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 restaurants you need to check out.

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Between Us, City Bowl

This tasteful and trendy new restaurant at the top of Bree Street is worth a visit for the aesthetics, food, and the perfect slither of Table Mountain you can see from their patio. Open from 8am-4pm daily, their breakfasts, light lunches, juices, and coffees are works of art—perfect for a special occasion or celebration. Think freshly bakes wholegrain loaves of bread, flower-strewn salads, and jars of porridge served with rhubarb caraway compote, Kültüre yoghurt, and cardamom granola. Dishes are served up on beautiful ceramics set amidst the most decadent flower bouquets.


The Electric, District Six

At the moment the hippest area in Cape Town has to be the East City Precinct. The area around Harrington Street and District Six is almost unrecognizable with the amount of hip new coffee shops, stores, and restaurants that have blossomed in the neighbourhood. One of the new restaurants is the juice, nut milk, and sandwich bar The Elecrtic. The bright yellow building hosts an uncomplicated menu packed with fresh ingredients, nut milk drinks, and healthy shots that will put a spring in your step. They’re open from 7:30 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.


Swan Café, District Six

This beautiful and perfectly curated crêperie on the corner of Buitenkant & Barrack Street in District Six serves up the most spectacular sweet crepes, savoury galettes, their own range of speciality tea blends, and of course coffees and turmeric and beetroot lattes. Its another of the exciting new restaurants in the east City you need to visit! Their exquisite and well-thought-out interior will have you swooning. It’s definitely worth a visit, but be warned, they are very popular so try going at off-peak times (they are open from 8 am to 4 pm).


Swan Café interior design by @haldanemartin and graphic identity by @heidi.chisholm has, at its heart and soul, the majestic and graceful creature, the swan. Owner Jessica Rushmere has always related to the elegant bird almost like a spirit animal. Its mythological ties conjure up associations of romance and nostalgia, and it symbolises grace and beauty on many levels. Both designers have artfully integrated the Swan into the many layers of the crêperie and brand identity, from our logo and signage to wallpaper, tea tins and trays. The avian theme even continues into the lighting with our copper bird cages to the egg-shaped vintage globes. #swancafecapetown #swancafe #swancafect #capetown #interiordesign #conceptinterior #haldanemartin #creperie #swan #bird #avian #lighting #birdcage #southafrica #southafricandesign #crêpe #crepes #design #capetowneats #capetownmagazine #capetownrestaurant #capetowncafe #cafeculture

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Pauline’s, Sea Point

The little coffee nook on the corner of Rhine and Main Road in Sea Point is all about consciously sourced coffee and light meals. The stand-up coffeeshop is brought to you by the same people behind the stylish Loading Bay in De Waterkant, so you know you’re in for something special.


. . P A U L I N E S | C o f f e e ____ . I just love spending time with these three inspiring friends @jaynebrandatelier , @tamzyn_lagorce and @kaeli_justus at @paulinescoffeect this morning. ☕️👌🏻💕 . Pauline’s is an amazing new space embracing the coffee community with consciously sourced products prepared and shared on the corner of Rhine and Main Road, Sea Point created by the talented duo Nicol and JP founders of @loadingbay . ☕️ . You can view my Instagram Stories or my Highlight called “Paulines Coffee” for more. 🍂 . . . . . . . . . . . #food #foodie #eat #sanscommunity #loadingbay #capetownfood #capetownfoodie #capetown #southafrica #homeware #home #homedecor #decor #organic #nature #natural #local #localbusiness #community #coffee #coffeeshop #coffeeholic

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TOMO, City Bowl

The City Bowl has a new Asian cuisine eatery, with amazing sushi, Japanese cuisine, and Asian fusion dishes on offer. Open from noon until late, they serve lunch and dinner with a special tea room to open upstairs soon. Find them on the corner of Shortmarket and Loop Street in the heart of town.


This was ridiculously good. #japanesefood

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Upper Bloem, Green Point

From the masterminds behind Cape Town’s darling La Mouette Restaurant, comes one of our favourite new restaurants, Upper Bloem in Green Point. Inspired by the uniqueness of Cape Town, the restaurant promises exceptional small plates packed with local flavours and seasonal produce. The wine list and interior alone is enough to have us making a booking.



Merkava, City Bowl

The City Bowl is rejoicing as the popular Somerset West coffee roastery Merkava has finally opened a city branch in Shortmarket Street. Try their amazing variety of coffees in their beautiful blue setting and don’t miss the opportunity to try one of their priceless brownies.


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.



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 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.


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.


The Botanical Bar, City Bowl

This part of the city is bursting with new restaurants, but don’t overlook this new gem on Longmarket Street. The Botanical Bar 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.


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