CAPE TOWN Gay Friendly Restaurants

Cape Town’s restaurant scene combines the best of local and international cuisine to create stunning dishes, all washed down with some of the best wines in the world.

Beef Cakes Cape Town

Visit Beefcakes for delicious burgers, camp shows and hot waiters. A must!

Cafe Manhattan

Check out the “SUNDAY ROAST” At Cafe Manhattan for a delicious end to the weekend!

Our guide to dining out in Gay Cape Town

Smoky garlic & lemon drizzled prawns, mussels, shrimps, lobsters and crayfish smoked or barbecued on the beach, the tide tickling your toes as you wait.

Mouth watering cardamom infused savoury coriander Cape Malay curries, briyanis and boboties served with sweet yellow rice sprinkled with raisins and for dessert, koeksisters or milk tart. Traditional African cuisine – spicy chakalaka sauce over mealie pap, morogo (steamed green vegetables) teamed with a succulent lamb shank or as a special treat, eaten with grilled or fried chilli mopani worms. To this add in an generous helping of French, Italian, German, English and Mexican restaurants and a wholesome dash of Eastern eateries from India, Thailand, Japan and China and you’ll soon discover that restaurants in Cape Town and the Western Cape cater for every taste bud.

The cuisine of Cape Town can truly be described as”international.” Menus will consist of a lot you’ll recognize (pizza, pasta and hamburgers), often some game (always ostrich, occasionally something like kudu medallions), and the more local, Malay (a sort of Muslim, Indian, Indonesian mix). Fresh fish is plentiful, and, of course, the local wines make the perfect accompaniment.

You’ll find that much of the gay scene revolves around De Waterkant, a compact district of cobblestone streets on the northeastern edge of downtown, not far from the V&A Waterfront. In this little quadrant you’ll find several excellent restaurants and cafes,

  • Dining Tips!

    Cape Malay cuisine may be touted as being traditional fare, but most locals will go for a superlative steak! A 10% tip is standard in restaurants. Tables of over eight people often have an automatic service charge added to the bill.

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Our recommended restaurants in CAPE TOWN

Our editors have spent the past year researching the best places to eat! Here are our recommendations.

Beefcakes

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Inspired by the heydays of the 50’s and the trend setting styles of Miami’s south beach

Il Leone Mastrantonio

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Il Leone Mastrantonio is an up market Italian restaurant specializing in pasta, fish and meat dishes, located in the heart of gay Cape Town,
Anatoli Cape Town

Anatoli

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Anatoli has been serving Turkish food in the heart of gay Cape Town since 1984. Housed in a Victorian warehouse dating back to 1904,
Manhattans Cafe Bar Cape Town

Cafe Manhattan

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Manhattans is famous for its burgers this place never disappoints, offering good food, drink and service the staff are fun and friendly making this a must when in gay Cape town

Map of CAPE TOWN Gay Friendly Restaurants

Most of the recommended restaurants in Cape Town are located in the De Waterkant Area.

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Recommended Hotels in CAPE TOWN

De Waterkant Village
Apartments with great location!

Located in Cape Town’s gay district, de Waterkant, these apartments offer everything you could need! Perfect location.

The Westin Cape Town
Perfect location – Great Spa

Close to the gay district of DeWaterkant, the Westin has a stunning Spa with amazing views of the city.

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