Where to Get Your Fix of Eggs Benedict in Cape Town
You say brunch, we say eggs Benedict. In fact, you say any meal anytime of the day and we’ll probably still say eggs Benedict in Cape Town. The iconic breakfast dish is probably one of the most loved in the entire world and rightfully so. Even if you’re veering away from the classic English muffin base, the combination of toasty bread, salty bacon or smoked salmon and soft poached eggs all laced with a buttery, delicately flavoured hollandaise is something that anyone can appreciate.
The origins of eggs Benedict is contentious, with many major claims being laid to the dish. Our favourite is that of a retired Wall Street broker, Lemuel Benedict, who asserted that he strolled in The Waldorf Hotel in 1894 in search of a breakfast to cure his hangover.
He asked for plain buttered toast, two softly poached eggs, crispy bacon, and a glug of Hollandaise. The m’aitre d’, who was famous in his own right, obviously thought this to be genius and substituted an English muffin for the toast and ham for the bacon.
Wherever this dish came from, the world is truly thankful and a better place for it. John Gunther said that all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast and this must be an unofficial motto for Cape Town residents as they seem to love a good eggs Benedict breakfast. Here are our favourite places to get your fix of eggs Benedict in Cape Town.
Our Favourite Eggs Benedict in Cape Town
Jarryd’s Espresso Bar & Eatery
The queue outside Jarryd’s is usually pretty long, but that’s because it’s worth the wait. The breakfast menu is comprehensive and includes a tasty eggs Benedict option. Expect free-range eggs, with homemade Hollandaise, served atop your choice of salmon, bacon, spinach and mushroom or a Reuben option (pastrami). You can also choose between toast or hashbrowns.
Location: 90 Regent Road, Seapoint
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-16h00
Contact: 060 748 0145
In the heart of Sea Point is Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, where brothers Joel and Adam are serving up traditional Jewish fare. Their take on the eggs Benedict features, wait for it, two crispy edged latkes under all of the poached, salmon and Hollandaise business. A fun update on two classic foods, but one that delivers on flavour. Of course, the rest of the menu is pretty drool-worthy too, including their famed homemade bagels and their New York-style cheesecake.
Location: 95 Regent Road, Sea Point and 32 Parliment Street, CBD (Not open on Sundays)
Hours: Mon: 08h00-17h00 Tues: 08h00-16h00 Wed-Sat: 08h00-21h00 Sun: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 433 2871 (Sea Point) 082 583 4162
Harvey’s at the Winchester Mansions
Harvey’s probably has one of the best views in Sea Point, uninterrupted overlooking the promenade and ideal for a lazy weekend breakfast or a weekday breakfast meeting. You have the choice of a classic eggs Benedict, or a salmon version. served with a red pepper Hollandaise.
Location: 221 Beach Road, Seapoint
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-22h00
Contact: 021 434 2351
This gorgeous restaurant on the Camp’s Bay strip offers exceptional food with a view. This is definitely at the top of our list of where to get the best eggs Benedict in Cape Town – and who doesn’t love breakfast by the ocean? The 41 serves eggs Benedict with a Mediterranean flair. You can opt for their Prosciutto eggs Benedict with toasted ciabatta, prosciutto, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Alternatively, you can go for the salmon eggs Benedict with toasted ciabatta, smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Note: breakfast is only served Saturdays and Sundays.
Location: 41 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
Hours: Sat & Sun: 08h00-00h00
Contact: 021 437 0558
Tucked away in the courtyard of The Old Biscuit Mill, Saucisse is not to be missed. This eggs Benedict in Cape Town is simple and straight-up; poached eggs, Hollandaise, caramelised onions and Hickory ham served on sourdough toast.
Location: Unit A 112, The Old Biscuit Mill
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-16h00 Sat: 08h30-14h00
Contact: 021 447 7177
Located on Lower Main Road, Café Honeybun is a busy little spot that keeps locals fed and watered (or perhaps we should say coffee’d). Their Benedict offering is served atop toasted ciabatta with rocket, bacon and fried tomato. They also have a salmon option, also served on ciabatta, with the addition of cream cheese and tomato. Both are of course served with a healthy drizzle of that all-important Hollandaise.
Location: 107 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat & Sun: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 447 0606
Dapper Coffee Co.
Dapper’s DIY breakfast section includes hollandaise sauce as an option, so you can build your eggs Benedict just the way you like it. Choose your preferred bread (from Woodstock Bakery) and then top with bacon, pancetta or smoked salmon and perfectly poached eggs. Your Hollandaise comes in a nifty glass holder so you can add as much, or as little, as you like. No prizes for guessing how much we gobbled.
Location: Corner of Bree and Strand St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 001 2560
Looking for a classic eggs Benedict in Cape Town? Look no further, Lunchworks offers it just as it should be – poached eggs atop an English muffin with ham and Hollandaise. If you’re headed to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market on a Saturday morning, look out for the Lunchworks stand, it’ll be the one with the very long queue, hop in line though, it moves fast and it’s worth it. They serve up a gluten-free hashbrown topped with poached eggs and your choice of bacon, salmon or spinach and mushrooms. You can opt for Hollandaise or vegan pesto. So delicious!
Location: 22 Waterkant St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h30
Contact: 021 418 3118
With the other menu items always being spectacular, it’s no surprise that Café Paradiso has a banging Benedict as well. The setting in the gorgeous courtyard is an added bonus, so sip away at your flat white and drool over your beautiful benny while surrounded by the fairytale garden.
Location: 110 Kloof St
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-22h00 Sun: 10h00-22h00
Contact: 021 422 0403
The pioneers of Cape Town’s coffee culture are not to be overlooked when it comes to food, and in particular, we’re praising one breakfast dish in particular. Technically speaking their Benedict is, in fact, a Florentine, with spinach added to the salmon and egg combination, but we’re happy to bend our own rules for this list and include Truth’s dish. Especially when it tastes as good as theirs does.
Location: 36 Buitenkant St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 06h00-18h00 Sat: 08h00-18h00 Sun: 08h00-14h00
Contact: 021 200 0440
The Company Gardens
This family-friendly restaurant is situated in the middle of the city, and housed in a mini garden oasis, like Cape Town’s own mini Central Park. Inspired by nature, the spaces offers peace and quiet in the otherwise buzzing city centre, surrounded but beautiful trees and wildlife. The Eggs Benedict at the Company Gardens is simple yet delicious. Their classic Benedict is served with bacon atop a hash brown, or you can opt for the Florentine with spinach and mushroom.
Location: 19 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Sat: 07h00-17h00 Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact: 021 423 2919
The Sidewalk Café
This little neighbourhood favourite can be found in the heart of Vredehoek. The space has a distinctly warm, welcoming and beachy feel, with views outstretching the whole city. Their eggs Benedict is served on a potato and onion rosti, with spinach, a choice of salmon or bacon, with a healthy dollop of hail-worthy hollandaise.
Location: 33 Derry Street, Vredehoek
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-22h30 Sun: 09h00-18h00
Contact: 021 461 2839
In all honesty, everything at Giulio’s is delicious and you wouldn’t regret choosing anything on the menu. His version of the eggs Benedict, however, is something to consider. La Nicoletta features all you love in a Benedict, but in place of the English muffin, it is served on a buttery croissant. Naughty, but we like it.
Location: 16 Loop St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00 Sat: 08h00-13h00
Contact: 021 418 6304
Four and Twenty
There’s no doubt that Tracy from Four and Twenty has one of the tastiest menus in town, and choosing just one of the eggs Benedict variations is a tough call. Our current favourite has to be their Green Eggs and Ham – sourdough toast, brushed with Dijon mustard is topped with their hickory smoked ham, poached eggs and a fresh, sweet basil Hollandaise. Absolutely incredible, and one of the most unique eggs Benedict in Cape Town.
Location: 23 Wolfe St, Wynberg
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-17h00 Sun: 09h00-16h00
Contact: 021 762 0975
Tucked away behind a lush green hedge on Belvedere Road in Claremont is Starlings Café. The small café has indoor seating as well as tables in the courtyard at the back. This is the kind of café that becomes your local and where friendly faces know your order before you’ve even sat down. Their Benedict offering comes with the option of bacon or salmon, free-range eggs and there’s even a choice of low carb bread.
Location: 94 Belvedere Rd, Claremont
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 671 6875
Treat yourself to a drive out to picturesque Constantia, as well as Open Door’s eggs Benedict. Theirs features a luxurious citrus Hollandaise, bone marrow, sweetcorn and chorizo. Oh, and it’s all served on a slice of toasted brioche.
Location: Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Rd
Hours: Mon-Sat: 09h00-21h30 Sun: 09h00-15h00
Contact: 082 713 5430
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