These days we don’t just want food that tastes good, we want it to look good and served in Instagram-worthy surroundings too. These are our top picks for pretty restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast in style.
Nestled among green hills is the relaxed and welcoming Friendly Stranger. If you’re looking for a wide variety of affordable and fresh food, be sure to stop by this locally run gem in Port Elizabeth. All the food is made from scratch, which can take a little longer than usual, but there is plenty of art to look at, books to read and puzzles to try your hand at while you wait.
Must-try: The Macadamian Cheesecake
For lazy days when you don’t want to rush (or when you wake up hungover and craving a greasy fry-up but it’s lunchtime already), a place that serves an all-day breakfast is a life-saver. Parc Café gets it right with everything, from the simple (like its perfectly prepared toast and eggs) to the snazzy (try its soft polenta with parmesan and pancetta). It also offers great alternative options like a yummy vegan burger and soya milk, so you can still enjoy your morning cappuccino without the dairy.
Must-try: Its toasted brioche with homemade curd cheese
Situated on the main road of the scenic Kalk Bay, this brightly coloured restaurant is always buzzing and always hits the spot. Its build-your-own breakfast option (aka the Breakfast of Champions) is a well-priced way to get exactly what you want and is best eaten with one of its creamy coffees. If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast, try its French toast (made with a croissant!) or one of its many freshly baked treats on display.
Must-try: The homemade carrot cake, best enjoyed at a window seat with a view of the sea
#breakfasts are a must on weekends #voodoolilycafe #ciabatta #avocodo #poachedeggs #bacon #hollandaise #danishfeta and touch a #greens the food was good, however, the feta was too salty as a whole combination. Service was not great either unfortunately, is that because of the weather we having?? #joburg #joburglife #joburgfood #foodporn #foodiegram #foodie
We’re always excited when we find spots that serve healthy and wholesome food that also tastes good. The vibe at Voodoo Lily is friendly and family-orientated, with lovely outside seating and a park across the road to keep your kids entertained while you enjoy your cappuccino in (relative) peace. Voodoo Lily prides itself on its carefully considered ingredients, fair-trade coffee and deli full of delicious cheeses, wines and sugar-free snacks – plus, if you stick around for lunch or supper, its sushi is to die for.
Must-try: The banting options
If you value delicious food as much as you value getting a good Instagram pic out of the experience, Giulio’s is the place for you. Shiny menus, lush flower arrangements, chic marble tables and a massive golden wreath make this small spot the perfect backdrop for your morning meal. It does the classics well but is famous for some more unique options like its paprika beans, toffee and banana sauce (served on pancakes), pork apple and sage bangers or grilled peaches and yoghurt.
Must-try: The mimosas
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