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Best Local Cuisine in Cape Town

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Gold Restaurant

Gold Restaurant is situated on Bennett Street in Cape Town. It was established in October 2007 and is an exceptional African restaurant. It offers patrons a taste of the cuisines of Cape Malay and Africa. They also provide an exhilarating traditional experience to accompany your dining experience. Their entertainment even includes a performer known as The Queen who will sprinkle 24 carat gold powder on visitors to thank them for visiting. The restaurant operates Mondays to Sundays from 6p to 12a.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Marco's African Place

Marco Radebe's place is one of the largest restaurants in town and offers a wonderful view of Table Mountain. With a live band, or African jazz playing in the background, you'll be in for a relaxed evening. Marco's African Place is in a vast shed-like space, split into two levels and decorated with rustic colors, earthy African prints, and baskets. There's a broad menu of African fare with a few Mediterranean touches - Oxtail Curry, Upens (tripe), Ulwimi (ox tongue and mustard sauce), Crocodile Tail and the absolutely fabulous Marco's Rasta Pasta. There is a selection of Cape wines to match the exciting food. It is open throughout the week from 12 pm onwards.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Africa Cafe

The Africa Café is a beautiful hidden cuisine gem in the center of Cape Town. The colorful painted walls on the outside reflect the atmosphere inside. The Africa Café truly presents a dining experience: the meals are traditionally inspired and prepared with warm and friendly service. Beautiful women in traditional clothing wash your hands before eating and treat you like you are a guest in their house. It is a place to get together and celebrate life with everyone you love. The vibe is welcoming and constant with the different themed, and traditionally styled rooms within this multi-layer restaurant. This is the ideal place to enjoy a meal in the city for both tourists and locals. - Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Mama Africa

Fantastic marimba bands, Abakhaya, the excellent African Dream and all-female band Matombazana, perform alternatively from Monday to Saturday to a largely tourist audience. Whilst getting lost in the tribal drumming, enjoy cuisine from all over the continent. It has garnered an excellent reputation for its African cuisine, and is centrally located on hip Long Street. Funky interior, and true to the African way, it has a very relaxed and mellow vibe. In addition, it has an unusual 500-bottle Coca Cola chandelier.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Karibu

Karibu is an elegant restaurant that specializes in traditional local cuisine. It is situated on the V&A waterfront and creates an atmosphere that is uniquely South African, with their friendly yet efficient service, traditionally decorated interior and the absolutely authentic menu. You can sit down either inside or outside, or if you book early enough in advance, have a romantic dinner in what they call their "lovers lane" - a collection of tables a little separated from the business of the restaurant floor. Indulge in unbelievable South African tastes - seafood, succulent venison and game, and end it off with a traditional dessert or a glass of smooth Amarula - traditional cream liqueur. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Van Hunks

Van Hunks is a charming, rustic and proudly South African Restaurant in central Gardens. Van Hunks is a place where both young and old, both local and tourist, can enjoy traditional cuisine stylishly. It emanates a down-to-earth and relaxed atmosphere inside with fireplaces for cold winter dayss, and a wonderful outside seating area with breathtaking view of Table Mountain. Their menu is enticing and gives you the chance to experience local taste at its best. From slow roasted springbok shank to traditional puddings and beers, there is sure to be something that will make your mouth water. Van Hunks is an excellent ambassador for South African cuisine and a nice, laid back restaurant. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Wild Fig

The Wild Fig is situated on Valkenberg Estate in a beautiful garden setting with an adjoining bar called Annie's Arms. The Wild Fig is located in the city of Mowbray, just ten minutes outside of Cape Town in the Southern Suburbs, but the feel of this restaurant is pure country. With a log fire burning in the winter or a refreshing, crisp salad in the summer, The Wild Fig is always an amazing country experience. The Wild Fig is truly a fine dining type of restaurant with a wide range of dishes ranging from Mediterranean and vegetarian to local South African. Be sure to book well in advance for reservations as this restaurant is extremely popular amongst locals and tourists. -Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Mzoli's Place

Mzoli's Place, also known as Mzoli's Meat, is more than just a restaurant, bar or club; it is something of a social movement. Mzoli's is located in the heart of Gugeltu, a sprawling, developing township about 15 minutes outside of Cape Town, just off the N2 Highway. Mzoli's is a gathering place for meat lovers and people who are ready to have a good time. The magic of Mzolzi's is in the diversity of the crowd - hundreds of people pack this local hangout each weekend to enjoy the best of South Africa's traditional meats and local beers. In the evening, Mzoli's is known for turning into a bit of a party place, with dancing and music blasting for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. Mzoli's is a true South African hangout spot and a must see for those willing to enter a township.

Guguletu, South Africa
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Moyo Bloberg

The Moyo Bloberg, is part of the Moyo franchise that is popularly known for serving traditional South African cuisine. At Moyo Bloberg, the lavish course starts with a bite of West Coast Smoked Snoek Paté, Crumbed Mussel Gatsb and is ended with moyo Moja. The fun doesn't end in the kitchen, as here you can witness the best of African culture with the live dance and musical performances by talented artists of the region. This restaurant indeed provides the best glimpse of this exotic country. For further information do visit their website.

Cape Town, South Africa
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