The Best Places To Eat Al Fresco In Cape Town

Cape Town is a city filled with diversity, something that has always been reflected in its varied cuisine. From food trucks to pop-up stores, there’s something for every taste in the ‘Mother City’. With an average of almost 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, it’s also a great place to enjoy the outdoors – combine the two with our pick of the best al fresco eating in the city.

Caesar Salad | © Cheryl Harvey/Flickr
Caesar Salad | © Cheryl Harvey/Flickr

The Wild Fig

The Wild Fig has a charming outdoor courtyard, shaded by leafy trees throughout the summer. The restaurant is a popular dining spot for locals, who come for the relaxed ambience and light al fresco inches and dinners. They serve French, Mediterranean, and seafood dishes either outdoors or in the pretty Cape vernacular building that houses the main dining room.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm 12pm-10pm (Sundays Only)

Watch out for: Lemony Pesto Pasta

1 Liesbeek Ave, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa +27 21 448 0507

Caña+Tapa+hdr | © Ana/Flickr
Caña+Tapa+hdr | © Ana/Flickr


Sitting on a chair, enjoying the sea view while sipping coffee and gorging on a scrumptious breakfast spread – is there a better morning? Sotano makes that dream come true. Situated opposite Mouille Point’s iconic barber pole lighthouse, this Mediterranean-style restaurant offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A great place to unwind; sip on a cold glass of wine or a chilled beer, enjoy their breakfast options or nibble on their brilliant tapas menu.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 7am-11pm

Watch out for: Mediterranean Breakfast

121 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa +27 21 433 1757

TUNA! with a teriyaki glaze | © yosoynuts/Flickr
TUNA! with a teriyaki glaze | © yosoynuts/Flickr

The Grand Café and Beach

The Grand Café and Beach is one of Cape Town’s top al fresco spots. A true fine dining experience matched with stunning views of the seafront, its cocktail bar and lounge area is a see and be seen of Cape Town’s finest. The bistro-styled menu is filled with tasty seafood and international dishes – try the seafood platter.

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Price: Fine Dining

Opening hours: 12pm-11.30pm 12pm-5pm (Sundays Only)

Watch out for: Crayfish and shrimp ‘Bloody Mary’ salad

Haul Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa +27 21 425 0551

Caramelized Onion and Brie Quiche | © Shashank Jain/Flickr
Caramelized Onion and Brie Quiche | © Shashank Jain/Flickr

Fraiche Ayres

Nestled among pots, shrubs, herbs and trees, Fraiche Ayres is a delightful little place tucked in the Starke Ayres Nursery in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. They offer a range of foods for breakfast lunch and tea. The food is simple and fresh, and the quiches and sandwiches come highly recommended. The restaurant’s lavender and rose décor is warm and welcoming, and the outside seating areas are perfect for any weather, with blankets for when the evening turns chill.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm

Watch out for: Roasted butternut and feta salad

Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Liesbeeck Parkway, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700 +27 21 686 6004

Beluga Restaurant Cape Town | © Gary Bembridge/Flickr
Beluga Restaurant Cape Town | © Gary Bembridge/Flickr


One of Cape Town’s most loved seafood restaurants, Beluga is more often than not packed with patrons enjoying the all-week specials on handcrafted sushi and cocktails. The ambiance is fun and relaxed, and the interior décor and furnishings are reminiscent of dining in a trendy New York restaurant. There’s also a great cobbled courtyard where you can snack on an al fresco sushi platter al year round, with heaters and blankets to keep you warm during winter.

Price: Fine Dining

Opening hours: 12pm-11pm

Watch out for: Dim sum menu

The Foundry, Prestwich St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa +27 21 418 2948

By Shreyas Kulkarni


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