Food & Drinks

Mugged

Popular with lunchtime folks as well as night owls, this eatery serves cafe food with a Lebanese twist - everything from Lebanese flatbreads to chilli poppers made from Lebanese dough. The artsy decor is hip and creative - think ottomans that light up when you sit on it. Check out their amazing weekly specials like half-price cocktails or the buy one get one free burger...

Marcelino The Bakery

Run by charming Marcelino Siljeur (whose mentor and colleague is Gerd Zerban, who used to own legendary-coffee shop Zerbans in the Gardens Centre and Sea Point), this quaint bakery has a small eating space where breakfasts and light lunches can be enjoyed. Their selection of baked German goodies is heavenly, so be sure to order some to take away after your meal. Hours: 5....

Lola's

Surrounded by bars, nightclubs, tattoo parlours and boutiques, Lola's is one of the coolest places in Long Street and one of Cape Town's few purely vegetarian restaurants. It's great for breakfast - we love the Fab Fry Up with potato wedges, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and toast - or French toast with banana and honey. Otherwise there are plenty of light and main meals...

Licorice & Lime

The interior decor of this beautiful little coffee shop and neighbouring deli is strikingly stylish black and lime green, but most of the seating is outside in the mall where you can breakfast, brunch or lunch while watching the world go by. They score points for things like soda floats and red velvet cake with big pots of tea, while the breakfasts are luscious. Try the...

Garden Tea Room

Established in 1652 by Dutch settlers to service and re-provision spice-trading sailing ships on the long sea route to the east, today the Company's Garden provides a tranquil oasis right in the middle of the city. Office workers take time off to relax on the lawns and feed the squirrels and pigeons, and when the hunger pangs hit, you can head to the Garden Tea Room for...

Cafe Mozart

This spot is housed in a quaint old building. You can sit indoors, climb the steep staircase to the usually unpopulated smoking area upstairs, or take a table in the tree-lined mall outside, a stone's throw from the antique dealers. Either way, you're a winner Cafe Mozart does lovely light lunches and breakfasts to die for. We're just crazy about the 'decadent French...

Birds Boutique Cafe

It's all natural, organic, seasonal, fresh and healthy but definitely not boring or lacking in flavour. The bird motif (including birdsong) is carried throughout in this restful place where (rather uncomfortable) seating is on upturned milk crates at long wooden communal tables. It may be very casual, but you will be well fed. The chicken pie is a speciality, and to drink...

38 Special

While the food here is mainly classic lunchtime fare, people also flock here for the ambience at this cafe-cum-art gallery. Sink into a comfy armchair and enjoy your coffee, sarmie, wrap or salad while surveying the eclectic mix of local artwork hanging on the rough exposed stone walls - the original walls of a heritage building dating back to 1770. Hours: Sun-4.00pm Mon-...

Simply Asia

Simply Asia Fresh ingredients are sourced from local suppliers daily to all branches of this trendy Thai food chain and its central kitchen in Cape Town manufactures the proprietary range of sauces and spices while noodles are imported directly from Thailand to ensure the authentic Thai flavour. It's part of the Wang Thai chain, so you can expect similar but less expensive variations...

Mint Restaurant

The Taj's second on-site restaurant, Mint, spills out onto the cobbled pavement of buzzing St George's Mall. As the hotel is situated inside the old Reserve Rank building it comes as no surprise that this all-day diner sits exactly in the room where they used to mint coins. A historical site perhaps but a fresher menu would be hard to find. Since the Taj is a hotel with...

Minato Sushi Restaurant

The sushi joint for aficionados in the know, Minato is reached down a long narrow passage through a nondescript door in a side road off Long Street. It's worth the effort for the generous portions of fresh sushi, with no fuss and frills. Ingredient a can be swopped, sometimes at a price for the trouble, sometimes not. The mixed tempura can be a light meal on its own, and...

Jewel Tavern

For years this place was a combination of well-kept secret and an adventure into the working part of Cape Town harbour. It's now located in the city centre, easier to get to and still serves authentic Chinese food at very reasonable prices. The sizzling duck, pork or chicken are hugely popular, but the vast menu offers plenty of Chinese delicacies, and there is now a...

Haiku Restaurant

Dim sum, sushi, noodles, robata grills and wok dishes are meant to be ordered in abundance and shared, so ideally you should go with a group of friends and get as much as possible out of the extensive menu. This includes soups, hot pots, sizzlers and more, all prepared by imported chefs in the open-plan kitchen. The prawn toast, served in a portion of four, is recommended...

Fuji Yumi

Fuji Yumi A contemporary and spacious space which might feel a bit stark to some is the new home to this restaurant which was once in Claremont but now relocated to the city centre after dropping off the scene for a couple of years. Traditional and modern Japanese dishes are on the menu — sushi, of course, as well as noodles, stir-fries and more. Prices are reasonable and look out...

Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro The idea, says owner Peter Weet-man, is for this place to become your local where you can go three times a week for great food at reasonable prices. Most starters are under R40, mains less than R100, and all wines (wine list and off-menu specials) are available by the glass. In true bistro style you can now get a 450ml carafe for just R30. The menu changes seasonally...