If breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, then experts have long given us the perfect excuse for going on breakfast dates and adventures. If you are an early bird and breakfast person by nature, you know that few things beat the smell of freshly brewed coffee, the symphony of eggs sizzling or the crunch of honey-drenched museli.
The melting pot of foodie options in Cape Town collectively rallies in Cape Town’s City bowl. So, if you’re looking for a buffet of options, we’ve got a few breakfast adventure picks that are guaranteed to start your day off tastefully.
The perfect breakfast spot for plant parents and wholesome vibrance, this yellow gem serves up a healthy dose of breakfast lovin’. Whether it’s a bacon or mushroom toastie you’re craving, smashed avo or eggs florentine, this jungle in the concrete jungle offers all the fuel for a day of thrifting, yoga, a run, or a day of exploring.
- Where: 117 Kloof St, Gardens
- Website: ourlocal.co.za
Bree Street’s buzzing Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room might be known for some of the best burgers in town, but don’t be fooled. This foodie favourite has its well-respected place within the breakfast-loving community for good reason. In fact, Clarke’s has an all-day breakfast menu. With a smashing glass of freshly squeezed OJ at your side and a taste of anything from a Pain au Chocolat to big breakfasts and even kimchi fried organic rice with eggs and crispy kale, you’ll feel like you can conquer the city.
- Where: 133 Bree Street
- Website: clarkesdining.co.za
Butter All Day
One of the happiest cafes lives on Long Street, and its name is Butter All Day. The breakfast menu is an all-day one, so if you like your eggs sunny side up with a side of afternoon, Butter’s got you covered. Yes there’s butter-drenched meals, yes it’s a guilty pleasure, and yes you’re going to want to tell all your friends. Try the Buttermilk blues topped with créme fraiche, or the “Fun Guy” for a croissant experience you’ve never tried before.
- Where:70 Loop St
- Website: butterallday.com
Only one of Cape Town’s most beloved restaurants, Tamboerskloof heirloom has been around since 1904. The Blue Café has been serving up quaint charm and delicious breakfasts for over 100 years – so its safe to say that they know what they’re down at the cafe of our favourite blues. Go for a pastry, coffee and a rusk, the refreshing breakfast (eggs, mascarpone and pesto) or the minion monty if you like boiled eggs. Whatever you order, you’ll be experiencing a slice of history.
- Where: 13 Brownlow Road
- Website: thebluecafe.co.za
The Charles Café
The crown of the corner in De Waterkant, The Charles Café and Guesthouse is easily one of Cape Town’s oldest and most charming spots. Nestled underneath the shade of a Brazilian Red Peppercorn tree lies a setting so lovely, you’d think it’s from Bridgerton (especially if you dine inside by the fireplace). Enjoy the shade and colours of the neighbourhood over a cappuccino or spot of tea, and tuck into housemade granola, creamy breakfast risotto or a good old bacon and eggs serving. Head upstairs and you’ll find a rooftop setting that’ll serve as the extra ingredient to a morning well-spent.
- Where: 137 Waterkant St, De Waterkant
Red Sofa Café & Deli
The gem of Vredehoek, Red Sofa, has long had the stamp of locals’ approval. Champion of easy-going breakfasts and wake-you-up-wonderfully coffee, Red Sofa is the perfect spot for a breakfast hangout. Offering some of the best French Toast in Cape Town and an Effin’ Delicious Stack as well as many other brekkie favourites, Red Sofa is one spot that’ll make your morning that much sunnier. Gather round the stoep, bring your dog and get ready to nod your head approvingly.
- Where: 21 Derry Street, Vredehoek
- Website: redsofa.co.za
Bread Milk Honey
Comfort food, cheddar melts and freshly baked bread. Milk and Honey is a town haven for the hungry morning bird (they open at 6:30am). Get a breakfast cup on the go or sit down for a speciality coffee – either way, you’re in for a treat of a time. Don’t forget to save some for later when it comes to their baked goods, including the mini milk tarts and cheesecake that keep locals coming back.
- Where: Crn Mostert & Corporation, 60 Corporation St, Cape Town City Centre
Easily one of Parliament Street’s favourite coffee dens and deli pick-me-ups, Fideli’s will have you questioning whether you’re actually in New York City. When it comes to mouthwatering breakfasts, Fideli’s secret ingredient is their love for wholesome produce. Must try: The Church Square Continental breakfast choice.
Croissant & toast, brie cheese, boerenkaas, home-churned butter, local serrano ham, home-cured pastrami, smoked salmon, cream cheese, plum jam, orange marmalade, grapes, spanspek & strawberries, could it get any better?
- Where: Church Square, Cape Town City Centre
- Website: fidelis.capetown
Chic, modern and vibrantly stylish, Hemelhuijs is delicious from aesthetics to taste. If you’re after a breakfast cocktail, this is your guy, not to mention juices that’ll betray your blender and some of the most exotic and close-to-home breakfast choices you can get all day long. Soft mieliepap with karoo honey and salted butter, or spice poached pear with custard swirled yoghurt, and puffed inca corn. Grilled bockwurst or scrambled eggs? Take your pick.
- Where: 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre
- Website: hemelhuijs.co.za