Where to find authentic South African food in Cape Town and the Western Cape

It is no secret that South Africa is a culturally and linguistically diverse country, and with that comes a variety of beautiful dishes enjoyed by South Africans everywhere. In honor of Heritage Day we have gathered all the amazing places to get authentic South African meals in the Mother city and surrounding areas.

Ons Huisie (Bloubergstrand)

Ons Huisie is a world-renowned and well-known traditional restaurant. The Seascape Collection is famous for its spectacular views, West Coast cuisine, dog-friendly facilities, and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Serving South Africa’s old favorite traditional dish Beef Bobotie(R124) served with vegetable of the day, chutney and rice. You can also have the ever so delicious Lamb bredie(R152) also known as tamatiebredie served Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm.


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Marco’s African Place (Schotsche Kloof)

Chef and owner Marco founded Marco’s African Place in 1997, making him Cape Town’s first black restaurateur. In the years since opening, it has gained popularity among locals and international travelers who appreciate exquisite African cuisine and music. Offering Marco’s lamb- slow roasted succulent karoo lamb (R210) served with side option of pap, umngqusho- a xhosa family staple (beans and samp), rice and chips. If you want something a little more traditional you can go for Ulusu/Tripe(R165) prepared in a traditional way with onion and brown sauce. Open every Monday to Saturday 12noon to 11pm and Sunday 12noon to 9pm.

Tokara (Stellenbosch)

Situated outside Stellenbosch, Tokara offers its guests chef Carolize Coetzee’s menu inspired by the South African countryside and farm produce. Serving pan seared springbok loin with springbok shank ‘pot pie’(R295) and many more other delicious dishes, they are offering these incredible meals every Wednesday to Saturday 12noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm.


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Kwa Ace Ekitchini (Khayelitsha)

It is located in the heart of Khayelitsha, popularly known for its classy pub and grill vibe. It offers a variety of South African dishes that are deliciously modernized and offer a unique perspective on cultural dishes. One of the house favorite is Umleqwa (Chicken stew) served with seasonal veg and pap for R90- R180, or you can as well try Kasi favorite shisanyama (chicken, pork,lamb and sausage ) for R140 – R260 served with chips and wings. Open every Monday to Sunday 10am to 9pm.


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Zanne (Cape Town City Center) 

This is a great new city cafe where you can sample some of South Africa’s most popular local cuisine and treats. The owner Zanne is a proud Afrikaner who offers a menu that allows you to experience her culture. You can enjoy one of their traditional breakfasts – worsbredie topped with eggs of your choice and served with a mini roosterkoek or vetkoek or a lekker biltong paté, snoek paté , homemade quince preserve served with flame grilled roosterkoek. Operating every Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm.

Ivy’s Kitchen (Observatory, Cape Town)

Open every Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 8pm, Ivy’s is an authentic South African Restaurant that has been proudly serving high-quality food for all those that enjoy a great ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. Serving amanqina enkomo (Cow feet) with Isonka samanzi (steam bread).


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