The Cape Town Essentials Tour

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Borders of the Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant and the the most visited area the V&A Waterfront.




11:00 am start time.
We do not eat worms or bugs on this tour so no need for a strong stomach.
Tours occur rain or shine.
Be ready to eat, drink and explore.

From the borders of Bo-Kaap through to the colourful area of De Waterkant, come experience one of Cape Town's most delicious quarters.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 4 Food & drink stops along the way. Alcohol pairings. All tastings are included in the price.

Deliciousness Guaranteed. 4 food stops including 3 alcohol pairings.

Photography Highly Encouraged.

Tours run Mondays - Saturdays at 11:00am.

Tour ends in the De Waterkant, 10 min away from the V&A Waterfront.

Tours runs rain or shine.

Small groups tours max 8 guests. Min 2 guests.

What to Expect


Cape Town Culinary Tours showcases the rich cultural history that lies within the roots of Table Mountain. Tasting your way through this strikingly unique and multicultural city is an absolute must for any culinary enthusiast. Join us as we travel from the famous multi-coloured homes of Bo-Kaap, through out the De Waterkant. Upon arrival, meet our fellow foodies and let your culinary journey begin. Fully guided from start to end with ample food and drink tastings included throughout the experience. Enjoy flavors from every corner of South Africa, with uniquely Capetownian twists, and find yourself immersed in the cultural history that has made Cape Town a global culinary hotspot. Set yourself up for an experience you won’t soon forget!

Take advantage of our local knowledge and let us introduce you to the Cape Town you never thought you'd know!

The Cape Town Essentials Tours

We are ready to take to the streets with Cape Town's tastiest tour, to show you our guest's that eating local is "lekker".

The are of De Waterkant

Has a tasty, colourful history that dates back to the 1700's.

Where to Meet

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.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Our experiences are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.  If we believe the weather will significantly jeopardize the quality of your experience, we will offer you plenty of notice in the event of a cancellation.

To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance as spots fill up quickly. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling our team directly. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique experience. Imagine walking through Cape Town eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals. Let us show you how easy it is to fall in love with Cape Town!

Yes! While our tours are offered daily in English, we also offer tours in Afrikaans by request. Please contact our team for more details.

We do our best to accommodate your dietary and allergy needs. As long as we are given advance notice at the time you book your experience, we can arrange for alternative tastings. At this time, we are unable to accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets. You are absolutely more than welcome to join us on the tour, just keep in mind that there may be some tastings that you may have to avoid. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our operations team directly.

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"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"

Diana & Denni - Germany - 15 Oct 2020 -
Diana and Dennis on our Essentials food tour

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