The Garden Route is a famous road that is by the coast of South Africa. It starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth. It takes about 3 proper days to do a road trip to get from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via the garden route, stopping at the beautiful towns and dining in the wonderful cuisine.
I will share 11 food recommendations that I loved along the garden route! South Africa is so diverse, you get all sorts of cuisines as you travel the country. It starts from Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope to Stellenboasch to Hermanus to Mosselbay, Knysa and Port Elizabeth! We tried and tasted PLENTY of restaurants and these are our top picks.
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Cape Town: Truth Coffee Roasting
This place is funky and just different. The interior design is pretty unique on its own, not to mention the funky uniform of the staff. Also, for some reason, the customers are also dressed in the most unusual sense. Maybe there was a parade that day.
Address: 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Eat: coffee and/or brunch
Cape Town: Lola’s Eatery
Crazy for eggs for breakfast? Lola’s Eatery has some great eggs and breakfast menu options. We ordered 5 different dishes and I am in love with the eggs benedict and smoked salmon!
Address: 228 Long St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Eat: Eggs for breakfast/brunch
Cape Town: The Butcher Man
The Butcher Man for a good classic steak. Try “The Chocolate Block”, a South African wine to pair with the meat! It works in an interesting way. First, you choose the raw ingredients, i.e. type of meat, weight, cut, etc. Then, you decide how you want it cooked. And they make it fresh on the spot! We really enjoyed it and was thinking of returning the next day!
Address: 105 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Eat: Sirloin steak, medium rare. Paired with “Chocolate Block” wine for lunch.
Cape of Good Hope: Black Marlin
Stop by for a seafood meal after a day’s trip to Cape of Good Hope! Black Marlin is one of the restaurants that you will pass by on the way to Cape of Good Hope. We stayed at the cape till sunset and drove to Black Marlin for dinner. We ordered 2 seafood platter, 1 fresh fish, fried calamari and more! On a separate note, Arthur ate there when he travelled South Africa with his family too!
Address: Millers Point, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Eat: seafood platter for dinner
Stellenbosch: Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate
On the way to Stellenbosch, you can stop by this place. They have a vineyard and you can make your own wine! There is also a restaurant but you have to book in advance. The most amazing thing is: DUCK PARADE! Hundreds of duck walk across the front yard every day as exercise. It is the cutest thing ever! We stayed for wine tasting and it was delicious. We eventually bought a bottle after.
Trevellers Tip: If you ask, they can organise a nice picnic session under the tree for you! Sip your wine while looking at the vineyard. We bought some bread and cheese to pair with the wine. It’s the “I-feel-like-I-am-in-a-movie” amazing.
Address: Baden Powell Dr, Faure, Stellenbosch, 7131, South Africa
Eat: wine tasting menu! Their wines are far superior to those around the area. (We been to at least 2 more vineyards in that area.)
Hermanus: Pear Tree Bistro
Pear Tree Bistro has delicious Matcha tea latte and grilled pork neck. It got chilly at night and they gave us nice blankets as we sat outside. It was the only meal we did not drink because we totally needed a break. The seafood and salad were amazing too.
Address: Village Square, 81 Marine Dr, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Eat: Grilled Pork
Swellendam: Drostdy Restaurant
This restaurant is located in a small town in the middle of almost nowhere. It was along the Garden Route and we were hungry. And we stumbled upon this, one of our favourites! Their dishes have quite a “French flair” to it but was cooked nicely. I highly recommend the “game platter”, where they cook 3 types of meat you find in the safari. We tried Ostrich, Kudu and Impala. One of them was exceptionally delicious… but I have to admit I don’t know which.
Address: 28 Swellengrebel St, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa
Eat: Game platter (meat platter with different types of animals from the safari)
Mosselbay: Kaai 4 Braai Restaurant
It is an authentic South African bbq! You have a clam chowder, African bread (like naan or pita), goat stew, sausages and roast beef slices as a meal. This was interesting because the meals we had were seafood or meals cooked in a “Western” way. This is authentic.
Address: Mossel Bay Central, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
Eat: Clam chowder (absolutely different from anything we’ve tried)
Knysa: East Head Café
The best cafe in town for brunch time! You get to pair it with an amazing view of the sea too. They serve delicious meals like your usual eggs and bread and pasta. But what you really need to try is their MOJITO! We ordered 6 glasses.
Address: 25 George Rex Dr, The Heads, Knysna, 6571, South Africa
Knysa: Freshline Fisheries
Keeping the best for the (almost) last, OYSTERS. What is South Africa without eating fresh oysters if you are by the coast! Hell, there is even a bay called Oyster Bay!
Trevellers Tip: I recommend you to eat your oysters in Mosselbay or Knysa.
Other than drinking a lot, the next thing we did a lot was to eat oysters. After trying PLENTY of restaurants, we all decided that Freshline Fisheries has the BEST oysters. If you are lucky, they have the XL (large) oysters during that day. We stuffed ourselves with fresh oysters, a twist of lemon and splashes of tobacco sauce. It was the most delicious & freshest oysters we had in South Africa.
Address: Railway Siding Dockyard Cnr Long & Waterfront Drive (Behind Tait Marine Knsyna, Knysna Central, Knysna, 6570, South Africa
Eat: XL Oysters
Port Elizabeth: Asada Restaurant
Asada Restaurant has their own smoking room. They smoke their own meat! They also have fresh seafood, which you can choose and order. We ordered about 7 dishes for 5 of us to share. As you can imagine, we were super full after. I recommend the grilled fresh fish (check their catch of the day), grilled calamari (the best!) and smoked lamb.
Address: 24 Stanley St, Port Elizabeth Central, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Eat: grilled calamari and grilled fresh fish