The Best Desserts in Cape Town

The Best Desserts in Cape Town

Image credit: Claire Gunn Photography

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Time to get stuck in…

Chocolate fondants, butterkuchen and lemon meringue, and some deep-fried ice cream, too. An exquisite slice of sweetness is the cherry on top of a good meal. Which is why the Insiders have been out and about, sampling delicious treats to bring you the very best puds in the land. Here are our picks…

1. Aubergine Restaurant

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The dessert Chocolate gulgulas with green tea ice cream and coconut sabayon
Why you’ll love it The ever-dynamic eatery serves up an amalgamation of eastern and European influences. Traditional Indian gulgulas (a kind of sweetened doughnut) with creamy dark chocolate filling, accompanied by green-tea ice cream and coconut sabayon (the French take on the Italian zabaione, a custard-like sauce containing white wine, sugar and egg yolks). A creative combination that’s rich in flavour, and sure to satisfy any dessert lover.
Good to know Aubergine’s menu changes regularly, and while the chocolate gulgulas dessert is a favourite, it may not always be available.
Note Aubergine is closed for winter break from 2 July to 25 July 2016.
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm (September – April, not on public holidays)
Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm (closed two Mondays a month)
Contact 021 465 0000, info@aubergine.co.za
Where to find it 39 Barnet Street, Gardens

2. Foodbarn

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The dessert Plums with Pistachio Ice Cream
Why you’ll love it The kind of meticulously prepared dish we’ve come to expect from Franck Dangereux and the Foodbarn crew, this plum dessert comes dressed in verbena syrup, accompanied by pistachio ice cream, almond gratin and granola. A light and fruity dish that will satisfy your dessert cravings.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 789 1390, info@thefoodbarn.co.za
Where to find it Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek

3. Avontuur Estate

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The dessert Deep Fried Ice Cream with butterscotch sauce
Why you’ll love it All of Avontuur’s desserts are delicious but my favourite is the decadent deep-fried ice cream with butterscotch sauce: rich and creamy vanilla ice-cream wrapped in phyllo pastry and deep-fried to crispy perfection served with a buttery butterscotch caramel sauce.
Good to know The roast duckling with a Van der Hum sauce and caramelised orange has to be one of – if not – the best roast duck in the Cape. Wash this down with the easy-drinking 2015 Avontuur sauvignon blanc which, at R115 a bottle, is outstanding value.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 855 4296, openhand@polka.co.za
Where to find it Route 44, Somerset West
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

4. The Shortmarket Club

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The dessert Caramelised lemon tart
This tart looks magnificent and – guess what? – it tastes even better. The strawberry-and-amasi ice cream tempers its sugary edge perfectly, with the lemon-geranium crust adding just the right amount of bite.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 447 2874, info@theshortmarketclub.co.za
Where to find it 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

5. Kyoto Garden Sushi

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Image credit: Claire Gunn Photography

The dessert Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream
Why you’ll love it Pale, cool and not too sweet, this nugget is the perfect denouement to a stunning meal at one of Cape Town’s finest (Japanese) restaurants. The sesame seeds add crunch and a comforting toasty flavour to the soft and silky ice cream.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 11pm
Contact 021 422 2001
Where to find it 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Gardens
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

6. Arugula Bistro

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The dessert House-made Ice Cream
Why you’ll love it Nestled in the leafy northern suburbs of Cape Town, this little gem of a bistro serves house-made ice cream that is utterly divine – you’ll have to go back a few times to sample each of the delicious flavours! In the lineup, you’ll find flavours such as Peppermint Crisp Tart, Nutella Chocolate Chunk, Brandy Caramel Pecan, Dark Chocolate and Orange Marmalade, Salted Caramel, and Honey and Rosemary.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact  021 913 6906, info@arugulabistro.co.za
Where to find it 18, Welgemoed Forum, Corner Jip De Jager and Kommisariss Street, Welgemoed, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Sabena Faria

7. Schoon de Companje

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The dessert Butterkuchen with clotted cream
Why you’ll love it If you find yourself in Stellenbosch (and even if you don’t, it really is worth the drive), don’t miss the opportunity to try the butterkuchen, topped with almonds, powdered sugar and cinnamon. A great menu suggestion is to pair this slice of heaven with any of the delectable Fanny Chanel artisan ice creams available at the in-house ice-cream bar. But, if you really love yourself, try the clotted cream! Get there early, because this favourite sells out fast!
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 6pm
Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 1.30pm
Contact 021 883 2187, info@decompanje.co.za
Where to find it Corner Bird Street & Church Street, Stellenbosch
TIG Reviewer Sabena Faria

8. A Tavola

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The dessert Torta di Cioccolato
Why you’ll love it You’ll find a particularly luxurious version of the chocolate tart at this popular Italian restaurant. It’s dense, fudgey, with an earthy chocolatey flavour that’s not too sweet. The hazelnut gelato balances the richness wonderfully. As you dip your spoons in, there’ll be a hush in conversation (for all the right reasons).
Opening times Monday and Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Closed on public holidays
Contact 021 671 1763, info@atavola.co.za
Where to find it Shop 1, Library Square, Wilderness, Claremont
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

9. Café Paradiso

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The dessert Lemon Meringue Pie
Why you’ll love it A fluffy and crispy custard-filled pastry, and a favourite recipe of grandmothers everywhere. This Kloof Street café claims to serve the best lemon meringue pie in Cape Town – we’d love to hear your thoughts…
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Public holidays, 10am – 10pm
Contact 021 423 8653, cafeparadiso@madamezingara.com
Where to find it 110 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof

10. The Stack

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The dessert Crème brûlée
Why you’ll love it This decidedly chic brasserie in the city is the talk of the town – not only because of the remarkable story behind its re-opening, but also because it’s so dang pretty, the service is outstanding, and the food and drinks ridiculously good. Round off your meal with a classic vanilla crème brûlée served with black pepper-macerated Cape berries. This brûlée is shallow, served in one of those vintage copper pans, but still so satisfying to crack the scorched shell with your spoon and watch it shatter like ice on a pond to reveal the soft, fragrant custard below.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 286 0187, ask@thestack.co.za
Where to find it Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

11. Homespun

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The dessert Blonde Fondant
Why you’ll love it Is blonde the new black? It could be – in Fondantville. You’ll rethink any previously held notions of chocolate puddings, as you break open this Hot Betty, and watch a molten pool of Ivoire and Caramelia Valrhona chocolate decadently ooze out. Paired with fruit jellies, almond crumb and a house-made dark chocolate gelato, this baked-to-order dessert is simply perfect.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 556 2824, reservations@homespunbymatt.co.za
Where to find it Porterfield Rd, Table View, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Sabena Faria

12. Chefs Warehouse

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The dessert Chocolate lava cake
Why you’ll love it The menu changes regularly, depending on availability of ingredients and the whims of chef Liam Tomlin, but there are a few favoured desserts that guests can’t get enough of, and the chocolate lava cake (also known as chocolate fondant) is one of them. It comes with a side of orange ice cream, which perfectly complements the sweetness of the cake.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2.30pm, 4.30pm – 8pm
Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 021 422 0128, info@chefswarehouse.co.za
Where to find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town City Central

13. 95 at Parks

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The dessert Chocolate Fondant
Why you’ll love it If you’re looking for a rich, yet light, (I know that sounds like a contradiction…) end to your meal, you won’t go wrong with chef Giorgio Nava’s intense fondant with its meltingly soft centre that oozes out as you put your spoon in. Simply sublime.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm; 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 761 0247
Where to find it 114 Constantia Main Road, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 30 June 2016

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2 Responses to “The Best Desserts in Cape Town”

  1. Tamaryn

    Where can I get the dessert that is the article picture?

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Tamaryn
      Looks delicious, doesn’t it? The recipe creator is Sam Linsell – find all her recipes at drizzleanddip.com.

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