waterkant. The interior is bright, playful, and full of colour, any Instagrammer’s dream. Try interesting drinks such as milk tea, mango-banana fruit tea with pearls (yummy bubbles bursting with flavour), or a Japanese Green Tea Latte with Red Bead. There are plenty of flavours to experiment with at this new gem.
Must-try: Bubble tea from the Brown Sugar Series
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 8pm; Sunday, 10am - 7pm
Cost: From R35
Susu Bubble Tea | De Waterkant | 069 559 2506 | @susububbleteaza | Image: Susu Bubble Tea
Una Más means “one more” in Spanish, a fitting name for this newly opened restaurant that serves more-ish Mexican food and drinks. From house-made crispy tortillas to spicy and creamy cocktails, you'll always want one more. It’s an intimate, trendy and vibey spot already popular amongst Sea Point locals.
Must-try: The Loaded Nachos and Spicy Paloma cocktail
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 12pm - 11pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 11pm
Cost: From R45
77 Regent Rd | Sea Point | 087 470 0296 | @una_mas_mezcaleria | Image: @mpfwilliams
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