No reservations needed - Cape Town restaurants where you don't require a booking during the busy summer season

2018-10-15 18:00 - Marisa Crous
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Hokey Poke. (PHOTO: Andy Lund)

The Mother City is jam-packed over the summer season with tourists and locals flocking to this trendy gastronomic hub for yummy food, drinks and views. 

Yet, more often than not, the laid back feeling of summer washes over you like a crisp-cool wave at Muizenberg Beach, and you it slips your mind to plan ahead.

You try to find a last-minute restaurant to take visiting friends and family, but damn, all has been booked out. 

Don't fret, as Cape Town luckily has a few gems where no booking is required. 

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Here are a few fantastic places to pop into last minute: 


Love spicy? Head to this first-come-first-served fine dining spot for Indian tapas. 

Chefs Warehouse and Canteen, Bree Street 

More tapas! This spot is a firm-favourite with locals. Enjoy acclaimed chef Liam Tomlin's exciting, exclusive innovations as the menu changes almost every day. 

Hokey Poke

Hawaiian bowls at its best! Grab some healthy poke (deconstructed sushi, basically) here with your mates as you dine in the diner-style set up. 

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Dog’s Bollocks 

Rough around the edges, but serving up scrumptious burgers and pizzas, this is a great after-beach pop in. 

Tamboers Winkel

Head here for a strong cup of coffee and a delicious free-range brekkie. 

Revelas Fish & Chips

Cape Town's oldest fish & chips shop is set on Long Street. It serves up the best fresh fried fish in the Mother City at a very budget-friendly price. 

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Cocktails anyone? Enjoy a relaxing sundowner here this summer as you take in the stunning view. 

One to watch...

The Commissary opens its doors on November 1st and is a new pared down, food market-esque concept that The Shortmarket Club Chef and co-founders Wesley Randles and Simon Widdison and their team will head up six evenings a week. “A commissary is a basic provisions store which you’ll find in the army, hospitals and prisons – and while we definitely won’t be serving prison fare, we’re taking things back to basics in a big way with our new dining venture”, says Wesley.  The Commissary will be located at 88 Shortmarket Street and won't take any bookings. 

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