Must-visit restaurants in Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha or “new home” in isiXhosa is home to a thriving and bustling culinary scene with several new restaurants opening and much-loved existing establishments a favourite for locals. Over the past few years, Khayelitsha has started its journey to redefining itself as Cape Town’s next entertainment and tourism hub.

Here are a few must-visit restaurants and foodie spots in Khayelitsha.

The Milk Restaurant & Champagne Bar

As the first three-story upmarket entertainment spot to open in a township, The Milk Restaurant & Champagne Bar offers a semi-fine-dining experience in a contemporary and modern setting. The ground floor has been dedicated to a liquor store, the first floor is home to the restaurant and champagne bar, and the third floor or rooftop area is a premium lounge space overlooking Khayelitsha’s landscape. The menu offering can be described as a “quintessential African dining experience” with a luxe twist. Dishes on offer include burgers and the fish of the day.

Ocean Canda

If you are on the hunt for some delicious, fresh seafood, Ocean Canda is a must-visit spot. The restaurant has gained a reputation for having some of the best seafood dishes in the area, including its hake and chips and fish wraps.

Kwa Ace Ekitchen

Kwa Ace Ekitchen is set in a relaxed dining space and the menu offers traditional African dishes such as lamb stew in an onion gravy and kwantu (a platter comprised of several traditional dishes). The restaurant’s menu also showcases a range of international dishes.


This list would not be complete without mentioning Rands as it is iconically known as a premium tshisa nyama and entertainment spot. Rands offers a truly South African experience with live music performances from local artists and a menu to match.

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