Around the centre of Cape Town you will find a couple of restaurants offering African food, but these are geared towards tourists – you would never find a full-blooded Xhosa worker eating in Long Street. The best way to experience the African food in the townships is by staying in one of the B&Bs, or by taking a tour that incorporates an organized township meal or a drink in a shebeen.

You are not going to find authentic places to eat and drink if you just drive about in the townships, which would be unwise and unsafe in any event, but there is one notable exception: Mzoli’s, in the closest township to the centre and within easy driving distance, has even caught the attention of Jamie Oliver, who adored the barbecued meat.


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