With so many sites to browse we've saved you time by putting together our own personal recommendations covering travel guides, things to do, eat/drink/dance, further-a-field and recommended accommodation.
Whatever and where-ever you end up we hope you have a great trip!
THE BRASS BELL
…after a session with the penguins at Boulders enjoy great basic fish & chips with a pint where the sea spray splashes against the windows. They have four different venues - The Brass Bell Grill, The Bikini Deck Waters Edge & Pavilion, The Cabin Bistro & The Beach
...this is part of the popular chain and has a large selection of thin-based pizzas with all the popular options and more unusual favorites like the Tre Colori (smoked salmon, sour cream, and caviar) and the Prostituto (avocado, bacon, feta, and spinach). There are also pastas and several large salads on offer.
…we celebrated our 10th year anniversary here and it is a fine dining icon in a historical setting with a relaxed welcoming and warm atmosphere. If you want to treat yourself then this is a must.
33 Church Street
…one of the best curry houses in town, popular so book.
BELTHAZAR RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
V&A Waterfront (shop 153) …wine by the glass with great steaks, game and fish.Belthazar
THE HUSSAR GRILL - MOUILLE POINT
..great place for beef and game cuts plus selection of fresh seafoods, pastas and salads just opposite the Cape Town Stadium. Impressive selection of wines and if you're going the whole hog then they offer malts, cognacs, ports and cigars. Moved from Green Point and now with sea views.
..the vibe is fun, frothy, sparkly and pink. Unashamedly camp venue with innuendo menu, topless barmen that actually attracts more women who just want to have fun. Nightly shows with Bitchy Bingo & drag.
...part of the Madame Zingara empire, this much loved location with its garden and warm Mediterranean décor mixes French and traditional South African dishes. Relaxing place to chill out and enjoy a lazy lunch or intimate dinner.
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
...this place brings back memories of the original Madame Zingara and it's sister restaurant Carla Lazule. It's style is quirky gypsy and vibey eccentric where you will be forced to wear a costume hat and the waitresses definitely add to a fun packed evening.
HARBOUR HOUSE - KALK BAY OR V&A
...its hard to compete with Kalk Bay's spectacular location with the sea spray hitting the restaurant windows however the V&A alternative has been tastefully built with a perfect spot to view the harbour and enjoy a drink. Both offer good fish and reasonable wine.
WILLOUGHBY AND CO.
...we'll be honest and, as locals, we prefer not eating in the V&A but as long as you sit inside this packed venue and forget you are in a shopping centre this place does serve the best fish and sushi in town so worth a try at least once.
THE GRAND CAFE & BEACH
...Cape Town’s first beach café is located adjacent to the V&A Waterfront. Reclaimed sea sand has been used to create a fun private beach bar and restaurant. If the sun is shining this is a great place for a lazy long lunch or sun-downers.
...simply book well in advance and if you're lucky to get a table then this place will not disappoint. We went when it first opened and have been trying to book ever since!
EASTERN FOOD BAZAAR
...this narrow internal corridor from Longmarket to Darling Street offers great value no frills eat-in or take-away meals from R20-35. Re-inventing the food court concept you pre-pay at tills then queue up with all locals. This is a great venue to see the true side of Cape Town with a lively, bustling crowd, the atmosphere is jolly and congenial.
Phone: 021 434 6815
...if you enjoy authentic Thai with the standard green walls and plastic flowers then this is a must. You can even have a massage but we do recommend go for mild unless you like it hot!
THE JORDAN RESTAURANT
...located at the end a beautiful valley, this award winning restaurant, not only has fantastic views but is a perfect lunch spot to really treat yourself.
...if you driving through the Elgin Valley on the N2 and fancy a lazy lunch then do stop at Niki's "Fresh" which is located in the Paul Cluver wine estate. This small intimate restaurant has a great outdoor seating area next to the working vineyards and Niki personally will let you know what she is cooking for the day. A very relaxed and chilled setting with great fresh local food.
THE BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL
...if meat is your thing then this palace to the cow, including life size replica over the double storey well stocked wine bar, won't disappoint. Serving the best mature aged meat including local beef, lamb, Argentinian ribeye, Kobe-style wagyu and Dutch veal. This is a meat lovers feast complimented by fantastic wine cellar; seems weird to also say but the jelly & custard topped off a great evening.
...exploring the less crowded Hidden Valley and this restaurant located, at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, will take your breathe away for just its views. The award winning food matches the setting and definitely worth the drive and extra expense.
THE COMPANY'S GARDEN RESTAURANT
...a great stop whilst exploring the city this iconic landmark, right in the centre of the gardens, has been revamped and now is an ideal spot for family and visitors to enjoy a bit of peace from the buzzing metropolis just over the wall.
...Mexican fair that serves good margaritas with on tap beer and tapas.
CLARKE'S BAR & DINING ROOM
...one of the original places that helped turn Bree Street into the hip and trendy area that Long lost a while ago. Popular for breakfast and lunch the American diner style food is basic but reliably good and it gets packed at night serving beer on tap and cocktails.
133 Bree Street
...French South African cuisine that has relocated from Kloof Street to this popular lively bar and restaurant crossroads. Friendly with attentive staff and warm atmosphere with great food.
...we love this place as its original, not pretentious with a beautiful setting next to a dam and no coach loads of tourists. Located 20km from Franschoek on the Nobile Hill Wine Estate, you can do some tasting before hand; the food is fresh latin cooking using local produce. Lovely lunches and they also offer picnics on the lawns.
KLOOF STREET HOUSE
...classic opulent elegance in an old Victorian House with different quirky rooms creating a warm friendly atmosphere that overflows onto the front outdoor seating area. Mix into this a live Jazz band on most Sundays and this is a fun venue to laze away over brunch, lunch and dinner.
...adding to Bree Street's popularity this venue boasts 3 different restaurants spreads across ascending floors. A mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with the top floor being the priciest and smartest. The ground floor cafe style Locanda is more laid back with imported Italian meats and cheeses. If you cannot get a table on the front then opt for the colourful courtyard at the rear and enjoy the friendly bustle and noise of this hip popular place.
GRUB & VINE
Refined cool bistro-style fare, in a relaxed, contemporary space on Bree Street with 3 or 5 course seasonal menu complimented by great SA wine.
103 Bree Street, CBD
BURGER & LOBSTER
Vibrant New York City-styled restaurant on Bree Street specialises in three dishes: Fresh lobster, lobster roll and A-grade beef burgers, with creative cocktails on offer too.
105 Bree Street, CBD
SEABREEZE FISH & SHELL
Great location to walk from surrounding bars with Scottish owners. Expect fresh and exciting versions of traditional seafood offerings plus there is a Rum bar at the back!
211 Bree Street, CBD
VIXI SOCIAL HOUSE
Mediterranean inspired this popular noisy and sometimes crowded venue services large size portions and good for groups.
49 Bree Street, Strand Street, CBD