When it comes to seafood, it can be argued there is no better place to savour the delights of the deep than the Mother City – and when it comes to calamari there is certainly a lot of options to choose from.

If one of your favourite dishes happens to be calamari, we know just where to get your fix in the Cape.


1. Champan’s Peak Hotel

The calamari at this establishment was voted as one of the top 20 best things in Cape Town and with good reason. Visitors to Chapman’s Peak Hotel can not only enjoy stunning mountainous and seaside views near one of the most popular drives in town but also the melt-in-your-mouth calamari of your dreams.

Contact: 021 790 1036

Address: Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay, 7806

Website: www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za


2. Maria’s Greek Café & Restaurant

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Maria’s is one of Cape Town’s oldest and most loved restaurants, offering patrons a charming spot to eat in Dunkley Square since the 1950’s.

Visitors return for their delicious lunches, dinners, mezes, baklava, Greek salads and if you try their calamari, you’ll be hooked.

Contact: 021 461 3333

Address: 31 Barnett Street, Dunkley Square, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape 8001


3. The Sidewalk Café

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This cute little café, nestled neatly at the foot of the mountain in Vredehoek, offers simple yet satisfying cuisine. Regulars enjoy the laid-back Bohemian atmosphere and friendly staff.

The calamari is rumoured to be the best thing on the menu.

Contact: 021 461 2839

Address: 33 Derry Street, Cape Town, Western Cape 8001

Website: www.sidewalk.co.za


4. Mano’s

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With a vibe to die for and calamari that’s worth the drive, Mano’s in Green Point is a must-try. Known for their Greek cuisine and lively yet family-friendly atmosphere, many locals consider this spot a must-visit when in Cape Town.

Contact: 021 434 1090

Address: 39 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape 8005


5. Saltwater Grill

If you’re staying in the Southern Suburbs, have a convenient stop over at Saltwater Grill. Their Salt & Pepper Calamari is sensational with complimentary flavours of spring onion and fresh mint to please your tastebuds.

Contact: 081 558 6450

Address: Coner Howard & Forest Drive Shop G39, Howard Centre, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405

Website: www.saltwatergrillsa.com


6. The Brass Bell 

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Have your favourite seafood dish with a side of cool coastal town views. The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay is a huge local favourite known for their seafood, burgers and you guessed it, calamari.

Contact: 021 788 5455

Address: Main Rd, Kalkbaai, Western Cape, South Africa 7990

Website: www.brassbell.co.za


7. Blowfish Restaurant

When it comes to fresh seafood look no further than Blowfish.

Their prawns, fish and oyster dishes will take you on a journey of taste and their calamari is the cherry on top.

Contact: 021 556 5464

Address: 1 Marine Drive, Dolphin Beach, Blouberg, Cape Town

Website: www.blowfishrestaurant.co.za

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