Top 5 Dishes to eat in Cape Town

August 5, 2023
Malva Pudding

Cape Town is a vibrant and diverse culinary hub, offering a plethora of delicious and unique dishes.

I often read up about what’s on the menu, when planning a trip, overseas.  I believe we travel to destinations for food. In South Africa, Cape Town we have traditional African cuisine to international flavors. The city has something to satisfy every palate. Here are my personal top 5 dishes that you must try in Cape Town, when you visit:


Without a doubt this is a hearty and comforting South African dish with Cape Malay influences. It is made with spiced minced meat (usually beef or lamb), mixed with raisins, curry powder, and topped with an egg-based custard. The flavours are a perfect blend of savory and sweet, creating a truly unique and unforgettable taste.

Cape Malay Curry:

Infused with spices a Cape Malay curry is a must. This much-loved curry is known for its aromatic spices and a hint of sweetness. Typically made with either chicken, fish, or lamb, it is best enjoyed with fragrant saffron-infused rice or freshly baked roti.

The Great Gatsby:

The Gatsby is a legendary Cape Town Street food dish that originated in the working-class areas of the city. A generously sized sandwich filled with various fillings. Including steak, chips, polony (a type of processed meat), and a range of sauces, all packed between a massive loaf of bread. It’s a messy but delicious treat that captures the essence of the city’s street food culture. In fact, this take away is a hangover cure! 


Beloved South African snack that is similar to beef jerky but with distinct differences in texture and taste. Made by air-drying strips of beef marinated in a mixture of vinegar, salt, and spices like coriander and black pepper.  Making this melt in your mouth snack being incredibly tasty, it’s also a great protein-rich snack option.



Malva Pudding:

No food journey in Cape Town is complete without indulging in a sweet treat. Malva pudding is a traditional South African dessert that is a warm and comforting baked sponge cake. Served with a sticky caramelized sauce made from butter, cream, and sugar. I would suggest you enjoy this ‘lekker’ pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and the combination of warm and cold, sweet and creamy flavours will leave you craving for more.

Malva Pudding

These top 5 dishes in Cape Town represent the city’s rich culinary heritage.  No doubt will surely leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Whether you’re a fan of savoury or have a sweet tooth, Cape Town has something to offer for everyone.

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