Lunch Hangouts

Just some of the places I love to eat lunch… in a long and leisurely fashion if at all possible. This list will grow, and I welcome any suggestions!

City Bowl

Cafe Royale273 Long St, Cape Town. Pulp Fiction-style diner with the best burgers around. Delicious wheat-free burger buns for the intolerant/allergic amongst us, served up with a choice of fries (including sweet potato!) or salad. Wash ’em down with one of their decadent sugar-rush ‘shakes. Fantastic value for money.

Arnolds Kloof St, Gardens. Awesome summer lunching spot, with outside tables looking out onto Kloof St. Crazy menu, with unusual meats like crocodile, warthog, and other oddities. Look out for their daily lunch specials – some great deals to be had. Tasty, tasty, tasty!

Knead BakeryWembley Square, Mackenzie Street, Gardens – Awesome wooden tables, the tastiest bread I’ve had in a sandwich (being wheat-intolerant I generally go for rye, and that ain’t always very tasty at all). (my experience)

CrushWembley Square, Gardens – excellent, ever-so-healthy hand-made meals, jam-packed with greens and sprouts and all the good stuff. And reasonably priced, too. (my experience)

5 Park Road – 5 Park Road, Gardens. Try their value-for-money lunch specials. Wonderful tasty food in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. (my experience)

Pasta FactoryPark Road, Gardens. Fresh pasta and sauces. Generally offer student discounts, and have a daily lunch special. (my experience)

Simply AsiaPark Road, Gardens – Good, flavourful Asian-style food.

Muizenberg, Kalk Bay

KalkiesKalk Bay Harbour. Good old fish ‘n’ chips in Kalk Bay’s picturesque working harbour. Decent range of fresh-tasting fish, crayfish, prawns in platter or single dish portions. This is not a restaurant so don’t expect proper cutlery and silver service – you order at the counter, and they bring you your food when it’s ready. Prices are very reasonable – eg. R38 for fried Kingklip and chips. Sit outside on a warm day.

Southern Suburbs

Primi Piatti. Constantia Village, Constantia. Reasonably priced meals in a funky surrounding. The staff are always super-friendly and the food is consistently excellent. Wheat-free pizza bases now available, yay!

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