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Bao Down

Plates here are small and best for sharing. Order the prawn toast, Korean fried-chicken bao and cauliflower cake and see how you get on. Sit at the bar and admire this bolthole’s terrazzo table tops from above, with rose-pink plastered walls adding to the overall vibe.

Lilly's

This Mouille Point eatery is great for breakfast. At Lily’s “things on toast” range from smoked Norwegian salmon to sauteed mushrooms. Insta-worthy interiors are an added draw and fish and chips for lunch is the only recommendation you need. Post feed, aid digestion with a walk along the promenade.

  • +27 21 204 8545
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  • Shop 1
    East-West Building
    Corner of Beach Rd and Surrey Place
    Mouille Point

Cousins

These cousins from Romagna have lived in Cape Town for years. Pining for a taste of home, they set up this authentic Italian joint serving up fresh pasta and tiramisu. It goes without saying that the coffee (and by osmosis the tiramisu) is fantastic.

Tacos Locos

Blending Mexican and local South African flavours, Tacos Locos first proved they could draw a crowd by setting up a food truck in 2015. Diners can now eat-in or takeaway at their shop in Observatory. Throwing a fiesta? They also do catering.

Power and The Glory

Right next door to Hallelujah, if you missed out on those lobster rolls The Glory serves fantastic hot dogs that make for a rather satisfactory constellation prize. It’s a hip hangout that is as diverse as its clientele and offers a café, restaurant and bar.

Charango

Peruvian-inspired food plus great decor makes a winning combination here. The cool kid on the Bree Street block, Charango’s menu is dedicated to a selection of meat cuts and South American flavours. Our order: pulled-pork tacos and ceviche followed by deep-fried vanilla-bean ice cream coated in Rice Krispies with dark-chocolate ganache.

Chefs Warehouse and Canteen

Established by Irish-born chef Liam Tomlin, this good value, no-reservations spot is a regular haunt for restaurant industry insiders. Narrow communal tables hint to the restaurant’s sharing-style mentality.

Loading Bay

Ideal for breakfast and lunch, this multidimensional space’s restaurant is its main draw. Enjoy an afternoon snack after perusing through the curated offering on the shopfloor, which stocks a selection of menswear and Aēsop Skin care.

  • +27 21 425 6320
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  • Shop 30, Hudson Building
    30 Hudson Street
    De Waterkant
    8001

Hudson’s

A cracking pizza and burger joint for when carbs and comfort food cravings call. Spontaneous diners should head to their Kloof Street outpost (walk-ins only), while planners can book ahead for their Green Point location.

Mano’s

A bit of an institution in Cape Town, Mano’s menu of international favourites rarely changes. Cool and cosmopolitan, you can book for lunch but not for dinner, so best to get there early (around 7pm).

Willoughby’s

Simple surroundings and the best sushi in town. Situated in bustling Victoria Wharf, this spot is always buzzing. Order a selection of sushi, tempura dishes, soups and salads.

  • +27 21 418 6115
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  • Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
    Breakwater Blvd
    V & A Waterfront
    8001

Test Kitchen

One to book well in advance. Dine here if you’re looking for something sophisticated with a dose of drama. Fans of experiential go nuts for this double-act evening which starts in the “Dark Room” for cocktails and a series of small plates (Korean, Japanese and Mauritian) before moving in to the “Light Room” for a more formal experience.

  • +27 21 418 6115
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  • The Old Biscuit Mill
    375 Albert Road
    Woodstock
    7915

The Pot Luck Club

Asian fusion at its best. Situated on the top floor of the Silo of the Old Biscuit Mill, it goes without saying that the views here are sublime. Innovative cuisine, edgy interiors and an elaborate drinks menu makes The Pot Luck Club a recipe for success. Come for brunch, lunch or dinner – all are equally good.

  • +27 21 447 0804
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  • The Silo
    The Old Biscuit Mill
    373-375 Albert Road
    Woodstock
    7915

Downtown Ramen

Serving a minute menu of bao and ramen, this wooden-clad food hall sits above Lefty’s Dive Bar (which serves the best ribs in town). You’ll need to walk through Lefty’s to find the tiny stairs that lead to Downtown Ramen. Scope out the menu of the former before committing to the latter.

Truth Coffee Roasting

In addition to slurping gourmet, home-roasted coffee here, test your palate with a one-hour course exploring the aromas, tastes and processes involved in craft brewing. Stop by their takeaway deli from 6am on weekdays for a pastry and cup of joe to go.

The Spice Route

This artisan all-you-can-eat means wine and beer tasting as well as chocolate and ice cream sampling are all on the menu. Pop in to Fairview next door (if you have any room left) for some cheese nibbling.

The Company's Garden

Well worth the 20-minute cab ride from the centre of the city, this magical indoor garden turns ordinary menu items into fantastical fare – think onions filled with melting cheese and Camembert cheesecake with roast-pineapple ice cream. Sounds gross, tastes great.

Clarke's

One of the trendiest diners in town, Clarke’s attracts a young, discerning crowd with a craving for American-inspired dishes. The restaurant gets busy from 5pm onwards, so come early or you’ll be grabbing a slice of apple pie at the bar.

The Kitchen

If it’s good enough for Michelle Obama, it’s good enough for us. An ideal spot for people watching, there’s a Deep South feel to this place. Purchase a plate and top it up as much (and as often) as you like.

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