By Melania Totaro, a food lover who swapped her traditional Sicilian flavours for hearty South African cuisine Edited by Matthew Wears
If your idea of South African cuisine is just purely huge pieces of meat on a BBQ, then I’m afraid you’re wrong. Well, kind of! I’ll admit that there is a lot of meat to be had here but there’s loads of other dishes that are totally veggie friendly and just as delicious! Some of the best food in Cape Town comes from our colonial past, with strong influences from Europe and Malaysia bringing flavours that makes for some super unique food. One of the things I love most about the city is that the restaurants are nearly always filled with so much history and charm, it’s quite common for the best places to eat in Cape Town to be somewhere that might look a bit dated or old fashioned, but the chances are the food is going to be so good! I moved here eight years ago and if I’m honest then I’m still getting to discover the rich food culture myself. There’s a lot to learn, but I was originally born in Italy, so you can trust me to know a thing or two about great food! So, if you’re searching for where to eat in Cape Town, then search no longer, because this is my personal Cape Town food guide that’s going to tell you exactly what and where to eat during your trip!