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Koeksisters, Samosas and Curries

South Africa’s cuisine is a food enthusiast’s dream as traditional foods of over 10 cultures collide to present the best African fusion for your taste buds.

Traditional food in Cape Town

Cape Town has a large Afrikaans and Cape Malay influence and these traditional dishes can be readily found in and around the Cape Town area. For those doing volunteer work in Cape Town and looking for tips on how to live in Cape Town while volunteering, the local food is just as important taste education as the volunteer program you are coming to assist with.

Local Cape Town dishes and where to find them

From koeksisters, a syrup-coated doughnut that can be braided or sprinkled with coconut to samosas, a fried or baked pastry with savoury filling such as spiced potatoes and mince – we list the best places for volunteers to taste the local Cape Town delicacies and where to find them.

Little Ethiopia Restaurant

A little-known, unique and thoroughly charming spot for a mid-week lunch. Order injera with fillings like potato, beetroot, misir wot, key wot, spinach, beef and garlic. The coffee ceremony is a must.

  • Tel: 021 424 8254
  • Email: little_ethiopia@yahoo.com
  • Address: 76 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
  • Opening & closing times: Monday to Sunday 12 noon-10pm

Gold Restaurant

A full-on extravaganza with an interactive drumming session and hand-washing ceremony. African and Cape Malay cuisine features fragrant game dishes and little local treats like samosas.

  • Tel: 021 421 4653
  • www.goldrestaurant.co.za/ cindy@goldrestaurant.co.za
  • 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town
  • Dinner: 6:30pm-11pm

The Pot Luck Club

Keep the plates coming; you’re in for a flavour extravaganza. And what a view! Inside it’s all cool, urban edginess and you can see both Table Mountain and the harbour from up high. The ever-changing tapas-style menu (arranged according to sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami) is like riding a rollercoaster of flavours.

  • 021 447 0804
  • www.thepotluckclub.co.za
  • reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za
  • Top floor, The Silo Building, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12:30pm-2:30pm  Dinner: 6pm – close

Bombay Bicycle Club

A funky, informal dining experience in a quirky setting. A great night out. Highlights: prawn wonton, Cajun calamari and the classic pork belly. (EO mag 2014)

Bukhara (City Bowl)

interior comes into its own. There’s something for everyone, from hot to spicy to aromatic; lots of vegetarian options; and knowledgeable waitrons. Highlights are rogan josh, stuffed mushrooms, naan and chicken lababdar.

  • 021 424 0000
  • www.bukhara.com
  • capetown@bukhara.com
  • 33 Church Street, Cape Town
  • Lunch: 12 noon – 3:00pm  Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

The Strandloper

If you’re headed to Cape Town, beat the crowds by taking a drive about 100 km north of the city to Langebaan and the most unusual restaurant around. It’s a meal you’ll remember when all the other fine dining experiences of your life blur into a pile of empty plates.

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