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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Aubergine

      Gourmet restaurant
      The restaurant Aubergine has many fans, who value the excellent food made of the finest local products. It offers classic creations with delicious touches of African flair. Guests also like the ambiance of this award-winning restaurant, a mixture of modern design and African elements made of wood. In the summer guests sit in the cosy inner courtyard of this historic building. The interior design of the restaurant and the tranquillity of this courtyard are both amazing. The restaurant also has a fantastic wine selection.
      39 Barnet Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 465 4909
      aubergine.co.za
    • Miller's Thumb

      Fish and seafood
      This place is colourful and lively, family-friendly and cosy. And they offer everything to do with fish and seafood. Guests ooh and aah over the Bengal fish curry and other dishes like Klipking and Bluenose. The hosts can offer advice about each individual fish, including some you might not even know existed. It also has a really long wine list. And it offers all of this at moderate prices. Make sure you book ahead.
      10b Kloofnek Road
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 424 3838
      millersthumb.co.za
    • Kloof Street House

      Romantically Victorian
      Kloof Street House is not just a top culinary venue. The wonderful, Victorian mansion leaves visitors lost for words. Inside, the rooms are beautifully romantic and reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era. The garden patio is nostalgia at its best – simply the perfect place for a candlelit dinner. The award-winning cuisine and the fantastic setting make any visit to this restaurant an outstanding gastronomic experience. .
      30 Kloof Street, Gardens
      Cape Town
      +27 21 423 4413
      kloofstreethouse.co.za
    • L’Apero

      Trendy and central
      Urban and trendy yet cosy and rustic thanks to its many wood elements: that's how you'll find L’Apero in the Grand Daddy hotel. The restaurant exudes style and creativity. It's located in the centre of the popular Long Street. The dishes are selected with care, with plenty of choices from the appetisers to the desserts. There is also a lunch buffet at the weekends. The selection of wine is enormous, so guests can enjoy the perfect one for each course. Make sure to reserve a table. The restaurant is ideally situated for launching a bar hopping excursion along Long Street.
      38 Long Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 424 7247
      granddaddy.co.za
    • Café Paradiso

      Sunny courtyard
      This is a wonderful place for breakfast, brunch or an evening meal. The Paradiso is a charming venue with an enchanting courtyard brimming with vegetation. The interior design is rustic and has a wonderfully cosy charm to it. The cuisine is simple, yet delicious. It also benefits from a prime location, right in the middle of trendy Kloof Street.
      110 Kloof Street, Gardens
      Cape Town
      +27 21 423 8653
      cafeparadiso.co.za
    • The Greenhouse

      Top cuisine in a greenhouse
      The Greenhouse presents local products elegantly, inspired by South African culture. The cuisine blends international dishes with local ingredients and flavours. The selection is small but the quality is extraordinary. Three sampler menus and an a la carte menu are combined with delicious regional wines. Even the most demanding guests will be thrilled. The restaurant's atmosphere followed the same philosophy that less is more. The bright interior, designed like a greenhouse, offers seating for 45 in a cosy ambiance.
      93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
      Cape Town 7800
      +27 21 795 6226
      collectionmcgrath.com
    • The Urban Garden

      Next to the waterfall
      The Urban Garden is located in Cape Town's vibrateBo-Kaapdistrict. In this richly coloured area, visitors are surrounded by a waterfall and all kinds of strange plants. The restaurant serves fine dining with an Australian touch. Kangaroo and emu share the menu with dishes like Gravlax salmon in lemon sauce, oyster trio, duck duo and steak. Champagne lovers' hearts will skip a beat, because the restaurant offers more than 20 different varieties. The restaurant is popular for both its food and its aperitifs.
      35 Rose Street
      Cape Town 8000
      +27 21 481 1022
    • The Test Kitchen

      Surprising cuisine
      Chef Luke Dale-Roberts' menu is a constantly changing list of surprises: seasonal dishes with playful combinations of ingredients and spices. Dressings and sauces are poached, puréed, pickled and smoked for extraordinary results like the salmon tartar. A fitting wine is offered for each dish. Dining here is a special experience, as guests can watch the chef at work in his show kitchen. It's no secret why The Test Kitchen was named «Restaurant of the Year 2012» for this region. The interior design and ambiance are also enchanting.
      The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road
      Cape Town 7915
      +27 21 447 2622
      thetestkitchen.co.za
    • Jason Bakery

      Simply delicious in the morning
      Are you up early and drawn to the smell of freshly baked bread and croissants, frying bacon, and coffee? You must be near Jason Bakery. Guests flock here for the muffins, too, especially the blueberry muffins which are rumoured to be the best in the city. The café is simply decorated. This is the place to get a good coffee and something tasty or sit outside and start your day with ease. Plus, it's centrally located.
      185 Bree Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 424 5644
      jasonbakery.com
    • Haas Coffee Collective

      Hip and creative
      Amidst the colourful buildings of the Bo-Kaap district you'll find the Haas Coffee Collective. Anyone who enters, even if it's just to have a cappuccino, will quickly see that this is no conventional coffee house. In addition to its own roasting facilities, it features an art gallery and an advertising agency. Every last Sunday in the month it organises the Capa Malay Food Market. The interior design is just as creative. Deer antlers guard the doorway, the service personnel wear felt hats and an antique coffee roaster sits next to the cash register. It also serves up delicious treats: yoghurt with honey, muesli and fruit, muffins and quiches – everything home-made.
      19, Buitenkant Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 422 4413
      haascollective.com
    • La Belle

      Overlooking the sea
      Nothing can beat breakfasting in the shadow of ancient oaks, with a view overlooking the deep blue sea. Cape Town has three La Belles. The one with the most beautiful view, however, is the café in the Camps Bay district. On a small hill, the terrace is the perfect place for enjoying a wonderful selection of freshly baked produce in the morning, and delicious table d’hôte meals in the evening.
      201 The Promenade
      Victoria Road, Camps Bay
      Cape Town
      +27 21 437 1278
      labelle.co.za
    • Lola’s

      Fresh and juicy
      Lola’s is located on the upper end of the vibrateLong Streetand so it's ideal for fortifying yourself with an ample breakfast before starting a day of sightseeing in Cape Town or taking a break during your explorations. Everything is fresh, whether sweet or savoury. The cake is as delicious as the freshly caught fish. Even the bread is freshly baked. It offers excellent coffee, fresh juice and smoothies and, in the later afternoon, a delicious wine or beer. It's all available at Lola's.
      228 Long Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 423 0885
      lolas.co.za
    • Sidewalk Café

      Feel-good factor
      It is Sidewalk's combination of dreamy beach bar and feel-good oasis that appeals to the locals of Cape Town. The design, which shows great attention to detail, the oversized windows and prettily decorated tables have all the makings for a cosy coffee morning with friends. This place also serves up everything the heart desires – from freshly baked croissants to creamy risottos. The café is located on Derry Street, in the lively Vredehoek quarter. It's a lively part of the city, with a multitude of trendy bars and restaurants.
      33 Derry Street, Vredehoek
      Cape Town
      +27 21 461 2839
      sidewalk.co.za
    • Baked Bistro

      A hidden gem
      The Baked Bistro is managed with great passion, and is still one of the city's relatively undiscovered gems of a café. It is located in the Camps Bay area, fondly known as 'Bakoven' by locals. Serving home-made almond croissants, roast saddles of lamb from the wood-fired oven, and refreshing smoothies, the Baked Bistro's inventive cuisine is revered by diners. The café also bakes bread in its own bakery and even makes its own sourdough starter!
      38 Victoria Road, Bakoven
      Cape Town
      +27 21 437 0297
      bakedbistro.co.za
    • Afternoon Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel

      Stately break
      This is the place to turn to for coffee and cake – or tea – and enjoy a dignified break after touring the city. It offers a wide selection of different teas, as well as a buffet of delicious cakes, tortes and other sweet temptations. The ambiance at theMount Nelson Hotelis marvellous and guests can also sit outdoors when the weather permits. If you'd like something savoury with your tea, feel free to order a sandwich or small snack. It's a good idea to book ahead, as the place is always well-filled.
      76 Orange Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 483 1000
      mountnelson.co.za
    • Giovanni’s Deliworld

      Best cappuccino
      Many guests claim that Giovanni’s Deliworld has the best cappuccino in the city. Business people, models and residents of Green Point huddle around the bar tables in front and the coffee bar inside, enjoying their coffee in snacks. The menu also offers exotic dishes from around the world. Those who like to cook their own tasty foods will find everything they need in the little delicatessen that conventional supermarkets never carry.
      103 Main Road
      Cape Town 8000
      +27 21 434 68 93
    • Cafè Manhattan

      Gay hotspot
      Cafè Manhattan is one of the most popular bars in the gay scene. The place is always filled to the brim, both on the terrace and inside. House music shakes the walls. In addition to delicious drinks, the bar has a large selection of dishes for the hungry.
      74 Waterkant Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 421 6666
      manhattan.co.za
    • Planet Bar

      Opulent
      The bar in theHotel Mount Nelsonis as opulent as the hotel itself. Guests sip their champagne in deeply upholstered chairs. Pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn adorn the walls, along with mirrors and black and white tiled booths, golden curtains and elegant stucco touches. You feel like you're in an old Hollywood film. Fans flock here for the drinks and the great atmosphere.
      76 Orange Street
      Cape Town 8001
      +27 21 483 1000
      planetbarandrestaurant.co.za
    • Asoka

      Trendy and mystical
      A unique bar with an instant attraction factor. Both stylish and mystical, the Asoka in reputed throughout Cape Town for its mind-blowing cocktails. The Victorian house's arbour is home to an old olive tree. It forms the centre of the bar and is perfectly in keeping with the feng shui concept. A DJ provides music in the evenings and the must-have tapas are bound to keep hunger at bay – simply divine!
      68 Kloof Street, Gardens
      Cape Town
      +27 21 422 0909
      asoka.za.com
    • Café Caprice

      Chic and glamorous
      Cape Town's beautiful people meet at night in Camps Bay, the hip neighbourhood, especially at Café Caprice. Guests lounge on white upholstery and sip their glasses of champagne or Cosmos and admire each other. This place is chic. It's where you go to see and be seen. The later it gets, the more crowded it can become. By that time, you'll have to wait in line for a drink. But those who want to experience the in-place in Camps Bay should take their time to do so.
      37 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
      Cape Town 7925
      +27 21 438 83 15
      cafecaprice.co.za
    • Deluxe

      Retro chic
      This club in the middle of theLong Streetparty district is designed in a chic retro style. House music is playing, switched up with the occasional traditional African rhythm, and Thursday night is salsa night. When you want a break from dancing, relax on a comfortable chair or chill on the rooftop terrace. The club has a large dance floor, a stylish bar and a VIP room.
      Corner Long / Longmarket Street, Central
      Cape Town 8000
      +27 21 422 4832
      clubdeluxe.co.za