The gentrification of Bree Street, which started over a decade ago, has turned this innercity area into a culinary hotspot, with some fabulous eateries popping up all over. Though Bree Street has a decidedly high-street feel, we love that it still hums with contrasts, with car mechanics and panelbeaters sharing pavement space with high-end fashion boutiques, design stores and award-winning restaurants. Here is our pick of the best places to wine and dine. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
1. Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
Image Credit: Chef’s Warehouse
Ask any famous foodies where they ate their last memorable meal, and the majority will say Chefs Warehouse – chef Liam Tomlin’s tapas bar that does double duty as a deli and cooking school. The informal canteen-style eatery, with communal tables and benches, specialises in fresh, interesting seasonal tapas that change daily.
Why we love it Rillette of duck or pork? Chicken liver parfait with grape chutney? Gazpacho with fresh crab? Sweet-corn soup with crab fritters? What’s not to love?
Don’t leave without trying the chocolate and hazelnut fondant with orange ice cream.
Contact 021 422 01 28, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where you’ll find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
2. Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room
This is where the hip crowd comes for generous sandwiches, tasty burgers and hearty breakfasts. Potted plants line the walls, adding pops of greenery to the otherwise pared-down natural-wood palette.
Why we love it Happy hour (5pm to 7pm daily) is fab for after-work drinks with colleagues.
Don’t leave without trying the legendary Clarke’s cheeseburger, featured in our Best Burgers in Cape Town.
Contact 021 424 7648, email@example.com
Where you’ll find it 133 Bree Street, Cape Town
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One of the more recent additions to Bree Street, Bocca has a menu full of your favourite Italian food. It’s co-owned by Neil Grant and Barry Engelbrecht of Burrata at the Old Biscuit Mill.
Why we love it It’s chic, buzzy and beautifully designed. We love sitting at the pavement counter and people-watching.
Don’t leave without trying a Neapolitan-style pizza.
Contact 021 422 0188, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where you’ll find it Corner Bree and Wale street, Cape Town
4. Olami – previously Sababa Kitchen & Deli
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Rubbing shoulders with Kirsten Goss (for covetable locally made jewellery) and Missibaba (for exquisite locally designed handbags), this deli specialises in fresh Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. Every day, the salad buffet is topped up with freshly made salads that taste as good as they look. No wonder it’s featured on the Best Salads in Cape Town.
Why we love it Even though it’s become the lunch spot for IT girls – perched at the street-facing counter, of course – Olami welcomes all sorts for delicious, wholesome food.
Contact 021 424 7480, email@example.com
Where you’ll find it 231 Bree Street, Cape Town
5. Jason Bakery
This artisanal bakery serves legendary breakfasts, excellent coffee, interesting sandwiches and juicy burgers.
Why we love it The limited-edition doughssant, served on Saturday mornings only, are out of this world! Each week these doughnut-croissant hybrids have a different filling.
Don’t leave without trying the famous bacon croissant – get there early, as they sell out fast!
Contact 0214245644, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where you’ll find it 185 Bree Street, Cape Town
6. Beautifull Food
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Located in the same space as Youngblood Gallery, Beautifull Food serves substantial sandwiches, light lunches and wholesome breakfast made using organic local produce.
Why we love it Profits from Beautifull Food go towards supporting arts and culture developments.
Don’t leave without trying “Clara’s sexy water” – still water naturally infused with flavours cucumber, lemon, basil and pomegranate.
Contact 021 424 0074, email@example.com
Where you’ll find it 70 – 72 Bree Street, Cape Town
7. Weinhaus + Biergarten
Formerly knows as &Union, this craft beer establishment serves German pub food with a modern twist, such as the Käsewurst (pork and Emmentaler sausage served with Dijon mustard), pulled-pork sandwich and the ostrich beeriyaki skewers.
Why we love it This cool beer garden is a great after-work drinking hole. In the evenings and on weekends, big sports matches are televised, giving the place a distinctly Euro feel. Don’t miss the great line-up of local musicians at the live-music evenings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Don’t leave without trying the hot beef on rye – freshly baked rye bread topped with thinly sliced, beer-braised pastrami, pink ’slaw, gherkin and Dijon mustard.
Contact 021 422 2770, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where you’ll find it 110 Bree Street, Cape Town
Latin America comes to Cape Town with cuisine and music from that vibrant region. There is a great range of empanadas (small baked pies), ceviche (citrus-cured raw fish) and a salad buffet that changes daily.
Why we love it Other than the South American menu that’s hard to come by in Cape Town, we love the half-price tapas – all evening on Tuesday, and between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Don’t leave without trying the Orinoco, a Venezuelan cocktail made up of rum, vodka, passion fruit and grenadine.
Contact 021 418 4544, email@example.com
Where you’ll find it 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
9. Latitude 33
Image Credit: Whale Cottage
A restaurant, clothes shop and art gallery all rolled into one. Check out Olivia Franklin’s art is in the mini gallery upstairs or do a spot of shopping for Ozzie clothing brands Insight, Rhythm and MinkPink. The restaurant serves satisfying grub, such as burgers and the wildly popular braised-lamb pizza.
Why we love it This relaxed surfer’s spot (in the city!) is a fab place to hang out.
Don’t leave without trying the Asian pork-belly sandwich.
Contact 0214249857, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where you’ll find it 165 Bree Street, Cape Town
10. La Parada
This colourful, noisy tapas bar where Cape Town’s beautiful people congregate does an assortment of Spanish (and one or two Asian-style) tapas, as well as mains designed for sharing, desserts and divine cocktails. But it’s the tapas you’re here for, namely the smoked tomato salad, seared sesame-crusted tuna, and Serrano ham croquetas. Grab a window-facing counter seat, so you can watch the passing trade.
Why we love it It’s great for big-group occasions, so you can share delicious bite-sized tapas at long communal tables.
Don’t leave without trying the roasted pork belly.
Contact 021 426 0330, email@example.com
Where you’ll find it 107 Bree Street, Cape Town
We also rate these other Bree Street hotspots:
The Odyssey Gastropub, 199 Bree Street
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, 227 Bree Street
Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar, 219 Bree Street
Lucky Fish & Chips, 120 Bree Street