7 apps every foodie should have

Want to fully claim the foodie title? Here’s a checklist of the seven apps you need on your phone.

For alcohol


The Bottles alcohol delivery app helps you avoid missing closing times and standing in long lines at the liquor store. Bottles promises to be the fastest most convenient way to buy beer, wine and spirits in South Africa. All you have to do is download the app on iOS or Android, set your location, browse the menu, pick what you want and check out with your card, and Bottles will deliver the booze to your door within 20 to 60 minutes.


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Clink allows its members to get one free drink every day at over 40 venues around Cape Town. Once the app is downloaded, just go to your preferred Clink venue (venues are listed based on the location closest to you), choose a drink on offer, show the bartender your phone, then enjoy. The app is free to download but membership costs R90 per month after a free seven-day trial (that’s seven free drinks!) You can go to the same spot every day or try them all.


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For conscious eating


The Abalobi app is designed to ensure that small-scale fishers are supported within the industry. Consumers can use the Abalobi QR scanner (currently only available on Android) to scan the barcode that comes with fish in certain restaurants selected by Abalobi to find out the story behind the small-scale fishers who caught their meal.


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SASSI is a seafood information app that educates consumers about the sustainability of their seafood choices in real time. The app has a seafood list divided into three colours to help you pick ocean-friendly seafood options. The colours include green (meaning safe for consumption, such as the yellowtail), orange (meaning you should think twice about its associated environmental impacts, like the swordfish), and red (for the ones you should avoid altogether, like the blacktail).


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For food delivery

Mr D Food

Formerly known as Mr Delivery, Mr D Food delivers food from over 2500 of SA’s favourite restaurants to over 1900 areas across the country. The in-app card or EFT payment methods are simple and secure, but you can also pay with cash on delivery. Your order is tracked, meaning you’re kept updated during every step of the delivery process.


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OrderIn calls itself South Africa’s most affordable food delivery app. Once you have the app installed on your phone, place an order by entering your location and choosing a restaurant. Payment happens via the app when you’ve completed the quick process of linking your debit or credit card to it. OrderIn typically delivers within 45 minutes. The down side of this one is that it doesn’t currently deliver to a massive array of areas, so make sure to check that out before the hunger pangs strike!


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Uber Eats

Uber Eats is a fast and convenient food app that lets users search for and order food for delivery from local restaurants and fast food joints. You can get exactly what you’re looking for by narrowing your search down to a specific restaurant, food type or cuisine. You can pay using your Uber account, by credit card or with cash on delivery. Then all that’s left to do is track your order as it makes its way to you. Another plus? You can use Uber even when you’re out of the country, in all the cities where it’s available.


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Ok, we’ll say it: we think our own app is pretty make-or-break too. It’s just that awesome. With a directory of over 5000 restaurants in the country and geo-location to help you find all the info on every great spot in your area, you’ll be eating better in no time. Plus it’ll help you find specials, book a table and review your experience. Download it for free now.

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How many apps did you check off? Are you a fully-fledged foodie or still getting there? Let us know in the comments section below, as well as whether we missed your favourite app – we may just give it a go too!

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