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A Foodie’s Guide to Cape Town

With its fertile soils, miles and miles of coastline and mild, favourable climate, Cape Town was surely made for food and wine appreciation. There are literally hundreds of great places to eat just in the city centre, but here’s a bijoux offering of dining tips from those in the know. Got a recommendation of your own to make – drop it in the comments box below!

Café Caprice ££

37 Victoria Rd Cape Town 8040, South Africa +27 21 438 8315 cafecaprice.co.za

A social hotspot full of heavenly bodies under the watchful eye of Table Mountain, Café Caprice is popular with good reason. Book in advance and ask for a table on the veranda (but call it the stoep – that’s a bit of South African for you) so you can watch the sunset as the sports cars roar up and whizz by out front. Sundays are really popular at Café Caprice, and the menu all week is of the prime burgers, wraps and salads variety.

Bistro Sixteen82 ££

0802 Steenberg Estate Tokai Road Steenberg Hotel Constantia, South Africa +27 21 713 2211 steenberghotel.com/dine/bistro-sixteen82

A stunning vineyard bistro that’s opulent as it is rustic, Bistro Sixteen82 is an absolute must, even if you only do it once. Located in leafy Constantia and with a mainly French-inspired menu, you can add a visit to the bistro to a visit to Steenberg Winery if you fancy: the perfect end to a perfect day. Most vineyards with restaurants this good are found a good drive out of the city, so this is a real gem. Dining al fresco here is a sublime experience, too – a sparkling rock pool hugs the broad patio and the views are picture perfect. Bistro Sixteen82 also has a raw bar menu for those who like their sashimi, oysters and carpaccio – all paired exquisitely with their wines and champagnes, of course.

The Test Kitchen £££

375 Albert Road The Old Biscuit Mill Woodstock, Cape Town +27 21 447 2337 thetestkitchen.co.za

‘Worth the hype’ is the resonant message from expat diners on this award-winning restaurant that books up months in advance. Expect out-of-this-world presentation in unpretentious and comfortable surroundings here – this place is special alright, but it hasn’t gone to their head. The clue’s in the name as well – expect adventurous cuisine of the Heston Blumenthal variety at The Test Kitchen. Go for one of the tasting menus and be wowed by the sheer theatre of the experience – the open kitchen is just mesmerising to watch.

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Asoka ££

68 Kloof St Cape Town 8001, South Africa +27 21 422 0909 asokabar.co.za

Found on busy and hip Kloof Street, this eccentric little bar-restaurant is situated in a renovated Victorian town house with a big tree growing right through the centre of its dining room. Serving a broad pan-Asian menu with something for burger fiends too, Asoka has Buddhas and murals everywhere and a jazz band that tinkles away in the background several nights a week, Asoka is really quite charming. Ask for a table looking over the street if you like to indulge in a spot of people-watching.