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4 best restaurants in Cape Town

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 The Test Kitchen

South Africa’s restaurant of the year

Expect a playful Asian-inspired menu which is all about the flavours… Internationally acclaimed chef Luke Dale-Roberts pushes his culinary crew to the limit (and then some) in this open-kitchen, retro warehouse space. With every dish paired to the Cape’s finest wines, you’ll understand why this is the country’s No.1 eating spot.

375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town        +27 21 447 2337

2 The Strandloper

Flotsam, jetsam and seriously good food

Check your pretensions at the door… oh, wait, there is no door. The Strandloper is a Western Cape landmark: half beachcomber, half beach braai. Expect faded boats, weathered nets and some of the tastiest seafood South Africa offers. 10 courses await, from mussels to mullet, snoek to stumpnose bream. Oh, and you eat cross-legged on the sand!

Langebaan, Western Cape coast        +27 22 77 22 490

3 Jordan’s

Fine food in the heart of the winelands

No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to a wine farm. And this is the one at which to savour a meal! Set in the shade of the gorgeous Stellenbosch mountains, Jordan’s serves up award-winning dishes, tempering seasonal produce with the lightest of touch. And, of course, since this is a vineyard, wash it all down with nectar of the grape.

Kloof Road, Stellenbosch        +27 21 881 3612

4 Carne SA

A nation of carnivores can’t be wrong

Boy, do South Africans love their meat! This is the place to get your fix, whether it be blue, medium or well-done. Enhanced by an Italian flair, the seriously hungry can choose a 1.2kg Florentine beef steak (or, in fact, any other cut). For the more delicate appetite, try a biltong salad or lamb with pine nuts. There is also a great upstairs lounge for that martini aperitif.

70 Keerom Street, Cape Town        +27 21 424 3460

Cape Town

5 hottest bars in Cape Town

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

Local cocktails of global renown

Please sir, can I have some more? With potent elixirs served by bartenders from the Diageo World Mixology Hall of Fame, you know your cocktails are in seriously creative hands. Plus add the fact that Condé Nast Traveller names this as one of the world’s best new bars. Taking its name from an historic 100-year-old orphanage, this is a bar unlike any other.

227 Bree St, Cape Town        +27 21 424 2004

2 Café Caprice

Cocktails and celebrity chic on Camps Bay

Mingle, darling! You’re in Camps Bay, Cape Town’s Malibu, at one of the city’s trendiest establishments. Café Caprice pulls in the models, the yuppies and the celebrities, with its beachfront views, knock-out sundowners and legendary sunsets. There’s also a young and hip vibe courtesy the resident D.J.

37 Victoria Road Camps Bay        +27 21 438 8315

3 Tjing Tjing

Sexy rooftop bar pulls in all the right crowds

Dark wood, gleaming copper and red leather… Do you like your bars with sex appeal? So do Cape Town’s beautiful people, making this new establishment one of the city’s most popular hangouts. So order a cucumber martini with gin and thyme, soak up the Japanese-inspired décor and dance all night to the indie tunes.

165 Longmarket St, Cape Town        +27 21 422 4920

4 The Beerhouse

The Mother City’s mother of all beer bars

South Africans love their beer so it’s no surprise they’ve built a shrine to all things hops. Enjoy 99 local and global craft beers, plus 16 on tap, in almost any form you like: pints, pitchers, bottles and even three-litre mini kegs. You can also throw in TV’s for big games, DJ’s for cool tunes and beer food for the munchies!

223 Long St, Cape Town        +27 21 424 3370

5 The Perseverance Tavern

Cape Town’s oldest bar is open for business

No tavern in the city has persevered more than this one! From 1808, thirsty sailors disembarking at the city’s famous Castle have slaked their thirsts and rested the weary bones at this bar. It boasts the oldest grape vine, an historic Who’s Who of visitors and even Cape Town’s earliest electric street lamps. Plus, of course, there are mega-litres of beer!

83 Buitenkant St, Cape Town        + 27 21 461 2440