Looking for the best food tours in Cape Town? Foodie tours in Cape Town are one of the most popular types of tours in the Mother City. Cape Town is a world-class city when it comes to good food. From the beachfront fish’n’chips to Cape Malay cuisine cooking tours, there’s something for every taste and budget. Below are some unique food tours in Cape Town.
Foodie Things to do in Cape Town
Not sure about foodie things to do in Cape Town? A typical food tour involves a guided walk around a neighborhood where participants get to sample various local Cape Town eats. Your Cape Town food tour guide will also share stories about the origin and cultural significance of each dish. The Cape Town food tour could include going into shops, restaurants, Cape Town markets, urban gardens, or even into people’s homes. Tours can take a few hours or a full day, and in some cases may include optional cooking tours.
Food Tours in Cape Town
Food tours in Cape Town tend to focus on real food, food with connections to a particular place or part of its history. That being said, Cape Town and its surrounds have restaurants that dominate the country’s awards for fine dining and offer visitors excellent opportunities to taste contemporary South African and internationally inspired cuisine. Your foodie expert is likely to give plenty of tips on the best places to dine during your holiday, and most private food tours are happy to cater to special requests.
The nearby Cape Winelands add further options to experience the best food and wine at the Cape and some Cape Town food tours include the option to taste local wines, craft beers, gin, and brandies which are also extremely popular. The city of Cape Town is also home to regular food markets, artisan coffee roasters, chocolatiers, decadent bakeries, specialty shops, and gorgeous cafés. Part of a Cape Town food tour is learning more about the cosmopolitan people behind these places.
Eat Like a Local Cape Town
You’ve probably heard the term “the Rainbow nation” coined by the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in describing the myriad of colorful people who make up South Africa. It is, therefore, no surprise that we have had many influences on our cuisine too.
A Cape Town food tour would be incomplete without a visit to the colorful Bo Kaap district, famous for its Cape Malay cuisine. Street vendors sell their homemade samosas filled with delicately spiced mince or potato. For something sweet, a spiced doughnut sprinkled with coconut is unique to this part of the world. Cape Malay spicing is different from Indian spicing, which of course is another prevalent cuisine in South Africa.
Interested in learning and tasting the local Cape Town eats? Here is a roundup of the best Cape Town foodie tours.
Cape Fusion Tours
Cape Fusion Tours is owned by Pam McEonie, who was the first tour operator to bring food tours to Cape Town. They have been around since 2003 and besides their food tours also offer cooking classes, wine, and Cape peninsula tours. Pam’s Cape Town eats city walking tour is 6.5 hrs long. Tours are private and prices are available on request, and we recommend them for a foodie experience in Cape Town.
Eat Like a Local Cape Town
Eat like a local is owned by Rupesh Kassen, who left the corporate world to become a chef and food critic before starting his own food tour company. His City bowl tasting experience is 4.5 hrs and caters to small groups of 8-10 people. Private and vegan tours are available on request, and we recommend them for a foodie experience in Cape Town.
Cape Town Culinary Tours
Cape Town culinary tours is owned by Elsje Erasmus, who has a passion for travel and of course food. The Cape Town Essential Food Tour focuses on local Cape and South African cuisine, and the Cape Town Food Safari gives an overview of African cuisine and culture. We recommend them for a foodie experience in Cape Town.
Words and Images By Kim Rabe
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