Kirstie Hogg

Kirstie Hogg


Eating out in South Africa in 2019

Eating out in South Africa

What’s eating out in South Africa going to be like this year?

South Africans love food. Good food, of course.

Eating out in South Africa has become very costly. Yet we still choose to spend our hard-earned money on fantastic dining experiences. This is because our restaurants provide delicious foods and drinks! And, they also change their menus and services according to what their customers want.

If you’re planning on eating out a lot this year, here’re the trends you can expect to see in our restaurants.

-1. Clean eating options

Restaurants have supported those who want less refined sugar, dairy and gluten. Now, they’re also supporting the clean eating movement. Clean eating basically shifts the focus on “healthy eating” from weight loss. People are more concerned about what’s actually good for their bodies.

Award winning chefs from all around the world are supporting clean eating, which includes:

  • Avoiding deep-fried and processed foodsClean eating
  • Using natural instead of refined sugars
  • Adding lots of fruits and vegetables to dishes
  • Using healthy cooking techniques to get the most nutrients from healthy foods
  • Eating a balanced meal, which includes protein, carbohydrates and fats.

-2. Organic ingredients

We are more aware of pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic fertilisers and growth hormones in non-organic foods than ever before. This had led to more and more organic ingredients are being used in restaurants. 

Organic foods are often more expensive, which has prevented most South Africans from buying them. But now organic produce is becoming more and more affordable so we will see more of these foods served in restaurants.

-3. Veganism

Veganism is spreading like wildfire. People want to leave a smaller environmental footprint. More and more South Africans are consuming plant-based foods. Restaurants are offering delicious vegan meals to those who refuse to eat foods that aren’t plant-based.

Restaurants have adapted to this trend easily, especially seeing as though there are so many creative ways to offer plant-based meals. Zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice and pizza crust and milk alternatives, such as almond or rice milk, have become common kitchen ingredients.

-4. Catering for intolerances

Many restaurants in South Africa will cater for the following intolerances:

  1. Gluten – The phrase “Gluten-free” has become increasingly popular. This is because of the awareness of the allergies gluten causes. Because following a gluten-free diet is extremely challenging, a lot of people are opting for a reduced gluten diet.
  2. Dairy – More than 50% of the global population are unable to digest dairy. This has also brought on the dairy-free movement, which is said to help prevent digestive issues and improve skin’s appearance.
  3. Sugar – A lot of South Africans are also reducing their refined sugar intake. Refined sugar is linked to obesity, cancers, heart disease and other body issues. Sweeteners and other sugar alternative are becoming more popular in restaurants.

-5. Food for the brain

A lot of research has been done on which foods that help increase brain power. These foods are becoming popular ingredients in dishes. Ingredients such as eggs, berries, spinach and nuts are popular in many dishes.

-6. Local ingredients & dishes

Restaurants are using more local ingredients. It’s a great way for restaurants to get access to fresh meat and produce while supporting local farmers. The increased use of local ingredients will also influence seasonal dishes offered by restaurants.

Another trend we hope to see this year is more restaurant creating popular local dishes. With a country rich in history and culture, creating authentic South African dishes will enrich our dining experiences. We will see a lot of concept restaurants offering speciality dishes – especially local dishes.

-7. Paleo diet

More restaurants are adding paleo dishes to their menus. The paleo diet consists of foods that we presume early humans consumed. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts (no processed foods, of course) are included in the paleo diet.

-8. Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is known as one of the most healthiest diets in the world. This type of diet consists mainly of:


healthy diet

  • Plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes
  • Replacing bad fats with healthy fats, such as olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour food


Many people who want to eat a healthy diet but not limit their food options enjoy this diet.

-9. Take away boxes

This has been an ongoing trend. Because eating out can be expensive and perhaps to preserve the environment by wasting less food, most people are taking their leftovers home.

-10. Photo-friendly

photo-friendly dishes

An ongoing trend that’s here to stay. People love sharing aesthetically appealing images of their food. For some, presentation counts more than taste. Restaurants know this and make a lot of effort in the actual appearance of their dishes.

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On the road

Here are the tech tips you need to know if you’re going on a road trip in South Africa

“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”

-Emma Chase

Are you embarking on a long trip? If you’re travelling anywhere in our beautiful country, you will see beautiful destinations. But, we want to make sure your experience is comfortable and hiccup-free. Here are some of our practical tips for planning the best road trip in South Africa.

Tech-related stuff

Initially, the first two things that pop into your head when you think “road trip!” are food and petrol. These two things are important. But, to avoid unforeseen issues, such as getting lost, make sure your tech-related stuff is all set up. This will make your trip smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable.

So, what tech-stuff do you need to sort out? Here are a few tech tips:

#1. Install your apps beforehand

There are so many apps available that can help you make your road trip better. Here are a few free apps you can install before you hit the road.


Waze is a handy navigation app. One of the best things about this app is that it uses real-time user-generated data to show you the best route to take. Download it now and avoid traffic and find the best way to get to your destination without any hassles.

Download for iOS

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One of the toughest questions you will need to answer during your road trip is “what should we eat?”. Do you want to find the best restaurants? Thanks to the TripAdvisor app, you get access to information about restaurants around South Africa. The best part is that you can read reviews before dining somewhere.

Download for iOS

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This should be at the top of your list of important apps to download before a road trip. Having good music on your trip will make it a whole lot better. This app is free. If you’re serious about good music, subscribe for a monthly fee to access more features.

Download for iOS

Download for Android


Entertainment apps

This will depend on what you enjoy. Perhaps download a podcast app or set up the Kindle app on your phone or another device. Just make sure you have enough entertainment for along the way. That’s if you’re a passenger, obviously.

#2. Decide how you’re going to charge your devices

If you’re going on a very long trip, your devices may need to be powered-up during your trip. Especially if you’re using your devices for music, navigation and other apps. You can purchase a car charger (original brands over cheaper brands) to keep your devices powered.

Pro tip: don’t forget about backseat drivers. They may need a longer car charger cable to reach them all the way at the back of the car.

#3. Get a hands-free setup

Make sure you stay safe on the road by setting up hands-free in your car. Setting this up is always easier if you have a modern car, but there are ways to get a great hands-free setup going in an older car. Click here icon to view a whole lot of hands-free devices and device holders that can improve your travelling safety.

#4. Get a portable battery jump starter pack

There’s nothing worse than having your perfect road trip in South Africa ruined by a dead car battery. For this reason, buy a battery jump starter pack that is easy and convenient to use. The most important thing to remember is to buy a quality brand and the right type of jump starter for your battery.

The next most important thing to remember is, when you jump-start your car, you need to follow the right procedure. You do not want to ruin your battery or hurt yourself. Once you purchase a battery jump starter pack, read all the information on the provided instructions to maximise your safety.

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safe travelling

Enjoy your trip!

We hope you have an unforgettable road trip in South Africa! Don’t forget to book your accommodation in South Africa early to avoid disappointment and click here to find out SA Best’s list of the best malls in the country.