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’re pretty much on the same plate. So, too, are an increasing number of Cape Town restaurants, whose innovative and intriguing menus are simply too irresistible to pass up.
Whether you’re a couple, family, or part of a bunch of friends looking to break bread like royalty, check out our favourite breakfast spots in and around Cape Town.
Do you know of any lovely breakfast locales you think we should know about? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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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, 7.30am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday, 8:30am – 3pm
Contact 021 461 9865, email@example.com
Where to find it Corner Upper Maynard and Vredehoek Avenues, Vredehoek, Cape Town
Tucked away in an 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 from the beach barefoot, 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 cold-pressed juices, shots, smoothie boards served in Instagrammable coconut dishes, breakfast bowls and tasty toasts, all packed with fresh, locally-grown ingredients.
Good to know Nourish’d has a second branch in Observatory.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 064 755 2431, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Corner Kloof and Hof Streets, Cape Town
Situated in the heart of District 6, The Electric, once a burnt out auto electrical shop, adds another vibrant addition to the Cape Town food scene with its cold-pressed juices and nut milks. Co-owner Janette de Villiers continues to introduce new seasonal juice flavours with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. New additions to the breakfast menu include eggs benedict and pumpkin fritters with crispy bacon and maple syrup – as well as a selection of sandwiches.
Good to know More of a night owl than an early bird? Then head to The electric on Friday at sundown, when the spot is transformed into either a cinema club, speakeasy, or party central, with great live music and juicy cocktails.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 7am – 6pm
Friday, 7am until late
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 461 0916, email@example.com
Where to find it 48 Canterbury Street, District Six, Cape Town
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 Cape Town’s (design-savvy) creatives head for excellent coffee, deep conversations and equally good food. Everything from the carefully curated heritage decor, delicious freshly made brews and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Oozing Parisian charm, style and panache, this sexy French crêperie features representations of Leonardo da Vinci’s and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Leda and The Swan on its walls, swathing the entire eatery in romantic mysticism. The inspired space was brought to life by local designer Haldane Martin, who has artfully tipped his hat to traditional French cafés, adding accents of red, white and blue for fresh appeal.
The delicious aromas of crêpe batter, melting chocolate and brewing coffee will certainly lure you in, especially on chilly winter mornings. And, once in, you’re sure to find something you love – even health-conscious eaters, who’ll relish the gluten-free, buckwheat-based galettes. Whatever you choose, every bite will have you singing “ooh la la, c’est magnifique!”.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 3pm
Contact 079 45 44 758, email@example.com
Where to find it Corner Buitenkant and Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
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 its excellent coffee and eye-catching decor (centred around a vintage roaster adorned with copper dispensers, gauges and contraptions), this downtown joint also offers a number of delicious breakfasts – for sit-down meetings or on-the-go bites – including tapioca porridge, Breakfast Burrito Tostada (vegan), Steampunk Benedict, French toast (croissant with bacon and blueberries), smashed avo on toast, and loads more.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm
Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 201 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
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The City Bowl
Owner Jacques Erasmus’ passion for design and travel is evident in the thoroughly modern and whimsical decor in his ever-changing 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 green apple, celery, and ginger, or the orange, carrot, beetroot, and ginger.
Then, settle in for an item or two off the all-day breakfast menu, which includes poached farm eggs with roasted artichokes and hollandaise; an open breakfast burger with wagyu beef, tomato smoor and a soft-poached egg; and double-cream citrus yoghurt panna cotta.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 418 2042, email@example.com
Where to find it 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town
Rated as a favourite by world-renowned local chef Ash Heeger, Loading Bay in De Waterkant constantly pumps with urbanites and trendsetters seeking their matcha latte fix. Though it shares floor space with a curated contemporary menswear shop, the eatery is where the magic happens. Tuck into a bowl of ginger and apple bircher whole grain nut bowl, some buttermilk pancakes (served on weekends and public holidays only), or a slice of double-fermented sourdough baked daily with a selection of toppings – all of which are available all day, every day.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm (the kitchen closes at 4pm)
Saturday, 8am – 3pm
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 425 6320, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
You’ll find this (the second, more intimate) branch of Jarryds tucked around a corner of bustling Bree Street. The romantically lit, warm-toned interior beckons, where plants, neutral-toned furniture and hanging lightbulbs are a Pinterest board brought to life. 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 pop into the original Sea Point branch for the same treats in a different setting.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 060 748 0145, email@example.com
Where to find it First floor, 114 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Skinny Legs Luxury Café
Situated on busy Loop Street, this stylish breakfast spot is ideal for on-the-go customers. Attention to detail doesn’t go amiss here, with locally sourced almonds taking centre stage in the homemade almond milk that gets transformed into delicious matcha lattes and speciality coffees. Expect beautiful plates of wholesome fare, including homemade granola, perfectly spiced porridge, savoury buckwheat pancakes, homemade granola, a selection of eggs, avocado toast, and much more.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 2pm
Contact 021 423 5403, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 70 Loop Street, Cape Town
Our Local at 117 Kloof
This all-in-one antique shop, nursery and café on Kloof Street is situated in an old workshop that’s been converted into a lush oasis of greenery. The wonderfully eclectic space invites guests to enjoy a wholesome breakfast at the restaurant before or after browsing the shop for plants, furniture, and everything in between.
Good to know Not an early bird? The pièce de résistance is a 10-metre-long banquet table, where several times a week, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner (booking required).
Opening times Coffee Hatch: Monday – Sunday, 6am – 3pm
Our Local: Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 2pm
117 Kloof: Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday 8am – 3pm
Contact 064 642 5004, email@example.com
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Sea Point, Green Point and Mouille Point
A bona fide New York deli with the bagels to match – you almost expect to see the crew from Seinfeld walking 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.
Good to know The deli has a second location in the centre of town, at 32 Parliament Street.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 433 2871, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 95 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town (relocating beginning October 2019 to 92 Regent Road, Sea Point)
The 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, 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, 8am – 2pm
Contact 079 504 9786, email@example.com
Where to find it 1 Braemar Road, Green Point, Cape Town
This sidewalk café, espresso bar and deli is where locals have been flocking for decades for an industrial-strength shot of espresso (and some of the best people-watching in the peninsula). A short walk from Cape Town Stadium, Giovanni’s is within easy reach of several tourist hotspots, and people are willing to come from all over Cape Town to sample its delicious deli fare, freshly baked breads, pastries, and a wonderful selection of homebrewed cuppas – and whatever else you’re looking for!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 8.30pm
Contact 021 434 6893, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Giovanni’s Deliworld, 103, Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
The Deep South
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. The bakery around the back has a pet-friendly section, making it the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk cappuccino, Fido in tow.
Good to know A red door around the back leads to the Olympia Café’s bakery, where you can pick up some utterly scrumptious pastries and artisanal breads.
Opening times Deli: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 9pm
Bakery: Monday – Sunday, 6.30am – 7pm
Contact 021 788 6396, email@example.com
Where to find it 134 Main Road, Corner Windsor and Main Roads, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Foragers Deli & Wholefoods
Located in the Village Hub, in the tranquil seaside village of Scarborough, this bustling café and deli serves 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.
Good to know 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 Winter hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 12pm; 12pm – 4pm
Summer hours: Monday – Sunday, 8am – 12pm; 12pm – 5pm
Contact 071 342 5210, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 2 Watsonia and Main Avenue, Scarborough, Cape Town
More than just a restaurant, Cucina Labia in the historic Casa Labia on Muizenberg’s Main Road is a destination in itself. Built in the 1920s by Count and Countess Natale Labia, the Gatsby-style interiors are adorned with artworks by Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto, Francois Boucher and others, with drapes on the windows and hanging chandeliers creating a distinctly Venetian flavour. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner too, the kitchen is headed by chef Monché Muller whose fresh, seasonal and utterly delectable dishes will have you planning your next visit after your first bite.
Good to know The beautiful spot also offers a delectable high tea, featuring a range of sweet and savoury treats.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 788 6062, email@example.com
Where to find it 192 Main Road, Muizenberg
The Southern Suburbs
Four & Twenty Café
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 – if you’re looking for a healthy option, we recommend the Chelsea Breakfast Bowl (mixed-seed oatmeal with raspberry, apple and coconut), or the low-carb version of eggs benedict, where a delicious mushroom and aubergine rösti with truffle oil replaces the toast. For a decadent kickstart to your metabolism, try the caramelised banana and pecan streusel flapjacks.
Good to know Some of SA’s top chefs, including Ivor Jones, Ryan Cole, James Gaag and Skot Kirton, rate this spot as a favourite.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 762 0975, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, Cape Town
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. A fireplace inside keeps 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.
Good to know Starlings Café has recently opened a second branch in town at the newly launched Labotessa Hotel.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 021 671 6875, email@example.com
Where to find it 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town
Nest Deli at Constantia Uitsig
At the end of a quaint row of artisanal purveyors, Nest Deli at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate serves delicious, farm-fresh dishes in a setting that feels as warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen. The delicious selection of morning bites includes moreish pumpkin-seed granola and yoghurt, French toast two ways, an omelette with your choice of filling, classic eggs benedict, and more. In addition to offering breakfast, light lunches and patisserie (some of which are baked on site), the laidback eatery also stocks a wide selection of deli favourites, including olive oil, jams, and more. Owners Joy and Keith Henderson are always on hand to make sure their customers are happy and leave clucking contentedly.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm (breakfast served until 12pm)
Saturday – Sunday, 8.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 204 3133, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort
Situated in the Constantia Valley, this restaurant offers unparalleled garden vistas in a relaxed and sophisticated interior. A giant 300-year-old oak tree stands at the centre of the restaurant, which in turn is surrounded by the luxurious trappings of The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel – an ideal setting to enjoy your first meal of the day.
If you opt for the continental and hot breakfast menu (R247 per person), expect options such as eggs benedict, Banting benedict, French toast, a three-egg omelette, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked snoek fish cakes, smashed avo on toast, and Bircher muesli. This offer also includes coffee, tea, bubbly and Bloody Marys.
Good to know Diners can also opt for The Continental Breakfast Buffet (R177 per person). This includes a selection of cereals and homemade muesli, assorted yoghurts and stewed fruits, sliced, seasonal fruits and fresh fruit salad, dried fruit and nuts, cold meats, cheeses, smoked salmon scones, muffins, pastries homemade bread and preserves, and fresh fruit and vegetable juices (not to mention your choice of tea, bubbly, and Bloody Marys).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Contact 021 794 2137, email@example.com
Where to find it The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Spirit Café Constantia
You don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or even health-conscious to enjoy the utterly delicious, made-from-scratch dishes at Spirit Café in Constantia. This café is known far and wide for its creative, seasonally driven dishes, made with farm-fresh ingredients and oodles of love. For breakfast, try the crustless quiche, powerhouse porridge, exotic mushroom scramble or chia pot – designed to get your day off to a spirited start.
Good to know If you don’t feel like taking a trip to the ’burbs, this popular café has a second branch in town’s buzzing Dunkley Square.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30 – 4.30pm, Saturday, 8.30 – 2pm
Sunday, 8am – 1pm
Contact 021 795 0167, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Constantia Village Courtyard, Constantia, Cape Town
You’ll find this delightful gem in a renovated old farm-style home near Groot Constantia. Owner Charmaine Ann Lilje’s passion for good food and warm hospitality make meals here utterly pleasurable. Add magical forest 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) menus change daily – but no matter what’s on offer, you’re assured of wholesome, good-quality goodness to kickstart your day.
Good to know The restaurant tends to sneak up on you, so use a GPS.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Contact 021 795 0606, email@example.com
Where to find it 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
The Northern Suburbs
Just outside the hustle of Durbanville town, this working farm is a lovely and convenient escape from the city. Surrounded by rolling vineyards, the restaurant at Groot Phesantekraal is housed in a converted farm stable (built in 1767), and offers diners a wonderfully unique setting to enjoy the selection of wholesome country-style dishes with a modern edge.
Pull up a seat under the original wooden mangers and pick your favourite off the seasonally driven menu, which currently includes a three-egg open omelette; sweet raspberry waffle; warm quinoa breakfast; greens on spelt bread; homemade nutty granola; cured salmon with eggs on toast; or a classic Full Farmer (scrambled eggs, streaky bacon, farm-made boerewors, fried mushrooms and cooked tomato). No matter what you choose, this fabulous location will offer a wonderfully authentic countryside experience.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 3pm (breakfast served until 11am)
Saturday, 9am – 2.30pm (brunch only)
Contact 021 825 0060, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way, Durbanville
The restaurant opened its doors in 2009, but the building that houses it has been around for much longer, and was recently declared a national monument. Rich in heritage, the landmark also offers a noteworthy dining experience, with a diverse menu, created by executive chef Stefan Meintjes. Expect items such as Banting benedict, creamy eggs, mince on toast, omelettes, French toast, scones, poached eggs Hollandaise, among others.
Enjoy your meal in one of four areas: the beach house-style Fisherman’s Tent; the cosy, romantic Voorhuijs; the sun-soaked Outside Terrace, or the kid-friendly Beach Area where the little ones can run free.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 9:30pm
Contact 021 553 0093, email@example.com
Where to find it 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, Western Cape
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We also love:
- Mulberry & Prince
- Bob’s Bagels
- The Blue Café
- High Tea
- Arnold’s on Kloof Street
- Oasis Bistro at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
- The Gardeners Cottage
- The Larder Café
Researched by Kent Cloete, Bianca Hausle, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin
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