The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town Osteria Hamm & Uys, Joe Dreyer

Mexican, Lebanese, Greek and South African – there’s a clutch of new cuisines to try out!

The world of masks, sanitisers and social-distancing is, sadly, still with us, but the good news is that the Cape Town restaurant scene is bulging with new and exciting openings.

We’ve selected the 30 most noteworthy openings in the Mother City and wonderful Winelands. Let us know which are your favourites in the comments below.

Homespun at The Andros

New Cape Town Restaurants: Homespun at The Andros
Marguerite Oelofse

When Matt Schreuder opened the original Homespun in Blouberg, back in 2015, he knocked it out of the park with his creative SA-flecked international dishes inspired by his travels. So we were thrilled to stumble upon his brand-new baby – in the southern suburbs this time – at The Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont.
Led by chef Chris De Jongh, who worked with Matt in Blouberg, the trusty kitchen team has created an ever-changing set menu of artfully exciting and utterly delectable dishes, such as beef tataki; prawn dumplings; and crispy gammon with Pecorino, orange and sweet potato. As for pastry chef Christopher Morresson’s desserts… “super lekker” as Matt would say.
Opened June 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm – 11.30pm
Contact 021 761 4520,
Where to find it 5 Phyllis Road, Claremont, Cape Town
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New Cape Town Restaurants: Geuwels

Unstoppable chef Bertus Basson has done it again: he’s opened another restaurant – his sixth – this time at Vergenoegd Löw, one of South Africa’s oldest working farms. The Afrikaans word for “gables”, Geuwels is a beautifully restored manor house, whose historic charm and exquisite interior design are the perfect backdrop for chef Drikus Brink’s South African small plates that can be enjoyed in one of the multiple indoor or outdoor dining spaces. Think tamatie bredie Saldanha mussels, curried-beef jaffles, springbok-bobotie tartare, maize pap chips – and for breakfast, duck Eggs benedict with local smoked trout or smoked pork belly with roosterkoek and egg.
Good to know Geuwels is also open for breakfast and does afternoon picnics on the werf.
Opened September 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 202 4373,
Where to find it Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate, 1 Vergenoegd Road, Faure, Off R310, Stellenbosch
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Salt at Waterford Estate

New Cape Town Restaurants: Salt at Waterford Estate

Seated around a gurgling fountain in the gravelled courtyard of this scenic estate in the Blaauwklippen Valley, we could’ve been anywhere in the world. Plane trees (pruned à la Française) and terracotta rooftops evoke Provence, while warm hospitality, delicious chenin blanc, and a decidedly South African-flecked menu remind us that we’re in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands – nowhere else we’d rather be!
Salt at Waterford is the latest offering from chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit, whose foolproof food philosophy – “Cook with flavour, keep it simple, and use your ingredients to their best potential’’– could not be more perfect for this relaxed, pared-back (yet upscale) setting. There are four mains on the menu: confit chicken and prawns; coconut-simmered pasture-reared brisket; smoked-dashi bourride pan-fried linefish; and crusted tofu and confit fennel – all beautifully prepared and presented. If you’re sensitive to seasoning, let the kitchen know – this is Salt, after all, so condiments are a given.
The affogato with hand-churned ice cream was a necessary denouement for our drive back to Cape Town.
Opened May 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 880 5300,
Where to find it Waterford Estate, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch

TTK Fledgelings

New Cape Town Restaurants: TTK Fledgelings

One of the newest additions to the Luke Dale Roberts stable is TTK Fledgelings, launched by Luke’s partner Sandalene, at The Old Biscuit Mill. No ordinary eatery, this one doubles as an upliftment programme to create opportunities for budding chefs to gain experience and learn the ropes. Expect everything from gourmet burgers in glossy buns and fresh sushi to Malay-style calamari and peppercorn-crusted steak. Not to mention the Instagram-worthy dessert topped with a whimsical cloud of candyfloss.
Opened April 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 7.30pm
Contact 078 339 2672,
Where to find it Unit 104A, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
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Let’s Frite

New Cape Town Restaurants: Let’s Frite

A French-fries bar? Count us in! This new chip shop – from chefs Reuben Riffel and Aviv Liebenberg – has popped up in the centre of Franschhoek to satisfy everyone’s fried-snack fantasies. Think triple-fried frites with homemade mayo, and some heartier burger options in the mix. The space, previously home to Chris Erasmus’ Foliage, has been transformed into a casual hangout complete with exposed wood, industrial flooring and a cosy fireplace.
If you’d prefer your fries with aioli-and-curry mayo, ponzu mayo or ranch sauce, those are available for an extra charge. There’s also a squid and frites option with nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce) or a double beef-and-cheese burger in a buttermilk bun, and some vegan options too.
Opened August 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 8.30pm
Contact 084 502 5119
Where to find it 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek


New Cape Town Restaurants: Tagine

This newcomer to De Waterkant’s Prestwich Street does creative and colourful Moroccan and Middle-Eastern breakfasts, lunches and dinners in a beautiful space.
The varied brunch menu includes halva overnight oats with date honey; and also Tagine Benedict with poached eggs, pulled lamb and preserved-lemon Hollandaise. Come lunch, guests can tuck into everything from fattoush (salad) and festive, lamb-loaded hummus to falafel or sumac-chicken skewers. And, of course, a drinks-to-dinner small-plates menu of delicious mezze.
Opened June 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 4pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 082 847 1030
Where to find it 55 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant

Stud The Burger Shop

Stud The Burger New Restaurants

Think food-truck vibes (but in a bricks-and-mortar location), an award-winning top chef (Michael Broughton, ex-Terroir) and some of the very best beef (Wagyu + Boran raised just down the road). Brilliant concept and simply delicious. Stud The Burger Shop has three burgers on its menu, served on cool “branded” brioche buns, filled with cheese, pickles, the classic three sauces (tomato, mayo, mustard) and served with golden crispy chips. The No Bull version is a plant-based patty that took chef Michael seven months to perfect. They’re served from a small kitchen with a hatch opening onto the street for takeaways, or there is seating on the stoep.
Good to know For dessert there’s vanilla soft-serve in a black sugar cone, and two drinks options on the menu: Black Label beer or specially made Brennaissance Stud wine (red, white, pink) in no-fuss portable tins.
Opened May 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Contact details 063 356 6883
Where to find it 43 Plein Street, Stellenbosch


New Cape Town Restaurants: Zest

The stylish addition to Sea Point’s Newkings Boutique Hotel offers diners a fusion of Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired flavours from chef Pavel Dimitrov. Enjoy glimmering sea views, colourful cocktails, an oyster bar and a five-course tasting menu. Think hot-smoked fish croquettes with apple and garlic and dill aioli; kameeldoring wood-grilled beef with confit onions, and lemon-and-thyme meringue with lemonade parfait and sour yoghurt. If a tasting menu isn’t your thing, enjoy a more pared-down à la carte selection.
Opened June 2021
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 11pm
Sunday, 7am – 5pm
Contact 021 010 7010,
Where to find it Newkings Boutique Hotel, 2nd Floor, Piazza Da Luz, 94 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
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Ember Meat House

New Cape Town Restaurants: Ember Meat House
Drizzle & Dip

Companion eatery to Stud (see above), and also presided over by chef Michael Broughton, Ember Meat House celebrates Boran beef in steak form (fillet, ribeye, sirloin, rump). The meat is wood-fired in a unique way that makes it coal-black on the outside, but it’s not burnt or bitter and beautifully pink and succulent inside. It’s served the classic way, with chips and a choice of four sauces. Culinary skill and attention to detail are carried through in the rest of the menu: a limited but elegant choice of dishes in which local ingredients shine, including linefish, prawn risotto, ravioli (and more Boran in the form of tartare for starters). The restaurant itself is an eye-catching, modern monochromatic space with the best linen and tableware – a fitting backdrop for the top-notch food and wine.
Good to know The wine list is noteworthy – impressive and strictly Stellenbosch origin.
Opened August 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact details 021 203 6255,
Where to find it 43 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
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Nish Nush

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Nish Nush

Tucked away in a hole-in-the-wall kitchen on Bree Street, this wildly popular hatch, owned by Israeli-born Ofer Hollinger, dishes out some of the best falafel and hummus in town and mouth-wateringly good shwarmas, too. Nish Nush (“snack” in Hebrew), was born out of Ofer’s constant search for the perfect pita in South Africa and started as a stall at the Neighbourgoods Market.
The menu is simple but packs full-on flavours of the Middle East. Think sabich (sandwiches) filled with tahini, Yemeni zhoug, fresh chopped salad, succulent beef strips (for the shwarma), or falafel.
Enjoy your feast curbside on the stools provided, or ask to have your order wrapped to go.
Opened April 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 061 543 1120,
Where to find it 110 Bree Street, CBD, Cape Town

Tortuga Loca

New Cape Town Restaurants: Tortuga Loca

Two words: churro waffles! They were the irresistible end of our visit to this buzzy new Mexican joint on Muizenberg’s Main Road, but we’re mentioning them upfront, lest you forget! The delightful space – dressed in a catholic-yet-curated pastiche of owner Georgina McCloughan’s lifelong collectables – is warm and welcoming, with a varied menu, frozen margaritas on tap, good service and a rockabilly playlist making for a fabulous night out.
Two giant flatscreen TVs with rolling surf videos are a reminder that you’re in Muizies, with a fireplace, cosy lounge areas and glassed-in street-facing patios enhancing the homely vibe.
Why Mexican, I ask: “My business partner, who lives in Muizenberg, identified a gap in the market,” Georgina explains. “There isn’t another one from Claremont to Simon’s Town.”
“The local community is health- and planet-conscious,” she continues, “so everything is free-range and there’s no red meat on the menu.” Something we didn’t even notice or miss when we ordered the finger-licking chicken wings, corn ribs and mixed salad – all of which I’d order again.
Opened September 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 3pm – 10.30pm
Contact details 087 095 5733
Where to find it 141 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

FiftyFive Croissants

New Cape Town Restaurants: FiftyFive Croissants

John Hamman and Marius Uys (Hamm & Uys) have brought a slice of France to the sleepy town of Wellington, just 45 minutes from Cape Town.The name? Only 55 classic croissants are baked each day, so diners are guaranteed the freshest-possible, best-quality pastries, plus there’s minimal waste for the café!
Sit on the front sun-dappled stoep, or take your pick from the cosy foyer or beautiful attic, with its ceiling-flower arrangement by The Wild Bunch Flower Farm. And, before you leave, grab a sourdough loaf, some fresh eggs and other pantry essentials toi take home.
Good to know Each week sees a gourmet croissant topping the menu. Think fresh mozzarella Caprese with a good glug of olive oil; or a decadent chocolate bread-and-butter pudding croissant; or a mustard toasted-cheese croissant with roasted tomato soup. Score! The price? R55!
Opened July 2021
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 084 250 5336
Where to find it 36 Bain Street, Wellington


New Cape Town Restaurants: Farro

Bree Street is ground zero for new openings, particularly the pop-up kind. But the latest arrival is no ordinary pop-up. New to Cape Town, and world famous in Jozi, Farro is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Alex and Eloise Windebank, who were forced to close their beloved Illovo branch when Covid struck in March last year.
But they’re back, like a bolt out of the blue, in the Mother City this time, on the busiest food strip in town. Expect a European-flecked menu of hearty and delicious dishes made using locally sourced ingredients, such as beef Bourguignon, pork belly or whatever’s in season.
Opened October 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 061 511 8634,
Where to find it 160 Bree Street, Cape Town 
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The Royal Oyster Bar

New Cape Town Restaurants: The Royal Oyster Bar

Oyster aficionados, there’s a new dedicated shellfish bar in town, just in time for summer! In the space formerly occupied by La Tête, the new haunt boasts a beautiful bar and sidewalk seating where diners are invited to sip on bubbles and enjoy platters of seafood and shellfish. Aside from oysters (from Knysna, Saldanha Bay and Namibia), the menu caters to vegetarians and carnivores too, with vegetable platters, steaks and even gnocchi. Oh, and the winelist is varied, offering some good by-the-glass options.
Opened September 2021
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8:30am – 10pm
Contact 071 490 2834,
Where to find it 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Osteria Hamm & Uys

New Cape Town Restaurants: Osteria Hamm & Uys
Joe Dreyer

Another pearler from John Hamman and Marius Uys, this carb-embracing gathering place, like all good osterias, features a short menu of traditional, unpretentious Italian classics (with a Hamm & Uys spin). Spaghetti Carbonara made with Klipdrift vrywei egg yolk, Joostenberg speck and Kleine Rivier Parmesan? Yes, please! Or Cozze & Vongole Fettuccine made with West Coast mussels, Edenhuis chili and fresh garlic and parsley from their garden. There are four mains, one dessert (tiramisu), plenty of wine and a playlist of Neapolitan favourites.
“You can bring your pets, dress up if you want, but mostly, come hungry and as you are.”
Opened September 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 201 8508
Where to find it 35 Bain Street, Wellington

Bodega Ramen

New Cape Town Restaurants: Bodega Ramen

The space previously home to Melting Pot (and then Oxalis briefly) has seen its fair share of transformations, the most recent of which is a cosy noodle bar, whose moody green walls, antique furnishings and retro art create a fitting backdrop for slurping up a comforting bowl of ramen.
Previously based in Woodstock, Bodega’s latest incarnation in the innercity’s busiest restaurant hub is fast becoming the spot for a casual dinner. The homemade ramen bowls are generous, filled with lip-smackingly noodles that soak up all the flavourful broth. We recommend the miso charsu pork belly with pickles and ajitama egg and the braised-beef short-rib and kimchi ramen. There’s also a vegan option with shiitake, glazed tofu and slow-roasted tomatoes. It’s a serious hug in a bowl and might just be the ultimate hangover cure!
Good to know Not partial to ramen? Go for some sharing plates, such as crunchy karaage (deep-fried) chicken or charred broccoli with black vinegar and sesame. And, if you can fit anything else in, make it a slice of the glorious burnt basque cheesecake (to enjoy with another glass of vino or as a take-home treat).
Opened April 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact details 078 241 3285,
Where to find it 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
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The Restaurant @ Paul Cluver

New Cape Town Restaurants: The Restaurant @ Paul Cluver

Seasonal, fresh and local is what you can expect from this farm restaurant that was relaunched earlier this year. Chef Stacey Lee Chan brings the estate’s garden to the plate with a beautifully simple offering that pairs perfectly with the estate wines. Cosy up inside next to the fire or take in some garden views on the stoep as you enjoy the likes of roasted tomato and basil soup with homemade focaccia, pan-fried prawns with parsnip purée and seafood bisque, Elgin free-range chicken and tarragon pot pie, or farm-foraged mushroom risotto. It’s also open for breakfast and early dinners on Friday nights.
Opened February 2021
Opening times Daily, 8am – 4pm
Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 021 844 0607,
Where to find it De Rust Estate, N2 Grabouw
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Taboulet and Co.

New Cape Town Restaurants: Taboulet and Co.

New to the Sea Point strip, this organic Lebanese eatery is first and foremost a delivery spot, but locals can also settle at the small snack bar for an on-the-go bite, sidewalk-style. The menu is mainly vegetarian-focused but there are options for carnivores, too. Think dips of mutabal (eggplant) and hummus, beef and chicken shawarmas, falafels, za’atar pastries, vegan koftas, and tabbouleh and fattoush salads. End things on a sweet note with a baklawa (baklava) and Turkish coffee.
Opened June 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 8pm
Contact 064 918 4048,
Where to find it 315 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Johnny Shawarma

New Cape Town Restaurants: Johnny Shawarma

What it says on the label: “a no-nonsense falafel and shawarma shop in the heart of Sea Point” – perfect for takeaways and spontaneous pop-ins. We recommend a classic pita with your choice of falafel, chicken, lamb, schnitzel or yemenite cauliflower, but if you’re afraid of carbs, go for one of the above in a bowl.
There are “shmears” aplenty to pimp your pita, such as harissa aioli, hummus and tzatziki; salads and pickles; a Shabox (Fridays only) that serves four and even homemade ice cream for dessert!
Opened September 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Contact 060 812 0794
Where to find it 90 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Paris Cape Town

New Cape Town Restaurants: Paris Cape Town

French owner Laurent Bazaudun has carved out a slice of Parisian paradise on Sea Point Main Road with his dinky new bakery that does real-deal baguettes, mouth-watering Viennoiseries, pain au chocolat, croissant béchamel, Croque monsieur and more. There’s a petite terrasse where you can enjoy your pastry in the sun with a café au lait. The patisserie opens at 7am and closes when the last croissant flies off the shelf.
Opened July 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 7am – 2pm (or until sold out)
Saturday – Sunday, 7am – 5pm (or until sold out)
Contact 076 128 2335,
Where to find it 267 Main Road, Sea  Point

Chapter One

New Cape Town Restaurants: Chapter One

This tapas bar and restaurant on Kloof Street offers a multicultural dining experience where easy eating meets fine cuisine in a series of tantalising small plates. The grilled sirloin and potato is a popular favourite, while the crispy chicken bao and melt-off-the-bone short rib also sound delectable. Vegetarians are catered for with the likes of a beetroot and fig salad and a salad of the day – all of which go down beautifully with a tipple or two off the curated cocktails menu.
Opened September 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 9.30pm
Contact 072 827 255,
Where to find it 100 Kloof Street, Cape Town
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Four & Twenty

Four & Twenty Constantia Uitsig New Restaurants Cape Town

Taking pride of place on Chelsea Village’s high street, Four & Twenty has been a long-time favourite of brunch-loving hedonists and health-conscious foodies alike. The charming café, run by Tracy-Leigh Gaag and her team, serves some of the best all-day breakfasts and bakes in town. We were thrilled to stumble upon its brand-new spot at Constantia Uitsig.
On the menu you’ll find the same deliciousness as the Wynberg branch but with a few tweaks here and there. The indulgent Benedict menu is there, with four different kinds to choose from (yes, please!), including the Green Eggs & Ham Benedict with poached eggs, Dijon-brushed sourdough, basil Hollandaise and crispy hickory ham. There are build-your-own breakfast options, as well as lunch dishes, including colourful salads and gourmet sandwiches. And a glorious range of freshly baked treats. When the sun is out, nab a spot on the porch and take in the breathtaking wine-farm views.
Opened August 2021
Opening times
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 012 5994,
Where to find it Cottage 5, Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

Deep South Eatery

New Cape Town Restaurants: Deep South Eatery

Previously known as Barstaurant, Deep South Eatery in Glencairn has teamed up with pitmaster Jay Haupt (owner of the Hickory Shack near Elgin) to dole out slow-cooked, Texas-style barbeque dishes such as beef brisket and ribs, pulled pork and BBQ chicken wings! Deliciously washed down by a craft beer or an on-tap lager.
Good to know The eatery serves banging breakfasts on Saturdays and Sundays. 
Opened December 2020
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 8pm
Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 773 0220,
Address 12 Glen Road, Glencair
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Yiayia’s Table

New Cape Town Restaurants: Yiayia’s Table
The Little Hedonist

Greek for “grandmother”, this family-owned café in Little Mowbray is all about old-fashioned hospitality and traditional made-with-love Greek comfort food and delicacies. In honour of matriarch Yiayia Elli, the menu is filled with her time-honoured recipes: kourabiedes (shortbread), bougatsa (custard pies), spanakopita, and the crowd-pleasing koulouri (a ring-shaped bread).
Opened May 2021
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 689 8837,
Where to find it 41 Durban Road, Mowbray

Hygge Hygge

New Cape Town Restaurants: Hygge Hygge

This charming new eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch takes its inspiration from the Danish word “hygge”, loosely translated as “fun”. ​And it certainly lives up to its name, with modern, inviting décor creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Head chef Andries van der Merwe uses fresh, locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal food to create an array of exciting dishes that cater to vegans and vegetarians, too. Options include golden chickpea curry, pasta of the day and a range of smoothies.
Good to know Hygge Hygge is in the process of obtaining a liquor license, so guests can bring their own wine (and pay a small corkage fee) in the meantime. 
Opened April 2021
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm, Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 066 426 9023,
Address 11–13 Church Street, Stellenbosch Central

Misfits Restaurant by Ideas Cartel

New Cape Town Restaurants: Misfits

The latest addition to Green Point comes courtesy of the Ideas Cartel family. As its name implies, Misfits is no run-of-the-mill restaurant; the owners wanted to create a social space conducive to networking, meetings, social gatherings and more!
Misfits is a beautifully dressed venue, offering a simple, focused all-day menu that’ll satisfy diners for brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner, including gourmet pizza and sushi on the menu. It’s also pet-friendly, with indoor and outdoor seating options, so diners can manage the Mother City’s famous (weather) mood swings.
Opened July 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 10am
Sunday – Monday, 7am – 5pm
Contact 021 824 1728,
Where to find it70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
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Old Town Italy (High Constantia)

New Restaurants Cape Town: Old Town Italy Constantia

When the moon hits the sky, like a big pizza pie, you know you’ve arrived at OTI! Neapolitan songs blare from the raised terrace of this old-school trattoria, hinting at what you can expect: a homely vibe, nonna-style dishes and friendly service. There’s a deli section, too, where you can stock up on formaggio and Parma ham to take home.
Opened March 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm
Contact 021 569 3784,
Where to find it Shop 12 High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Bo-Kaap Deli

New Restaurants Cape Town: Bo-Kaap Deli

For a taste of Cape Malay, with a dash of modern flavour, this cosy café does colourful and comforting breakfasts and lunches, such as Malay shakshuka, masala-steak burgers and Labarang bagels, to name a few. Or simply pop in for a spiced tea and a koesister.
Opened February 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 4.30pm
Contact 064 518 4231,
Where to find it 114 Church Street, Cape Town


New Restaurants in Cape Town: Tomson

The latest venture from the team behind Max Bagels and Leo’s is Tomson, a pocket-sized restaurant on Bree Street that serves a small but punchy offering of Cantonese-style street food. At the helm is third-generation Chinese-South African Andrew Kai, whose inspiration comes from the South Cantonese flavours of his childhood. Think wontons with pork and shrimp or shiitake and tofu all doused in a vibrant chilli sauce, or sliced Sichuan pork with a kick of kimchi. Ale aficionados should try the refreshing range of beers: Tsing Tao, Kirin and Asahi.
Opened February 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact @tomson_cpt (bookings via direct message on Instagram only)
Where to find it 120 Bree Street, CBD, Cape Town

Grand Pavilion

New Restaurants Cape Town: Grand Pavilion

Bringing a slice of Riviera lifestyle to Sea Point, this new hangout overlooking the promenade is all the rage for breakfast, coffee with a view, laidback lunches, vibey dinners and after-work drinks. Boasting a decidedly Mediterranean feel, Grand Pavilion is one of those one-stop-shop types, where morning, afternoon and night seem to blend seamlessly into one.
Opened March 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 206 6360,
Where to find it 277 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town


New Restaurants Cape Town: Himitsu

As its name implies (himitsu means “secret” in Japanese), the latest culinary venture from chef Cheyne Morrisby (Cheynes, Lucky Bao, Ding Dong, Mexicola Locale) is discreetly tucked away at Camps Bay Retreat, an exclusive hotel and private nature reserve on the Atlantic Seaboard. Shaded by a towering forest and overlooking the sparkling ocean, the modern Asian eatery is already causing a stir with a four-section menu of Japanese small plates available for lunch and dinner (as well as breakfast for early birds). Like at all Cheyne’s restaurants, diners can expect flavour-popping dishes made with fresh ingredients, but the setting here trumps all his others.
Opened February 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Contact 021 437 8300
Where to find it 7 Chilworth Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Time of publication: 06 October 2021

14 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. Rhonda Harkness

    found excellent new restaurants to visit

  2. Nonnie

    Good information to use when visiting .

  3. Amanda Botha

    Existing and adventures restaurants!

  4. Andrea Marent-Hegewisch

    Love trying new eateries!

  5. Rita Swart

    Great to see the hospitality industry back…

  6. Angus Mcgee

    i have a lot of catching up to do and lots to spend ???

  7. Brenton

    Fantastic guide to local spots ,great info on each one
    My latest obsession is Nishnush
    Half and half shawarma half falafel and half beef
    Need to try Tagine soon.

  8. Coco Brits

    Live in Johannesburg so need this guide for when I visit. Went to some restuarants in Camps Bay which where not great, so looking forward to this guide for my next trip,

  9. Jacqueline Curtis

    Love this. please put me on your list

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  10. Camilla Swart

    Thanks so much – so helpful, and inspiring!
    Great magazine – keep it up.

  11. Amanda Kottler

    Please do a review of best vegan restaurants in Cape Town. Thanks

  12. malcolm jacobs

    very interesting