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The accolades are pouring in for Cape Town’s restaurants as the city’s creative concepts, local flavours and unique settings catch the attention of the critics. It’s the restaurants and their dinner offerings that really impress but breakfast options in the Mother City can hold their own too.
From bakeries to diners to five-star hotels, we scaled a mountain of poached eggs, roasted tomatoes and homemade bread to find the best place in Cape Town for the day’s most important meal.
Jason’s‘Cape Town’s favourite bakery’
Breakfast times: 7:30 – 12:00 (weekdays), 8:00 – 12:00 (Saturdays), closed on Sundays
Cost: R20 – R70
Address: 185 Bree Street (corner of Bloem Street), City Centre
Jason’s, on the trendy Bree Street, has quickly become a CBD stalwart known for its exceptional artisanal baked goods. The aptly-named dish, The Bomb, is one of the most popular options and is a croissant with a poached egg, bacon and Emmental cheese. It’s the Saturday morning doussants that really get the people talking, though, with queues around the corner almost every weekend. I went with a French colleague and she gave the croissants her nod of approval. So you know they’re good.
Villa 47‘Uncomplicated quality’
Breakfast times: 07:00 – 11:30 (weekdays), 08:30 – 11:30 (Saturdays), closed on Sundays
Cost: R65 – R80
Telephone: +021 418 2740
Address: 47 Bree Street, City Centre
At the other end of Bree Street and also a stellar breakfast experience is Villa 47. This Italian restaurant known for its simple, yet quality, pastas brings that philosophy to its breakfasts. There are five classic breakfast options such as scrambled eggs with Spanish chorizo, eggs benedict with pancetta or salmon and croissant with scrambled eggs and Italian pancetta. There are five fresh fruit juice mixes and coffees to go with it.
Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room
Photo Credit: Clarke’s Bar
‘Cape Town cool with an all-day breakfast’
Breakfast times: 8:00 – 16:00
Cost: R30 – R70
Telephone: +2721 424 7648
Address: 133 Bree Street, City Centre
Occupying prime position in the City Bowl’s buzzing Bree Street, Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room serves up a satisfying array of all-day breakfast options. Old favourites feature alongside unusual concoctions such as their Hash Eggs—eggs benedict with a twist—and Huevos Rancheros—a traditional dish hailing from Mexico. Health nuts will fawn over the house-made granola and grapefruit brulee. As if you need more reason to go, a morning special between 8 and 9 includes 2 eggs on your choice of bread and a coffee or juice for R30. Don’t have time to pop in for long? Grab a takeaway coffee between 7 and 8 on weekdays for only R12.
Radisson Blu‘Breakfast buffet with a view’
Breakfast times: 6:30 – 10:30 (weekdays), 6:30 – 11:00 (weekends)
Telephone: +27 21 441 3000
Address: Beach Road, Granger Bay
While seagulls soar above you, waves lap nearby and boats coast past, you can indulge in the Radisson’s breakfast buffet feast. Their large patio can seat 200 people and has heaters for the colder winter mornings. There is an array of freshly squeezed-in-front-of-you juices, muesli, yoghurt, fruit, cheeses, bread, cold meats and salmon. There are the usual suspects for the hot breakfast; sausages, crispy and soft bacon, eggs, mushrooms and vegetable quiches. Waffles, pancakes and eggs are made to order. If you go I’d suggest taking your time and enjoying the view of Robben Island and Table Bay.
Manna Epicure‘A Kloof Street classic’
Breakfast times: 08:00 – 16:00, Sundays 08:00 – 15:00
Cost: R30 – R95
Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens
Hailed as a dynamic fusion of South African and French cuisines, Manna Epicure is not just a fine dining restaurant but also a wonderful breakfast choice. With elegant decor, white tables and outside counters facing the street, Manna Epicure has proven to be a very popular place to start your day in Cape Town. Their classic breakfast (pictured) and coconut breakfast (two eggs, smoked salmon trout and avocado on coconut bread) are two winners but the in-house bakery is really what catches our attention. There is a selection of homemade bread to choose from: coconut, gluten-free, rye, country, pecan nut & raisin or ciabatta – and of course, the croissants! The half price breakfast between eight and nine every morning is even more motivation to go.
Starlings‘Hidden (behind a hedge) gem’
Breakfast times: 7 -12 (Weekdays), 8-12:30 (Saturdays), 8-13:00 (Sundays)
Cost: R20 – R85
Telephone: +2721 671 6875
Address: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont
This converted house in Claremont is easy to miss, but I don’t recommend doing that as it’s a charming little place to start your day. It still has that homely feeling with local friends meeting for breakfast, the waiters remembering their names and decor your grandmother would envy. The leafy courtyard is a wonderful feature but it’s the food that people come back for. Homemade Bulgarian yoghurt, poached eggs with parmesan and basil pesto, free-range chicken livers, avocado, homemade pesto, roasted tomatoes and toast, and the perennial eggs benedict are the most popular items on the menu.
Four & Twenty‘The ultimate spot for a girls’ breakfast’
Breakfast Times: Tuesday – Saturday 08h30 – 15h30, Sunday 09h00 – 14h30
Cost: R65 – R112
Telephone: +2721 762 0975
Address: 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg
Women in Cape Town are fanatical about this place, almost frighteningly so. But one look at this place and it’s easy to understand why. This whimsical cafe and pantry is tucked away in Chelsea Village and has a French inspiration behind it. And that’s fair enough, as the owners dreamt up the concept while eating macaroons below the Eiffel Tower. Their food is straight-up delicious. They have actual Green Eggs and Ham, which is fresh basil hollandaise with poached eggs and topped with pan-crisped hickory-smoked ham and rocket. Another popular choice is Oriental Eggs Be-Lean, which is pan-fried mixed exotic mushrooms, with poached eggs, on Indonesia-umami hollandaise, sesame-crusted crispy bacon garnished with edamame beans. The cakes and cupcakes are especially good too.
Photo Credit: Jarryd’s
‘The best breakfast spot on the Atlantic Seaboard’
Breakfast times: 07:00 – 16:30
Cost: R20 – R90
Address: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point
This highly-rated breakfast spot in Sea Point ticks all the right boxes. The menu is a challenging one as it’s all so mouth-wateringly enticing. As they say themselves, ‘Jarryd’s is not about re-inventing the wheel but more about doing the classics really, really well.’ There is room, however, for some creativity as can be seen in their oven-roasted chorizo frittata, an array of breakfast scrambles and their very popular sweet corn fritters with bacon, homemade tomato relish, avocado and baby spinach. If you’re looking to have a morning walk on the Sea Point promenade then this is the place we recommend it ends.
Hemelhuijs‘Delicious breakfast with a South African twist’
Breakfast times: All day from 9:00am onwards
Cost: R45 – R75
Telephone: +2721 418 2042
Address: 1 Waterkant Street, City Centre
With a menu that looks like a coffee book you know you’re in good hands in the pristine and welcoming Hemelhuijs. Their juices alone are worth going for with options like grapefruit, pear and cabbage, and winter melon, celery and ginger. The carefully sourced ingredients and the famous ‘mosbolletjie’ bread have won over a legion of staunch supporters for this oasis in the city. And their all-day breakfast options with items like mieliepap, onion smoor, grilled farm sausage and home-made potato rosti are just another reason why.
Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace‘The classiest breakfast in town’
Breakfast times: 06:00 – 11:00
Cost: R95 – R225
Telephone: +2721 410 7080
Address: Cape Grace, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront
One of Cape Town’s finest and grandest restaurants, the Cape Grace, offers a breakfast fit for kings. The options are simple (little, hot, continental or full breakfast), but the food is not. Signal takes it all to the next level. Pancakes come with caramelised apple and smoke pork belly, sweetcorn fritters come with guacamole and rashers of crispy bacon, and eggs benedict comes with gammon or smoked salmon. If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is the breakfast for you.
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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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