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. 

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! 

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! 

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. 

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. 



- Anouk

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.



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!



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! 


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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Gold restaurant Cape Town

Today I want to share my experience at Gold restaurant in Cape Town. Gold restaurant is a unique African restaurant where you can experience a traditional, African evening in a restaurant located in Green point. You can eat typical African dishes while you are enjoying interactive traditional entertainment.

On Saturday night I went there with a big group of friends. We arrived at 6:20 pm and a very sweet lady dressed in traditional African clothes helped us to our table. The restaurant was huge and there are many different areas. (Separate areas for people who had dinner without the show) Our table was located in the main area which was decorated in a traditional African way. The Area consisted of a lot of different tables and a stage where the shows take place. Our table was beautifully decorated and on everyone’s chair was a djembé.


After everyone arrived, the Djembé class started. There was a guy on the stage who taught us (approximately 4 groups of 20 people) a lot of different tunes. When I looked around during the Djembé class I could see all the stress relief and aggression that everyone smashed into their djembes. Even the people older than 65 years were smashing that djembe like they probably never did before (At least I hope they never did).  It was wonderful to see that you can make such great music with just a simple instrument and a few basic tunes. And it gets even better when everyone does it at the same time.

After the djembe class we got our food. We all had tomato soup as a starter and we also got a few other dishes (ostrich samosas, spinach balls and more). After that we got big sharing dishes with chicken, springbok, couscous and more. We finished our 14-course dinner with a nice dessert. All dishes were for sharing (not my biggest strength) with the other ones so you don’t need to order your own food and there is no need to make (hard) decisions. The food was typical African and it was great to taste it. Especially because a lot of people (including me) would never order these kinds of dishes themselves because they are not familiar with it or they just don’t like the idea of it. So this is a great way to taste a small bite of different kind of dishes from the African kitchen.



During dinner we got 3 amazing shows which consisted of African people in African clothes who danced and sang on typical African djembé music. They told a kind of story in combination with music, dancing and singing.

The Atmosphere in the restaurant was amazing and everyone enjoyed it. It was quite expensive but it’s so worth it. So if you are looking for a full African (traditional) experience, you should definitely visit Gold. (Website:


You Only Live Once! Skydiving

Last week Saturday, my friend Lisa and I went skydiving at Mother City SkyDiving. We had wanted to do this for quite a while. So, we just planned it and decided to do it together. The driver fetched us at our house and it took us one hour to get there. I was feeling very nervous. I was like: Do I want to do this? My friend Lisa was trying to calm me down and told me to enjoy the trip. Easy for her to say, because she was very enthusiastic and not afraid. Me on the other hand, I was dying on the inside.

The day before that, I saw the video of Will Smith skydiving. His speech was so touching and true. I could relate to the video, because I’m very afraid of heights. I can’t even look outside from a high floor, because I easily get scared. I get nervous; my hands start sweating and I feel my heart beating. But I was determined to face my fear and to jump out of a plane.

Finally, we arrived at the field. I saw the plane and I was like, now it’s for real. I started to get nervous again. My friend Lisa and I decided to go first. We are very brave girls! (for real!) So, I asked Lisa to jump first because I was not prepared to do it (haha). They brought all the equipment for us to put on. I felt very cool wearing it. I felt like a pro (lol). Then the professional skydivers came. The name of my skydiver was Fred. He was very friendly and helpful. He made me feel at ease and I was ready to jump with him.


The MOMENT had come to step into the plane. No way of turning back now! The adrenaline started to work on my body. I was feeling very excited. The plane took off and I realized I was going to jump out of a freaking plane. Who does that? Only crazy people, in my opinion. But to be honest, I’m crazy too (HAHA).

So, the plane was moving from one side to the other and I could feel it in my tummy. It was like sitting on a fairground ride. Then the pilot opened the door!!!! The scariest part ever! So, Lisa went first, and it happened so quickly. I turned around to say goodbye and she was already gone! She had already jumped out. THEN, it was my turn. I was so freaking scared. My first thought was it’s so high! I was feeling all kind of feelings. I realized I was in a plane at 9000-10000 feet. Then we jumped!!!!! WOW! What a feeling!!! The adrenaline was so awesome! It was so dope. Now I can truly say that God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear. Will Smith, you were so right!



This has been my ultimate challenge. The best thing I have ever done in my life. I recommend everyone to do this once in your life. YOLO!! PEACE OUT! I KISSED THE SKY!


If you are also an adrenaline junky and want to kiss the sky, check out their website ( and book with Ih at reception :) It is worth every penny! 


My kayak experience

Hi everyone! Today I (Charlotte) am going to tell you about my Kayak experience. A few weeks ago I found out that you can go kayaking in Cape Town and see animals from the ocean and the beautiful view of Cape Town at the same time. When I heard about it I got really excited and I really wanted to do it. So on the 17th of April me and a friend of mine decided to go kayaking with Kaskazi Kayaks.

Kaskazi Kayaks & adventures is a dedicated sea kayak centre, situated in the heart of Cape Town. Their office is situated in Sea point at Three Anchor Bay. They organize guided kayak trips 7 days a week - at 8am, 10:30 and 4pm. (On the weekends and public holidays they do an additional trip at 1pm) The trips are approximately 2 hours long and costs R350 per person. The fun thing is that you don’t need any previous kayaking experience so it’s suited for everyone (also for clumsy people like me). Besides the beautiful Table Mountain View, there is a possibility that you will see dolphins, sun fish, seals, penguins and more.

We decided to go at 8am in the weekend as the chance of seeing dolphins would be bigger in the morning. When my alarm went off at 7am I wasn’t sure if this was the best idea I’ve ever had.We went to Kaskazi kayaks where they checked our booking, we got a short briefing and after that we were ready to go.



We were with a group of 16 people divided into 8 kayaks. We went to the shore were we got our kayaks and the paddles. At that moment it was time to jump into the kayak. I wouldn’t be me if this didn’t go terribly wrong of course. My friend was already in the front of the kayak and after that it was my turn to get in the kayak. I put one foot in the kayak and then all of a sudden the kayak decided to float away (that flippin kayak). So one foot still on the ground and one foot in the kayak 1-meter away means I was doing a serious split. I managed to get my other foot in the kayak by jumping into the kayak and I am pretty sure this looked like a really (really really really) mindless move.

After the dumb start we started kayaking with all the other ones and two guides. We kayaked for 2 hours and we had a beautiful Cape Town view (when we were far away from the shore). We saw a lot of dolphins and a few seals and it was pretty amazing to see these animals in their own environment. They were swimming and jumping around the kayaks and they didn’t seem scary at all. De rest of the group was a little bit more experienced in kayaking, as we were 500 meters behind the rest of the group all the time. The paddles of my friend and me constantly crashed (by accident) and I think it seemed like we were fighting all the time (like a star wars light saber fight with paddles). But this definitely didn't mean that we didn't enjoy it.

After 2 hours of amazing view we kayaked back to the shore.

I really enjoyed the kayaking and I would definitely recommend it. You have the chance to see a lot of animals and there is an amazing ‘Cape Town’ view from the ocean. I would also recommend going in the morning because you will probably see more dolphins, have a beautiful sky and it feels great to go kayaking early in the morning.



(Check out the website of Kaskazi Kayaks:




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