New trend in Cape Town food scene

Street food is starting to pop up everywhere these days. Brussels is still lagging behind a bit but other cities around the world have embraced this new trend.

One of the latest world cities to get in the trend is Cape Town.

A caravan selling tea? A restaurant in a laboratory? A trailer dispensing hot dogs? Pop-up restaurants and food trucks are really gathering momentum in South Africa. Those who are fanatical about their gourmet snacks (and those who just love trying something new) have been hunting for on-the-go foods on street corners, in unexpected venues and in moving vehicles around the country.

The street food trend started in America, but South Africa has quickly picked up on it. have rounded up everyone they could find, from chefs offering fine dining in underground venues to entrepreneurs in old-school trailers, caravans and stands. Some of these are hush-hush and some are trending on Twitter, but they all have one thing in common – great food experiences.

Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour is a bohemian caravan offering a modern tea service. Jessica Bonin is the pioneer behind the mobile tea room and teas are sourced organically and from Fairtrade farms. Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour can be found at the Biscuit Mill every Saturday during the Neighbourgoods Market. She also caters to private functions and festivals. Send an email to or call 083 628 2504. Visit and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
The Limoncello food truck, established by Luca Castiglione, owner and chef from the now-closed Limoncello Restaurant, operates under the Cape Town Food Trucks brand. Offering Italian cuisine, the truck’s ‘kitchen’ has an oven for baking pastries and pizzas. Find it at the Ouderkraal market on Wednesdays, at the Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays or at the Blaauwklippen Market every Sunday. The truck is also available to hire for private functions.
The Outlandish Kitchen sets up pop-up kitchens on mountains or in valleys around the Cape. Farmers and artisan producers from the local area supply the produce and a celebrated chef from the area brings the ingredients together to create a truly local and delicious feast. Like them on Facebook or call 076 798 9721 to find out more.

The Pop-Up Project will launch their first restaurant playground in a gallery space in Mouille Point. It will take place over three weekends under the Pink Roof, Bay Road, Mouille Point on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 August at 7.30pm. Dinner will be a three-course meal at R340 per person. Email for more information.

The Supper Lounge is a concept created by Johnny Hamman from Slippery Spoon. The idea is that, while you’re having a superb meal, you can enjoy the opportunity to meet like-minded people, swap stories and get to know them better. Find a Supper Lounge event in your city and book a seat by registering on and logging in.
The Toffie Food Festival is available for special requests and bookings of 10 people or more, and they also collaborate with Cara Brink to create pop-up restaurants. The next event, with a science lab theme, will be in the Secret Shop somewhere in the Cape Town CBD. (Location will be revealed on the day.) Keep the dates between 26-29 September 2012 and 3-6 October 2012 open, and budget for R350 per person (including wine). Send an e-mail to to book.

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