Even if you haven’t been to Cape Town, it’s likely that someone you know has buzzed on about how amazing it is. Listen to her, because she’s right: Cape Town is incredible and it deserves all the attention it’s getting. Not only does it have staggering natural beauty—mountains, beaches—it also has an incredible lifestyle. Great wine, food, design, culture—you name it, Cape Town has it, and the area surrounding Bree Street is where to find the best of it. Bree Street has been taking shape for some time: an artisanal beer bar opening here, a crafty cocktail spot opening there. And then suddenly, it exploded. Unlike most areas in Cape Town, Bree Street is best explored on foot. Take your city-slicker sneakers for a walk all the way from the top of the street (by Table Mountain) down to the bottom (toward the waterfront), where you’ll come across so many cool spots, you’ll think the street was curated by an Instagram celebrity (it’s not). Our advice? If you want to get the most out of your experience, plan your route before you go. We’ve mapped out some of the easygoing Capetonian favorites, so you can navigate Cape Town’s coolest block like a pro.
Start with coffee and a pastry at Jason Bakery. At almost every hour of the day, Cape Town’s movers and shakers can be found spilling out of this much-loved spot, flat white and croissant in hand.
This light and airy café was designed by local designer Michael Chandler and is an Instagrammer’s heaven. Swing by for coffee or brekkie (South African breakfast) and marvel at the interior.
Bacon on Bree
It seems obvious that a restaurant dedicated to bacon would be a success. Leave your vegan pants at home, because this bright and bustling eatery serves up an array of bacon-filled sandwiches and salads.
The General Store
Seasoned chef Colette Robert opened up the General Store after returning from a stint in London. The well-designed hole-in-the-wall lunch spot and grocer is one of Bree Street’s newest additions, and you’ll find unpretentious Ottolenghi-worthy daily salads, sandwiches, and coffee.
This small, laid-back luncheonette sells New York–style bagels. Although they might not be made from New York water, Cape Town water is proving to be just as good, because these bagels are loved by locals and tourists alike. Try a bagel smeared with chocolate spread—made by a local artisanal chocolate-maker, Honest Chocolate.
This is an easygoing tapas bar owned by celebrated chef Liam Tomlin. Although you may have to wrestle for a seat, once you try the innovative tapas, you’ll be glad you did. If you do have to wait, peruse the high-quality kitchenware at the Chefs Warehouse shop next door or get a drink at the bar downstairs, aptly called No Reservations.
Charango Grill and Bar
Another new addition to the street, Charango serves Peruvian-style cuisine in a cool, industrial setting. If it’s cocktail ’o clock, get into the Peruvian swing of things and order a pisco sour and the best ceviche this side of Lima.
Missibaba and Kirsten Goss
If you’re looking to purchase something uniquely South African—which isn’t a generic wooden giraffe or a drum—take your credit card to Kirsten Goss and Missibaba. Missibaba is a local handbag label that produces wildly exotic handmade bags. Kirsten Goss is a jewelry brand that makes beautiful locally crafted jewelry. If you love accessories, you won’t have a hard time spending a small fortune at either.
SAM stocks a range of remarkable South Africa–made products by local designers. From clothing by Margot Molyneux to bespoke fabric designs by local brand Handmade By Me, consider your souvenir shopping sorted.
Pezula Interiors is known for seriously chic homewares and interior pieces. It stocks everything from high-end fabrics to furniture, so be sure to bring an extra bag . . . or a shipping container.
Culture Club Cheese
The perfect spot to pick up some artisanal cheese that will accompany all the wine you’ll be drinking. Stay for the mac and cheese or a raclette, leave with a bagful of charcuterie and handcrafted cheeses.
This small decorative store is owned by local designer and ceramist Michael Chandler. Unfortunately for travelers, his distinctive products are as beautiful as they are breakable, but that’s nothing a whole bunch of Bubble Wrap can’t solve.
The perfect spot for a late-night bar hop. Set in an industrial space, this is where Cape Town’s cool kids can be found late in the evening.
An Outrage of Modesty
More a cocktail laboratory than a bar, An Outrage of Modesty, which is located just off Bree Street, serves a collection of crafty cocktails in a cool setting.
Mother’s Ruin and the Gin Bar
Gin lovers will be pleased to know that Cape Town is currently experiencing a gin revival. Mother’s Ruin is located on Bree Street, and the Gin Bar is hidden in a courtyard behind chocolate shop Honest Chocolate. Both serve a selection of cocktails, some of which use local fynbos-infused (a type of South African plant) gin.
Publik Wine Bar and Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants
Both an artisanal butchery and a wine bar share this space. Frankie Fenner sells high-quality meats, and Publik, which is owned by local foodie and wine connoisseur David Cope, stocks a selection of local wines. Do as the locals do and go for a glass of wine, but stay for a bottle.
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