It’s no secret that there’s some incredible fish and chips in Cape Town, with every local having their own favourite fish shack for freshly fried, vinegar-soaked deliciousness. As for our favourites? Start drooling at the spots below… From casual hole-in-the-wall chippies to harbour views, here’s where you can get your fix.
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Easily one of the most famous spots for fish and chips in Cape Town, Kalky’s on Kalk Bay Harbour is a local legend. The blackboard menu features fresh from the sea (caught on the owner’s boat!) seafood, such as authentic fish and chips, deep fried calamari, snoek and crayfish and prawns all served with rice or chunky chips.
You’ll spot this popular place a mile off thanks to the regular long line of local customers outside, but don’t worry, it moves fast! Food this good is worth waiting for. With wonderfully fresh fish that’s fried in a light golden batter and crispy chips with vinegar and salt, you’ll see why it’s so busy when you take that first tasty bite.
Fish On The Rocks is mere metres from the harbour in Hout Bay and has been serving up its beloved hake and chips for almost 30 years. There’s all sorts of delicious eats here, including, snoek, tiger prawns and calamari and linefish specials. It’s the perfect meal for a summer’s day, with a salty breeze in the air.
Lusitania Fisheries proves that you don’t need to be by the sea for incredible seafood. This mega-popular CBD store has all the classic fish and chip shop treats, from crispy hake (try the hake roll!) to calamari and fishcakes. Grab your order to go in a wax-paper wrapped parcel and eat it al fresco.
This scenic spot at Simon’s Town Harbour has it all: a warm and welcoming atmosphere, fresh fish that’s deep fried ’til golden brown and hot chips with a generous splash of vinegar and salt. Salties is a Simon’s Town institution, so it does get busy at weekends, but you have to try it.
Lucky’s has two branches, one in Muizenberg and another in Kalk Bay, making it a consistently good place to come for a fish and chip feast. The quality never drops here, with a small-but-mighty menu of fresh fish. We suggest you try the hake and prawn combo with their fluffy chips on the side.
Snoekies has been a go-to spot since the 1950s and has locations all over the Cape. For the full experience, try their original at Hout Bay. They keep things just as authentic and traditional as always, with a tempting menu of fresh fish that the whole family will enjoy. Order the seafood platter to share, and dig in!