My favorite subject in the world- and thankfully Cape Town knows just how to feed me and just what I loveee to eat! In the week that I spent here in Cape Town, not one day was a bad day. This means that when I have a good day, it’s because I also ate verrrry well 🙂
Lets get right into this! Our first day, and like the previous post of mine- go straight to the V&A Waterfront to explore your options. Some places are tourist traps (the bottom restaurants of the wharf) but once you get to the top portions of the mall with the views- you’ve hit the jackpot! You can also stop by the V&A Street Food Market for something amazing and quick!!
- Baía Seafood Restaurant
Located on the top floor of entrance 5 of the Victoria Wharf (the mall) was the first place we went to that really set the bar for the rest of the vacation. The food was incredible, but the ambiance. The ambiance was magical; right on the water and facing all of Table Mountain, this place is amazing. Table Mountain’s view from the restaurant is the best though, especially when the cloud sits on the mountain- breathtaking. The restaurant is fancy but not too formal and the best part, not expensive at all- I was shocked at how low the prices were in all of Cape Town so I went ham hahaha. What to order? KINGKLIP first and foremost- this is their local fish and I promise you, you have never tried a fish better than this. We also ordered a nice grilled calamari/octopus as well as a shrimp and langoustine ceviche. Perfect.
- Jonkershuis @ Groot Costantia
The restaurant inside of Groot Costantia, which is an absolute MUST. The winery and the surroundings are the most beautiful views I have ever seen in a winery and this is the oldest, most prestigious one that Cape Town has. They have been open and operating since 1685 and they have a ton of not Gold, but Platinum medal winning wines. Incredible. This place too, so incredibly reasonable in price- we ordered double Cheese and Charcuterie boards, local Coastal Soles, Ribeye Steaks, desserts and 3 haha yes 3 bottles of wine- all for $30pp. INSANE!! Sorry, after 3 bottles of wine too, the last thing I was thinking about was taking a picture of my dessert haha but just look at this gem and get a nice little table outside if you can.
- Quay Four in V&A Waterfront
This was one of my favorite places because it was full of people, it was right on the water, had great cocktails with great views and it was either casual or formal depending on what you were feeling that day/night. Upstairs was the formal area and down was the casual. We always stayed upstairs since I wanted to try the sushi and we just kept going up there from then on haha. We ordered platters of grilled shrimp, lobsters and calamari and it was soooo perfect. And right on the water, what more could you ask for? They also have a great special going on everyday- A glass of champagne with 12 oysters $8pp hahaha wtfff $8 for champs and oysters? I am moving to Cape Town. So clearly we went all out on those, but then ordered 2 grilled shellfish platters, a beautiful Kudu Lamb Shank and the most amazing Chateaubriand I have ever had. Quay Four is also where I discovered my all time favorite dessert- Malva Pudding… OMG I can’t even explain what it is or how to make it but it was ridiculous. Imagine a Mastro’s Oceanclub Butter Cake and multiply it by a thousand. What a dessert. I had it in every single restaurant from then on.
Just the name is amazing, you can only imagine the food!!! Right in the heart of Camps Bay (one of the most exclusive areas of Cape Town) this beautiful restaurant overlooks the water and has the most incredible seafood I have ever seen. Displays and displays of lobsters, langoustines, giant shrimp, calamari and much much more! What a place. We sat down, ordered a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that came from Groot and it was right to the glass shellfish display. You go to the display to choose all the seafood that you want, it is all priced by weight, and they put it on the grill for you and serve it to you in a huge pan- incredible. Another amazing thing about this restaurant for you Sushi lovers is the rotating sushi belt they have. You can either dine in the main room or in the sushi room but even if you choose the sushi room, you can go there, grab whatever you want and bring it to the main room. All the plates are priced by color which makes it nice and simple 🙂 To top this lunch off?? THE MALVA PUDDING with vanilla semi-freddo ice cream- I had 2!!! This was my favorite restaurant by far. Look for yourself!
Should you opt to stay in Camps Bay , when you wake up, take a nice long walk around the area as it is full of little cafés and restaurants overlooking the beach. It is absolutely gorgeous! We stopped at Maison J first for a wonderful cappuccino and a couple croissants. I had a creamed filled one and my dad had an almond one- I swear, you can close your eyes and you’re in Europe. From there we took that beautiful walk down the boardwalk (not really a boardwalk but a street walk along the beach haha) and took in all the scenery, checked out our next food destinations and of course, stopped for a glass of Rosé. Rosé was perfect, again overlooking the gorgeous water, we stopped at La Belle Bistro. It was the perfect day ♥
- MAReSOL @ V&A Waterfront
Another gem of a restaurant with a view, MAReSOL is a Brazilian restaurant with the best Chicken special in the world haha. They have a whole Piri Piri Chicken that comes with salad and fries for $8!! It was nuts.. and here we are thinking that we were going to eat light, and this beast of a chicken comes out! Cooked to perfection with crispy skin and the spicy Piri Piri was on point. It was be far the best chicken I have had- extremely tender, it just fell off the bone. We paired this with some more oysters and some grilled calamari – another restaurant not to miss, especially for the view. Absolutely beautiful.
- Last but certainly not least, Le Pommier @ Stellenbosch
This was a little lunch that we had included in our wineland tour- it wasn’t exactly what I would have chosen but we had such a great time. We were with the other people on our tour and being that the ambiance and company was so great- so was everything else 🙂 This place had a gorgeous scenery too it and it was in the heart of Stellenbosch. They served traditional Cape Malay cuisine and since that means a lot of curry, I opted for the Chicken Curry and a faaaabulous Malva Pudding!! Sorry again, I was too excited to eat the Malva haha that no picture for you guys!! It was the perfect ending to an epic wine day. I would go back in a heartbeat, even for a glass of wine only. Look how adorable this place is- view can’t be beat♥
- Last but certainly not least, Le Pommier @ Stellenbosch
To recap some amazing dining options for your next Cape Town adventure! I will be back in October, so I will have all new places for you all as well. In the meantime, thank you Cape Town for a truly unforgettable vacation♥
- V&A Waterfront- you can’t go wrong with any of these places (just stay away from the downstairs mall restaurants)!
- V&A street food market
- Baía Seafood Restaurant in the Wharf
- Quay Four (upstairs or downstairs)
- MAReSOL Brazilian on the water
- CodFather in Camps Bay
- Le Pommier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
- Mama Africa on Long Street, Downtown
- And soooo much more…