The 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Cape Town

The 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Cape Town

Rise and shine!

There’s nothing quite like breakfast. From health geeks to hedonists, most agree it’s the most important meal of the day. So, it needs to be done right!

Whether you’d like to eat your eggs Benny in a posh hotel, savour avo toast in a boho café, linger over a sociable brunch of smoothie bowls and French toast, or enjoy a straight up hangover fry-up with copious artisan coffee, here’s our comprehensive list of the best breakfast spots in Cape Town – not forgetting croissants, pain au chocolat and coffee at a sidewalk bakery.

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Breakfasts: Hemelhuijs

Owner Jacques Erasmus’s twin passions – design and travel – are evident in the thoroughly modern and sophisticated decor of his oasis in the city centre (the name means “heavenly house”). Whet your appetite with a brunch cocktail (a quince bellini or citrus gin with green tea and lychee, perhaps). The all-day breakfast menu features poached farm eggs with lemon artichoke and Hollandaise; toasted mosbolletjie (a traditional sweet bun) with cultured cream and jam; a smoked haddock Scotch egg… There are also seasonal small plates and sophisticated salads, but maybe all you need is a double-strength Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk?
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 418 2042,
Where to find it 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town
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Our Local

Breakfasts: Our Local

It’s hard to believe this cool and cosy café, part glasshouse nursery and part antique shop, was once a mechanic’s workshop. Brimming with plants, collectables, vintage furniture and a fountain that wouldn’t look out of place in an Italian piazza, it’s a go-to spot for breakfast, brunch, coffee and cake. The bakes, brownies, carrot-and-ginger cake and decadent gluten-free chocolate torte are all made in-house. The all-day café-style menu features traditional shakshuka, tasty toasties, smashed avo on toast  and the perennial brioche burger, while on the strictly breakfast section (served till 12pm) you’ll find heavenly homemade anchovy butter on toast, eggs Florentine, and a classic Arnold Bennett omelette (with haddock). Mimosas or Bloody Marys optional but highly recommended!
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 8am – 3.30pm
Contact 064 642 5004,
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Clarke’s Dining Room

Breakfasts: Clarkes

The familiar white canopy and copper sign on Bree Street is still luring hungry hipsters for all-day breakfasts and lazy brunches. Clarke’s was ahead of the curve when it opened a decade ago, with its Scandi decor, carefully sourced ingredients and artisanal kitchen – most of what’s on the menu is made in-house (including the croissants). It’s still of-the-moment: vegan-friendly, balancing healthy choices with sinful temptations. The kitchen shows off a dozen interesting takes on eggs for breakfast, such as fire eggs (baked in a tomato-chickpea stew), eggs with kimchi fried rice, or a proper huevas rancheros (with black beans slow-cooked in red wine, beer and smoked tomato).
Good to know It’s cashless and pet-friendly (no more than 2 dogs per table).
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 8am – 9.30pm (kitchen closes)
Saturday, 8am – 9.30pm; Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 087 470 0165,
Where to find it 133 Bree Street, Cape Town
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New York Bagels

Breakfasts: New York Bagels

This family-run deli (originally opened in 1940 in Sea Point) prides itself on being Africa’s only dedicated bagelry: they produce no less than 13 different kinds of traditionally boiled and fresh-out-of-the-oven bagels with a wide variety of delicious fillings. Perch on a stool at a high table in the small inside seating area or out on the pavement, or queue at the street-side hatch for a takeaway. The breakfast fillings are delicious: scrambled eggs, bacon, smoked salmon trout, pastrami, hummus and grilled veg, to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth will relish the chocolate croissants and traditional baked cheesecake. There’s also sourdough or rye bread instead of bagels.
Good to know Buy ready-sliced bagels to take home and freeze – toast them straight from frozen.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday + Sunday 7am – 2pm
Contact 082 697 6061,
Where to find it 44 Harrington Street, East City Precinct, Cape Town

Kloof Street House

Breakfasts: Kloof Street House

In a striking Victorian building, set back from the bustling high street, a fantastical dining experience awaits. Inside, Gatsby-esque furnishings (think: lofty ceilings, deep-buttoned leather sofas and dark-wood floors) set the scene, while a garden courtyard provides the backdrop for laidback Sunday jazz brunches. Expect the likes of eggs Benedict with smoked Norwegian salmon, smoked bacon, or mushrooms and spinach; or a traditional breakfast with a teriyaki beef-banger twist. The classic steak, egg and chips combo is elevated with Chalmar sirloin and red wine and parsley compound butter, or keep it simple with avo toast and poached eggs, or a berry- and honey-embellished granola bowl.
Good to know “Never-ending mimosas” can be added to your brunch dish until 12pm.
Breakfast served Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Monday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 423 4413,
Where to find it 30 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Coco Safar V&A

Breakfasts: Coco Safar

On the water’s edge at the Waterfront, this luxury café offers delectable food served with an iconic Table Mountain view. Inspired by the Golden Age of travel, the retro-chic eatery also excels in “couture” pâtisserie and superb coffee. Try the croissants – the signature Waterfront Croissant contains prawn, avocado and rocket with tangy aioli (and is available with poached West Coast crayfish in season) – or breakfast in style on Breton-style savoury buckwheat crêpes, croissant Benedict with poached eggs and beef bacon (or smoked salmon trout), or the decadently irresistible croissant clafoutis (croissant bread pudding with berries). The hours will pass in a reverie, and before you know it, it’s aperitivo hour.
Good to know Coco Safar is halaal-friendly.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 9am – 12pm
Contact 021 433 1336,
Where to find it Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Alfred Mall, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Breakfasts: Butter

In Cape Town’s busy city centre, this quaint little daytime spot serves melt-in-the-mouth food (mostly made with dollops of butter!). There’s burnt butter (in your pap), almond butter (in the coconut porridge), buttery croissants and brioche, butter scones and buttermilk flapjack stacks, to name a few. The menu also features a breakfast burger, burrito, bowl, Benedict (with a more buttery hollandaise than usual) and hashbrown stack. Add friendly decor, pavement tables for sunny days, creative cocktails and happy tunes in the background, and you’ll want to hang out here all day.
Good to know Butter is a cashless establishment.
Breakfast served Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 3pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm; Sunday, 9.30am – 2pm
Contact 082 853 1939,
Where to find it 70 Loop Street, Cape Town

Between Us

Breakfasts: Between Us

The inspired creation of Jamie and Jesse Friedberg, twin sisters and self-taught chefs, Between Us is a quiet and stylish sanctuary at the top of busy Bree Street. Aesthetically immaculate, with art on the walls, beautiful flower arrangements and an air of informal rustic-chic, it’s a peaceful ambience for a working breakfast or brunch with friends. Besides a suitable array of egg dishes (frittata, sunny-side-up, scrambled or muddled), they offer three enticing ways with porridge (creatively working with rhubarb, plum or stone fruit), plus activated granola, avo on rye, or polenta pancakes and, of course, excellent coffee. There are several two-seater outdoor tables on the narrow verandah above the street with Table Mountain views.
Good to know Dinner is a real buzz too – unfussy food prepared with beautiful simplicity and integrity.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 079 729 5316,
Where to find it 176 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Swan Café

Breakfasts: Swan Cafe

Oozing Parisian panache, this sexy crêperie is swathed in romantic mythology (Leda and The Swan-inspired wallpaper adorns the walls) and reminiscent of a French sidewalk café. The delicious aromas of crêpe batter, melting chocolate and brewing coffee are sure to lure you inside and, once happily ensconced, you’ll find a lot to love – whether you fall on the sweet or savoury side of the divide. The traditional buckwheat-based galettes are gluten-free and come with an appetising array of savoury fillings. Or go for sweet vanilla scented milk and flour crepes, with decadently luscious dessert fillings. Wash them down with cider (the French way), a mimosa, coffee or an exclusive tea blend.
Good to know There’s an early bird special of coffee and a cinnamon sugar crêpe until 10am for R70. It’s a cashless establishment. WhatsApp for reservations.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3pm
Sunday + public holidays, 9am – 2pm
Contact 079 454 4758,
Where to find it Corner Buitenkant and Barrack Streets, Cape Town

Loading Bay

Breakfasts: Loading Bay

A veritable temple to sustainable and ethical living, Loading Bay has spaces devoted to conscious clothing and skincare (Aesop) as well as its industrial chic café. As you’d expect, regenerative farming is the hero here, with ingredients sourced locally and thoughtfully. Breakfast favourites range from the Green Goodness – blanched kale and spinach with poached eggs – to Zhoug and asiago cheese, and a cheesy croque monsieur.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm (kitchen closes 3pm)
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 425 6320
Where to find it 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Ground Art Caffe

Breakfasts: Ground Art

The art of good coffee (and it’s really good) comes with art to feast your eyes on at this De Waterkant neighbourhood gem. Regular exhibitions by local artists adorn the walls, while an all-day breakfast menu covers all the essentials with a hint of Italian flair: scrambled eggs with pancetta, oven-baked eggs in Italian tomato sugo, then there are avo poached eggs, wild mushrooms on toast, smoothie bowls, slow-cooked oats, home-made bagels, French toast stacks and classic full English fry-ups. There are pavement tables with Table Mountain views, a backgammon board too, and regulars quickly become part of the family.
Good to know Vegan options are available on request (including oat cappuccino) and pets are welcome.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Saturday, 7.30am – 2pm; Sunday, 8am – 1pm
Contact 021 418 1331
Where to find it 160 Strand Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Mantra Café

Breakfasts: Mantra

Beautiful views, beautiful decor, beautiful people, Mantra Café epitomises the spirit of Camps Bay with a vibe that manages to be both chilled and happening. For the best views of palm trees, beach and ocean (people-watching, too) grab a table on the open wooden deck, or enjoy the gloriously plant-swathed interior, all upstairs at the heart of the Camps Bay strip. The breakfast menu includes all the classics with a contemporary spin – think eggs Benedict or eggs Royale, spelt flapjacks with bacon, hash browns with smoked salmon, ancient grains granola with goji berries. For brunch, why not add a breakfast cocktail: bloody marys, mimosas et al (served from 11am).
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 8.30am – 11.30am
Contact 065 823 3901,
Where to find it 1st Floor, 43 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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Arthur’s Mini Super

Breakfasts: Arthurs Mini Super

Arthur’s Mini Super is perhaps the cutest eatery in Sea Point. Its laidback retro vibe is reminiscent of a corner grocery shop in the 80s, only cooler. For breakfast, expect delicious “Things on Toast” (as it’s called on the menu); Green Eggs & Ham; eggs Benedict Cumberbatch; or granola with fresh fruit. Arthur’s is famous for its toasties – owners Will Hobson and Stephanie Anastasopoulos’s favourite is the Pizza Toast: cheese, tomato, anchovies and oregano. Another bestseller is the sausage and egg muffin – and everything is made with free-range, organic eggs and grass-fed, free-range meat.
Breakfast served Monday, 7am – 12.30pm
Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 087 702 7470,
Where to find it 15 Arthurs Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

Breakfasts: Kleinsky's

At this bona fide New York-style deli, opened by brothers Adam and Joel Klein in 2014, you almost expect to bump into the cast of Seinfeld discussing whatever wackery their friend George has been up to that week. The menu of traditional recipes with a modern twist includes New York deli classics like bagels and pastrami. We highly recommend the Breakfast Bagel, topped with either lamb bacon, streaky bacon or avo, with fried egg, sliced cheddar and tomato. Other stand-outs are the Latke Benedict: poached eggs with potato latkes and hollandaise (served until 12pm); and the Challah French toast with fried banana and fresh berries.
Good to know It’s dog-friendly, and has a deli section with an array of deli meats, pickles, freshly baked bagels and breads.
Breakfast served Daily, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 433 2871,
Where to find it 92 Regent Road, Sea Point
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Jarryds Brunch & Bistro

Breakfasts: Jarryds

This casual “all-day brunchery” and bistro, set in the glass-ceilinged courtyard of a boutique hotel on Sea Point’s main drag, has an infectiously buzzy vibe (and a no-bookings policy). Service is slick and quick, the food is fab and there’s an eclectic menu that will feed any craving. Come for their famous classic pancake stack, the Turkish eggs, a breakfast burger or one of the twists on eggs Benedict (a royale with salmon cream cheese roulade or one with buttermilk fried chicken). The coffee is excellent, the mimosas can be bottomless if you’re lingering for the long haul, or as morning melts into afternoon, move on to the fabulous cocktails.
Good to know No bookings. Dogs on leash are allowed in the front section.
Opening times Daily, 7.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 023 3642,
Where to find it 90 Regent Road, Sea Point

Jason Bakery

Breakfasts: Jason Bakery

Aromas of freshly baked pâtisserie emanate from this Victorian-era house on Green Point’s main drag, where “Captain Bread” (aka Jason Lilley) prepares the best almond croissants in town, and gets creative with other forms of pastry (it used to be his legendary doughssants, now it might be a one-day-only cookie/brownie love child, or a luscious filled croissant roulade… check insta for what’s baking). Come for that perfectly simple combo of a cup of freshly brewed coffee and heavenly pastry (blueberry Danish, milk tart brioche doughnuts, pasteis de nata, etc). Or tuck into heartier options that might include mushroom ragout on toast, a flapjack stack, toasties, bagels, burgers, and more.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 7am – 3pm
Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 433 0538,
Where to find it 83 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
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Sonny and Irene

Breakfasts: Sonny And Irene

Dressed in pastel pink, marble and oak, this café blends Art Deco nostalgia with up-to-the-minute accents – brilliantly echoing what Sea Point was and is. To match the gorgeous interiors, the menu combines retro, classic and contemporary flavours. At the heart of it all is a bakery, offering an array of breads, bagels, and bakes. You’ll want to linger, though – the breakfast menu has signature eggs prepared two dozen ways; five different Benedicts; French toast with white chocolate and blueberries; and buttermilk hotcakes with bacon, banana and salted honey.
Good to know There’s also a brunch menu served until 5pm.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11am
Contact 021 745 6600,
Where to find it Station House, 19 Kloof Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
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The Stranger’s Club

Breakfasts: The Strangers Club

Just off Green Point’s Main Road, in a heritage farmstead dating from 1828, this hidden treasure whisks you away from the bustle. An ode to owner Emma Vith’s exploration and storytelling, it was inspired by a 1940s book about a place in La Paz where travellers met to share stories and trade goods. Guests can explore the maze of rooms indoors, while the leafy courtyard eatery is the perfect spot to recharge. The seasonal menu is simple but with a focus on quality, offering delicious breakfasts and easy-going lunch options. There’s also retail space showcasing the best of what local brands have to offer, alongside collections of artefacts from Africa and beyond.
Good to know There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 434 3540
Where to find it 1 Braemar Road, Green Point, Cape Town
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Breakfasts: Naked

A vibey industrial chic spot in a side street just up from the Sea Point Promenade (where trendy locals pop by after gym, with dogs after their prom walk, or to work remotely) Naked Coffee is all about the artisanal single-origin El Salvador coffee… with some great brunch dishes to add to the appeal. New York buttermilk pancakes served with with maple syrup, double cream yoghurt and sour cherries; pumpkin flapjacks (vegan and gluten free); shakshuka; bella’s prego; and the seared tuna and black rice bowl are just a few crowd pleasers. Not forgetting the all-too-addictive banana bread.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 7am – 5.30pm
Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 433 1648,
Where to find it 2 Wisbeach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town


Breakfasts: Lily's

Combining lavish furnishings with prime ocean views, a terrace and a carefully curated breakfast menu, this café appeals to hedonists and picky eaters alike. Decadent staples such as eggs Benedict, pancakes and French toast (brioche fingers with chocolate caramel sauce!) appear alongside equally tasty healthier (vegan and gluten-free) options such as wholesome bowls, overnight oats and “things on toast”. The open kitchen plays out in full view of expectant patrons, who file in each morning from the Promenade for a Green Goddess smoothie; later arrivals can tuck into wraps, bagels, burgers (buns optional) and light bites like popcorn squid.
Breakfast served Daily, 8am – 11.30am
Contact 021 204 8545,
Where to find it Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point, Cape Town
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Pauline’s Green Point

Breakfasts: Paulines

It’s just off the main road but you’d never know it was there… a historic stone building that used to be a convent is now the Goodman Gallery, and the old gatehouse and chapel is a suitably meditative space for a second branch of Pauline’s. This new sibling of the Sea Point coffee shop (part of the Sans Grocer conscious living outlet) spreads into a tranquil courtyard shaded by oak trees and is a relaxed and pet-friendly space to sit down and tuck into a short menu of simple but carefully sourced dishes. The usual suspects of smashed avo on home-baked sourdough and tempting breakfast buns sit alongside appealingly melty cheese toasties, with the likes of burrata with courgette and almond salad for a touch of healthy decadence.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Saturday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 205 4466
Where to find it Goodman Gallery, 37A Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

The Gardener’s Cottage

Breakfasts: Gardeners Cottage

This 30-year-old restaurant at the Montebello Design Centre offers a tranquil reprieve from the noise of the city (squirrel spotting included). Ask any Newlands local, and they’ll tell you that a meal here is a special treat. On sunny days, sit outdoors under the camphor trees amid lush gardens and enjoy delicious home-cooked breakfasts, from the classic full English, to eggs Bennie, generous veggie breakfasts, and overnight oats. The sourdough seed loaf for the open sandwiches is baked on-site and is absolutely addictive!
Good to know A walk through the adjacent nursery is a must for the green-fingered. And take a shopping basket to stock up at the veg stall afterwards.
Breakfast served Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 11.30am
Sunday, 8.30am – 11.30am
Contact 021 689 3158,
Where to find it Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town
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Starlings Café

Breakfasts: 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, but it’s the enclosed garden at the back (with slivers of mountain views) that calls on sunny summer mornings.There’s a variety of options to start your day – from lentil dahl or peri-peri chicken livers with poached eggs to a seasonal veg scramble, as well as the usual breakfast classics, a host of light lunch options, plus cakes and coffee all day.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 7am – 12pm
Saturday, 7am – 3pm
Contact 079 473 3554,
Where to find it 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont, Cape Town
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Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg

Breakfasts: Bistro Sixteen82

A long-time Cape Town favourite for small plates and Steenberg’s classic sparkling wine, Bistro Sixteen82 is a stylish contemporary space, with serene views of cooling water features, sculptures and an indigenous garden. Chef Kerry Kilpin’s innovative breakfast menu includes sweetcorn flapjacks (with bacon pieces, goat’s cheese mousse and truffle honey); yoghurt panna cotta (with seasonal fruit and berry coulis); and shrooms on rösti (assorted mushrooms, chives, spinach and garlic cream); as well as outstanding eggs Benedict; and you can breakfast on oysters and bubbly should you feel in celebratory mood.
Good to know Vegetarian and vegan menus are also available and the kids’ breakfast menu includes French toast, and scrambled eggs and bacon.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 9am – 11am
Contact 021 205 3866,
Where to find it Steenberg Wine Farm, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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Spirit Café

Breakfasts: Spirit Cafe

You don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free to enjoy the utterly delicious, made-from-scratch dishes at Spirit Café in Constantia. The breakfast options – crustless quiche, powerhouse porridge, exotic mushroom scramble, muesli bowl, Turkish eggs, chia pots – will get your day off to a spirited start. There’s also organic coffee (available for takeaway) along with other beverages such as caffeine-free mesquite, a whole rainbow of smoothies, and golden milk (turmeric, ginger, oat milk, coconut oil and vanilla).
Good to know Popping in later? A daily buffet of delicious, fresh salads is available from 12pm.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.30pm
Saturday + Sunday, 8.30am – 2pm
Contact 083 544 0474,
Where to find it Constantia Village Courtyard, Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Chardonnay Deli @ High Constantia

Breakfasts: Chardonnay Deli

Set in a century-old farm building near Groot Constantia, this eatery oozes atmosphere, warm hospitality and good vibes. Add magical forest views, a tranquil terrace under the trees, friendly staff and a great menu (the owner cut her culinary teeth working with some of Cape Town’s top chefs), and you’re all set. The breakfast menus change often but you’re always assured of top-notch goodness to kickstart your day. Think smoothie bowls, flapjacks, croissants, kippers on corn fritters, sticky pork belly with poached egg and rosti… Warning: the cakes are too good to resist.
Good to know If you’re in Kalk Bay, pop into its sister café opposite Dalebrook pool; you’ll find a spacious new branch at Constantia Uitsig, too.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 11.45am
Contact 021 795 0606,
Where to find it 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

The Conservatory Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel & Spa

Breakfasts: Conservatory Restaurant

This iconic Constantia hotel has always been a special place to take time out from city life, unwind and share memorable meals with family and friends. Its entrancing gardens and woodlands are the ideal setting for an alfresco summer breakfast on the freshly refurbished terrace (or inside the elegant Conservatory restaurant on cooler mornings). An extensive buffet of everything from fruits and cereals to cold meats and pastries gives an overwhelm of choices as does the hot menu, which includes four variations on eggs Benedict, French toast with fried banana and bacon, crumpets, smashed avo on toast and more.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10.30am
Contact 021 794 2137
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Four & Twenty Café

Breakfasts: Four And Twenty

This charming café, a long-time favourite meeting place in Wynberg’s Chelsea for its all-day breakfasts and bakes, has a second branch at Constantia Uitsig wine estate. Both offer the same delicious fare, with the odd tweak here and there. Try one of four variations on their indulgent Benedict menu: Green Eggs + Ham with poached eggs, Dijon-brushed sourdough, basil hollandaise and crispy hickory ham. You can also build your own breakfast, or enjoy a wide selection of scones and scrumptious flapjacks with flavours that change along with the seasons.
Good to know Reservations only available for groups of five people or more.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm (hot kitchen closes 3.30pm)
Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 762 0975,
Where to find it 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg, Cape Town
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La Belle Bistro & Bakery

Breakfasts: La Belle

Loved for its terrace seating under the oaks (and the cosy fireplace in winter), La Belle Bistro & Bakery at The Alphen Boutique Hotel and Spa in Constantia serves breakfast and freshly baked goods in the relaxed yet upscale setting of a rustic restored Cape farmhouse. The tranquil surroundings and smooth service are the drawcard as you tuck into classic breakfast choices of breakfast baps with scrambled egg and bacon, French toast and eggs Benedict. Cakes and coffee too.
Good to know Pets are welcome outside, so it’s the ideal pop-in after a walk on the Alphen trail.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11.30am
Contact 021 795 6336,
Where to find it The Alphen Boutique Hotel and Spa, Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town
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Olympia Café

Breakfasts: Olympia Cafe

Though we’re always on the lookout for new breakfast spots on the Muizenberg-Kalk Bay coastline, we keep coming back to Olympia. This Kalk Bay institution stands the test of time, for its busy, warm atmosphere, harbour-facing setting and buttery croissants (this is the perfect breakfast, but there are other choices too such as frittatas and omelettes, or toasted walnut banana bread with mascarpone, on the blackboard menu). The bakery around the back has a pet-friendly section, making it the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk cappuccino and takeaway pastry, Fido in tow, on the benches under the trees.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 7am – 12pm
Bakery: 6.30am – 7pm
Contact 021 788 6396,
Where to find it 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

The Foodbarn

Breakfasts: Foodbarn

A stalwart of Noordhoek Farm Village – and its biggest drawcard – the Foodbarn has transformed with the times, but the standard of food (set by owner, renowned chef Franck Dangereux) remains top-notch. Breakfast here can be a go-to favourite or have a delicious global twist: Big Green poached eggs with pea and mint pesto on sourdough, green veg and pecorino; a smoked mackerel tartine with poached eggs, homemade pickles and avo; baked Ranchero eggs with spicy beans; a Persian Benny with spicy chickpeas. The bakery churns out excellent croissants, crêpes and cakes. The bonhomie of this converted barn, with its rustic-chic decor, and the relaxed village vibe make any meal here a wonderful day out for the entire clan.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11am
Contact 021 789 1390,
Where to find it Corner Main Road (M6) and Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town
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Hans and Lloyd Coffee Co

Breakfasts: Hans And Lloyd Coffee

A Muizies beachside go-to for post-surf coffee, this charmingly shabby-chic spot is open early enough for pre-commute coffees, but also runs to all-day breakfasts. Soak up the beach views from the window tables or cosy up in the the fireplace sofa nook on chilly mornings next to nostalgic surf prints on exposed-brick walls. Refuel on good strong coffee while you tuck into the Surfer breakfast bun (cheesy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and fiery sriracha mayo), sizzling shakshuka, the health-kick of a green egg white omelette, or waffles with ice cream. It’s both wholesome and hip.
Good to know There’s also a branch in Kildare Road, Newlands, and both branches are pet-friendly.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 7am – 3pm
Contact 021 035 1732,
Where to find it 13 York Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town


Breakfasts: Sirocco

One of our favourite al fresco Kalk Bay spots on a summer’s morning is Sirocco, a station-side plaza that has been transformed into a pavement café with shades of a boujie beach-taverna thrown in (there’s even a vintage railway carriage for indoor dining). Here people-watching is a sport (and pooch-spotting too, it’s pet-friendly), and a simple breakfast menu of classic café favourites, such as eggs Benedict, avo toast, French toast, and vegan almond croissants, is on offer under a large palm tree.
Good to know They bake their own ciabatta, brioche buns and seedloaf using stoneground flours from Gideon Milling and Bio-Wheat.
Reservations are only accepted for groups of six people or more.
Breakfast served Daily, 7am – 11.45am
Contact 081 310 3067,
Where to find it 75 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
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Breakfasts: Sonnekus

An atmospheric 1920s beach villa, now converted into a boutique hotel and small café, Sonnekus is perfectly placed (right opposite St James’ Danger beach) for post-beach-walk breakfasts. Grab an outside table on the arched portico for the best sea views (and whale-watching in winter), or cosy up inside by the fire and the steam-punk coffee machine. Smoothie bowls, brioche French toast, shakshuka and eggs Benedict, as well as full English breakfasts and filled croissants are on offer, and a stash of home-baked cookies to tempt the sweet-toothed.
Breakfast served Daily, 8am – 3.45pm
Contact 021 788 2992
Where to find it 88 Main Road, St James, Cape Town
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Ohana Café

Breakfasts: Ohana

A stone’s throw away from the lapping waves of the rocky Kalk Bay shore, next to the railway line, this quaint vegan-friendly café and bakery is a locals’ favourite, a hidden-away all-day breakfast and brunch spot with the best sea views. Casually clad tables line the beach sand under umbrellas and there’s a large glassed-in interior for wintry weather. They bake all their own breads and croissants, with a full range of classic (free range) egg and bacon breakfasts, as well as vegan harissa tofu scramble, smashed avo, their own Ohana-made maple granola, or chia bowls. Then there are flapjack stacks and toasted sandwiches, scones and cakes – and the highly sought-after Ohana Bun.
Breakfast served Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 054 6340,
Where to find it 23 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

The Sweetest Thing

Breakfasts: The Sweetest Thing

This not-so-well-kept-Simon’s Town secret (arguably the best patisserie in the far south) is where you’ll find the fruits of professionally trained pâtissier Doreen Alcock and her team’s labours. Think traditional French breakfast pastries (the butteriest croissants ever), pasteis de nata, impossibly intricate sweet pastries that look too good to eat (but eat them you must!) and savouries including quiches, flaky pastry pies, toasties, and a concise breakfast menu. If you’re after a coffee and a special baked something, this is where it’s at.
Opening times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 786 4200,
Where to find it 82 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

Groot Phesantekraal

Breakfasts: Groot Phesantekraal

Old wooden beams, mangers, stone floors and built-in chicken roosts are some of the charming features we love about the restored 1767 mule stable that houses the restaurant at Groot Phesantekraal. Tables spill out onto a grassy terrace with views of the Boland mountains – a peaceful farm setting for the short menus of country breakfast fare. A full farmhouse breakfast with toasted sourdough, scrambled egg and bacon brioche breakfast buns, berry muesli bowls, spicy shakshuka, three variations on eggs Benedict, and brioche French toast, are all the choice you need in this beautiful setting.
Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 8am – 11.30am
Saturday + Sunday, 9am – 11.30am
Contact 021 825 0060,
Where to find it Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville
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Jéan Restaurant at Klein Roosboom

Breakfasts: Klein Roosboom

Chef Loríanne Heyns is at the helm of this eatery at Klein Roosboom, a boutique winery in the picturesque Durbanville Valley. Her breakfasts, served with nostalgic flavours and a healthy shot of attitude, are simply delicious. Think French toast with honeyed bacon, grilled banana, crème fraîche and cinnamon; eggs Benedict with streaky bacon and tarragon hollandaise; or the boerie breakfast burger with fries. Only a handful of wine-farm restaurants are positioned this close to the vineyards, especially if you’re on the patio – simply magical!
Good to know This hidden gem winery is known for its unique wine-tasting caves. If you’re partial to a walk after breakfast, there are three hiking trails leading to incredible views over Cape Town and Table Bay.
Breakfast served Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 11.30am
Contact 086 057 2572,
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, Cape Town
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Chocolat Bistro

Breakfasts: Chocolat Bistro

You had us at “chocolat”… This French Baroque-inspired eatery in the heart of Durbanville – adorned with vintage bric-a-brac, gilt-framed paintings, chandeliers and velvet chairs – offers a decadent selection of morning delights. Think three-cheese croque-madame, classics such as French toast, eggs Benedict, omelettes and croissants, a Grande full-house breakfast and the signature breakfast (scrambled eggs, savoury mince, mushrooms and grilled cheddar on bread). Did we mention the freshly baked scones and the range of cakes and all-day desserts? You can also dip into the brunch side (from 10am) with savoury pancakes and quiche. Outside there’s a gorgeous garden (with children’s play area) and a sun-kissed patio under shady trees.
Good to know Poke your head into Petit Chocolat, the tiny shop, bakery and deli out back for take-home treats.
Breakfast served Monday – Saturday, 7.30am – 12pm
Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 021 975 2426,
Where to find it 46 Oxford Street, Durbanville, Cape Town
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Melkbos Kitchen

Breakfasts: Melkbos Kitchen

The best location in Melkbos, right on the rocks with sea and sunset views deluxe. Melkbos Kitchen is a popular spot with locals for a late breakfast or brunch. There’s something for everyone; think eggs Benedict, roosterkoek, toasted croissants filled with avo and salmon trout, build your own breakfasts… or shift across to the all-day menu populated by sushi, poke bowls, fish and chips, lamb kofta on flatbread, seafood platters, brisket burgers. Go for an outside table on the terrace under umbrellas to soak up the sea air, waves breaking and seagulls swooping.
Good to know Booking advised.
Breakfast served Daily, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 001 8210,
Where to find it 47 5th Avenue, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town
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Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Time of publication: 21 February 2024

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2 Responses to “The 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Cape Town”

  1. Steve Massey

    I have eaten at most of the places on the list, searching for the perfect Eggs Benedict, but I am a regular at Cozco in Sea Point, their breakfasts are outstanding value, their freshly baked Breakfast Croissant with bacon , scrambled eggs and pesto is delicious. As is their Cortado with Italian Grappa, my morning aches and pains medicine!


    The Back Yard Cafe in Sol Cohen off Main Road Bergvliet. A hidden gem in a back garden behind the shop called Restorablia.