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12 restaurants in Cape Town with epic views

Arguably, there’s no better place to be in summer than in Cape Town. Whether you’re in the heart of the city or near the coast, you’re sure to have a picturesque view close by. Many of the city’s best restaurants take full advantage of those scenic views, so you can enjoy a stellar meal while taking in all that Cape Town has to offer.

Azure Restaurant (Camps Bay)

The drive up to The Twelve Apostles Hotel alone is worth writing home about and the restaurant manages to outdo it. Azure has the winning combination of a clever and considered menu with killer views. Simply put, if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate any special occasion, this is it. Choose from the succinct à la carte menu or splash out for the tasting menu (which changes with the seasons), all carefully crafted by head chef Christo Pretorius. Whatever you do, make sure you ask very nicely for a table near the windows.

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Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)

Picking a spot with a beautiful view in Kalk Bay is a bit like picking a favourite child, but Cape to Cuba is a bit of a no-brainer. Owing to its appropriately beachy décor and bar seating with panoramic harbour views, you really can’t go wrong with a pre-dinner drink here. Kick off your night with one of their famous cocktails (the Long Island iced tea is potent but tasty) and settle in to watch the boats coming and going. If you get peckish, snack on something from the tapas menu, like sticky chicken wings, mussels in a creamy white wine sauce or crispy calamari.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)

With endless views of the rolling Constantia wine valley, Chefs Warehouse could offer you a cheese toastie and you’d be happy as a clam. But, not to be outdone, the food on offer at Chefs Warehouse is simply fantastic. The menu sticks to the tried-and-tested tapas formula but chef Ivor Jones has put his own twist on it, meaning you could tuck into a punchy line fish escabeche, seared tuna or the famous Chefs Warehouse risotto.

 

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Den Anker (V&A Waterfront)

A scenic restaurant in a mall might seem contradictory, but Den Anker really does have one of the best views in the city. On a clear day, ask to sit outside (or next to the window) then start off with an ice cold Anker brew and piping hot cheese croquettes before tackling a kilo of the famous mussels in white wine. French fries and mayo are compulsory.

 

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Fyn Restaurant (City Bowl)

The new restaurant has only been open for a few weeks and already its interior and views have become Insta-famous. Wherever you sit, you’re guaranteed a visual feast, which pairs nicely with the actual feast. Treat yourself to a fabulous urban night out with a tasting menu that celebrates local flavours in refreshing and interesting ways.

 

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The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel (V&A Waterfront)

The Silo Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Cape Town, and it only gets better as you make your way up to The Granary Café. The simple, modern menu features a range of pastas, Malay-inspired roast baby chicken and a delectable beef rib-eye steak. Whether you go for dinner or a cup of tea, the view over the waterfront will captivate you as much as the food does.

 

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Grand Africa Café (Granger Bay)

There’s something to be said for enjoying a meal right on the beach – even if it’s a regular old Tuesday, you’ll instantly feel like you’re on holiday. The Grand is known for its vibe, making it the perfect spot to gather a few mates for a couple of drinks and some of the famous thin-based pizzas.

Harbour House (Kalk Bay)

Ask to be seated near the window to ensure you take in the full glory of Harbour House’s ocean view then sit back and enjoy the sushi or ceviche before moving on to the grilled prawns or seafood pasta.

 

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The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock)

Situated at the top of the silo in the Old Biscuit Mill, The Pot Luck Club has one of the most incredible panoramas of Cape Town, with food to match. The clever menu comprises shared plates that feature iconic dishes like the fish slider, the smoked beef fillet with café au lait sauce and head chef Freddie’s peri-peri chicken. Whether you dine here for lunch or dinner, you’re bound to find the view pleasantly distracting.

 

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Salsify at The Roundhouse (Camps Bay)

Head chef Ryan Cole’s menu offers a refreshed take on refined dining and the outside tables allow you to enjoy it alongside one of the best ocean views in the city. Exact dishes may vary, but you can look forward to the already-iconic spring minestrone with octopus, oyster and sea herb; perfectly-roasted line fish with mussels and yeast-brown butter; and a chocolate soufflé.

 

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Tintswalo Atlantic Restaurant (Hout Bay)

Wherever you sit at this luxury hotel, you’re treated to a visual feast featuring endless sea views. Though the restaurant’s menu changes regularly, you’re sure to tuck into something delicious, be it an exquisite five-course tasting menu or an abundant seafood platter starring simply grilled crayfish.

 

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Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar (City Bowl)

The rooftop bar at Tjing Tjing has always been a great place to enjoy a sweeping view of the city while sipping on some truly tasty cocktails. Also dart downstairs to Tjing Tjing Torii, where you can snack on pork, sesame and ginger gyoza or miso eggplant.

 

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