Dining in Swakopmund.
As the second largest city in Namibia, Swakopmund plays host to holiday residents looking to escape the heat of the inland deserts and plains. Fortunately settled and comfortable in my Deutches Haus hotel, for my holiday in this colorful slice of Germany hanging on the fringe of the Namib Naukluft Park, I had several nights to enjoy the local fare. While I usually might note a meal or restaurant, I don’t usually rate or review ins guidebook style any of attractions or places I visit.
So, excuse the quick change of mode and for those of you who don’t care about where to eat in Swakopmund, Namibia you can hold on for the next WorldRider update. But given the number of people that Google this or Google that, it might be nice for an independent opinion of several restaurants in Swakopmund. These are complete reviews just honest opinions from real experiences. My scoring is very simple. The maximum in each category is 10. The higher the number the better the score.
21 Daniel Tjongarero Avenue Ph: 064-405-141
Wine List: 8
Without a guidebook, referral nor inclination of where to go, I stumbled onto this place walking around one evening while working up an appetite. I was drawn into the place by the fine stemware that graced the tables and the lively crowd inside. They had some electrical problems that night so I sat in the back room with minimal lighting. The cuisine was international with a focus on local seafood and game. I ended up with a safari game platter that included ostrich, springbok, zebra and oryx. There’s a tiny salad bar with tomatoes, cabbage and other vegetables marinated in vinegar and oil. The service was attentive, the food was some of the best to date.
Libertina Amathila Avenue Ph: 064-404-770
Wine List: 9 (no formal list, but join Jurgen in the bar area and pick something from the cellar collection after sampling a few)
Owner Jurgen allowed me to sample a half-dozen wines while I waited for a table in this cozy house that serves as one of Swakopmunds finer restaurants. There are less than 10 tables here, but a cozy living sitting area with a glass of wine makes the waiting time fine. The Ox Tail stew was on special and served after a french style garden salad. Understated German appointments to the dining rooms with large windows and well worn hard floors.
37 Daniel Tjongarero Street Ph: 064 400-122
Wine List: 8 (including a handful of Italian wines)
Owner Amelio Bortolus loves Tulips, so he opened a restaurant named after this beautiful spring flower in his native tongue, Italian. But he was pleased when he learned that the tulipano is an Oshiwambo (the local language) word for ‘here I am’. This is the best restaurant in Swakopmund by far. I opted for a seafood salad with a hint of curry and a game steak. The place was empty as it was Christmas day. So I shared the tastefully decorated dining room with only one other table.
Wine list: 6
Wine list: 9
Traditional Namibian cuisine is prepared fresh and with good service at this fine hotel restaurant.
Other places visited included the Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant, a great place to grab a beer and bar food while gazing out at the beach goers; Brauhaus, a traditional german style brewery with the fare that goes along with it, nice but slow service. I think better visited with a crowd of people, rather than alone.
So if you happen to be in Swakopmund one day, I hope this quick overview gives you some options!