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Exploring the Flavourful Heart of Cape Town: Three Restaurants for Authentic Local Cuisine

If you’re looking for cuisine that is diverse and vibrant, look no further than the food scene of Cape Town. Our local food is definitely worth a trip out to the Mother City, sure to take you on a gastronomic journey of a lifetime. Here at the O’Two Hotel, we’re guiding you through the best local restaurants where you can discover the most delectable and authentic food we have to offer. 

Bo-Kaap Kombuis

This enchanting establishment is an absolute hidden gem. Tucked away in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant Cape Malay enclave, Bo-Kaap, it offers a flavourful array of local dishes, including the renowned Cape Malay curries. 

Expect traditional, accessible food that embodies culture, community and family. The panoramic view from this elevated vantage point is nothing short of breathtaking, granting you a stunning lookout of Cape Town while you dine. A definite must-try!

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Address: 7 August Street, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001
Contact Details: +27 21 422 5446/[email protected] 
Opening Hours: (Lunch) Tues-Sun 12pm-3pm | (Dinner) Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm

Mama Africa Restaurant

“One Cannot Resist the Lure of Africa”

Mama Africa serves up a beautiful array of African flavours, bringing the essence of the continent directly to your plate. The menu features a range of traditional African dishes, including crocodile, kebabs and kikanda. Using only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, dishes are prepared by trained chefs who specialise in African cooking techniques. 

Mama Africa is more than just a restaurant, it’s a spotlight into the beauty and richness of African culture. This restaurant is warm and welcoming with a gorgeous african flair from the music to the decor. They host an array of traditional events from Marimba Performance & Storytelling to Food Tasting. The perfect opportunity to learn all about the diversity of African culture. 

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Address: 178 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Contact Details: +27 60 934 8063/[email protected] 
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sunday 12am-2pm

Moyo Kirstenbosch

Moyo (meaning “HEART” in Swahili) is a captivating eatery that offers a truly unique African dining experience. Rooted in the rich traditions and values of our ancestors, moyo is a pure celebration of Africa’s enduring beauty and the resilience of its people. Their reputation for famously friendly hospitality and modern African ambiance combine to create a memorable meal.

The moyo menu features Africa’s finest urban cuisine. From relaxed lunches to intimate romantic dinners, there’s a dining option for everyone. The menu boasts a wide array of bold flavours, providing visitors with a taste of Africa. To complement your meal, indulge in a cocktail or peruse their wine list, offering choices that can be expertly paired with any dish.

The most iconic part about going to Moyo is the amazing Wishy-Washy ladies, who’ll welcome you into the age-old African tradition of hand-washing and face painting ceremonies.

It’s important to note that Moyo is situated inside the breathtaking Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens which means that there is an entrance fee if you’d like to visit. 

All the details

Entrance fee – Standard Adult: R220
Entrance fee – Children aged 6 to 17 years old: R40
Entrance fee – Children under 6 years old: Free
Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, 99 Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
Contact Details: +27 21 762 9585/[email protected]
Opening Hours: Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wed-Mon 11am-6pm

Street Food

Look out for our local street food that will blow you away! From traditional dishes like vetkoek to iconic gatsby sandwiches, sizzling shisanyama grills and salty, meaty biltong. When you feel like something sweet, go and seek out a melktert or a koeksister. You won’t regret it! 

These quintessential South African dishes add depth and authenticity to the spectacular food scene of Cape Town, making your dining experience truly one to remember. 

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