Best Fish and Chips in Cape Town

Fish and chips are a national institution in the United Kingdom. Winston Churchill called them “the good companions” and John Lennon smothered them in tomato sauce.  Fish and chips have fed millions and created memories worldwide . Sometimes they are a treat at the end of the work week, sometimes they are a late-night supper on the way home and for some fish and chips are the memory of a seaside holiday.

White fish in crisp golden batter, served with a generous portion of hot fluffy chips are irresistible. Fish and chip shops don’t get trendy articles in foodie mags and food bloggers don’t tweet about them.  It’s basic, it’s fresh, they’re plain paper-wrapped parcels, they are “fast food” and “take-aways” and they are relatively inexpensive.  The most commonly used fish are hake or snoek and each has a local-is-lekker emotional feeling attached to the purchase.

Here’s our list of Fish and chips outlets on the Cape Point Route.

Snoekies: Hout Bay

Snoekies, Hout Bay

Snoekies, Hout Bay

Situated in Hout Bay Harbour, Snoekies is the oldest Fish and Chips outlet that we are aware of (I believe they opened in 1951 as a converted Caravan. The idea was to sell snacks and coffee to the local fishermen before and after they boarded their fishing boats. Snoekies is still situated at the far end of the harbour and there is a cosmopolitan mix of people queuing for their traditional fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. It’s a great idea to get your wrapped parcel and head to Chapman’s Peak Drive or find a spot in the bustling harbour to enjoy your meal!
Opening Hours:  7 days a week
Tel: 021 790 6688

Kalkys: Kalk Bay

Kalkys, Kalk Bay

Kalkys, Kalk Bay

As you turn into Kalk Bay harbour, you’ll see the colourful Kalky’s which is a must on the Cape Town Fish and Chips circuit. They’re always busy and serve up a variety of the standard hake and snoek options. Unusually they have calamari on offer and they usually have a great linefish of the day option as well (the yellowtail is fabulous!). Get your orders in, then fight for a table – if you are eating in then your fishand chips will be served on steel platters and tin plates. The tables are long benches in cafeteria-style fashion and although the setting is extremely picturesque, think of eating your fish and chips in a harbour side shack with the locals. Kalky’s like Snoekies definitely has a nostalgia element for Capetonians. PS: If you like doughnuts – they have excellent ones for your dessert! Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am-8pm
Tel: 021 788 1726

Salty Sea Dog: Simon’s Town

Salty Sea Dog, Simon's Town

Salty Sea Dog, Simon’s Town

Salty Sea Dog overlooks Simon’s Town harbour and consistently turns out superb hake and chips – the batter is thin and crisp so the fish is not too oily. The restaurant is unpretentious and not at all fancy but it’s perfect for good fish and chips washed down with a pint of beer as this is one of the few fish and chips shops that are licensed for alcohol. Even though Salty Sea Dog is actually a restaurant the prices are barely more than you’ll find at a take-away outlet (about R50 for hake and chips) The original building was built in 1925 and was used as a fish market so nice bit of Simon’s Town history included in the price! The also serve salads and items such as hot dogs for kids!
Opening hours: Mon- Sat 08h30 -21h00 and Sundays 08h30 – 16h30
Tel: 021 786 1918

Mariner’s Wharf Bistro (& Fish market): Hout Bay

Mariner's Wharf Bistro

Mariner’s Wharf Bistro

This bustling bistro serves take-away fish and chips on the wharfside at the end of Hout Bay beach and the start of the harbour. Actually they serve more than fish and chips but it’s tried and tested for fish and chips and not to be missed by either locals or tourists. The queue can be quite long but it moves quickly and there is a wonderful atmosphere with the outside tables and fantastic views. Do watch out for the greedy seagulls who might just help themselves to your meal! If you are a fish and chips fan – do pop into the fishmarket inside the wharf which sells oak-smoked snoek and homemade fishcakes which are to die for! Opening Hours: 7 days a week
Tel: 021 790 1100

Lucky Fish : Kalk Bay

Lucky Fish, Kalk Bay

Lucky Fish, Kalk Bay

Lucky Fish is like a gourmet fast food outlet of the fish and chip shop. Also situated in Kalk Bay Harbour, this busy shop is downstairs from Harbour House, and like any good fish and chip shop in Cape Town comes with a fast moving queue. It’s busy and noisy (seagulls, fishermen, patrons) with a festive harbour atmosphere.  You can sit at the tables inside or outside or stroll down onto the pier to tuck into the generous-sized newspaper-wrapped fish and chips. It is noteworthy that this Fish and Chip shop actually sells soups, samoosas, ciabatta loaves, mutton rooti’s – all at great value for money. They have a strict no frozen fish policy so the quality is always excellent.
Opening hours: Mon – Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Tel: 021 788 4133 ext 206

Fish on the Rocks:  Hout Bay 

Fish on the Rocks, Hout Bay

Fish on the Rocks, Hout Bay

This yellow building at the end of Harbour Road in Hout Bay is another fantastic harbour based fish and chip shop that offers cheap and cheerful, yet mouth-wateringly delicious fish and chips. It’s always a happy melting pot of local fishermen, bikers on coastal runs, Hout Bay locals and visiting tourists tucking into large portions of fish and chips served proudly in paper and cardboard boxes with plastic cutlery. Fish on the Rocks also has a long history and the walls are lined with family photos so you immediately feel part of the community. Sit at one of the wooden tables and if you are lucky some visiting minstrels could drop in unannounced to play for you. Fish on the Rocks serves grilled meals, calamari and tiger prawns too! All delicious.
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
Tel: 021 790 1153

Fish Hoek Fisheries: Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek Fisheries, Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek Fisheries, Fish Hoek

A modest looking Fish and chip shop that is the only one in our collection that’s not located in one of our 3 harbours! The shop is at the northern end of Fish Hoek Main Road, but this does not deter in the slightest from the quality of the take-away fish and chips that come out of this unlikely fish and chip haven. We recommend ordering 1 portion of hake and 1 portion of snoek with a 1 portion of chips to share between two. The fish is perfect, batter is light and crisp, the portions massive and the chips are classic “slap” chips. You have to ask for serviettes and after ordering remember to keep your receipt else you won’t get your food.   As with any good fish and chip shop worth their weight in gold. A real hidden gem! Opening Hours: Sat-Thursday 6am- 8pm; Fridays 6am – 8.30pm
Tel: 021 782 2314

Fish and Chips must be one of the best take-away foods ever and we reckon each one of these spots will swear they have they have the best chips in the city. Regardless we love fish and chips and we actually judge them by the quality of the fish, not the venue or the scenery or the quality of how well they have wrapped our fish and chips parcel.  All of them are excellent! Enjoy.

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