Trendy new restaurants and bars in Cape Town

It’s safe to say Cape Town is a foodie’s paradise. From street food to corner cafes, burger joints to tapas, traditional cooking to fine dining, the city’s growing food scene is packed with mind-blowing options that cater to every taste and vibe. Here’s a look at some new spots well worth a visit.

Jessy’s Waffles, Gardens

Vegan and gluten-free waffles and desserts are no longer a pipe dream! At Jessy’s Waffles in Dunkley Square, Gardens, you’ll be able to feast on tasty and healthy treats like beetroot and chocolate waffles or gluten-free brownies with hazelnut sauce, raspberries, and coconut sprinkles topped with Unframed vegan ice cream. They also have savoury waffles with toppings like vegan cheese, paprika, and tomato chutney. While you’re there you can also enjoy a coffee or a matcha and mint latte.



Skinny Legs at Maison Mara, De Waterkant

You can now conveniently get your fashion and caffeine fix at the most stylish location in Cape Town: Maison Mara. It’s the perfect match for the much-loved concept store and popular breakfast and lunch spot as they both have an elegant approach to life. After exploring the sophisticated and well-curated offering in the home-turned-boutique-store, sit down for a healthy and decadent serving of something delicious. On offer, you’ll find buckwheat pancakes, coconut quinoa, or banana bread topped with honey, anise crème fraîche, and berries. Breakfast options range from health-nut to indlugent, with choices of pastries and homemade granola. They also serve lunch, with salads, sandwiches, plates, and bowls on the menu. To drink there are plenty of smoothies, coffees, herbal teas, and even some wine on offer.


Brunch in the city ☕️

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The Strangers Club, Green Point

This green oasis on Braemar road is the perfect spot for a turmeric latte in the city. Their menu keeps it simple with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. Health-conscious patrons will be delighted by their bowls, juices, smoothies, and sandwiches.


Fresh in! @thankgoodnessfoods organic kale and carrot cake never disappoints 🤤

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The Ceviche Bar, Woodstock

A dedicated ceviche bar has opened in Woodstock, serving up fresh and sustainably-caught fish, beautifully paired with local produce. Ceviche is a South American dish of marinated raw fish or seafood, particularly popular in Peru. They also have vegetarian and vegan options, replacing the fish with interesting veggies and fungi, like the Shiitake Naranja.


Shiitake Naranja #veganceviche 🌱 | 📷 @ashiqjphoto

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The Shop, Three Anchor Bay

The Shop has replaced the Buzbey Grill as your place to get steak, salad, and seafood in Three Anchor Bay. Their uncomplicated menu has some old favourites like chicken schnitzel and free-range fillet and new classics like kudu carpaccio with beetroot puree and cultured cream. For dessert, their vanilla crème brûlèe or rum and raisin parfait are divine.



Bootlegger, High Constantia

Bootlegger has opened a new branch in High Constantia, and it’s a totally new look and feel. The atmosphere is sophisticated, and while you’ll still get their famous coffee and baked goods, the dinner menu is full of gourmet twists on classic dishes. Try the Caprese salad with creamy burrata cheese. Their hand cut fries with roasted garlic aioli make an excellent side to their extensive selection of grills, including some of the best steaks in town. Add a bottle of reasonably priced wine and end off with hand-churned ice-cream and you have yourself a memorable meal.


Never too late for some flap jacks 😉

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Rafael Lebanese Cafe, Sea Point

This Lebanese speciality coffee shop on Main Road in Sea Point is a little slice of heaven for all hummus, falafel, and labneh lovers. Their coffee is also exceptionally good and their blue and white decor is inviting. They’re open from 08h00 till 17h00 on weekdays and 08h00 till 16h00 on weekends, so pop by for a Lebanese breakfast, lunch, brunch or takeaway.



Bilboa, Camps Bay

Prepare yourself for some good looking food, even better-looking clientele and a postcard-perfect view when you visit Bilboa in Camps Bay. Their menu offers seafood, meaty dishes, tons of side dishes and vegetarian options. Their extensive drinks list is quite impressive, but nothing can match that view of the beach.



The Botanical Bar, City Bowl

This new gem on Longmarket Street gives you a chance to taste some incredible indigenous flavours mixed with old favourites. The masterminds behind Honest Chocolate are responsible for this unique bar, approaching it with the same focus on local produce and healthier alternatives. They’re making their own bitters and using local botanicals in all their cocktails and food, it’s a taste experience not to be missed.



Janse & Co., City Bowl

A relaxed fine dining experience awaits you at the new Janse & Co. on Kloof Street. Their focus is on locally sourced flavours and the healthy ingredients are the heroes. Their tasting menu comprises of about 20 dishes, depending on the chef’s menu the week. With chef Arno Janse van Rensburg and his pastry chef partner Liezl Odendaal at the helm, we’re expecting great things.



Jakes on the Common, Noordhoek

Jakes has opened their third restaurant at the foot of the picturesque Chapman’s Peak drive. The family-friendly eatery caters for everyone with a menu featuring burgers and gourmet hotdogs, Moroccan flatbreads, and Vietnamese coffee. Their bar & lounge is a great place for a sundowner, craft beer, colourful cocktail, or a glass of wine.


Lunch with mom

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Lekker Vegan, City Bowl

Finally, vegans have a gourmet junk food joint to get their gatsby fix in Cape Town. Lekker Vegan on the corner of Harrington & Barrack Street in town serves up accessible vegan fast food that anyone can enjoy. Their 100% plant-based options include mock chicken burgers, beef sandwiches, gatsybs, chip rolls, and bubblegum soft-serve.



Chinchilla, Camps Bay

We have four words for you: Camps. Bay. Rooftop. Bar. Enough said? We’d say so, but then we’d also like to add that Chinchilla also serves light bites, seafood, sandwiches, dessert and cocktails. They also host events and have two resident DJs.



Jason Bakery, Green Point

Cape Town rejoice! The city’s favourite “Doughssant” (a doughnut and croissant hybrid usually decorated and filled according to a weekly theme) provider has opened a new branch in Green Point. You’ll find them on the main road in Green Point, or just follow your nose, the freshly baked bread, pastries and coffee will lead you there.



 Coco Safar, Sea Point

The couture espresso and pâtisserie shop Coco Safar has opened a new flagship store in Sea Point. They serve world-class coffee and rooibos products as well as arty pâtisserie and decadent handmade chocolate bonbons.


Bowls on Bree, City Bowl

There’s a serious food trend of healthy, fresh food beautifully organised in a bowl and Bowls on Bree is the latest venture to fully capitalise on this one. Choose between a Buddha, Poke, or Paleo bowl and treat yourself to a wholesome and colourful meal packed with flavour and Insta-worthiness.



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