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10 Top Places to Eat Breakfast in Cape Town
Rise and shine with Cape Town’s hearty breakfast pit-stops
Rise and shine with Cape Town’s hearty breakfast pit-stops
The mantra ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ holds true for good reason; breakfast improves your concentration, increases your metabolism and helps regulate your weight. From young professionals to laid-back surfers, early risers need fuel to kick-start their engines (the word ‘breakfast’ literally means breaking the fast).
Luckily, Cape Town has its fair share of top spots that offer first-class breakfast pickings. While chain restaurants, such as Knead and Melissa’s, are morning-time mainstays, the Mother City also has no shortage of unique, one-of-a-kind breakfast places prime for getting the day rolling in the right way. From a full English brekkie to a humble cuppa joe, offerings are vast and varied, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best breakfast pit-stops that Cape Town has to offer.
TOP PLACES TO EAT BREAKFAST IN CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE
Perched on the sunlight-filled ground floor of Cape Town’s Portside Tower (the city’s newest skyscraper), Borage Bistro is a particularly lovely spot to start a day. The urban-chic restaurant, which boasts an elegant yet easygoing European feel, specialises in exceptionally delicious cuisine, served up at very reasonable prices. And its breakfast options are no exception. Alongside an assortment of freshly baked croissants, brioches and pain au chocolat pastries, the eatery dishes up soul-satisfying early-morning meals like eggs benedict with gypsy ham or mushroom ragù; french toast with pancetta, maple syrup and caramelised banana; and a brunch burrito with scrambled eggs, onion, tomato and avocado. There are a few healthy alternatives too, such as homemade Swiss bircher muesli and seasonal fruit salad. In addition, on Saturdays, the restaurant cooks up a traditional Bavarian breakfast featuring a pretzel, a weisswurst (white sausage), cheese, ham, sweet mustard and a craft beer or glass of bubbly on the side. Aside from booze, all the options can also be enjoyed with a steaming cup of Truth coffee, speciality tea or freshly pressed juice. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11:30am during the week and from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays (the restaurant is closed on Sundays). Prices range from R32 to R65.
Ground Floor | Portside Tower | Corner of Buitengracht Street and Hans Strydom Avenue | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 0992
Serving scrumptious breakfasts from early, this trendy city centre café is conveniently located for those who work and live near Long Street. Thanks to a hip 2012 renovation, the little eatery features an exquisite design and a distinctive modern continental. Early risers can choose from a list of gorgeous gourmet breakfasts, such as the Scramble Delight, or can opt for freshly baked breads and pastries (we recommend the croissants). Breakfast is served from 6:30am – 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 8:30am – 4:30pm on Saturdays. Prices vary between R30 and R60.
138 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 1124
This Tamboerskloof Portuguese-Italian eatery is as well known for its retro feel and local vibe as it is for its reasonably priced breakfasts (some are less than R20). Though, just because its cheap doesn’t mean it’s nasty, in fact, it boasts an extensive breakfast menu that features everything from scrumptious South African-style pancakes to hearty Mediterranean-style meals. The Portuguese Bloody Mary is a house favourite, and is apt at taking off the edge as is a gander through the racks of the restaurant’s vintage clothing. The restaurant serves breakfast from 8:30am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Cnr Kloof Nek and Burnside Road | Tamboerskloof |Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 426 0795
This multi-purpose surf-inspired Bree Street space has many a talking point, but its all-day breakfast has arguably motivated the most buzz. Led by chef Gareth Walford, who cut his teeth in the kitchens of the five-star Johannesburg hotels, the Latitude 33 team serves up “everyday people food” made with the depth of flavour found in fine dining cuisine. Expect staples done well – french toast, eggs Benedict and a fry-up – as well as more innovative signature dishes, like the smoked salmon potato cakes with poached eggs and lemon hollandaise. What’s more, as Latitude 33 is one of the Cape’s interesting hybrid shops, after you’re done with your morning meal you can take a trip upstairs to peruse the exclusive Aussie men’s and women’s brands or to have a gander at the funky portraiture in the small art gallery space. Breakfast is served from 7am until 3pm during the week and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday; the shop is closed on Sunday. Costs range from R25 to R75.
165 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 9857
As Mouille Point’s hot new all-day dining destination, the cosmopolitan Quaglino’s dishes up a breakfast that’s as rave-worthy as its heavenly lunch and dinner offerings. Like all the fare that the restaurant creates, the morning meals are full of fresh flavours and beautifully plated, yet also hearty and supremely satisfying. Expect options like deep-fried eggs with sautéed chorizo and potatoes; smoky bacon and maple syrup pancakes; homemade muesli with fruit, yoghurt and berry coulis; and salmon gravlax with capers, red onion and chive cream cheese. The eatery sits right opposite the seaside suburb’s promenade, so it’s a perfect breakfast stop for those jogging or strolling down this scenic walkway. Though, it’s an equally ideal morning choice on cold, drizzly days thanks to its roaring double-sided fireplace. Breakfast is served between 8am and 11:30am on weekdays and between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Prices range from R50 to R83.
Corner of Beach Road and Rothesay Place| Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 202 2720
This popular, city centre hangout has – thanks to a full facelift - gone from a hippie-chic diner to a sophisticated bistro-style café. The day’s specials feature on a chalk board menu and usually include fresh, seasonal delights that entice both veggies and carnivores alike. On offer are some delicious, freshly-squeezed juices, a variety of omelettes and other delectable morning favourites. Breakfast prices vary between R30 and R50, and are served Mondays to Sundays between 7:30am and 12pm. Read about our Lola's Lunch.
228 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 0885
Healthy, home-made delights are priority at this ‘urban-farm store’ nestled in the heart of Cape Town. Day in, day out, Crave satisfies the cravings of busy, city office workers with food made fresh on the day; all food that’s not sold by the end of the day is donated to charity. Try a Bulgarian yoghurt pot with muesli and berry compote, or a lemon and poppy seed muffin. Breakfasts cost less than R30, and are served from 7am – 4:30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
32-34 Thibault Square Pavilion | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1080
On the hunt for a Cape Town breakfast spot that caters to those with food allergies or intolerances? Look no further, Dear Me takes into consideration all dietary needs, and ensures that their bistro-style breakfasts taste delicious at the same time. Their Eggs Benedict is a crowd pleaser, as are their homemade muesli and buttermilk rusks, nibblies that can be packaged for your convenience to enjoy at home. Breakfast is served Mondays to Fridays, from 7am-11am, and can cost anything from R18 to R72.
165 Longmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 422 4920
With its ever-changing interior space and whimsical displays of fresh flowers and curios, Hemelhuijs, an upmarket design-inspired eatery of sort, will offer you a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city life. On their breakfast menu is a healthy assortment of dishes, including cinnamon and oats with double thick yoghurt, as well as the very popular poached egg with hollandaise and smoked trout/ proscuitto. Breakfast is served all day, from 9am – 4pm (Mondays to Fridays), and from 9am– 2:30pm on Saturdays. Dishes are reasonably priced and cost between R30 and R95.
71 Waterkant Street | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 418 2042
Markets in the city centre
Spend your weekend mornings at some of Cape Town’s reputable markets, where you can fill up on some local fare and see the latest in fashion and trends. Open early, these bazaars have gained a steady following among locals based on their offering of delicious, homemade treats and local produce, as well as a range of fashion and jewellery.
- See our list of Cape Town’s top city centre markets.
14 Hope Street | Gardens | Cape Town| +27 (0) 73 270 8043
TOP PLACES TO EAT BREAKFAST IN CAPE TOWN'S SURROUNDS
Situated on the Northern slope of Table Mountain nestled behind the famous Rhodes Memorial, this unique destination restaurant and tea garden is known for both charming breakfasts and breathtaking vistas. Boasting not only a panoramic view of Cape Town’s northern suburbs and winelands’ mountain ranges, it’s one of the few vantage points from which both the Atlantic and Indian oceans can be seen. Before heading out for a gruelling hike among the picturesque environment, fuel up on their Full English Breakfast or their delicious smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on a toasted bagel. The restaurant is open for breakfast 7 days a week, from 9am-11:30am, and you can expect to pay anything between R30 and R60 for their breakfast fare.
Table Mountain National Park | Table Mountain | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 687 0000
Set in the uber trendy Woodstock Exchange, this vibey cafe is the renowned stomping ground of hipsters and other ‘cooler than thou’ members of the local populace. The small kitchen in the back works wonders to create delicious treats, including the popular All Day Breakfast Sandwich, consisting of sourdough bread topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted tomatoes and rocket. The hearty breakfasts served at this trendy establishment will set you back around R50; morning meals are served Mondays to Fridays, between 8am and 3:30pm; and Saturdays from 8am – 2pm.
66 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 802 5525
Beloved by locals due to its down-to-earth atmosphere and stunning views over Surfer’s Corner, the Empire Café delivers unfussy, hearty breakfasts accompanied by great coffee. Breakfast options range from pastries to a hearty Full English, but the simple yet delicious scrambled eggs on bruschetta seems to be a firm favourite among regulars. Breakfast is served between 7am and 12pm, Mondays to Sundays, and costs around R50.
11 York Road | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 788 1250
This laid-back Hout Bay café and crêperie bar has a shadowed deck that provides patrons with the perfect spot for an early morning breakfast. Ta-Da! is famous for its delicious coffees and crêpes as well as for its freshly squeezed juices and healthy smoothies. Try the signature ‘Fat Freddy’ (salami, scrambled egg, mozzarella, sweet corn, jalapeños and tomato relish) or tuck into the much-loved 'What the Fudge’ (homemade melted fudge, banana and toasted almonds) if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. The dishes are priced between R23 and R62 and are served from 8am – 5pm from Monday to Friday, and from 8am – 4pm on weekends.
37 Victoria Avenue | Hout Bay | + 27 (0) 21 790 8132
Queen of Tarts
This little urban refuge in the bohemian neighbourhood of Observatory offers sweet and savoury breakfast delights, including a Full English fry-up, and flapjacks with banana, maple syrup and nuts. After the obligatory metabolism-starting morning meal, you can also take home some of the delectable tarts on display to enjoy with the rest of the family! The breakfast menu is displayed on a small black board that changes regularly, but in general, you can expect to pay between R30 and R50. Breakfast is served from 8am – 3pm from Mondays to Fridays, and from 8am – 2pm on Saturdays.
213 Lower Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 448 2420
De Oude Bank Bakkerij
The quaint De Oude Bank Bakkerij in Stellenbosch has gained quite a reputation for its masterfully baked artisanal breads, made daily on the premises. To make the most of the fresh doughy offerings, opt for the simple yet delicious bacon and egg on sourdough bread, priced at around R50. Breakfast is served Tuesdays to Fridays, from 8am – 3pm, and weekends from 8:30am – 1pm.
Oude Bank Building | 7 Church Street | Stellenbosch | + 27 (0) 21 883 2187
Essence Restaurant and Coffee Bar
Ideally positioned on Main Road in the gourmet capital of the winelands, Essence Restaurant and Coffee Bar affords patrons beautiful mountain views from atop a shady deck overlooking a trickling stream. Relax on comfortable couches while reading the newspaper, or tuck into their popular breakfast picking, the Essence Supreme; the dish consists of two slices of toast topped with curried mince, two eggs and cheese. Breakfast is served from Monday to Sunday, from 8am – 11:30am, and will cost you around R40.
Shop 7 | Huguenot Square | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 4135
Located in the centre of Stellenbosch, this café resembles a quaint kitchen with a ‘nook’ style dining area that sets the tone for the laid-back fare. Patrons are spoiled for choice with a comprehensive breakfast menu offering an array of healthy and decadent breakfast items, including homemade granola, fruit with yoghurt, Croque Monsieur and poached eggs. Breakfast is served from 8:30am - 11:30am from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and will cost you between R20 and R45.
42 Reyneveld Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 887 7703
Markets in Cape Town surrounds
Instead of kickstarting the day within the usual weekend breakfast venues, take a drive along the beautiful Atlantic Coastal road to the village of Hout Bay. Every Sunday between 10am and 4pm, the Hout Bay Craft market plays host to local producers that offer some delicious and nutritious meals and snacks, as well as beautiful leather and steel work and creative artworks. Feeling a little bit more adventurous?
- Take a look at our list of other markets in the Cape Town surrounds.
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