True to its Teutonic roots, Swakopmund’s restaurants have a heavy German influence, though there’s certainly no shortage of local seafood and traditional Namibian favourites, as well as a surprising offering of truly cosmopolitan fare. While Windhoekers might disagree, Swakopmund can easily contend for the title of Namibia’s culinary capital.

Self-caterers can head for the well-stocked supermarket on Sam Nujoma Ave near the corner with Hendrick Witbooi St. Most backpacker spots have kitchens on the premises.

Kalahari Truffles

There is certainly no shortage of gourmet foods on the menu in Swakop, though one of the more heavenly items for foodies is the much-celebrated Kalahari truffle. A somewhat distant cousin of the more widely known European truffle, the Kalahari truffle is a terfeziaceae (desert truffle), which is endemic to arid and semi-arid areas of Africa and the Middle East. In the Kalahari, they can grow to several centimetres across, and reach weights of up to 300g. Although their flavour is not nearly as rich as the white and black truffles from Italy and France, Kalahari truffles are much more common, and thus much, much more affordable. When thinly sliced, braised in olive oil and served over a fine cut of ostrich steak, Kalahari truffles are simply divine.