Eat like a local in Cape Town top 5 insider tips and the eateries to visit


It is finally summer in Cape Town- there are beaches to be bummed on, mountains to be hiked and eateries to visit.

V& A Waterfront offers a variety of great restaurants, therefore it is with good reason that many tourists head there for a bite to eat, however, this does not mean that the rest of Cape Town doesn’t have anything to offer the hungry traveller. Another way to experience Cape Town’s gastronomic glees is to do it like a Capetonian.

Here is a list of some of Cape Town’s finest eateries off the beaten track where you’ll find the locals hanging out.

  1. Dogs Bollocks @ The Yard

    This unassuming little hole-in-the-wall is where you find the best burger in town, many locals say. The Dogs Bollocks is a little spot in an alley in town nestled between two buildings (ask around-it can be hard to spot). The owner/burger-maker is a chatty bloke who makes uniquely delicious juicy hamburgers, and the style of this place is grungy and no-fuss. Arrive early, as in keeping with the quirky character of this spot, there are no bookings and only a select number of burgers are made per day.
    6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, Cape Town

  2. Bedouin Café & Deli

    With recipes that come from the Bedouin lands, this lovely restaurant and deli adds a different taste to the Cape Town foodie roster. In just over a year of running, this café & deli proved to be so popular amongst Capetonians that it had to move to larger, more spacious premises in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village. At Bedouin, all foods are prepared fresh daily and feature their delicious signature homemade Labneh cream cheese. If you can’t get enough of the Labneh, you can take some home in a jar.
    Shop 24, Piazza Level 0, Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Cape Town

  3. Woodlands Eatery

    Woodlands Eatery offers a warm lively atmosphere and delicious, unpretentious foods; if this is what you’re looking for, this is the place for you. The décor at this eatery is shabby chic and fun; the absolute epitome of Cape Town style and the food is inventive and delicious. For an authentic feel of Cape Town, visit Woodlands Eatery.
    2 Deerpark Drive, Vredehoek, Cape Town

  4. Bistrot Bizerca

    Situated underneath Cape Town’s oldest vine in a pretty courtyard is the remarkable Bistrot Bizerca. Specialising in French cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, Bistrot Bizerca serves memorable food that is balanced and a delight to the palette. Tucked away in the historic Heritage Square, this little taste of France in Cape Town’s CBD is the definition of a hidden gem.
    98 Shortmarket Street, City Centre, Cape Town

  5. Side Walk Café

    Side Walk Café is a lovely place to sit and take in that chilled Cape Town feeling. Although situated in Cape Town’s city bowl, this sweet café has a very relaxed beach house feel. With beautifully presented foods and a great ambience, residents love this place for the reliability of its dishes.
    33 Derry Street, Vredehoek, Cape Town

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and Eat like a local in Cape Town with our 5 insider tips.

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Ovidiu Pacuraru
Co-Founder at Food & Chatter
"I love to ask locals what they had for lunch: to find Cape Town classics like the Steak, Egg, and Cheese Masala sandwich!"

Ovi is a passionate hobby cook and always looking to re-create and modify every dish he tastes! Ovi is a big subscriber to fusion food, and sometimes he just feels like whipping up one of his childhood favorites: a fusion of Romanian/German dishes.
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