You’ll spot Rcaffe on Long Street in the centre of the CBD of Cape Town and it has a romantic, bohemian/funky feel to it, with a large array of healthy options to go with your premium artisan coffee.
They boast a very popular banting menu and on it you will find scrumptious items like the Banting Benedict - poached eggs topped with rich hollandaise sauce, crispy bacon, creamy goats milk cheese, cherry tomatoes roasted in rosemary and olive oil, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and served on a bed of fresh rocket.
If you are looking for a lunch, they do a tender Mediterranean lamb - oven roasted (to perfection) leg of lamb in rosemary and garlic, served on seasonal roasted vegetables, fresh coriander, aubergine sauce and double cream tzaziki.
Taking someone to the movies on a date has a classic ring to it, but how about doing it with an elegant, modern twist?
Perched on top of the Grand Daddy Hotel on Long street is the novel concept of a rooftop trailer park (seven gorgeous Airstream trailers) and cinema. You have full bar service, a selection of snacks you can pre-order and if you book well ahead, the super comfortable Love Seat or Couch to sprawl out in.
They regularly screen old favourites and have, over time, put together an amazing catalogue of screenings, set against the picturesque backdrop of the vintage trailers and the Cape Town skyline, this is certainly an experience to look forward to.
"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." - Aristophanes
Relax to some gentle Salsa, an array of fresh and seasonal tapas and a pair of wine lists that has been curated with love and enthusiasm.
Bouchon’s wine list embraces both local and international gems and you have an option of enjoying their ‘Travel Through Your Glass’ selection (updated weekly, along with their menu) which allows you to discover and enjoy outstanding wines from around the world by the glass.
The chalkboard menu is constantly evolving, so you will be sure to have a unique experience in this lovely and relaxed venue, time and time again.
No run-down of burger joints in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning Royale. Royale was hipster before hipsters started calling themselves hipsters. The decor, the staff and the food all have a special quality, something different and interesting.
Take the menu, for instance, there is literally a section titled “Something a little different” 😊. From there we chose The Federale, a 160g basted beef patty blended with chorizo, chilies and coriander, served with guacamole and caramelized onions. Each burger comes with a choice of fries or sweet potato fries or a mix of both (recommended).
Always an experience, Royale never fails to deliver!
You’ll find IYO (Inside, You’re Out) on the super trendy Bree Street in Cape Town, a stretch that’s known for it’s upmarket eateries and fine cuisine. IYO has a great spread of traditional and way out-there burger combos and sides, along with never-ending jam jars and local beers and ciders.
We opted for the Quick Dip, a smoked cheddar beef patty on a fresh bun with crispy sweet onions and the IYO house dip (incorporating pork broth) and it was mesmerizingly good. Everything just comes together and creates an amazing flavour profile.
After an informative outing to Robben Island we think a little levity may be in order, beer, music and ambience in a beerhouse! Remember, we are remembering the oppression, but also, celebrating the freedom. 😊
The Rudimentals, Nomadic Orchestra and Ann Jangle will keep the mood electric and local, the many, many beers will be flowing freely, and the early evening will get a little raucous!
There is a beer for everyone and the location on Long Street make it a fantastic gateway to spill out into town and enjoying yourself in earnest. Centrally located, it is close to a lot of very nice spots both large and small, definitely worth an exploration.
We begin with Plant, a vegan restaurant which came into being as a café in Bo-Kaap in 2013, and then moved to bigger premises with a wider and more gourmet menu that revolves around food with a mission.
Their mission is “part of ongoing commitment to make this world a little better, a little kinder”, and they do this by offering only cruelty-free plant-based foodstuffs and by actively donating to animal and human charities.
Have the Thai papaya bowl, consisting of finely chopped cabbage and red pepper soaked in lime juice with papaya, cashew nuts and avocado, served with a papaya-lime-coriander dressing.
Pair that with a Raspberry Collins, mixed with Bottings raspberry puree, vanilla Vodka, ice, fresh lemon and soda and you are in for a flavour treat that you won’t soon forget!
Nobody said you can’t be healthy and have a little fun!