Breakfast is an essential part of an active Cape Town day. This is a city that holds good food close to its heart, so there’s no shortage of places to get a good breakfast in Cape Town. Better still, you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets: there are places to suit any budget. Here are 10 of our favourite places where you can get a great breakfast for under R50.
Arnold’s Restaurant, Gardens
Arnold’s has long been an institution among Cape Town locals. They’re widely known for their cheap-as-chips breakfasts, laid-back vibes and, of course, good coffee. If you’re there before 7am on a weekday, try the Early Bird Breakfast. It comes with two eggs, two rashers of bacon, two ostrich/pork chipolatas, fried tomato, toast and jam, and costs only R25. The Arnold’s Omelette is another favourite, and goes for just R35. For R32, try the Breakfast Lite: scrambled eggs on an English muffin, drizzled with basil pesto.
Clarke’s Dining Room, City Bowl
Clarke’s is super popular with locals and has a trendy, hip vibe. The main attraction is undoubtedly their food, especially breakfast, which is served all day. Head on over between 8-9am and catch their breakfast special of two eggs, toast and a coffee for R40. There are a number of other options coming in under R50, including a selection of pastries, seasonal fruit bowls, and healthy muffins.
Jason Bakery, City Bowl
Another one of the Bree Street food scene’s favourites, Jason Bakery’ serves up mouth-watering bread and baked goods. Their breakfast hatch serves delicious breakfast pastries.
Crust Café, Gardens
Just up the road from Jason is Crust, another bakery that serves the freshest, most delectable bread and baked goods. Their delicious home-made croissants and muffins make a great breakfast, and starts from just R22. Try the toasted bacon sandwich for R35.
Kauai, Long Street
Kauai prides itself on serving up healthy, tasty food. They’re in many locations around the city, with slight variations to the menu. Grab a breakfast to go: try the Egg Hot Pot: a free range poached egg, sautéed mushrooms, rosa tomatoes, kale, pesto, feta, and parmesan for only R29. Add sautéed free range beef sausage, red pepper, and chipotle chili to the same meal for R39. If you prefer not to have a cooked breakfast, the breakfast bowl with yoghurt, pineapple, strawberries, banana, almonds, honey, and chia seeds also comes in at R39.
For breakfast with a view, Knead at Muizenberg is arguably one of the best spots in Cape Town, and also one of the best bakeries. Try the Early Bird Breakfast Special, served Monday-Friday before 9am. You can get scrambled eggs or eggs benedict and roast tomato for R30. During the week they’re buzzing with surfers heading to work after a quick ‘dawnie’ and over the weekend it’s packed with beach goers. Enjoy a hot cinnabun with condensed milk sauce for only R25.
Caffe Villagio, Milnerton
Grab the Villagio breakfast, which includes two eggs, bacon, fries, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and a slice of toast for R39. Breakfast is served all day!
Bread, Milk & Honey, City Bowl
This little café, just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament, has an extensive breakfast menu, and serves breakfast until 12. Their range of baked goods and home-made juices and smoothies are also to die for and makes the perfect pop-in, pop-out breakfast spot. Get one egg on toast for R21, and top up with tomato, mushrooms, avo or cheese without breaking the R50 budget.
Manna Epicure, Gardens
Manna Epicure is situated on the bustling Kloof Street, and the ample natural light and elegant décor make it a great spot for a classy meal. Every day between 8am and 9am, the entire breakfast menu is half price. You’ll be able to get the three-egg omelette, museli, fruit salad, or bacon and banana waffles for under R30. If you stretch your budget just a little over R50, you’ll be able to choose almost anything on the menu: it’s a great deal!
Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg
Tiger’s Milk has become something of an institution, and serves up delicious breakfasts. Check out the Breaking Dawn section of their menu, with a number of options for just R45 (or R45 with coffee). Options include the pan breakfast (fried eggs, bacon, mushroom and tomato); beans on toast with fried eggs and pico de gallo,; peri peri chicken livers and eggs on ciabatta; a breakfast wrap with mozzarella cheese, caramelised onions and scrambled eggs; or avo on toast with feta and jalapenos.
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