It’s the first month of the new year and, no doubt, many of you are still stoically clinging to your New Year resolutions to stay carb, sugar, and everything-delicious free. Kudos to you! But everyone deserves a cheat day every now and then and when that day rolls around, make sure you pay a visit to one of these mouth-watering establishments to get your fix. These are the best bakeries and cake cafés and delis the Cape has to offer!
Chardonnay Deli, Constantia
Chardonnay Deli is an upmarket farm stall and relaxed, stylish café located in the beautiful Constantia Valley. Here, you can find a variety of healthy, homemade, and organic products but chief of all is their baked rustic cakes and homemade pies. Their chocolate cake is the thing love stories are made of but be warned: you may never recover from this romance.
Where: 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 0700 to 18h00
Contact: 021 795 0606
Four & Twenty Café, Wynberg
Located in the charming Chelsea Village area, Four & Twenty Café & Pantry brings a sweet, gentle, and warm slice of Parisian pie to the neighbourhood. From whimsical pastries to a pantry stocked with savoury and sweet delights, this café specialises in the best of everything baked!
Where: 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08h00 to 17:00 | Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00
Contact: 021 762 0975
Charly’s Bakery, Zonnebloem
In their words, Charly’s Bakery specialises in “mucking afazing” designer cakes, petit fours, and cookies for all occasions. But they are perhaps best known for their kaleidoscopic cupcakes, which are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. They also have great vegan options, so no one need miss out.
Where: 38 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00 | Saturday: 08:30 to 14:00
Contact: 021 461 5181
Jason Bakery, Bree Street
Ever heard of a doughsant? Doughnut/croissant hybrid. How about a croclaire? Croissant/eclair hybrid. The chic, bustling haunt that is Jason Bakery offers specialty pastries and breads (as well as hot breakfasts), which are crafted with an unwavering commitment to an authentic production process.
Where: 185 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 07:00 to 15:30 | Saturday: 08:00 to 14:00
Contact: 021 424 5644
Olympia Café & Deli, Kalk Bay
Kenneth McClarty had his own style of simple, spontaneous, and passionately prepared fare. And so, he and a group of friends opened Olympia Café & Deli in Kalk Bay. This quirky, popular joint is now the place to go for baked breads, pastries, café eats, and specialty coffee…all with an ocean view!
Where: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 07:00 to 21:00
Contact: 021 788 6396
Brought to you by the same team behind Chardonnay Deli, Dalebrook Café is a rustic restaurant and bakery set in picturesque Kalk Bay. Their pies and cakes are worth trashing any diet for; besides, you can compensate by going home with a carload of healthy, homemade products from their farm stall.
Where: 16 Main Road, St James, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 07:00 to 18:00
Contact: 083 326 0184
The Velvet Cake Co.
Walking into one of the Velvet Cake Co.’s stores is like walking into a cotton candy dream and it’s the colourful array of cakes and the heady smell of baked goods that does it! Owner Jandri van Zyl specialises in delicious cakes, baked fresh daily and made to order, from traditional favourites to trendy creations.
Where: Four retail stores (Bella Rosa, Loop Street, Canal Walk, and Tyger Valley)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00 | Saturday: 09:00 to 14:00
La Belle Bistro & Bakery
La Belle Bistro & Bakery is the epitome of being spoilt for choice. From freshly baked quiches to cupcakes and chocolate torte, these two rustic, charming venues (Camps Bay / Constantia) are guaranteed to satisfy any craving. P.S. They have a reputation for serving the best New York-style cheesecake!
Where: Two stores (Camps Bay and Constantia at the Alphen Hotel)
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 23:00
Contact: Camps Bay: 021 437 1278, firstname.lastname@example.org | Constantia: 021 795 6336, email@example.com
The Deli at Boschendal Wine Estate
What was once the original waenhuis of Boschendal Estate has been carefully restored into an attractive Deli, from whence the warm, alluring aroma of baked bread and other treats emanates. Word on the street is you’ll find the most incredible pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg tart with cinnamon) in Cape Town here!
Where: Boschendal Wine Estate, Boschendal Road, Die Bos, Cape Town
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 08:00 to 20:00 | Thursday: 08:00 to 17:00 | Friday & Saturday: 08:00 to 18:00
Contact: 021 870 4276
Knead Bakery, Claremont
Croissant lover? Okay, who isn’t? Look no further than Knead Bakery in Claremont. What started as a small family artisan bakery café in August 2006 now has 13 stores across Cape Town and Gauteng…for good reason. Knead Bakery does it the old school way: in true artisanal style, all throughout the day.
Where: 17 Palmyra Junction, 9 Palmyra Road, Claremont
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 07:00 to 21:00 | Sunday: 07:00 to 15:00
Contact: 021 671 0802
La Paris Bakery & Deli, Franschhoek
Being a wedding venue, La Paris has its own in-house bakery that turns out delicious cakes, sweet treats, and freshly baked breads daily, which they serve in their bistro. They also cater for just about any special dietary requirement, including gluten-free, vegan, and banting.
Where: R301, Wemmershoek Road, Franschhoek
Bistro Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 08:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday: closed) | Friday: 08:30 to 22:00 | Saturday & Sunday: 08:30 to 17:00
Contact: 021 867 0171 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District Café, Woodstock
Cool, unpretentious, quirky, and popular, the District Café in Woodstock serves up exceptional food (particularly cakes), coffee, and good vibes. Try their hot chocolate cake or grilled vanilla cake with berry sauce. Actually, try any of their sweet treats; they all look absolutely incredible!
Where: 15 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday: 08:30 to 23:00 | Friday: 08:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 23:00
Contact: 021 447 3444
Web: Facebook Page
BillyBoo’s Cakery, Observatory
If you like the sound of a “naked drip cake”, head on over to BillyBoo’s Cakery in Observatory, where the baked goods are as naughty, sensual, and downright orgasmic as they sound. They’re artful in presentation and sensational in flavour. BillyBoo’s also has a make-to-order service for any special occasion.
Where: 61B Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 07:00 to 17:30 | Wednesday: 07:00 to 13:30 | Saturday: 08:00 to 14:00
Contact: 072 846 1908 | email@example.com
Dinkel Bakery, Tamboerskloof
Located in the trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, this traditional German bakery is straight out of an artsy European film and specialises in German breads, cookies, cakes, and pastries, from giant pretzels to apple strudel and much more.
Where: 91 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 07:30 to 17:00 | Saturday: 08:00 to 13:00
Contact: 021 424 3217
Honest Chocolate, CBD
In a world saturated with cafés that claim to make “the best chocolate cake”, Honest Chocolate is the obvious winner. Their cakes achieve unparalleled levels of fluffiness, moistness, and chocolatiness. This company is dedicated to the cocoa bean in all its glorious iterations so if you’re a true chocolate lover, don’t bother going anywhere else!
Where: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: 09:00 to 18:00 | Friday & Saturday: 09:00 to 21:00
Contact: 076 765 8306