Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Langebaan

Die Strandloper

The West Coast life exemplified – a 10-course fish and seafood braai right on the beach. There’s also freshly made bread, bottomless moerkoffie (freshly ground coffee) and a local crooner who wanders the tables stru…
Top Choice Steak in Plettenberg Bay

Nguni

Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, this is one of Plett's most upscale eateries. The speciality is dry-aged beef, though you'll also find some South African favourites including ostrich, springbok and the odd traditi…
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 Cafe in Knysna

Ile de Pain

Ile de Pain is a wildly popular bakery and cafe that's as much a hit with locals as it is with tourists. There's an excellent breakfast menu, lots of fresh salads, some inventive lunch specials and quite a bit for v…
Top Choice Bakery in Stellenbosch

Boschendal at Oude Bank

A vibrant bakery and bistro priding itself on locally sourced ingredients. The menu features salads, sandwiches and mezze-style platters, as well as fresh cakes and pastries and local craft beer. There are tables on…
Top Choice Fusion in George

101 Meade

Whether you're after freshly baked bread and good coffee to start the day, inventive tapas plates to share at lunchtime or heavier evening fare like braised springbok shank or Durban lamb curry, the excellent cuisin…
Top Choice South African in Wilderness

Serendipity

Readers and locals all recommend this elegant restaurant with a deck overlooking the lagoon. The South African–inspired menu changes monthly but always features original takes on old classics, such as cardamom milk …
Top Choice International in Paarl

Glen Carlou

The food at this stylish winery is on a par with the views: magnificent. Dishes, such as pan-roasted sea bass, Parmesan mousse and lamb shoulder with sweetbreads, come with a recommended wine pairing. There's also a…
Top Choice South African in McGregor

Karoux

Well known for its gourmet cuisine and attentive service, this is one of the Western Cape's best small-town restaurants. The menu changes regularly but always features dishes that somehow manage to be both upmarket …
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…