Nestled along the picturesque coastline of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, East London is not only known for its stunning beaches and rich history but also for its vibrant culinary scene. From upmarket steakhouses to rustic fish shacks, this city has something to satisfy every palate.
1. Grazia Fine Food & Wine
Begin your culinary journey at Grazia Fine Food & Wine, a charming bistro located in the heart of East London. Known for its elegant ambiance and mouthwatering cuisine, Grazia offers a delectable fusion of Italian and South African flavors. With a menu that features fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and homemade pasta dishes, you’re in for a treat. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a selection from their extensive wine list, showcasing some of the finest South African vintages.
Times: Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday; 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Address: Aquarium Rd, Quigney, East London, 5201
Contact: 087 350 4066
2. The Grill Room
For an exquisite dining experience with a view, head to The Grill Room at the Regent Hotel. This upmarket steakhouse, overlooking the Indian Ocean, offers a delectable South African twist on traditional meals. The New York-inspired décor, with its wood and leather finishes, adds to the ambiance. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in their wine and whiskey food pairings, a true treat for connoisseurs.
Times: Monday – Saturday, 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sunday, 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Address: Premier Hotel Regent, Marine Park Complex, Esplanade, East London, 5211
Contact: 043 709 5018
3. The Gonubie Hotel
If you’re in the mood for seafood with a view, head to The Gonubie Hotel. Overlooking the picturesque Gonubie Bay, this historic establishment serves up an array of seafood delights, including their famous seafood platter and grilled line fish. The laid-back atmosphere, friendly service, and stunning coastal vistas make it a must-visit for seafood aficionados.
Times: Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Address: 141 Main Rd, Gonubie, East London, 5256
Contact: 043 740 4010
4. Sea Spirit Fish Market
If you’re seeking a more rustic and authentic experience, make your way to the Sea Spirit Fish Market. This charming boat shed, located on the harbor’s edge, specializes in a simple yet irresistible menu – fish and chips. The fish is locally sourced from the Port of East London, ensuring freshness and quality. You can even purchase hand line fish to cook at home or savor their perfectly fried fish and chips right on the spot.
Times: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: 25 Pontoon Rd, Parkside, East London, 5209
Contact: 043 722 7146
5. Emerald Vale Brewery
For a unique culinary adventure, venture to the Emerald Vale Brewery, situated in the scenic Cintsa East, just a short drive from East London. This family-owned brewery offers breathtaking views of the Eastern Cape’s lush landscapes and a play area for children. Sample their craft beers, made from fresh rainwater, while indulging in delicious pub-style fare. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take on the cycling, running, and walking trails nearby.
Times: Closed Mondays – Tuesdays; Wednesdays – Fridays, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address: 1221 Emerald Vale Farm, Chintsa East
Contact: 043 738 5397 (Bookings are essential)
ALSO SEE: Eastern Cape Restaurants Round-Up
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