The Urban Explorer series is back with another exciting addition. We have taken you through the streets of 3 major cities, and we have brought you on an architectural journey around South Africa. With all this exploring you must have a hefty appetite. Therefore we thought it would be appropriate to take you on a culinary journey around our four major cities. 

Yes, this month, the Sebago Urban Explorer is taking you on a journey fit for a king. We will be looking at the best foods to have when in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. These spots are beloved by locals. Therefore, you will be eating "like a local" by the end of this blog. This guide is everything from fine dining to messy eating, so enjoy!

Cubata Portuguese Grill House | NELSON MANDELA BAY 

A little messy never hurt anyone – messy eating that is. Indulge in a large helping of prawns and ribs made in a Portuguese style at the famous Cubata Portuguese Grill house. 

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Adored by locals and cherished by visitors this spot will have you coming back for more and we reckon it’s all in the sauce. If you are a big group of people or family, this is the ideal spot for family eating at affordable prices that do not comprise on quality. 

So, dig into all-you-can-eat ribs and prawns at Cubata – it is a must try local experience when in the Nelson Mandela Bay area.

Cumin Cafe | DURBAN

Are you looking for the real taste of Durban? Then look no further than the Cumin Café in Umhlanga Rocks. Get a taste of a proper “bunny chow” filled with the most fragrant curry; you will ever taste, right in the heart of Durban.


What is a bunny chow? A bunny chow is a loaf of bread, cut into a nice quarter with the bread filling removed and replaced with a big spoon of curry.

This is the ideal spot for a quick meal that you can enjoy in the comfort of your hotel room or Airbnb. If you are looking for a good meal that is filling and not too hefty on your wallet, then the Cumin Café is the spot for you.


We cannot take you on a food journey without sending you to one of our national treasures, known as the Maboneng precinct. Here amongst the fashion and art, you will find Roof Top BBQ. 

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If you are into meat that has been prepared like never before, then sink your teeth into a hearty meat platter at the Roof Top BBQ. With a beautiful view of the city and an electric vibe, the hangout spot is ideal for a meet up with friends and having a good time. It embodies everything good about the city – food, music and friendship.

Eastern Food Bizarre |CAPE TOWN

Much like the curry experience, you will have in Durban, the Eastern Food Bizarre is a place to explore more flavours from India. Here you will experience everything from a Malay Curry Rootie to a mince curry vetkoek which is local delicacies. 


What is a “Vetkoek” you may ask? It a fried roll made with butter based dough that you could enjoy with jams or with curry. It is a local favourite and must have when in Cape Town.

We hope that this blog has whetted your appetite for local food favourites. Pop on your Sebago docksides and explore this beautiful country and all its hidden culinary gems.