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fish and chips in cape town

You'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, located in a working harbor area, is a tourist favorite. The seafood-heavy menu features tuna, prawns, lobster, calamari, mussels and more. The menu also includes dishes such as Peking duck and fettuccine with chicken.

The Western Cape is home to the Cape Malay style of cooking, brought to South Africa by Indonesians and Malaysians. Sample curry dishes and bobotie (minced meat, sweetened with raisins and apricots) 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 Korean pork belly, ceviche of scallops, mushroom lasagna and more.

Locals and tourists alike crowd into The Kitchen to pick up a "love sandwich" -- made with various fillings on artisanal rolls with homemade pesto and mayo -- or to order from a lengthy list of refreshing salads. Save room for a "world peace brownie" or a ginger fudge square for dessert.

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