Lunch for less! 5 spots for good value lunch specials in Cape Town

Take a load off your pocket with one of these good-value lunch specials in Cape Town…

Aaaah, lunch. That glorious excuse to put our feet up and forget about pounding the pavements for a while. Happily, it also doesn’t have to cost the earth, thanks to these wallet-saving lunch specials.

If you fancy a quick bite and ice-cold beer while exploring the city centre, pop in to the buzzy Beerhouse on Long Street. Their lunchtime special menu varies through the week, and could be sticky chicken kebabs or a bunnychow of curried chickpeas. But, the deal remains the same each day: R50 gets you a generous meal and a 350ml draft beer. Score!

Up the road, the ever-popular Rick’s Café Americain also offers superb deals between 11h00 and 17h00. For R65 there’s a choice of dishes each day, from gnocchi in blue cheese and cream sauce, to succulent West Coast mussels in spaghetti. There’s even a low-carb Banting option available daily.

With its stunning harbour views and retail outlets, the V&A Waterfront isn’t known for its restaurant bargains, but Balducci’s has a great deal come lunchtime. For R129 you can tuck into a bento box with 23 pieces of sushi, with a complimentary miso soup to start. Or, if you’d prefer something heartier, try the 250g sirloin with a choice of starch or vegetables. Yours for just R95. There are also pizza and pasta specials at R65 each. Offer valid from noon to 18h00 daily.

Fancy some more sushi? Active Sushi on Bree Street has the deal in town: their lunchtime platters range from R60-R90 for 10-20 pieces of sushi, which include California rolls, fashion sandwiches and salmon roses. There’s a decent selection of wines by the glass available too, so you can enjoy a decadent sushi lunch for less than 100 bucks. Of course, don’t forget to tip.

If you’re out in the southern suburbs, the old-school Barrister’s Grill is a good spot to stop at: while not overloaded with charm, their daily pub lunch special is a steal at just R55. Take your pick from the daily dishes on the special menu: expect pub-grub classics from the Barristers burger to pork chops or bangers and mash. Hearty fare at a great price.

You’ll find family-friendly fare at the Tokai Forest Market

While the trendy markets of Woodstock and the Cape Town city centre are venues to see and be seen, the Tokai Forest Market is a relaxed, family-friendly affair where you can mingle with the locals.

It’s hard not to love the buzz and atmosphere of Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market, or the chic seaside appeal of the Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market – but for locals living in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, it’s the Tokai Forest Market that ticks all the right boxes for lazy weekend shopping.

You won’t find many views, or too many hipsters, at the Tokai Forest Market in the leafy suburb of Constantia, but it’s a great opportunity to experience life like a local.

This family-friendly market has a more limited array of food on offer, but the bacon-and-egg rolls with a good flat white coffee are a fine way to start your weekend. Look out for the excellent bakery and cheese stalls. And, unlike the ever-crowded Neighbourgoods market, there are plenty of places to enjoy it all under the pine trees.

Families with children are well taken care of here too, with a large play area and pony rides on offer. There’s even an arts and crafts section to keep children entertained while adults browse the range of food, drink and design stalls.

Unlike most Cape Town markets, the Tokai Forest Market is open on both Saturday (from 09h00) and Sunday (from 10h00) until 15h00.

You’ll find ‘99 bottles of beer on the wall’ at Beerhouse

Want to taste your way through the best craft breweries in Cape Town and beyond without leaving your bar stool? Head to the Beerhouse on Long Street.

Long Street has earned its reputation as party-central in the heart of Cape Town, but it’s not all dive bars and burger joints. Since 2013, late night party people with a taste for a fine IPA or porter stout can pull up a stool at Beerhouse and taste their way through more than 100 beers from around South Africa and the rest of the world. Continue reading “You’ll find ‘99 bottles of beer on the wall’ at Beerhouse”