Is there anything better on an early Saturday afternoon than a good plate of Eggs Benedict and a refreshing Bloody Mary? Didn’t think so. Brunch is a saving grace – it doesn’t happen too early, it offers just the right amount of indulgence, and it’s a social event that almost everyone enjoys! I’ve rounded up six of my favourite hidden go-to brunch spots that are sure to satisfy nearly every craving in the book. Happy feasting!
#1: Starlings Café
This cute and cosy café serves up tasty, tummy-friendly dishes like biodynamic eggs, brioche toast with bacon and Dijon hollandaise sauce, and poached pears with Greek yoghurt and toasted almonds. All of their veggies are locally grown and their meats pasture-reared. Those of you who are on popular diets like Paleo, Banting or vegan are catered for and can tuck into options like soft-poached eggs, smoked salmon and cauliflower mash, carbohydrate-free bread, or avocado, homemade pesto and salsa toast. The pretty pencil drawings of starlings on the walls and the spectacular foundation outside makes for a comfortable and soothing ambiance – it’s simply lovely!
94 BELVEDERE ROAD, CLAREMONT
#2: Michael’s Kitchen and Bar
Inspired by shelves of gourmet olive oils, vinegars, pastas and other imported goodies, this deli is one of the Southern Suburbs’ best-kept secrets. All of the dairy and meat products they use are free-range, which is fabulous. The tempting all-day menu boasts mouth-watering options such as breakfast wraps, almond and chocolate croissants, pasta with divine fillings, home-ground burgers and imaginative salads. One of my favourite brunch dishes at this spot has got to be the smoked salmon sandwich on ciabatta or 100% rye with one of their excellent cappuccinos on the side. The interior is trendy, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is vibey. A fantastic spot to enjoy brunch with a group of friends!
88 CAMPGROUND ROAD, RONDEBOSCH
#3: Ou Meul Bakkery
This comfy and chic little bakery serves up the most delicious classic brunch options until 5pm daily and until 6pm on Saturdays. Choose from items like fresh croissants, sticky buns, pain au chocolat, Croque Madame and Eggs Benedict. If have room left after your meal, be sure to try their tasty toasted banana bread! This is a great place for a long, lazy brunch, as you can sit back and unwind while you stare at the rolling hills through the bakery’s ceiling-high windows. The atmosphere is very laidback, but be warned – this little spot has become awfully popular as of late, so expect it to be busy over the weekends!
G40 WILLOWBRIDGE LIFESTYLE CENTRE, DURBANVILLE
#4: Cassis Paris Newlands
Nestled in the heart of leafy Newlands, this beautiful little café is just the place to enjoy a traditional French croissant and a shot of Italian espresso. Inspired by the French salons of Paris, the extensive menu boasts options like light and main breakfasts, stuffed croissants, quiches, sandwiches, salads and pancakes. Their French macarons and pastries are out of this world, too! Be sure to try their macaron frappe, which is just pure indulgence in a glass. After your meal, you can shop fine cakes and desserts inside the café to take home. If you want to reminisce on Paris or simply brunch in the early afternoon sun, this elegant spot is the perfect place to be!
5 CARDIFF CASTLE, CORNER KILDARE & MAIN ROAD, NEWLANDS
#5: West Coast Farm Stall
This quaint farmhouse appears to be plucked straight out of a fairytale! Like its furnishings, the restaurant’s ingredients are all locally sourced. On the menu you’ll find hearty options including farm-style breakfasts, omelettes and toasted sandwiches. No matter what you order, it’s bound to taste like “real food” that’s been made in your own kitchen! I don’t know about you, but I love homemade bread and genuine potato chips. The farm stall also has a lovely little shop inside that sells the best raw honey, homemade jams and baked goods. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing, making it a great spot to pop into just for brunch, or as a stopover on your journey up the West Coast.
R27 & R315, MELKBOSSTRAND
#6: La Cuccina
La Cuccina seems to have started a little revolution right in the heart of the scenic suburb of Hout Bay. All of the ingredients used here are organic, locally source and wonderfully flavourful! If you’re in the mood for a simple brekkie, try their creamy scrambled eggs, which is always a winner. If you’re feeling hungry, go for the full breakfast (there’s a veggie option too). In addition to their fresh and tasty meals, they also serve up a variety of excellent coffees, teas and other beverages. This spot is vibrant and sociable with a friendly, easy-going atmosphere, making it just the place to stop in at for a lazy brunch on mornings that you don’t feel like getting all dolled up!
VICTORIA MALL, CORNER VICTORIA & EMPIRE ROADS, HOUT BAY