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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour
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The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour

By Cape Town Culinary Tours
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HK$725.19
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HK$725.19
per adult

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Ages 5-99, max of 8 per group
Duration: 4h
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  • Local, professional guide.
  • Food and Drink tastings.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Alternative beverages provided for those who do not consume alcohol.
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • History Tour of the area.
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from tour.


Departure details
  • Origin Coffee Roasting, 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Situated on Hudson Street close to the Cape Quarter shopping center. Origin Coffee Roasting is in a very old, beautiful building. Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
Return details
  • 70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58697P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Allergies or dietary requirements bookings please note: This tour is base on our local food and dishes from Cape Town, if you cancel out meat, carbs or alcohol is does change the story and experience.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dress code is comfortable, including comfortable walking shoes.
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 2 Km.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • Not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
  • We CAN accommodate no seafood, shellfish and pork allergies/food restrictions.
  • We CAN accommodate gluten free, wheat free, nut, dairy, halal or kosher allergies/food restrictions.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, they are however exchangeable/transferable with a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to tour commencing.
  • Tour runs in slight rain but depending on how extreme, please not the guide will contact you.
  • Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
  • Please make a note on you booking if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, our guides book the food in advance to avoid missing out on any of dishes.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour?
The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour price starts from HK$730.22. Discover and book The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour cancellation policy?
The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour?
The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour is hosted by Cape Town Culinary Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cape Town Culinary Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58697P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Origin Coffee Roasting
    28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Situated on Hudson Street close to the Cape Quarter shopping center. Origin Coffee Roasting is in a very old, beautiful building. Cape Town has paid street parking available. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
    See address & details
  • 1
    Cape Town Culinary Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    De Waterkant
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Green Point
  • You'll end at
    70 Prestwich St
    70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
    The tour ends in the popular Misfits in the De Waterkant area. We do recommend making use of Uber or Hotel provided services. We do not finish the tour were we start from. 
    See address & details
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pattgu008
pattgu008
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Is a must if you are in Cape Town
We loved it! I went with my husband and we really enjoyed it, everything was delicious and we learned a lot of hist
andrewrice
andrewrice
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Perhaps the best way to get to know Cape Town!
Wow! This operation rocks. They have something for everybody. From coffee, to bobotie, to koesisters, to wine. Oh,
William B
William B
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Very Solid Tasting Experience
We enjoyed our tour and it was a great way to eat and learn about the different cultures in South Africa. The way t
sunnyarbormom
sunnyarbormom
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So much fun!
We are in agreement with all the other reviews ….Justin is AWESOME!!! It was just us with him and he made us feel
m_lawson90
m_lawson90
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A great food tour with an expert guide
We had such a great experience with Justin as our guide. We booked this for the start of our trip to Cape Town so w
T3115EUsteveh
T3115EUsteveh
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Great Experience
Awesome morning out doing a coffee tour, highly recommend any of the tours for some great knowledge and history of
KajD
KajD
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Tasty Foodie Experience
This was an AMAZING experience ... one that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Not only was the food delicio
607benj
607benj
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A must if you visit Cape Town - Highlight of our trip
Incredible tour across ape Town with Eljse, we saw and tried so much, it was made all the better by our guide Elsje
megan070
megan070
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Friendly, Informative and Fun
What and absolute pleasure to deal with Elsje and Justin !!! It was such a fun experience to uncover hidden culinar
WorldTraveler0723
WorldTraveler0723
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An amazing tour with Elsje!
I had an amazing afternoon food tour with Elsje doing a Taste of Africa! Elsje was awesome and made the tour fun &
RaAlRe
RaAlRe
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Perfect combination of enjoying fantastic food with sightseeing in lovely company
This food tour uniquely combines delicious food with sightseeing. Elsje my wonderful host for the tour provided not
wolfi567
wolfi567
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So enjoyable
Only experience in comparable areas enables a person to write a qualified review. And that is exactly the reason wh
Iany789
Iany789
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A must for coffee lovets
Went on the coifee experience tour on Sat 20 March. Had the best time and greatest experience. Learned so much ab
jacquese714
jacquese714
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Amazing and worth it!
I requested a tour as a surprise for my wife the day before and although the tours were not being run due to Covid,
jetsetjuleswhoosh
jetsetjuleswhoosh
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WOW.... and I’m hard please...... WOW!!!!!!
The day before I had spotted Elsje taking a tour group whilst I was at my fav. Local cafe. They were making YUMM no
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Craig
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
One of our favorite parts of our 3 week trip to Cape Town. Highly recommend this tour early in your trip to acquaint yourself with local history and culture. Ask for Justin, who was a fount of knowledge and an in incredible guide. He caters to your personal preferences and his love of SA shows in his attention to detail.
Written 21 April 2022
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Greetings Craig, We trust that you are doing well!! Thank you so much for your amazing review this means the world to us and Justin :) Thank you for sharing in our passion for Cape Town and our love for the city's culinary scene. Keep well and hungry for more, until we meet again. Warm regards, Elsje and Justin
Written 23 April 2022
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Annmarie
Arlington, VA325 contributions
Dec 2022
We had a wonderful tour with Justin. We ended up touring on a national holiday, so they had to adjust the plan ahead of time, but we thought it was perfect! We loved all the places we went and felt like we got a good feel for Cape Town. Justin also gave us a great history lesson and is very knowledgeable which I'm so glad was a part of the tour. We compared all bobotie to the first taste we had on this tour and we loved the blind wine tasting at the end. Justin walked us back to our car and sent us recommendations for other restaurants while we were in town. This is a must-do in Cape Town!
Written 16 January 2023
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Matthew G
10 contributions
Jul 2022
First off Elsje was amazing since we had to rebook this tour 3 times due to the pandemic. Very flexible and accommodating, which was really appreciated. The tour was great. Not just the food and drink but an overall informative experience learning about Cape Town. Our guide Justin was on point with everything. I am not even a coffee drinker but enjoyed the coffee at Origins. My wife and I learned so much about coffee including how it is made decaffeinated. The food at Cafe Charles was very good, especially the Bobotie, which we look forward to making ourselves with the spice kit we were given when we get home. The pairing with the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc was perfect. The next stop was fun, casual, sports bar vibe - The Fireman's Arms. Here we enjoyed 3 different types of beer and the food of choice for us was the Cornish inspired puff pie. Good sports talk with Justin here. The last stop was at the Misfits the by Ideas Cartel for a gin tasting. My wife isn't a gin drinker but did like the varieties that didn't have the "piney" taste. The most unique part of this was that each gin was paired with a homemade ice cream. All the ice creams were good, but the basil ice cream is a must. Justin then took us to a Biltong shop where sampled and purchased some Biltong before ending our day. Excellent way to learn some about Cape Town and experience a variety of their food culture.
Written 3 August 2022
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flissie_11
Nottingham, UK166 contributions
Feb 2020
We have done several food tours in different parts of the world. This has to be one of the best we have ever taken! Our guide,Justin, was knowledgeable, both about the food and drink and also the history of the city. We started off with excellent coffee and ended with a stunning cocktail. In between were copious amounts of food and drink with enough walking in between to aid digestion! Justin followed up the tour by sending us photos of the tour and also his grandma's bobotie recipe - very welcome now we have left the sunshine of South Africa for the chill of the British winter! Would very highly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in food and the city.
Written 22 February 2020
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Hi there! I just want to give a huge thank you; your review really brought a smile to my face. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour so much! We work hard to make sure you get to see why we love this city and our food so much. If the chill of Britain ever becomes a bit too much then you are always welcome back to our shores! Thanks again. Justin.
Written 27 February 2020
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pieboyinspain
Spain386 contributions
Jan 2023
This is a MUST DO event in Cape Town. The tour is of a really cool district rather than a city, but it is a lovely little district.

The tour guide Justin was brilliantly professional and really approachable. His local and national history and knowledge was deep and insightful. Great conversation through the day.

The 4 locations we visited were spectacular. Super food, great drinks and lovely people.

The time flew by. Justin also was happy to recommend other places to eat, visit or travel to.

I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cape Town
Written 27 January 2023
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NorthStar23684309872
Hi Hi! Thanks so much for such a glowing review! I'm glad you enjoyed our day together. We do love the De Waterkant district, so many fantastic spots. Hopefully we can take you on our Taste of Africa tour through the city centre next time you're in Cape Town! Until then, safe travels!
Written 31 January 2023
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Barbara M
1 contribution
Aug 2021
We highly recommend everybody (visitors and locals) take a tour with Cape Town Culinary Tours. Elsje asked us a series of questions about our likes, dislikes and dietary restrictions prior to our private tour and provided us with an amazing experience! Each place we visited had fantastic food and drink, and getting to know the history behind the places made them even more special. It was obvious that Elsje loved sharing her knowledge and favorite places with us. What a fun way to experience Cape Town!
Written 12 August 2021
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Hello Hello Barbara! Apologies for my late reply to this wonderful review! A big thank you yet again for joining me on tour! It is so good to hear that you have enjoyed the tour but also your time in our beautiful city. We appreciate the support but also the appreciation for what we do. Without you as our guests we would be very fat and lonely tour guides hehe Wishing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Best regards, CTCT team
Written 9 November 2021
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Subhojit S
Mumbai, India67 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The only regret was that we did this trip at the fag end of our 9 days trip of Cape Town. Right from the first stop, we experienced something different, unique and memorable. While we were already in love with the Cape Town coffee, the Siphon brew at the Origin Coffee Roasting was the perfect first stop. From thereon, it was a journey through the history, culture and evolution of the great city of Cape Town through its food and finally exotic cocktail at Cause Effect. Our tour guide Justin, packaged this tour more than just a culinary experience. We didn't feel rushed or overwhelmed with the number of places or the dishes. We are really glad that we chose this experience.
Written 7 January 2020
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Hey Subhojit! It makes me so happy that you enjoyed my tour so much, it was really a delight to show you and Ahana around. It is always great to see people appreciating our historical journey through our amazing food. I'm sure I'll see you again, either in Mumbai or back in Cape Town! Thanks again, Justin
Written 11 January 2020
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Tyler H
4 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
My wife and I had a fantastic experience on the Cape Town essentials tour. Our tour guide, Justin, was extremely knowledgeable about the culinary scene in Cape Town as well as the history and fun facts about South Africa as well. We tried some delicious food and drinks during the tour and overall had a wonderful time, we would definitely recommend this tour!

Tyler and Ellie
Written 30 November 2021
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Good afternoon Tyler & Ellie from sunny Cape Town THANK YOU SOOO much for joining Justin on the Essentials tour. Your kind words means the world to us and we can not wait to host you again on another tour. Thank you for sharing in our passion and enjoying some of the best culinary delights Cape Town has to offer. We know it is a crazy time but we wish you and your family only the most beautiful festive season. Keep healthy and always hunger for more. Best regards, Elsje & Justin
Written 16 December 2021
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Foodie1000
Kent, UK3 contributions
Feb 2020
Fantastic tour combining the history of Cape Town with how the different foods have been introduced and developed in the CIty. We learnt a lot about the city and the food and tasted so many yummy foods and drinks. We did a private tour as we had a toddler and a baby - our guide was amazing with us and the children. The places we visited were all friendly, well-organised, with delicious offerings. We went to many recommended food places around the city during our stay and I believe this tour did genuinely find the best example of each dish we tasted. We also received some good food tips after the tour from our guide. A really fun day.
Written 24 March 2020
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Good afternoon from sunny Cape Town (we know exactly from who this review is from but won't mention your names) Firstly, thank you so much for this wonderful review and your kind words, this means the world to us as we grow and improve our tours. I am so glad you have enjoyed your time with Justin, your guide he is wonderful and also great with kids on tours. We are so happy you enjoyed the food, they are definitely some of our favorite dishes in South Africa. We wish you and your family many more amazing food tours to come and good health to follow. Best regards, CTCT team
Written 1 April 2020
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Casey S
Minneapolis, MN17 contributions
Sep 2022
We had a great time on this tour! The food and drinks were great and our guide Justin was incredibly informative about Cape Town's history and culture. There were two native South Africans on the tour with us which was a pleasant surprise. We loved the stop where we tasted Bobotie served with the MCC sparkling wine the most.

After the tour, Justin personally walked us to the bar where we were looking to have a post food tour cocktail at Cape Town's oldest gay bar. We were very happy with this food tour experience. Would highly recommend!
Written 20 September 2022
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NorthStar23684309872
Hi Casey, Great to hear from you and thanks for the amazing review. I'm glad you loved the bobotie at The Charles as well as Cafe Manhatten! Both are some of our favourite spots!
Written 10 November 2022
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