5 South African Adventures for Foodie Families with Teens 

South Africa’s food is diverse, rich, and unforgettable. From gourmet dining experiences to street food treats, the country is a haven for food lovers. If you’re taking your teens for fun foodie adventures in South Africa, here are some of the best places to visit.

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  1. Cape Town 

As with the rest of the country, Cape Town’s local cuisine is deeply influenced by the multi-cultural ancestry of different nationalities who have lived in the city. The famous waterfront is the best place to sample delectable South African dishes. Here, you’ll find many places to enjoy the day’s local catch. Some of the best ones are the Harbour House restaurant and Baia Seafood restaurant.

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The V&A Food Court, housed in a historical building that opens to the stunning views of the Table Mountain, is another popular dining spot for families. While the adults enjoy locally brewed beers, the kids can have their fill of freshly pressed juices and local jams.

  1. Kruger National Park 

Teens love the wildlife, so your South African adventures will likely include going on a safari tour. The Kruger National Park is the best place to enjoy a wildlife safari with your teens, and the good news is that foodie families will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy great food in the park.

If you’re adventurous enough, have a taste of the African bush food from restaurants like Mugg & Bean, Restaurant Shingwedzi, and Tindlovu Restaurant. Make your visit even more rewarding by volunteering in South Africa for some wildlife conversation projects in the Kruger.

  1. Durban 

Durban is a coastal city in the KwaZulu-Natal province, famous for its Indian, African, and colonial influences, highly evident in its diverse food scene. Bunny Chow is Durban’s renowned speciality, consisting of soft white bread. The middle is then scooped out and replaced with spicy curry. 

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Another dish worth a try in Durban is the fresh sardines on toast. You’ll find it being sold in various stalls all over the city. If you want to witness where the sardines are being peddled, head to Wilson’s Wharf, where local fishermen sell their day’s catch, including abundant sardines.

  1. Port Elizabeth 

The largest city in the Eastern Cape region, Port Elizabeth is famous for its long stretches of golden sandy beaches, secluded lagoons, and towering cliffs. The city has a vibrant sushi scene worth exploring for foodie families fond of Japanese delicacies. You’ll find a wide selection of Japanese restaurants serving up the best sushi experience to satisfy your taste buds as you go around the city.

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  1. Capewine Lands 

When it comes to culinary adventures and luxury tours in South Africa, the Cape Winelands is a must-visit. It’s home to the picturesque winemaking towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, where you’ll find some of the country’s oldest wineries. 

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Head out to try excellent wine and food pairing directly from the region’s top vineyards. A favourite stop for many visitors is the Robertson Valley, home to more than fifty wine estates offering a great combination of good food and wine.

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