Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town

Words: Julie Velosa

There’s something so luxurious about eating breakfast out, and a well-done breakfast can be difficult to master. Not with these restaurants, however. Here’s our pick of the best breakfast places in Cape Town.

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town


Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town kleinskys

Run by two brothers, Kleinsky’s produces food like the Jewish granny you never had. The menu cleverly brings fairly traditional Jewish fare into the modern world and includes chopped chicken liver, homemade bagels and proper latkes.

Location: 95 Regent Road and Church Square, Parliament Road (not open on Sunday)
Hours: Sea Point: Monday – Tuesday: 08h00 – 16h00. Wednesday – Saturday: 08h00 – 21h00. Sunday: 08h00 – 15h00. CBD:
Make sure you order: the latke Benedict. Perfectly poached eggs on crispy potato latkes? Count us in.
Contact: 021 433 2871 (Sea Point) |  082 583 4162

Jason’s Bakery

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The badass breadmaker has long been known for churning out incredible breakfasts and Saturdays at Jason are notoriously busy because the good food keeps people coming back over and over again. Whatever you do, make sure you take away a freshly baked loaf of sourdough for the week.

Location: 185 Bree Street | 83 Main Road, Greenpoint
Hours: Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 15h30. Saturday: 08h00 – 14h00.
Make sure you order: while his menu changes fairly often, one stalwart is the breakfast. Science has proven that dipping your pizza crust into a runny egg yolk will cure the worst hangover.
Contact: 021 424 5644

The General Store

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town THE-GENERAL-STORE

This really is the little shop that could, and though The General Store may be tiny, it bangs out some mighty breakfasts. The best part is that there is no menu, just menu items so you can make up your own breakfast to your heart’s delight. We love the smashed avo on toast, with a poached egg and their aged tomato jam on the side.

Location: 22 Bree Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 16h00.
Make sure you order: a brownie to take away. We aren’t kidding when we say these are the best brownies in town.
Contact:  021 418 2305

Clarke’s Dining

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Ever the perennial brunch spot, there’s pretty much nothing Clarke’s can’t do. While they offer the usual fry-up suspects, we mostly appreciate the simplicity of their grapefruit brûlée for a quick and healthy brekkie.

Location: 133 Bree Str
Hours: Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 00h00. Saturday: 08h00 – 00h00. Sunday: 08h00 – 15h00.
Make sure you order: if you’re feeling a little tender, their Bloody Marys are one of the best in the city.
Contact: 021 424 7648


Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town Jarryds

Jarryd’s marries that perfect balance of good, wholesome food with a little cheekiness. You can expect to find all the classic breakfast offerings, such as eggs Benedict and avo on toast, paired with really good coffee.

Location: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point; 114 Bree Street.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h00 – 16h30.
Make sure you order: the pancake stack. No one in the city does them like Jarryd’s.
Contact: 060 748 0145

Liquorice & Lime

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town Liquorice and Lime

This little spot is an institution in Cape Town. Sitting right at the top of Kloof street, Liquorice and Lime quietly serves some of the best breakfasts in Cape Town. They serve all the usual breakfast suspects, but they’re also quite experimental – their Eiffel tower breakfast is a masterful pile of French toast, camembert, fig preserve and bacon.

Location: 162 Kloof Street
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h00 – 17h00.
Make sure you order: Their eggs Benedict, served on a potato rosti, really can’t be skipped.
Contact: 021 423 6921


Situated in De Waterkant, Hemelhuijs is a feast for the eyes as much as the stomach – the interiors are reason enough to visit. Luckily, their food lives up to the hype too. The menu follows a strongly South African suit, with some farm classics like Mosbolletjie toast and soft mieliepap with honey. Owing to the slightly higher prices, this is definitely the place for a celebratory breakfast or brunch.

Location: 71 Waterkant Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 16h00. Saturday: 09h00 – 15h00.
Make sure you order: Seriously, the pap is so comfortingly good.
Contact: 021 418 2042

Loading Bay

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town Loading Bay

This slick eatery also houses an uber-cool boutique, as well as an Aesop store, but you might not even notice those once you sit down to eat your breakfast. The breakfast menu is available all day and includes some really interesting options. They poach eggs beautifully, so you can’t go wrong with the simple avo on toast with poached eggs, but if you feel like something a little different their young coconut porridge is comforting and wholesome.

Location: 30 Hudson Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 07h30 – 17h00. Saturday: 08h00 – 16h00. Sunday: 09h00 – 14h00.
Make sure you order: don’t ever leave The Loading Bay without ordering a cardamom bun. Never ever.
Contact: 021 425 6320

Open Door

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town Open Door Constantia Uitsig

Open Door has become a neighbourhood spot in Constantia – and for good reason. Despite the grand wine farm setting, the restaurant is cosy and inviting. If you’re a big group, ask for one of the plush booths and settle in for a long luxurious breakfast.

Location: Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 09h00 – 21h30. Sunday: 09h00 – 15h00.
Make sure you order: the green belt – with poached eggs on toast, pesto, mushrooms and avo – is a wholesome breakfast that doesn’t feel too virtuous.
Contact: 021 794 3010

New York Bagel

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town New York Bagels

These guys were making bagels before they were cool – and you can taste it. This old-school Jewish-inspired deli serves up simple food done well. They may have moved from their original spot in Sea Point to a new shiny space in Harrington street, but they’ve not let their standards slip.

See where else you can get your bagel fix in Cape Town.

Location: 44 Harrington Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 16h00. Saturday: 08h00 – 14h00.
Make sure you order: They make their own bagels, so definitely make sure you order one with your breakfast.
Contact: 073 577 9132


Harvest Café

Best Breakfast Places in Cape Town Harvest Cafe

Harvest Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Cape Town restaurant scene, and has been an important part of the renaissance of the Bo-Kaap. The menu is made up of locally and ethically sourced ingredients, and includes some delicious fresh offerings as well as breakfast classics.

Location: 102 Wale Street
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h30 – 16h00
Make sure you order: the pumpkin fritters will make you question why fritters aren’t more of an accepted breakfast food.
Contact: 021 422 1199


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