In the past five years Bree Street has become Cape Town’s hipster-central. From gin dives to tapas bars, bacon emporiums to beard-friendly bakers, here’s where to find the best food on Bree Street.
You’ll never go hungry on Cape Town’s Bree Street, that’s for sure. This broad avenue runs south to north from the upper end of the central business district down to the harbour precinct. It’s been given a new lease on life as artisan producers, trend-setting chefs and hipster-friendly restaurants open up faster than you can say ‘organic small-batch hand-roasted flat-white please’.
The best place to get one of those is at Jason’s Bakery, which has become famous for its amazing croissants and top-notch coffee. There’s a hatch opening onto Bree Street for take-aways and people watching, but plenty of indoor restaurant seating too. Their homemade pies are some of the best in Cape Town.
One block up Bree Street you’ll find Bacon On Bree, the ‘baconporium’ from charcutier Richard Bosman. Think bacon sandwiches, bacon breakfasts and bacon to take-away. If you love bacon, this Bree Street restaurant is for you. Alongside, Culture Club Cheese sells a wide range of local artisan cheeses and has a small menu of light cheese-focused dishes.
A short walk up the hill, Sababa restaurant has a mouth-watering buffet of Mediterranean salads, soups and meat dishes. There are a few small tables indoors and on the pavement, but you could also grab a take-away for a picnic in the nearby Company’s Garden, a spacious public park in Cape Town’s city centre.
These are all great daytime restaurants on Bree Street, but it’s nighttime when Bree Street really comes alive.
Clarke’s Diner has built up a loyal following thanks to its chunky beef burgers served on buttery brioche buns, while across the road Charango is bringing a taste of Nikkei cuisine to Cape Town’s restaurant strip. This blend of Peruvian and Japanese influences is taking the world by storm and the tuna tacos and new-style ceviche at Charango are both excellent.
One block down, La Parada offers authentic Spanish tapas, but don’t miss the platter of Spanish ham, the chickpeas with chorizo or spicy steak on ciabatta. While La Parada is all about good food and good vibes, Chef’s Warehouse across the road is one of the best casual fine dining restaurants in Cape Town, and the early-evening tapas platter from award-winning chef Liam Tomlin is phenomenal. Right next door, Bistro Bizerca is also worth a visit, with superb French-inspired bistro cuisine.
Spoilt for choice? I said you wouldn’t go hungry on Cape Town’s Bree Street.