It’s been almost five years since I first stepped onto the African continent. And just over four since I moved to South Africa.
When I moved from Orlando, I really thought I’d just be gone a year. I subleased my room and left all the furniture. The day after I landed on Africa soil I met my husband.
We quickly fell in love with each other, and with South Africa. At the end of January we’re leaving to move back to the States (temporarily…then off on a new adventure, more details soon!).
Since we started Peas in a Blog, we’ve done quite a few posts about South African restaurants–especially those with vegetarian options. Here are some of our favs!
Tea at the Mount Nelson
You’ll find this one in the guidebooks, which can make it feel a bit cliche. But, honestly, it’s totally worth the experience. Locals and tourist alike flock to have high tea at the Mount Nelson. The views are spectacular and the tea’s a treat.It’s a good idea to make a bookingin advance.
If the R185 price tag is a bit hefty for you, go in the morning. It’s not all you can eat, but the portions are substancial, and the price drops to R105.
If you fall in love with the tea, be sure to visit Nigiro Tea House in Cape Town. The tea at the Mount Nelson comes from here, and they also do ceremonies and tea tastings!
Addis in Cape
Addis Ababa is on our bucket list. But, for now, we’ll settle for Ethiopian food in Cape Town. From friends that have been to Ethiopia, they say Addis in Cape is pretty legit. When we were there it was R70 for lunch and R100 for dinner if you order the set menu. You can’t go wrong wit the loads of vegetarian options that range from mild to spicy.
They have a restaurant, Addis in Dar, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that is worth the visit as well. It has a fabulous roof top terrace, and is a great way to spend an African evening in Dar.
Noordhoek Farm Village
We spent a ton of time at the Noordhoek Farm Village. Locals refer to our area of Cape Town as the Deep South, and for good reason, you have to go over a mountain to get here.
If you’re tired of the tourist traps, it’s definitely worth the drive. Noordhoek farm village has locally owned restaurants like The Toad, Cafe Roux and the Foodbarn Bakery and Deli that serve up tasty cuisine. All have good options for vegetarians.
The deli also started serving tapas in the evenings. During the day, it’s great for coffee or a quick lunch with friends. Their shop sells local wines, chocolates and fresh bread.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Another local favorite, the Eastern Food Bazaar is in the old flower market in Cape Town. You can get Middle-Eastern, Asian and Indian food for cheap. It’s a bit greasy, but tasty. They also have yummy Indian ice cream for dessert. And, ya’ll know how much I love dessert!
Old Biscuit Mill
When Carolina was here, I went through a Cape Town guidebook she brought with her. The Old Biscuit Mill was listed as one of the top things to do in Cape Town. To be honest, I was a little bummed, it makes me feel like my favorite Saturday activity is going to turn all touristy. But, even loads of fanny-packed tourists can’t ruin the Old Biscuit Mill and the market on Saturday mornings.It’s a bit of a Cape Town institution.
Come with cash for food–there’s everything from New York Bagels (if you’re American, especially a New Yorker, you might be disappointed with the size and the amount of cream cheese…but they are tasty!), to crepes, pizza and local beer. The coffee, smoothies and sweets are also lovely treats. There are fun shops and a fabulous chocolate factory (with free samples…hello!) that sells to-die-for truffles.
Your turn! When we visit your city, what are the restaurants we can’t miss?