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New, top + trendy spots and experiences, from fancy to most affordable
Last updated: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
New restaurants and special experiences pop up every month. Who knows? You might find your future favourite spot. This week’s freshest finds include double trouble - new Greek restaurants - one in Newlands and one in the heart of the city, plus an all-day cafe that stays open till 11.30pm. Discover 20+ other new places around Cape Town.
TASTE CYPRIOT-GREEK FOODS IN CITY CENTRE
The newest addition to the inner city’s foodie scene comes with punchy flavours and vacay vibes. Ouzeri in Wale Street specialises in traditional Cyprus and Greece foods, whie mimicking the look and feel of a traditional tavern with sleek white walls, arches and marble pedestals.
Must-try: The traditional halloumi or youvetsi (made with beef shin)
Hours: Tuesdays, 6pm - 9.30pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12am to 9.30pm
Cost: From R60
58 Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre | 061 533 9071 | @ouzeri_ct | Image: Ouzeri
HANG OUT AT THIS ALL-DAY CAFE BAR
Origin Coffee by day – Cafe Noir by night. This new gem in De Waterkant was inspired by the all-day cafes in France and Italy. It first opened in March 2022 and has since become a popular evening hangout spot (serving some stunning cocktails, craft beers, wines and of course, coffee). You can also snack on their small-plate menu.
Must-try: The strawberry and green tea cocktail served with imphepho flowers. These flowers were burnt in African cultures to cleanse and ward off bad spirits
Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 6pm 11.30pm
Cost: From R75 for food and R45 for drinks
28 Hudson Street | De Waterkant | 067 404 7343 | @cafenoir_byorigin | Image: Cafe Noir
DINE AT A COURTYARD GREEK CAFE
Dreaming of a holiday in Greece amongst blue and white houses, cobblestone streets and an ocean view? Santorini, in Newlands, takes you right there with its Grecian street-style interior, painted sea view walls and a large boat mounted to the wall. Eat traditional Greek tapas or classics like moussaka, spanakopita and lamb.
Must-try: The Santorini Mezza Platter
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 10pm; Sunday, 12pm - 7:30pm
Cost: R85 for 2 people, R395 for 4 people
37 Dean Street | Newlands | 021 685 3885 | @santorini.cafe.newlands | Image: Santorini
FANCY A VETKOEK AND STONEY?
Happy Boy Cáfe, in one of Cape Town’s most lively districts, Observatory, is for everyone – from students and artists to business owners. It serves classic South African street foods. I mean who doesn't love fresh vetkoek and cold, Stoney ginger beer. Or, for all the real Slim Shadys, there’s an Eminem Tartine
Must-try: Classic vetkoek paired with a Stoney ginger beer or Black Label
Hours: Sunday and Monday; 8am - 9pm, Tuesday; 8am - 10pm, Wednesday to Saturday; 8am - 12am
Cost: R65 - R120
DINE AT AN UPMARKET HALAAL RESTAURANT
This warm and cosy space in Milnerton has a hearty menu. Durban-born and Westville-trained chef, Mohamed Ifthikaar Shaik, serves a variety of Durban curries, as well as steaks, seafood and yummy desserts. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Nouveau Coffee & Grill.
Must-try: Peri-peri chicken livers or any curry
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am - 10pm
Cost: From R57 (for peri-peri chicken livers)
Nouveau Coffee & Grill | Shop 3, Century Village Centre | 062 031 6774 | @nouveau_coffeeandgrill | Image: Centric Media
TASTE COASTAL MEXICAN WITH A MODERN TWIST
Tantalize your taste buds with an explosion of Mexican flavours like tacos and homemade tortillas, but with an elevated twist. Located where Chefs Warehouse once stood, Hacienda is bringing “the spirit of Baja California to the tables of Cape Town”. This is a dining experience like no other.
Must-try: Brisket Adobo with salsa macha, pineapple sesame seed salsa and Los Danzantes Reposado mezcal pickled Sandia.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10:30pm
WELCOME THE BAILEY ON BREE
A bakery, brasserie, champagne bar and whiskey bar all under one roof and one name – Liam Tomlin’s newest hot spot is dripping in style. The Bailey is located opposite Tomlin’s original Chefs Warehouse site and boasts a café, brasserie, champagne bar and a whiskey bar.
Must-try: If you're dining at Café Bailey, you have to try the Pain au Chocolat (it is out of this world good).
Hours: Monday to Saturday, time varies
Cost: From R30
The Bailey | Bree Street | @thebaileyonbree | Image: Lara van Zyl
DISCOVER A HIDDEN GEM IN PLATTEKLOOF
Beano Coffee Co brings city vibes to the Northern Suburbs. It’s a minimalist-style coffee shop painted in neutral colours and filled with lush green plants, creating a clean, modern feel. Go for the coffee and stay for brekkie or lunch. Order a granola bowl, croissant stuffed with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese and tomato, a steak or chicken toastie, or other yummy baked goods. Be daring and try a coffee cocktail, like the Caffeinade (lemonade with a shot of espresso).
Must-try: The coffee (of course) and pesto-chicken toastie or carrot cake
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 5pm; Saturday, 8am - 2pm, Sunday, 8am - 12pm
Cost: From R28
Beano Coffee Co | 1 Keurboom Cres, Plattekloof 3 | 062 975 1157 | @beano_coffee_co | Image: @lucindabosch
FEAST ON LOCAL ABALONE WITH A SEA VIEW
Perlemoen is a new, first-of-a-kind restaurant, set in a museum in the Old Harbour. It’s the only eatery in South Africa that focuses on abalone, which is harvested fresh (and legally) from a local farm. Enjoy its versatile seafood menu (is there anything better than eating fish by the sea) and take a stroll down to the water and learn about its history.
Must-try: Perlemoen Benedict: toasted muffin, with creamy abalone hollandaise, topped with bacon crisps.
Hours: Monday to Sundays, 7am - 10pm
Perlemoen | 64 Marine Drive | Old Harbour, Hermanus | 082 841 3547 | @oldharbourperlemoen | Image: Perlemoen
VISIT THIS SEXY ROOFTOP LOUNGE
Allure Rooftop Lounge in De Waterkant offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Unwind on the stylish urban terrace while sipping cocktails at sunset. Try the Corn Ribs, Sticky Spare Ribs, Lamb Kebabs or other dishes from the excellent halaal menu. The kitchen is open till 2am, there’s DJs and live events, plus free parking at Allure.
Must-try: The Cheecki Tiki or Kiwi Bellini cocktail
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 1pm - 2am
Cost: R35 - R650
Allure Rooftop Lounge | 71 Waterkant Street | 067 102 8634 | @allurerooftop | Image: Mpumelelo Nyambi
SMOKE A CIGAR AT THE SMALLEST BAR IN STELLIES
In the bustling Dorp Street, under the acorn trees, you’ll find an old-school bar. Blix Tavern boasts old-Western decor, craft beers and a hidden cigar alley (and it sells cigars, too). It’s a great spot for a nightcap on the veranda or a cosy date night.
Must-try: Blix specialises in hand crafted beer. Try a Lager, Weiss or the Guest Brew (varies between Pale Ale or Blonde)
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3pm - 12pm
Cost: From R45 a cigar, R55 a beer, R80-R140 a platter
100 Dorp Street | Stellenbosch | 078 703 3628 | @blix_tavern | Image: Blix Tavern
DRINK BUBBLE TEA AT THIS PLAYFUL SPOT
Susu Bubble Tea opened its doors at the end of April 2022, in De Waterkant. The interior is bright, playful, and full of colour, any Instagrammer’s dream. Try interesting drinks such as milk tea, mango-banana fruit tea with pearls (yummy bubbles bursting with flavour), or a Japanese Green Tea Latte with Red Bead. There are plenty of flavours to experiment with at this new gem.
Must-try: Bubble tea from the Brown Sugar Series
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 8pm; Sunday, 10am - 7pm
Cost: From R35
Susu Bubble Tea | De Waterkant | 069 559 2506 | @susububbleteaza | Image: Susu Bubble Tea
DRINK FINE WINE IN A SECLUDED COURTYARD
Historic Quoin Rock Wine Estate has launched an elegant space to showcase local, small-batched wines of the Knorhoek Valley. You’ll find Qbar Wine Bar in a vibrant, secluded courtyard in Stellenbosch; it’s the perfect spot to wind down or catch up with friends.
Must-try: The Knorhoek Chenin Blanc
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 1am
Cost: From R45
Qbar | De Wet Centre Courtyard | Stellenbosch | 021 888 47 40 | @qbar_stellenbosch | Image: Qbar
EAT CRÊPES AT THIS NORTHERN SUBURBS GEM
This French-themed café opened in March 2022 and has become a hot spot for families in the Northern Suburbs (it is well worth the drive). Unwind in its cosy indoor atmosphere and order crêpes, croissants and coffee at Voilá Crêperie. Plus you can also enjoy a round of putt-putt with the kids.
Must-try: The classic Nutella crêpe or melktert crêpe
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm; Sunday, 8am - 2pm
Cost: From R40
EAT MEXICAN FOOD AT UNA MÁS
Una Más means “one more” in Spanish, a fitting name for this newly opened restaurant that serves more-ish Mexican food and drinks. From house-made crispy tortillas to spicy and creamy cocktails, you'll always want one more. It’s an intimate, trendy and vibey spot already popular amongst Sea Point locals.
Must-try: The Loaded Nachos and Spicy Paloma cocktail
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 12pm - 11pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 11pm
Cost: From R45
EAT OUT ON A BUDGET IN NEWLANDS
This new family-friendly restaurant and bar brings something new to Newlands Main Road. There’s a kiddies’ play area, trendy bar and live entertainment that caters for young and old. Plus, weekly 2-for-one food specials and a 2-hour “happy hour” from Monday to Friday at Furley’s Bar & Grill.
Must-try: Steak and ribs from the grill.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm
Cost: From R35
Furley’s Bar & Grill | 1 Dean Street, Newlands | 071 305 4797 | @furleysbarandgrill | Image: Furley's Bar & Grill
NIBBLE ASIAN DESSERTS AT THIS CAFÉ
There’s a new kid on the block in De Waterkant, and it’s a siren for all our sweet-toothed friends. From Japanese cheesecakes to Korean macarons, you’ll want to try everything on the menu. Plus, the minimalist vibe and soft colours are so serene, you won’t want to leave. Pop by and enjoy a canned coffee and a treat at Café Chiffon.
Must-try: The Korean macarons and Mr Brown canned coffee is a must.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7.30am - 5.30pm
Cost: From R24
Old Cape Quarter | 72 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant | 071 874 5058 | @cafechiffon.cpt | Image: Lara van Zyl
DINE IN ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S OLDEST BARNS
Chef Bertus Basson’s newest restaurant opened its doors in March 2022, in Stellenbosch. It’s on Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate and gives diners a taste of favourite South African flavours in a historic, yet modern setting. Think fish paste on toast and quail, to liver parfait and African grains. You’ll be wowed by the 3- or 5-course menu at Clara's Barn.
Must-try: A pavlova trolley of fresh pineapple, almond and coconut
Hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, 12pm - 2.30pm (for lunch); Friday - Saturday, from 6pm (for dinner)
Cost: From R575
Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate | Stellenbosch | 021 202 4372 | @clarasbarn | Image: Clara’s Barn
SLEEP IN A CONVERTED WINE TANK
Now here’s an extraordinary experience: Luxury accommodation in converted 1821 cellars’ concrete wine tanks. Yes, you’ll be staying in a wine tank! How cool is that? Le Héritage is on a working farm, with beautiful views of mountains and a plum orchard, and there’s a 19m-long pool. Work or watch (there’s wifi and Netflix), plus you’ll get a DIY breakfast box with everything you need to make a mouth-watering breakfast.
Le Héritage | Paarl | 083 357 9596 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @le.heritage | Image: Le Héritage
RECONNECT AT THIS CAFÉ IN OBSERVATORY
You’ll feel right at home at this vintage café. Sonder was born out of the recognition that we all need to connect with others. This space was created to do just that – all are welcome here to play a game of chess, admire art and sip good coffee with friends. Plus, you can rent this quirky space for a special event.
Must-try: Any of the freshly baked bagels or sandwiches
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7.30am - 4pm; Saturday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: From R35
EAT AFFORDABLE FINE FOOD IN STELLENBOSCH
Dine in a historical building in Stellenbosch with a surprisingly affordable menu. This new gem first opened its doors mid-February 2022 and serves South African food with hints of Asian flavours. The restaurant has wooden tables, plush green booths, arched mirrors and accents of palm-leaf wallpaper. Dine finely with history at Post & Pepper.
Must-try: Everything. The staff recommends ordering 5-7 dishes and sharing between two.
Hours: Tuesday to Sundays, 12pm - 2.30pm; 6pm - 9pm
Cost: From R30
Post & Pepper | Unit 001 | Oude Postkantoor | Plein Street | Stellenbosch | 021 203 5165 | @postandpepper | Image: Post & Pepper
ORDER A BUTTERY BREKKIE IN THE CITY
Everything’s made with butter at this all-day breakfast and bistro bar that opened its doors in the heart of the Mother City mid-2021. For under R50 each, you can get a slice of homemade sourdough with an abundance of butter, or a thick slice of nutty banana bread, a scone with berry jam, two buttered mielies, buttered popcorn, or The Old Boy (a soft-boiled egg with dippy sourdough soldiers). Plus, you can escape the office for the day, there's free wifi for customers at Butter.
Must-try: Buttermilk Blues (flapjacks made with blueberry coulis and crème fraîche)
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8am - 3pm; Saturday, 9am - 3pm; Sunday, 10am - 2pm
Cost: From R18
THROW AXES WITH FRIENDS JUST FOR FUN
Head to XOXO Urban Axe Throwing in Woodstock for an adrenaline-filled experience: You’ll be throwing axes. Yes, you heard right. It’s the first place of its kind in Cape Town and great fun with a group of friends. You’ll get a few practice rounds to work on your throwing technique, but then it’s game on! See what went down when the CapeTownMagazine.com team went axe throwing.
Must-try: This is a great team building activity
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 3pm or 6pm (there are two session each day)
Cost: R290 pp (includes practice runs + a tournament)
XOXO Urban Axe Throwing | Woodstock | 074 609 6591 | @xoxo_axethrowing | Image: @its_just_simone_that
DINE, DANCE + SAVOUR ART HERE
One Park is an eatery, a record store and a gallery space. It’s a space dedicated to exploring the dance between food, music and art. You can drink handcrafted cocktails then tuck into delicious cuisine, surrounded by incredible local art (most of which is for sale), and listen to records at One Park.
Must-try: Masala Pine cocktail
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 7am - 3pm
Cost: Average of R700 for two people for food and drinks
One Park | Gardens | 081 047 1248 | @one_park_cpt | Image: One Park
SIT WITH THE COOL KIDS AT A TRENDY RESTAURANT
They say blondes have more fun, and that’s definitely the case with this new kid on Kloof Street. With its friendly environment, Mediterranean-inspired food, affordable prices and fun decor, this space is becoming a firm favourite. Plus there’s loads of options for vegetarians and vegans at Blondie Restaurant.
Must-try: The Paloma cocktail (tequila + grapefruit)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 11pm; Sunday, 12pm - 10pm
Price: From R35
GET A TASTE OF PARIS IN CAPE TOWN
It’s got everything from truly French croissants and freshly baked bread to Croque Monsieur and coffee that will knock your socks off. If you’ve not been to this gem that opened mid 2021 in Sea Point, treat yourself by visiting Paris Cape Town.
Must-try: The Apricot Flower, it’s only R15!
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 7am - 3pm
Price: From R15
EAT SOME OF THE BEST PHO IN TOWN
Yen’s brings the street food of Vietnam to Cape Town. It serves some of the tastiest pho and bao buns in the city, as well as spring rolls, dim sum and other dishes. The best part? Nothing on the menu costs more than R100 at Yen’s Vietnamese Street Food.
Must-try: The stir-fry pho
Hours: Monday, 10am - 6pm; Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 9pm
Cost: From R20
GET INTO CAPE TOWN'S SECRET CLUB
Getting into Cape Town’s sexiest night club is a thrill. On Saturdays only, at about 9pm, you’re led behind the bar, past the fire escape, a glass sculpture, up a few flights of stairs, through a none-descript door, which opens up to Darling. You’ll feel like an elite guest every time you visit. Here's 3 ways to get access to Cape Town’s secret and sultry nightclub, Darling.
Must-try: Get into the VIP area, closer to the large windows that make the club airy
Hours: Saturdays, 9pm - late
Price: From R200
Darling Club | Cape Town | 079 656 1080 | @darling_zsazsa | Image: Zsa Zsa
VISIT AN ELEGANT (WELL-PRICED) FRENCH BAR
In the heart of Stellenbosch, down a little alleyway, you’ll find Loubar, “sister” to Back’s Restaurant. This fresh, upmarket, and intimate French-themed social bar is the perfect hang-out for young adults on a budget, over 21s only. It has a striking collection of illuminated bottles along one of the walls, and the emerald chairs and hanging plants create an intimate feel at Loubar.
Must-try: The Double Barrel slam burger (it has four patties) and loaded fries
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 4pm - 11pm
Price: From R15 (drinks); from R49 (food)
Loubar | Stellenbosch | email@example.com | @loubar_stellenbosch | Image: Loubar
GET THE GOOD VIBES FLOWING AT THIS BAR
Bustling Long Street in the heart of the Mother City is home to one of its trendiest restaurants. It offers every type of food from breakfast, burgers, and steak to seafood, pasta, tacos, and even fine dining. Plus there’s a dope bar with live DJ’s on specific nights. Expect CBD infused meals, affordable prices, neon-bright decor, and good vibes at Infusion on Long.
Must-try: The Triple B brisket burger and chocolate almond tart
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 11pm
Price: From R40
Infusion on Long | Long Street | 087 470 0504 | @infusiononlong | Image: Infusion on Long
TRY 100% PLANT BASED ICE CREAM
This ice-cream parlour serves Cape Town’s first 100% plant-based ice cream that’s indistinguishable from dairy, creamy AF, and made with oat milk. It has exciting flavours, such as Marvellous Mango, Gingery Snap, and Granny Smith’s Pie. Flavours change regularly and Ditto’s dream is to create 40 different ice cream flavors. PLUS you can get toppings for free at Ditto on Kloof.
Must-try: The Ginger Snap flavour, it’s a crowd favourite
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 1pm - 9pm; Friday - Sunday, 12pm - 9pm
Price: From R36
Ditto | Kloof Street | @eatditto | Image: Ditto
UNWIND AT A SUMMER LOUNGE (FEET IN THE SAND)
Dutchies’ Summer Lounge is open for summer again (after 4 years). This is where you live out summer dreams of languid lunches with cocktails, chilled wine and sandy toes. The laid-back, summer vibe is what makes it so popular amongst Hermanus locals. Visit this hidden spot in Grotto Bay.
Must-try: A mojito or Sex on the Beach cocktail
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 9pm (only open from from 1 December to 30 April)
Price: From R45
Dutchies’ Summer Lounge | Grotto Bay | 028 314 1392 | @dutchiesrestaurant | Image: Dutchies
POP IN TO THIS DOG-FRIENDLY ART GALLERY
There’s a new experiential art gallery in Sea Point, and it has some exciting tricks up its sleeve. Experience interactive artworks, celebrate First Thursdays, buy some goodies for you or your doggos, and meet the artist who is the Guinness World Record Holder for the largest display of origami butterflies (29 416). You can see all this and more at Art Haus.
Must-try: Visit this space during First Thursdays, it’s a vibe
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm; Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Open on First Thursdays
Price: Free entry
STOP BY THIS WORK-MEETS-LEISURE SPOT
Trendy design meets the chilled atmosphere Cape Town is famous for at this a new restaurant and work space. The menu offers breakfast, sushi, pizza, cocktails, and more, there’s indoor and outdoor seating options, as well as an indoor golf area and wine cellar. For your next outing or work trip to the CBD, visit this hip spot called Misfits.
Must-try: The Pizza Pollo, it’s topped with chicken, basil pesto, feta, roast tomatoes, and balsamic reduction
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 7am - 9pm
Price: From R45
Misfits by Ideas Cartel | De Waterkant | 072 127 6332 | @misfits.ct | Image: Misfits
SOAK UP THE SUN AT THIS BEACH CLUB
Cabo Beach Club is where you’ll find the sophisticated and chic summer vibes: good food and drinks, beautiful views and music, pools and views of the sea. At night the vibe becomes more clubby. You can also dine at the in-house restaurant, Violet, headed by chef Ryan Cole, who serves beautifully plated food paired with wine. Spend your days soaking up the sun at Cabo Beach Club.
Must-try: Oysters, from R38
Hours: 12pm - 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Price: From R90
Cabo Beach Club | V&A Waterfront | 021 137 5401 | @cabobeachclubza | Image: Cabo
GET A TASTE OF THE CAPE FLATS
A new fast food joint in Athlone promises “Cape Flats soul food”. You’ll find Cape Town classics like masala steak salomies, toasted masala steak sandwiches, koesisters, falooda (made with sweet basil seeds, rose syrup, vermicelli, milk and ice-cream) and tikka chicken pizza. Experience food made by Cape Flats locals at The Roadhouse.
Must-try: Full House Steak Sandwich
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11am - 9pm; Friday - Sunday, 11am - 2pm
Price: From R6
The Roadhouse | Athlone | 060 997 7741 | @theroadhousect | Image: Priya Patel
VISIT A BEACH BAR IN PAARL
La Grapperia has a cute beach bar in the Winelands, complete with a sandy white beach and loungers. Kick back, relax and try the cocktails, enjoy “sexy snails” (served naked) for starters and specialty meals like eisbein and kassler. You can also choose from a diverse selection of wood-fired, thin based pizza and flammkuchen at La Grapperia’s Beach Bar.
Must-try: Rum cocktail made with Rogue rum and on the extra sunny days, enjoy a Wilderer Gin & Tonic slushy
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11am - 9pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Price: From R8
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