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Cape Town

kalkys cape townYou'll find a huge variety of options when dining in Cape Town, including locally inspired Cape Malay, Indian and Continental cuisine. Seafood is very popular, so don't miss your chance to enjoy fresh fish and shellfish. The langoustines (a type of lobster) are a real treat.

Eat like a local and head to any of the docks for fish and chips. Kalky's at Kalk Bay is a popular option. This place is as unassuming as it gets, with indoor and outdoor seating (tables and benches). But the fresh hake, snoek (the local speciality) and chips are delectable.

Panama Jacks, in Table Bay Harbour, is a tourist favorite. The seafood-heavy menu features tuna, prawns, lobster, calamari, mussels and more. The menu also includes sushi and entrees like fettucine with chicken and sesame duck.

The Western Cape is home to the Cape Malay style of cooking, brought to South Africa by Indonesians and Malaysians. Curry dishes, bobotie (minced meat, sweetened with brown sugar, raisins and apricots) and samosas can be sampled at Bo Kaap Kombuis. You'll also be dazzled by the sweeping views of Table Mountain.

Looking for a splurge? Treat yourself to the seven-course tasting menu at Myoga, located about 15 minutes outside central Cape Town at the Vineyards Hotel and Spa. You might start with a "mouth tickler" of panko fried oyster or gorgonzola creme brulee, followed by a parade of more substantial dishes such as risotto of baby clams, asaparagus salad, truffle teriyaki beef and more.

Locals and tourists alike crowd into The Kitchen to pick up a "love sandwich" -- served on artisanal rolls with homemade pesto and mayo -- or to order from a lengthy list of refreshing salads such as Mediterranean black-eyed bean, beetroot apple coriander or feta and basil. Save room for a "world peace brownie" or a ginger fudge square for dessert.

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