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Last updated: Tuesday, 27 September 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 a food bar that overlooks Knysna Lagoon and the newest location of a popular Greek eatery. Discover these and 20+ other new places around Cape Town.
SIP SUNDOWNERS ON THESEN ISLAND
Located inside The Boatshed, a maritime heritage building on Thesen Island in Knysna, is The Lofts. This family-owned hotel has just opened Nest restaurant that overlooks Knysna Lagoon. In the morning try caramel pulled beef brisket eggs benedict with freshly squeezed OJ. Or go for sundowners and fresh seafood with some of the best sunset views Knysna has to offer.
Must-try: Knysna mussel Pot - Wednesday’s only
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 2pm and 3pm- 8pm
Cost: It's cashless
Long Street | Thesen Island | Knysna | 044 302 5710 | @nest_knysna | Image: Nest Knysna
DINE ON GREEK FOODS
Sea Point’s most popular Greek restaurant, Mykonos, has opened its doors in Claremont. It is located just outside of Cavendish Square on the corner of Vineyard Road and Cavendish Street. Try classic Greek dishes like moussaka, shawarma or meat skewers with a selection of wines, while the kids can jol at the kiddies play area.
Must-try: The Yuvetsi (traditional Greek pasta rice) or baby chicken
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 5pm - 10pm; Saturdays + Sundays, 12pm - 10pm
Cost: From R40
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EXPLORE LUSH GARDENS AT A WAGON HOUSE
This new eatery is situated in an original wagon house, built in the late 19th century. There’s ample light flowing in from the windows, a large terrace filled with pops of colour and is surrounded by lush gardens. The menu is just as delectable: There’s beef and bone-marrow burgers and scrambled duck eggs on toasted brioche. Guests are invited to linger, taste and purchase superb wines and explore the surroundings with a picnic (you can pre-order a basket).
Must-try: The biltong spiced ribeye
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 4pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8am - 4pm
Cost: From R30
Mila at Doolhof Estate | Bovlei Road | Wellington | 021 864 2805 | @mila_atdoolhof | Image: Mila at Doolhof Estate
BOOK AN OFFICE OR HOTDESK IN CLAREMONT
The new addition to the Ideas Cartel’s co-working spaces is in the centre of the Southern Suburbs (next to Cavendish Square). Ideas Cartel Claremont offers fixed offices for companies, hot desks for freelancers and travellers, as well as stylish boardrooms that will impress any client. Plus, it has an in-house coffee shop, secure parking and more.
Hours: Open Monday to Fridays, open 24/7; closed on Saturdays + Sundays
Cost: Monday to Fridays, open 24/7; closed on Saturdays + Sundays
9 Grove Avenue (at the Grove Exchange) | Claremont | @ideascartel | Image: Ideas Cartel
TRY WAFFLE FRIES AND ICE-CREAM
This new ice-cream truck serves Two Scoops of Happiness… because one is never enough. Pair your ice-cream flavour of choice from a simple sugar-cone to a bubble waffle, waffle fries, even a waffle stick and tacos. Or you can make it a milkshake. They also offer cotton candy, toffee apples, ice-cream cakes and cupcakes, all from their strictly halaal, mobile food truck (which you can hire for any event).
Must-try: The waffle taco – choose any 3 ice cream flavours, 1 sauce and any topping
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 3pm - 6pm; Saturday to Sunday, 2pm- 8pm
Cost: From R28
Corner of Woodbury and Mitchells Avenue | Mitchells Plain | 083 966 1118 | @two_scoops_of_happiness | Image: Two Scoops of Happiness
DRINK BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS WITH SHISHA
Café Nova is the new coffee shop in town, and it has opened in style. It has a minimalist, French vibe with black and white chequered floors, plush green chairs, sleek white nooks and small marble tables. It offers everything from hot coffees to milkshakes, with croissants, muffins and panini sandwiches. Plus, every Friday and Saturday you can enjoy some hubbly bubbly and bottomless mimosas.
Must-try: The classic iced-coffee, it is served with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am - 5pm; Saturday, 8am - 2pm
Cost: From R20
108 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre | 065 257 4737 | @__cafenova | Image: Lara van Zyl
BE INSPIRED BY THIS DYNAMIC SPACE
Artezian is an art gallery, lounge and sushi bar all in one. It features work from artists across the country. The cocktail menu has been curated by Roxanne Read, and Maruwaan, founder of Sushi Fundi, is the resident sushi chef. Resident DJ Erefaan Pearce, who plays house music, provides the after-dinner vibes.
Must-try: The deep-fried roll infused with teriyaki vodka
Hours: Tuesday to Fridays, 12pm - 2am; Saturdays + Sundays, 11am - 2am
Cost: From R60
217 Bree Street | Cape Town | 068 554 2849 | @artezian_restaurant | Image: Artezian
SIP WINE AT THIS STYLISH BAR
Bertha’s Wine has recently opened a wine bar in Stellenbosch. It is tucked between art galleries and cafés like the popular Meraki in Church Street, across from the Moederkerk. There are various wines and tasting options available, as well as some small snack plates like Plankie Steak or Salmon Trout.
Must-try: The wine and macaron pairing
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 7pm
Cost: From R40 a glass
43 Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | @bertha.wines | Image: Bertha Wines
SAVOUR SOUTH INDIAN TAPAS DISHES
With roots deeply founded in Kerala, India – better known as “The Land of Spices” – owner Seelan Sundoo has created a menu for diners to taste authentic South Indian dishes. There’s briyanis, smokey, traditional Tandooris, Nepalese steamed dumplings, clay oven curries and more. The meals are designed as tapas to be savoured and shared, which you can now try at the newest branches in Newlands and Woodstock.
Must-try: Kaverati Chicken curry, blended with Kastoori Methi, cumin and cardamon
Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm - 9.30pm; Sunday 12pm - 4.30pm
Cost: From R17
Shop number 3 | Double Three Hotel | Woodstock | @sundooindiantapas | Image: Sundoo
TASTE LOUISIANA-INSPIRED FOODS
This popular Joburg restaurant has opened a new branch at Eden on the Bay in Blouberg. Louise and Anna serves food influenced by the cultures of Louisiana, from gumbo and jambalaya to scrumptious beignets. The restaurant is filled with light from neon signs all around (even on the ceiling).
Must-try: The Philly cheese steak sandwich.
Hours: Monday to Sunday; 10.30am - 11pm
Cost: From R150
Eden on the Bay | Otto du Plessis Drive | Big Bay | 021 569 9378 | @louiseandanna_blouberg | Image: Louise and Anna
SHOP ASIAN SWEETS AT THIS HOT PINK SHOP
Walk up the stairs of this hidden spot, painted from floor to ceiling in hot pink, and you’ll be surprised at what you find at the top: Goods from America and various regions in Pacific and Southeast Asia including China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. From Lady Boba Taiwanese bubble tea and Mooncakes to Poptarts, Japanese Mochi, laffy taffy and more. Plus they even stock a range of beauty products.
Must-try: Samyung spicy carbonara raman (they stock a wide range of raman)
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Cost: From R3
1st Floor Upper Studios | 11 Orphan Street | Cape Town | @amartfood | Image: Lara van Zyl
COMING SOON: A PASTA BAR
Decadent pastas, fried stewed beef balls, truffle lollipops and a cracking tiramisu are just some of the things to look forward to when Scala Pasta Bar opens on 15 September. In collaboration with Michelin star chef Luciano Monosilio, Scala is bringing the textures and flavours from Rome to Heritage Square.
Must-try: Monosilio’s famous carbonara. If you have a sweet tooth, the tiramisu is not to be missed (you have to crack it open with a spoon).
Hours: Opening 15 September 2022, book via Dineplan
81 Church Street | Heritage Square | Cape Town | @scalapasta | Image: Scala Pasta Bar
2 NEW ESCAPE ROOMS AT HINTHUNT
HintHunt, the guys who brought the escape games craze to South Africa, have two new escape rooms – Escape Plan or Torpedo. How do HintHunt escape rooms work? You and your friends or colleagues are locked inside a themed room. Each room has a gamemaster, who sends hints as the clock ticks. No phones are allowed in the rooms. Your smarts, great team collaboration and a competitive spirit are all you need to escape. Intrigued: Find which of the 5 escape rooms suits you and your crew.
Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10am - 5.30pm; Fridays + Saturdays, 10am - 8.30pm; Sundays, 10am - 4pm
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: PARTY AT A ROOFTOP BAR
Woodstock will soon be home to Ooh La La Rooftop Bar, opening its doors in mid-September 2022. Centrally located in the heartbeat of Buchanan Square, this lively party spot will also serve food and wine and can be used as an events venue. Be one of the first to check it out, plus keep an eye on its social media channels for upcoming events, like the Cape Town Wingfest taking place in September.
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STOP BY THIS PIZZA JOINT
Yes, Crusted Pizza serves all the classics, but there’s some with a twist. Try the Basic (which is everything but basic) - this adventurous pizza is topped with biltong, figs, and brie. There’s also a protein-packed pizza, topped with ham, pepperoni, and pulled pork, a vegetarian option, with olives, cherry tomatoes, feta, and basil pesto, plus 7 more to choose from (all made with fresh dough).
Must-try: The biltong, fig, and brie pizza
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11.30am - 8pm; Friday, 11.30am - 8.30pm; Saturday, 11.30am - 8pm
Cost: R40 - R120
Crusted Pizza | 83 Main Street | Paarl | number | @crusted.pizza | Image: Crusted Pizza
GET BREAKFAST ON THE GO
You’ve heard of Hungry Lion, but do you know about Happy Hippo? This on-the-go breakfast joint opened in July 2022 in the heart of the inner city. It’s the ideal spot to grab a quick snack on your way to work – it’s got pastries, muffins, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, bagels, pies – you name it. And it’s affordable, too. It’s decorated with green walls and plants, giving you that serene feeling you need to kick-start your day.
Must-try: For a quick snack, the apricot-jam donut hits the spot. If you’re looking for something more filling, the salmon cream cheese bagel or the smoked chicken salad with hummus dressing.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 5pm; Saturdays, 7am - 1pm
Cost: From R12
The Felix | Strand Street | Cape Town City Centre | 078 007 2566 | @happyhippo_capetown | Image: Lara van Zyl
GO ON A JOURNEY UNDER CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Pink cherry blossoms cascade down the roof of this pink-lit restaurant. Ukiyo, pronounced “u-key-yo” is the Japanese principle of the fleeting world – that it’s all about the journey, not the destination. This newly opened Japanese restaurant believes that eating good food with people you care about is one of life’s great pleasures and experiences. And with a menu of hibachi grilled lamb, tempura langoustines and octopus carpaccio, you’re in for an experience.
Must try: Langoustines or hibachi grilled lamb chops
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12pm - 3.30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday, 6pm - Late
First Floor, The Arum | 29 Victoria Road | Bantry Bay | @ukiyo_capetown | Image: Ukiyo
VISIT A VEGAN WAFFLE HOUSE
A new waffle house is the latest addition to Ditto ice cream parlour. These oat waffles come in 5 banging flavours. Try the Better Than Biscoff (2 scoops Biscoff ice-cream, biscoff crumble, biscoff spread, caramel sauce, and brûléed banana) or Peanut Butter Bomb (1 scoop Pick Me Up Buttercup, 1 scoop Brittle Gone Nuts, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and peanut butter cup). There’s also a cookies-and-cream, chocolate, and Nutella option, or opt to build your own.
Must-try: Better Than Biscoff waffle
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday, 7am-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-11pm
Cost: From R40
119 Kloof Street | Gardens | @eatditto | Image: Jo Roodt
PARTY AT PENTHOUSE
The once popular Entourage, above Nu Bar in Stellenbosch, is now a hot pink nightclub. Walk up neon-pink lit steps and enter a vibey club and bar. There’s a dance floor, live DJ, large bar area and plenty of raised seating to take a break in between dancing. Plus, you can party throughout the week (open between Monday to Saturday) with live DJ’s every night.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 8pm - late
51 Plein Street | Stellenbosch Central | @penthousestellies | Image: Penthouse
ROADTRIP TO MCGREGOR
The flagship restaurant at Temeno Retreat in McGregor has reopened and is bringing a fresh take on contemporary country cuisine. Tebaldi’s is now under the leadership of Chef Christiaan Campbell (known for his work at Delaire Graff and Boschendal). The restaurant overlooks a stunning garden on its enclosed patio area and also has an elegant yet cosy dining room.
Must-try: The hot smoked salmon stirred into a potato ‘risotto’ with a dash of confit lemon, fermented cream and grilled leeks
Hours: Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday, 6pm – 8pm; Lunch: Saturday + Sunday, 12pm – 2pm
Cost: From R295 for 2 courses, book here
72 Voortrekker Street | McGregor | 023 625 1115 | @tebaldisinmcgregor | Image: Tebaldi's at Temenos
BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO DINE AT DUSK
Revolutionary, immersive, unique - that’s what a new, fine-dining restaurant in Stellenbosch promises. There's a 13-course tasting menu and wholesome concepts around ingredients – like using limpets and mature chicken – and collaborations with small, local suppliers. Dusk aims to push boundaries, and you'll be able to judge for yourself when it opens on 1 September 2022.
Must-try: Laying hen ballotine with foraged mushroom garum and roasted local roots.
Cost: From R1395 pp (13-course tasting menu)
43 Plein Street | Stellenbosch | firstname.lastname@example.org | @dusk_restaurant_ | Image: @miavh_photography
VISIT A STEAKHOUSE IN NEWLANDS
Comfort meets eloquence at this new meat eatery in Newlands. Picanha Steakhouse is rustic and moody, with concrete walls, hunting trophies and hanging plants. It has a variety of steak options, as well as some smokey appetisers like a Beef Fillet Carpaccio. Pair it all with a glass of wine (it has loads to select from). Plus there’s free parking across the street.
Must-try: You can’t go wrong with any of the steak options. For those not in a steaky mood, try the Ragu Beef Gnocchi (slow-cooked beef with butternut gnocchi) or the Deluxe Burger.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 10.30pm
Cost: From R90
37 Dean Street | Newlands | 087 058 5314 | @picanha.steakhouse | Image: @jody.alexander_
EAT A FARM-STYLE BREAKFAST OR LUNCH + MEET GOATS
Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview Wine Farm in Paarl reopened its doors in early July 2022. The space is modern, yet quirky and has comical portraits of the farm’s goats throughout the restaurant. It has a cosy fireplace indoors and a veranda covered in vines with a view of the goat tower.
Must-try: Baked Camembert with chilli, almonds, cranberries, rosemary and buttery crouton fingers
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am - 3.30pm
Cost: R38 - R295
Fairview Wine Farm | Paarl | 021 863 3609 | @fairviewwineandcheese | Image: Goatshed
WINE AND DINE AT THIS BAR IN STELLIES
This spot was once the popular Wijnhuis in Stellenbosch, but is now a “no fuss no muss” wine bar. The veranda stretches around the bar and spills out into the streets, giving it that European feel. Taste a wide variety of wines (including Guardians Peak, Rust and Vrede and more) and share a plate of Mediterranean-style tapas.
Must-try: For vegetarians – The herb arancini served with a lemon crème fraiche paired with the Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay. For meat eaters – The salt and pepper squid paired with the Stellenbosch Reserve Chenin Blanc.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 10pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R35
Church Street | Stellenbosch Central | 063 646 3207 | @stellenboschreserve | Image: Stellenbosch Wine Bar
LOOK WHO’S TAKEN OVER MZOLI’S IN GUGULETHU
Nothing will ever replace Mzoli’s (butchery and shisanyama in Gugulethu), but there’s a new spot that’s opened right where Mzoli’s used to be. Teez @ 115 is a stylish lounge and butchery with plush green and blue couches and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling. You can eat breakfast and lunch or shop at the butchery.
NY115 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | 076 921 0250 | @teez_lounge_langa | Image: Siphiwo Balman
UNWIND AT A LAID-BACK BAR IN SEA POINT
Don’t worry about dressing up for a night out in Sea Point. This laid back space, which opened in June 2022, is so cosy it will feel like home (with comfortable couches and heaters, perfect for winter). You can order simple foods and get wine by the glass, plus there’s live jazz on Sundays at Only Fools.
Must-try: A classic cheeseburger served on a potato bun
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm
Cost: From R30
82 Regent Road | Sea Point | 067 672 2109 | @onlyfoolsct | Image: Only Fools
GO MEATLESS AT A FAST-FOOD JOINT
This new fast-food vegan joint on Loop Street will leave you saying “WTF it’s a plant?” Covered in greenery and wooden panels from floor to roof for a cosy feel, WTF Plant welcomes everyone (even the carnivores). From burgers, boerie rolls and tacos to kinky corn ribs and ice cream sundaes, the menu will impress even the fussiest meat-lovers.
Must-try: Soft serve (rated one of the best, according to @cape_town_vegan)
Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday, 12pm - 10pm; Thursday to Saturday, 11am - 10pm
Cost: From R45
63 Loop Street | Cape Town | 021 569 9371 | @wtfplant | Image: Sarah Jarvis
GET YOUR BERRY ON IN SEA POINT
Who said fast food can’t be healthy? OAKBERRY Açaí Bowls (originating from Brazil) has opened a colourful hub in Sea Point, serving a nutritious experience at a fast pace. It’s simple: choose between a bowl or smoothie, pick a size and add whatever toppings you like. This treat has amazing health benefits, plus you’ll love the purple colour scheme of the space itself.
Must-try: There are so many topics to choose from, you can really make it your own
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 8pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R70
Shop 202b | 196 Main Road | Sea Point | Instagram: @oakberry.sa | Image: OAKBERRY
TRY CANDY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Reese’s cups, Hershey bars, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, and Chips Ahoy – this new sweet shop hits the spot for all your candy cravings. Set amongst the colourful houses in Bo-Kaap, The Sweet Shop offers treats from the UK, America, and Turkey.
Must-try: Samyang Ramen Noodles (if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am - 6pm; Friday to Saturday, 8am - 10pm; Sunday, 8am - 4:30pm
Cost: From R3
The Sweet Spot | Bo-Kaap | 071 369 6280 | @thesweetspot.cpt | Image: The Sweet Spot
SAVOUR ETHIOPIAN FOOD AT THIS REOPENED GEM
After closing its doors in August 2020, Addis Restaurant is back with a bang. It reopened on 20 June 2022 and brings an Ethiopian dining experience to the heart of Cape Town. The menu caters for almost every taste bud (50% of the menu is vegan), plus there’s gluten-free options, and it’s halaal friendly. Try everything from Doro Tibs (chicken fillet cut into strips, stir-fried with cardamom) to Pumpkin Wot (pumpkin cubes sauteed with garlic and onions, prepared with a fiery Ethiopian spice blend).
Must-try: The combo for two - you can combine any four dishes from the main menu.
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 10.30pm (booking essential)
Cost: From R45
168 Loop Street | Cape Town CBD | 076 846 0929 | @addis_in_cape_restaurant | Image: Addis Restaurant
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 at Café Noir.
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 | 021 023 0537 | @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 | email@example.com | @le.heritage | Image: Le Héritage
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
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
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 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
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