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December 10, 2012

Rise and shine: Enjoy Cape Town’s best breakfasts

Continental, English, health and American – Cape Town serves every type of breakfast. Whether you crave hot croissants and fancy cheese with rich yoghurt and fresh fruit or a plate of poached eggs and steamed haddock, you’re sure to find each one of these breakfast bests as delicious as the next.

Start the day with a warm cappucino. Photo courtesy Empire Café

Larney and lavish
For a taste of upper-class, some fresh sea air and outstanding views you’ll praise throughout the meal, head to the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant.  The breakfast menu is a little slim, but by no means lacking. Try the full English breakfast with poached eggs, or the delectable scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on bagel, and be sure to order some freshly squeezed orange juice.
Breakfast is served seven days a week from 9h00 till 11h00 and the meal alone will cost you anything from R30 to R60.

Chic cuisine and a gorgeous display of interior design savvy is what you’ll find at Hemelhuijs, an upmarket eatery-cum-showroom in Waterkant Street that serves as an intimate venue for that special breakfast occassion.  The breakfast menu isn’t extensive, but it’s unique. Try a warm bowl of cinnamon and oats with double thick yoghurt, or order the sumptuous poached egg with smoked trout.

Breakfast is served from 09h00 to 16h00 Monday to Friday and dishes cost between R30 and R95.

Crunchy muesli topped with fresh fruit and yoghurt...Yum! Photo courtesy Empire Café.

Picky and particular
If you suffer from food allergies or want to avoid meat, milk, wheat and eggs, then finding a place to enjoy the most important meal of the day can become rather daunting. Thankfully Dear Me bistro on Longmarket Street caters to just about any picky customer. Try the homemade yoga muesli and the scrambled tofu for a feel good start to the day. Their eggs benedict is a winner, too.

Breakfast is served from 07h00 – 11h00 Monday to Friday and costs between R20 and R80.

For a smoothie or a bite of muesli on your way to yoga, pop in at Skinny Legs & All Luxury Café on Loop Street. Open Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 16h00, this sparse setting is the perfect start to any hispster’s day.

Trendy but still reliable
One of the worst things (and best things) that can ever happen to a restaurant is that it becomes the most popular place to eat. Facing an unprecedented crowd of hungry customers, most establishments fail miserably in their mission to deliver the same level of service and sumptuousness as before, when it felt as if you were the only one who knew about it.

Thankfully Lola’s in Long Street hasn’t faced a similar fate. This stylish bistro serves divine omelettes and an assortment of freshly squeezed juices.
Breakfast is served from 07h30 to 12h00 seven days a week and will you cost you anything from R30 to R60 a meal.

Muizenberg’s favourite, Empire Café in York Road opens early and is just a stone’s throw away from the ocean. Serving one of the best cups of coffee in Cape Town, this welcoming eatery is renowned for it’s simple signature dish – scrambled eggs of toast.

Breakfast is served from around 07h00 to 12h00 seven days a week and will cost you anything between R40 and R60.

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