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Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Food and Travel, Travel Africa, Travel Destinations, Travel Resources, Travel South Africa, World Culture and History |

5 Amazing South African Destination for Foodie Travelers

5 Amazing South African Destination for Foodie Travelers

South Africa is a great place to visit if you love to experience great tasting food. As one of the most visited countries in Africa by tourists, South Africa is a country that caters for all tastes but also keeps its traditional Africa roots.  Here are five places that you absolutely must visit if you are a budding foodie traveller.

Cape Town

Although there are an array of restaurants offering all sorts of cuisine, Cape town is the best place to try some traditional favourites. Chakalaka & pap and the authentic Cape Malay curry are just two of the many dishes you should taste here. Due to the history in this part of Africa, there is a huge Southeast Asian and Indonesian influence in the traditional foods served.  This city is a melting pot offering combinations of flavours that you have never tried before.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is another city with an eclectic mix of settlers that have inspired the dishes that are eaten here. British, German, Dutch and Greek cuisines can be found scattered amongst and fused with indigenous African cuisine. Try Elephant Walk for a taste of this fusion between European and African cooking styles.  For a more laid back vibe try Ginger restaurant on the Port Elizabeth beachfront.


This city is the place to find amazing authentic street food. Bunny chow – bread filled with very spicy curry, samoosas (samosas) or even a Zulu specialty of walkie-talkies which are boiled chicken feet. But it is not only street food you’ll find in Durban, you can find anything from traditional English afternoon tea to fresh sushi too. It’s a good idea to base yourself in Durban if you are taking internal flights to other cities. This is due to the cheap deals on Domestic flights with airlines such as on offer from here.


As one of the world’s largest cities you will find all varieties of restaurants to try in this bustling centre. From traditional South African dishes to all sorts of international cuisine, you will find it all here, including much Asian influenced foods. There are too many great choices to mention, however for authentic African food try Moyo at Zoo Lake or at Melrose Arch. Or for a taste of fine dining try DW 11-13 or Marble restaurant.

Traditional South African dishes

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is one of the best stops on the garden route in South Africa. Of course, being on the coast you will find amazing fresh seafood in this region. And Although there are plenty of different choices here, the seafood is what you really need to try. For a laid-back meal overlooking the sea, with open fires and good beer try Kaai 4 restaurant. Whereas Route 57 Restaurant offers a more elegant venue and well-presented international dishes.

Where would you like to go?

If you don’t want to do the research and sort your travel arrangements yourself you can book on food and destination tours where all the hard work is done for you. Above are just a taste of the best places to try but South Africa has much more to offer its foodie visitors. What is your favourite foodie destination here? Is the best dish you suggest visitors should try here mentioned?

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