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Where the Locals Love to Eat in Cape Town

Cape Town is a food lover’s dream destination, and, as a volunteer for Dreams To Reality, you will have the chance to be exposed to a wide variety of culinary delights. Capetonians celebrate their diverse cultural heritage in a number of ways, one of which is their decadent food choices. While volunteering, you will have some downtime and, you not only need to visit the local sights but also fill up on the best local foods! And while tourists enjoy popular food destinations, there are a number of local hangouts where you can experience what real Cape Town living is all about.


Rafiki’s is the perfect destination for food and fun. They are as well known for their delicious wood-fired oven pizzas as they are for their laid-back atmosphere. Catch up with friends, watch the game, sip on a cocktail or a beer and enjoy a delicious meal.

Royale Eatery

This distinctly bohemian eatery has the feel of an American diner. They are known for their mouth-watering burgers, potato and sweet potato mixed fries and decadent milkshakes which include flavours like “Jack Daniels and Peanut Butter” and “Nuttikrust”.


This Tamboerskloof Portugese-Italian eatery has a retro feel. Not only does it serve reasonably priced, quality breakfasts from 8:30am to 6pm from, but you it also it also has free wi-fi and racks of vintage clothing.

Eastern Food Bazaar

This popular spot features authentic Eastern and Oriental dishes (Chinese, Indian and Turkish) from a variety of stalls. At unbelievably low prices, you get to choose between spiced cuisine, curry, kebabs, shwarmas, biryani, bunny chow and much more.


It’s a bar built as a shrine to beer with long wooden tables, cobblestones and regularly features the best in local music. Real beer is brewed on the premises but don’t underestimate the delicious food. Artisan cured meats, organic produce and beer-inspired dishes such as the minestrone soup made with Berne Unfiltered Amber Larger is a hit with the locals.

The Dog’s Bollocks

Not as much as restaurant as it is a driveway, the Dog’s Bollocks has quickly gained cult status in Cape Town. A simple blackboard menu offers customers the choice of burgers and only burgers that are served wrapped in a piece of newspaper sans cutlery or chips. There are no waiters, and you order and collect your burger from the man behind the grill, Nigel. For a truly fun, authentic evening, make sure you head on early as you can’t book a table and Nigel only makes 30 burgers a night.

Charly’s Bakery

For those of you who have a sweet tooth, Charly’s is widely regarded as having the best cakes in Cape Town. With their funky designs, edible glitter and luminous icing, don’t be afraid to go wild.


Despite its delicious burgers and specials, it is the pizza that is really something to write home about at this charming bespoke bistro. With toppings like slow-roasted Tuscan lamb and caramelised pork and mango, it is no wonder it has become the place to eat. It’s vintage charm also creates an ambience which causes one linger.

Bombay Bicycle Club

When you walk up to the restaurant, you will notice the car parked on its roof. Barely have you entered before seeing a table where the chairs are actually swings. Bombay Bicycle Club has a friendly circus dinner theatre vibe, but don’t think that the atmosphere distracts from the food which deserves praise in its own right.

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