Someone (at The Inside Guide offices) once said: Breakfast is breakfast, brunch is brunch, and never the twain shall meet. But what exactly differentiates the two? The presence of alcohol at the latter? The more diverse selection of menu items? Or is it simply just a time thing? It doesn’t really matter, though – we’ll grab any excuse to break bread with friends. So, here are our favourite brunch spots in and around Cape Town. As always, if we’ve left any out, please add it in the comments below.
1. The Larder
Hidden behind the bustle of Cavendish Square (where Marigolds used to be, if you were around in those days), this is one of Claremont’s hidden gems. In fact, scratch that, it’s one of Cape Town’s hidden gems. Unassuming owner Sonja Edridge, who has cooked for Johnny Depp and the Queen, among others, has created an intimate haven where everything that comes out of the open-plan kitchen is a work of love and craftsmanship.
We love Let me count the ways… everything on the menu sounds and looks divine. Being a Depp fan(atic), I ordered the Johnny Depp (two poached eggs on sourdough with crispy bacon, roasted tomatoes and the silky hollandaise sauce). It was so good! The eggs were poached to soft perfection and the hollandaise was silkier than silk and tangy in all the right places.
X factor The coffee. Using Bean There beans, barista Mo has a knack for conjuring the perfect cortado (a rare feat in Cape Town).
Don’t leave without stocking up on delicious healthy treats, on display at the counter.
Insider tip The Larder has launched its Monday Dinner Club, having recently been awarded a liquor licence. There’ll be craft beer and organic wine flowing freely (and Newlands spring water for the health fiends).
You might also know The original Larder is located at Block & Chisel in Diep River.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Contact 021 671 1958, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 5 Grove Building, Grove Avenue, ClaremontTIG reviewer Nikki Benatar
2. Green Vine Eatery
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You’ll have to venture high into the Constantia Valley to reach this gem, but altitude has its advantages. As well as providing impressive views of the Table Mountain National Park with all its bright green forests and fynbos, the restaurant boasts a wide selection of local wines, including its own Silvermist Organic Wine Range.
We love that you can have pizza for breakfast! Green Vine’s breakfast pizza comes with sliced sausage, bacon, eggs done your way, caramelised onion, tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella on a homemade base. If you prefer something lighter, there’s the quiche made with organic ingredients picked straight from the estate’s vegetable garden.
X factor Silvermist’s environmentally sound farming methods means its crops are free of pesticides and herbicides; the estate’s free-roaming ducks fertilise the vineyards and serve as pest control.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 7601, email@example.com
Location Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, near the Table Mountain Zipline
3. La Belle Bistro and Bakery
In a quiet side street off the buzzy Sea Point promenade, La Belle Bistro’s new Mouille Point branch provides the perfect sidewalk-café experience, with the fresh sea breeze minus the Beach Road traffic. It’s a great spot to enjoy a relaxing beer or a cup of coffee while being served by the restaurant’s friendly staff.
We love the stack of blueberry flapjacks dressed in maple syrup for a brunch packed with flavour (and antioxidants).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 439 9036, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location No. 2, Two Oceans, Beach Bay Road, Mouille Point
4. The Foodbarn Deli
Nothing conjures a relaxing Sunday brunch quite like the French-style country setting of this Noordhoek gem. Separate from the main restaurant, the Deli specialises in breakfast and lunch offerings, including bread fresh from the wood-fired oven, buttery croissants and an assortment of cakes, tarts and mouthwatering pastries.
We recommend The Foodbarn’s signature brunch dish: Eggs Benedict with salmon, bacon or a vegetarian alternative.
X factor The Noordhoek vibe… There’s a playground and grassy patch outside to keep children and dogs happy.
Insider tip The deli becomes a vibrant tapas bar by night; read about it in the Best Tapas in Cape Town.
Opening times Daily, 8am – 4:30pm
Contact 021 789 1966, email@example.com
Location Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek, Main Road, Noordhoek
5. Avontuur Estate Restaurant
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Voted the Number 1 restaurant in the Helderberg on TripAdvisor, Avontuur Wine Estate’s restaurant strives to create a “home-away-from-home” with exceptional service, wholesome food and beautiful views of the estate and Table Mountain beyond. The menu ranges from swish champagne breakfasts to delicious, lovingly made à la carte meals.
We love the relaxed, leisurely and unhurried atmosphere.
We recommend The AV, a hearty brunch of eggs, bacon, beef sausages, cajun fries, tomato, basil pesto and mushrooms, with toast and tea or coffee included in the R90 price tag.
X-factor The estate raises thoroughbred horses, and their paddock is in view of the restaurant. So you can watch the beautiful beasts grazing peacefully while enjoying your own meal.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 855 4296, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Avontuur Estate, Route 44, Somerset West
6. Jarryds Espresso Bar and Eatery
You’ll find this bustling café in a covered courtyard in Sea Point. Owner Jarryd, who spent 13 years learning the ropes in Sydney’s gruelling hospitality industry, adopts a hands-on approach with meticulous attention to detail.
We recommend the breakfast bruschetta: chargrilled bread (a choice of sourdough, rye, five-grain and Banting) with either bacon or salmon, avocado, tomato, basil salsa, poached eggs and a house-made balsamic reduction. Superb!
X factor They take their coffee seriously over here, partnering with Espresso Lab Microbrewers (based at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock) to procure some of the finest speciality coffee roasts from around the world.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 4:30pm
Contact 060 748 0145, info@JARRYDS.com
Location 90 Regent Road, Sea Point
7. Tamboers Winkel
If we had to pick one hidden gem on Kloof Street, this would be it. Don’t let the MacBook Air-toting hipsters deter you from going inside and enjoying the chef’s melt-in-your-mouth chicken pie (or any of the other utterly scrumptios, unpretentious dishes). Wooden tables and bookcases contribute to the Free State-farmhouse vibe that this friendly bakery exudes.
We recommend the French toast made with butter croissants instead of bread, topped with streaky bacon, fresh strawberries and fynbos honey. Sublime.
X factor Tamboers Winkel offers a fine selection of craft beers that go well with any brunch, and maybe even breakfast as well. We don’t judge…
Opening times Monday – Tuesday, 8am – 6pm
Wednesday – Friday, 8am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 424 0521, email@example.com
Location 3 De Lorentz Street, Gardens
8. Chardonnay Deli
Within easy reach of the famed Constantia Wine Route, this farmstall restaurant overlooking a foresty greenbelt serves light breakfast and lunch dishes that reflect its relaxed countryside atmosphere.
We love the healthy and wholesome selection of dishes on the chalkboard menu, which changes daily.
We recommend the omelette with bacon, banana and mozzarella. For something different, try anchovies on toast with fresh basil and aioli. Vegans will love the oats with coconut milk, seeds, dates, almonds, apple and banana. Add a freshly squeezed fruit juice or a cup of Truth coffee and you have the makings of a brunch of champions.
X factor The restaurant has an on-site artisanal bakery and deli where you can stock up on cakes, pastries, homemade cheese and ready meals to take home.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Contact 021 795 0606, firstname.lastname@example.org
Read our full review of Chardonnay Deli.
Location 87 Constantia Main Road
9. Lazari Cafe
It was voted best breakfast spot in 2014 in a poll conducted by The Next 48 Hours, which could explain why this cosy café in Vredehoek is always packed. Owner Chris’s warm demeanour creates a homely vibe and, coupled with the quirky decor, makes for a fine spot to enjoy a brunch close to the city centre.
We love the cafe’s creative brunch dishes, such as the Halloumi option with grilled halloumi, eggs, wilted spinach, mushrooms and avocado with crostini; and the omelette with bobotie and avo (eggs with a South African edge).
Insider tip Gardens and Vredehoek have some great picnic spots, and it just so happens that Lazari provides a convenient takeaway picnic service. Bring along a basket and they’ll fill it with pies, quiche, sandwiches and other goods for enjoying in the park.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8:30am – 4pm
Contact 021 461 9865, email@example.com
Location Corner of Upper Maynard and Vredehoek Ave
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 Coffee is where the intelligentsia (and design-savvy breakfast set) head for excellent coffee, deep conversations and equally good food.
We love lots of things – the carefully curated heritage decor, the tasty tapas menu and the French toast with fried banana and bacon (off the all-day breakfast menu).
X factor The Death Wish, a caffeine brew imported from New York State that packs 200% extra caffeine. We dare you!
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 7am – 5pm
Friday, 7am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 021 461 1812, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 19 Buitenkant Street
These restaurants also do a good brunch:
The Annex, Kalk Bay
The Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview, Paarl
Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, Sea Point (read our review here)
Brunch, dinner, lunch, teatime, breakfast, second breakfast…there’s a place for everything in Cape Town, if you know where to look.