Cape Town is of course jam-packed with many fun things to do, places to see and bars and restaurants to visit. One place that simply shouldn’t be missed when visiting the Mother-City has to be the Eastern Food Bazaar – our “Hidden Gem of the Week”. This awesome canteen-style eatery will blow you away with authentic food from around the world, that is not only mouth-wateringly delicious but also 100% Halaal and as cheap as chips!

So before we explode with excitement, let us tell you more about this awesome ‘food alley’ experience……

The grub
There is so much to choose from, starting with a selection of Turkish kebabs and falafel to Cape-style biryanis, and even a bit of Chinese and pizza thrown in for good measure. But people mainly come here for the authentic Indian cuisine on offer. The aroma of the curry alone, will be sure to lure you in the right direction if you are heading here for the first time.

Our favourite Indian curries include the creamy Butter Chicken and the delicious Rogan Josh. Each curry also comes with a huge pile of rice, slaw and dahl, so you definitely won’t come back to never@home feeling hungry! Sharing a dish or two is certainly an option here but we recommend you don’t hold back. After all you’re on holiday so make a pig of yourself (we won’t tell if you don’t)


Another must try has to be the Bunny Chow. Confused? Let us explain…. This dish is basically a quarter loaf of bread filled with delicious Durban curry that should be eaten like a local with your hands only.

As for sides…. we love their generously sized naans and tasty samosas.

And for vegetarians, this is one place where you will be truly spoilt for choice with many vegetarian-friendly dishes to choose from.

The Eastern Food Bazaar is where people from all walks of life come together to share the pleasure of good food. Being popular with many locals you can rest assure that they are here for one reason and one reason only, and that’s the satisfying flavour of the food!

At times the crowd, communal tables and many different takeaway stations can be a bit overwhelming but once you have found your groove it will be a breeze and totally worth it. Plus we think that the hustle and bustle creates a vibey atmosphere and is all part of the food alley experience! Not only this but the lively environment will have you listening to many languages from around the world as you relish your scrumptious meal.

Value for money
Apart from the fact that the grub is mind blowing the next best thing about the Eastern Food Bazaar has to be the price! You can enjoy many meals for as little as R20 to R40 per person. And worry not, they certainly do not skimp on portion size, so the value for money is AMAZING!

Location, location, location
You will find our favourite food alley at:

96 Longmarket Street,
Cape Town

Open: Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 11:00am – 10:30pm

Our top tips
– Please be aware that alcohol is NOT available or allowed on the premises.
– Arrive with an empty tummy.
– Buy extra for another day, remember we have a microwave at the hostel so you can easily heat up again!