The 30 Best Breakfasts in Cape Town

The 30 Best Breakfasts in Cape Town Giulio’s

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

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper,” goes the old adage, and we couldn’t agree more. Fortunately, an increasing number of Cape Town restaurants are on the same page, offering innovative and intriguing menus for couples, families and groups of friends looking to kickstart their metabolism in cool surrounds.

We’ve rounded up our favourite breakfast spots in and around Cape Town, where you can break bread like royalty…

Uptown: Upper Kloof, Gardens and Oranjezicht


Breakfast Lazari

This cheery neighbourhood café and bistro, in the heart of Cape Town, serves good café fare, great Italian coffee, and wine and beer, too. Warm and friendly owner Chris Lazari believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you’re guaranteed a delicious range of all-day breakfast options – from omelettes and eggs benedict to health bowls and, even, halloumi.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am – 2pm
Contact 021 461 9865,
Where to find it Corner of Upper Maynard and Vredehoek Avenues, Vredehoek, Cape Town

Oasis Bistro at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Breakfast Mount Nelson

The beautifully bright bistro offers guests and outside diners alike the opportunity to revel in the magnificence of the iconic Nellie while enjoying a range of delectable breakfast treats. Each morning from 6.30am until 11am, a scrumptious array of morning bites and brews are served that includes a towering buffet of cheeses, pastries, fresh fruits, cold meats and bubbly, to lip-smacking omelettes, eggs benedict, French toast and flapjacks off the à la carte menu. Diners can choose to enjoy their breakfast in the breezy, African-inspired interior, or outside on the sun-splashed terrace.
Good to know On Sundays, there’s a full jazz buffet.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 6:30am – 11am; 12:30pm – 3pm (lunch)
Contact 021 483 1000,
Where to find it 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town


Breakfast Nourishd

Tucked away in the old garage on the corner of Hof and Kloof Streets in Gardens, and hidden behind lush granadilla creepers and a bounty of hanging plants, this laidback café is the kind of place where everyone is welcome – whether you’re strolling in barefoot from the beach, or popping in for a bite between meetings. Furry friends are welcome too, and nobody seems to be in a rush. The simple menu speaks to owner Natasha Napoli’s mantra that health is a state of harmony between body, mind and spirit. On offer is a selection of fresh juices, shots, smoothies, breakfast bowls (in Insta-worthy coconut dishes) and tasty toasts, all packed with fresh, homegrown ingredients.
Good to know A second branch of Nourish’d opened in Observatory in April 2018.
Opening times Monday to Thursday, 7am – 6pm
Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 064 755 2431,
Where to find it Corner Kloof and Hof Streets, Cape Town

Manna Epicure

Breakfast Manna Epicure
Megan Briant

When it first opened on Kloof Street some 10 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 twice, with the current owners bringing a mix of French, South African and Argentinian flavours to the table. The food is delicious, the atmosphere upmarket, and the people-watching from the counter overlooking the pavement is fabulous! It’s a popular all-day breakfast spot, offering a delicious assortment of gluten-free options, too – we recommend the scrumptious coconut bread. The contemporary all-white interiors make it a lovely choice for a meal any time of day.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday – Monday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 021 426 2413,
Where to find it 151 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Downtown: District Six, Buitenkant Street and Woodstock

The Electric

Breakfast Electric

Once an auto-electric shop, this buzzy juice factory is an energising addition to Cape Town’s East City. As you enter, the fridge full of brightly coloured bottles – created by co-owner Janette De Villiers – is a siren song. The six different coloured juices (green, red, yellow, orange, pink and white) offer various flavour combinations, including the sweet and zesty watermelon, mint, basil and lime juice. The homemade nut milks, which include five creamy flavours across four different nuts, will appeal to the health fiends.
Of course, it’s not only about the drinks – the small breakfast menu includes eggy options, and the cool bright blue-and-yellow interior accents make this a great addition to the downtown scene.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 422 2591,
Where to find it 48 Canterbury Street, District Six, Cape Town


Breakfast Superette
Miss Mos

From the duo that brought you the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market, comes Superette – a hip(ster) neighbourhood café in the Woodstock Exchange building that serves feel-good, farm-to-plate food in a slick, modern environment. Aside from the seasonal fare (prepared fresh daily), the restaurant serves Deluxe coffee and features a retail table that showcases speciality goods from emerging local artists and producers – perfect for a post-breakfast browse. Try the all-day breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, roasted baby tomatoes, bacon, lemon-dressed greens on sourdough rye), or tuck into the granola and toasted banana bread.
Good to know On Saturdays, there’s a special brunch menu.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 802 5525,
Where to find it 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Truth Coffee Roasting

Breakfast Truth Coffee Roasting

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Sherlock Holmes-era laboratory, where writhing machinery collides with industrial-chic decor. Welcome to Cape Town’s only steampunk coffee roastery. Co-founder David Donde says the concept was a natural choice, considering the relationship between coffee and steam.
Known mainly for their unparalleled coffee and eye-catching decor (centred around a vintage roaster adorned with copper dispensers, gauges and contraptions), the cosmopolitan joint also offers a number of delicious breakfasts, for sit-down meetings or on-the-go bites, including porridge, a Banting wrap, Steampunk Benedict, shakshouka, avo on toast, and loads more.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm
Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 200 0440,
Where to find it 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Haas Collective

Breakfast Haas
Jay V van Zyl

Reminiscent of a 17th-century English Coffee House (where the nation’s great thinkers would gather to discuss philosophy, commerce and science while enjoying a tasty brew), Haas Collective is where the intelligentsia (and design-savvy breakfast set) head for excellent coffee, deep conversations and equally good food. Everything from the carefully curated heritage decor, delicious freshly made brews and the all-day breakfast menu ensures that Haas keeps its wonderful reputation intact. We recommend the Banana Bread French Toast, and an array of egg dishes made with fresh, seasonal produce.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 461 1812
Where to find it 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

The Bowl: Bree Street, De Waterkant, Loop Street, Wale Street and everything in between


Breakfast Hemelhuijs

Owner Jacques Erasmus’ passion for travel is evident in the ever-changing, thoroughly modern and whimsical decor of this oasis in the CBD. The highly creative seasonal menu is bursting with options, one more delicious than the next. Whet your appetite with a freshly squeezed juice – we recommend the apple, celery, and ginger, or the apple, beetroot, and orange. Then, settle in for a comforting homemade potato rösti with lightly smoked trout, soft whipped herb cheese and a soft poached egg, or old-fashioned grilled farm style sausage in a rich tomato smoor’ with buttered toast. The freshly pressed juices, of which the fruit and vegetables are botanically grouped, are sure to whet your appetite.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 418 2042,
Where to find it 71 Waterkant Street, CBD


Breakfast Giulios

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. 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 with banana and strawberries. Nonna’s Eggs is another fantastic signature: Parmesan-scrambled eggs on a toasted croissant with baby spinach, bacon and balsamic roasted tomatoes.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Thursday – Friday, 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Contact 021 418 6304,
Where to find it 16 Loop Street, corner of Riebeek Street, Central Business District

The Loading Bay

Breakfast Loading Bay

Rated as a favourite by renowned local chef Ash Heeger, The Loading Bay in De Waterkant constantly pumps with urbanites and trendsetters seeking their next matcha latte. Though it shares floor space with an achingly hip menswear shop, the eatery is where the magic happens. Tuck into a bowl of bircher muesli, some spiced buckwheat pancakes, or a slice of double-fermented sourdough with your choice of topping – all of which are available all day, every day.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm (the kitchen closes at 3pm)
Saturday, 8am – 4pm
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 425 6320,
Where to find it 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Harvest Café & Deli

Breakfast Harvest

With its impressive, yet simple, lineup of tasty and original healthy dishes – coupled with a laidback interior, and simply sublime city and mountain views – Harvest Café & Deli in the Bo-Kaap is an innercity eatery worth its salt.
It’s not for nothing that the breakfast crowd has already cottoned on to the quinoa porridge with banana, coconut, turmeric, toasted buckwheat and passion fruit; and the eggs benedict on zucchini fritters with wilted spinach and toasted almonds. Naturally, smoothies (the Lean Green is a must) and fresh juices complete the picture.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday, 8.30am – 2pm
Contact 021 422 1199
Where to find it 102 Wale Street, Cape Town

Jason Bakery

Breakfast Jasons

This corner bakery on Bree Street is the go-to spot for hipsters and inner-city office workers looking for artisanal bread, buttery croissants, out-of-this-world pies and zingy sandwiches. Pretty much every breakfast item is droolicious – and you’ll have a hard time choosing – but may we recommend the croissant filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, rocket and bacon? Divine.
Good to know Baker-boy Jason Lilley opened a Green Point shop in December 2017, and let’s just say the Somerset Road strip has never tasted sweeter.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3:30pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 424 5644,
Where to find it 185 Bree Street, Cape Town

Smak Delicatessen

Breakfast Smak

Owned by chef Katia Scherf (who cut her teeth at The Test Kitchen), Smak prides itself on utterly scrumptious, made-to-order dishes. Breakfast options include homemade granola and French toast, to name a few, all of which have been given a wonderfully modern twist. And bring your wheat-/sugar-/gluten- and meat-intolerant friends, there are tasty treats on the menu for them, too! The deli counter is full of delicious patisserie and take-home treats, so be sure to stock up before you leave.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 1.30pm
Contact 021 824 5023 / 021 418 3266,
Where to find it 22 Bree Street, Cape Town


Breakfast Lola

Arty and quirky, much-loved Lola’s does delicious breakfasts, as well as filling smoothies, hot cuppas and freshly squeezed juices, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment on pulsating Long Street. The chalkboard menu above the kitchen changes often and includes everything from oats to eggs. A scrumptious affair and a wonderful interior to boot.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 4.30pm
Contact 021 423 0885,
Where to find it 228 Long Street, Cape Town

Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

Breakfast Clarkes

The famed white canopy and copper sign is a shining light for hungry town-goers seeking a warm cuppa and a tasty all-day breakfast of warm croissants, eggs and bacon, and Brioche French Toast (and many other items). Pull up in a seat in the cool interior, decorated with pared-down wooden tables and indoor plants, or savour the sunshine and people-watch on the street-facing tables outside. Either way, it’s easy to understand why this eatery is a firm favourite for townies and suburbanites looking for a scrumptious morning fix.
Good to know Tucked away at the back of Clarke’s, you’ll find Wholesome by day and Hail Pizza by night, a two-in-one eatery that serves fresh juices, smoothies, breakfast and light lunches by day (seven days a week) before morphing into an upbeat pizza joint when the sun goes down.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – late
Saturday, 8am – late
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 424 7648,
Where to find it 133 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Jarryds Bree Street

Breakfast Jarryds

You’ll find this (the second, more intimate) branch of Jarryds tucked around the corner of bustling Bree Street. An inviting flight of wooden stairs leads into a romantically lit, warm-toned interior, where plants, neutral-toned furniture and hanging lightbulbs are a Pinterest fantasy come true. And that’s before the food’s even arrived.
Choosing one of the all-day breakfast items is an almost impossible task. From fresh smoothie bowls, warming winter porridge and overnight oats, hearty make-your-own egg dishes and a Benedict Bar, to more dessert-inspired treats, Jarryds seems to have something for everyone.
Good to know If you find yourself by the sea, then be sure to pop into the popular original Sea Point branch, for the same delectable treats in a different setting.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 060 748 0145,
Where to find it First floor, 114 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

The Three Points: Sea, Green and Mouille

Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

Breakfast Kleinskys

A bona fide New York deli with the bagels to match – you almost expect to see the crew from Seinfeld walk in, discussing whatever wackery their friend George has been up to that week. Be sure to try the famed breakfast bagel, topped with lamb bacon (can be replaced with avocado), fried egg, cheddar and tomato. Another stand-out offering is the Latke Benedict: poached eggs with potato latkes, with the option of adding pastrami, salmon, lamb bacon and spinach.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Monday, 8am – 5pm
Tuesday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 433 2871
Where to find it 95 Regent Road, Sea Point

Scheckter’s Raw

Breakfast Scheckters Raw

Conveniently located on Sea Point’s burgeoning Regent Road, this raw and vegan hotspot from owner Toby Scheckter is just as suited to a leisurely meal with friends or a pre- or post-workout pitstop, fuelled by healthy fare. Their lip-smacking all-day breakfasts of organic matcha pancakes, pumpkin pie flapjacks (with heaps of vegan ice cream), homemade nut milks, quinoa porridge bowls, oat jars and vegan scrambled eggs are packed with hearty goodness – so much so that it doesn’t really matter what you order – you’ll be thoroughly nourished, amazed that healthy food can taste this good.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 021 434 1364,
Where to find it 98 Regent Road, Sea Point

The Strangers Club

Breakfast Strangers Club

Just off Green Point’s Main Road, in one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, you’ll find a hidden retreat, where (city-weary) travellers and locals seeking solace meet for the best chai lattes in town, simply delicious sandwiches, smoothie bowls, and delicious vegan treats, while sharing stories of adventures and dreams.
Inside, the neutral colours, upcycled-wooden furniture, artefacts from around the globe, and indoor plants enhance the tranquil atmosphere, while the shaded outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to refresh and recharge before heading back into the noise of the city.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 079 504 9786,
Where to find it 1 Braemar Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Lily’s Restaurant

Breakfast Lilys

This all-day eatery on Mouille Point’s Golden Mile is part of The Kove Collection (whose stable includes The Bungalow, Paranga, Umi, La Belle, Dalliance, Pépenero, and Blanko, and others). While harnessing its endless sea views, Lily’s combines lavish furnishings and fine interiors with a carefully considered menu. Leaning more towards the casually clad lunch set, the restaurant offers a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a range of healthy breakfast options, including oats with almond butter and a green omelette, as well as a selection of decadent dishes, such as maple syrup pancakes and crispy bacon on toast.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 204 8545,
Where to find it Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point, Cape Town

The Deep South: Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, including Noordhoek, Kommetjie and Scarborough

The Foodbarn Deli & Tapas

Breakfast Foodbarn

The deli section of The Foodbarn Deli & Tapas is a convivial coffee shop by day, 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 and natural food the deli is renowned for. The rye toast with fresh avocado, tomato, rocket, organic sunflower sprouts and roasted seeds, makes for a truly nutritious, delicious (and virtuous) breakfast.
Good to know From 6pm every evening, the deli transforms into a vibey tapas bar, with the same atmosphere that has made the deli so popular. As an added convenience, the deli shop remains open until 9pm, so that guests can grab some groceries before heading on home.
Opening times Deli: 8am to 4.30pm
Tapas: 6pm – 9:30pm
Contact 021 789 1966,
Where to find it Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town

Olympia Café

Breakfast Olympia Cafe
Lex Faure

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. This Kalk Bay institution stands the test of time, with its homely atmosphere, buttery croissants and other simple yet delicious dishes. It’s pet-friendly, making it the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk cappuccino, Fido in tow.
Good to know Around the corner there’s a red door that leads to the Olympia Café’s bakery, where you can pick up some utterly scrumptious pastries and artisanal breads.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 9pm
Contact 021 788 6396
Where to find it 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay

Foragers Deli & Wholefoods

Breakfast Foragers

Located in the Village Hub, in the tranquil seaside village of Scarborough, this bustling café and deli serve a selection of healthy breakfast items, including bowls of bircher muesli, tahini oats, and citrus granola; hearty egg dishes; baked goods and good ol’ beans on toast.
Grab a table on the covered outdoor patio, with a view of the kiddies’ play area, and soak up the (surf) scene.
Be sure to swing by the deli before you leave for freshly baked bread, croissants, locally grown farm produce, and an assortment of readily prepared warm meals, cured meats, cheese and olives.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 12pm; 12pm – 4pm (lunch)
Contact 072 095 8355,
Where to find it 2 Watsonia and Main Avenue, Scarborough, Cape Town

Deli Delish

Breakfast Deli Delish

This eclectically decorated deli in the heart of Hout Bay offers wholesome all-day breakfasts in a warm and wonderful family-friendly atmosphere. Choose from a range of menu items including the Smoked Salmon, Smash Avo, Mini Deli, French Toast, Pancake and Twisted Eggs Benedict breakfasts, and a wide selection of tea, coffee, smoothies and freshly squeezed juices.
In summer, bring the whole family (pooches included), and pull up a chair in the outdoor courtyard, while the kids take on the play area. Sit inside on wintery days, where the cosy interior is the perfect accompaniment to a comforting meal and hot cuppa.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 790 5324,
Where to find it 8 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay, Cape Town

The Suburbs: Rondebosch to Constantia, and everything in between

Four & Twenty Café

Breakfast Four and Twenty

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 menu looks delicious – ask the friendly staff to help you decide between the healthy (yet very sweet) granola, the low-carb version of eggs benedict, where a delicious mushroom and aubergine rösti with truffle oil replaces the toast, or the decadent sweet breakfast hot dog and French toast.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 762 0975,
Where to find it 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, Cape Town

Chardonnay Deli

Breakfast Chardonnay Deli

You’ll find this the delightful gem in a renovated old farm-style home near Groot Constantia. Owner Charmaine Anne Lilje’s passion for good food and warm hospitality make meals here utterly pleasurable. Add magical foresty views, friendly staff and a laidback vibe – and you can’t go wrong! Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the bakery-restaurant, and then stock up on delicious ready-made meals, cakes, breads, charcuterie, gluten-free products, and so much more, at the deli afterwards. It’s tricky for us to recommend any set meal, as the breakfast (and lunch) menu changes daily – but no matter what’s on offer, you’re assured of wholesome, good-quality goodness to kickstart your day.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Contact 021 795 0606,
Where to find it 87 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town

Starlings Café

Breakfast Starlings

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. Most of the menu items come from small artisanal suppliers, keeping everything ethical, fresh and delicious.
Their warming cappuccinos served in pastel Le Creuset cups go down a treat, while their delicious make-your-own breakfasts will have you coming back for more.
Good to know If you’re in Claremont proper, swing by Localé, Starlings’ sister branch in a hidden suburban street. It’s dinkier and more intimate, but the menu is as delicious.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 671 6875,
Where to find it 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont


Breakfast Jonkerhuis

Situated on the Historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Jonkershuis is ripe with breathtaking views of the False Bay coastline and across vineyards Entering the estate, it’s hard not to be drawn towards this characterful eatery that offers outdoor seating under time-honoured oak trees, as well as a cosy courtyard and fire-side intimacy. A lovely place for breakfast, lunch or dinner with family, friends or a significant other, Jonkershuis’ menu items include traditional Cape Malay dishes and an extensive breakfast menu.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 6255,
Where to find it Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

You might also like:

  1. The Gardener’s Cottage at Montebello Design Centre in Newlands for utterly scrumptious dishes in serene surrounds (if you can get a table!)
  2. Casa Labia in Muizenberg for a sea-scraping weekend breakfast fit for royalty
  3. General Store in Bree Street for a quick breakfast in a pocket-sized space
  4. Manna Epicure on Kloof Street for Insta-worthy interiors and delicious gluten-free options
  5. Mulberry & Prince in the CBD for stylish and delicious Sunday brunches
  6. Pajamas & Jam Eatery in Somerset West Industria for a range of tasty treats sure to satisfy the sweetest of tooths
  7. Ginja Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront for an indulgent buffet breakfast overlooking the yacht basin
  8. Bob’s Bagels in Kalk Bay for tasty bagels and a park-side setting
  9. The Blue Café in Tamboerskloof for an intimate bite in a vintage neighbourhood deli
  10. Mantra Café in Camps Bay for delicious hummus sourdough, and other hearty items with a sea view
  11. Queen of Tarts in Observatory for magnificent sweet and savoury creations, (almost) too pretty to eat
  12. La Petite Tarte in the Cape Quarter for a quaint Parisian ambience and drool-worthy gâteau au chocolat
  13. Cafeen in Harfield Village for a relaxed courtyard breakfast and legendary flavoured lattes
  14. Beleza in Kloof Nek Road for Portuguese-inspired morning bites on the city streets
  15. Saucisse Boutique Deli in Woodstock for a wide range of locally produced deli delights
  16. Ground Art Caffé in De Waterkant for freshly ground brews surrounded by inspiring art
  17. High Tea in Plumstead for hot breakfasts and confectionaries with a petite English charm
  18. The Charles Café for scrumptious all-day breakfasts and good coffee in an intimate setting
  19. Bacon on Bree for the love of all things bacon
  20. Open Door in Constantia for hearty breakfasts with a modern edge in a beautiful winelands setting
  21. La Belle Café and Bakery at Alphen in Constantia for freshly made pastries and eggs under the trees, or by the indoor fireplace
  22. Arnold’s on Kloof Street for satisfying, well-priced all-day breakfasts, sparkling mimosas and tasty eggs benedict

Researched by Kent Cloete, Jackie Lange, Nikki Benatar, Matthew Flax and Alicia Chamaillé

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Time of publication: 25 April 2018

102 Responses to “The 30 Best Breakfasts in Cape Town”

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    Laura Wenman

    ALL IN THE KITCHEN in Blouberg Road is a family owned deli.There breakfasts and lunches are a gastronomical delight!! Their prices are incredible.Lovely atmosphere!!! They are only open during the week.

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    You missed Ta-Da in Hout Bay and their great savoury and sweet pancakes!

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    Nothing beats Bacon on Bree for value and quality. Cannot believe it is not on the main list. And what about Milnerton and Durbanville? So many great breakfast spots out there as well.

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    Bettie Coetzee

    Lovely listing above. Please would you send the list above to me in an email or pdf format so I can download and keep it. Now what abour a listing of all the Deli-form eateries where one can help yourself, weigh and pay for what you eat. There is a multitude of these type of eateries which allows one to eat as your level of hunger prescribes.
    Thank you for a very welcome service

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    You missed “Fraiche Ayres” in the Starke Ayres nursery on Liesbeek Parkway.
    Excellent food, service and value.

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    Please include – Mango Ginger – 27 Lower Main Road, Observatory.

    Many thanks

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    Come on … What about Cafe Frank Bree Street?

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    The Gardeners Cottage in Newlands? Best breakfasts and lovely place all ’round. 🙂

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    I love the coffee @ Coffee Bloc, Buitenverwachting and the breakfasts are amazing too. Must try….

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    Sarah Swart

    Best breakfast I have ever had is Paneras in Riebeeck kasteel. Worth the drive. It’s a fabulous bakery as well

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    Suggest you try out Saveur in Simon`s Town, Tigers Milk in Muizenberg weekends only unless holidays, Pastis in Constantia, The Galley on Fish Hoek Beach especially on clear days

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    Carol Anne van Vuuren

    Just love the Inside Guide…

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    Something wrong with Milnerton Northbound??

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      I agree as we have some wonderful places this side of the “boerewors curtain”

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      I was thinking exactly the same – what happened to Milnerton/West Coast and Not then suburbs? 🤔

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    What about Nest at Constantia Uitsig? The best Eggs Benedict I’ve had in a while…

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    lorraine sivewright

    No mention of Pastis Brasserie in Constantia. Lovely roaring fires in cold weather.

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    You completely ignored all the great places in table view and blaauwberg. How rude!

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    You forgot to mention one of the best breakfast places in the Southern Suburbs- THE LARDER CAFE. Truly one of the best coffe, scones, egg dishes, avo on toast. Great owners (Sonja) and friendly staff!

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    Alexandra Cozette

    Buitenverwachting, little streams, vineyard hotel. Just three top spots you clearly missed.

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    Sad to see there was no mention of some of the awesome places in Blaauwberg. Such as Blouberg Cafe, On the Rocks, Trescatelli, Carlucci’s, amongst many more.

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    Nice list guys, but surely you have to include The Gardeners Cottage at Montebello Newlands on this list. 25 years of yummy, booked out breakfasts can’t be wrong!

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      The Inside Guide

      James, thanks for that – we agree wholeheartedly! The Gardeners Cottage is a winner! (But as you say, always so hard to get a table…)

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    Ezeth Justus

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to start my brecky mile!

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    Franca and Nick du plessis

    Thank you!

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    oh noooo! can’t believe you forgot The Lime Tree Cafe in Bergvliet….fantastic food & presentation…

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    Rachel Beaton

    No visit to Simon’s Town is complete without stopping at the Tasty table, where you will find excellent coffee and delicious food. Try the Bacon butty you will be coming back for more!!

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    Mega Marconato

    We love having our breakfast at the newly open branch of Trecastelli at the beach front in Blauuberg. Amazing pastries such as Canolli, Cornetto con crema aka Croissant with fresh cream and freshly ground Coffee! A must try when in the area

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    bistro 1682 at steenberg also has a great breakfast. thanks for a great magazine.

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    Haas on Buitenkant Street. Truly yummm french toast and the best oats ever.

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    Marilyn Levin

    Liquorice and Lime 162 Kloof Street Cape Town – the best!!!!

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    Xander van Houten

    For me a bacon waffle with maple syrup from The Love if Yummyness is the best on Sunday morning!

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    Blouberg is not the Northern Suburbs…it’s the West Coast!

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    debbie owen

    Bootleggers is the place for me. Not usually a franchise fan, but the Kenilworth and Kalk Bay restaurants are wonderful. Fresh tasty food and wonderful vibe.

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    Is it just me or are there more people getting tired with restaurant names like ‘Four&Twenty’ or ‘Pyjamas & Jam.’ It’s trying too hard. Cape Town still has best the food in the world, though!

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    Petra Queiros

    Mmm….. my best breakfast is at SMAK on Bree Street.

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      Oshla Coetzee

      I fall in love with smak on bree…. my best breakfast spot…

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    Lime Tree Cafe continues to be the local favourite for breakfasts. #bestbreakfasteva #bestburgereva #bestpizzaseva #besteggsB

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    The best breakfast in Cape Town is in my own house. You get to go back for seconds, refills and you don’t have to deal with gobby waiters. And, you can have it at ANY time of day.

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

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    thanks for the shoutout

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    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.

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      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!

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    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.

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    Paula Pettit

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

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

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    Who makes the blueberry pankakes featured in the photo?

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

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

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

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    Bacon on Bree is one of my current favourites!

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    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?,

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    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.


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    Steve FD

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

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    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!

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    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.

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      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

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    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)!

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    patsy emett

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

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    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..

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

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    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.

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    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!!

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    Michael Henning

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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..

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

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    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).

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    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

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      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!

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

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    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!

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    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!

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

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    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!!

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      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!

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    Troy Yerman

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

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

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

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

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    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 🙂

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    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…

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      The Inside Guide

      We cannot wait to try it out!

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      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…!

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    And then there is Lime Tree Cafe

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      The Inside Guide

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

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

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    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