Where style leaders eat and drink in Cape Town – personal recommendations

From the freshest oysters and local cheeses to cakes with a side order of contemporary art

Gallerist Trevyn McGowan at the Beau Constantia wine estate
Gallerist Trevyn McGowan at the Beau Constantia wine estate | Image: Per-Anders Pettersson

Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of the Southern Guild gallery

In the past five years, Cape Town has seen a huge boom in great quality butchers, delis, wine shops and places to eat. We get ethically sourced meat from Frankie Fenner. Foxcroft, the bakery and restaurant in Constantia launched by the chefs behind La Colombe, does the most amazing croissants. For fish and chips it has to be Lucky, on Beach Road. When we’re shopping, we often grab something from the food market at the V&A Waterfront – the delicious steak and rocket wrap from Vagabond Kitchens is a favourite. For supper, we often go to Beau Constantia, a contemporary wine estate perched high on Constantia Nek, overlooking the bay, or to Harbour House in Kalk Bay for the freshest oysters and shellfish. It sits out on the rocks and waves crash against the windows. Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Rd, 7806 (+2721-794 8632; beauconstantia.com). Foxcroft, Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Rd, 7806 (+2721-202 3304; foxcroft.co.za). Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, 143 Sir Lowry Rd, 7929 (+2781-316 9251; ffmm.co.za). Harbour House, Kalk Bay Harbour, 7175 (+2721-788 4136; harbourhouse.co.za). Lucky Fish & Chips, 80 Beach Rd, 7950 (+2721-788 9597; luckyfishandchips.co.za). Vagabond Kitchens, Stand 33, Market on the Wharf, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, 8001 (+2782-389 7084; vagabondkitchens.co.za). 

The Test Kitchen – one of Mourad Mazouz’s favourite Cape Town restaurants
The Test Kitchen – one of Mourad Mazouz’s favourite Cape Town restaurants
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Mourad Mazouz, restaurateur

We had an amazing meal at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town. The chef is an English guy and his kitchen is entirely open – when we went, we ate 12 courses in front of him as he cooked. Shop 104A, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, 7915 (+2721-447 2337; thetestkitchen.co.za).

The Greenhouse bar at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
The Greenhouse bar at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
Bobotie at Mama Africa, where Niels van Rooyen, creative director of Holland & Holland, likes to dine
Bobotie at Mama Africa, where Niels van Rooyen, creative director of Holland & Holland, likes to dine

Hanneli Rupert, founder-owner of made-in-South-Africa accessories brand Okapi

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, located on the slopes of Table Mountain in Constantia, a green suburb of Cape Town, has a fantastic restaurant, Greenhouse, where you can eat Cape Malay-scented seabass. Generally it’s a very calm spot surrounded by rolling lawns and acres of garden. But my favourite bar and restaurant is a speakeasy called The Duchess of Wisbeach, on Sea Point. There’s unpretentious food – roast chicken, fish and chips, gnocchi – plus music and dancing. And the next day you’ll appreciate why coffee and exercise have become essential to the Cape Town way of life. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, 7806 (+2721-794 2137; greenhouserestaurant.co.za). The Duchess of Wisbeach, 3 Wisbeach Rd, 8005 (+2721-434 1525; duchessofwisbeach.co.za). 

The restaurant at Halfaampieskraal, a guesthouse on a sheep farm near the city
The restaurant at Halfaampieskraal, a guesthouse on a sheep farm near the city
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Niels van Rooyen, creative director of Holland & Holland

The renowned Mama Africa restaurant serves the best traditional African food in the city. All the fixtures and fittings are locally crafted and I especially love its Snake Bar. Olympia Café makes excellent coffee and cakes, and has the Kalk Bay Modern Art Gallery – with one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art – situated above it. Kalk Bay Modern Art Gallery, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, 7975 (+2721-788 6571; kalkbaymodern.co.za). Mama Africa, 178 Long St, 8001 (+2721-426 1017; mamaafricarestaurant.co.za). Olympia Café, 134 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, 7975 (+2721-788 6396; olympiacafe.co.za).

Christopher Jenner, product designer

There’s an amazing place called Halfaampieskraal, a really sophisticated guesthouse, which is just a short drive from the city centre. It’s on a sheep farm in the middle of nowhere. The guys who run the place serve incredible food – for me, it represents that incredible hospitality that Afrikaners do so well. Klipdale, 7283 (+27 82 5690438kraal.biz)

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