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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour provided by Cape Town Culinary Tours

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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour

The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Take to the streets of Cape Town and indulge in the vibrant food and beverage scene the city has to offer. With our culinary experience, you will discover why so many people fall in love with our home. From pre-colonial culinary traditions to contemporary global delights, Cape Town is a mosaic of local and international influences. Engage with local food artisans and learn (and taste) how they contribute to Cape Town's evolving food scene. From traditional Cape Malayan dishes, Portuguese delights, coffee, spices, local sweet treats and South African liquor! Explore the area of De Waterkant that is overflowing with a colourful cultural and delicious history and immerse yourself in a Capetonian lifestyle! In a relaxed and safe environment, we'll show you why this city was voted BEST city so many time. This energetic, personal and backstage 4-hour experience will show you the secrets of the Cape Town culinary scene along with the city's incredible history and culture.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 58697P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local, professional guide.
  • Food and Drink tastings.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Alternative beverages provided for those who do not consume alcohol.
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • History Tour of the area.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from tour.
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Origin Coffee Roasting, 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Situated on Hudson Street close to the Cape Quarter shopping center. Origin Coffee Roasting is in a very old, beautiful building. Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
  • 70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Allergies or dietary requirements bookings please note: This tour is base on our local food and dishes from Cape Town, if you cancel out meat, carbs or alcohol is does change the story and experience.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dress code is comfortable, including comfortable walking shoes.
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 2 Km.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • Not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
  • We CAN accommodate no seafood, shellfish and pork allergies/food restrictions.
  • We CAN accommodate gluten free, wheat free, nut, dairy, halal or kosher allergies/food restrictions.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, they are however exchangeable/transferable with a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to tour commencing.
  • Tour runs in slight rain but depending on how extreme, please not the guide will contact you.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
  • Please make a note on you booking if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, our guides book the food in advance to avoid missing out on any of dishes.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local, professional guide.
  • Food and Drink tastings.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Alternative beverages provided for those who do not consume alcohol.
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • History Tour of the area.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from tour.
Departure details
  • Origin Coffee Roasting, 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Situated on Hudson Street close to the Cape Quarter shopping center. Origin Coffee Roasting is in a very old, beautiful building. Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
  • 70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
Duration
4h
Return details
  • 70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Allergies or dietary requirements bookings please note: This tour is base on our local food and dishes from Cape Town, if you cancel out meat, carbs or alcohol is does change the story and experience.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dress code is comfortable, including comfortable walking shoes.
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 2 Km.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • Not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
  • We CAN accommodate no seafood, shellfish and pork allergies/food restrictions.
  • We CAN accommodate gluten free, wheat free, nut, dairy, halal or kosher allergies/food restrictions.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, they are however exchangeable/transferable with a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to tour commencing.
  • Tour runs in slight rain but depending on how extreme, please not the guide will contact you.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
  • Please make a note on you booking if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, our guides book the food in advance to avoid missing out on any of dishes.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Origin Coffee Roasting
    28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Situated on Hudson Street close to the Cape Quarter shopping center. Origin Coffee Roasting is in a very old, beautiful building. Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
    See address & details
  • 1
    Cape Town Culinary Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    De Waterkant
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Green Point
  • You'll end at
    70 Prestwich St
    70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
    The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
    See address & details
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Ray F
Porto Valtravaglia, Italy3 contributions
Dec 2021
Excellent food tour with a great guide. Great food and drinks at some original locations. I learned a lot, not only about the local food culture but about the general history of Cape Town as well.

I highly recommend this tour!
Written 16 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tyler H
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
My wife and I had a fantastic experience on the Cape Town essentials tour. Our tour guide, Justin, was extremely knowledgeable about the culinary scene in Cape Town as well as the history and fun facts about South Africa as well. We tried some delicious food and drinks during the tour and overall had a wonderful time, we would definitely recommend this tour!

Tyler and Ellie
Written 30 November 2021
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Good afternoon Tyler & Ellie from sunny Cape Town THANK YOU SOOO much for joining Justin on the Essentials tour. Your kind words means the world to us and we can not wait to host you again on another tour. Thank you for sharing in our passion and enjoying some of the best culinary delights Cape Town has to offer. We know it is a crazy time but we wish you and your family only the most beautiful festive season. Keep healthy and always hunger for more. Best regards, Elsje & Justin
Written 16 December 2021
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micohara1965
Scottsdale, AZ1 contribution
Nov 2021
I highly recommend this tour. Elsje is so enthusiastic, knowledgable and proud of her country's cuisine. We tried food I would have never thought to order on my own and it was fantastic. She does a great job of mixing in beverage tastings (coffee, bubbly and gin) with the food so you don't get too full. We can't wait to return. Thank you Elsje!
Written 13 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Good afternoon from sunny Cape Town I have a very good idea from who this review is coming from, THANK YOU SOOO much for joining me on the Essentials tour. Your kind words means the world to us and we can not wait to host you again on another tour. Thank you for sharing in our passion and enjoying some of the best culinary delights Cape Town has to offer. We know it is a crazy time but we wish you and your family only the most beautiful festive season. Keep healthy and always hunger for more. Best regards, Elsje
Written 16 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

WizardGJM
Merritt Island, FL7 contributions
Oct 2021
Justin was a great tour guide. He was so knowledgeable about South African history and culture. The tour was very unique and diverse with coffee tasting, local cuisine, great pub, and then a gin tasting. We totally enjoyed and recommend this tour.
Written 20 October 2021
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Greetings from sunny Cape Town I trust that you are well and that you had a lovely day! Firstly thank you so so much for joining Justin on the Essentials food tour. It was a pleasure to host you, it is always a pleasure to have guests join us who share in our passions ... literally :) Thank you for your kind words and review this means the world to us. We look forward to hosting you again soon, feel free to reach out to us whenever you are back in the city. Wishing you and your team a Merry Merry Christmas and happy 2022!! Best regards, CTCT team
Written 9 November 2021
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Barbara M
1 contribution
Aug 2021
We highly recommend everybody (visitors and locals) take a tour with Cape Town Culinary Tours. Elsje asked us a series of questions about our likes, dislikes and dietary restrictions prior to our private tour and provided us with an amazing experience! Each place we visited had fantastic food and drink, and getting to know the history behind the places made them even more special. It was obvious that Elsje loved sharing her knowledge and favorite places with us. What a fun way to experience Cape Town!
Written 12 August 2021
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Hello Hello Barbara! Apologies for my late reply to this wonderful review! A big thank you yet again for joining me on tour! It is so good to hear that you have enjoyed the tour but also your time in our beautiful city. We appreciate the support but also the appreciation for what we do. Without you as our guests we would be very fat and lonely tour guides hehe Wishing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Best regards, CTCT team
Written 9 November 2021
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Joel L
1 contribution
A fantastic experience to get acquainted with South African specially Western Cape culinary history. Our tour guide Elsje was a wonderful friendly person with wealth of information. We covered a very different veriaty of foods. We stopped at 4 places, covering coffee shop, a local food resturant (african/Asian fusion), Biltong and beers, and ending it with a very interesting cocktail shop. Each stop had it's own story and history to tell. Make sure you attend this tour hungry.
We also did abit of walking and she showed us some of the historic sights.
We had a great time and highly recommend this tour.

Written 17 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello hello, Joel and Saba! Thank you so so much for your wonderful review and heartfelt words. This means the world to me and those who support us, thank you thank you. I appreciate your understanding on the day as we usually go to 5 stops but having our one restaurant closed for a couple of days due to COVID gave us the fun task to improvise the tour with 4 stops. I am so glad you enjoyed them all and had a good time, it was such a lovely day out with you both. I do hope to meet you again in the near future. Wishing you both a Merry Merry Christmas and happy new year!!!! Best regards,
Written 22 December 2020
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Ben G
3 contributions
Dec 2020
We attended Elsje's tour as a year-end function, and enjoyed it immensely. Elsje is not only knowledgeable about the food, but also about the area and its history. She is a wealth of information on other interesting eateries, wineries and markets. She was very friendly and professional.

Highly recommended!
Written 11 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Greetings/Goeie dag Ben I trust that you are well and that you had a lovely weekend! Firstly thank you so so much for joining me on the Essentials food tour. It was a pleasure to host you and your team, it is always a pleasure to have locals join us on an experience in their home town. Thank you for your kind words and review this means the world to us. We look forward to hosting you again soon, feel free to reach out to us whenever you are back in the city. Wishing you and your team a Merry Merry Christmas and happy 2021!! Best regards, Elsje
Written 14 December 2020
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Diana D
5 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We made a lot of food tours all over the world and this was absolutely the best one! We can highly recommend it, it's a MUST when you are in Cape Town. Elsje shares here knowledge about the South African and Western Cape history and of course we learned a lot of the food. She also showed us around Cape Town. We really, really appreciate that tour. Elsje picked some nice spots. She's such a wonderful person and it felt like going out to eat with friends. Thank you so much Elsje for that beautiful day.
Written 15 October 2020
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Dear Diana and Dennis, So good to hear from you! Thank you so much for this incredible review it means the world to us especially in this crazy time we all find ourselves in. I am so glad you had a good day out and about with me, it was such a pleasure to host and meet you. Thank you so much for the recommendation and appreciation, we are as grateful for you joining us. We hope to host you again soon in the near future or perhaps we will meet in Germany. Best regards, Elsje
Written 19 October 2020
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nnommad
Georgia11 contributions
Elsje was a fabulous host on the tour we took in August 2019. It was our first day in Africa, and the culinary tour was a fantastic way to become acquainted with Cape Town. The food & drink were wonderful. Everyone on the tour enjoyed themselves.
Written 28 May 2020
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mjl192018
Camberley, UK6 contributions
Mar 2020
I love my food, and I love walking round cities and this tour combined both (with some drinks thown in as well). Our guide was Justin, and he was very friendly and knowledgable about his city and also the places we visited. We stopped at 6 very different places, covering coffee shops, small local food resaurants, African/Asian fusion, biltong, local beers and ending in a great cocktail bar (which we went back to that same night!). It was a small group of 5 people, and was good chatting to the others too. We didn't feel rushed from one place to another and Justin was so enthusiastic that the tour over-ran because we were quite settled in at the cocktail bar. Would recommend to anyone visiting Cape Town.
Written 29 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Good day from cloudy Cape Town I trust that you are well and healthy under the circumstances we all find ourselves in. A big thank you thank you, for taking the time during your visit to Cape Town to join us on our Essentials food tour with Justin. Thank you for your kind words and review! It means the world to us as we grow. We are so glad you had a good time with Justin, his knowledge is incredible. We hope to host you again in the near healthy future. We wish you and your family health at this time and wish you many more amazing food tours to come. Best regards, Elsje
Written 11 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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WorldTraveler0723
WorldTraveler0723
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An amazing tour with Elsje!
I had an amazing afternoon food tour with Elsje doing a Taste of Africa! Elsje was awesome and made the tour fun &
RaAlRe
RaAlRe
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Perfect combination of enjoying fantastic food with sightseeing in lovely company
This food tour uniquely combines delicious food with sightseeing. Elsje my wonderful host for the tour provided not
wolfi567
wolfi567
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So enjoyable
Only experience in comparable areas enables a person to write a qualified review. And that is exactly the reason wh
Iany789
Iany789
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A must for coffee lovets
Went on the coifee experience tour on Sat 20 March. Had the best time and greatest experience. Learned so much ab
jacquese714
jacquese714
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Amazing and worth it!
I requested a tour as a surprise for my wife the day before and although the tours were not being run due to Covid,
jetsetjuleswhoosh
jetsetjuleswhoosh
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WOW.... and I’m hard please...... WOW!!!!!!
The day before I had spotted Elsje taking a tour group whilst I was at my fav. Local cafe. They were making YUMM no
Timothy S
Timothy S
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A great day with Justin
We loved our food and drink safari with Justin.He is a really interesting guy and took us to some amazing African r
Lucas K
Lucas K
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Best way to discover Cape Town centre
This food safari is really the best way to discover the inner city of Cape Town. Elsje (a great tour guide!) brings
Riki C
Riki C
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What a brilliant afternoon
Our group consisted of home grown South Africans who thought we knew about Cape Town's history, but what a surprise
476harrisons
476harrisons
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Great food tour!!
This was one of the best food tours we have been on. Food was amazing and a lot of it. Our tour guide, Ellie, was a
savvyscotty123
savvyscotty123
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A highlight of our South African Trip
A huge thank you to Justin for giving us such a varied and interesting food safari tour. So much amazing informatio
Mj2La2
Mj2La2
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A great way to sample African cuisine
We recently went on the food safari tour during our stay in Cape Town. We did this early on in our visit & it was w
MNTrav43656
MNTrav43656
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Delightful tour with a super guide
This tour was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I was curious! As it turned out, I loved all of the unique restaur
Jamesphillipstours
Jamesphillipstours
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WOW! Cape Town Culinary Food Safari... And ABSOLUTE MUST-DO for Cape Town visitors
We were nervous and unfamiliar with walking through Cape Town CBD... Until Justin took us under his knowledgeable a
Jewel_M_L
Jewel_M_L
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Well fed, well informed, & well done!
My fiance and I did this tour because a couple we are friends with went a few months before. They had nothing but g
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