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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.
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
The Charles Café in De Waterkant
Situated in the heart of the De Waterkant Village, in collaboration with ‘The Charles’ guesthouse, this quaint and laid-back all-day breakfast (and lunch spot) offers patrons great-tasting, locally-sourced fare complemented by speciality coffees (from Houtbay Coffee) and teas (from Lady Bonin) as well as freshly-squeezed seasonal fruit juices. Boasting a quirky front outside ‘garden’ area, an intimate lounge space and dazzling roof deck, The Charles Café is as ideal for a quick brekkie on-the-go (the café opens at 7am weekdays), as it is for a catch-up morning session and a leisurely coffee-break. Standouts on the menu include the bacon and leek breakfast risotto (served with poached eggs and parmesan and black pepper wafers) and the smoked haddock (served with poached eggs and house-made hollandaise sauce). And as brekkie is served all-day, there is no excuse to miss out on these must-try favourites! From the team’s friendly and hospitable welcome to the kitchen’s seasonal taste creations, this is one inner city breakfast spot you have to bookmark (and with no doubt will return to).
137 Waterkant Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 455 3933
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
MORE TOP PLACES TO EAT BREAKFAST IN CAPE TOWN
BREAD CAFÉ IN WOODSTOCK’S BROMWELL BOUTIQUE MALL
Albert Road’s Bromwell Boutique Mall is one of the most striking buildings in town- its heritage good looks and dashing red coat may catch the eye, but it is the easy elegance and seasonal artisanal menu of its in-house café that capture the heart and stomach. With a bakery and patisserie offering delicious home baked loaves and pastries, patrons are spoiled for choice when it comes to wholesome and hearty ways to start the day. First-class coffee and an excellent selection of fine teas complement an extensive, but inexpensive, breakfast menu. ‘The Elvis’, a decadent tower of peanut butter and banana on farm bread, topped off with maple syrup and smoky bacon, is a firm favourite at only R45. Bite into a perfectly flaky almond croissant for R22, or sample the chef’s signature Bread Benedict at R75. Breakfasts are served until midday, and with a plush tea salon and airy outdoor terrace to relax in, there’s no fresher way to start the day.
Lower Level The Bromwell Boutique Mall, 250 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | 021 447 4730
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
This stylish lifestyle village situated in Green Point hosts a plethora of yummy brekkie spots and foodie shops for you to enjoy your morning meal. No matter whether you’re the eat-on-the-go type – coffee in one hand, breakfast roll in the other or rather the sort that likes to sit down and revel in the your breakfast spread, visitors to the Cape Quarter are truly spoilt for choice with their many available breakfast options. From expert blends and roasts at Bootlegger Coffee Company and delightful mouth-watering macaroons at Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent to a wide variety of healthy and nutritious cold pressed juices at Cold Press and yummy Italian brekkie treats at Alforno Café and Bistro – whatever you morning vibe and palate is, Cape Quarter has it all (and more). Other delicious breakfast places include Yumcious, Vida e Caffé and La Petite Tarte, to name but a few (for a full restaurant directory visit the Cape Quarter website). Open seven days a week with an abundance of undercover parking bays available across a number of floors – there is no excuse but to check out Cape Quarter’s yummy breakfast offerings.
Cape Quarter | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 421 1111 | www.capequarter.co.za
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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