Top Choice Fusion in Hermanus

Pear Tree

One of the town's top restaurants is an intimate venue decorated in bodega style – all bare brick and wine bottles. The small menu features delights like pulled lamb tagliatelle with truffle oil, braised pork belly …
Top Choice Barbecue in The Elgin Valley

Hickory Shack

This smokehouse has quickly gained a huge following for its slow-cooked and perfectly seasoned meats and Texan-inspired sides like corn salad, baked beans and slaw. There's craft beer on tap and a selection of cider…
Top Choice South African in Arniston

Willeen’s Restaurant

You can sample true local cooking at this restaurant overlooking the ocean in Kassiesbaai. It's a cheap and very cheerful place serving South African specialities like bobotie (mild curried mince dish topped with a …
Top Choice Cafe in Gansbaai

Coffee on the Rocks

All breads are baked daily on site and everything else is homemade too. The ocean-facing deck is a great place for a sandwich, a salad or just a coffee while you look out for whales in season.
Italian in Swellendam

La Sosta

Once voted the top Italian restaurant in the country, La Sosta is something special. The beautifully presented food includes treats like butternut-and-truffle ravioli, homemade gnocchi and coconut panna cotta. Booki…
Bistro in Stanford


The food from husband-and-wife team Brydon and Innes gets excellent reviews. The small menu is inventive and refined, utilising plenty of local produce. Sunday lunch is highly recommended. Bookings essential and no …
Bistro in Stanford


This award-winning, eclectic place serves a mixture of traditional and contemporary fare, much of it made with produce from the owner’s garden. Advance booking is essential. If all the private tables are taken, you …
Fusion in Swellendam

Field & Fork

Locals rave about this stylish place based in the Old Gaol building. The small menu features intricate dishes that use local ingredients such as springbok, Karoo lamb and Franschhoek trout. There's also a three-cour…
International in Swellendam

De Vagebond

The menu here is vast, but opt out of the sushi or pasta in favour of something a little more local. The bobotie (spiced mince with a savoury egg custard) is very good. Finish off with a gooey Malva pudding and some…
South African in Swellendam

Old Gaol on Church Square

It might not be in the Old Gaol any more, but the food at this empowerment venture is still just as good. There’s lots of seating outside under the trees where you can enjoy delicious cakes, traditional breads and C…