Three of the best breakfast spots in Cape Town

If you’re looking for the best breakfast spots in Cape Town, below we share three of our top picks to choose from for a wholesome breakfast experience.


Cape Town is one of the most popular travel destinations for local and international travellers alike. There is a lot to do and to say about popular destinations, sites, and tourist activities in Cape Town.

Apart from infamous vineyards and some of the most beautiful lunch and dinner eateries, Cape Town also has a great deal of restaurants where you can have any variety of breakfasts, ranging from a healthy bowl of fruit salad to a greasy fry-up, and everything between.

What is Cape Town famous for?

Cape Town, otherwise affectionately known as the Mother City, is one of the three most populous metropolitan cities in South Africa.

The port city, located in South Africa’s southwest coast, is home to Table Mountain, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Moreover, it is the home of Robben Island; the prison in which anti-apartheid icon and first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela, was held for 27 years. Cape Town is a cultural hub, showcasing the fusion of European architectural design with local flair.

Just outside Cape Town, there are numerous quaint coastal villages, vineyards, and fauna to visit and explore, one such site being the Garden Route. Below we share our list of three of the best breakfast spots in Cape Town.

Three of the best breakfast spots in Cape Town

With Cape Town being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, most people who visit it consider the activities and visits to iconic landmarks ventures that need to be planned in advance.

An often-overlooked necessity is breakfast, and it is quite ironic considering that breakfast is regarded as the most important meal of the day.

So, we suggest that you spoil yourself by finding breakfast or brunch spots that will not only provide a scrumptious breakfast, but also an ambience to allow you to start your day right.

Our top three picks provide breakfast restaurants which only deliver the best in terms of the quality of the food.

Whether you are searching for a healthy breakfast or one that is big, filling, and greasy, there is something for you. Our top picks allow you to lose yourself in the breakfast experience.

1. Hemelhuijs

Located on 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, Hemelhuijs, loosely translated as heaven’s home, is an all-day breakfast restaurant owned by Jacques Erasmus. Erasmus merged his passions of design and travel to create a restaurant that has a modern and whimsical aesthetic.

The menu is touted as a “creative seasonal menu… bursting with options, one more delicious than the next.” Hemelhuijs has a wide assortment of offerings for whatever you are looking for.

The restaurant serves breakfast Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 16:00, and on Saturdays between 09:00 and 16:00.

2. New York Bagels

Located on 4 Harrington Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, New York Bagels is a family-run deli and is regarded as one of the only bagelry in Africa.

As such, the deli offers more than 13 different kinds of traditionally boiled and fresh-out-of-the-oven bagels. These bagels are offered with a wide variety of delicious fillings.

Unanimously, for most that have been to the deli, the deli’s signature and most popular item is The BART, an in-house bagel with bacon, avocado, and oven-roasted tomatoes.

The deli is open from Tuesday to Friday between 07:00 and 16:00, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 07:00 and 14:00.

3. Jason’s Bakery

Located on 83 Main Rd, Green Point, Jason Bakery is owned by its namesake, Jason Lilley, who has been lauded for creating authentic baked goods that hook new and old customers alike.

Well-known for making scrumptious sweet and savoury baked goods, Jason’s Bakery is so popular that locals know that Saturdays are notoriously busy.

Besides the baked goods, Jason’s bakery offers filling breakfasts, ranging from the popular eggy, chorizo, and egg wrapped in a crispy pastry casing, to the baked shakshuka, or the spicy tomato and red pepper stew with two baked eggs topped with parmesan and coriander, there is something from everyone at Jason Bakery.

The bakery is open Tuesday to Friday between 07:00 and 15:00, Saturdays between 08:15 and 14:00, and on Sundays between 09:30 and 14:00.

Final thoughts

Before going out to explore all the sights that Cape Town has to offer as one of the leading tourist destinations in the country, it is important to have the first meal of the day, to ensure that the rest of the day goes well.

Therefore, we suggest you add to your travel experience and spoil yourself by having a lovely breakfast in one (or a few) of Cape Town’s most popular breakfast spots.

These eateries not only provide some of the best breakfast meals you will ever have, but ambience and aesthetically pleasing dining experiences too.