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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour

  • Guide shows travelers the highlights of Cape Town's culinary culture
  • Walking tour lets you get to know the city from the ground up
  • Five food tastings, four alcohol tastings included
The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour
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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour
From US$80.75
Immerse yourself in the vibrant food and beverage scene in Cape Town on this half-day walking tour. Follow a guide through the streets of the South African city to stop at city landmarks and hidden gems you might not find on your own. Indulge in five food tastings and four alcohol tastings (wine, beer, port) to taste the flavor of the city firsthand. Along the way, listen to insightful commentary on the city's history and culinary culture from your guide.
What to Expect

Cape Town Culinary Tours showcase the flavourful history that lies within the roots of Table Mountain. Tasting your way through this strikingly unique and multicultural city, an absolute must for any Culinary Enthusiast. Set yourself up for an experience you won’t soon forget! Join us in De Waterkant – Cape Town’s premier culinary suburb. Upon arrival, meet our fellow foodies and let your culinary journey begin. By walking through a 3 and a half hour, well-designed tour path, you’ll learn the history and culture which supports the local culinary industry in Cape Town.  Enjoy flavors from all over the world, with uniquely South African twists, and find yourself immersed in an array food tastings. Let us share with you why Cape Town is the World’s best kept culinary secret.

The tour meets in De Waterkant area. We suggest arriving approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Exact Meeting Point location and directions will be provided upon ticket purchase. The following tasting locations are included in the tour, however subject to change.

Origin Coffee Roasting

Discover the uprising coffee culture in Cape Town and taste the richness of African Coffee Culture.

La Petite Tarte

La Petite Tarte honors homemade Cape Malay curries and sweet treats. Find this little gem filled with locals and visitors alike every day of the week.


Hidden within the bricks of The Foundry, Baluga maintains it's reputation as serving some of the finest seafood in Cape Town.

Cafe Extrablatt

Here we explore the international growth in Cape Town through a CBC partner, the Cape's famous Cape Brewing Company, with there internationally recognized German beer master.

The Butcher Man

The Butcher Man is as South African as a butchery can get. Famous for high-end meats prepared to order, the friendly and welcoming environment is what sets this shop apart. Learn about the culture of "Braai" & "Biltong" altogether.

Secret Spot
Walk through a hidden surprise and learn more of when and how our history was formed.

Mondiall Kitchen & Bar

Incorporating international flavors to the South African palate has secured Mondiall as a leading culinary stop. Connecting with local farmers is paramount to its success.

Reviews (50)
1 - 5 of 47 reviews
Reviewed today via mobile
The perfect food tour!!

My husband and I were so impressed by our food tour with Elsje (“Ellie”) - every stop was super interesting and informative. We really got a taste of the local food and drink scene, old tradition and emerging trends, and Ellie told us they strive...More

Thank pallaviy13
Reviewed 1 week ago
Ellie was friendly and knowledgeable - a great time for everyone

One of the best food tours we've taken. Nice walk with interesting sites and good variety of stops with a great sampling of food. Ellie was terrific! She is knowledgeable about both the history and the food and a pleasure to be with. We highly...More

Thank Bruce C
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Bruce, Thank you so so much for your heartfelt review and absolutely great feedback. Do let me know if you ever back in Cape Town and interested/ready for more food, would love to show you more places. Until then keep well, safe travels. Keep...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Perfect food tour!

We had such a great time with Elsje! Of course, it is about food and we loved each stop (coffee, drinks, street food, wine, meat, etc). But beside this, we had just an amazing day with Elsje and learned so much about the city, food...More

Thank Rene S
OnAir714400, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Rene & Pia, I was delighted to meet and have you on the tour. You both are an insparation for the younger geniration, I do hope one day I can travel and enjoy life the way you do. I look forward to having you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Learnt a lot, Ate a lot.

First of all, Elsje our guide is a brilliant, knowledgeable local foodie, who not only gave us insight on the foods we were eating but on South African on a whole, including some history. This walking tour has 5 stops for a duration on 3+...More

1  Thank Kathryn R
OnAir714400, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Kathryn & Peter, Thank you so so much for your wonderful review, I am so happy you enjoyed the tour. I had just as much fun with you both, felt like a tourist myself lol, it was a lovely day. You are a stunning...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile
Local flavor experience

I read other reviews before booking this one and it was recommended that we take the tour on our first days in cape town. I totally agree! We walked around the downtown area getting knowledgable information about the settling of the part of town we...More

Thank Montanalu
OnAir714400, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear reviewer ( apologies I can not see the name), THANK YOU SO MUCH for the wonderful review, not only for myself your guide but the team that has helped me build this experience appreciate it so much. I am glad you agree with my...More

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30 July 2018|
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Response from 7satraveler7 | Reviewed this property |
The tour finishes in the Waterfront.
1 May 2018|
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Response from MastaL6 | Reviewed this property |
The tour is a 3 km walk and including six stop along were you can taste different local food and alcohol beverages.