Cape Town has a rich gastronomic heritage. Whether you’re on the hunt for some handmade chocolate, a gourmet burger or an innovative cocktail, you’ll find it all along Bree Street.
As artistic pioneers join the growing population of visionary culinarians, Bree Street is now beginning to flourish as one of the city’s coolest avenues. There are countless things to do in Cape Town, so let us help you uncover the best of the bunch.
Find a taste of Italy at True Italic - Osteria del Capo. The brother and sister team of Luca and Natasha Di Pasquale have captured the convivial spirit and rich flavours of a traditional osteria. There’s a strong focus on regional specialities, mainly from Sicily and Emilia-Romagna. The menu changes daily, but you can always anticipate tempting homemade pastas, cured meats, cheeses and sausages, washed down with spectacular wines from a variety of Italian regions.
Continue along Bree Street and step into Villa 47. A bold, modern design sets the scene for a gastronomic journey that celebrates both Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. With a range of decadent breakfast options, inventive paninis and wraps served at lunch, and a dinner menu boasting choice meat and local seafood, Villa 47 is a good call any time of the day.
Heading further along you’ll spot La Parada, a tapas bar steeped in rustic charm. The menus are designed by Martin Senekal, an up-and-coming chef in the Cape Town foodie scene with a penchant for perfectly combining unique flavours. Savour salty serrano ham, expertly-seasoned black mussels and piquant gazpacho to start. Main dishes include authentic recipes of beef fillet, lamb shoulder and wild prawns. A great wine list, featuring a choice of champagne, is sure to round out your dining experience.
Raise a Glass
Not on the prowl for a full meal? Bree Street boasts a variety of exciting bars to enjoy some light refreshment. For a fun, hip and eclectic experience head to the Orphanage Cocktail Emporium. Opened on the corner of Orphan Street, the Emporium is an alchemical laboratory offering cocktails, potions and champagne that supports the St Francis Children’s Home in Athlone.
Continue down Bree Street and you’ll discover Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar. This cool and cosmopolitan watering hole boasts more than 90 varieties of gin from around the world; the stylish, knowledgeable staff are more than equipped to help guide you through your tasting journey.
For a true hidden gem, head further along and find the pocket-sized, Victorian-style The Gin Bar on the corner with Wale Street. They offer a stripped back menu consisting of only a handful of gin-based ‘remedies’, with elegant titles like ‘Hope’ to cure pessimism, ‘Head’ to ease melancholy and ‘Soul’ to purge hatred and jealousy.
Treats to Take Away
Honest Chocolate Cafe
For those looking for a snack on the move, pick up a perfectly brewed coffee and a delicious pastry at Jason’s Bakery, mid-way along Bree Street. Whether you go for a classic, crisp croissant or one of the decadently inventive ‘doughssants’, the tempting selection is impossible to resist.
Craving something sweeter? Tucked away on the corner of Wale Street, the Honest Chocolate Cafe is a sophisticated raw, organic chocolaterie, offering indulgent treats that are still mindful about health and nutrition. Raw cacao means the bars and bonbons are higher in antioxidants, artificial additives and preservatives are completely foregone, and agave nectar is used in place of sugar. All the flavour, none of the sin.
Treat yourself to some gorgeous leather goods from Missibaba. The store is the vision of Cape Town local Chloe Townsend. She draws on a wide variety of inspirations, including nature, family and her travels around Africa, to create statement bags, jewellery and accessories.
Continue on and pick up a memento from Skinny laMinx, a beautiful design studio that sells an attractive array of homeware and accessories. From scarves and aprons to cushions and wallpaper, every lovingly-made product blends Scandinavian inspiration with bold, chic African colours.
A Timeless Base
When you’ve sated yourself on the many irresistible options, continue southeast and find Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel just ten minutes away. A verdant sanctuary, this iconic retreat is the perfect base for an indulgent city adventure. Unwind by the pool, or indulge with a treatment at Librisa Spa, to round out a perfect day.
by Daniel Hayden