Bree Street in Cape Town has become one of the most-talked about streets among Capetonians, South African holiday-makers as well as tourists for being the hottest restaurant strip in the city. Undoubtedly this is because it caters to every taste, whim and fancy; from lively and colourful, to casual and quiet, as well as refined and chic –it doesn’t matter where you go, your senses will be in for a real treat.
The Odyssey Gastropub
The first gastropub in Cape Town offers a relaxed yet lively dining experience.
“We came here without a reservation on a Saturday. The place was quite full but they arranged a table and four chairs for us, no problem. We ordered boards and was kindly helped as to how many pieces we should order. We ordered zucchini fries, odyssey sliders, sesame duck spring rolls, Patagonian calamari and lamb lollipops. It was all great! The service was good and accommodating, the vibe was relaxed and inviting and the food did not disappoint”. – Mr8MrsR, TripAdvisor
“Just as the website says, the food is from food lovers. Unusual starters options, great burgers & good wine selection. To top it the blues band who entertained us were outstanding. Decor very cool”. – 8penny, TripAdvisor
Try: the fig and Camembert burger
Address: 199 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 4084
Crust Café serves breakfast and lunch, the food is prepared fresh every morning. Sit down and take-away. They have daily specials, so keep an eye on their website!
“Owners Phil and Andrew run it with their heart. Professional and friendly service. Best muffins ever and good from breakfast to lunch. Only open during the day. Great for a stop going to mountains or camps bay”. – travelkai, TripAdvisor
“Went here for lunch with a friend, had a great meal and great coffee, waiter was very helpful and friendly, food was delicious. The owners were very friendly and it’s a great atmosphere, highly recommended”. – izzymohh, TripAdvisor
Try: Roast chicken, peppers, pesto and sundried tomato sandwich.
Address: 243 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 2222
Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar
This newly established gin bar stocks 82 varieties of gin as well as 6 tonic waters to choose from. They sell mostly drinks, however, they do sell Spanish and Italian charcuterie platters to share.
Try: Apple Orchards cocktail.
Address: 219 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 82 455 2223
Jason’s Bakery is the place to go if you’re in search of soft oven-fresh bread. (Also very well known for pastries) Stop for lunch and tuck in to a gourmet sandwich, hearty burger or a crunchy salad.
“If you only have time for one coffee in Cape Town, make sure it’s Jason Bakery! Quite simply, the bakery, barista, beer, bubbles and bread are hard to beat….and Saturday is when they spoil you”. – traveloholic_11, TripAdvisor
“I love coming to this bakery and am always hopeful that I am able to get my favorite almond croissant before they sell out.
The crispness of the pastry, the awesome almond paste and the sheer delight of chewing it with a nice cappuccino simply makes my day. I also love the pan au chocolat which has melt in your mouth chocolate centre”. – Jasonleg, TripAdvisor
Try: Chalmar beef burger.
Address: 185 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 424 5644
A popular lunch stop for locals working in the city is Café Frank. They offer a sit-down service or if you are in a rush then the deli is a great option for something light on the go.
“A small breakfast and lunch spot in Cape Town CBD, very friendly staff, delicious food and even a tiny well curated wine shop”. – Nicolo P, TripAdvisor
“Deliciously inventive and super healthy eatery. Honest homemade food. No processed. No additives. 😉 No nonsense. Cosmopolitan street atmosphere. Definitely a repeat eat”. – Jaco Louw, TripAdvisor
Try: Masala spice chicken, celery, cucumber and chutney sandwich.
Address: 160 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 423 0360
Lattitde33 is a clothing shop, coffee shop and an art gallery all in one place.
“This is one of our favorites as the food and service is consistent and great. It’ has a beachy type vibe with surf boards, beach ware and walls decorated with beach scenes. I have had breakfast and lunch here and not been disappointed”. – Amber D, TripAdvisor
“This little gem just never disappoints! Whether it is for a coffee and Eggs Benedict (Oh Heavens!) or satisfying my sweet tooth, I can honestly say I have never had anything but fabulous food and friendly efficient service”. , Lesley W, TripAdvisor
Try: Braised lamb pizza.
Address: 165 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 424 9520
Issi on Bree
A lovely coffee shop and tea room that’s great for informal meetings and catch-ups between friends.
Try: Salami, mozzarella and tomato sandwich.
Address: 130 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 1325
Bocca serves delicious pizzas hot out their hand-made Italian pizza oven. They also serve other Italian-inspired dishes such as stracciatelle and desserts like panna cotta and biscotti.
“Had lunch at Bocca, food was delicious. I had a Pizza Bianca, mozzarella, goat’s cheese, rocket, tomato. Very tasty. My wife had a Tricolour salad which was also delicious. Coffee was also good. Definitely worth a visit”. – Anthonyinjhb, TripAdvisor
“I’ve been to Bocca three times in the last month, firstly because I enjoyed it so much and secondly to make sure they were consistent. And they are. Some (good) menu duplication with the owners’ other restaurant, the new items are great”. – Ray B, TripAdvisor
Try: Delre pizza with mozzarella, truffle spread, mushrooms and prosciutto.
Address: Corner Bree and Wale Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 0188
Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room
Clarke’s is known for their large burgers served in a basket alongside a generous portion of fries. Their breakfasts and lunches are becoming increasingly popular too, with delicious dishes to choose from such as their brûléed French toast. They also have weekly specials to look out for.
“This is, without doubt, hipster central in Cape Town! But all jokes aside, Clarkes served a delicious breakfast and a great tea and coffee. The food really is wholesome and yum! They have THE MOST INCREDIBLE BREAD called POTATO BREAD. Try it, it will change your life”. – AimeeLloyd9, TripAdvisor
“This place in the evening is super fun, noisy, nice crowd. During the day it’s generally a little less crazy and their burger is insane amazing. But I’m here to tell you about pre-9am breakfast. R25 for the tastiest plate of breakfast delight and a coffee. Hard to beat” –adashpavel, TripAdvisor
Try: the veggie sloppy Joe.
Address: 133 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 424 7648
Bird’s Café is a charming eatery which is popular among city commuters. Their dishes are impressive and patrons can expect to be treated to top-quality and delicious food.
“The breakfast here was really good, especially the bacon and pancakes. The juice was also fresh and a good start to the morning. The service was good; with a lovely young lady serving us. Although it’s usually not what I go for, I liked the simple, minimalist approach to the sitting area”. – Grace I, TripAdvisor
“Fantastic food. A lot of thought goes into each dish. The presentation is excellent. It is common to see people taking photos of their food before the eat it. I have been here about 8 to 10 times in the past 6 months and the food has never disappointed me”. – JW, TripAdvisor
Try: Homemade pork sausages with truffled mash.
Address: 127 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 426 2534
Treat yourself to this energetic and colourful tapas bar where the menu comes in three parts: tapas, mains and desserts – but really, it’s the tapas that you will be mostly ordering!
“Nice atmosphere and very nice tapas. At night they pump up the beat. They have couches outside on the pavement, which adds to the ambience”. – Annaelle M, TripAdvisor
“A pleasant surprise when we ended up here by chance on a Saturday early evening. Friendly welcoming staff, nice table and then the food.. We ordered a wide selection of Tapas, and shared it all. Was really great flavors and we especially loved the Patatas Bravos and the Chrizo dishes”. – Stewart_Stoffel, TripAdvisor
Try: Patatas bravas and spicy steak.
Address: 107 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 2770
Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen
A relaxed canteen style café with a focus on tapas. Their food is so popular that they have launched a takeaway outlet known as Street Food.
“We had the eight tapas shared between two. Delicious! A great variety of dishes all beautifully prepared. The dining space is quite crowded and seating is on wooden stools. There is no booking so get there early for lunch i.e. nearer twelve than one. In the evening beware because they close promptly at eight. Very friendly staff. There is a good deli and cook shop with interesting cookery books worth a browse. Good quality food at very reasonable prices”. – Steve R, TripAdvisor
“No words neccessary just get out there and experience it for yourselves! Liam Tomlin is a genius and each bite of that delicious tapas was absolute heavenly bliss! Unfortunately they do not take bookings so just wander around and enjoy the beauty of the magnificent Heritage Square building that it is part of until you are lucky enough to grab a table”. – MerlotCapeTown, TripAdvisor
Try: the potted crab
Address: 92 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 422 0128
Silver Moon Deli
Silver Moon Deli is a continental deli with a slight Turkish offset. They’re famous for their gigantic bulging sandwiches.
Try: the Mediterranean wrap.
Address: 34 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 0788
This charming Italian restaurants offers guests a taste of Italy with their cuisine such as pasta and pizza – all of which are handmade and superbly fresh. There is also a deli section where you can buy pastas frescas, imported meat and cheeses.
“Pasta is great, real handmade Italian style. Fresh every day. Awesome. If you can at the end you have to try the Tiramisù. Incredible. The owners, Luca and Natasha, will know for sure how to let you feel good and have a great lunch or dinner! Buon appetite” – Carallofe, TripAdvisor
“Great, homey feeling and relaxed vibe. The food is amazing and the wine is reasonably priced. The whole experience is very European. A must see!” – Alex du Toit, TripAdvisor
Try: the menu changes daily
Address: 15 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 418 7655
I Love my Laundry
Sit down for tea and cake while you wash your laundry – yes ‘I Love My Laundry’ is a launderette, coffee shop and dim sum bar in one!
“A limited menu of homemade steamed dumplings but complemented by a wonderful wine list. On a Wednesday evening there is complementary wine tasting. The food is incidentally extremely good”. – TravellerX49, TripAdvisor
What a great place – I love my laundry is a quirky restaurant in popular (lower) Bree Street. Great service with a delicious range of dim sum served on a communal table. You’re surrounded by artwork and other odd things for sale. Definitely going to visit again”. – Antas17, TripAdvisor
Try: Dim Sum
Address: 14 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 73 939 7610
A small eclectic shop selling vintage items such as vinyl records which also serves nibbly bits such as salads, bagels, brownies and biscuits.
“This uniquely modern coffee shop has a vintage twist. It sells old and new vinyls, plays classic rock that tickles your memory of good days and fond memories. They offer good coffee and their lemon poppy cake is delicious”. – LielieB, TripAdvisor
Try: The Amy – a drink created from a double espresso, a spoonful of peanut butter, a scoop of ice-cream and white chocolate sprinkles.
Address: 4 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 79 066 883
This restaurant is definitely for all the sushi lovers! Here you will find almost every imaginable sushi dish as well as soups and salads. They have daily lunch specials and an all you can eat buffet at different sittings –definitely need to phone and book a table as they get extremely busy at night.
A word of caution though, whatever you do not eat, you will pay R5 per piece.
“This is a great place to eat. Very well priced, and excellent quality. The buffet option is a no-brainer if you’re capable of having a lot of sushi. Seating is limited, so booking is a must if you are planning on going there for supper. I recommend the Prawn Inari and Philadelphia roll”. – Rishab G, TripAdvisor.
“Good sushi in a centric location. Outdoor tables are nice if weather permits. Definitively a good option for a quick and good value sushi”. – Albertxm, TripAdvisor
Try: the New York roll
Address: 4 Bree Street.
Tel: +27 21 418 0064
If you are exploring the options to come on holiday to Cape Town don’t look for accommodation in the city, rather spend the day exploring the streets but stay in a suburb. Greenpoint is ideal as its central location allows a short distance drive or a medium walk to the city’s activities and attractions such as the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, grocery stores and walk along the Seapoint promenade. Have a look at Jambo, a guest house as equally trendy as Bree Street.