The Best Breakfast and Brunches in Cape Town
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
There are so many cafes in Cape Town, it's not hard to find a place for brunch on the weekends or during the work week. A classic breakfast in Cape Town features eggs, slices of broiled tomato, Canadian-style bacon, and toast or pastries. Fresh fruit, granola and yogurt is also a common choice. For a local delicacy, try buttermilk rusks, which are best eaten after dipping for a few seconds in your morning coffee. These brunch spots will start your full day of sightseeing in Cape Town off right.
17, Palmyra Junction, 9 Palmyra Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
The smell of baking bread will lure you into this family-friendly restaurant/cafe. With menu items like brioche french toast, breakfast pizza, and bircher muesli, this cafe will quickly become your default for weekend brunch. Try the almond...
Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
It's a weekend ritual for my cousin and his friends to pop into either The Loading Bay or Origins Roast right next door for breakfast. With a gorgeous view of the mountain, both cafés have coffee to die for and stellar food. This particular beauty...
94 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Melissa's is a coffee shop/deli that is a bit of an institution in Cape Town. This is their flagship store. They make lots of wonderful, delicious things to eat and drink, if you are easily tempted by gorgeous packaging or have a sweet tooth be...
185 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Beer. Bread. Bubbles. So says the awning outside. You can't go wrong with that combo, can you? Jason provides the crowded corner that collects Cape Town's hipster set of a lunchtime. Expect good looking trendoids, scooters outside, and that...
60 Loop St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Luvey n Rose is set in a beautifully restored old, pink, three story building in the historic Bo Kaap neighborhood. This newcomer is part coffee shop, part art gallery, part antique shop, part artist's residence. It's a charming, quirky, creative...
79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
This is a little off the tourist trail.. In central Cape Town but not the fashionable part is a new coffee shop called The Blend. The concept is to have many local coffee blends under one roof. The feel is industrial and quirky. They also have a...
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hemelhuijs is a stylish and intimate oasis in downtown Cape Town, perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast or lunch. The menus are seasonal, featuring fresh ingredients and modern South African cuisine with tempting savory and sweet items, like...
19 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
One of the best coffee shops in the city, the Haas “Collective” (haas means "rabbit" in Afrikaans) has grown organically over the years to include not only coffee, but also design, art, and advertising. Formerly located in an old slave...
210 Loop St, City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Euro Haus is at the bottom of a nondescript office building and the type of place you might pass by without thinking twice about stopping inside. It's located on Loop Street, wedged between trendy Bree Street and touristy Long Street. The bakery...
Quay 6, W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
You’re spoiled for choice when booking accommodation in the V&A Waterfront neighborhood of Cape Town, but there's one thing that sets the Table Bay Hotel apart from the rest: the decadent breakfast buffet. The hotel's Atlantic Room restaurant is...
3 De Lorentz St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Each time you enter the door at Tamboers Winkel, you feel like you're in for a treat. With its long wooden table and shelves stocked with local produce and wines, the style of the eatery is very European cafe meets farm kitchen. Think freshly...
127 Bree St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Birds Boutique Cafe is a mildly quirky and unpretentious place to have a cappuccino. With their family-style seating around large wooden tables, you'll be tempted to strike up a conversation with a stranger next to you. Speaking of family, it's a...
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