If breakfast (and brunch) are the most important meals of the day, they absolutely deserve to be indulged in style with fresh, steaming plates of food crafted from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and washed down with artisanal roasted coffee and speciality tea in a charming venue. Thankfully, the Cape is home to a vast galaxy of such places and here are our favourites!
12 Apostles Hotel & Spa
The luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel and its eateries deliver food that is of an exceptional standard in a luxurious and sophisticated settling with breathtaking ocean views. For a total spoil of a breakfast or brunch, there is scarcely a better venue.
Where: Victoria Street, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0) 21 437 9029
Arnold’s is a modern restaurant with a stunning mountainview terrace serving quite possibly the best breakfast in the Cape Town CBD (try their eggs benedict), as well as burgers, seafood, and South African game dishes.
Where: 60 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 4344
Big Dog Café, Kloof Street
Big Dog Café was established as a showcase for Terbodore Coffee. Everything works together to deliver the latest café experience, with the focus being on excellent coffee and interesting menu options and specials, all set back in a laid-back café environment.
Where: Lower Ground Floor, 32 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0) 79 186 7383
Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room, City Centre
Founded in 2011, Clarke’s Bar & Dining room is a lively Cape Town diner with fresh juices, all day breakfasts, sandwiches, brunch, oysters, dinner and excellent cocktails.
Where: 133 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: +27 (0) 87 470 0165
Dapper Coffee Co., City Centre
It’s not called “Dapper” for nothing. This spot is bright and breezy and, with classic and luxury sports cars and motorcycles strewn about, a car-lover’s dream. Dapper Coffee Co. serves up Tribe coffee and an inventive and delicious breakfast (and lunch) menu.
Where: Corner of Bree and Strand St., Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 001 2560
Dinkel Bakery, Tamboerskloof
Try something a little different for breakfast or brunch: 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
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 3217
District Café, Woodstock
Cool, unpretentious, quirky, and popular, the District Café in Woodstock serves up exceptional food (particularly cakes), coffee, and good vibes.
Where: 15 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 447 3444
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Giovanni’s Deli World, Green Point
A passion that was passed on from father to sons developed into what has become the central meeting place for lovers of good food and good coffee, the Italian way. Giovanni’s upmarket delicatessen offers home-cooked meals such as pasta, traditional meat and vegetable dishes, and sweet treats.
Where: 103 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 434 6893
Haas, City Centre
A place that enchants all the senses, Haas serves up only the finest coffee blends, a great variety of freshly baked sweet treats, eclectic art, and soothing music. If you’re looking to impress a date or treat a family member to breakfast or brunch, Haas is the place to go.
Where: 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: +27 (0) 21 461 1812
Harvest Café & Deli, Bo-Kaap
Harvest Café & Deli is a beautiful space in Bo-Kaap, situated in the upstairs section of a building on Wale Street. They make delicious healthy food, the service is always great, and guests can sit down to spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Where: 102 Wale Street, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 422 1199
Hemelhuijs, City Centre
Opened in October 2010, Hemelhuijs is an oasis in the heart of Cape Town with its ever-changing interior space and whimsical displays of fresh flowers and object trofée. The menu changes seasonally and features influences and ingredients brought from world travels.
Where: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 418 2042
Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery, Sea Point
Jarryds’ coffee blends have been lovingly created using coveted coffee beans sourced from around the world. We love their “Fair Trade” ethos, family Espresso Lab in The Old Biscuit Mill, their dedication to only using locally sourced ingredients, and their unbleached Bentley’s bread!
Where: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: (+27) (0) 60 748 0145
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
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 5644
Nourish’d Café & Juicery, Kloof
For an indulgent breakfast or brunch that is 100% guilt-free, try Nourish’d Café & Juicery on Kloof Street (they also have a branch in Observatory). Everything at Nourish’d is created with the health of your body and the Earth in mind. Whole-food, plant-based eating is the way to go.
Where: 177 Kloof Street, The Old Garage on Hof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0) 64 755 2431
SMAK Delicatessen & Restaurant, City Centre
SMAK is a deli/patisserie/coffee spot with a bustling sidewalk café kind of feel to it. If you’re a fan of good food and coffee (try the “bulletproof” coffee) and people watching, this Bree Street breakfast and brunch spot is a must-visit.
Where: 22 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: +27 (0) 21 418 3266
Swan Café, Zonnebloem
Bonjour and welcome to Cape Town’s first authentic Parisian crêperie! Swan Café looks and feels as though it has been transported straight from a Paris sidewalk, serving amazing crêpes that are as thin as a French mademoiselle and as full bodied as a mythological Leda with a flick of cream, a wink of cinnamon, and an oh là là of chocolate.
Where: Corner Buitenkant & Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 79 45 44 758
The Stranger’s Club, Green Point
The Stranger’s Club provides a peaceful and quiet escape from city life paired with healthy light meals and beverages (including specialty coffee). The restaurant shares its premises in a beautiful old house with Out Of This World, an art centre.
Where: 1 Braemar Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 79 504 9786
Truth Coffee, City Centre
Named both “The World’s Best” and “The World’s Coolest” coffee shop, this steampunk-inspired café serves gourmet signature coffees and all-day breakfasts, and even offers tours of their roastery.
Where: 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: +27 (0) 21 200 0440
Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Farm
Bistro Sixteen82 sits adjacent to Steenberg’s winery, and spills into its surrounding indigenous gardens. The menu is a constant evolution, keeping up with seasonal produce and featuring inventive dishes that complement the finest locally sourced ingredients.
Where: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai
Contact: +27 (0) 21 713 2211
Bootlegger Coffee Company
The Bootlegger Coffee Company has a constellation of shops all over Cape Town, all of which serve excellent coffee and delicious, fresh breakfasts and brunches (lunches and dinners) in a charismatic atmosphere that pays homage to 1970’s rock n’ roll.
Chardonnay Deli, Constantia
The Chardonnay Deli is an upmarket and health-conscious farm stall, bakery, deli, and coffee shop known for its fresh organic produce, free-range ingredients, farm style breakfasts, and incredible variety of homemade cakes and pastries.
Where: 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 795 0606
Dalebook Café, Kalk Bay
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, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0) 83 326 0184
Empire Café, Muizenberg
Open since December 2002, Empire Café serves up robust, wholesome, and delicious breakfasts (lunches and dinners) as well as stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to Seal Island.
Where: 11 York Road, Muizenberg
Contact: +27 (0) 21 788 1250
Folk Café, St James
Delicious breakfast, varied and interesting drinks menu, including at least five different types of espresso; beautiful pressed juices, excellent service, and an amazing play area for kids. What more could you need from your breakfast and brunch spot?
Where: 54 Main Road, St James, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 276 3656
Four & Twenty Café, Wynberg
Four & Twenty is a Parisian-style café that serves all-day breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury pastries and delights. Now that the weather is warmer, we suggest sitting outside in their pretty courtyard.
Where: 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg
Contact: +27 (0) 21 762 0975
Green Vine Eatery, Constantia
With bragging rights of being the only organically certified wine farm in the Constantia Valley, Green Vine Eatery goes the extra mile to ensure that all their produce is fresh, organically farmed, sustainable, and as free of as many preservatives as possible. Their vegetables and herbs are handpicked daily, while breads, pastries, and sweet treats are made from scratch.
Where: Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 794 7601
Häzz Coffee Shop, Newlands
Modelled on an Italian espresso bar, Häzz serves small yet satisfying eats from sandwiches and cupcakes to muffins and croissants. They also have a store in Stellenbosch and free Wi-Fi.
Where: 51 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 671 2587
Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia
Located at Groot Constantia, Jonkershuis is a historic wine estate bistro that serves informal, Cape Malay-influenced meals in a vine-shaded courtyard. After breakfast or brunch, why not pop into the winery for a wine tasting?
Where: Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 794 6255
Knead Bakery, Claremont
This cosy and rustic café and bakery is a long-standing establishment in Claremont and known for its coffee, food, and freshly baked goods. The vibe here is decidedly homey and intimate, making it an excellent spot for breakfast or brunch.
Where: 17 Palmyra Junction, 9 Palmyra Road, Claremont
Contact: +27 (0) 21 671 0802
La Belle Bistro & Bakery, Constantia
You can’t go wrong with simple, comfort food classics prepared with love at this home-away-from-home hotspot. Indulge in fresh oven bakes, and other delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, and teatime treats.
Where: The Alphen Boutique Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 795 6336
Nest Deli at Constantia Uitsig
Nestle in with the finest coffee, breakfasts, lunches and views at the Nest Deli at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Expect delicious, farm-fresh dishes in a setting that feels as warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen.
Where: Constantia Uitsig Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 204 3133
Olympia Café and Deli, Kalk Bay
The environmentally conscious Olympia Café in Kalk Bay is distinctly quirky, where licking your fingers and plate are in vogue, and it’s more than a little normal to drool over the coffee, breakfasts, and baristas.
Where: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0) 21 788 6396
Starlings Café, Claremont
Tucked away behind a leafy hedge on Belvedere Road in Claremont, Starlings Café is literally a hidden gem that serves truly great coffee, freshly baked bread, and handmade preserves, amongst other delectable breakfast and brunch necessities.
Where: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont
Contact: +27 (0) 21 671 6875
The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort
Situated in the Constantia Valley at the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, The Conservatory offers unparalleled garden vistas in a relaxed and sophisticated interior, at the centre of which stands a 300-year-old oak tree. Breakfasts and brunches here are an absolute gourmet treat!
Where: The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Contact: +27 (0) 21 794 2137
The Gardener’s Cottage, Montebello Estate
Since 1993, The Gardener’s Cottage has been serving up delectable breakfasts, light meals, and lunches in a beautiful, green outdoor setting. This venue is actually the original living quarters of the gatekeeper to the old Montebello Estate so there’s a palpable air of history here that’s impossible to recreate.
Where: 31 Newlands Ave, Newlands
Contact: +27 (0) 21 689 3158
The Larder, Claremont
The Larder describes itself as a café with soul, quirky décor, and a warm ambience… a home away from home. Their food is clean, healthy, and honest and created from local farm and producers.
Where: 8 Grove Road (corner Grove Avenue & Pearce Street), Claremont
Contact: +27 (0) 21 671 1958
Tryn, Steenberg Farm
Dedicated to Steenberg’s 17th century founder, Catharina Ras, or “Tryn” as she was known; this restaurant is contemporary in spirit with fabulous food, bold accents, modern textures, and gorgeous vineyard and mountain views.
Where: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai
Contact: +27 (0) 21 713 7178
NORTHERN SUBURBS & WINELANDS
Avontuur Estate Restaurant, Somerset West
Voted the No 1 Restaurant in the Helderberg by its guests on TripAdvisor, the Avontuur Restaurant offers patrons a range of dishes for breakfast and brunch in an utterly beautiful winelands setting.
Where: Route 44, Firgrove Rural, Somerset West
Contact: +27 (0) 21 855 4296
Back’s Restaurant & Deli, Paarl
The Back family are a collection of butchers, bakers, wine, and cheese makers, which explains the calibre of cuisine at Back’s Restaurant & Deli. Everything here is sourced from the family farms or from local artisans in the area in the quest to deliver the best, ethically produced, and hand-selected produce.
Where: 191 Main Road, Hoog-En-Droog, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0) 21 872 0697
Bean in Love, Paarl
Bean In Love is a coffee house and roastery located on Paarl’s busy Main Street. This historic building, with its three open plan levels, offers a relaxing vibe for breakfasts and brunches, as well as a menu inspired by their customers’ diverse tastes and styles.
Where: 287 Main Road, Esterville, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0) 21 872 0987
Big Dog Café, Franschhoek
Breakfasts, brunches, and lunches at Big Dog Café are inventive, healthy, and always delicious and can be enjoyed looking out onto a beautiful garden and dramatic Franschhoek mountains beyond.
Where: Ground Floor, 191 Main Road, Franschhoek
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2731
Bistro BonBon, Franschhoek
Down a quiet country lane, embraced by magnificent mountains, lies the stunning La Petite Dauphine Estate and its charming restaurant, Bistro Bonbon. Here, a shaded courtyard, country-chic interior, and front patio offer the perfect settings for guests enjoy breakfast or brunch overlooking the manicured gardens.
Address: La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2679
Café Frenchie, Paarl
This coffee and wine bar is inspired by a contemporary French appreciation of finer things, the roots of its hometown of Paarl, and a love for the breed of the Frenchie dog.
Where: Corner Dorp Street and Berg River Street, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0) 21 871 1330
Carlucci’s at Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville
The Carlucci’s at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville is particularly attractive for its breath-taking views over the winelands and has become a favourite for its great coffee and a grand assortment of freshly made breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, and lunches.
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Meerendal, Durbanville
Cosecha Restaurant, Noble Hill Wine Estate
The popular Latin-inspired Cosecha serves up fresh Mexican and South American breakfasts, brunches, and lunches against a backdrop of the beautiful Simonsberg mountain range and surrounded by hectares of vineyards.
Where: Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Simondium, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0) 21 874 3844
Groot Phesantekraal Wine Estate, Durbanville
Groot Phesantekraal is a winery located on the Durbanville Wine Route and, aside from producing excellent wines, has become an absolute favourite of local farmers and their families for breakfasts and brunches (so you know it’s good!)
Where: Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0) 21 825 0060
Koffi Terapi, Durbanville
The modern, yet welcoming Koffi Terapi café in Durbanville serves a combination of freshly baked treats, delicious breakfasts, and lunches, quality coffee, and gorgeous outdoor patio seating area.
Where: 25 Church St, Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0) 21 975 6011
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
Contact: +27 (0) 21 867 0171
Le Petit Manoir, Franschhoek
Situated on the main street in the picturesque town of Franschhoek, Le Petit Manoir, “the little manor” offers a beguiling Mediterranean setting for breakfast and brunch with small plated meals and tapas styled dishes. Have any breakfast with a glass of l’Ormarins Brut MCC for only R115!
Address: 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2110
Lust Bistro, Vrede en Lust Wine Estate
Cradled in the folds of the peaceful Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franschhoek, the Lust Bistro & Bakery entices with the tantalising aromas of freshly baked artisan bread, pastries, and delicious breakfasts, which are the imaginative creations of Jean Pierre Smith, patron chef and baker extraordinaire.
Where: R45 & Klapmuts – Simondium Road, Simondium
Contact: +27 (0) 21 874 1456
Stables Bistro, Vergelegen Wine Estate
Classic, with a modern twist, the bistro style Stables restaurant offers a varied, contemporary menu of simple but visually delectable dishes for a warm and family-friendly breakfast or brunch, accompanied by breath-taking views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range.
Where: Vergelegen Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West
Contact: +27 (0) 21 847 2156
Suzie’s Coffee Shop, Kuils River
Run by talented and passionate owner Suzie, Suzie’s Coffee Shop specializes in home-made comfort and traditional food favourites, served with a generous side of warm hospitality in a slightly quirky café. They also have handmade arts and crafts for sale.
Where: 27 Joubert Street, Kuils River, Northern Suburbs / Winelands
Contact: +27 (0) 21 903 3105
The Bakery at Jordan Wine Estate
The Bakery Restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate offers a tranquil atmosphere, modern, yet simple décor, freshly produced fare, top quality wines, and aromas of baking bread, pastries, and freshly brewed coffee. Dine al fresco on the lawns or the newly completed wooden deck.
Where: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 (0) 21 881 3004
The Daily Coffee Café, Big Bay
The Daily Coffee Café affords diners iconic view of Table Mountain from across Table Bay in a charming, trendy venue that is described as “a cup above the rest”. A varied menu offers a selection of breakfasts, brunch, and light lunch favourites.
Where: Seaside Village Centre, Corner of M14 and Cormorant Avenue, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand
Contact: +27 (0) 21 554 2434
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. Enjoy a breakfast or brunch under centuries-old oak trees here.
Where: Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek, 7680
Contact: +27 (0) 21 870 4276
The Garden Room, Le Quartier Français Hotel
Encased in large glass windows that overlook a charming outdoor courtyard, The Garden Room at Le Quartier Français Hotel is a charming spot to enjoy a gorgeous breakfast or brunch in Franschhoek. Here, stylish and inventive gourmet breakfasts are the order of the day!
Where: Le Quartier Français, Corner of Berg and Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2151
The Village Tart, Franschhoek
A graduate from the prestigious Silwood School of Cookery, owner and chef Lisa Adams Waite creates custom cakes, baked goods, and scrumptious breakfasts, served with local Terbodore coffee and specialty teas.
Address: 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2643
Tokara Delicatessen, Stellenbosch
Tokara Delicatessen is a child-friendly bistro and gourmet foods shop situated on the picturesque Tokara Wine Estate at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain outside Stellenbosch. Its views of rolling hills and vineyards are only possibly outmatched by the calibre of food and wines served here.
Where: Tokara Wine Estate, R310 Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 (0) 21 808 5950
Renowned TV celebrity Chef Pete Goffe-Wood is chef-patron of the all-new restaurant, Viande at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl. Viande, the French name meaning simply “meat” is a statement of the restaurant’s culinary direction, which serves up a mean breakfast!
Where: Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0) 21 863 5100