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New restaurants and experiences to discover and share
New, top + trendy spots and experiences, from fancy to most affordable
Last updated: Wednesday, 6 July 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 homey bar that serves simple food and a plant-based fast-food joint in the city. Discover these and 25+ other new places around Cape Town.
MAKE THIS SPOT YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
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: @cape_town_vegan
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 | 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
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