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Budget brekkies in downtown Cape Town

Budget brekkies in downtown Cape Town

by Simangele Mzizi
31 March 2022

You can still breakfast like a king in the city centre. Here are the best brekkie deals in town that won’t break the bank.


What’s up: Butter All Day prides itself as being an “all-day breakfast bistro” which loves to add good ol’ butter to its dishes, but the lunches are to die for, too.
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, Saturday from 09h00 to 15h00 and Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00.
Location: 70 Loop St
What to eat: Where to start! The cheapest option is hot buttered home-baked sourdough toast (R18) or a bowl of Lekker Pap (R64). We fancy the Healthy Cocoporridge made with gluten-free oats, quinoa, buckwheat, cinnamon, coconut, berry compote, bananas, pears and almond butter.
Cost: R98
Book: www.butterallday.com or call 082 853 1939


What’s up: Café Frank prides itself on responsible and fuss-free food. The fast-casual eatery offers wholesome food that’s made from scratch daily using sustainable and locally sourced produce.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 15h00
Location: 160 Bree St
What to eat: Two scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and a coffee or small orange juice between 07h00 and 09h00.
Cost: R50
Book: www.cafefrank.com or call 062 667 4633 \ 021 423 0360


What’s up: This Bree Street restaurant, with its lovely outdoor seating, offers great vibes and mouth-watering food. You’ll love the fresh juices, all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and brunch.
Opening times: Monday from 07h00 to 16h00, Tuesday to Friday from 7h00 to 22h00, Saturday from 08h00 to 22h00 and Sunday from 08h00 to 15h00
Location: 133 Bree St
What to eat: Breakfast Special of two farm eggs on toast with coffee or orange juice. It’s available on weekdays from 08h00 to 09h00.
Cost: R40
Book: www.clarkesdining.co.za or call 087 470 0165


What’s up: Divine Wine Boutique is more than a wine venue. It serves delicious breakfasts daily in addition to selling the best South African wines and doing free wine tastings by different wineries on Fridays.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 22h00
Location: 35 Lower Long St
What to eat: Bacon and egg on a croissant, bagel or sourdough and coffee.
Cost: R60
Book: Call 021 007 1668


What’s up: As the name suggests, GoGo is the perfect stop for premium coffee and freshly made breakfasts and lunches including salads, healthy wraps, stir fry, and sandwiches.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 16h00.
Location: 34 Bree St
What to eat: Cream cheese bagel and coffee.
Cost: R56
Book: Call 084 058 2085


What’s up: Lunchworks has a mouthwatering lunch menu which includes salads, banting dishes, gourmet burgers and hearty mains like creamy beef lasagne and a side salad. The brekkies are fab, too.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h45 to 14h45.
Location: 22 Waterkant St
What to eat: We rate thesmoky, cheesy bacon & egg sandwich” or the three-egg omelette filled with cheese and bread.
Cost: R79 & R59 respectively
Book: www.lunchworks.co.za or call 021 418 3118


What’s up: Located on the ground floor of The Barracks, MiCaffè Cape Town takes CBD visitors on a journey to Milan with coffee, chocolate and ice cream made with the finest Italian ingredients.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 18h00, Saturday from 07h00 to 14h00 and Sunday from 08h00 to 14h00.
Location: 34 Bree St
What to eat: Two eggs, two pieces of bacon and a slice of toast or a muffin with coffee.
Cost: R40 – R45
Book: www.micaffe.co.za or call 069 502 3929


What’s up: Thanks to hospitable co-franchisees, this venue has become one of the best hangout spots for breakfast and lunch in the CBD. It’s also ideal if you’re looking for a quick bite or drink when on the move.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 17h00 and Saturday 08h00 to 14h00
Location: 4 Adderley St
What to eat: Chicken mayo sandwich with a cappuccino, bacon and egg sandwich with a cappuccino or breakfast bun with a cappuccino.
Cost: R66 – R65
Book: www.muggandbean.co.za or call 021 418 1903


What’s up: Everybody’s favourite French café serving up traditional “galettes” in the East City.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 08h0 to 15h00 and Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00
Location: Cnr Buitenkant & Barrack sts
What to eat: A savoury or sweet galette, of course. The cheapest one starts at R95 or opt for something from the brunch menu. We rate the “Smashed Avo, Chickpeas Our Way, Toasted Seeds, Wild Rocket on Artisanal Sourdough Toast”.
Cost: R60
Book: www.swancafe.co.za or call 079 454 4758


What’s up: Situated in a repurposed auto-electrician building that burnt down, The Electric is a juice and nut-milk bar, sandwich shop and bakery.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 18h00, Saturday from 09h00 to 14h30 and Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00
Location: 48 Canterbury St
What to eat: Poached egg with rosti Parmesan and Parma ham.
Cost: R95
Book: www.the-electric.com or call 021 461 0916


What’s up: This family-run business was created to change the way South Africans think about fast food. The Halaal certified and vegan-friendly restaurant offers quality Mexican cuisine at fast-food speeds.
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 19h00.
Location: Lower Long St (Icon Building)
What to eat: Brekkie Burrito with Deluxe Coffee.
Cost: R55
Book: www.tortillamodernmexican.com or call  067 837 4343

IMAGES: Swan Cafe, Clarke's Bar & Dining Room, Lunchworks, Butter All Day

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