14 December 2023
With the iconic Table Mountain, impressive Atlantic Ocean, and picturesque vineyards providing breathtaking views, dining with a view is a popular pastime in Cape Town. From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, Cape Town has it all! Here is your roadmap for some of the best meals with views in Cape Town.
Street food on a budget
Cape Town’s street food is nothing shy of a world-class dining experience. Head to the Malay Quarter in the Bo-Kaap against the slopes of Signal Hill to enjoy delicious curries and other traditional Cape Malay cuisine while looking out over the colourful houses and shop fronts that characterise this neighbourhood.
Beyond this hub, you will find similar street food markets in the enticing neighbourhood of Woodstock. Known for its modern industrial look and feel, Woodstock is packed with edgy eateries housed in refurbished factories and warehouses with views of street art murals, graffiti art, local art and design street stalls, and vintage fashion and antique furniture stores.
The smoky flavours of Cape Town cuisine
You cannot visit Cape Town without having a taste of the South African braai. Braai, or barbecue, is one of the city’s most popular and iconic foods. Braai is more than the delicious grilled meat, vegetables and bread over an open fire — it is a special social event that evokes a feeling of community and togetherness. One of the best places to enjoy local braai is in Langa township, where you can dine while enjoying the stunning views of the neighbourhood and surrounding mountain slopes.
Seafood with coastal views
Seafood is another staple in Cape Town’s dining scene. The city’s location along the coast perfectly positions it to serve only the best fresh fish and seafood.
In the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you can enjoy upscale dining experiences while looking out over the fishing boats and yachts anchored in the harbour. The fresh ocean breeze and calming sounds of the waves crashing against the docks all contribute to the multisensory culinary experience.
Moving along the coast towards the neighbourhoods of Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, you will find restaurants, bars, eateries and quirky cafes that cater to every culinary preference imaginable. This is the best place to go for contemporary cuisine, cocktails and tapas-style dishes to share as the light of day fades away.
Fine dining in the hustle and bustle of the city
For those looking for upscale dining options, Cape Town has no shortage of Michelin-starred and fine dining establishments. The city centre is home to some of the country’s most renowned restaurants, offering a fusion of global flavours against the awe-inspiring mountain setting. Many of these lauded restaurants are located in historic buildings that offer panoramic views of the city, the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. This area’s culinary offering is ideal for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
Beyond the city lights
Cape Town offers a magnificent spread of dining options beyond the best-known neighbourhoods in the city bowl. Enrich your culinary experience in Cape Town by travelling to other coastal and mountainside towns such as Hout Bay, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg located south of the city, or Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand towards the north. Here you will find some of the best fresh seafood in all of Cape Town while being treated to unobscured views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.
Ready, set, dine!
Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or simply want to sip on a sundowner while enjoying the city’s magical golden hour, you will be spoilt for choice with top-class restaurants, bars and eateries that boast the most spectacular views. Get ready for Cape Town’s unparalleled dining scene!