City bowl tasting experience

Explore and experience Cape Town, South Africa’s culinary capital, on a walking food tour packed with local flavour and cultural heritage.

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About the Tour

The Cape Town City Bowl is compact and stretches from the modern foreshore business district to historic quarters closer to Table Mountain.

  • The City Bowl is home to the largest concentration of award-winning restaurants in South Africa and packed with local and global flavours.
  • This walking food tour is a foodies delight, where you will experience 10 tastings at 6 food and drink establishments in 4-5 hours.
  • Obtain a unique perspective by exploring Cape Town on foot. A great way for first-time visitors to orientate themselves in the city.
  • We will give you insight to the Cape Town social scene and point out restaurants and bars along the route which you can visit later.
  • Admire the city’s architectural styles and influences and learn interesting historical facts and how history influenced our food scene.
  • Avoid the tourist traps and get to experience Cape Town with a local guide, and of course, Eat Like a Local!

Our walking food tour starts at 09:30am Monday to Friday

Restrooms are available during the experience.

Water and soft drinks are included. Tours with alcohol include options of local wine/beer.

Masks are required to be worn due to South African regulations. No mask no tour.

Dietary and allergy requirements by prior arrangement only. This tour is not suitable for vegans.

Experiences happen rain, shine or snow (the last being unlikely). Please dress accordingly.

Tours consist of small groups of no more than 8 to 10 guests per expert guide.

Suitable for ages 12 and up, and most fitness levels. Total walking distance is approximately 3-4km.

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What to Expect

Our unique walking food tour takes you through some of the most historic parts of Cape Town, while sampling the locals’ favourite food and drink along the way. You’ll be able to soak up the city’s diverse vibe as you visit 6– 7 iconic and hidden food institutions and try some tasty treats and authentic flavours.

We’ll meet inside a centrally located coffee shop on Wale Street and walk, talk and eat our way through the city from there. While tour stops may vary slightly due to the number of guests and dietary requirements, usual stops include the Bo-Kaap for a taste of traditional Cape Malay food and a visit to an old fashioned spice store, and stops in central Cape Town for modern African food, Afrikaans heritage food, a biltong tasting and an artisanal chocolatier. We partner with small local establishments who share our passion for food, and guests will get an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the owners. Along the way we will share insights into local culture, history and food trends affecting Cape Town.

The tour lasts approximately 4-5 hours and the total walking distance is 3-4km. While the walking is mostly flat and not strenuous, you may spend a significant portion of the tour on your feet. A walking food tour is a great way to get orientated in an unfamiliar city, and we recommend that our guests join us at the beginning of their holiday.

Hope to see you soon, and remember, come hungry!

Escape the tourist traps

Let me guide you through the streets of Cape Town and show you where the locals like to eat and drink.

Green market square

Greenmarket Square is one of the liveliest hubs in Cape Town. It’s the second oldest public space in Cape Town

Bo-Kaap

Experience the cultural heritage and Malay influences of the Bo-Kaap and grab the chance to take pictures of the renowned colourful houses with Table Mountain as a backdrop

Heritage sqaure

Taste locally produced wine, and visit the oldest grape bearing vine in the Souther Hemisphere.

Company gardens

Visit the oldest garden in South Africa, a heritage site where we explore fynbos and local herbs.

Bree street

Sample modern African cuisine in a cutting edge art gallery

Wale Street

Enjoy a sweet ending to your tour with a locally produced artisanal dessert

City Bowl Tasting Experience

 

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Explore and experience Cape Town, South Africa’s culinary capital, on a walking food tour packed with local flavor and cultural heritage.

Approximately 4.5 hours    Tour (incl. alcohol) R1400

Where to Meet

Meet your guide at 129 Bree Street, Cape Town City Center. The exact location will becommunicated to you . Best to take a taxi or Uber to the meeting point as parking in the city is limited and expensive. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled departure as tours depart on time.

 

Have questions? Here’s the most frequently asked.

 

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 4 hour experience. Imagine walking through the city eating our local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning about the neighbourhoods from real locals.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs. Vegetarians consuming dairy and gluten can be catered for on this tour.

Please note: We have an exciting plant-based experience that showcases the vegan food scene in Cape Town designed to accommodate vegan diets and curated with different partners. Please contact us for further information on how to enjoy this tour.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We advise that you check the weather conditions for your event and dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if necessary.

Is there parking available?

Limited paid street parking may be available close to the tour’s starting location. We recommend that you take a taxi or Uber to the starting location as the tour ends at a different location approximately 500m away.

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