Good Food, Good Life, Good Travel – Best New Eats in and Around Cape Town

The saying goes: Good food, good life. We at Extraordinary Journeys would amend that to include ‘Good Travel.’

Cape Town is a top destination for good food and good travel. A fascinating mix of cultures and cuisines, Cape Town is “a whole ’nother” level of culinary travel. Food is central to the culture and most communities and Capetonians are no different. Markets and restaurants are cropping-up in unexpected locations and their visionary development heralds exciting neighborhood transformations.

1. Homage 1862

Homage 1862 is an interesting mix of healthy and hearty food in a sophisticated yet quirky environment that offers both history and novelty to the discerning traveler/eater. The restaurant is located in a two-story Victorian building dating to 1862. The handmade crockery and salvaged wood, skylights and exposed brick create a more modern, bohemian ambiance. Fresh and wholesome foods from Asian-inspired greens, to fynbos honey and miso marinated salmon, as well as juices and smoothies, are just a few of the different options that make for a delectable visit to this laidback yet trendy restaurant.

2. Mojo Market

The Mojo Market is an entire block of Sea Point, between Signal Hill on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Devoted to the freshest produce, with numerous food vendors, three bars and a stage for live entertainment, Mojo is a bustling spot for locals and tourists alike to come together in search of farm-to-table offerings and community engagement. The food is casual and eclectic, ranging from juices, to Punjabi cuisine and wood-fired pizzas. There’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out the local retail stalls before/after you eat!

3. Foodbarn Restaurant

As the name suggests, Foodbarn Restaurant is located in a real barn. The fine dining is globally inspired and the whole ambiance is a true delight to the senses. Known for being “civilised without being pretentious,” Foodbarn offers various menus and options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

4. The Granary Café

One of the newest additions to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Granary Café is located in the brand new Silo Hotel. The restaurant unites the artfully constructed façade of the building with a more traditionally grandiose setting. The champagne and carving trolleys add to the feel. Take in the expansive views of the city from the sixth floor while savoring such superbly crafted classics as the Sunday Roast and a royally administered teatime. Coffee lovers delight in the assortment of options. In the afternoon/evening, foodies enjoy the more diverse lunch and dinner options. Both the restaurant and the food entice amateur and professional photographers to snap photographs of the meal to remember.

5. Bosjes Kombuis

The Cape Winelands are known for their abundance of fabulous food/wine options. But Bosjes Kombuis is an architectural novelty as well as a world-class restaurant. With high glass walls/ceilings, wooden terraces and murals, the surroundings are just as much a part of the experience as the delectable feast on the table. Think: Traditional farmhouse meets modern minimalist with bold flavor. It’s an unbeatable combination! Note: Bosjes is approximately an hour from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, so you have to really want it.

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