Dining is an important part of any vacation and South Africa offers lots of great dishes for visitors to try. S
outh Africa boasts a thriving agricultural sector which produces, fresh, tasty vegetables, fruit and wines. There is a very wide selection of food on offer and many choices of restaurants. International cuisine is very popular, but you should make an effort to try and sample some of the local dishes while you are here, as there are many delightful dishes that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
Modern South African cuisine is influenced by two primary cultures: the native people of South Africa such as the Khoisan and Xhosa, and Afrikaner and British people. There are also influences from Malaysia, Indonesia, Portugal and Mozambique.
Popular national dishes include sosaties, a type of meat kebab; bobotie, a curried mince dish; potjjekos, a casserole that is slow cooked for hours in an iron pot outside; bredies, a meat, tomato and bread casserole and biltong, seasoned dry meat.
Restaurants vary in price and quality. You will find many top-class hotels located in many of the larger towns and cities. International restaurants are equally as popular as national ones, but are often more expensive. Curry is a very popular dish with all South Africans and you will find many curry houses across the entire country.
South Africa is renowned for having a dining out culture. Visitors will find many restaurants specializing in traditional South African dishes and their modern interpretations, with most establishments offering excellent value for money and generous portions. In addition to the numerous international and traditional restaurants, South Africa also houses some local chain restaurants like Spur and Mugg & Bean.
There has also been a vast increase in the number of fast-food restaurants in South Africa. These are especially popular with younger generations.