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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 $79.67
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
A little surprise to end your culinary experience in the V&A Waterfront.

Reviews (54)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Totally worth your initial (maybe only!) 4 hours in Cape Town

We automatically take food tours in every city we go to because it is such a great way to experience the essence of the local culture: the people, the place and the food. Owner and guide Elsje (Ellie) Erasmus has infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Talbot H
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Greetings Talbot, Thank you so much for your amazing review, it was such an amazing day with you and the other guests we should do it again :) Your passion for food history and your amazing stories is inspiring thank you so much for joining...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing experience

My girlfriend and I took the tour with Ellie and it was sensacional. We tried delicious food, learned about Cape Town, their different foods and different neighborhoods. We loved it!More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gustavol990
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Gustavo and Agustina, Thank you so very much for your review. It was lovely having you both on the tour yesterday, it was super fun and the whole group was amazing making the day fun and delitouse! Enjoy the rest of Cape Town, let...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Set the Standard!

This was only my second food tour I've done while visiting a city and I am so glad I did. It was a great experience. I ate so much food (included) that I was full until breakfast the following morning. The quantity wasn't the only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nicolerobo
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Greetings Nicole So sorry for the late reply, THANK YOU so much for the fabulous review. It means so much and goes a long "foodie" way. I truly hope to have you join us again one day and I will go show you a diffrent...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Daniel & Pallavi, I am in the clouds with this very kind and heartfelt review, thank you so so much. You both were a real treat to have on the tour, it is you that make it worth all the effort and fun. Next...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bruce C
CTCTours, Owner at Cape Town Culinary Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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

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July 31, 2018|
Response from 787akshayg |
I have the exact same question.
July 30, 2018|
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Response from 7satraveler7 | Reviewed this property |
The tour finishes in the Waterfront.
April 30, 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.