Eat Your Way Around South African Local Cuisine

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Are you a foodie who loves travelling? Then why not plan a trip around South Africa’s top cities where you can also savour the very best in local cuisine? Whether you choose to go on an exciting wine tasting adventure in the spectacular Cape Winelands or visit the seaside paradise of Durban where you can get a taste of India, here are South Africa’s most sought after foodie destinations, written in collaboration with Private your way around SA local cuisine

A Road trip to enjoy local cuisine in South Africa


Not only is the City of Gold one of the largest cities in the world, but its restaurant scene is big with both international and local flavours and variety. You can experience scrumptious South African recipes such as this Steak and Kidney Chakalaka Pie which blends English tradition with spicy African flavour. If you’re looking for a blend of English, Afrikaans and Bantu flavours, Johannesburg will offer you the best of these.local cuisine chakalaka pie

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a must-see foodie destination. PE not only boasts impressive natural beauty, such as its long stretches of golden, sandy beaches and towering cliffs, but it also has a wealth of first-class restaurants on offer. Expect to experience a blend of British, Dutch, Greek, and German cuisine, as well as native African dishes such as Samp and Beans with Lamb Cutlets and Chakalaka – known as ‘umngqusho’ – a traditional dish of the Nguni culture.local cuisine samp and beans

Cape Town

For an unforgettable culinary experience, Cape Town is an ideal destination where you can also go on an exciting wine tasting adventure in the Cape Winelands. The Mother City has excellent restaurants where you can savour traditional dishes ranging from Cape Malay to African cuisine. Hot favourites include Mini Vetkoek and Curried Mince or the Chicken Liver Peri Peri Gatsby – a Cape Town original.  And while you’re discovering all that the city has to offer, you’re also likely to be drawn to the breathtaking homes. Cape Town has stunning houses for sale, should you be looking to buy a new home.

local cuisine mini vekkoek curried mince
local cuisine chicken liver peri peri gatsby


Durban is not only renowned for its spicy Indian dishes but also offers tourists the best in surfing, scuba diving and other tourist attractions. From casual curry spots to impressive waterfront restaurants, the city has a wealth of places where one can experience a true taste of what Durban has to offer. Popular dishes include the Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows which is a delectable recipe influenced by the popular Durban Bunny Chow.local cuisine chicken korma

South Africa has so much to offer, both in terms of natural beauty and local cuisine. Make sure you make a stop at each of these cities to get a taste of all that our beautiful country is renowned for.

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