#HighburyHearsYou – we at Cape Town Etc are passionate about getting local restaurants back and booming in business. As part of our #HighburyHearsYou initiative, we’re dishing out the deets on some incredible restaurants in and around town.

The waterfront is filled with a number of restaurants that cater to every taste, and are all within walking distance of one another. Often, those who live in the city don’t take the time to explore the culinary fares of eateries in their surrounds, and this is the perfect place to eat your way through.

Quay Four Tavern

Where shiny seals play hide-and-seek and the seagulls wheel joyously through salty air, you’ll find Cape Town’s legendary Quay Four. One of the oldest restaurants on the V&A Waterfront and now a famous landmark, the terrace of the world-renowned downstairs tavern buzzes with locals and visitors, virtually every day of the year. Quay Four Tavern offers a variety of light meals and salads, as well as hearty pub fare for those with bigger appetites. Everyone enjoys the tavern’s famous “fish & chips” and their impressive range of beers on tap. Live bands also play every night of the week for your entertainment.

Address: Quay, 4 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Time: Monday – Sunday 11am – late (lunch and dinner)
Website: www.quay4.co.za

Upstairs @ Quay Four

One of the oldest restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and now a famous landmark, Quay Four buzzes with locals and visitors year-round. Upstairs @ Quay Four is an elegant eatery
located above Quay Four Tavern, where the emphasis is on fresh seafood and exceptional service. The á la carte menu Upstairs also includes a great feast of irresistible venison, red meat and poultry dishes. Not only do they pride ourselves on their superior quality food and breath-taking harbour views, but also on the very high calibre of service that is offered by their professional waiters.

Address: Quay, 4 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Time: Monday – Sunday 8am – late (lunch and dinner)
Website: www.quay4.co.za

Ferryman’s Irish Tavern

Ferryman’s, the Original Waterfront Tavern, was one of the first tenants in V&A Waterfront. A popular local spot for traditional pub fare and live bands. This historical old locomotive shed has been carefully converted, preserving the quarried bluestone, the Oregon wooden beams and the solid teak pillars adding to the atmosphere of the downstairs bar with its stone fireplace. In summer, the open beer garden/terrace buzzes with local entertainment every evening, and for the sports fans big-screen TVs. There is also a play area for the kids.

Address: Locomotive Shed, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Time: Monday – Sunday, 8am – late (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Website: www.ferrymans.co.za

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

At Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House the superb location offers you mountain and harbour views, a fun atmosphere, friendly staff and a menu to make even the hungriest visitor happy. Enjoy live entertainment and sports on one of the many big-screen TVs or for the more adventurous, on Wednesday nights it’s karaoke night. Well-known both locally and internationally, Mitchell’s is an institution at the V&A Waterfront.

Address: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Time: Monday – Sunday, 9am – late (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Website: www.mitchellsalehouse.co.za

Bertha’s Restaurant

In the heart of Simon’s Town, located on the water’s edge, you’ll find Bertha’s Restaurant. A charming restaurant in a quaint village, Bertha’s is relaxed and informal with a cosmopolitan appeal, a favourite place for visitors to pass a few leisurely hours or a long lazy afternoon. With large outdoor dining including a kiddie play area with views across Simon’s Town harbour. The restaurant’s extensive menu features fine South African fare, fresh seafood and great Cape Wines. The service is professional, the staff friendly and efficient. Enjoy cocktails at sunset out on the terrace or be swept away by the sheer romance of the restaurant at night.

Address: Quayside Centre, 1 Wharf St, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7975
Time: Monday – Sunday, 8am until 8pm (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Website: www.berthas.co.za


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Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.