HANGING OUT AT THE LOCALS' FAVOURITE EATERIES
We’re of the opinion that locals know their city best, so we’ve rounded up the places in our neighbourhood to which Capetonians flock to eat.
32. Willoughby & Co.
Since its establishment in 1996, Willoughby’s has become one of Cape Town’s most highly reputed restaurants for fusion-style Japanese dishes and seafood. The queues prove it! Sit around the sushi bar or at the counter along the open kitchen if you want in on the prep action, or ask for a table in the passageway from which to see and be seen. Start your meal with a Rainbow Nation sushi roll or West Coast oysters.
Every Tashas restaurant is unique, and ours is particularly stylish, with its inspiration coming from Spain. The terracotta pots arranged as a hanging feature on the ceiling, along with all the greenery scattered around, make this a chic spot where locals congregate for brunch and generous lunchtime salads. Book the long family table on the patio for bigger groups, and make sure someone orders the parmesan-and-couscous-crusted chicken – it is to-die-for.
This Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired eatery located in the Watershed is always cooking up something unexpected, such as trout with poached egg and avo, which you can find on the daily blackboard menu. But it’s the falafel, latkes and baked goodies that are the stalwarts of this open-plan space that allows you access to the Watershed’s comings and goings and pop-up music performances. This is a great place for casual meetings.
35. Food Court at Victoria Wharf
For quick-and-easy meals, you’re spoilt for choice at the food court. Simply Asia, Fishermans Choice, Cinnabon, KFC, Steers, Debonairs, Anat and Nando’s are all to be found here, so everyone in the family can pick what they want and enjoy it together on the tables spread across this main entrance to Victoria Wharf. Whether it’s duck spring rolls, shawarmas or calamari you’re after, we’ve got you covered.
36. V&A Food Market
The food market between the Watershed and Alfred Mall is back in business! Choose to cosy up upstairs or sit outside on Nobel Square with your selection of everything from Framed vegan ice cream to Yokos plant-based yoghurt bowls. There are snacks such as biltong and nuts for those who are peckish, and a great fresh juice bar to re-energise you for round two of shopping.
PRIMI’s top-storey position affords it beautiful views of the ocean, making it a favoured spot for scenic birthday celebrations. Locals love the outdoor bar area on sunny days, where a DJ is sometimes found behind the decks. But even rainy weather can’t spoil the fun here. Glass stacking doors offer an expansive enclosed area overlooking palm trees that suit the establishment’s über-popular cocktails.
Photos by Andile Phewa @andile_phewa
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