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Budget-friendly breakfasts in the Winelands

Who says you can’t enjoy a meal in the Winelands on a budget? Whether you’re heading out early, passing through on a roadtrip, or waking up in one of these picture-perfect areas, there’s a delicious breakfast to please your wallet.

Big Dog Café (Franschhoek)

Light meals are a big deal here but that doesn’t mean Big Dog Café lacks pocket-friendly options. Get two eggs done your way with toasted sourdough or a croissant for R40. (Add-ons include spinach hollandaise for R17 and roasted cherry tomatoes for R15.) Or get a classic croissant with butter, preserves and grated boerenkaas. Enjoy with a macchiato (R18), Americano (R18), cappuccino (R24), flat white (R24) or latte (R25).

Sweet waffles at Big Dog Café in Franschhoek. Photo supplied.

Café BonBon (Franschhoek)

Whether you’re flush with cash or working on a budget, you’re guaranteed to eat well at Café BonBon. Get eggs Florentine for R70; courgette, corn and feta fritters with crispy bacon and roasted cherry tomatoes for R50; crème brûlée French toast with mascarpone and a pecan glaze for R65; or croissant French toast with bacon, banana and salted caramel for R65. A classic scrambled eggs and bacon breakfast comes with toast for R65. Also enjoy a hearty bowl of cinnamon oats with a warm apple and currant compote for just R45.

Boschendal at Oude Bank (Stellenbosch)

Breakfasts at Oude Bank, served until 11.30am, are a Stellenbosch institution. Get a banting eggs Benedict served with browned butter hollandaise and a zucchini and parmesan frittata (R65); scrambled eggs and toast (R42); and a spiced seed-and-nut granola served with thick organic yoghurt and caramelised apples (R68). If you’re looking for something luxurious, opt for the avocado toast, which comes topped with charred spring onions, bacon, herb crème fraîche, browned butter and a poached egg.

inside at Boschendal at Oude Bank

Inside Boschendal at Oude Bank. Photo supplied.

Cosecha (Paarl)

This Latin restaurant serves its breakfast menu all day, which features delights like the breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes and cheddar in a flour tortilla (R44). (Add on bacon for R18 and fresh avocado for R14.) The breakfast tacos come filled with eggs and black beans and topped with cheddar, avocado and bacon (R59). Also get the huevos rancheros – homemade tortillas with toppings like two eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon, or eggs, chopped beef and potatoes (R70).

Breakfast at Cosecha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Breakfast at Cosecha. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Joostenberg Bistro (Muldersvlei)

Budget-friendly breakfasts are served up from 8am to 10.30am at this must-visit Muldersvlei spot. Get the Klein Joostenberg – one free-range egg with bacon, tomato, pork sausages and toast for R70. You could also enjoy the homemade toasted muesli with yoghurt, fynbos honey and stewed apricots (R60). Or, if you’re feeling fancy, opt for the three Saldanha Bay oysters on ice served with lemon and a red-wine vinegar dressing for R58. For something simple, order a fresh baguette or croissant, which comes with homemade jam and butter for R40. Other pastries are also available from their bakery.

SCHOON (Somerset West)

Take your pick. You could just head home with the bread of the day (Wednesdays have a bread named Ezekiel, made with ancient wheats, malted barley-, millet and chickpea flour combined with lentils, red beans and organic teff) for R50. There’s also a range of sandwiches made with their breads, else you could go for one of their grain breakfasts, like the chocolate and almond granola that comes with milk and fresh banana (R30). The za’atar bircher muesli is topped with sour figs soaked in a honey syrup (R48) and the soft mielie pap is served with burnt honey butter and toasted almonds (R40). Don’t leave without a croissant (R20), which you can top with bacon (R25) or a poached egg (R12).

A dish at SCHOON. Photo by Katharine Pope.

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