Cape Town summer restaurant bucket list

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Must-visit restaurants in Cape Town this summer

The familiar sights and sounds of summer are starting to creep in – warmer days, longer evenings, the faint whiff of smokey braai spice in the air, and it’s starting to get just a little bit easier to wake up in the mornings.

You might start finding you have the urge to get out more after the long and cold hibernation of winter.

Whether you’re looking for a quirky café, dining on the shore, the trendiest place in town, a restaurant towering over spectacular views, or just some good home-style cooking, Cape Town really does have it all.

Here are just a few restaurants in Cape Town on our bucket list this summer.

Mulberry and Prince

This trendy inner-city venue is a slice of New York on Pepper Street. The New American restaurant’s menu features small sharing plates of delectable dishes such as ricotta dumplings, lamb ribs, beef tartare, and much more.

Weekends are all about their newly-launched, larger-portioned “lazy Sunday brunch” featuring brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Wash it all down with a mimosa or spicy bloody mary to cure any end-of-weekend blues.

Mulberry and Prince is open for dinner from 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, and from 10am to 2pm for Sunday brunch. Booking is always advised.

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The Raptor Room

If you’re looking for comfort food, with a quirky vibe, this is it!

The Raptor Room serves “tasty delectables to suit all appetites”. Think nibbles of popcorn chicken and mushroom risotto balls. Or how about hearty portions of classic mac and cheese, roasted tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side for dunking and devouring, or the “you gats-tby kidding me” stuffed with “Jurassic Pork”.

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be disappointed with their selection of waffles, malva pudding, chocolate samosas and healthy-choice bliss balls.

The raptor room is also open for brunch, serving dishes such as smashed avo, flapjacks, and banana bread French toast. Whatever you get, they guarantee that everything is both fresh and local.

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Dunes restaurant on Hout Bay Beach is a Cape Town institution sitting right on the shore, with spectacular mountain views.

Pop in for breakfast after a walk on the beach, enjoy a family lunch or date night, or sip some sundowners in the evening.

The menu is varied, serving up breakfast, steaks, sushi, salads, mussels, pizzas, burgers, or seaside-favourite fish and chips.

Views and food aside, Dunes is a family favourite with a play area and kid’s menu (with chicken nuggets, calamari and chips, cheesy macaroni and then some).

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The Two Oceans Restaurant

Whether you want to explore your own city, simply enjoy a truly stunning view, or you have tourist friends visiting this summer, the Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point is the place for you.

Cape Point is one of the Mother City’s “Big Seven” attractions and an official Natural World Heritage Site, just 60km from Cape Town’s city centre. The Two Oceans restaurant offers breath-taking views over False Bay, and a menu featuring everything a seafood lover could possibly desire and more.

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The Spinach King

Lufefe Nomjana, aka the “Spinach King” started his business with just R40 “and a big idea”. At first, he used his neighbour’s oven to bake 24 loaves of bread a day and went from door to door selling them. By 2013, after graduating from the Raymond Ackerman Academy in entrepreneurial development, he raised enough funds to employ a team of five – baking 120 loaves a day out of the Khayelitsha Spar.

He says he believes in the philosophy of slow food, because “why are we rushing” anyway? His aim is to sustain the community with food that comes from the earth and to change Khayelitsha, “one loaf of spinach bread at a time”.

Today, he operates the Spinach King Health Foods Café and Bakery at Khayelitsha Mall, and his products are sold in delis and supermarkets around Cape Town. He and his team sell upwards of 200 loaves a day.

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The Sorrows

Located at the bottom of Kloof Nek, this bar and restaurant aims to “add a little humour to your darker days, inviting you to “come as you are, whether you’re celebrating or drowning your sorrows”.

Here, you will be anything but sorrowful, however, with their latest menu serving up comfort food along the lines of peri-peri chicken wings, deep-fried zucchini, karoo lamb chops, stuffed wild mushrooms, salted peanut butter cheesecake, and Rocky Road chocolate tart.

Delicious food, combined with excellent service and beautiful décor, make this venue the perfect place for “an evening of revelry with friends, or a solo night out to drown your sorrows”.

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