The humble waffle is one of life’s greatest tea-time indulgences. Whether enjoyed American-style or in the traditional Belgian fashion, these gloriously crunchy squares are always satisfyingly nostalgic. From the simple syrup-drenched version to stacks smothered in toppings like lemon meringue or rich chocolate, here is our recommendation of five spots serving irresistible golden waffles in Cape Town.
This classic waffle house is known for whipping up glorious golden waffles the traditional way. The thick, pillowy treats are all served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and come with a variety of toppings. There’s the standard syrup or honey for R37; fruity options with strawberries (R43) or cinnamon apples (R45); or more indulgent options of Belgian chocolate mousse (R44), peanut-butter sauce (R42), or creamy custard (R42). If savoury flavours are more your thing, try one of the eggy waffles with bacon or a lunchtime bite with tuna salad.
Waffles at this stylish ice cream parlour are made to order and can be built according to your sweet tooth. The standard version is served with one or two scoops of the naturally flavoured ice cream in a range of seasonal flavours (R48 for one scoop; R72 for two). You can also order sauces, which include chocolate, salted caramel or honey. Extra toppings include toasted home-made marshmallow, cookie dough, shortbread crumble, and brûléed banana (R8 to R10).
While it may be known for gourmet burgers and larger-than-life cocktails, this joint certainly doesn’t skimp on the dessert front. Order the buttery house-made Belgian waffles, which are served with ice cream and maple syrup for R45. For something a little more decadent, there’s a version topped with 80%-cocoa Lindt chocolate sauce, almonds and ice cream for R65, or the option with sweet berry compote and ice cream for R49.
Choose from freshly made Belgian- or American-style waffles at this easy-going Kloof Street diner. The golden treats are served in quarters with vanilla ice cream or cream. Choose between a two-stack or a four-stack with options like caramel with banana with caramel sauce (R35 or R45); lemon meringue with lemon curd (R35 or R45); or chocolate and hazelnut with nutty chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries (R40 or R50).
The dedicated waffle café at tashas in Constantia offers different bases for your waffle-building experience. Choose from a plain (R18), chocolate chip (R24) or even red velvet base (R26), which can be topped with Italian gelato, sorbet or frozen yoghurt (R28 per scoop). For a final flourish, toppings include golden syrup, chocolate sauce, halva, Oreos, Turkish delight, strawberry coulis, Smarties, muesli, nuts, marshmallows and wafers. If the choices are too daunting, opt for one of the signature waffles like the lemon meringue option with a coconut waffle, home-made lemon curd and a meringue topping, or the red velvet cheesecake option with a cheesecake topping and strawberry sorbet.