A foodie’s guide to Cape Town

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As a born and bred Capetonian now living in London, I can’t help but compare the two cities’ food scenes. One city, my home, offers an abundance of weekend market visits, delicious produce, out-of-city day trips and a vast variety of both fine dining and casual bistro food to choose from. The other, London, offers opportunity for a new foodie adventures each day and an ever-growing bucket list of must-eats that, as soon as I tick one off the list, gets replaced with another. From Broadway Market to Pierre Hermé macarons I once thought you could only get in Paris, London has it all when it comes to food. So why compare?

Now that I have a plethora of eating experience in both London and Cape Town (sorry not sorry!), I feel proud to come from a city with an up-and-coming food scene that is comparable to London (and in my opinion, serves better coffee). Capetonians are passionate about good food; this is obvious with the likes of Bree Street and independent coffee roasters popping up on almost every corner. If you’ve never been to the Mother City, I’d suggest having a look at what delicious eats the city has to offer, and what I’m excited about sharing with you on Khoollect.  From Jarryd’s mouth-watering Eggs Benedict to The Creamery’s Rosetta coffee ice cream, I can’t help but miss home, and a lamb chop on the braai, every now and then.

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Out and about

Babel at Babylonstoren

For seasonal brunches and lunches made of whatever the gardens have to serve up that day.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Buy seasonal produce to take home and cook up a delicious, wholefood storm with.

The Old Biscuit Mill Market

An iconic market located in Woodstock. Be sure to try Luck Dale Robert’s Salmon Rosti; you’ll find it at the food stall with the lengthy queue.

Pajamas and Jam Eatery

Drive out to Strand to indulge in the best tea, cake and Instagram inspiration an eatery outside of town has to offer.


Lunch and brunch


When in Cape Town, you can find me here every Saturday morning. I’ll be the one sipping on an almond milk flat white and staring at the French bulldogs.


Starlings feels a lot like coming home. Set in a quaint house in the southern suburbs, this little brunch and lunch spot makes the lightest orange chiffon cake in Cape Town.

The Kitchen

Renown for its love sandwiches, The Kitchen is perfect for lunch on the go. Try out the falafel, roasted sweet potato, and creative salad combinations.

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The Pot Luck Club

The Pot Luck Club once had a chocolate fondant and ginger ice cream dessert on their menu that literally changed my life. Whenever there’s a call for celebration, my family books a dinner reservation at Pot Luck. Book a table here for innovative and delicious tapas with the best city views.

Coffee and drinks


The best flat white a girl could ask for.

Flatmountain Coffee Roasters

A teeny tiny roastery in Cape Town that serves up delicious coffee and lunchtime snacks. Bring a laptop, order a cuppa and get work done in this cosy and cool spot.

The Secret Gin bar

The perfect after-work spot for gin flavoured with local ingredients, fairy lights and Pinterest-worthy decor.


Sweet treats

Honest Chocolate Café

For artisan chocolate that’s made with quality and organic ingredients. If you’re looking for a refined sugar-free treat, Honest Chocolate is a delicious go-to.

The Creamery

Four words: malted milk ice cream. Order it, walk along Sea Point promenade with it, never ever forget it.

Have you visited Cape Town before? Comment your favourite spot to grab a bite… 

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