Cape Town is known for its breathtaking harbor, spectacular natural landscapes, and diverse selection of wildlife. It’s a veritable melting pot of culture, nature, and history. Cape Town is brimming with natural wonder, but it’s also the ultimate foodie destination, taking cues from American, Spanish, Dutch, African, and Indian influences.
With this unique multi-cultural heritage, there’s plenty to discover when it comes to this city’s dining scene. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your sunscreen, your Dockers shoes, and your camera and head down to the Mother City of South Africa. Here are some unique dining experiences you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself in Cape Town.
Boerewors is a traditional Namibian and South African sausage made out of ground meat (usually beef that’s mixed with lamb and pork) and a mixture of delectable spices. The sausage is usually grilled on a braai (barbecue) and served in a spiral coil shape. Its name literally means “farmer’s sausage” and is derived from the Dutch and Afrikaans words “boer” meaning farmer and “wors” meaning sausage.
Malvapudding is a sweet South African dessert pudding imported from Dutch and British culture. It’s a sweet and sticky caramelized sponge cake that contains a dollop of apricot jam and poured over with a thick and hot cream sauce. You’ll sometimes find it served with ice cream or custard on the side. Its taste is comparable to that of British sticky toffee pudding.
Chicken, beef, and pork are typical staples in every South African’s diet, but they also have a number of restaurants that serve some unique game meat that you might want to try. This includes warthog, zebra, springbok, and kudu. While this isn’t necessarily what most South Africans eat on a regular basis, it’s still a distinct dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Bobotie, also known as the national dish of South Africa, was brought over to the country from Indonesia and Malaysia during the seventeenth century and embraced by its Cape Malay community. The dish consists of minced meat that’s generously flavored with herbs, spices, curry powder, and dried fruit. It’s then topped with an egg and milk mixture and baked.
Gatsby is a one-of-a-kind Cape Town sandwich originating from the Cape Flats in the 70s. It features a large toasted submarine sandwich filled to the brim with French fries, spiced meat (usually Vienna sausage, bologna slices, masala steak, or polony), lettuce, hot piri-piri sauce, and ketchup. This is a relatively cheap yet filling dish that can serve upwards of about four people, depending on how much you can eat.
Despite its cute name, this meal has nothing to do with rabbits. Bunny Chow is a South African dish influenced by Indian cuisine that originated from Durban, a city in South Africa that many people of Indian origin call home. It’s an affordable yet filling meal that consists of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with spiced curry, usually with slices of chicken or beef. There are also vegetarian versions of this dish, most of which include beans and lentils in place of meat.
No matter what your taste is, there’s something for you to enjoy in Cape Town. Take your pick from one of these delectable dishes for the ultimate foodie experience.