Budget-friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Budget RestaurantsWhile Cape Town is not lacking in restaurants, one often runs the risk of breaking the bank during a night on the town or a coffee with the girls. Check out these pocket-friendly restaurants that provide good quality food.

Banana Jam Café

rum shack

The menu has a cheeky flair offering a wide range of indulgent dishes.

For the thirsty, there is a large selection of craft beer to choose from – served on tap or in the bottle. Or if you like a good quality rum, take advantage of Banana Jam’s impressive selection of internationally recognised brands of the good stuff.

Come on along for a chilled time, good food and a chilled beer or two.

Have a look at Banana Jam’s menu here.

Café Extrablatt

Cafe Extrablatt

For the not-so-hungry or if you’re looking for an ‘in-betweener’ snack– a selection of classic bruschetta, soups and pita bread is available. If you’re in the mood for a real, lunchtime treat – Café Extrablatt’s tantalising wraps are worth a try- from the Café Fajita to the veggie-friendly Conzales, you won’t be left disappointed. For dinner, come hungry for the German speciality dishes of Chicken Schnitzel, German Meatloaf or Currywurst.

If you’re a deal chaser, venture down to Café Extrablatt every Monday for the unbeatable pizza special and get two 30cm pizzas for just R99.

Take a look at Café Extrablatt’s menu here.

Mango Ginger

mango ginger

If you’re a foodie living a healthy organic lifestyle, then venture down to Mango Ginger for some tasty, affordable treats.

Grab a mid-morning coffee or freshly squeezed juice while nibbling on wheat and gluten-free biscuits. Or if you’re looking for a quick lunch meal, try out the signature salad meals combining tasty meats or cheeses with salads.

For more food options, check out Mango Ginger’s full menu.



Start the day off at Quaglino’s and choose between a range of breakfasts – for the health conscious there is Quaglino’s Homemade muesli that comes with fresh fruit, yoghurt and berry coulis or if you’re looking for a hot, greasy meal, munch on a Croque Monsieur.

Check out Quaglino’s menu.

Ons Huisie


This quaint restaurant by-the-sea has a menu emanating the West Coast lifestyle, complete with seafood based dishes and traditional Afrikaans meals. A visit to Ons Huisie should include Creamy Strandloper Mussels or the highly recommended Ostrich Bobotie served with vegetables of the day, rice, mango chutney and beetrot. For those who’ve got room for dessert, Souskluitjies with a generous dollop of cream is a not-to-be-missed delicacy.

To view more meal options at Ons Huisie, take a look here.

The Meeting Place


The Meeting Place is a trendy eatery with a focus on breakfast meals and light lunches. If you’ve had a big night out, take advantage of the restaurant’s greasy fry up, ‘Makhula Phuza’. For those who don’t have big appetites, grilled croissants, fruit bowls and scrambled eggs on toast are also included on the menu.  What’s more, the towering club sandwich and the selection of mouth-watering burgers make for the ideal lunchtime meal.

For plenty more options to choose from, have a look at The Meeting Place’s full menu.

The Roti

the roti

If you’ve got a hankering for Indian food or a weakness for bread, The Roti Eatery prides themselves on their mouth-watering Indian dishes.

While their speciality is parathas, a deliciously layered bread, Roti caters for everyone with their inclusion of curried lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Check out The Roti’s full menu here.

If you know of any budget-friendly restaurants serving quality food, please comment below.

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