Top 10 Restaurants in Rondebosch

Leafy Rondebosch, situated in the heart of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, is a wonderful part of the city to spend time in.

Not only does it offer some great attractions and is but a relatively short drive from the City Bowl – it also has some top restaurants to enjoy!

So, if you’re peckish while in and around Rondebosch, here are some great food spots to check out:

#1 Al’s Place

Aside from Al’s Place being one of the best and most popular restaurants in the Southern Suburbs – in recent years, it has fast cemented itself in the hearts (and stomachs) of Cape Town diners from far and wide.

Headed up by the experienced and affable, Alan Tavares, Al’s Place offers a comfortable atmosphere, with great, reasonably priced food to boot!

If you are looking to enjoy a memorable meal, to celebrate with family and friends or are simply craving a quality steak, Al’s Place is the place to go (pun intended).

Contact: 021 686 8254, alsplacerestaurant.com

Website: alsplacerestaurant.com

Address: Al’s Place Restaurant, 24 Station Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Michael’s Kitchen and Bar

Immerse yourself in the beautiful and warmth atmosphere that exists Michael’s Kitchen and Bar. This pretty eatery offers casual, intimate dining at its best.

Here, visitors can sample a range of tasty food and drinks, including gourmet burgers, mouthwatering pizzas, dreamy milkshakes and more!

It’s a short drive from Claremont and perfectly situated as far as Rondebosch goes, so it is ideal for work lunches, catch-ups with friends or even cosy dinner dates.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 9188

Website: www.facebook.com/MichaelsKitchenAndBar

Address: Michael’s Kitchen and Bar, 88 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Hussar Grill Rondebosch

First established in 1964, the Rondebosch Hussar Grill is one of Cape Town’s oldest institutions. And, as the original Hussar Grill, it embodies the the grill room’s best intentions and serves as the yardstick  against which the other branches are now measured.

Although Hussar Grill has evolved into a popular, quality franchise spread right across South Africa, there is no doubt that the original Hussar Grill offers a unique experience, worth enjoying for yourself!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 9516, rondebosch@hussargrill.com

Website: www.hussargrill.co.za

Address: Hussar Grill Rondebosch, 10 Main Road,
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Hussar Grill via Facebook
The Hussar Grill via Facebook

#4 Some Oaks Bistro

Owned by father and sons team, Jeremy, Greg and Marc de Sadler, this laid-back, family-friendly restaurant in the Southern Suburbs is quite a special gem.

Serving up wood-fire pizzas, delicious gourmet burgers and tasty pastas to name a few meal options, there ia no doubt that Some Oaks Bistro is all about feel-good food fillers… so go on, dig in!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 1756/9,  info@someoaksbistro.co.za

Website: someoaksbistro.co.za

Address: Some Oaks Bistro, 92 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Chuck Yang’s Chinese Restaurant

For those craving good, quality Chinese cuisine, Chuck Yang’s is one of the best places to find it in the Mother City.

Portions are generous and reasonably priced, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from, as well as some meaty dishes too.

The restaurant isn’t fancy but it is child-friendly, which is a big plus. What’s more, service is friendly and the quality of the food here speaks volumes.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 7967

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Chuck-Yangs-Speciality-Dishes

Address: Chuck Yang’s Chinese Restaurant, 93 Campground Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Govindas Pure Vegetarian Cafe

This small but quaint eatery has a major focus on Indian food – and that always means good food done right!

For vegetarians especially, Govindas is a true gem, as it offers a host of delicious, vegetarian-friendly dishes.

The food is great, meal variety is good and service is friendly – what more could you want?

Contact: +27 (021) 686 1179

Website: N/A

Address: Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian Cafe, 17 St Andrews Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Baxter Restaurant

www.baxter.co.za
www.baxter.co.za

The Baxter Theatre is one of the city’s most famous attractions – and while it needs little introduction, it is true that not everyone knows that it also houses its own restaurant.

Run by Theresa Peters – of the famous Maharajah brand – The Baxter Restaurant offers a buffet of delicious vegetarian lunch and dinner options for visitors to choose from.

Think everything from gorgeous curries to pastas and stir-fries – it offers this and so much more! The restaurant is firmly buffet-style, so you never miss a performance – or a good meal!

To reserve a spot, please contact the Baxter Reception on 021 685 7880 and ask to speak to Theresa Peters.

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7880

Website: www.baxter.co.za

Address: The Baxter Restaurant, Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Maharajah Vegetarian Restaurant

For those seeking mouthwatering vegetarian Indian cuisine, Maharajah Vegetarian Restaurant should be your first port of call.

Inside, you find a neat, cheerful space, where friendly service and good food reign supreme. It is, in every way, pure, good Indian cuisine at its best.

The restaurant team strives to change the world, one meal at a time – and with food and service this good, they really do change the world for the better…

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7891

Website: www.maharajahvegetarian.com

Address: Maharajah Vegetarian, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.maharajahvegetarian.com
www.maharajahvegetarian.com

#9 The Creamery (Newlands)

While The Creamery has a host of delicious branches spread across the Southern Suburbs and the main city too, the Newlands branch is definitely one of their most beloved and buzzing of them all.

This airy, beautiful space is always full to the brim with people tucking into or leaving with a host of oh-so-good treats. These include ice-creams of all flavours (which change each month), ice-cream and glorious waffles and even excellent milkshakes and coffee.

The Creamery might not be situated in Rondebosch… but it’s definitely worth the short drive!

Contact: +27 (021) 686 3975

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecreamerysa

Address:The Creamery, Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Common Ground Cafe

Situated at the Common Ground Church, this unassuming cafe opposite Rondebosch Common offers a unique experience, equipped with good food and quality service.

You can choose to sit inside, or outside on the balcony – but either way, you’re in for a memorable visit. The cafe’s cakes, Eggs Benedict and other delicious cooked and baked goods make it a place where everyone can find a common love for good food (and service).

And, perhaps best of all, all profits go to the local NPO, Common Good – so you can enjoy a lovely meal and do a good deed all at once… isn’t that special?

Contact: +27 (021) 686 0154, cafe@commongroundchurch.co.za

Website: commonground.co.za/common-ground-cafe

Address: Common Ground Cafe, Common Ground Church, 23 Milner Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the gems you can enjoy eating at in Rondebosch – and believe us, they have plenty of heart, good food and friendly service to go around!

Top 10 Activities near Rondebosch

The Southern Suburbs are loved for their lushness, fun activities, cosy coffee shops and family-friendliness (and that includes our four-legged friends!).

But among all the popular, leafy suburbs – which include Newlands, Claremont, Rosebank and the like – we have the unassuming Rondebosch.

Not only does Rondebosch offer its own top-class activities, restaurants and experiences – but its close proximity to all the other areas means that, when you’re in the student hub of Rondebosch, you can easily ‘suburb hop’!

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in and about Rondebosch:

#1 Catch a show at the Baxter Theatre

Ah, the Baxter… If ever there is a list of timeless experiences to enjoy in the Mother City – the Baxter Theatre is surely right at the top of it.

For years now, the Baxtre Theatre Centre has been entertaining both young and old with its wonderful, multi-cultural entertainment and performances.

Boasting a world-class theatre, concert hall and so much more, the Baxter Theatre is a firm favourite among both Capetonians and travellers to the city.

For those craving some incredible indoor entertainment, you simply have to head to the Baxter Theatre!

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7880

Website: www.baxter.co.za

Address: Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

While Kirstenbosch isn’t exactly situated in Rondebosch, it is close by – and it would be remiss to exclude it from any Southern Suburbs activity list!

This rich, world-acclaimed garden is a must-visit for locals and tourists. Not only is it the green heart of Cape Town (and something Capetonians everywhere are fiercely proud of) – but it is also one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world.

With wide open lawn spaces, different plant, flower and tree garden sections (each more interesting and fun than the next), summer concerts, educational insights and garden-centric shops… it’s not hard to see why this beautiful garden is so well-loved!

For a fun, family-friendly day out in the fresh air, pack a picnic and make for Kirstenbosch.

Contact: +27 (021) 799 8783

Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Stroll around Rondebosch Common

Dominic Chadbon via The Fynbos Guy
Dominic Chadbon via The Fynbos Guy

Rondebosch Common is a large, park-like public space in Rondebosch. Boasting lovely natural beauty and some stellar mountain views, it’s pretty popular among the locals. Not only is this National Monument free to enjoy but it’s safe too.

What’s more, every Saturday, you can also enjoy the Rondebosch Common parkrun here. Note: This 5-km event is free to join, but you will need to register beforehand.

Visit Rondebosch Common and enjoy some recreational fun – whether it’s running, walking, exercising, or simply enjoying a bite to eat, as you contemplate its peacefulness!

Contact: rondeboschcommonhelpers@parkrun.com

Website: www.parkrun.co.za/rondeboschcommon

Address: Rondebosch Common, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dine at Al’s Place Restaurant

This warm, popular restaurant – fronted up by the affable Alan Tavares (himself an award-winning chef-owner, with over 30 years’ restaurant experience) -is not to be missed, particularly when eating out in Rondebosch and surrounds.

Serving great food – with a focus on beautiful steaks, cooked to perfection – at reasonable prices, and offering a memorable, welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder that, more often than not, Al’s Place is packed to the rafters!

If you are looking for a hidden food gem, you need to book a spot at Al’s Place… You won’t regret it!

Contact: 021 686 8254, alsplacerestaurant.com

Website: alsplacerestaurant.com

Address: Al’s Place Restaurant, 24 Station Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Head to the Rondebosch Park Market

Park markets are always heaps of fun for the whole family – but, even as far as markets go, the Rondebosch Park Market is a pretty lovely one.

This markets takes place every second Saturday of the month and offers guests a unique shopping experience. Visitors can browse local handmade goods, clothing, jewellery, woodwork and so much more.

It is family and pooch-friendly too, so bundle everyone into the car and go enjoy a fun day at the market!

Contact: rondeboschmarket@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RondeboschParkMarket

Address: Rondebosch Park Market, Corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Rondebosch Park Market via Facebook
Rondebosch Park Market via Facebook

#6 Potter about at Starke Ayres Garden Centre

Situated in Rosebank, this garden centre is an unmissable part of the Southern Suburbs, especially for nature lovers and green fingers.

For many years now, Starke Ayres has supplied the Cape Town public with a wide assortment of seeds, flowers, pot plants, trees and more. But, at the same time, they have also promoted a love for all things natural and green.

Whether you need some garden advice, wish to stock up on plants for your home – or simply need to pass a few peaceful hours at this garden centre, it’s hard to go wrong with Starke Ayres.

And the Fraiche Ayres Cafe & Restaurant is perfect for soothing those hunger pangs!

Contact: +27 (021) 685 4120

Website: www.starkeayresgc.co.za

Address: Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Liesbeek Parkway, Rosebank, Cape T0wn, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Catch some cricket at Newlands

www.newlandscricket.com
www.newlandscricket.com

Again, it doesn’t lie in Rondebosch – but it’s a short drive or train/bus ride away, and is certainly one of the best experiences Cape Town has to offer loyal South Africans, foreign visitors and sports lovers alike!

Established in 1888, Newlands boasts a rich cricketing history. In those long years, has seen some incredible shows of sportsmanship, togetherness from the crowds – and just generally, some glorious days of sunshine, laughter and fun too!

Newlands is not just one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds: it is a place where Cape Town (and South Africa at large) comes together to support our ‘boys’, be they the Proteas or the Cape Cobras.

If you are lucky enough to be in Cape Town – and in the Southern Suburbs in particular – on match day or during a test, then you need to make a plan to head to Newlands to enjoy some great cricket – and a wonderful atmosphere to boot!

Contact: +27 (021) 657 2050, glendaj@cricket.co.za

Website: www.newlandscricket.com

Address: PPC Newlands Cricket Ground, 146 Campground Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Take some snaps at Rhodes Memorial

Another place in the Southern Suburbs worth visiting (if only for the incredible views and its ‘photo worthiness’) is Rhodes Memorial.

While we can all agree that Cecil John Rhodes probably has a few things to answer for… The monument itself is, nevertheless, an iconic part of Cape Town.

From its place on the northern flank of Table Mountain, it allows visitors to enjoy some amazing city views, as they climb its steps or pass through its pillars.

Located behind the memorial, you will also unearth a lovely, laid-back garden restaurant in Rhodes Memorial Restaurant… It’s worth stopping by, if just for a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

Contact (Rhodes Memorial Restaurant): +27 (021) 687 0000, info@rhodesmemorial.co.za

Website (Rhodes Memorial Restaurant): www.rhodesmemorial.co.za

Address: Rhodes Memorial,  Rhodes Avenue, Devil’s Peak, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. 

#9 Enjoy some beer at Newlands Brewery

Much like Newlands Stadium, for those exploring the Southern Suburbs, it’s worth travelling from Rondebosch into Newlands to enjoy this local gem.

Newlands Brewery has a long-standing, beloved history among beer lovers, with many having even visited it from across the globe.

In general though, this popular, fun brewery is the perfect place to go for some beer history (and drinking, of course!), a nice tour or even an exciting scavenger hunt… So, if (beer) supplies are low, you know where to go!

Note: Tours are based on availability, advanced bookings are required and closed, flat shoes must be worn on visits. Regrettably, the facility is not suitable for those in wheelchairs or with walking aids (crutches, walking sticks etc.).

Contact: +27 (021) 658 7511

Website: newlandsbrewery.co.za

Address:  Newlands Brewery, 3 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Enjoy reading at Rondebosch Public Library

Rondebosch Library via Facebook
Rondebosch Library via Facebook

For the book worms, occasional readers and lifelong students among us, there are few places more delightful than a public, well-maintained and above all, good quality library – and Rondebosch Public Library is all that and more!

Found in the leafy heart of Rondebosch, it is easily accessible from both the Main Road and the train station.

It’s central, well-stocked and fun to visit, with helpful, friendly librarians on hand to assist. In fact, in 2013, this library even ranked among Cape Town’s top 18 circulating libraries!

For those in need of some quiet time, study assistance or even just their next book or magazine to devour – Rondebosch Public Library is there for you.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 1100, rondebosch.library@capetown.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za/facility/rondebosch-public-library

Address: Rondebosch Public Library, off Belmont Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the top activities to enjoy in and around charming Rondebosch!