Dopamine dining in South Africa

January 29, 2023 (Last Updated: January 25, 2023)

The sunshine has proven to enhance feelings, so treat yourself to a meal at any of these eateries that offer a tasty selection of food and outdoor dining.

Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

Nestled between the succulent hills of Stellenbosch, lies the magnificent – in both stature and offering – Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. The space is dedicated to the art and design of affluent South African artist, Dylan Lewis, with over 60 of his sculptures showcased alongside 4KMs of paths. Not only are guests welcome to journey through the garden, you can also grab a light meal at the cafe situated on the grounds.

Company Gardens Restaurant

If you’re looking for an Alice in Wonderland experience with a South African twist, The Company Gardens restaurant is the perfect spot. Sitting beneath the luscious trees in the Company Gardens, the nature-inspired restaurant offers a selection of light meals and local favourites. Conveniently located in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, the restaurant offers a sense of release after walks through the surrounding national gallery or planetarium, and offers relaxation pods designed by renowned designer, Porky Hefer.

Starlings Cafe

Speaking of wonderland, Starlings Cafe is a hidden gem found in the South of Cape Town. Sneakily camouflaged as a little cottage, the cafe opens its doors to a cosy, rustic-chic dining space that expands into the charming garden area. The breakfast and lunch spot offers a tasty menu consisting of decadent light meals, zesty drinks and an impressive tea selection.

Clico Restaurant

Just off Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile, lies Clico Boutique Hotel, home to the chic Clico restaurant. The intimate setting has an indoor/outdoor feel and allows guests to look out upon the serene courtyard while indulging in their seasonal menu. Enjoy breakfast or dinner, or request their exquisite tasting menu alongside any of their boutique cellar wines.

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Winchester Hotel

Overlooking the Atlantic ocean, lies the newly renovated Winchester hotel. Enjoy drinks on the sea-facing terraces of the Harvey restaurant or reserve a courtyard seat for a delicious fire-based meal at Shoreditch Restaurant. With its walls embellished with blooming bougainvillea, the space exudes springtime elegance.

The Forum Kitchen

Fuel your body with wholesome ingredients at The Forum Kitchen at L’antico Giardino. The weekend-only restaurant serves up a selection of artisanal fine foods beneath the tall trees of the immaculate venue, The Forum|White Light, situated in the Lanseria countryside. Their mindful menu consists of local and seasonal ingredients that promote gut-health and wellness.

Plantsman Eatery

The bushveld is known for its vast wildlife and waterfalls, however, its picturesque countryside is also home to Plantsman Eatery – an inviting restaurant nestled in White River, that serves up hearty meals and mouthwatering baked goods. The space includes indoor and outdoor dining as well as the lovely Plantsman Gardens. Keep your eyes glued to their social media for more on their workshops and picnic offerings.

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