Cape Town’s seafood offering is bountiful – which is not surprising, considering its splendid ocean setting. From takeaway fish & chips to more refined sit-down seafood feasts, there are plenty of options.
The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar
This seafood success story originated in the small West Coast town of Saldanha Bay. Harvested daily at a sustainable live oyster and mussel farm, the bounty of the day arrives fresh at the vibrant Mojo Market in Sea Point. Take a seat at the open-plan bar and start with an oyster shot and large oysters, before moving on to the excellent mussels – we love the Tempura version, paired with vetkoek (South African fried dough bread), and a glass of bubbly. https://www.mojomarket.co.za/vendors/the-mussel-monger
Neil Swart and Anouchka Horn made a name for themselves in Cape Town’s trendy East City with their nose-to-tail surprise tasting menu at Belly of the Beast. They’re now replicating the concept with Galjoen across the road – this time with sustainably caught fish the star of the show. The menu is 100% South African, and changes depending on the weather and what the boats bring in. You’ll only find out what’s on the menu as the plate arrives in front of you, making this a place for adventurous palates. https://www.galjoencpt.co.za/
Boasting unparalelled views of Camps Bay from its panoramic Clifton terrace, The Bungalow is one of the city’s hottest summer destinations. Arrive straight from the beach for cocktails and Mediterranean-style cuisine, including a sheer endless seafood menu – from oysters, prawns and baby squid to mussels, salmon steaks and fish burgers. For the full shebang, order the seafood platter.
This latest Sea Point hotspot is an upmarket affair that brings a touch of Riviera glamour to Cape Town. Overlooking the promenade, the elegant space is light and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors letting the sunlight and salty sea breeze stream in. Seafood, line fish and freshly made sushi dominate the menu, making this an ideal spot for pescatarians.
SeaBreeze Fish & Shell
Known amongst Capetonians as one of the city’s top seafood destinations, Bree Street’s SeaBreeze, run by Scottish owners Alex and Ruth Grahame, is a real delight. Take a seat out on the terrace or at the Oyster & MCC bar for fish dishes with a difference. If you’ve ever wanted to try hake ceviche with cream cheese and squid ink mayo, or a fresh line-caught tuna burger with crispy onions, this will be your happy place.