Perhaps one the most intuitively wonderful restaurants in Cape Town, Sidewalk Café is a deliciously kooky, eclectic mishmash crammed into a corner venue of the wind-blasted but view-blessed residential neihbourhood of Vredehoek. Not only is it totally off the tourist track (yet minutes from the well-worn rut) but what comes out of that postage-stamp kitchen is simply scrumptious. There are a handful of tables on the eponymous sidewalk, all at a slight angle as if to fall onto the street-superb beneath the stars, or behind a pair of shades on a sunny day-but for delicious aromas to stimulate your appetite, it’s worth waiting for a table inside. If so, park yourself on a high stool at the window counter and spend time bantering with the hostess-too charming to be considered batty, but certainly no ordinary dame-who’ll tell you the cheesecake is produced by the cheesecake fairy, and probably means it. There’s easy slippage between breakfast, lunch, afternoon cocktails, and a night of rollicking good fun and delicious feasting; Patagonian calamari is recommended, as is lentil moussaka, or go with the flow and let your flirting waiter make up your mind.