Top things to do

Top Choice African in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Africa Café

Touristy, yes, but still one of the best places to sample African food. Come with a hearty appetite as the set feast comprises some 15 dishes from across the continent, of which you can eat as much as you like. The …
Top Choice International in Gardens & Surrounds


German-born Harald Bresselschmidt is one of Cape Town’s most consistent chefs, producing creative, hearty dishes that are served with some of the Cape's best wines. Don't over-order, as portions are large. Vegetaria…
Top Choice Greek in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Café Neo

This favourite seaside cafe has a pleasingly contemporary design and atmosphere that sways from buzzy (at meal times) to more laid-back – great for a late afternoon drink. Check out the big blackboard menu while sit…
Top Choice Gardens in Southern Suburbs

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Location and unique flora combine to make these 52,800-sq-km botanical gardens among the most beautiful in the world. The main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens is where you’ll find the information centre,…
Top Choice French in Southern Suburbs

La Colombe

There's a new location on the Silvermist estate for this storied Constantia restaurant, but little else has changed. British chef Scot Kirton rustles up skilful dishes combining French and Asian techniques and flavo…
Top Choice Seafood in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Live Bait

Sit within arm’s reach of the crashing waves and the bustle of Kalk Bay harbour at this breezy, Greek island–style fish restaurant; it’s one of the best options around for a relaxed seafood meal. The same company ru…
Top Choice Bakery in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Olympia Café & Deli

Setting a high standard for relaxed rustic cafes by the sea, Olympia bakes its own breads and pastries. It’s great for breakfast, and its Mediterranean-influenced lunch dishes are delicious, too – particularly the h…
Top Choice Italian in Sea Point to Hout Bay

La Perla

This eternally stylish restaurant, with its waiters in white jackets, has been a fixture of Sea Point’s promenade for decades. Enjoy something from the menu of pasta, fish and meat dishes on the terrace shaded by st…
Top Choice Seafood in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Willoughby & Co

Commonly acknowledged as one of the better places to eat at the Waterfront – and with long queues to prove it. Huge servings of sushi are the standout from a fish-based menu at this casual eatery inside the mall.
Top Choice Tapas in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Chef's Warehouse & Canteen

Hurry here for a delicious and very generous spread of small plates from chef Liam Tomlin and his talented crew. Flavours zip around the world, from a squid with a tangy Vietnamese salad to comforting Coq au Vin. If…