Raphael’s Favourite Restaurants in Cape Town

With the Cape’s summer season in full swing, and with many of you travelling through the city over the next few months, I wanted to share my top restaurant recommendations. 

Cape Town’s impressive culinary landscape has been evolving for some time now. However, like in every global city, there has been a bit of a reshuffle in the gastro scene since Covid-19. Therefore, on recent work trips over the last few months, I have spent time scouting new openings, revisiting old favourites and discovering hidden gems. 

Based on my findings, I’ve shared my current favourites below. These are places that have a great vibe, feel relaxed and offer a very pleasant experience. Please note that all of the below need to be booked several weeks (if not months) in advance.

Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalu Atlantic: It’s hard to find a better setting than this. Situated on the edge of the ocean – so close you could almost touch it – this is the spot to watch the sunset while enjoying excellent contemporary fare. The set Tapas menu draws inspiration from the Atlantic ocean it looks out onto.

Crofter’s Kitchen: Ideal for long, lazy lunches. Chef Nicky Gibbs welcomes guests around her kitchen table, serving up world-class seasonal food foraged from her garden and the Noordhoek coast. Combine this with trips to Cape Point and the wider peninsula, or simply enjoy the Noordhoek Valley and its incredible beach.

Ramenhead: It can be tempting to overdo fine-dining when in Cape Town, simply due to the sheer number of incredible options available. Inspired by Japan’s ramen house and created as a cool cousin to the city’s Fyn restaurant, this is a great option to follow a big fine-dining night out.

The Waterside: Located on the city’s iconic V&A waterfront, ocean views are on offer from both indoors and the sea-facing outdoor deck. With a fresh, contemporary and sophisticated feel, this is a great option for summer lunches. Part of the La Colombe group, you can expect excellent food, wine and service.

The Pot Luck Club: Although this has been around for a while now, I find it remains just as good as the years go on. Based in the city’s up-and-coming Woodstock district, the restaurant is situated on the top floor of an old silo. Blending its industrial heritage with a relaxed and contemporary feel, the food is inventive and simply excellent. 

Image credits: The Waterside, Crofter’s Kitchen, Ramenhead, The Pot Luck Club and Chefs Warehouse. 

I hope you enjoyed (re)discovering Cape Town with me. If you have any questions about any of the restaurants or visiting Cape Town in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at [email protected].