Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to restrict your taste buds. We’ve done a little digging and exploring to find our top five hidden gems in the Mother City that offer delicious meals that won’t break the bank.
- Café Mojito: When you think of Long Street, the heart of Cape Town’s social and tourist scene, ‘affordable’ is hardly the word that comes to mind. Cafe Mojito, a well kept secret of the locals, serves up some of the best food in town at a fraction of the usual tourist prices. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this laid-back Cuban-styled restaurant offers sandwiches, burgers and a variety of other meals. It’s a popular night-time hangout that fills up quite quickly, so be sure to stop by early in the evening, grab a table on the pavement and enjoy some prime people-watching real-estate.
- Bedouin Café & Deli: This darling find, just a stone’s throw away from the perennial favourite Old Biscuit Mill, is one 2013’s most popular new spots in the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock. Describing itself as ‘putting the amazeballs into Cape-Town’s up-and-coming suburb’, Bedouin Café & Deli – or simply Bedouin to locals – offers bold flavours from the Middle East, delicately balanced with a Cape Town twist. Their popular labneh cheese, a Middle Eastern delicacy, is the bedrock ingredient in many of its famous dishes and continues to draw foodies from all over. The experience doesn’t have to end here as you can also take their labneh range and a variety of other condiments home via a visit to their deli section. A lunch for two will hover around the R150 mark.
- Café Extrablatt: With its chic interior and prime location, Cafe Extrablatt is an affordabable brasserie-style restaurant on Main Road in Green Point. Be sure to pop into Extrablatt for a drink or meal before or after your next event at the stadium, as it’s within walking distance. Another rare offering from Extrablatt is its hot and cold weekend breakfast buffets, which cost just over R80 on Saturdays and just under R100 on Sundays.
- Kalky’s: Right in the middle of the Kalk Bay harbour (an actual working harbour), the very laid-back Kalky’s has possibly the most unique setting of all the spots we’ve found. Famous for its affordable fish and chip combos, Kalky’s also offers other delicious seafood dishes like crayfish and prawns. The view of the harbour paired with their amazing food makes Kalky’s a unique visit that’s worth the drive.
- Royale Eatery: Located on Cape Town’s busy Long Street, this gourmet burger joint is no secret. The vintage decor and musical theme of Royale Eatery is almost as memorable as their famous double-thick milkshakes available in a wide variety of flavours. For as little as R66 guests can indulge in a classic gourmet burger with a side of classic fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings. They also offer mouth-watering pizzas and salads starting at only R40.
Text Mvelase Peppetta and Astrid Sanders