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Dining Experiences on Cape Town’s Restaurant Mile

Dining Experiences on Cape Town’s Restaurant Mile

Explore Five of Kloof's Best Restaurants - from burger joint to fusion bistro

Kloof Street is known as “The Dining Mile”. On this one voguish street located right at the foot of Table Mountain, there are over 30 eateries to choose from! Kloof Street is one of the most densely populated restaurant streets, located in the heart of Cape Town. Here you will find anything from Thai and Vietnamese cuisine to Italian and contemporary fusion dining experiences.

by Danie van der Merwe

Eating out on Kloof is also all about feeling the pulse of Cape Town city and tuning into the dynamic local culture, on any given budget.

Here are a few hip and happening spots sure to wow your taste buds:

1. Eclectic Bistro - Kloof Street House

This eatery boasts delicious bistro food coupled with a vibrant atmosphere. The outdoor area is ideal for more informal dining, while the roomy interior has a smart but relaxed vibe. 

The culinary journey is supreme from dainty starters to sensational mains and tantalising deserts. Feel at home in the colonial influenced Victorian house, tastefully furnished for a relaxed meal in comfort. The old-fashioned Kloof Street House is a sweet spot to woo that special person or throw a birthday bash. Move between high-ceilinged rooms, chattering bar, laid-back lounge and dreamy courtyard as you feed your senses.

Website: Kloof Street House

2. Pizza & Italian - Bardelli's Restaurant

One of the best pizza places in Cape Town, this eatery is known for its scrumptious offerings, ranging well beyond pizza. The excellent food includes plenty of Italian and Mediterranean options, as well as superb local specialities and vegetarian creations. Dine in the cosy rooms, open court yard or on the street facing balcony of the old Rosenhof house estate, an original home dating back to the early 1700’s.

Friendly service, good prices and hearty portions combine to make eating at Bardelli's a real pleasure.

Facebook: Bardelli's Restaurant.

3. Asian Fusion - Asoka Restaurant & Lounge

This is the place for trendy tapas in an elegant old Victorian House that's been zhooshed up to create a stylish bar, restaurant and lounge venue. Live entertainment (especially live jazz music) is a highlight at Asoka, as is the ancient olive tree in its charming open-air courtyard. The chic bohemian atmosphere lends itself to intimate gatherings and romantic candlelit evenings amid the mystical elements. It's a great place for cocktails and mingling, accompanied by tasty Asian dishes and light tapas.

Website: Asoka Bar & Restaurant.

4. Burgers - Hudson's Burger Joint

Keeping it fresh and local, this is the house of real burgers. Choose from juicy hand-made burgers, pick your own topping to create your own or blend in as a vegetarian with a delightful veggie pattie tucked between fresh buns. The American-style diner has a vibrant and trendy feel, without being pretentious. Compliment your burger feast with crisp salads, and home-made lemonade, killer milkshakes or craft beers.

A hip urban eatery worth visiting for its supreme burgers and a taste of Cape Town city culture.

Website: Hudson's Burger Joint.

5. Fusion - Bombay Bicycle Club

This colourful place offers a bustling theatrical dining experience, befitting the famous Madame Zingara name.

The quirky ambience and eclectic decor create the perfect setting for a fun night out in Capetonian Moulin Rouge style. Enjoy unusual and mouthwatering food while kicking back and enjoying this lively bohemian spot. Bombay Bicycle Club is not a subdued place - the last thing you can call it is dull. The crazy circus feel keeps diners enthralled at this cosy eatery, well-suited for a romantic jaunt, or memorable celebration.

Website: Bombay Bicycle Club

by Gary Bembridge

If in doubt about where to eat out in Cape Town, then Kloof Street is the happening place to peruse. There are a dizzying array of other eateries to choose from on this buzzing road in the city bowl. A casual stroll up the restaurant mile nestled at the foot of Table Mountain will more than satisfy your appetite.

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