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Where to Enjoy Brunch in Cape Town
Where to enjoy brunch in Cape Town
Last Updated: 8 February 2018
Brunch, that long and lazy late-morning meal which stretches into the early afternoon. Whether it’s a light affair, a hangover-buster or a bubbly, boozy meal that includes some serious eating, we’ve picked some of the brunch spots, in Cape Town and surrounds, that might tickle your fancy.
CASA AT THE RITZ
There truly is no better brunch spot – when you consider venue and value for money – than the Ritz’s CASA restaurant. Be prepared to make this a whole day affair, where you can eat, swim and lounge while the kids are catered for – there’s a designated play area for children (0 to 10) with childminders.
Food: The marble tables overlooking the pool area are laden with a selection of food: including pastries, sushi, flapjacks with various compotes, cheese and preserve boards.
Sunday brunch: 11am to 5pm
Note: The sun loungers and cabanas have to be booked separately: R150 for the loungers and R250 per person for the cabanas (they accommodate four).
Tip: To save water the Ritz is asking guests not staying at the hotel to bring their own towels to the pool.
Camberwell Rd & Main Road | Sea Point | +27 (0)21 439 6010
MULBERRY AND PRINCE
This plush New York style eatery – a minimalist space with stained glass, dirty pinks and lush velvets – is Sex and the City sleek. Take a seat inside its chic interior, or in their intimate courtyard and let the mimosas flow as you savour what’s left of the weekend.
Food: Its American-inspired (think chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy) but with a new-school take (try the french toast infused with nutmeg and candied bacon).
Sunday brunch: 10am to 2pm
12 Pepper Street | Cape Town City Bowl | +27 (0)21 422 3301
HARVEST CAFE AND DELI
The recently-opened Harvest Cafe and Deli in the Bo Kaap, with views of both Table Mountain and city forming an impressive backdrop, has a cosy, inviting atmosphere.The menu ranges from vegetarian and vegan food with banting options available the beetroot and berry smoothie bowl.
Food: Try the eggs benedict on zucchini fritters and pumpkin fritters are favourites.
Brunch daily: 8am to 1pm
102 Wale Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0) 79 448 1618
The Woodstock Exchange houses Suprette, a cafe serving breakfast and lunch daily, but on Saturdays is when their popular brunch comes to the party.. Their All-Day Breakfast sandwich (sourdough bread with scrambled eggs, rocket, roasted tomatoes and bacon) that goes down a treat with coffee. Browse through the shop as there are seasonal and local artisanal goods on sale to be found.
Food: A specific brunch menu is available. The All-Day Breakfast sandwich features, but so do other brunch favourites like poached eggs and savoury waffles.
Saturday brunch: 8.30 am to 1.30pm
66 Albert Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 802 5525
This cutesy café in Claremont serves up pasture-reared meat and locally grown veggies. This Claremont spot is vegan-friendly and sports a quaint outdoor seating area under vines.
Food: Expect scrumptious dishes like biodynamic eggs, brioche toast with bacon and Dijon hollandaise, and poached pears served with Greek yoghurt and toasted almonds. For those on Banting and Paleo diets, try the carbohydrate-free bread, soft-poached eggs, smoked salmon and cauliflower rice.
Saturday: 8am to 12pm
94 Belvedere Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 671 6875
THALI THALI GAME LODGE
Enjoy your morning coffee with an unobstructed view of the Western Cape horizon at Thali Thali. Located only 120kms from Cape Town, the tranquil game lodge is the perfect place to brunch. The zebras, giraffes, springbok and lone camel wandering among the grounds, will make the perfect backdrop for your brunch.
Food: The menu changes weekly so it is best to book and query about the menu options beforehand.
Sunday Mornings: Brunch is on Sunday 8am to 12pm.
R27 | Langebaan | West Coast | + 27 (0) 82 372 8637
Popular for its plant-based menu, Scheckters serves gourmet healthy food at its best. The menu comprises of vegan and organic offerings and all the cakes and treats are gluten, sugar and dairy free. The donuts, sweetened and low GI, are delicious.
Food: Locals love the smoothie bowls and organic matcha flapjacks
Daily: 8am to 12pm
98 Regent Road | Seapoint | +27 (0)21 434 1364
SOTANO BY CAVEAU
Sotano is where brunchers gather with their friends, family, bring pets and take visitors to the city, because this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has a satisfying breakfast and provides expansive ocean views. It’s eclectic breakfast breakfast menu houses traditional favourites, including an English breakfast with all of the meaty trimmings.
Food: Shakshuka or a flat bread with spinach, bacon, Parmesan cheese and sunny-side up eggs.
Saturdays and Sundays: 7am to 12:30pm
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point City Bowl | +27 (0)21 433 1757
ISABELLA'S CAKE AND FOOD SHOP
Sitting pretty in Durbanville, this quirky spot offers guests a wide variety of tasty morning fare. Breakfast is served all day, and not to mention, the coffee is bottomless.
Food: Guests are truly spoilt for choice: biltong, blue cheese, olive-filled croissants; toasted smoked salmon, egg and cream cheese bagels; and an open omelette with potato wedges, cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes, lamb, bacon, olives, onions and mushrooms.
Saturdays: 8am to 5pm
Sundays: 9am to 3pm
Shop 9 | Heritage Square | Vrede Street Durbanville | +27 (0)21 976 6037
MELISSA'S THE FOOD SHOP
This is the comfortably-rustic delicatessen that’s picked by many for brunch. Melissa’s The Food Shop has a menu bursting with brunch favourites: silky-soft poached eggs and warm butter croissant you can load with jam, cheese and fresh cream.
Food: Try the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, indulge in a slice of guilt-free, wheat-free orange and carrot cake. A hearty dish is the chicken and leek pie or try what they have at the harvest table.
Daily: 8am to 12pm
94 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5540
Expect a bountiful breakfast at this Groot Constantia establishment with an unobstructed view of Cape Town’s southern suburbs horizon. Break open a freshly baked bran or blueberry muffin, knifing out a generous helping of butter and watch it melt as you spread it across, or tuck into their poached eggs and Hollandaise on grilled sourdough.
Food: Try their breakfast beef burger, which has everything from eggs to bacon on a beef patty done to perfection.
Saturday mornings: 9am to 11.30am
Groot Constantia | Groot Constantia Road | Constantia | +27 (0)21 794 6255
HAUTE CABRIERE WINE ESTATE AND RESTAURANT
This family-run winery – and home of Pierre Jourdan – is located 75 km from Cape Town. Its eatery Haute Cabriére Restaurant offers a wide range of seasonal fare, and guests can choose from the a la carte menu or the True Marriage of Food and Wine menu.
Food: Berry pancakes (served with maple syrup, butternut sorbet and seed streusel) and a fresh chef’s salad (roast seasonal vegetables, hummus served with a basil vinaigrette).
Daily: 10am to 1pm
Sundays: 11am to 1pm
OU MEUL BAKKERY
This cosy and chic Willowbridge eatery serves up a classic brunch. Plus their baked goods are made on-site daily, which includes brioche, rye bread, croissants, and a sweet selection of pain au chocolat, sticky buns and toasted banana bread.
Food: Croque madame and eggs benedict are on offer, as well as a smashed avocado poached egg and meatball omelettes just to name a few.
Open daily: 7am to 6pm.
G40 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre | Durbanville | +27 (0)21 914 0540
SAVOUR RESTAURANT AT 15 ON ORANGE
The spectacular, bottomless bubbly buffet at the chic and sophisticated Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange hotel takes its cue from the lavish brunches held at famed New York establishments like The Plaza Hotel and Waldorf Astoria. This affair, priced at R495 per person, has more than 20 gourmet dishes, most of which reflect the time of day (less in favour of breakfast’ and leaning toward lunch).
Food: Expect a host of decadent starters (roast vegetable roulade and duck liver crème brûlée); carvery items like chermoula lamb cutlets and beef filet mignon; a seafood selection including oysters; and the perfect brunch companion - a glass of MCC.
First Sunday of each month: 12:30pm to 4pm
15 on Orange Hotel | Cnr Grey’s Pass & Orange Street | City Centre | +27 (0)21 469 8000
LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE BLUE PETER HOTEL
Based in the sea-facing Bloubergstrand, this eatery serves up a delicious buffet breakfast for R125 per person.
Food: Continental spread, everything from pastries to fresh fruit, to cold meats and cheeses, as well as the traditional English breakfast items.
Daily: 7am to 10am
8 Popham Street | Bloubergstrand | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 554 1956
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