Having food brought to your house is potentially one of the most revolutionary aspects of the modern world. Moving from in-restaurant ordering, to over the phone, we have now developed apps that makes it much easier to find food delivery near you.
Whether you have planned a dinner take-out, or you’re experiencing the midnight munchies, there are many food delivery apps available for you to use. Many food delivery apps operate across the country, but some are region exclusives.
Regardless, if you are craving something and don’t have the drive to leave your house, there is an app to make it easy to order food online. When deciding which app to use, consider whether they deliver to your area, cost and speed of delivery and whether they deliver the food you desire.
If you don’t know which food delivery apps are available to deliver your food, here are the top fifteen food delivery services in South Africa:
Locations: Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban
UCook is available in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg but also services a few smaller areas. UCook delivers ingredients for you to cook meals for families of 1, 2, or 4. They offer three meals a week and cater to low card, vegetarian and rustic dietary requirements. The menu is changed weekly and ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced.
Mr D Food is probably the most commonly-known food delivery service in South Africa. Offering services across the country, Mr D has undergone some changes, including developing a more user-friendly website, to maintain their identity as the main food delivery service. They offer deliveries from over 1000 restaurants in 53 areas, and you can order from their website or through the app.
UberEats is also available across the country. The Uber taxi service has become a popular form of transportation for many South Africans, so there is no doubt that its food delivery branch will also achieve success. UberEats offers a wide variety of restaurant options, and the app can be used while you are abroad, so you always have something familiar at your fingertips.
OrderIn is available across South Africa and boasts the title of being one of the first food delivery services on the scene. Founded in 2013, OrderIn started off as a slow process but have gained significant momentum since 2018. This momentum change is largely attributed to their development of a user-friendly app and website. OrderIn does not change standard menu prices, but rather charge a delivery fee, so you get what you pay for.
Locations: Durban and Johannesburg
Appetite is mainly based in Durban and Johannesburg, but the app has access to other restaurants across the country. The app also allows you to pay electronically, meaning that your payment is taken care of before your food arrives. You also have the opportunity to suggest restaurants you would like to be able to order from, so you can see your favourites on the app soon enough.
Locations: Cape Town
Food We Love is a Cape Town-based food delivery service. What makes Food We Love unique is that it caters predominantly to employers and businesses. Food We Love provides corporate employers with the opportunity to provide healthy meals for your employees. Using the service is simple, as you only need to register your team on their website and then place your order on a Friday to guarantee delivery for the next week’s meals.
Locations: Cape Town
The Flying Pan delivers ready-made, healthy meals in Cape Town. Meals are freshly made on the day of delivery and are well-balanced and healthy. They are also delivered between 10 am and 3 pm daily, so you can order for dinner and reheat the food when you are ready to eat. Meal options appeal to the marginal groups such as low carb, vegetarian, and classic health meals.
Locations: Cape Town
Monk’s Chinese saw the opportunity and market to develop and deliver high-quality Chinese traditional dishes straight to your door, as long as you live in Cape Town. Many Chinese restaurants in South Africa are believed to create low-quality dishes, but Monk’s only uses the best ingredients to create classic favourites such as sweet and sour chicken, sweet crispy beef, and shredded pork. When that craving for Chinese hits, be sure to order from Monk’s for the best Chinese you could desire.
Locations: Cape Town
Oishi is also based in Cape Town, and they specialize in sushi delivery. Despite the sushi being packaged for delivery, it is made with only the freshest ingredients, assembled to look beautiful, and packaged in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Order-in sushi need not be a messy and classless affair anymore, so you can surprise your guests with beautiful sushi in the comfort of your home.
Locations: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria
Daily Dish is a slightly different kind of food delivery service. Rather than delivering fast foods, Daily Dish delivers ingredients that you then cook yourself. They have recipes you can choose from for four nights a week and they deliver all the ingredients you need for your chosen dish. This eliminates the schlep of having to decide what’s for dinner, while also making sure you don’t have to waste time searching for your desired ingredients in a supermarket.
Locations: Cape Town, Gauteng, and parts of KwaZulu-Natal
Fitchef is another meal-kit supplier. As the name suggests, Fitchef specializes in healthy meals made with organic ingredients. Meal kits are delivered to your door in Cape Town, Johannesburg, or Durban, and they help you create healthy, balanced meals. Firchef also makes provision to set up a recurring order, so that you can make your choice to live healthily an automatic part of your life.
Pantry Box helps you create healthy meals for your family. Operating in main metropolises like Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth, Pantry Box creates boxes of ingredients for you to cook meals for families of 1 to 6. They also cater to dietary specifications like low-carb, high fat, vegetarian, and wheat-free. Meal options also cover breakfast and dessert, as well as special-themed ingredient boxes. Delivery in Gauteng is free but will cost you R150 to the other locations they offer.
Locations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, East Rand, George, Soweto, Hermanus, Pietermaritzburg
Pick n Pay is not a fast food service, nor do they deliver meal kits. However, if you are looking for fresh ingredients to make your meals, but don’t want to go to the supermarket, Pick n Pay will deliver to your door. You can buy fresh, frozen, and canned ingredients to make the dishes you most desire to make.
Locations: Johannesburg & Cape Town
Zulzi delivers to Cape Town and Johannesburg suburbs. Much like Pick n Pay delivery, you aren’t able to order ready-made meals or kits, but you can get fresh ingredients (and medication) from locations like Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dischem, and Clicks. Delivery will cost between R20 and R85, but you can rest assured that only the best ingredients will be delivered to your door.
Locations: Johannesburg and Cape Town
Checkers Sixty60 offers free delivery in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Checkers Sixty60 delivers you fresh, frozen, and canned ingredients from your local Checkers supermarket, meaning you don’t need to set foot out your house to make the meal you desire. While Checkers Sixty60 aims to deliver within an hour, there may be delays when demand is high.