The top 15 brunch spots in Cape Town
This must be one of the most contentious topics among Cape Town foodies. Few things beat a good brunch, and Cape Town has hundreds of options. But a great brunch is simply sublime, and some places come out on top. They’re the ones that serve breakfast food a little later in the morning, so you can saunter in after a sleep-in, a hike, or a morning dip in the ocean. Where the coffee is delicious, and the food will fill you with all the warmth and satisfaction you need to make it home for a post-brunch nap. These places evoke feelings of comfort and contentment, and they leave you longing for the next lazy weekend brunch. These are high stakes, but we’ve tried them all and come up with a list of the fifteen best.
Starlings is one of those places you kind of have to be a local to know about (until now). It’s got no signpost and it’s hidden behind a large hedge on an unassuming street. They don’t take bookings, so you’d do well to get there early and grab a table in the garden, in the dappled light from the trees overhead. The food is spectacular—the eggs benedict is among the best in town, topped with silky hollandaise. Vegetarian and healthy food options are available, and they have delicious carb-free bread as well as sweet baked treats to take home for later. To drink, there is fresh juice and gorgeous coffee, as well as a few smoothies.
Breakfast hours: Weekdays 7am-12pm; weekends: 8am-12pm
The Food Barn Deli, Noordhoek
The Food Barn Deli is located in the Noordhoek Farm Village. The tables look onto the open-plan kitchen where all food is prepared fresh. The adjacent shelves are laden with freshly baked goods, local wines, specialist ingredients, and teas for sale. Behind the tables are rows of high-quality second-hand books, which you can browse while you wait for your food. The breakfast options are simple but delicious, with daily specials. They also serve beautiful local wines and bubbly. Breakfast is served all day, and in the evenings they serve gourmet tapas that will blow you away.
Breakfast hours: 8am-4pm
The Larder, Claremont
Just off the main drag near Cavendish Square is The Larder. It’s an intimate spot with quirky décor & warm ambience. The food is prepared fresh, and with love. The Johnny Depp is this café’s answer to eggs benedict, and one of the most popular items. The coffee is superb, and the baristas make a mean cortado.
Breakfast hours: Weekdays 7am-3:30pm; weekends 7am-1:30pm
Harveys at Winchester Mansions, Seapoint
Harvey’s is famous for their Sunday brunches, and for good reason. They serve a buffet brunch, with everything from the traditional eggs and bacon to sushi. There’s also a complimentary glass of bubbly and a Sunday paper thrown into the mix. To top the whole experience off, the tunes are provided by a live jazz band. Guests can sit on the terrace overlooking the promenade and enjoy the bountiful feast in the sunshine.
Breakfast hours: Sundays 11am-2pm
Green Vine Eatery, Constantia
Green Vine is one of the fantastic restaurants in the Silvermist wine estate on Constantia Nek. The view is spectacular, overlooking the lush greenery of Table Mountain National Park. They serve standard breakfast fare, like eggs benedict, fresh fruit with yoghurt and granola, and omelettes. What sets them apart, though, is the breakfast pizza, topped with sliced homemade sausage, bacon, caramelised onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella and eggs. And if you’re a particularly late riser, fear not—there is the brunch pizza on their all-day menu.
Breakfast hours: Weekdays 8am-11am; weekends 8am-10:30pm
Hemelhuijs, City Bowl
The name literally means “heaven house”, and they’re not kidding. Fresh juices will refresh and rejuvenate, and the menu is full of really different breakfast options. Try the proudly South African mieliepap porridge with karoo honey and butter, or the perfect scrambled eggs served on homemade date loaf. Their unique takes on traditional eggs-and-bacon breakfasts are also worth checking out, and the best news of all is that they serve breakfast all day.
Breakfast hours: 9am-4pm on weekdays; 9am-3pm on Saturdays; closed Sundays.
Lola’s, City Bowl
Lola’s is on the vibey Long Street, with outdoor tables perfect for people-watching. It’s got a fresh and clean look with local art on the walls, and the bistro-style food is divine. Highlights from the breakfast menu include French-toasted croissants with either vanilla syrup and banana or bacon, the vegetarian eggs benedict with mushroom and spinach, and the omelette with herbed cream cheese, spinach, mushroom & spring onion.
Breakfast hours: Weekdays 8am-12pm; weekends 8am-1pm
Overlooking the expansive Constantia vineyards, Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia is a great choice for breakfast on a sunny day. They serve everything from scones and jam and oatmeal to classics like French toast and eggs and bacon. The Portabella mushroom poached eggs on sourdough is a hit, with bacon lardons, spinach, and tomato hollandaise. For the very hungry, the breakfast burger is a winner—it is topped with a fried egg, bacon, house pickle, fat fries, and hollandaise.
Breakfast hours: 9am-11:30am
Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, Seapoint
Kleinsky’s is first and foremost a bagel joint, serving fresh bagels that are hand-rolled, fermented overnight, and boiled in honey-water before baking. The breakfast bagel is the obvious choice, but don’t overlook the homemade challah french toast and the potato latke benedict. To drink, there are fresh juices and a variety of coffees and teas.
Breakfast hours: 8am-11am
The Pot Luck Club, Woodstock
And now for something completely different… The Pot Luck Club is a tapas-style restaurant started by Luke Dale-Roberts, of La Colombe fame. Here, brunch is a fine-dining set menu that kicks off at 11 am, on Sundays only. Tapas platters are served with freshly baked bread, salmon tataki, fish tacos, goat’s cheese, arancini, pork belly sliders, Arnold Bennets, and many other delectable treats. For an extra fee, you can also enjoy bottomless bubbly. This is not the place to go for your traditional bacon and eggs, but if you’d like to try unique dishes prepared by one of the country’s leading chefs, don’t miss it.
Breakfast hours: Starting from 11am
Superette is located in the trendy and chic Woodstock Exchange. It has a long counter overlooking the main street, which makes for great people-watching. If you’re feeling indulgent the Nutella-stuffed french toast might catch your eye. Their take on eggs benny is next-level—it’s served on a savoury buttermilk and herbed goats cheese waffle, with perfect poached eggs, spinach, hollandaise sauce and crispy bacon. For late risers, there’s the all-day-breakfast sourdough rye sandwich, filled with scrambled eggs, roasted baby tomatoes, bacon, and lemon dressed greens.
Breakfast hours: Weekdays 8am-3pm; Saturdays 8am-2pm
Whole Earth Cafe, Scarborough
Whole Earth prides itself on catering to everyone. They use seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. All meat is pasture-fed and the chicken and eggs are free range. You’ll find plenty to choose from no matter your dietary requirements—gluten-free, vegan, raw, or many others. They also have fresh juices and can make coffees with non-dairy milk.
Breakfast hours: 8:30am-12pm
Open Door, Constantia
This lively eatery on the Constantia Uitsig wine estate is a stunning setting for a more upmarket brunch. The menu is anything but boring, with items like the almond-crusted French toast sandwich with orange marmalade, boerenkaas, watercress, and sour cream, or the toasted brioche with poached eggs, citrus hollandaise, chorizo, and sweetcorn. Of course, you’re already on a wine estate, so it would be a good time to pop open a bottle of bubbles.
Breakfast hours: 9am-11am
Four and Twenty, Wynberg
Four and Twenty is a pretty spot in the quaint Chelsea Village area of Wynberg. Inside, it’s usually bustling on weekends as people pop in for the all-day breakfast menu. The “Create your Own” section of the menu is where the action is—choose your bread, eggs, and any additions you like, from avo to bratwurst to Belnori goats chevre.
Breakfast hours: 8am-5pm
JARRYDS is all about fresh seasonal produce, free range meat and eggs, and artisan bread. The coffee is fair trade and the veggies are delivered daily from the market. The breakfast options are served all day and include a Benedict Bar, where you can “build your own” Benedict. The toast bar offers choices ranging from smashed avo to ricotta and marinated strawberries, and there are gluten-free and banting options too. The banana bread waffles are to die for, and the breakfast tagine makes a delightful change from the usual.
Breakfast hours: 7am-4:30pm