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Eat Like a Local | Where to Find the Best South African Food in Cape Town

At last, there are rumblings that South Africa will open its borders to international travel. So, if you’ve been dreaming of a long-awaited trip to Cape Town, it’s time to increase your planning to fever-pitch.

If you’ve used your time during the pandemic wisely by following our blog, you should already have a few ideas about what to do when you finally arrive.

Finding the best South African food is the last step of your arrangements. Here’s a heads up on what to eat and where to find it when you visit Cape Town.

Cape Malay Koesisters

Not to be confused with their close relative, the koeksister, koesisters take sugar-doused snacking to a whole new level. Koesisters are a larger, softer, and even yummier version of the koeksister.

Like their Afrikaner counterparts, these Cape Malay treats are made of dough and dipped in sugar syrup, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Koesisters are larger, doughier, and dipped in desiccated coconut, cinnamon, nartjie zest, and aniseed. You can get them at markets and shops in the Bo-Kaap, Wynberg, and even in CBD supermarkets.

Great Gatsby’s

The Gatsby is Cape Town’s answer to Durban’s bunny chow and a must-try treat during your visit. It’s basically a long bread roll filled with random ingredients according to your wishes.
Meat and hot chips are regular fillings, but anything goes when it comes to a Gatsby. One of these monstrosities can easily feed four people, so bring back up to help you tuck in.

The Masala Steak Gatsby’s a Cape Town favourite and you’ll find it at specialist take-aways in the CBD, Athlone, and Mowbray.

Fish ‘n Chips

Yes, you can get fish and chips all over the world, but Cape Town’s version of this dish far outstrips the rest.

Head for any number of oceanside eateries to enjoy fresh fish straight off the boat and unmatched views.

You’ll find the best ones in Hout Bay, Simon’s Town, and Kalk Bay.

Other Top South African Foods to Try

Come hungry, Cape Town offers a wealth of superb dining options, street food, and food truck finds.

While you’re here, you should also put bunny chows, curries, shisha nyama, rooibos tea, and fine Cape wines on your list.

Book Your Place at the Table Now

South Africa is ready to welcome you back. The braai fires are starting up, the chefs are sharpening their knives, and the tables are set.

Make the most of your trip to Cape Town by booking your well-deserved break now. Our luxury self-catering accommodation helps you make the most of flexible mealtimes and local ingredients. Book now!

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