This rather slow and sleepy town has quite the culinary cultural legacy thanks to its title as the judicial capital of South Africa and it being an important center for transportation. Many people are usually wonderfully surprised when they visit this town as they get to savor some of the best places to eat in Bloemfontein. The restaurants and cafés serve world-class foods ranging from Italian to easy-to-eat combos in franchise restaurants. Let us have a look at some of the many restaurants and their menus.
Fine dining in Bloemfontein
1. De Oude Kraal Colonial Restaurant
It does not get any better than a beloved farmhouse turned restaurant to have a sumptuous dinner while taking in its beauty. The old-time-farm décor at De Oude Kraal Colonial Restaurant is a sight to behold. For a full South African menu, make sure to sample their 6 course meals that are prepared with the freshest and best quality produce. You can accompany your dish with wines from their wine list; let the well trained and friendly waiters help you decide what is best for the dish you choose.
De Oude Kraal Colonial Restaurant
Address: N1, South Bloemfontein, South Africa
Website: De Oude Kraal Colonial Restaurant
2. Avanti Italian Restaurant
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Italian food never disappoints and you will love the ambience, décor and the delectable menu at Avanti Italian Restaurant. They serve an array of Italian delicacies such as grappa, carpaccio, halloumi salad, fillet medallions and affogato for dessert among others. No food would go down without their enviable wine list as they stock some of the best local wines in their cellar. The Avanti servers know their wines and they are generally warm. As a fine dining restaurant, it can get quite formal but on occasion, it gets quite festive. To enjoy their hospitality, book in advance so not to be disappointed.
Avanti Italian Restaurant
Address: 53 2nd Ave, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: Avanti Italian Restaurant
3. New York Restaurant
A mix of old-time New York in the décor, an elegant atmosphere is in the air when you enter this restaurant. Expect to get topnotch service as you get served dishes that are ingenious to the restaurant. Their wine list is impeccably South African. Book a seat at this restaurant for a night of elegant eating and good service.
New York Restaurant
Address: 35 c/o Reid Street 2nd Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: New York Restaurant
Laze around at a Café in Bloemfontein
4. Koekela Café
Koekela Café is what a café should be, it is easy going, enjoyable, vivacious and its menu will make you want to go back for its uniqueness. Never one to run out of ideas on how to turn the freshest ingredients to culinary masterpieces, Koekela’s chefs will never stop surprising your taste buds, one of the many reasons the locals keep going back and I bet you will too after enjoying some of their delicacies.
Address: 17 Reid St, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Facebook: Koekela Café
5. Coffee Talks Café
With truly South African coffee from the coffee maestros Masterton’s, you will languidly spent your day sipping on their fine coffee blends while catching up with old and new friends. With a menu that is largely of Israeli and Mediterranean origin, you are sure of eating shakshukas for breakfast, burekas for lunch or mezze platters as a bonus. The café has the fresh Mediterranean feel about it, what with the fresh produce and in-house baked breads on display ready for your purchase. A clincher at this café is the bicycles-for-hire, which allows you to go on an indolent cycle tour of the city and come back for some more good food. If your car needs washing, trust Coffee Talks Café to have a carwash, ready to do some good ol’ scrubbin’.
Coffee Talks Café
Address: 6 Ray Champion St, Rayton, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: Coffee Talks Café
6. Stereo Café
Another idyllic coffee spot in Bloemfontein that not only roasts their own coffees, but they can make sure you get your favorite coffee roast wherever you are in South Africa, and I bet anywhere else in the world. Stereo Café is serious about coffee blending and they use the best machines for maximum taste, and they also filter the water they use to brew the coffee. How professional of them! They go the extra mile to brew you your own personal cup of coffee, by getting to know you a little better based on your tastes. For personalized coffee drinking, visit this café which will also give you an array of accompaniments just to jog your taste buds.
Address: 60 2nd Ave, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: Stereo Café
Food and romance go well together
7. Coco C Restaurant and Chocolatier
The food at Coco C Restaurant and Chocolatier is what will have you melting to the floor if the décor didn’t already. A fusion of chandeliers, velvets and silk that make up most of the décor and chocolate imbued dishes will have the evening ahead set for you with your dear one. They have a wide range of dishes in their menu and a sommeliers dream wine cellar to compliment them. Book a table for an evening of festivities in your mouth and an all-round French, elegant ambience.
Coco C Restaurant and Chocolatier
Address: 56, 2nd Floor, Loch Logan Waterfront, 105/7 Henry St, Willows, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa
Facebook: Coco C Restaurant and Chocolatier
8. Seven on Kellner
Delectable cuisine leaning more to Mediterranean for the vegetarian menu, and a mix of ingenious dishes for the all-encompassing menu, which includes pizza if you want to go simple, or grilled duck breasts for a rather timely dinner. They have an array of drinks from a great wine list to killer cocktails. You can feel the festive ambience when you get to the restaurant and the waiters are a friendly bunch. Ask to be seated outside during summer and have your senses rejuvenated with the herbs and fragrant plants surrounding the sitting area and in winter, cozy up to the fire they always have going inside for the cold season.
Seven on Kellner
Address: 7 Kellner St, Bloemfontein Central, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: Seven on Kellner
9. 59 Plenty Restaurant
A restaurant that has two season-based menus, this intimate restaurant will have you eating the best of seasonal produce dishes they have, while cozying up to your partner enjoying the delectable spread in front of you. Not only that, their drinks, from specially blended coffee to wines to craft beers to homemade lemonades and on a cold evening, a snazzy creamy hot chocolate, will accompany your food. A venue for a fun date that includes eating till your heart’s content, while enjoying good company.
59 Plenty Restaurant
Address: 59 General Dan Pienaar Dr, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: 59 Plenty Restaurant
Just for kicks eating
10. Coobah Restaurant
What sets this restaurant apart from the rest is its eclectic décor that features leathers and chandeliers. The food is modern and is a menu of freshly handpicked produce and great beverages. If you are all about elegant eating, then this is the place to be.
Address: Crn of Louw Wepener and Genl Hertzog Avenue, Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein, Free State 9301
Website: Coobah Restaurant
11. RocoMamas Langenhoven Park
This restaurant will have you bursting with mouthwatering burgers, ribs and wings in a fun, light, and energetic setting. With instagrammable foods and free Wi-Fi, this will be any parent’s dream if they are traveling with kids, tweens and teens.
RocoMamas Langenhoven Park
Address: Shop G001A, The Walk Shopping Centre, Jan Spies Avenue, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Website: RocoMamas Langenhoven Park
As sleepy as it may seem, Bloemfontein is a foodie’s haven. You will get to sample authentic South African food, great fine dining foods and mind-blowing burgers in chain restaurants during your travels here!