The best breakfast spots in Cape Town

The best breakfast spots in Cape Town

Rise and shine to the best breakfast restaurants in the city.

Back in the ’70s, breakfast was a tasteless, compulsory business – a way for parents to get their children to eat the requisite nutrients for a day at school. Suffice to say, those days are long gone – breakfast has become a decidedly sexy affair, with couples, families and groups of friends heading to one of the Mother City’s chic eateries to break bread on weekend mornings. We’ve rounded up some of the best breakfast spots in Cape Town where you can enjoy the first meal of the day:

1. Hemelhuijs

Breakfast spots in Cape Town – Hemelhuijs
Image Credit: SA Home Owner

Owner Jacques Erasmus’ passion for travel is evident in the ever-changing thoroughly modern and whimsical decor of this oasis in the CBD. His highly creative seasonal menu is bursting with options, one more delicious than the next.
We love The home-made potato rösti with salmon gravadlax and soft poached egg is so comforting, while the French toast with Pecorino, home-made prickly-pear syrup and bacon is a delicious twist on a classic. The freshly squeezed juices, such as the blend of apple, celery, and ginger or the apple, beetroot, and orange are sure to whet your appetite.
Contact 021 418 2042,
Location 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

2. Giulio’s Cafe

Where better to get your daily (or hourly) cappuccino than at an authentic Italian café? Especially one so perfectly situated in the midst of Cape Town’s central business district. Owner-chef Giulio Loreggian learnt his trade at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in London, before moving to the Mother City to establish this stylish street-side eatery – a proud expression of his Italian-inspired passion for food. Read our full review of Giulio’s Cafe here.
We love It may be an Italian café but you can’t say no to the Pancakes à l’Americana: flapjacks served with your choice of toffee and banana sauce with crispy bacon, maple syrup with fresh berries, or nutella chocolate spread with banana and strawberries. Nonna’s Eggs is another fantastic signature dish: Parmesan-scrambled eggs on a toasted croissant with baby spinach, bacon and balsamic roasted tomatoes.
Contact 021 418 6304,
Location 16 Loop Street, Central Business District

3. The Shortmarket Club

If you’re looking for a morning treat, Luke Dale-Roberts‘ newest restaurant is it. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, its exquisite interiors and vibrant dishes are sure to provide the wake-up boost your brain needs.
We love Chef Wesley Randles’ new twists on old classics, such as the egg and soldiers: artichoke brioche with pancetta, burnt Parmesan and onion, or the hot smoked trout with miso butter, poached egg, raw marrow and avocado.
Contact 021 447 2874,
Location 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre

4. Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel – Breakfasts
There’s something about hotel breakfasts that instantly makes me feel better about life. I think it’s the seemingly endless supply of all my favourite things: chopped mango, homemade granola, pains au chocolat, smoked salmon, crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms… I recently had the salubrious fortune of spending a night at The Vineyard Hotel, one of my favourite places in Newlands (actually, the Mother City). Its unaffected mix of heritage style and state-of-the-art facilities, not to mention excellent service and an unbeatable garden setting, makes it a Cape Town icon. But that’s a story for another day…
Breakfast is taken in the light and airy Square restaurant, with a bountiful buffet set around an island at the entrance. A quick scout around the health bar reveals an appetising assortment of yogurts, chopped fruit, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, cereals, mueslis and granolas, which I really wanted to partake in, but the pull of the pastry counter was stronger, with its miniature apple turnovers, pains au chocolat, Danishes, and so on.
The charcuterie and cured-fish section brims with all the quality stuff, along with the crudités and artisanal cheeses. Then it’s onto the hot-breakfast station – crispy bacon, sausages, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and loads more – where you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Or order exactly what you want off the à la carte menu.
We love the largesse and lavishness of the spread and, of course, the excellent service for which The Vineyard is known. Oh, and the bite-sized pastries, allowing you to taste three or four without too much guilt.
Contact 021 657 4500,
Location Colinton Road (off Protea Road), Newlands, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

5. Open Door

Open Door
Someone once said “Breakfast is a meal to be excited about, because of the possibilities…” And, when it comes to breakfast possibilities, there is no shortage of those at Uitsig’s new(ish) restaurant, where chef Annemarie Steenkamp has concocted a menu bursting with deliciously inventive options.
We love that it runs a gamut of flavours and influences – from almond crusted French toast with orange marmalade, boerenkaas, watercress and sour cream, to the signature breakfast dish of beef sausage, eggs and marinated tomatoes.
Contact 021 794 3010,
Location Constantia Uitsig, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

6. Four&Twenty

Breakfast spots in Cape Town – Four&Twenty
Image Credit: The Pretty Blog

Fresh, seasonal and sustainably sourced produce that’s lovingly prepared and beautifully presented is what you can expect from this quaint and always busy “café and pantry”. Everything on the innovative menu looks delicious – ask the friendly staff to help you decide.
We love the low-carb version of Eggs Benedict, where a delicious mushroom and aubergine rösti with truffle oil replaces the toast.
Contact 021 762 0975,
Location 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

7. Olympia Café

The quirky interior of this quaint cafe
Though we’re always on the lookout for new breakfast spots on the Muizenberg-Kalk Bay coastline, we keep coming back to good old Olympia. The Kalk Bay institution stands the test of time with its homely atmosphere and creamy croissants. And it’s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch along for a walk by the seaside.
We love Drinking cappuccinos while taking in the fresh sea air. Around the corner there’s a red door that leads to the Olympia Cafe’s bakery, where you can pick up some great pastries and artisanal breads.
Contact 021 788 6396
Location 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay

8. Baked on Regent

Fans of Baked Bistro in Bakoven will be pleased to know that they’ve opened a new branch in Sea Point, where you can get the same coffee and pastries that make the original so popular.
We love Aside from its famous chocolate-and-almond croissants, the bakery serves up some fine breakfast dishes, such as the house-made breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs, chilli, red onion and Parmesan (with the choice to add pancetta or salmon), and the mushrooms on sourdough (comes with poached eggs and fresh mozzarella).
Contact 021 439 1111,
Location 98 Regent Street, Sea Point

9. Kleinsky’s Deli

A bona fide New York deli with the bagels to match. Put in your order at the counter and take a seat at one of the tables. You almost expect to see the crew from Seinfeld walk in, discussing whatever wackery their friend George has been up to that week.
We love The breakfast bagel, topped with lamb bacon (can be replaced with avocado), fried egg, cheddar and tomato, is sure to hit the spot. Another stand-out offering is the Latke Benedict: poached eggs with potato latkes, with the option to add pastrami, salmon, lamb bacon and spinach.
Contact 021 433 2871
Location 95 Regent Road, Sea Point

10. Cafe Honeybun

Cafe Honeybun Greenmarket Square Cape Town
Café Honeybun serves a delicious selection of breakfasts, lunches, baked goods, drinks and smoothies to satisfy almost every palate – especially with its Banting and vegetarian options. The cafés – the newest of which one opened in November 2016 near Greenmarket Square – do all-day breakfasts (with other varied all-day adds on).
Read our full review here.
We love the Nutella French Toast, which wows with its soft, crumpet-like texture, fresh banana and strawberry slices, and generous amounts of warm Nutella, syrup and almond flakes in what is a very sizeable portion. (It comes with bacon, but you can order it without.)
Contact 021 447 0606,
Location Cafe Honeybun, 107 Lower Main Road, Observatory and 54 Short Market Street
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

11. Pajamas and Jam Eatery

A hidden gem, situated in the midst of an industrial area. The resident antique store adds to its quirky charm, with the collection of vintage wares on one side contrasted with a display of delectable cakes and pastries on the other.
We love The mushroom bowl: creamy mushrooms served with poached eggs, bacon, pesto and sour cream. A steaming cup of nutella hot chocolate also goes down well on a cold day.
Contact 021 854 6408,
Location 32 Van Zyl Street, Somerset West

12. Petits Fours

Set within a 200-year old heritage site, this seaside coffee shop offers a fusion of French and West Coast cuisine, as well as impressive views of Table Mountain and the surrounding ocean.
We love The Paris style eggs Benedict – a toasted English muffin topped with rooibos & ginger mascarpone cheese, served with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, and garnished with some fresh coriander and candid citrus fruit.
Contact 021 554 4462,
Location 20 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand Village

13. Saucisse Boutique Deli

This father-and-daughter team offer warm hospitality and fresh, locally sourced produce; and their deli is one of several restaurants that make the Old Biscuit Mill a happening spot. Chef Amanda Lewis spent time in Zambia with environmental organisation Greenpop, and has made sustainable practices a key focus at her establishment. You can read our full review of Saucisse Boutique Deli here.
We love The gourmet sandwiches, and we’d also recommend the Saucisse Benedict: soft-poached eggs with hickory ham, caramelised onions and house-made Hollandaise sauce, served on sourdough. Vegetarians will love the Vegan Haven: avocado halves filled with cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and hummus, served on toasted macadamia rye.
Contact 021 447 7177, 082 822 7897,
Location Unit A 112, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

14. Riverway Café

Julie Ragavelas has made significant contributions to Hout Bay’s culinary scene, co-founding Greek restaurant Spiros and steampunk-themed grill Ragafellows. All that experience has come to bear at this elegant riverside café. The friendly service and old-world decor make it a favourite among locals.
We love The Shakshuka Breakfast – a morning dish with a Middle Eastern twist: spicy tomato and pepper topped with Danish feta and poached egg. Or you could go for the Smashed Breakfast: smashed avo on sourdough toast, topped with caramelised onion, Danish feta, poached egg and balsamic beads.
Contact 021 791 0565,
Location Midpoint Centre, Mainstream Way, Hout Bay

15. Manna Epicure

Breakfast Specials Manna Epicure
When it first opened on Kloof Street some eight or so years ago, with well-known foodie Maranda Engelbrecht at the helm, Manna had the city’s trendoids and food snobs queueing for a table. Since then, it’s changed ownership two or three times, with the current owners bringing a mix of French, South African and Argentinian flavours to the table. The food is superb, the atmosphere chic and upmarket, and the people-watching from the counter overlooking the pavement is unparalleled.
We love the Coconut Breakfast: two eggs cooked as you like them, smoked salmon trout and creamy avocado on coconut bread. The homemade waffle with golden syrup and whipped cream topped with bacon and caramelised banana is also pretty darn good – especially if you’re not a Banter!
Contact 021 426 2413,
Location 151 Kloof Street, Gardens
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

16. Schoon de Companje (formerly De Oude Bank Bakkerij)

Breakfast spots in Cape Town – Schoon de Companje
Image Credit: The Pretty Blog

The village-market feel of this boutique butchery, deli, bakery and café in one, will transport you to the days of luxurious simplicity.
We love the coffee – it’s the best in Stellenbosch! The creamy scrambled eggs and bacon on sourdough bread is so scrumptious. Interestingly, all the bread is hand-shaped and wood-oven-baked, adding to the authentic rusticity of this artisanal bakery.
Contact 021 883 2187,
Location Corner Bird and Church Street, Stellenbosch
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

17. Jason Bakery

Breakfast spots in Cape Town – Jason Bakery
Image Credit: Space Talk

This corner bakery on Bree Street is the go-to spot for hipsters and innercity office workers for artisanal bread, buttery croissants, out-of-this world pies and zingy sandwiches.
We love everything! But you must have a croissant filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, rocket and bacon.
Contact 021 424 5644,
Location 185 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

18. La Petite Tarte

Image credit: From Cape Town, With Love

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Parisian boulangerie at this 36-seater sidewalk cafe in the original Cape Quarter.
We love There are so many scrumptious breakfast options to choose from, but our favourites are the creamy scrambled eggs with roasted cherry tomatoes and crispy bacon (or smoked salmon) and the French soufflé omelette with bacon and tomato (or smoked salmon and avocado).
Contact 021 425 9077,
Location Shop A11 Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

19. Starlings Café

Hidden behind a hedge on Belvedere Road in Claremont, this warm and hospitable café is housed in a Victorian building, complete with high ceilings and wooden floors. Fireplaces keep diners warm and toasty in winter; in summer sit outside in the quaint garden for beautiful mountain views.
We love that most items on the menu come from small artisanal suppliers, keeping everything ethical, fresh and delicious. The Chevin cheese soufflé with bacon and local honey is utterly delicious and so satisfying.
Contact 021 671 6875,
Location 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

20. Queen of Tarts

Tina Bester’s intimate coffeeshop, dressed in a wonderful array of 1950s-era furniture with an irresistible wall display of vintage kitchen utensils, specialises in tarts and other scrumptious pastries.
We love the fluffy three-egg omelette with wholewheat toast and an addition of creamy camembert (and we hope that the service has improved since the last time we were there).
Contact 021 448 2420,
Location 213 Lower Main Road, Observatory
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

21. The Foodbarn Coffee Shop

The Foodbarn
The deli section of The Foodbarn restaurant in rural Noordhoek doubles as a convivial coffee shop serving deli specialities to die for, such as freshly baked pastries and tarts, jams and preserves and fresh pies. Rustic and homely open-plan styling echoes the wholesome, natural and healthy food the deli is renowned for.
We love the freshly baked breads made with premium stone-ground flour, which won The Foodbarn the 2010 and 2011 Eat SA Produce Awards for Best Bakery. Enjoy the rye toast with fresh avocado, tomato, rocket, organic sunflower sprouts and roasted seeds for a nutritious, delicious (and virtuous) breakfast.
Contact 021 789 1390,
Location The Foodbarn
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

Our list is by no means final. We’d love to add more, so please share your suggestions in the comments below.

Breakfast of champions

When it comes to food, everybody’s palate is different, but we were a little shocked to discover how some of yesteryear’s stars started their day: Marilyn Monroe claimed to eat two raw eggs whisked into cold milk every morning; Mohammed Ali devoured two large steaks and 12 eggs, sometimes followed by ice-cream; and former US president Franklin D Roosevelt used to put back a hot, jam-filled doughnut every single morning.

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Time of publication: 04 August 2016

58 Responses to “The best breakfast spots in Cape Town”

  1. Aimen

    I wish I didn’t follow your recommendation for HEMELHUIJS. The food was average and not satisfying. The juices were okay.

  2. Darren

    thanks for the shoutout

  3. Nina

    We really struggled to find 88 on Shortmarket. Apart from a number on a dark wall, there was no visible sign. Therefore we were later than intended whilst searching up and down this road. They had closed the breakfast kitchen at 10.45 and were unwilling to put in a last order, despite us travelling far upon the recommendation of this article. They appear more interested in lunch clientele. So…don’t bother with them for breakfast.

    • Nina

      P.S.: We landed up at Clarke’s on Bree and had a delicious breakfast …highly recommendable and the staff are warm and passionate about their work. It was a real find!

  4. Ashleigh

    The Cape Town Company Gardens dies an amazing french toast. It’s basted banana bread in egg, with crispy bacon and marscopone cheese, served with syrup and strawberries on the side. My fav…mmmmmmm. Thanks for the above recommendations.

  5. Paula Pettit

    You seriously have to try Honey Bun in Observatory…… quaint and so delicious!!

  6. Matthew

    Love Cake Cafe in Burgundy Estate and The Village Place in the West Coast Mall definitely need a mention….

  7. Daniela

    Who makes the blueberry pankakes featured in the photo?

  8. Tamlyn

    Can anyone recommend a good breakfast spot serving pancakes and bacon as combo? It’s been a craving!

    • Kelly

      Yes – Jason Bakery on Bree does a pancake stack. It is outrageous.

  9. Sorrel

    I consistently have the best food at Lime Tree Cafe in Bergvliet. Sensational food that Graham makes.

  10. Nate

    Bacon on Bree is one of my current favourites!

  11. Raymond

    Ttuth cafe! nestled within a coffee distilary on buitengracht street, really really amazing, the experience is just flawless. For all coffee lovers. Tip it gets very busy so rather sooner than later?,

  12. Sonja / the Larder

    Firstly thank you Stefani for your lovely comments! Yay! We are delighted you found our neighborhood spot!

    Inside guide, we’d love you to visit! We have 2 branches. One in DIEP River & one in Claremont. Ingredients are locally sourced, seasonal and free range. We specialize in breakfast & coffee, we use bean there ethically sourced coffees. Life is too short for bad coffee right?

    Come visit! We’d love to see you.


  13. Steve FD

    HEMELHUIJS doesn’t open till 9am, hardly a breakfast place.

  14. Helen

    The best breakfast in Hout Bay is at the Riverway Cafe. Worth the drive and very popular with the locals (I am one). 🙂 Try the Kitchen Sink!

  15. Stefani

    One of our favourites is The Larder in Claremont. They open super early, so are ideal for a cappuccino take-away if you know you’re going to be sitting in traffic (they make a mean cappuccino). Try the Johnny Depp (poached eggs, crispy bacon and roasted cherry tomatoes with hollandaise), or the Banga Banga (muesli and yoghurt with a difference) if you’re looking for a healthier alternative. They have fantastic pasteis de nata, carrot cake, and cinnamon buns too.

    • Sonja / the Larder

      Hi Stephani thank you so much for your comment I just saw now! I really appreciate it! Did you know we have another branch in Block & Chisel too? We are so glad you found our little spot!! Hope to see you again soon!! Kind regards

  16. Benhard

    Origin’s health breakfast & cappucinos rates amongst the best. Aspidistra Garden Centre’s muffins (Vlaeberg Road) Giovanni (Greenpoint) chocolate croissant & cappucino. Olympic Cafe (Kalk Bay) pastries, Snobs Coffee Roastery in Strand – probably the widest choice of cappucinos in Cape Town (12 to be exact)!

  17. patsy emett

    Where can I find a Mexican and Israeli breakfast? Fabulous!!!

  18. Annie

    Haas, in town, does an amazing breakfast! And Queen of Tarts has a delish stack of flapjacks too! Yum! Last time I was there the service was great – maybe you caught the sweet place on an off day..

  19. Ingrid

    Don’t forget the lovely R Café and Loaves on Long.

  20. Billie

    The Inside Guide, please join me at Penny Lane, in Wynberg… your life will change forever! Full House English Breakfast, including a juice and coffee or tea for R32.50.

    I don’t think many other smaller restuarants have a line of people waiting to go in everyday.

  21. Sarah Beamish

    Silvermist Eatery just over Constantia Nek needs a mention. Serves amazing breakfasts and the view is breathtaking. You can linger and do Silvermidt wine tasting and have very interesting Cheese Boards! Even a fire for chilly mornings! Love it there!!

  22. Joanne

    Vintage Cafe at 36 Wale Street (Long St Antiques Arcade) is Halaal and does fabulous breakfasts, lunch and also sells Banting bakes. Nice vibe. Live music on Mondays

  23. Lindi

    The Annex in Kalk Bay should definitely be on the list – best poached eggs ever.

  24. Yusuf

    The Lounge On Kromboom. Their special lounge breakfast is great. Best flat white cuppicino

  25. Michael Henning

    for price and good service , Gaslight Cafe Muizenberg Beachfront ( smoking section naturally ) where else can you get a a big breakfast ( with chips ) at under R 50.00.The decor sucks but hey ….. the breakfast is great

  26. Michael Henning

    …….and why isnt my house on this list ?

  27. JDA

    Red Sofa in Vredehoek! My absolute favorite breakfast place in Cape Town. It’s quaint and homely and the owner is an absolute sweetheart. I always have the eggs benedicte and their flat whites are amazing too. Go check it out!

  28. Graham

    Lazari in Vredehoek ?
    Been around for ages and still making the best breakfast in CPT

  29. Roshin

    Coffee on the square is Halaal Safwaan, and Lesley, Hout Bay is way off route!

  30. safwaan cottle

    Why arent there any halaal breakfast spots mentioned in here?
    please mention a few so we ALL can enjoy eating out at breakfast time..

  31. Lesley

    You definitely need to add The Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay to this list. Sublime breakfasts!

  32. Roshin

    Coffee on the Square – ground floor, main entrance at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Freshly baked croissants or my very fav… scrumptious (eggs Benedict with macon and mushrooms).

  33. Nadin

    Thanks for all great Tips,
    We decided this morning to try out Empire Cafe from your list and we have been very disappointed in the waiting on the food and after an hour being told certain items are not available any more. After all food was average but Coffee superb

    • Dave

      I own Empire. I’m sorry you didn’t have a great experience :(. We do try hard to please. What item didn’t we have for you? Tribe coffee is excellent!

  34. Vicki

    Lola’s on Long!!! My favourite breakfast/brunch spot. The sweetcorn fritters are out of this world!

  35. Amy Botes

    Chalk and Cork on Kloof street has to be on there! Fresh juices, smashed avo in our outdoor courtyard,

    Please come and check it out, it will change your mornings!

  36. Jan McWilliams

    So glad you included Four & Twenty…..all their meals and pastries are AMAZING! And I love that there are always new items on the menu!

  37. Jane

    Lola’s on Long Street. Best eggs benedict in town and I’m fussy!!!

  38. Jonathan

    Bread & Butter in Sunningdale deserves a mention here. With there amazing coffees to there eggs Benedict and breakfast frittata to there Banting health menu. These guys have defiantly made you feel like you were back in your grandma’s house with there home cooked feel. Give it a try!!

    • Claudia

      Just a pity about the slow service and long waiting time for the food (most times). I know good food is worth waiting for- but it is not that good!

  39. Troy Yerman

    Food barn deli in Noordhoek is out of this world!!! It should really be on this list.

  40. Urisha

    You have to try Bread and Butter in sunning dale. A little hidden gem. Eggs Benedict on sweet potato bread! Yum

  41. Helen

    Also agree Liquorice and Lime on Kloof deserve to be on the list.

  42. Fiona

    Primi Piatti at the Waterfront – best breakfast and the coffee is the best a I also agree that Liquorice and Lime deserve a mention.

  43. Andrew McNally

    Nice post, but I do feel that Liquorice & Lime on Kloof NEED to make an appearance. They have the best Eggs Benedict in CT.

    Thanks for the other suggestions, definitely a few options I’m going to try 🙂

  44. Jonathan

    Lunch Depot should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Dont be swayed by the name, their breakfasts are easily as mesmerising as their lunches.. My opinion but go check it out and give us yours…

    • The Inside Guide

      We cannot wait to try it out!

    • Fiamma /The Lunch Depot

      Thank you Jonathan!
      We are exceptionally happy to have been included in your this list,please note that since the end of last year we serve TRIBE coffee…we wanted to support local and we are very happy to have moved.The feedback has been fantastic.
      We hope to welcome you back for lunch one day…!

  45. Rael

    And then there is Lime Tree Cafe

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Rael. We’ve had dinner there, but have yet to sample the breakfast menu.

      • Rael

        Breakfasts are busy…there’s good reason. Graham has put together an amazing menu. Check it out Lime Tree Cafe.

  46. F.Swainston

    Please come and try The Lunch Depot.
    All our details are on the page.
    I look forward to welcoming you!
    Fiamma Swainston
    The Lunch Depot


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