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Unique Foods to try in Cape Town

Cape Town attracts visitors not only with its amazing people but also with its unique foods. From street food markets to gourmet dining spots, Cape Town provides a unique blend of flavors that represent the city’s culture. Here’s a delightful introduction to some of the most unique foods to try in the Mother City.

One of the main cultural influences is that of the Cape Malay community, descendants of Southeast Asian slaves brought to the Cape by the Dutch in the 17th century. Their influence is evident in the city’s food. The Xhosa culture, with its distinct click language and colorful beadwork, is deeply anchored in the Eastern Cape and has made significant contributions to Cape Town’s heritage. Cape Town also has a substantial Afrikaans-speaking population, reflecting the colonial heritage and impact of Dutch settlers. The arts and music sector is heavily influenced by African and jazz traditions, resulting in an exciting cultural landscape. As one travels Cape Town, the coexistence and appreciation of these many cultures becomes clear, transforming the city into more than just a geographical marvel, but also a cultural juncture where traditions meet and thrive.

Bunny Chow

Originating from the Indian community in Durban, Bunny Chow has found its way to Cape Town and is now a beloved street food. It’s a hearty dish where a hollowed-out loaf of bread is filled with curry – be it chicken, mutton, or vegetable. The bread soaks up the aromatic curry, creating a delightful combination of textures and flavors. The Taj Mahal Restaurant in Hout Bay serves up a variety of traditional meals such as bunny chow.

Bunny Chow
Bunny Chow

Boerewors

South Africa’s answer to the sausage, Boerewors is a staple at braais (barbecues) across the country. Made from a mixture of beef and pork, flavored with spices like coriander and cloves, this sausage is a savory delight. In Cape Town, you’ll find it grilled to perfection at local markets or served with chakalaka, a spicy vegetable relish.

Boerewors
Boerewors

Snoek Fish

A Cape Town specialty, snoek is a type of fish commonly found in the waters surrounding the Western Cape. Often smoked or grilled, snoek has a distinctive flavor that seafood enthusiasts will appreciate. It’s commonly enjoyed as a snack, in sandwiches, or served with apricot jam for a unique sweet and smoky combination. Fish on the Rocks is a great place for snoek with stunning views of Chapmans Peak and passing fishing boats.

Snoek Fish
Snoek Fish

Bobotie

This classic South African dish is a flavorful fusion of savory and sweet. A spiced minced meat mixture, often lamb or beef, is baked with an egg-based topping. What makes Cape Town’s bobotie unique is the addition of local spices and dried fruits, creating a dish that is both comforting and rich in complexity. Gold Restaurant in Green Point offers a unique dining experience that celebrates the rich cultures and flavors of Africa, with foods like bobotie.

Bobotie
Bobotie

Gatsby Sandwich

A giant, messy, and utterly delicious creation, the Gatsby sandwich is a local Cape Town favorite. Packed with a variety of fillings like steak, fries, and spicy sauce, this overstuffed submarine sandwich is meant to be shared. It’s a hearty and indulgent meal that embodies the city’s bold and eclectic food culture. Gatsby Palace on Strand Street offers some of the best Gatsby sandwiches.

Gatsby Sandwich
Gatsby Sandwich

Cape Malay Curry

Influenced by the Cape Malay community, the Cape Malay curry is a fragrant and mildly spicy dish that reflects the multicultural history of the region. Often made with a mix of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and turmeric, the curry is paired with meat or vegetables and served with fragrant rice or flatbreads. Bo-Kaap Kombuis is an authentic Cape Malay Restaurant that embodies the culture, beauty and uniqueness of the area

Cape Malay Curry
Cape Malay Curry

Koeksisters

For those with a sweet tooth, Cape Town offers the irresistible koeksisters. These deep-fried pastries, braided and coated in sweet syrup, are a tantalizing treat. With a crispy exterior and a syrupy, sweet interior, koeksisters are the perfect indulgence for dessert or a sugary snack. Farieda’s Koeksisters on Lansdowne Street in Cape Town offers the BEST homemade koeksisters in the Western Cape.

Koeksisters
Koeksisters

Biltong

A South African snack staple, biltong is dried and cured meat, often beef or game meat. It’s seasoned with a mix of spices, including coriander and pepper, and then air-dried. The result is a flavorful, chewy jerky-like treat that’s perfect for on-the-go snacking or as an accompaniment to sundowners. Marianne Wine Estate offers a biltong and wine pairing that showcases five carefully selected wines, paired with three premium cuts of biltong.

Biltong
Biltong
Cape Town Steam Train Adventure

Cape Town Steam Train Adventure

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Snoek Fish

Unique Foods to try in Cape Town

Cape Town attracts visitors not only with its amazing people but also with its unique foods. From street food markets to gourmet dining spots,