Cape Town has a growing deli culture, with stores specializing in all manner of food , but some items may take a bit of searching. Below are some of the highly recommended establishments, but you’ll probably be best served by a visit to http://www.eat-in.co.za. Use the drop down menu to navigate between butcheries, fisheries, cheese sellers, farm stalls, as well as vendors of organic fruit, vegetables and all manner of exotic fare. If you’re a true gourmet, you might want to consider ordering a copy of the Eat In directory.
Manna Epicure – This bright, clean little establishment makes all its bread in a stone oven with flour imported from France. Also known for its fine dining and desserts.
151 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof
Call 021 426 2413 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Open 09:00-18:00, Tuesday to Saturday, and 09:00-16:00 on Sundays
The Real Cheese Company – Prominently located in Observatory’s Lower Main Road, this store has the most international range of cheese you’re likely to find in the city , from French and Italian to rare Chinese blends.
Bishops Corner, 217 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Call 021 448 8041/ 8063/ 7984 or visit http://www.getstuffed.co.za
- Open Hours: 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00 on Saturday.
Mainland China – Probably the best Asian foods vendor in Cape Town, Mainland China stock all the sake, dried squid, dumplings, pork buns, prawn crackers and endomame you could hope to find. They also have a great sit-down restaurant with a take-out service – the black bean and chicken sauce is the in-house speciality.
1st floor, Stadium on Main, Main Road, Claremont
Call 021 683 7298
- Open Hours: 09:00-17:30, Monday to Saturday, 09:00-14:00 on Sundays.
Raith Gourmet – For the best cuts of cold meat in the land, visit this little deli located in Gardens Centre shopping mall. It’s become something of a hub for the local German community, who gather on weekends to enjoy its selection of Take-Away schnitzel and pastrami at surrounding tables.
Shop No. 38, Ground Floor, Gardens Centre, Mill Street, Gardens
Call 021 465 6396 or visit http://www.raithgourmet.com
- Monday – Thursday: 08h30 – 19h00
- Friday: 08h00 – 19h00
- Saturday: 08h00 – 17h00
- Sunday & Public Holidays: 09h00 – 14h00
Giovannis – This inspired deli stocks an excellent range of rare cold meats and cheeses, oils and pastas, along with the largest range of Italian truffles and Foie Gras products in the country. Its coffee is also beyond reproach.
103 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Call 021 434 6893 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Open Hours: 07:30 am to 21:00pm, Monday to Sunday
Melissa’s – The only decent deli-chain around, Melissa’s sells a wide range of homemade preserves and ingredients, along with incredible nougats, crunchies and other snack-foods. Their flagship store is at 94 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, with six more in key spots around Cape Town.
Call 021 424 5540 or http://visit www.melissas.co.za
- Open Hours: 07:30 to 20:00, Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 20:00 on Weekends and Public Holidays.