The best burger spots in Cape Town

Time flies! I am already two months in Cape Town and it seems like a really long time, but if you count how many burgers I ate in these months, you will think I have lived my whole life here. I literally lived on burgers during my first week in Cape Town. Wasn't it a beef burger with cheese, then was it a chicken burger with avocado. I have to admit that my jeans feel a bit tighter, but it was all worth it. Vegetarians also have plenty of choices in Cape Town, because most of the burger spots have vegetarian burgers which are tasting really good. 

I have put my 5 best burger places in and around Cape Town together in a overview! 

 

The JC Brasserie & Pub

How cool is it if you just can create your own burger. No pickles you do not like and no salad as a side dish when you actually want sweet potato fries. The whole burger is in your hands. They offer the choice to choose your own hamburger, such as beef, ostrich and vegetarian. You can choose your own toppings and sauce on it, and you have the opportunity to choose your own side dish. Some more good news: the burgers are 50% off on Tuesdays! And they even taste as good as always. My favorite: the vegetarian burger with avocado and sweet potato fries. Also nice to know is that they always show live sports on tv and offer live entertainment during the week. 

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18 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town. +021 4614594


Hudsons The Burger Joint 

The Rockabilly, which includes pepper crusted beef patty topped with chorizo, jalapeño & dusted onion rings; The La DI Dah, a ostrich patty topped with caramelised onion, blue cheese, avo & biltong shavings; The bacon jam, an beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, bacon jam & dusted onions. Do I have to say more? And there are around 10 more burgers you can choose! And, to cite Hudsons, er, site again, “if you do not eat beef, you can still eat a burger''. They offer delicious vegetarian options, such as chickpea and lentil burger. Besides the burgers, they have more than 20 beers and a lot of delicious cocktails. Try the Moijto or Strawberry Daiquiri one time! 

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69 A Kloof Street | Gardens | +27 (0)21 426 5974

 

Craft Burger Bar 

At the cozy restaurant located in Sea Point and Heritage Square, you’re able to create your own burger by selecting from a list of options in terms of patty, bun, toppings, cheeses, sauces and sides. How about beef with tomato, sautéed onions, bacon and mushroom sauce? Isn't that great! The café is very close to IH Cape Town and as a IH student you will also get discount on your burger. But if you have a lazy day, you can also order your burger online. This bar is really worth a try! 

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Craft burger bar Sea Point | 82 Regent Road | +21 4397407         Craft burger bar Heritage Square | 63 Buitengracht Street | +21 4240082

Rick's Cafe Americain

The Casablanca-themed restaurant, perfect located in Kloof Street, offers you a menu with a seasonal selection of tapas, steaks, seafood and last but not least: gourmet burgers. I can really recommend the chermoula chicken burger with mint yoghurt, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes and a basket of chips. Who else can resist the 45 cocktails and beers discounted during the happy hour? If you are in for a private party, Rick's Cafe is the perfect place for it. And with the cool rooftop deck, cocktails can be drunk during the warmer months, or you can just relax near to the outside heaters when the weather is chilly. 

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2 Park Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 | 021 4241100


IYO Burgers

''Inside & You’re Out is Cape Towns' premier burger shop with a difference. We do inside out burgers.'' - Jonah Lewis and Jean Marc Lenferna, the owners of IYO Burgers. Inside out burgers is their specialty: each patty is filled with cheese and other gourmet ingredients. The goodness inside the patty is only the start. The focus is on reducing environmental impact and using ethical products where ever they can. ''What makes our burgers so good on the inside is what we've put in from the outside.'' How does the Bree Street Burger sound: an ostrich patty topped with pickled red onion, wild rocket, asian mayo and a red wine cranberry reduction. 

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- Anouk

Catching the waves in Muizenberg

The sun was shining last Saturday and it was a good 23 degrees in Cape Town. For that reason, I really wanted to go outside and do some activities on this beautiful day. On Social Media I saw a lot of pictures of surfing dudes who were catching the waves in Muizenberg and it looked so cool that I really wanted to try that aswell. That is why number 8 of my bucketlist was learning to surf, and Saturday was actually a perfect day to go for it. Me and my friends booked some surf lessons at Adrenaline Hunter and we drove around 11.00 to Muizenberg. Our surf teacher gave me a small purple surfboard, and I was quite happy with it because I thought that small boards were easier to use, but actually the truth was the opposite... 

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We had a warming-up and stretched our legs and arms and got some information about how you have to stand on your board. The cold sea was waiting for us and when I almost could not stand anymore I jumped on my board and waited for the perfect wave to catch. The funny thing is that I had never tried surfing before and I had no clue what I was doing. The first attempts were a disaster and I had more sea water in my mouth than under my surfboard. My teacher helped me and gave me a push in the right direction, but trying to stand up on your board was really hard for your arms and legs. He gave me a longer and heavier surfboard and I tried it again. A miracle happened and for the first time in my life I stand on my board and surfed with the waves to the beach. Just like a child I was really happy and had a lot more fun during surfing. After a few hours our muscles started to complain and we decided to stop and order some well-deserved burgers at a beach club. 

Do you also want to scratch surfing from your bucketlist? Please feel free to asks more information at the reception of IH Cape Town! We are offering different activities so there is plenty of choice for you!

See you all! Anouk

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Whale & wine weekend

Whale season has already began and I was determined to see the whales during my time in Cape Town here. Me and my friends booked a trip to Hermanus and I already was so thrilled to scratch this activity from my bucket list, but we first had something else exciting on the planning.

On Saturday morning we went to Stellenbosch for some chocolate & wine tasting at the vineyards of Waterford Wine estate. Normally, red wine is not really my favourite, but the ones I tasted during the wine tasting contained some savoury aspects and were delicious with the pieces of dark, salted chocolate. We also tried a dessert wine, which was really sweet and smelled like vanilla.

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In the evening we had some dinner at a fancy restaurant called Tokara. We had a five course dinner and a beautiful view over Stellenbosch and False bay. I tried tempura line fish, springbok as main dish, some amuses and white chocolate mousse as dessert. The only thing that I can say is that it was absolutely delicious and really worth a try.

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Sunday was finally the day to go see some whales! In one hour we drove to Hermanus and stepped into a speed boat. Our captain navigated on a really high speed and I was so busy with screaming that I almost forgot that we were looking for some whales. After five minutes we already saw some beautiful whales in a distance of 50 meters and some further away. At the end of the day we decided to navigate back before the sun went down and just enjoyed the beautiful sea and some seals close to the speed boat, until we saw something swimming on our right side.. We quietly navigated to the point and saw two whales 20 meters away. It was amazing to see these big animals so near and we looked at them for almost one hour.

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I absolutely had a great weekend and you should definitely go for it when you have the time for it. You can book a tour at Marine Dynamics or feel free to ask anything you want about this trip at the reception and I am happy to help you! 

Anouk

Our version of the Garden Route

I am sure you all heard about the Garden Route. If not, it is a route that starts in Cape Town and goes all the way to Port Elizabeth. During the route you will pass beautiful cities and places. Anouk and I did a short version of the route and drove for 4 days and visited 4 places. The first destination was Oudtshoorn. The funny thing about Oudtshoorn is the large amount of ostriches. There are a lot of ostrich farms that you can visit. Of course we went to an ostrich farm as well and I was very excited about this one because they didn’t only have ostriches, but also giraffes! Giraffes are one of my favorite animals, so when I found out you can feed them I was very happy.

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After spending the night in Oudtshoorn, we drove to Addo, were we visited the Addo Elephant Park. It is a beautiful national park where you can go on a safari to spot the Big 5. Unfortunately, I only spotted two of them: the elephant and buffalo. We also saw a lot of zebras, hyenas and kudus. I really enjoyed the safari!

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The third day we decided to visit Tsitsikamma National Park. It is a beautiful reserve that looks like a rainforest. We hiked to the Suspension Bridge, a 77 meter long bridge that hangs over the Storms River. It is very beautiful because it only hangs about 7 meters above the wild waters of the river.

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On our last day we went to Knysna. We really wanted to visit Knysna Elephant Park, a facility for orphaned African elephants. It was an amazing experience, because you can get really close to the elephants and even touch and feed them.

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If you want more information or if you have any questions you can always ask me! If you don’t want to drive yourself, you can book a tour at Hotspots2C or CapeToAddo. Both are great tour operators that organise scheduled tours for groups. Their guides are very experienced and know the most interesting and weird facts about the Garden Route and the different places, animals, plants and history. There are so many things to do and places to visit, so there is something for everyone!

You can get more information at the reception!


Esmée

Welcome our new interns :)

Dear Readers,

Ih Cape Town has 4 new lovely interns who will be staying for a few month helping us in all we do. One big part is to make sure that our students have a great time in and outside of school. 

Now they all introduce themselves but you will see them running around the school and meet them all in person very shortly.

HI ! My name is Adelaide BOUNEA ! I’m twenty years old. I come from Reunion Island. It is a French Island between Mauritius and Madagascar, located on the Indian Ocean. I study in a business and tread school. For my 2nd year, I had chosen to Cape Town for doing an internship. I think it is a great country. I’m here for 2 months and I’m doing my internship in IH Cape Town. I decided to work in this school because I’d like to improve my level in English and I like the ambience of this language school. All people who work in this school are very friendly and welcoming. Many assignments are entrusted to me, I’m doing to administration and marketing. So this job will help me for my career because I would like to work in a marketing company later.
I’m very happy to work in this school, all students are very friendly, there are a lot of interaction between all students, It is very important in the language school. So I thank the whole team of International House Cape Town for having welcomed me in your company.

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Hi! My name is Esmée Plouvier. I am a 20 years old marketing student from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. For the next 5 months I will be the new marketing intern of IH Cape Town! I am very excited about my stay here in Cape Town and my new function at IH. I have been in Cape Town for 3 weeks now and already saw beautiful places. I have done the Garden Route, fed giraffes, hugged elephants and hiked to the top of Lions Head and Table Mountain. I cannot wait to see more of Cape Town and the rest of South-Africa!

 

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Hi everyone! My name is Anouk Klingendael. I am 19 years old and born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am third year student at the university of Rotterdam and left my hometown for six months to start a new adventure in Cape Town. Beside exploring this beautiful city, I am a marketing intern at International House Cape Town. I am really excited about the upcoming months, and I cannot wait to meet you all during your time as a student here!I hope to meet all of you soon in and around the school, and good luck with your courses! 

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My name is Maja, 21 years old and from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This summer I finished my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and now I’m one of the four new interns here at International House. You can find me here for the coming 4,5 month. My goal for this internship is to learn more about International House, Cape Town and marketing and I want to make this International House experience for you/our students really amazing. So do you have any questions, comments or tips, come and speak to me! I’m really excited to meet you all!

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International House Cape Town feature @ InfoHub.com + GIVEAWAY!!!

Dear prospective students!

Today we are thrilled to announce that our English and Surf Course has been declared an Unordinary Trip of the Month by InfoHub.com, the #1 travel portal on the Internet specialized in the out-of-ordinary, special interest vacations. Certainly, it is not at all unusual for a language course such as this one to be featured under Unordinary Trips, and we remain hopeful that this feature will encourage more people worldwide to come to South Africa and explore our beautiful country more closely, while improving their English.

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