7 life-changing brunches in the Winelands

Whether you’re looking for a satisfying pre-wine tasting bite, or a lazy way to wind down your week, this selection of spots in the Cape Winelands and surrounds will definitely hit the spot.

The Bakery at Jordan (Stellenbosch)

You know you’re in for some brilliant breads and pastries when visiting this Winelands spot. The breakfasts are available until 11.30am and include classics such as eggs Florentine with wilted spinach, Hollandaise and sourdough; a deluxe breakfast with brown mushrooms, halloumi, a potato-and-kale cake, baked beans and two eggs; and a rich eggs Benny with Neil Jewell’s herb smoked pork loin.

Betty Blue Bistro (Hermanus)

Settle in at this pretty little café and enjoy inspired mid-morning bites with a colourful twist. Munch on bacon that’s baked into a flapjack with figs and brie or spoon your way through a red (shakshuka), yellow (corn fritters), or green (veggies and basil pesto) eggy breakfast. If you’re after something sweet, there’s the legendary selection of pancakes with options like milktart; peppermint crisp; and lemon meringue. Quench your thirst with a rainbow of fresh juices.

A colourful table of breakfast food at Betty Blue Bistro. Photo supplied.

A colourful table of breakfast food at Betty Blue Bistro. Photo supplied.

Big Dog Café (Franschhoek)

The team from Terbodore coffee has moved its roastery closer to the scenic town of Franschhoek and opened up Big Dog Café. Stop off here between wine tastings for a brunch feast and freshly brewed coffee. The exciting menu features dishes like hot cakes with ricotta, citrus, red-wine-poached pear and matcha parfait or mushrooms on toast with Franschhoek groenteboerdery eggs, onion-and-miso purée, spinach Hollandaise and Neil Jewell’s cured bacon. There’s also the option to design your own breakfast, or indulge in a sweet waffle topped with espresso ice cream, salted-caramel popcorn and a black-cherry marshmallow.

Mushrooms on toast with Neil Jewel bacon. Photo supplied.

Mushrooms on toast with Neil Jewel bacon. Photo supplied.

Cosecha (Paarl)

Look forward to breakfast at this Mexican Winelands restaurant, which offers favourites like the breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes and fresh avo; breakfast tacos; huevos rancheros with cheddar and two eggs; or spicy hash and poached eggs served with chopped beef and potatoes. Enjoy with a French-press coffee, Nespresso, or a bottle of Noble Hill wine.

Breakfast at Cosecha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Breakfast at Cosecha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Lust Bistro (Simondium)

For a late breakfast, head to this comfortable spot for a slap-up brunch consisting of classics like eggs Benedict, full house breakfasts, omelettes or scrambled eggs. On the more unusual side of things, there’s vanilla-and-citrus crêpes with poached fruit and fynbos honey, or butternut crumpets with streaky bacon, brie and a cardamom-and-bitter-orange syrup.

Meraki (Stellenbosch)

The beautiful breakfasts here are available until 11.45 for those looking to make a brunch of it. There’s a selection of fresh croissants; seasonal fruit bowls and oats; and eggy dishes like the two-egg omelette with mushrooms and white cheddar. For something less traditional, opt for the corn fritters with honeyed bacon, fresh herbs and sriracha-yoghurt dressing, or a bowl of warming shakshuka with harissa and feta. You can also create your own plate for your perfect brunch. To drink, sip on coffee by Deluxe Coffeeworks, raw juices, or a refreshing cider.

Yoghurt and figs at Meraki. Photo supplied.

Yoghurt and figs at Meraki. Photo supplied.

Schoon (Somerset West)

Settled in its new home on Bright Street in Somerset West, Schoon is still making inspired Instagram-worthy mid-morning feasts. Think smoked trout on rye with ginger ricotta and topped with mielies and chickpeas; Turkish bircher muesli with honey-soaked sour figs; and mosbolletjie French toast with tahini-and-cinnamon honey, banana and clotted cream.

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