Do you also have that favourite culinary television programme you cannot get enough of, like Food Network’s Siba’s Table? After watching an episode, I often make my way to the kitchen and glance through the kitchen cupboards for ingredients to replicate the Asian Glazed Gammon that I had just witnessed and drooled over.
A few or most refer to themselves as a ‘masterchef’, after having added a combination of condiments like ‘kapana spice’, ginger, rosemary, thyme, basil or oregano into a saucepan. Or simply sliding a baking dish into the oven lined up with diced or sliced sweet potatoes, butternuts, asparagus and eggplant. – An impromptu snap shot for their Instagram following is a ‘must’. But I doubt this is what Gordon Ramsay refers to as a master chef, yet in Namibia anything is possible.
In Namibia, we have a melting pot of cultures and this too allows for an array of local cuisines.
It creates an opportunity to learn about one another and allows us to value that which makes us all unique. – As it was through many themed dinner club evenings that I learned about new cultures, cuisines, and also made a couple of new friends.
So, if you want to get acquainted with local cuisine in Namibia, here are a few eateries or markets that you could explore:
- Xwama Cultural Village & Restaurant
- Pepata Cultural Restaurant
- Joe’s Beerhouse
- Windhoek City Market
- Nyama Restaurant
- Soweto Market
- Wanaheda Bus Stop Market
- Oshetu Community Market (Single Quarters)
As usual food tastes better when it’s shared! Whether you are following a specific diet it does not mean that you have to eat alone because food is all about spending time with others. On your next visit, when stopping over in Windhoek before heading to our Gondwana Lodges either try a few of these eateries or markets to enjoy local Namibian cuisine!
What is your favourite local cuisine in Namibia? What local cuisines are you eager to try? Let us know by sharing your story in the comment section below.
Author – I’m Nela, from Windhoek Namibia but born in a small village called Omatunda in northern Namibia. I am passionate about writing, research and photography, as it helps me gain knowledge about people and my country.