Welcome to the food in Lower Baakens Valley: a meal for any time of day. This selection of restaurants is some of our favourites in Port Elizabeth. The food scene in Port Elizabeth will have you coming back for more!

Baakens Bistro (formerly Friendly Stranger)

Friendly Stranger was one of the first places we visited when we moved to Port Elizabeth a few years ago, and we haven’t stopped going. In fact, we have taken almost every visiting friend and family there. So when there was a change in ownership and renovation of the place we were more than slightly disappointed.

However, we are happy to report that the Bistro is just as fantastic. The food is always delicious (they kept our old favourites and added some great meals to the menu) and the staff are always friendly. We love their breakfasts and their main meals. We wish we could recommend a meal but we really enjoy all their food – wraps, nachos, pasta, salad, curry, sandwiches, and burgers.

Baakens Bistro is an old two-story building (one of the oldest buildings in Port Elizabeth). The primary seating area is upstairs but there is also a lounge seating area downstairs.

Days: Monday to Saturday


Monday – Saturday: 7:30 am – 4 pm

Wednesday – Saturday: 6 pm – 10 pm

Bridge Street Brewery

Best craft beers in town! Whether you want something light (Valley Light is my favourite)  or a dark stout; or rather something bitter (Boars Head is Daniel’s favourite) or an award-winning Pilsner (you cannot go wrong with this one) – you will be covered at Bridge St. Brewery. There are also ciders, ginger beer and cocktails available.

Couple your beer with a delicious spread of food. You have the choice of creating your own tapas board with choices ranging from roast veg to ribs to calamari (we have done this often and have always been happy). Tuesdays are half price Pizzas – the ‘Cosmopolitan’ is our go to. The restaurant has seating inside and outside. Coming from Germany, Daniel and his family love the outside beer garden style. There is often live music to enjoy while you are there.


Monday – Sunday: 11 am – late

Gunston’s Gastropub

Sitting opposite Baakens Bistro and next to BstB is Gunston’s. The Pub brings to life the food you know and love. The food is really good (from mac and cheese balls to calamari and pizza) and the service has always been great. The Guinness Pie is a firm favourite! The restaurant has seating inside and outside.


Tuesday – Sunday: 11:30 am – 10 pm

Frederick & Son

One of PE’s most loved burger joints. On offer, you will find a burger to fill your belly: from a good ol’ cheeseburger (but really this ‘normal’ burger will have you coming back) to double-patties, to chicken and lamb burgers. Fear not, there is indeed a vegetarian/vegan burger available. Looking for something more South African? Try their boerie rolls! Burger and boeries not for you? Try one of their quinoa salad bowls. You can also choose from a range of breakfast options.


Monday: 3 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Richmond Hill Brewing Company (RHBC)

Needing something to wash down all the food? Try RHBC craft ale (Car Park John) and hard lemonade (Jane Doe). They also have stout and tonics.


Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 11 pm


When they are open, this travelling Chinese food truck should be a definite stop! We love their food (and so does most of PE!). Look out for them at the local markets in and around PE (see our post on Markets in Port Elizabeth here).

Let us know some of your favourites in the area or share your experiences at the places.

Photos sourced from Facebook. Operating hours may vary. 


2 Replies to “Food in Lower Baakens Valley

  1. Thank you for a guide to some stunning food and drink options. Coming through to PE in December, so we will definitely be trying out some of your recommendations. Love your posts, they are always so informative.


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