Heritage Square - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes

In the thick of summer, when Cape Town is heaving with visitors and locals let loose from their work cages, you might feel the urge to find somewhere quiet to hide. Here are a few wonderful Cape Town courtyards to try when you need to step out of the fray.

196 Victoria

196-Victoria-facade - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings, the approach to 196 Victoria might not immediately seem promising: persevere, and you’ll be delighted you did. In the middle of the bustling, restless, noisy urban Woodstock Main (Victoria) Road, you’ll see the gracious old façade. But once you step inside, you’ll find yourself in an oasis of calm that seems to be miles (perhaps centuries?) away from the street you’ve just stepped off. I first went there to see an exhibition by a local artist – wonderful work, exhibited in a light, clear space – and it felt like I’d stumbled, Narnia style, into a different world.

196 Victoria Courtyard - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes196 Victoria was conceived as a hub where creatives and holistic health practitioners (and those who feed and water them) could work in a beautiful, conducive environment. The focus of the centre is on supporting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The building houses several artists’ studios (to the right as you walk in), a yoga studio, therapy rooms and workshop rooms as well as an extraordinary old world café room, an exhibition space, and, tucked away at the back, a courtyard café. The eatery has just changed hands, and the new Veg Kitchen and Coffee Shop opens in January. I’ll definitely be paying them a visit.

Café Ganesh

If you’re looking to put yourself into the thick of it rather than to escape, head to Café Ganesh in the heart of Observatory. Café Ganesh started by accident. Literally. Anthony Baker was knocked off his motorbike in the early 90s and was eventually paid out for his medical expenses in 1995. He took a 7-month trip to India (hence the name Ganesh), and decided to start a local eatery when he came home in late 1996.

An “Obs” institution since its inception, Café Ganesh serves up hearty food (think bobotie, umnqusho, pap ‘n veg) and even heartier conversation, Mzansi style, from before noon until the wee hours. The look is urban shabby chic, and the feeling is everyone’s welcome. Most of the action happens at the long tables in the main courtyard area (through the main Trill Street entrance) but Ganesh expanded some years ago to include an extra room, featuring work by well-known SA artists – don’t forget to check out the floors.

If you’re wanting something more tranquil and less “happening”, try the fabulous fare at the High Tea cake shop in Wynberg.

High Tea

High Tea - Top 10 Courtyard Cafes In Cape Town

Kerneels and Irma Brümmer started High Tea in Wynberg as a tea and cake shop in 2004, but it has since expanded. High Tea now serves up breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in a really beautiful, peaceful English-styled garden. The baking is still done by Irma and her staff in a home-based kitchen. You can hire out the venue for functions or order custom-made cakes for birthdays, weddings or other special occasions.

High Tea - Top 10 Courtyard Cafes In Cape Town

If it’s a seaside courtyard retreat you’re after, make your way to the South Peninsula, where you’ll find the Courtyard Café in Kalk Bay or try the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point.

The Courtyard Café

Courtyard Cafe Kalk Bay - Top 10 Courtyard Cafes Cape Town

The Courtyard Café is set in a sheltered courtyard in Kalk Bay between the Artvark Gallery (through which you enter the café) and the Kalk Bay Theatre (which featured in the Secret Cape Town “Intimate Theatres” blog). The café has inside and outside areas, some of which overlook the bustling activity of Kalk Bay and the False Bay ocean beyond. The Courtyard Café prides itself on their healthy, high quality ethically sourced food, serving many inventive salads as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Courtyard Cafe Kalk Bay - Top 10 Courtyard Cafes Cape Town

Winchester Mansions

Winchester Mansions in Sea Point is home to one of my all-time favourite courtyard hide-aways. I’ve been treated to a fabulous breakfast buffet there and it’s a perfect place for afternoon tea, but Harvey’s (as the restaurant here is called) also serves dinner in this uber-romantic courtyard setting. They offer Summer Serenade evenings during season on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8, high tea on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5 (R360 for 2) and their legendary jazz brunches on Sundays from 11 to 2 (R345 and you can help yourself to anything from the breakfast or lunch buffets) – just make sure you book in advance. If you’re after a spectacular sunset drink, the bar (with a stoep) at the front of the hotel looking out onto the promenade and the sea beyond is a winner.

Heritage Square

Heritage Square - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes

Heritage Square houses an impressive range of places to eat or drink. There are several good restaurants (one specialising in chicken dishes, the other in beef), an upstairs drinkery, an innovative ice cream shop serving inventively boozy ice cream flavours such as whisky and orange peel alongside more traditional (and child-friendly) varieties, a cellar offering wine tasting, a coffee shop, and the Heritage Hotel which is adorned with a grape vine that has been growing there since the 1770s and still produces grapes. Whether you’re going there for a quick drink, a coffee, an ice cream or a full meal, it’s a wonderful venue – day or night.

Villa 47

Villa 47 - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes

Villa 47 - Top 10 Cape Town Courtyard Cafes

Not far from Heritage Square in Bree Street, the Villa 47 courtyard has just been revamped into a fresh, modern terrazza with funky but comfortable-looking furniture, presided over by a great mosaic created by a young local artist. They specialise in Italian spritzers, snacks and meals and have several beers on tap. It seems like a perfect place to go for post-work drinks and stay for a good Italian dinner.

Honest and The Gin Bar

Honest Chocolate Cafe And Gin Bar - Top 10 Courtyard Cafes In Cape TownStill in the CBD, Honest Chocolate is a small, artisanal bean-to-bar chocolatier. The people at Honest are dedicated to ensuring ethical business practices and sourcing (local, organic and fair). The chocolate is handcrafted in Woodstock, and they set themselves apart from the rest by keeping their chocolate dark and minimally sugared. Their café shop is on Wale Street, with a few tables of indoors and a really pretty courtyard at the back (which is part of the original building) where you can sit and enjoy a breather and something dark, decadent and chocolatey at a table near the water feature.

If you’re a gin lover (which I confess I’m not) venture further and you will find the secret Gin Bar, which shares the courtyard with the Chocolate Café and offers a wide selection of local and international gins. You can try your hand (or taste buds) at identifying the huge variety of botanical flavours used, and experiment with different mixers and garnishes.

Jonkershuis

If you feel like going somewhere rural without leaving the city, the courtyard at Jonkershuis restaurant is a good bet. Situated in the heart of Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, the Jonkershuis is a relaxed restaurant with a leaning towards traditional Cape Malay dishes. There are various spaces within the venue, including a lovely courtyard area, but it’s definitely worth booking in advance. It’s a great place to take kids: there’s a children’s menu (as well as a vegetarian one) and plenty of space under the shade of the oak trees to run off any extra energy after lunch.

Cape Town Culinary Tours

Cape Town Culinary Tours are dedicated to showcasing the flavourful history that Cape Town has to offer. On these 3.5 hour tours, you guide, Ellie, will take you to taste your way through this strikingly unique and multicultural city. You will learn about Cape Town’s rich cultural history through the wide variety of flavours that the Mother City has to offer.

You will get to engage with local food producers, sampling the foods which makes Cape Town a world renowned destination. Enjoy tastings from some of Cape Town’s hidden culinary gems, from the edges of the BO Kaap down into the heart of the De Waterkant and end of in the vast history and culture of the Waterfront.

On this tour, you will become an expert on how the city is pieced together between the delicious tastings.

Tours run Tuesdays – Saturday’s, with the option to book a private tour on Sunday’s and Monday’s. Book today as spots are limited to 10 people per tour!

For further details please contact Cape Town Culinary Tours at:

Website | https://www.capetownculinarytours.com/

Email | hello@capetownculinarytours.com

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Location: 110 Harrington Street, CBD

Crowdfunding has been used to fund many things. From new technology gadgets, to charity projects, to innovative business ideas. Two Capetonian chefs, Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart, saw the potential of this relatively new investment technique and decided to start the first South African crowdfunded restaurant in Cape Town.

The restaurant is based on an exciting new food trend that is picking up pace fast. Another speciality element of the restaurant is that they work on bookings only. And there are only 20 seats available per dinner seating.

A Nose to Tail Dining Extravaganza

The menu changes daily, according to what the chefs can grow or source from sustainable farming suppliers. Nothing goes to waste, the whole animal is used in combination with local seasonal ingredients. Menus range from 5 to 8 courses. All you must do, is show up and feast. It’s a very personal dining experience, you trust the choices of the chefs, without picking and choosing from a menu. Anouchka and Neil believe in a hands-on experience – cooking your food, serving your food, and pouring your wine.

The Restaurant Concept

Belly of the Beast aims to bring back a more intimate dining experience, like meeting at a friend’s house for dinner. Only this time, your friends are professional chefs. They interact with the guests, sharing stories about their passion for sustainable cooking. Their other passion is people, hence creating the intimate dining experience. The nose-to-tail principle means no food goes to waste. Menus are planned around which fresh produce is available from sustainable farmers. And each part of the meat is used to its fullest.

The Faces Behind the Food

Anouchka and Neil met while they were students. They both worked part-time at Terroir Restaurant in Stellenbosch. The two became good friends, sharing similar passions such as work and life philosophies, music – and of course, food.

Their personalities seem to complement each other perfectly, at the same time very similar yet different. The two chefs decided that they would make a good team in the kitchen. Neil specialises in meat. Since childhood he has been hunting and preparing a wide variety of meat. And Anouchka’s speciality lies with pastries, plus she’s a master ice cream maker. She creates ice cream from scratch, each batch with its own special base. Both chefs live and breathe good food. You can taste the passion in the highly creative dishes they produce.

Where Did It All Start

Anouchka and Neil started the Arugula Bistro in 2012, situated in Welgemoed, Belville. It’s a family-orientated restaurant, focusing on offering customers a high-quality dining experience. The bistro offers great wholesome meals such as burgers, or fish and chips. It has established itself as a firm favourite of the community. But the two chefs wanted to expand their dining repertoire and introduce people to a different side of their cooking skills.

After the bistro’s great success and popularity, the dynamic duo decided to expand and to open a highly exceptional restaurant in the city center of the Mother City. At the Belly of the Beast they are moving away from the tried and tested traditional meals, to a more experimental style that changes every day.

Shaking Up the Capetonian Restaurant Scene

The Mother City teems with restaurants. You could visit a different one every night of the week for a year, and still not make a big dent in the culinary scene. And often restaurants pop up overnight like mushrooms, but they die out again just as soon. To make Capetonians sit up and take notice of a new restaurant, isn’t hard. But to impress them and secure your sought-after permanent spot in the culinary scene, that’s a different challenge.

After opening at the end of August 2018, word quickly spread about this innovative restaurant. Now they are booked out most evenings of the week, sometimes even a few weeks in advance. The small bespoke eatery has won the heart of the Cape Town foodies.

With their menu changing every day, every visit to the Belly of the Beast will be a unique experience. And it’s not often that you can potentially book out a whole restaurant for your private function. Plus have two talented chefs attend to your dining needs.

Sustainable Cooking in Action

Belly of the Beast takes organic cooking to the next level. Using the nose-to-tail principle, they make sure that nothing goes to waste at one of their exclusive dinner parties. They create everything on the menu from scratch. The chefs use only fresh produce. So, whatever is ready to be cooked, is served. And the meat they use is meticulously sourced from sustainable farmers.

Another fun element of the restaurant is the on-display kitchen. You can watch Anouchka and Neil create culinary magic right before your eyes! While they are preparing the delectable dishes and selecting the wines to pair them with, they will chat to you a bit more about their passion for sustainable cooking. Find out more about this worldwide movement that is taking the restaurant industry by storm from two experts in the field.

Book Your Seat at The Feast Table Now

This exclusive fine dining restaurant has definitely managed to grab the attention of both local Capetonian foodies and visitors to the city. You must move quickly to snatch up a seat. The 5 to 8 course dinner costs R450 per person. To secure your seat, you need to pay a R150 booking deposit (per person). You can also pay with BitCoin.

Visit www.bellyofthebeast.co.za for more information.

Harrington Street Restaurants Leftys Cape Town

The hip and happening Harrington Street has a selection of must-visit spots for delicious food. From coffee to burgers and organic to vegan, Harrington street has something for everyone to enjoy.

Chopchop

Chopchop is a healthy, affordable, fast-food restaurant. While the terms “fast-food” and “healthy” don’t typically coincide, this restaurant puts them hand in hand. With a wide range of breakfast options, wraps, salalds, and drinks including coffee or juice, Chopchop is the perfect stop for brunch. With a friendly atmosphere, you can sit and relax or takeaway food.

75 Harrington St. | Gardens | Monday to Friday 7am—5pm

Lefty’s

105 Harrington St.|Zonnebloem | Monday to Saturday 4pm—1am

With a simple menu and great drinks, Lefty’s has become a well-known hangout for students and locals. The easy-going, welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make this a great spot for dinner.

New York Bagels

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44 Harrington St. |Zonnebloem |Monday to Friday 7am—4pm, Saturday 8am—2pm

Fasal Café

75 Harrington St. |Gardens | Monday to Friday 7am—5pm, Saturday 7:30am—2pm

Lekker Vegan

 

37 Barrack Street | Corner of Harrington & Barrack Street | Zonnebloem

Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am—10pm, Friday 11am—3am, Saturday 12pm—3am, Sunday 12pm—10pm

 

 

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