Cape Town is known for its stunning vistas. It’s also known for its eclectic food offerings. And in some cases, it combines these two sensory stimuli. We’ve picked four of the best spots in and around Cape Town where your eyes and your tastebuds can savour extraordinary tidbits this summer.
1 Bistro Sixteen82, Tokai
Based at Steenberg Vineyards, Bistro Sixteen82 offers eclectic bites and exquisite views. The restaurant’s outdoor area extends into Steenberg’s gardens, allowing you to gaze upon lush indigenous flora while you treat yourself to inventive seasonal dishes. The late-afternoon tapas includes local and international flavours, from the classic Spanish snack Patatas Bravas and Japanese Beef Tataki to mussels and oysters caught off the West Coast.
2 La Parada Del Mar, Camps Bay
If it’s a view of the ocean you prefer, then the Camps Bay strip never disappoints. And if you want some mouthwatering tapas to complement the sea breeze, then La Parada Del Mar is the place to go. A few metres away from Camp’s Bay Beach, this restaurant is a haven for beach-goers and foodies alike. After swimming or sunbathing, dine on a variety of small meat and seafood dishes while watching the sun set and the waves crash on the shore.
3 Sotano, Mouille Point
The Atlantic and a good tapas meal don’t only have to be enjoyed in Camps Bay, especially if the view also includes Green Point Lighthouse and the Promenade. After a shopping trip to the V&A Waterfront, stop by Sotano to relish in mouthwatering Mediterranean flavours. Expect Moroccan chicken, Lebanese lambkKebabs, Portuguese sardines and, if you’re undecided, a huge Mediterranean Platter that will leave you sated. And if satisfying your senses of taste, smell and sight isn’t enough, you can always listen to live music at Sotano on Fridays and Sundays.
4 The Piano Bar, De Waterkant
The Piano Bar’s sleek and jazzy ambience, live music evenings and tantalising cocktail selection are not its only selling points. It also boasts a smorgasbord of tapas. Think mezze, lamb tacos, bobotie tapas, Oriental pork balls, cheese Arancini and more. try grabbing a seat on the balcony or rooftop lounge where you’ll be rewarded with views of the trendy Cape Quarter, charming Jarvis Street and, depending on which direction you’re facing, the breathtaking Devil’s Peak.