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The best fish and chips in Cape Town

Looking for a taste of the ocean? Look no further, with our authoritative list of Cape Town’s finest fish and chip shops

Richard Holmes
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Richard Holmes

​​With the Atlantic Ocean on its doorstep, it’s no surprise that Cape Town is awash with wonderful seafood restaurants. And while there are plenty of high-end eateries creating edible art with local seafood, sometimes all you want is a good ol' portion of fish and chips. And not just any old fish and chips  a plate where the fish is fresh, the batter is crispy and the chips come swimming in vinegar. And if it’s eaten with a sea view? So much the better. Luckily, there’s no shortage of places supplying just that in the city dubbed the ‘Tavern of the Seas’. Read on for our local writer’s pick of the very best.

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This article was written by Richard Holmes, a travel writer based in Cape Town. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Cape Town’s best fish and chip shops

1. Fish on the Rocks

This much-loved local eatery on the outskirts of Hout Bay Harbour does what it says on the box. From a simple takeaway kitchen set metres from an Atlantic Ocean breakwater, Fish on the Rocks dishes up a reliable menu of fresh fish and seafood platters. There’s hake year-round, but when you can, look for the likes of seasonal yellowtail or snoek (a line-caught game fish with firm flesh and plenty of flavour – a local favourite). Though it’s officially a takeaway with no table service, there are shaded picnic benches with a sea view where you can scran.

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell
Photograph: Claire Gunn

2. SeaBreeze Fish & Shell

For a more upmarket experience, look no further than SeaBreeze Fish & Shell. Set in a historic building above the inner city, this cosy eatery offers an inspired seafood menu that sails from small plates of prawn arancini and locally farmed mussels to whole roasted fish done Asian style. But the classics are cooked perfectly here, too, and the line-caught hake with hand-cut chips is simply outstanding. It’s not the cheapest in town, but certainly your best for an elegant night out. Plus there’s a wonderful seafood-friendly wine list as well.

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3. Kalky’s

The False Bay suburb of Kalk Bay is a tourist hotspot in Cape Town, but look past the bars, coffee shops and boho-boutiques and make for the harbour. Kalky’s is an institution here, and owner George Mandalios has been serving up healthy portions of fish and tjips (as the locals call them) since 1996. There’s always hake, often snoek, and if you’re lucky, a selection of fresh line-fish from the boats offloading on to the nearby quayside. Place your order and grab a table with a view.

4. Lusitania Fisheries

If you find yourself in the city centre with a hankering for fish and chips, head straight for Lusitania Fisheries. Set on bustling Waterkant Street, it’s a popular choice with local office workers, and at lunchtime you’ll find a queue out the door. The service is curt and the shop lacks frills, but there’s an old-school charm to this traditional chippie. In the winter, ask for a side order of fried snoek roe. 


5. Revelas Fisheries

Giving Lusitania a run for its money is Revelas Fisheries on Long Street. Like Lusitania, there are few frills to be found here, and while the menu is centred on hake and snoek, there’s plenty of choice on how it arrives: grilled, fried, middle cut, with chips, straight up or combo. The choice is yours and the friendly folks behind the counter – including owner Jose de Freitas – are always happy to talk you through it all.

6. Fish Hoek Fisheries

Besides the safe swimming beach, there are few reasons to spend much time in the sleepy suburb of Fish Hoek. One of those reasons is Fish Hoek Fisheries, a low-key fish shop that serves some of the best fried fish in the southern peninsula. Hake is the standard order, with perfectly cooked chips on the side, but also try the delicious Portuguese fish cakes. Grab your little parcel and head for the nearby beach.

Lucky Fish & Chips
Photograph: Claire Gunn

7. Lucky Fish & Chips

A surf session in the waves at Muizenberg Beach is sure to work up a hunger, but happily, the folks at Lucky Fish & Chips won’t mind if you wander in with water dripping from your wetsuit. Set in the heart of Muizenberg’s beachfront strip, this bright and breezy restaurant offers paper-wrapped packages of perfectly crisp fish (choose between hake or snoek) and delightfully crunchy chips. Both dine-in and takeaway are available, but the best seats are at the front counter, looking out at the waves.

Salty Sea Dog
Photograph: Salty Sea Dog,

8. Salty Sea Dog

If you’re feeling peckish on your road trip to the tip of the Cape Peninsula, pull in at this charming harbourside restaurant for a parcel of traditional fish and chips. You can order to go, but the handful of tables are set overlooking the famous harbour, so it’s worth taking a break and sitting-in. The Salty Sea Dog menu extends beyond excellent fish and chips to include calamari, fish cakes, fish burgers and platters. They also serve smoorsnoek, a traditional Cape Malay dish.


9. Palace Fisheries

Hidden away at the unlovely end of Albert Road in the gentrifying suburb of Salt River, you’ll find one of Cape Town’s unsung heroes of the fish and chip business. Palace Fisheries dates back to 1955, and the enormous parcels of hake and chips remain the most popular item on the menu. Palace Fisheries is also unique in being the only chip shop in the city using wood fires to heat the oil, and regulars swear they can taste the difference.

Riva Fish Restaurant
Photograph: @rivacapetown

10. Riva Fish Restaurant

Let’s be clear: this isn’t your traditional fish-and-chippie. You won’t find vinegar-soaked chips and paper wrappers at Riva Fish Restaurant, but the authentic Italian experience makes it well worth a visit, with chefs turning out remarkable plates of fresh local seafood. The seared tuna and line-fish carpaccio are superb when in season, and if you’re craving the crunch of old-fashioned fish and chips, you’ll find it in their delightful deep-fried hake, cooked with a crispy polenta crumb and plated with vegetable fries.   


11. Snoekies

Snoekies has been around since 1951, growing from the original branch in Hout Bay Harbour to six stores across the city. They’re all reliably good, with a well-priced menu of dependable favourites, including lunchtime specials and family meals. Stick with the snoek and chips parcel and you won’t go wrong. At the Big Bay outlet, you can wander a few steps to the beachfront to enjoy impressive views of both the ocean and Table Mountain.

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