Rise and shine with Cape Town’s hearty breakfast pit-stops
The mantra ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ holds true for good reason; breakfast improves your concentration, increases your metabolism and helps regulate your weight. From young professionals to laid-back surfers, early risers need fuel to kick-start their engines (the word ‘breakfast’ literally means breaking the fast).
Luckily, Cape Town has its fair share of top spots that offer first-class breakfast pickings. While chain restaurants, such as Knead and Melissa’s, are morning-time mainstays, the Mother City also has no shortage of unique, one-of-a-kind breakfast places prime for getting the day rolling in the right way. From a full English brekkie to a humble cuppa joe, offerings are vast and varied, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best breakfast pit-stops that Cape Town has to offer.
TOP PLACES TO EAT BREAKFAST IN CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE
Serving scrumptious breakfasts from early, this trendy city centre café is conveniently located for those who work and live near Long Street. Thanks to a hip 2012 renovation, the little eatery features an exquisite design and a distinctive modern continental. Early risers can choose from a list of gorgeous gourmet breakfasts, such as the Scramble Delight, or can opt for freshly baked breads and pastries (we recommend the croissants). Breakfast is served from 6:30am – 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 8:30am – 4:30pm on Saturdays. Prices vary between R30 and R60.
138 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 426 0795
This Tamboerskloof Portuguese-Italian eatery is as well known for its retro feel and local vibe as it is for its reasonably priced breakfasts (some are less than R20). Though, just because its cheap doesn’t mean it’s nasty, in fact, it boasts an extensive breakfast menu that features everything from scrumptious South African-style pancakes to hearty Mediterranean-style meals. The Portuguese Bloody Mary is a house favourite, and is apt at taking off the edge as is a gander through the racks of the restaurant’s vintage clothing. The restaurant serves breakfast from 8:30am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Cnr Kloof Nek and Burnside Road | Tamboerskloof |Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 426 0795
Situated on the bustlingMain Road of Green Point, Café Extrablatt is lauded for its weekend breakfast buffet specials. The Saturday breakfast buffet (served between 8am and 12pm) not only offers the usual suspects, but also a wonderful selection of artisan breads and cheeses. Similarly, on Sundays, the café offers a delicious buffet brunch, served between 9am and 12pm. Additionally, the full English breakfast is a firm favourite among patrons, and together with other breakfast options, is served from 8am – 12am, from Mondays to Sundays. The breakfast menu will set you back around R40, and the weekend buffet specials are between R80 and R100.
79 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 87 625 0463
This popular, city centre hangout has – thanks to a full facelift – gone from a hippie-chic diner to a sophisticated bistro-style café. The day’s specials feature on a chalk board menu and usually include fresh, seasonal delights that entice both veggies and carnivores alike. On offer are some delicious, freshly-squeezed juices, a variety of omelettes and other delectable morning favourites. Breakfast prices vary between R30 and R50, and are served Mondays to Sundays between 7:30am and 12pm. Read about our Lola’s Lunch.
228 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 0885
Healthy, home-made delights are priority at this ‘urban-farm store’ nestled in the heart of Cape Town. Day in, day out, Crave satisfies the cravings of busy, city office workers with food made fresh on the day; all food that’s not sold by the end of the day is donated to charity. Try a Bulgarian yoghurt pot with muesli and berry compote, or a lemon and poppy seed muffin. Breakfasts cost less than R30, and are served from 7am – 4:30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
32-34 Thibault Square Pavilion | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1080
On the hunt for a Cape Town breakfast spot that caters to those with food allergies or intolerances? Look no further, Dear Me takes into consideration all dietary needs, and ensures that their bistro-style breakfasts taste delicious at the same time. Their Eggs Benedict is a crowd pleaser, as are their homemade muesli and buttermilk rusks, nibblies that can be packaged for your convenience to enjoy at home. Breakfast is served Mondays to Fridays, from 7am-11am, and can cost anything from R18 to R72.
165 Longmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 422 4920
With its ever-changing interior space and whimsical displays of fresh flowers and curios, Hemelhuijs, an upmarket design-inspired eatery of sort, will offer you a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city life. On their breakfast menu is a healthy assortment of dishes, including cinnamon and oats with double thick yoghurt, as well as the very popular poached egg with hollandaise and smoked trout/ proscuitto. Breakfast is served all day, from 9am – 4pm (Mondays to Fridays), and from 9am– 2:30pm on Saturdays. Dishes are reasonably priced and cost between R30 and R95.
71 Waterkant Street | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 418 2042
Andiamo Restaurant and Deli
Eat your breakfast alfresco at Andiamo. The Italian restaurant and deli has been designed to let the beautiful surroundings of the European-style courtyard and fountain spill in, and the breakfasts are reasonably priced for the stunner of a venue. You can expect everything from traditional fry ups and eggs benedict to the more unusual fare, such as an Italian omelette with bolognaise sauce and buffalo mozzarella. Top off your breakfast with a specialty coffee, and you’ll soon be singing amore! The restaurant serves breakfast from 9am to 11:30 from Monday to Sunday, and prices range between R30 and R50.
Cape Quarter Piazza | 72 Waterkant Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 3687
Newport Deli is the ideal pit stop for a healthy breakfast and a robust 180-degree sea view. Locals and tourists alike flock to this seaside hotspot because of its delicious homemade muesli, croissants, homemade bread, smoothies and delectable coffees; hot breakfasts, unfortunately, are not on offer. Breakfast is served from 6:30am – 10pm (Mondays to Fridays) and from 7am – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and will set you back no more than R40.
47 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 439 1538
This quirky addition to the brightly-coloured facades of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood has lured many trendy Capetonians to its doorstep. Initially intended as a studio and coffee shop, Haas quickly diversified its offerings to keep up with public demand. Nowadays, this gallery-cum-coffee shop doesn’t only do cappuccinos and flat whites; you’ll find a range of delicious breakfasts and lunches, from croque monsieurs with smoked gypsy ham to the popular baked eggs breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7am – 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, and from 8am – 3pm on weekends. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay between R30 and R50.
67 Rose Street | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 422 4413
Markets in the city centre
Spend your weekend mornings at some of Cape Town’s reputable markets, where you can fill up on some local fare and see the latest in fashion and trends. Open early, these bazaars have gained a steady following among locals based on their offering of delicious, homemade treats and local produce, as well as a range of fashion and jewellery.
14 Hope Street | Gardens | Cape Town| +27 (0) 73 270 8043Source: CapeTownMagazine