06 November 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Get your coffee and cake fix in Cape Town

If you like coffee and cake (not necessarily in that order), it’s good to know that Cape Town does some of the best of both.

Rosewater cake by Tina Bester, Queen of Tarts. Image by Craig Fraser (www.quivertreepublications.com)

There's nothing quite like a good cup of coffee and a decadent slice of cake to make you stop and press the pause button on your daily diary ... even if it's just for half an hour. Cape Town and the Cape Winelands have an incredible array of great coffee shops and bakeries to choose from. Here's a list of some old and new favourites:

Queen of Tarts: Cape Town's Tina Bester is one of the country's best-loved foodies, and she can make a mean cake, that's for sure. Visit Queen of Tarts in Observatory and feast your eyes on the fantastical edible creations. There is a range of items on her menu, including cakes in whatever shape and form you can imagine. Pull up a chair and enjoy a cappuccino while deciding on what you'll have for breakfast or lunch. The vibe is relaxed and the food decidedly decadent. (213 Lower Main Road, Observatory; Tel: +27 (0)21 448 2420)

Croissant and butter. Image courtesy of Foodbarn Croissant and butter. Image courtesy of Foodbarn

The Foodbarn bakery and deli: Breakfast at the Foodbarn bakery and deli is a huge treat, but then so is mid-morning coffee and lunch. The Foodbarn is the brainchild of one of Cape Town's finest chefs, Franck Dangereux, and is a celebration of local produce and honest, unpretentious food. The Foodbarn consists of a restaurant and a deli (which serves tapas at night). The coffee is fantastic, and if you want fresh bread, pastries, cakes and pies, this is the place. (Corner of Main Road and Village Lane, Noordhoek; Tel: +27  (0)21 789 2812)

Olympia Cafe and Deli: Many locals make the weekly pilgrimage from the city to Kalk Bay to enjoy the laid-back vibes and great meals on offer at Olympia Cafe and Deli in this fishing village. Renowned for its fabulous artisanal breads (including potato bread and butternut ciabatta), there's very often a queue right out the door. The place has been going for more than 25 years, and the food is definitely worth it, according to the locals. (134 Main Road, Kalk Bay; Tel: +27  (0)21 799 6396)

De Ou Bank Bakkerij: This gorgeous bread and coffee spot is fast gaining a reputation in the Winelands town of Stellenbosch. Everything at De Ou Bank Bekkerij is about attention to detail, from the handmade coffee cups to the art on the walls and the gorgeous meals served throughout the day. Owner Fritz van Schoorn believes in supporting local producers – so everything is super fresh. And you can watch the bread being made before your very eyes as you enjoy the range of delights on the menu. Here, even a toasted sandwich is a work of art. (Oude Bank Building, 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch; Tel +27  (0) 21 883 2187)

De Oude Bank Bakkerij. Image by Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions De Oude Bank Bakkerij. Image by Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions

Ou Meul Bakkery: Even if you've just eaten, it will take some doing to walk past Ou Meul Bakkery in Long Street without popping in to buy gorgeous fresh breads, a decadent pecan and chocolate tart, or a pie. Ou Meul is a delightful eatery that serves 'honest food for the working classes', and Capetonians will tell you that the bakery is a great place for a breakfast, coffee, lunch on the move or a stopover for a few takeaway treats. The pies are a big hit – you can choose from venison, steak and kidney, bobotie, mutton, ham, chicken, and spinach and feta. (14 Long Street, corner of Riebeek; Tel: +27  (0)21 419 0662)

Charly's Bakery: This is perhaps the most famous of all of Cape Town's bakeries and definitely a worthy stop on any trip to the Mother City. Charly's Bakery has its own television show called Charly's Food Angels (on the Food Network), and it makes epic wedding cakes (just watch the programme) as well as an incredible variety of treats. Best you pull up a chair and enjoy a fun cup of coffee as you watch life unfold at this trendsetting bakery. We suggest the double chocolate cheesecake, which is so good it may have you weeping into your cafe latte. (38 Canterbury Street, Cape Town; Tel: +27  (0)21 461 5181)

Other great coffee spots also worth considering include Truth Coffee (you can read all about it in an upcoming blog); the Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha; and Jason Bakery (among many others).

Charly's Bakery in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Charly's Bakery Charly's Bakery in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Charly's Bakery

Category: Food & Wine

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