Blue Water Cafe, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Breakfast before horse riding and a coastal drive

A mere 45 minutes out of Cape Town CBD, up and over Ou Kaapse Weg and down into the valley inbetween Fish Hoek, Noordhoek and Kommetjie and the world is transformed.

Imhoff Farm out in Kommetjie is a wonderful place for the very young, not so young and the older crowd as well. The views are fabulous and there is a wonderful grouping of activities for all, including camel rides, horse outrides on Noordhoek Beach, reptilian farm, goats, cheese makers, crafts, a wonderful deli (best pies in town!) and 3 great restaurants to choose from.

On this fine morning, we opted for Blue Water Cafe. I believe the owner, Graham, started The River Cafe at Constantia Uitsig. It turned out to be a gorgeous morning and we had a wonderful view all the way to Hout Bay from our outside table. It is a great venue for kids with the horse paddocks surrounding the outside area and a jungle gym and swing available for them to burn excess energy. A kids party was being catered for under the trees with a separate table for moms and dads – what a great idea!

Food glorious food
Starving that we were, we took to ordering from the amazing selection available on the menu. The guys went for a fabulously generous “All-Day Breakfast Tartine” @ R62.50: open toasted ciabatta bread with eggs, bacon, mushrooms and served with tomato and beef sausage. I indulged in the “Blue Water Eggs Royale” @ R62.50: typical style eggs benedict on a potato rosti, but with smoked salmon – absolutely delicious. Both dishes were worthy of the price. The “Sunrise Sundae” @ R44.50 looked gloriously fresh and delicious with layers of fruit, granola and yoghurt and topped with a berry coulis; as did the Berry Yoghurt Energiser @ R34.50.

All in all, a wonderful drive out of Cape Town, the portions sizes are fantastic and will set you in good stead for the rest of the day, so leave home hungry. It is a great place to bring kids along to and although the service can be a little slow on the uptake, it is very friendly and very accommodating. The food is delicious and immaculately presented and I highly recommend it for a morning out with the family.

Contact details:
Blue Water Cafe
Imhoff Farm
Tel: 021 783 2007

Opening times:
Tue: 09h00 to 17h00
Wed – Sun: 09h00 to late


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Cafeen, Kenilworth

Breakfast with a mountain view in the Southern Suburbs: Cafeen in Harfield Village

I think Cafeen could become another one of my favourite places. It is rustic, old world with a slight spin on farm house kitsch. And with outside and inside opportunities and fresh, wholesome food … it is a definite winner.

We arrived on a Sunday morning around 9:30am and it was fairly quiet. We did book though as we were a party of 6 people. By 10:30am, the place was packed with after church visitors and late risers.

Cafeen sits perfectly on the corner of 3rd Avenue in Harfield Village / Kenilworth just down the road from Oblivion Wine Bar, and opposite a lovely park with a view up to Devil’s Peak. There is no set parking area, but parking is available in the surrounding streets.

Their menu is extensive and covers all the bases, so there is definitely something for everyone. I am still looking for the unusual, so I went for something a little more risqué – Summer Stack (R52) which was a gorgeously large slice of health toast covered in Brie cheese, and then topped with roasted herbed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and covered in lovely rocket and watercress before being topped once again with crispy bacon and drizzled reduced balsamic vinegar. It was completely delicious!

The French Toast with caramelized bananas looked fabulous as well (R38), especially served with a side of maple syrup and lemon curd on the side.

I saw an Avo Sandwich (R35) float passed me, which looked lovely and healthy (seasonal based on availability of avos). Waffles are also up for grabs (R25) along with pancakes (23) and the choice of croissants: Bacon and Brie (R40) or Smoked Salmon (R49).

If you feeling like a simple breakfast, you can select the toast and spreads option (homemade jams, anchovy, marmite, bovril, honey or peanut butter). The usual muesli option with yoghurt and fruit is up for grabs (R35) and then different varieties of your cooked breaky.

All in all – fantastic and I have made plans to visit there again! Apparently the menu does change based on season … so will be keeping my eye on what’s new at Cafeen.

Contact Details:
41, 3rd Avenue
Harfield Village
Cape Town
Tel: 021 674 6209

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 08h00 to 16h30
Sat incl public holidays: 08h00 to 15h00
Sun: 09h00 to 14h00

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San Marco’s, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Quiet morning breakfast in the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

I have fallen in love with the Waterfront on Sunday mornings. Before 10am, there is loads of parking, no hussle and bussle of people and a quietness where one can actually hear the sea gulls and the movement of the harbour.

San Marco's Breakfast Wrap

The folks were in town, and I thought the Waterfront a great place to start a day of getting a few things done in one place. Of course, first off is a good breakfast!

As far as I am aware, they are one of the earliest opening places in the Waterfront, so if you want to beat the crowds, but fuel up beforehand – 8am and you have a table and an order in for breakfast.

Their outside area is great when the weather is on your side, with lots of umbrella coverage. Only downside is that it is a smoking area as well …

Apart from the usual muffins, health breakfast and croissant options, there are a a few interesting aspects to the menu:

  • picollo @ R35 – egg, bacon, tomato and parmesan with beans and toast
  • classico @ R69 – same as above with sausage and mushrooms added
  • grande @ R89 – same as classico, but with 125g of fillet and 150g beef patty!
  • italiano @ R79 – procuitto di parma, scrambled egg, basil mozzarella and cheese on grilled tomato

  • I indulged in a breakfast wrap, which was yummy, but quite rich – scrambled eggs, avo (paste), mushrooms, bacon, tomato and rocket. The mushrooms added that extra richness, but the rocket seemed to balance it all out. (@R65).

    Their cappuccinos are fantastic [albeit small] and at a whopper of R19 each! But I delighted in drinking 2!

    All in all a great experience, with average speed service (often looked around and no waiter available, or their eyes did not glance past me), but good, honest food and a lovely outdoors environment.

    Contact details:
    San Marco’s
    128 Lower Level
    Victoria Wharf
    V & A Waterfront
    Tel: 021 418 5434
    Web: none

    Opening times:
    Mon – Sun: 08h00 to 23h00

    Extra Details:
    Cuisine: Italian, Bistro
    Seating: Outside and Inside
    Dress code: Casual
    Ambiance: Relaxed
    Children friendly: Yes, but no high chair facility

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    Savannah Cafe, Hermanus

    Breakfast just outside of Cape Town: Savannah Cafe, Hermanus

    We had all good intentions of cereals and toast for breakfast at the holiday house … but the appeal of a great, cooked (by someone else) breakfast out was just too great. So, in our cars we jumped and off into the busy city centre of Hermanus.

    Previously, we had popped in at Savannah cafe for quick tea treat of scones, cheese and jam and liked the look of their menu. Guests next to us were indulging in the burgers which looked amazing as well.

    But morning time it was and a focus on breakfast is an absolute must.

    The guys each opted for the full traditional “Whale of a Breakfast”at R60. Apparently, the sausage served with the breakfast was really great traditional boerewors, perfectly cooked! With the addition of toast, the guys were happily full.

    The girls chose:

    • “Baby Whale Breakfast” (smaller version of “Whale of a Breakfast) at R45 and excludes the sausage
    • Crispy “Breakfast Wrap” lined with pesto and filled with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese (delicious!) and with either chips or mushrooms on the side @ R45
    • 2 pieces of toast with scrambled egg @ R28

    I almost went for one of the French Toast options (bacon, tomato and cheese – or – bacon, banana and honey) at R38, but throught the wrap was a good different option to go for this morning.

    Savannah cafe, Hermanus also offer a variety of croissants with various fillings (from R22 – R45) as well as a wonderful selection of savoury pancakes ranging from R42 – R48. The usual health breakfast features for R45 and a great addition to a menu is the frittata of 2 eggs mixed with onion, green pepper, mushrooms, baby marrow, spices and cheese served with low GI bread for R48. For an extra R10 add either bacon or feta and peppadews.

    For those that don’t indulge in eggs, there is a toasted ciabatta with tomato, goats cheese, rocket and almonds for R38.

    Friendly service, fantastic food and with a very well covered / umbrella-ed outside area, one is able to enjoy the gorgeous weather and also let the kids run around stretch their legs a little bit as well.

    Contact Details:
    Savannah Cafe
    25 High Street
    Tel / Fax: +27 28 312 4259

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    The River Cafe, Constantia Uitsig, Cape Town

    Outside seating area

    Breakfast in the Constantia Winelands: The River Cafe, Uitsig

    Any excuse for breakfast! This time was valid though – a birthday gift from a German friend. So, off to The River Cafe (which belongs to Constantia Uitsig wine farm) in Tokai.

    River Cafe is one of my favourite breakfast spots. One can sit outside under the shady awnings, or inside in the rustic restaurant. The staff are so friendly and accommodating. And, the food is fantastic! In my opinion, they serve one of the best Eggs Benedict breakfasts in Cape Town!

    The Menu
    It is not a fixed menu, so you might experience a slightly different offering. On this day, they offered the following:

    • Breakfast Pastries and Muffins – at R24 per pastry (served with selection of jams)
    • Mixed fruit with yoghurt terrine, berry coulis and granola – R54 – this is an amazing platter which someone had on a previous occasion
    • River benedict – gorgeous rosti topped with streaky bacon, poached eggs (perfectly done with a slight goo-eyness) and wonderful, fresh hollandaise sauce
    • Scrambled egg on toast – R32 – with smoked salmon it is a whopping R58
    • Omelette options
      – farmers: flat with smoked bacon, onion, parsley and cheddar R58
      – fine herbs: rolled in fresh garden herbs R36
      – ham and cheese: rolled with melted cheddar and gypsey ham R56
    • The Big River Breakfast – usual traditional breakfast – R63
    • The Light River Breakfast – small version of traditional breakfast – R39

    Fabulous Eggs Benedict

    Kiddies Menu
    And, best of all! They have a kiddies breakfast menu! For between R36 and R25, kids can have anything from a small traditional breakfast to scrambled eggs on toast to summer berries with yoghurt. First time I have come across a menu for kids and I think it is so insightful!

    Our Choices
    Needless to say, we both had the Eggs Benedict and we were not disappointed! If I were rich and feeling like a piggie, I would have had a second one. I opted for another gorgeous cappuccino instead.

    After breakfast, we drove just round the corner to the Porter’s Market for a walk around and look see (open every Saturday morning).

    Contact Details:
    Spaanschemat River Road
    Cape Town
    Tel: +27 21 794 4480
    Fax: +27 21 794 3105

    Breakfast times:
    Mon – Sun: 08h30 to 11h00

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    Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

    Breakfast in a Cape Town market: Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

    I love markets and I love food … the two are a match made in heaven!

    Friends of mine were shocked to hear recently that I had not been to the Old Biscuit Mill Saturday market in Woodstock / Salt River in Cape Town. So, an outing with 2 girl friends was planned … and after 3 hours of the place, I can definitely say, I will be going back for more!

    Our journey in the Old Biscuit Mill market started at 9:30am – perfect to stop for a gorgeous breakfast! We wandered around the food hall section which was completely BUZZING with people. I had to fight to get a glimpse of all the delicious goodies on display! And my oh my, what an awesome selection of goodies! And the wonderful wafting of fresh Origin coffee floating through the humming crowd was awesome!

    Choices, choices …
    Stands filled with tartlets, quiches, cakes, cupcakes, pancakes, cheeses, crispy breads, home-made pies, large muffins, wine tastings, yummy smoothies, home cured olives, farm produce, fresh veggies, mushrooms to die for and dips and … and … and … and the list could go on and on! The mix of choice was overwhelming and delightful!

    Eventually, I settled on a gourmet sandwhich from a stand right in the middle of it all. R45 got me a selection of goodies on a roll of my choice with 2 different types of pestos, salad and then I added avocado, gorgeous danish feta and aubergine! What a breakfast! They of course had various lovely meat options on display (pork sausages, smoked ham, chicken to name a few), but was feeling particularly veggie this morning.

    I tucked in and enjoyed every last bite! Perfect way to start my intense shopping day! I highly recommend!

    Contact details:
    373 – 375 Albert Road
    Salt River
    Tel: +27 21 448 1438 (Tue to Fri only)

    Market opening times:
    Sat: 09h00 – 14h000

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    Grand Daddy The Café, Cape Town

    Breakfast in Cape Town City Centre: Grand Daddy The Café

    Friends out from the UK and Sweden and staying at the luxurious Grand Daddy Hotel. So, I joined them for breakfast this fine, overcast Saturday morning.

    I have not had eggs benedict for breakfast in Cape Town in a long while, so thought I would indulge … R38 for traditional eggs benedict on English muffin and gypsy ham. R58 to have it with salmon instead. It was delicious, with not too much sauce on the plate and the eggs perfectly cooked. Over the top with the rocket though!

    My friends went for the traditional breakfast mixed with options from the cold buffet. The fruit looked amazing and the variety of fruit juices was great. Typical early bird with eggs, grilled tomato, mushroom and toast at R25. Mix it up a bit with boerewors, potato fritter and toast (South African breakfast) at R55. Various omelette fillings, but with a basic starting at R20.

    French toast sounded yummy with grilled banana, bacon and maple syrup at R30! But I did not steer away from my favourite this time.

    Buffet with breads, muffins, cheese, meats, yoghurt, cereals and various fruits and fruit juices as well as coffee and tea at R85 per person. Throw in the early bird breakfast for a total of R100. Very good value for money.

    Service was great and even though it is in the middle of the city centre and on the busy Long Street, the vibe was quiet and relaxed. Definitely will look to go back again!

    Contact Details:
    38 Long Street
    Cape Town
    Tel: +27 21 424 7247
    Fax: +27 21 424 7248

    Breakfast times:
    Mon – Sun: 6h30 to 11h00

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