Hot New Restaurants in Cape Town: 2018

The Cape Town restaurant scene is forever changing and expanding, with new spots popping up faster than you can order an Uber. If, like me, you’re always on the lookout for a new culinary experience, then bookmark this post. I will be updating it throughout the year to include the latest, most-talked about foodie hangouts.

You can also pop over HERE to view the latest and greatest in the Winelands, and head over HERE to check out what happened in 2017.

Did I miss a spot? Pop your recommendations in the comments below! I am always keen to try something new. 

City Center

The Botanical Bar

160 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

From the peeps behind Honest Chocolate Café, The Gin Bar and Marrow comes The Botanical Bar, a dinner and drinks spot that heroes our local botanicals. Their food and drink shows off indigenous botanical flavours, with a range of home-made bitters and aperitifs, cocktails and food. Think smoked snoek with spekboom pâté, buchu and orange marinated olives, or samp and wild mushroom risotto. And for drinks, you can sip on cocktails like The Great Karoo, with Hope on Hopkins Esparanza Tequila, Grapefruit & Spekboom bitters, grapefruit juice

For more info, visit

The Poké Bar

90 Loop Street, Cape Town

The Poké Co is hands down my top choice for delicious Poké bowls. Until recently they’ve only been available for takeout, but now you can also visit them at their new Poké Bar on Loop Street. Grab one of their signature bowls (The Leeward is my favourite) or grab a Poké burrito on the go.

For more, visit

The Hot Skillet

70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town.

Gomotsegang Modiselle (G) and Oginga Siwundla (OG) from My Kitchen Rules are serving up comfort food from Young Blood Gallery on Bree Street. They have a small menu with all-day breakfast options like Cornflake Crusted Cinnamon French Toast or Banger and Egg Sandwich, or try their lunch options like Grilled Chicken and Slaw, Line Fish and Pan Salad or Beef Burger.

For more, visit their Facebook page

Gardens & Tamboerskloof

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen

Cause Effect describe themselves as an experiential cocktail kitchen & brandy bar inspired by Cape Town’s fynbos, oceans, vineyards and mountain. They have taken cocktails to a whole new level, serving drinks like Sia’s Dream with hay infused brandy, tonka bean sherry, leamon and lime, egg white and jasmine. Or how about the Boerie Roll with braai boerewors brandy, wild dagga tomato bitters, onion sugar and coriander bread. Needless to say, prepare to have your mind blown.

For more, visit their Facebook page

Janse & Co

75 Kloof Street, Gardens

Chef Arno van Rensburg, who previously headed the The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, has now opened his own eatery right in the middle of Kloof Street, Cape Town. He has teamed up with Liezl Odendaal, previously of Weylandts and Ellerman House. So you know you are in for some seriously good food in an edgy, upmarket environment. You can choose from three to seven courses, with dishes like Chicken Terrine with Smoked Milk, Radish; Sorrel Trout with Plum, Grape and Verjuice; or Octopus, Strawberry, Umeboshi, Mint. They also have a fantastic liquor, beer and wine selection.

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Jessy’s Waffles

58 Barnet Street, Cape Town

You don’t just get waffles, you get gluten-free, vegan waffles. Jessy’s Waffles is a Waffle and Dessert Café that is drawing customers with their fresh take on this comforting classic, as well as smoothie bowls, coffee specials and a variety of foods for both vegans and non-vegans.

For more, visit their Facebook page

Publik Wine Bar

11D Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof

Publik has moved into a new digs in Tamboerskloof, taking over from the recently closed Hallelujah (may they rest in peace). They’re all about wines from sustainably farmed vineyards that have been made with minimal intervention in the cellar. Look forward to an excellent drinks menu and discovering hidden gems, as well as delicious tapas, cheeses, charcuterie and snacks.

For more, visit

Green Point & Sea Point

CASA Restaurant & Cabanas, The Ritz

Cnr Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point

The Ritz has recently seen a massive rejuvenation and is fast becoming one of the swankiest hangouts in the city. Downstairs you can enjoy a more casual dining experience at CASA Restaurant & Cabanas. Pop in early for the breakfast buffet and à la carte offering, or enjoy some brasserie classics from 11am. Think Rock Shrimp tempura with an umami-packed sriracha/soya glaze, or Peri Peri chicken, cooked sous vide in home-made peri-peri sauce, before being crisped up in a Pira charcoal oven. CASA is also home to a sparkling poolside Champagne Bar where you can sip bubbly while cooling down, and on Sundays you can join them for brunch buffet, served 11am till 5pm for R250/R95 for adults/children. 

For more, visit

Coco Safar

Artem Center, 277 Main Road, Sea Point

Pop in at Coco Safar for a seriously good cup of coffee, expertly brewed teas, delicate desserts, chocolate, lunch, and more. Coco Safar roasts their own coffee with high tech machinery, create their own fine chocolates, and they have just opened the first botanical microbrewery in Cape Town.

For more, visit

Rafael Lebanese Café

154 Main Road, Sea Point

Rafael is a Lebanese speciality coffee shop from the same peeps who brought you Byblos in Woodstock. Look forward to traditional dishes like baklava, lebanese bread, Turkishapple tea, syrups, powders, sauces and of course great coffee blends.

For more, visit

The Ritz Restaurant

Cnr Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point

The revolving restaurant at the top of the Ritz offers spectacular city views to pair with your fine dining experience. The gastronomic experience begins in the 22nd floor Champagne Lounge. From here you move to the sexy, sophisticated dining area to enjoy a seven-course menu that reflect local flavours, presented in creative and refined ways. According to them, only sustainable fish on the SASSI ‘Green’ list will be served at Top of The Ritz.

For more, visit

East City & Woodstock

Lekker Vegan

Feel like some vegan gourmet junk food? Fill up on burgers, chips, gatsby’s and soft serve, all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

For more, visit

The Electric

48 Canterbury Street, District 6

This trendy new spot serves up fresh juices, nut milks, sandwiches and bakes in the heart of the East City.

For more, visit their Facebook page

Did I miss something? Pop your recommendations in the comments below. I am looking for any restaurants in central Cape Town that opened between December 2017 and December 2018.


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