When visiting a new country on an escorted tour, the doors of opportunity open when it comes to tasting new foods and delicacies. An escorted tour of South Africa is no exception, offering an abundance of delightful dining experiences. Many of our most highly recommended places to eat are on the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Whether you’re after a quick snack, a hearty meal or a refreshing beverage, the V&A Waterfront has it all! To give you a quick taste of what’s on offer, you’ll find some of our favourite Victoria & Alfred Waterfront vendors below.

For scrumptious snacks…

If you’re feeling peckish and are in need of a little something to keep you going until your next meal, the V&A Waterfront Market is home to many marvelous vendors who specialise in snacks. Find out more here.


  • Lucy’s – This lovely little dairy vendor will give you a taste of Britain with an African edge. Offering food with almost all of its ingredients locally sourced, it is some of the freshest food on the V&A Waterfront. From scones to pork crackling, and an ever-changing selection of sweet treats, Lucy’s is well worth a visit.
  • By Nature If you like to refuel with natural and organic food, ‘By Nature’ has an amazing reputation for offering tasty snacks that are of a consistent premium quality. With a wide range of raw nuts and dried fruit (preservative free, of course) they offer great pocket fillers to keep your energy levels high throughout the day.


For fast food on the move…


If you need some fast but filling food on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, there is great selection of local and world-inspired vendors inside the market. Two especially tasty merchants include:


  • Africa’s Best – For a taste of authentic African cuisine, you need to visit ‘Africa’s Best.’ The food is made and served by local people who know exactly what the real African flavour is all about. Serving dishes like mileliepap and stew, you can tuck in to what many locals could very well be eating in their homes that evening.
  • Sushi To Go – Located at the Warf Side entrance of the V&A Waterfront, Sushi to Go is a new spot to satisfy your Sushi cravings. Quick and easy, you can fill up fast and be on your way.


If you have time to dine…

If you have time on your hands, Cape Town’s waterfront restaurants are the perfect spot for a relaxing meal. The V&A Waterfront restaurants offer some of the finest food with lovely views to accompany your meal…


  • Belthazar Restaurant – This waterfront restaurant in Cape Town is renowned for its largest wine-by-the-glass bar. This exceptional bar serves around 250 of its wines in Riedel glassware and has around 600 different types of wine on offer. The menu offers an authentic range of meat (South African game) including the more unusual blesbok, gemsbok, kudu and crocodile.
  • City Grill Steakhouse – If you are a stake connoisseur, then the City Grill Steakhouse is one of the restaurants at the waterfront in Cape Town which you really can’t miss. With highly trained cooks producing some mouth watering traditional dishes full of African spirit, an evening here will have you wanting to return time and time again.


For delectable deserts…

After dining at one of the restaurants in Cape Town’s waterfront, you may fancy a stroll before satisfying your sweet tooth. If this is the case, a wander into the markets will take you to some of the most delectable stores serving delicious deserts.


  • Don Gelato – Located at the main V&A Waterfront Market entrance, this ice cream stand offers a wide range of flavours made from the freshest ingredients, making it arguably one of the best spots for ice cream in the whole of Cape Town.
  • Sweet Dreams – This charming market stall is full of different types of handmade fudge that really does melt in your mouth. The stall also offers little gift bags so you can take home a little taste of South Africa.


And for a refreshing beverage…

A busy day of exploring and sightseeing can be thirsty work. Luckily, the waterfront in Cape Town has some great places to grab a beverage.

  • Dr Juice – If you’re in need of a refreshing beverage and prefer a fresh and healthy alterative, make your way towards Dr Juice to cure your thirst. All of their drinks are made mostly from organic fruit and vegetables.
  • The Bottle Bank – This stall is full of South Africa’s finest craft beers, with over 150 different types for you to try. Bringing together beer found in microbreweries from all over the country, the bottle bank is the perfect place to taste the unique flavours of South Africa.

With food experiences often earning the title as one of the top things to do in Cape Town, you’ll want to make sure you choose somewhere great to eat. So browse, research and make sure you leave South Africa with fond feasting memories.

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