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Best Food on a Budget in Cape Town

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Eastern Food Bazaar

Upon entering the Eastern Food Bazaar it almost feels like being transported into a whole different world. Taking the form of a Middle Eastern alley market, there are entrances on two sides and counters offering up delectable cuisine lining one wall. Happy diners sit around the tables on the opposite walls enjoying hearty curries and a quick chat. The atmosphere at the Eastern Food Bazaar is always jovial and busy with patrons politely jostling each other to get to the front of the queues and for seating. The fare includes curries, chicken tikka, masala dosa, all kinds of naan and roti as well as great lassies and desserts like date ice cream. It's always buzzing and always great fun. -Bordeaux Martin

Cape Town, South Africa
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Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa is by far one of the most fun places in Cape Town to visit for a fantastic Indian meal in a non-traditional Indian restaurant atmosphere. The décor is sleek and modern with white overtones. Giant Indian puppets watch over diners while faux Bollywood movie posters announce menu items. The impressive menu offers traditional masala dosas with sautéed potatoes, mustard seeds and curry leaves as well as mouthwateringly good chicken and beef kebabs served with a variety of dips and crackling pappadums. Drinks include tasty lassis, homemade sweet masala tea and hot chai tea. For those craving alcoholic drinks, there is a decent beer and wine selection and a special cocktail menu; ask the waiter for details.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Cafe Mojito

The small, intimate and rustic Café Mojito is the ideal spot to either begin a night out on happening Long Street or for a night of good Cuban dining. Happy patrons take seating inside or at the inviting tables that spill out onto the sidewalk while enjoying refreshing mixed drinks, especially around the daily happy hour. The spot is also rumored to serve the best authentic mojito in the neighborhood. It is quite a social spot and besides being great for drinks and atmosphere it also has a great menu serving a good selection of Caribbean fare including jambalaya, chicken jerky and Cuban flatbread. There is also a special Mojito breakfast. Great drinks and food are all to be had at Café Mojito.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Royale Eatery

Take an old 1950s diner mixed with an urban city vibe and add some incredible food, and you have Royale Eatery, located at the end of Long Street just before Kloof Street. With over 50 types of burgers and over a dozen types of milk shakes, there is really something for everyone. The personal touches of this restaurant are apparent as you look through the well-designed menus and as you gaze at the always-changing art on the walls. Being situated on Long Street, it is not uncommon to find a mix of tourists, but it is also a local favorite and fashion industry hot-spot. Be sure to head up stairs to the Waiting Room for drinks and an amazing evening after dinner. - Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Royo Kloof

Royo Kloof is, as its name suggests, is situated on Kloof Street in the beautiful Gardens, Cape Town. Royo Kloof is the place where you go if you just want a relaxed evening with real authentic Chinese cuisine, and scrumptious sushi. Royo Kloof towers out above Gardens with a beautiful view of the impressive landmark that is Table Mountain. It is the perfect place for groups or families to come together to enjoy some wholesome time over a delicious spread of Chinese meals. The service is friendly, fast, and the decor speaks of the restaurant's warmth and its down-to-earth atmosphere. - Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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