Where to Get the Best Fish ‘n Chips in Cape Town
Good old Fish ‘n chips has to be one of the most iconic takeaways you can have. The salty, vinegary smell evokes memories of summer holidays by the sea and honestly, who doesn’t want to be reminded of that? We’ve rounded up our selection of the best places to get fish ‘n chips in Cape Town and surrounding areas.
The Best Fish ‘n Chips in Cape Town
Kalky’s – Kalk Bay
This humble restaurant is located near the Kalk Bay Harbour and it produces some of the best fish ‘n chips in Cape Town. What sets this spot apart from the rest is its authenticity; they stick to a winning formula that has always worked for them, which is making food which is simple but packed full of flavour.
You’ll have to wait in line to place your order and a word to the wise, they operate on a cash-only basis, there are no card machines or services like Snapscan, so when you decide to visit Kalky’s, go prepared. Charming and, full of character, Kalky’s is open all week from 10h00am-20h00 and it is waiting to embrace new visitors with open arms.
Location: Kalk Bay, Peninsula, South Africa.
Good to know: Bring cash with you, there are no card machines.
Why you’ll love it: The food is simple but packed full of flavour.
What we loved: This is authentic fish n chips by the sea.
Opening hours: 10h00-20h00
Contact: 021 788 1726
Lucky Fish and Chips – Muizenberg & Kalk Bay
This is the Harbour House group’s version of a fast fish ‘n chips takeaway and it gets the thumbs up from us as some of the tastiest fish ‘n chips in Cape Town. They have two branches, one in Muizenberg and another in Kalk Bay.
They have a relatively small menu which allows them to focus on quality and flavour of the food. Expect the trusted classics such as hake and chips, as well as menu items such as calamari and prawns, which go down extremely well. You can order and enjoy their freshly made fish ‘n chips at the restaurant, or grab a takeaway and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Location: 80 Beach Road, Muizenberg | 157 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Good to know: The have well-priced combo deals.
Why you’ll love it: This is classic fish ‘n chips made well.
What we loved: The Hake and Prawn combo.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-22h00
Contact: 021 433 0509
The Salty Sea Dog – Simon’s Town
Take a scenic drive to Simon’s Town Harbour and you’ll find the Salty Sea Dog. It’s a wonderful spot to sit down, relax and enjoy fish and chips, prawns, calamari and more. They’re open during the week and on weekends the place can get really busy. Their modest prices and consistently good food keeps visitors to this institution coming back for more.
Location: 2 Wharf St, Simon’s Town, Cape Town.
Good to know: Located in idyllic Simonstown, surrounded by SA Naval history.
Why you’ll love it: Chilled, family-friendly environment.
What we loved: They do the basics really well.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10h00-21h00
Contact: 021 786 1918
Fish on The Rocks – Hout Bay
Tucked in between the Hout Bay harbour, the wharf and the old Naval heritage site, the popular fishery, Fish on the Rocks, sends aromas of crispy fried fish ‘n chips into the Hout Bay air on a daily basis. Any visitor will tell you that their fish ‘n chips, much like their scenic view, is nothing short of spectacular. The freshness of their fish is paired with crunchy and fluffy fries and makes for the perfect meal to celebrate a hot summer’s day.
Location: 1 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Good to know: They have an amazing view of the area.
Why you’ll love it: It’s fresh fish ‘n chips served right at the harbour.
What we loved: No airs and graces, just good fried fish.
Opening hours: 09h00-20h00
Contact: 021 790 0001
If you’re craving some of the best fish ‘n chips in Cape Town, put on your favourite board shorts and Hawaiian shirt and head down to Lusitania Fisheries, situated in the CBD. We know, we know, a fishery in the centre of town? Trust us, you won’t be sorry. The shop looks like a traditional fish ‘n chip shop and the smell of frying fish will assault your senses (in a good way).
They serve up crispy fried battered fish and fries with all the necessary condiments for a good fish ‘n chips meal. You have the choice of sitting down or grabbing a takeaway to enjoy at home, either way, each bite will make you feel like you’re sitting by the seashore.
Location: 49A Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town.
Good to know: Based in the centre of Town.
Why you’ll love it: The quality is always consistent.
What we loved: You don’t have to be by the sea to have great fish n chips!
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 06h00-20h00 | Sun: Closed
Contact: +27 21 425 4532
Super Fisheries – Athlone
With a name like Super Fisheries, you know you’re going to be getting something tasty when you stop in to grab a bite. Super Fisheries serves up a great fish ‘n chips in Cape Town, as well as calamari served a few different ways (calamari burger, calamari chip roll to name just a few). They have, however, become most famous for their gatsbys and actually are credited as the inventors of this Cape classic. Their Calamari Gatsby is legendary. Go hungry.
Location: 63 Old Klipfontein Rd, Athlone.
Good to know: The originators of the gatsby.
Why you’ll love it: Laid back, well-priced and always consistent.
What we loved: The calamari gatsby, obvs…
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 08h00-18h00 | Fri: 08h00-12h00 | 14h00-18h00 | Sat: 08h00-15h00 | Sun: Closed
Contact: 021 696 9833
Snoekies – Various Branches around the WC
Snoekies is one of the most iconic places to get fish ‘n chips in Cape Town. Although there are now a few branches around Cape Town, its original birthplace is in Hout Bay. Snoekies holds a special place in many hearts because of their honest approach to preparing traditional fish ‘n chips and their food is guaranteed to satisfy all appetites. Take the whole family to Snoekies as it makes for the ideal place to have a family lunch.
Location: Quay 4, Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Good to know: Also located in Sea Point, Big Bay, Tokai, Paarl, Tyger Valley, Rondebosch, Penlyn Estate.
Why you’ll love it: They’ve kept it authentic since 1951.
What we loved: Their slap chips!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-20h00
Contact: 021 790 6677
Oceana Fisheries – Strand
Oceana Fisheries, the humble Strand-based fishery, serves some deliciously good fish ‘n chips. Don’t be mistaken by the outward look, which does bear a resemblance to a convenience store – looks can be deceiving. When you step inside the chippie shop the delicious smell of fresh fish being deep fried and the sound of chips sizzling away will transport you to seafood heaven.
Location: 6 Odeon Tower, Van Ryneveld St, Strand.
Good to know: It’s a bit of a drive if you’re not Strand based but it’s worth it.
Why you’ll love it: A traditional, no-nonsense fish ‘n chips shop.
What we loved: Simple but delicious food.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 09h00-20h00 | Sun: Closed
Contact: 021 853 6863
Ooskus Fisheries — Gordon’s Bay
This little gem is situated in Gordon’s Bay just off the road that leads to Betty’s Bay. It’s easy to spot with its enormous fish situated above the blue and white striped awnings in the front of the store. The shop has a couple of wooden tables outside for patrons to enjoy their crispy vis ‘n tjips in the sun. The lines get pretty long in this spot especially on the weekends as people queue to get their hands on the best fish ‘n chips in town.
Location: 4 Watt St, Gordons Bay Central, Gordons Bay.
Good to know: They also sell fishing bait.
Why you’ll love it: Lovely beach-shack vibe.
What we loved: Their calamari!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-21h00
Contact: 021 856 1625
Don’t feel like driving around for the best fish ‘n chips in Cape Town? Use this recipe for fish ‘n chips to make your own tasty version. Not sure what fish to buy? Check out this fish buying guide for South Africa.
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