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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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    Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town

    The Manor House

    View towards Glen Beach

    Breakfast along the Atlantic Seaboard: Camps Bay Retreat

    I love Camps Bay for breakfast, but wanted something a little quieter and more intimate. A little research and Camps Bay Retreat was discovered.

    Situated just above Glen Beach and accessed from Chilworth Road in Camps Bay, this large estate (4 acres) and manor house (built in 1929) is now owned by Village & Life and has been turned into a 5 star boutique hotel.

    We arrived and were seated inside initially. It was such a glorious day that I did not feel like 4 walls around me. We ordered teas and coffees and a few minutes later were notified of an outside table availability. The outside had been full due to the “residents” taking advantage of breakfast outside on this gorgeous day. Needless to say that I was much happier with now seeing the ocean and hearing the waves crashing along Glen Beach below.

    Breakfast is broken down into a cold buffet and a warm breakfast menu.

    Cold buffet:
    The cold buffet comprised of fresh croissants, sweet pastries, fresh sliced fruits, various cereals, thick yoghurt, cold meats and cheeses and different breads. 3 different fresh fruit juices were also available. From the cold buffet section, one can look into the kitchen where the warm breakfasts are being cooked up. Veggies juices were available from the actual menu.

    Warm breakfast:
    After tucking into a bit of a continental beginning, I felt like being a bit naughty and opted for the “French Toast Tower”- consisting of perfectly cooked eggy bread, bacon and wonderful melted brie, nicely layered and covered in maple syrup.

    My partner opted for the “Benedict Blondie” – a single muffin with a poached egg, crispy bacon and hollandaise sauce. It was so good he opted for a second one! I must say that the sauce was the best hollandaise sauce I have tasted thus far!

    Other options included a 3 egg frittata with choice of toppings, retreat pancakes coated in crème fresh and berry compot, and butter croissants with various fillings including smoked salmon and asparagus (interesting).

    The venue quoted R85 for the cold buffet breakfast and R125 for the cold buffet and warm breakfast menu combination. But at the end of the day, we were only charged for the small selection that we did eat and drink and it was incredibly reasonable. With the friendly service, tasty food, great view and the option of a lovely stroll in the grounds afterwards, I will definitely be going back for more!

    Contact Details:
    7 Chilworth Road
    Camps Bay
    Cape Town
    Tel: 021 437 9703

    Opening times:
    Breakfast: 07h00 to 11h00
    Lunch: 12h00 to 16h00
    Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30

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