Cape Town has such a huge foodie scene that it can be difficult to choose between the hundreds of great restaurants. Often it can be difficult for travellers to get an authentic local experience at restaurants while abroad. Take your cue from those who know the city best. We have created a list of Local Favourites to help you decide on the best places to eat, these restaurants are staples in their community, serving local and internationally themed cuisine or community favourites.

Here is a list of 3 must-try local restaurants in Cape Town recommended by locals. Bon appetit!

Kalky’s Fish & Chips – Situated directly on the Kalk Bay Harbour, it’s all seafood at this beloved fish & chips mecca. Serving lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks, Kalky’s Fish & Chips restaurant is one of Cape Town’s most popular local eateries, the portions are large and the atmosphere is lively and unpretentious. From classic battered fish and chips to other local seafood favourites, this is a restaurant frequented by rich and poor alike. Enjoy a meal while watching the local fishermen bring their catches into the colourful Kalk Bay harbour, you may even spot a few seals playing in the water nearby.

Peacock Kitchen & Bar – An Indian restaurant and tapas spot situated in Observatory, a Bohemian-chic urban neighbourhood, the Peacock has a halaal friendly kitchen that caters to locals and visitors who fancy tasty food and drinks. The Peacock offers Indian inspired cuisine in tapas-sized portions making it possible to taste plenty of the dishes on their menu even when visiting in small groups, something most Indian cuisine restaurants do not offer. The fully stocked bar features wines from the Western Cape region, making it a perfect spot to stop by to try local wines or delicious Indian tapas food. 

Rare Grill – A small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant situated in Harfield Village in Kenilworth, Rare Grill offers some of the most incredible steaks in the Western Cape. This quaint, cosy eatery is warm and intimate with a candlelit dining room setting a romantic mood. The rustic wooden walls are reminiscent of a cabin. With a small and to the point menu, offering steak as the restaurant’s mainstay. Choose between superb cuts of sirloin, rump or fillet accompanied by your choice of starchy sides and sauces. There are other main options available such as spicy baby calamari, a whole peri-peri baby chicken or pork ribs. Booking is essential as they are popular and therefore regularly full.

If you looking for other local favourite restaurants in Cape Town offering anything from crispy battered fish & chips to healthy spinach based meals and delicious sweet treats, look no further then our list of Local Favourite restaurants to dine at on your next visit to the Mother City!


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