Cape Town is increasingly catering for Muslim diners, with a variety of certified halal eateries. Many of them are casual, family-friendly establishments, or takeaway joints, but there are also a few fine-dining options and some wonderful coffee shops.
We’ve put together a list of 25 certified halal eateries in Cape Town for your dining pleasure.
Upmarket or fine dining
126 Cape Kitchen & Cafe at the Hilton Hotel, CBD
126 is the new kid on the block, and we’re excited about it. The restaurant is located in the Hilton Hotel and offers fine food to halal diners. Guests can opt for a tea-pairing, which involves exotic teas to compliment each course. The food is fusion style, with bold flavours.
Sabria’s Restaurant, Wynberg
Sabria’s restaurant, part of the Cosy Corner label, is a family-friendly restaurant for those who want to sit down to enjoy well-presented meals such as steaks, curries, seafood, pasta, salads, and delicious desserts.
Jiah Restaurant, CBD
Jiah is a laid-back restaurant and a good place to go for burgers and pizza, but also offers upmarket and elegant meals. The seafood and steaks here are delicious, and the East meets West menu section has some interesting and fabulous dishes. You can’t go wrong.
On the Square at the Capetonian
On the Square is famous for its hearty Ramadan and Eid feasts, but it operates year-round as a sophisticated place to have lunch or dinner. They also do superb breakfast buffets.
Takeaways and Fast Food
Donuts are definitely the star of this show, but the chain also does bagels and wraps which make for great work lunches.
Food Inn has two branches, on Long Street and Rondebosch Main Road respectively. They make something for everyone—burgers, Chinese food, Indian/Pakistani food, Middle Eastern food, pizza, sandwiches, Turkish food, and vegetarian.
Wembley, fast food takeaways (butchery), Belgravia
Wembley is a no-frills take-out joint with a wide range of burgers, grills, and Indian street food. The company also has a confectioners shop and even a butchery where you can find quality halal meat.
Delicious gatsbys, pies, chips rolls, samoosas, and half-moons make Mariam’s Kitchen a must-visit.
Casual and family-friendly
Andalousse Moroccan Cuisine, Woodstock
This Woodstock restaurant has some of the best Moroccan food in town. On arrival, the hosts serve mint tea and Moroccan biscuits. The tagines, kebabs, stews, and shawarmas are fantastic, and there are lovely desserts too.
Taj Mahal, Seapoint and Hout Bay
The Taj Mahal has two branches and claims to make the best Indian food in town. Their rogan josh and naan comes highly recommended, and they also do seafood.
Saray Restaurant, CBD
Saray brings authentic Turkish-Kurdish food to the Cape Town CBD. Enjoy the authentic kebabs, kahve, cay, and nargile. The warm-coloured interior sets the tone, and the menu is extensive. don’t forget to try the Ayran, a Turkish yoghurt drink.
This Rondebosch East-based restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and vegetarian fare. They also offer catering services and be booked for events.
Another Cape Town favourite, Bibi’s serves a range of meat, seafood and vegetarian curries and much more! Bibi’s is famous for our homemade pastries prawn chaat. Their butter chicken is also some of the best in town.
Eastern Food Bazaar
This canteen-style takeaway joint features a long row of traders selling everything from shwarmas and kebabs to breyanis and more. It’s affordable, quick, and extremely tasty.
Situated in Bo-Kaap, the historic neighbourhood where Islam in the Cape all began, this vibrant restaurant is renowned for serving the best Cape Malay food. Their masala steak sandwiches are amazing, as is their phenomenal view of the city.
For one of the best butter chicken dishes this side of the equator and other mouth-watering treats, visit Biesmiellah in the Bo-Kaap.
Tashreeqa’s Coffee and Cake Emporium, Rondebosch East
Tashreeqa’s does excellent coffee and baked goods, as well as light lunches. Make sure you try some of the delicious cakes on offer.
Caturra Coffee Bar, Seapoint
Caturra has its daily offerings up on a chalkboard and does excellent lunches. Their speciality is homemade pasta, and their breakfasts and coffee are good too.
Batavia Café, District Six
Batavia Café is a quirky little spot with fantastic breakfasts and coffee on offer. There are also light lunches and sweet treats like koesisters.
Myatt Café & Chocolatier, V&A Waterfront
Myatt serves deli fare and, of course, chocolate. The Macaroons and cakes are divine, as are the gourmet lunch sandwiches. They have a great selection of coffees too.
Pizza, Burgers, and Grills
Atlantic Express Restaurant
This unique restaurant was carefully restored and designed along the theme of a dining coach. Go for good breakfasts, light lunches and some main meals.
Bin Rashied, Kenilworth
Bin Rashied is one of the best pizza joints in town, and they also do burgers and grills. They often have great specials, and there are a number of branches around Cape Town.
Woodies Burgers, V&A Waterfront
Woodies is a burger joint in a food-market setting. There are shared tables, which gives the place a bustling vibe. The burger menu is extensive and they have a “challenge” section on the menu, which includes The Colossus—stacked with four patties.
District Café, Woodstock
District Café is the place to go for burgers, salads, grills, breakfasts, and sandwiches. The food is fresh and tasty, and it’s located in the bustling hub of Woodstock.
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