If there is one thing Cape Town is well known for, it’s mind-altering fish and chips. You can almost smell the vinegar salted chips and freshly battered hake, all you need is a squeeze of lemon and you’re good to go. Now that you find yourself salivating for a newspaper wrapped, uncomplicated, yet indulgent meal – we’ve narrowed down the list to give you our 5 best fish and chips eateries in and around the city.

1. Fish On The Rocks
Hout Bay is synonymous with great scenery and the best fish and chips. A hidden nugget with amazing seafood is Fish On The Rocks. If you’re in the mood for calamari, prawns or fish and chips, they have it all. You can be sure that the fish is always fresh and deliciously prepared. It’s the perfect location for a Sunday afternoon drive for good grub. A hake and chips costs R66.

Address: 1 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 0001

2. Lusitania
Old Skool corner shop style fish and chips is what you can expect from Lusitania in the CBD. This iconic shop has been opened since the 1940’s and remains one of the city’s most popular fish and chips joints. Fish, snoek, prawns and calamari, you can get it all here, served with love. Hake and chips will set you back R60.

Address: 49A Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: 021 425 4532

3. Kalky’s
Dinner with a view, right on the Kalk Bay harbour. Ask anyone in the area and you will get the same answer, Kalky’s serves the best fish and chips in town. Friendly smiles greet you, simple wooden table and benches adorn the restaurant, but big flavours greet your palate. It’s lip-smacking good and a serving of fresh fish and chips will cost R55.

Address: Kalk Bay, Peninsula
Contact: 021 788 1726 

4. Salty Sea Dog
Simon’s Town is the home of the Salty Sea Dog – it is an informal setting so you are more than welcome to rock up in your sandals and shorts. They deliver on good portion sizes and the kiddies are catered for too. Locals love the Salty Sea Dog, make sure you stop over the next time you find yourself in Simon’s Town. A hake and chips will leave you R62 out of pocket.

Address: 2 Wharf Street, Simon’s Town
Contact: 021 786 1918

5. Fish Hoek Fisheries
Packaged the old fashion way, rolled in a newspaper, Fish Hoek Fisheries offers a no-fuss option of enjoying your fish and chips. Word around town is that the make a killer fish cake, try it for yourself. Fish Hoek is a picturesque seaside village that you want to visit and now you have somewhere to have lunch. You’re welcome. A fish and chips will cost you R54.

Address: 43 Main Rd, Fish Hoek
Contact: 021 782 2314


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Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 21 years of journalism experience. Her motto - Travel. Eat. Repeat. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.