Looking for a fabulous spot to enjoy a quick breakfast or leisurely lunch? We’ve rounded up our top 5 bistros and cafés in SA that you’ll want to visit again and again…
Riverside Caffé & Bistro, Bryanston
For a relaxed city break, offering views of the pretty Bryanston suburbs, rather than a myriad of office blocks, this chic lunch spot is just the ticket. The light ambiance is enhanced by the many glass widows, opening up the space and welcoming in midday sunshine. The expansive menu offers tasty options for breakfast and lunch, and there are delightful veggie choices, too. We love their generous salads and stuffed pasta.
The Waterberry Coffee Shoppe, Ballito
Nestled in the coastal forests along the lush Dolphin Coast, this friendly family-run café is an amazing place to spend an afternoon. Choose a table outside on the deck and enjoy a wholesome lunch of wraps, toasties or quiche while looking out over the trees and nearby pond. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you’ll love their banoffy pancakes or wicked waffles. On your way out, be sure to pick up a few treats from the deli displays.
Bistrot Bizerca, Cape Town
Looking to escape the harsh city winds? Book a table in this bistro’s secluded courtyard and unwind with a glass of crisp, local vino. You’ll love the rustic-chic atmosphere with wooden tables and country-style settings, as well as their array of artisanal dishes. Try the spicy Asian cabbage salad with pork belly, or indulge in sweet crepe suzettes for something special. It’s the ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon…
Cnr Café, Craighall Park
This bistro and deli is a popular spot, especially on weekends. Working folk pop in for a quick bite, moms and daughters meet up for coffee, and couples enjoy weekend lunch dates. Serving familiar favourites like pizza, burgers and gourmet hotdogs, plus the most delicious salads packed with unusual ingredients, there’s something for everyone and you’re bound to leave feeling happy and content.
Kamili Coffee, Cape Town
One of the city’s newest caffeinated hangouts, we love this café/bistro’s country atmosphere, with its raw brick and wood interior, but, most importantly, their signature African coffee beans. Pair your coffee with a delicious pastry and you’ll be set for the day.
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