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The ultimate Kloof Street restaurant guide

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Buzzing Kloof Street and its surrounds has everything from amazing brunches to tasty burgers and everything in between. Here’s our guide to one of the hippest streets in Cape Town.

Asian-inspired cuisine

Kyoto Garden
Pop in for fresh sushi of excellent quality. Not in the sushi mood? Opt for the tempura or a light Japanese curry. The rice with special fish also comes highly commended.

 

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Saigon
This mostly Vietnamese-themed restaurant opened its doors in 1997, and standards remain excellent. The oxtail at Saigon is a firm favourite, but remember to leave space for the delicious deep-fried banana with rum-and-vanilla ice cream.

 

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Yindee’s
Tuck into tasty Thai dishes like the Chu Chee curry tiger prawns at this relaxed restaurant with traditional décor.

 

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Bars

Asoka
Cocktails and tapas are the things to order at this high-end bar.

 

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Cause & Effect
For classic and creative cocktails; bowls and sharing boards; or glasses of wine, punch, prosecco or champagne.

 

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The Moveable Feast Bistro & Bar
Highlights from the menu at this French-inspired bistro include Parisian choux pastry gnocchi with prawns, mange tout, butter and lemon. Pair with a glass of wine from the comprehensive wine list.

Publik Wine & Bar
This neighbourhood wine bar is known for serving quality artisanal wines.

The Sorrows Bar
The Sorrows Bar has a long beverage list that caters to different drinking needs (whether you want to drown your sorrows or celebrate – they’ve got you covered). We recommend the colourful cocktails.

 

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Tiger’s Milk
Stop in for a mouthwatering menu featuring great grills, tapas, pizzas, burgers and all-round good vibes.

Van Hunks
This pub is great for a more casual drink. The menu features a bit of everything: ribs, steaks, burgers, curry, pizza and pasta.

Yours Truly
This coffee shop has a great rooftop bar and the leafy coffee shop downstairs has great people-watching opportunities. The menu includes a selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps and the popular pizza-and-house-wine combo.

 

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Brunches

Arnolds
Open from 6.45am, this spot has an early-bird breakfast deal that’s one of the cheapest in the city. On weekdays before 7am, you can get two free-range eggs, bacon, ostrich or pork chipolatas, fried tomato, toast and jam for just R25.

 

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Knead
This branch of the popular bakery chain serves breakfast, light meals, coffee and cakes.

Manna Epicure
This beautiful white space serves up a range of well-made inventive breakfasts. Think coconut bread, perfectly poached eggs and buttery croissants. For the early-risers, breakfasts are half price before 9am. Manna is also open at night, serving some of the best ribs in town.

 

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Mustacchio Caffé
Mustacchio Caffé is big on breakfast, Italian and South African coffee blends, and pastas and burgers.

Nourish’d Café & Juicery
Stop in for healthy, nutritious and wholesome food. The menu includes green juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls, salads and sandwiches.

 

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Peppertree Café
Open at 7am, Peppertree Café (formerly Melissa’s on Kloof Street) is a lovely spot that has something for everyone – from fresh breakfasts to everyday lunch buffets.

Today & Tomorrow
Today & Tomorrow is a sister restaurant to Yours Truly, with a similar vibe but a more substantial menu offering more than the usual light meal classics you’d expect – think breakfast, burgers, steaks, salads, pizza and pasta.

 

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Tamboers Winkel
Stop in for signature breakfasts, light meals, charcuterie boards and cheese platters.

 

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Burgers

Gardens Collectors Club
A casual, creative and carefree meeting place for old and new friends. Expect a variety of bar snacks, pizzas and plates (including the GCC burger, steak and fries, cheese and charcuterie boards).

Hudson’s
Go for the tasty burgers and OTT shakes.

A delicious burger from Hudson's Kloof Street.

A burger prepared and served at Hudson’s. Photo supplied.

Jerry’s Burger Bar
From the cheekily named Cheapskate burger (with a classic home-made beef patty, barbecue sauce, pickles and mustard menu) to the Whoop Whoop vegetarian burger (with a home-made chickpea patty and cheddar cheese topped with mushroom or pepper sauce), this popular burger joint has something for everyone.

 

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Rick’s Café Americain
If you’re not stopping in at Rick’s for the lunch, cocktail or happy hour specials, sit down for a burger. Taste the culinary range of the varied menu in burgers like the chermoula chicken burger, the ostrich and gorgonzola burger or the lamb kofta burger.

Stacked Diner
Stack your own burger, hotdog, flapjacks and waffles at this burger joint in Kloof Street.

 

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Coffee

Molten Toffee
This small coffee spot serves a good brew, fresh juices and a variety of tasty toasties. There are some gluten-free and raw options, too.

The Power & The Glory
This cosy hangout with a cool vibe serves coffee and light bites, along with draught beers and ciders.

Date night

Black Sheep
With contemporary décor and a cosy, vibey ambience, Black Sheep is always full, so be sure to make a reservation well in advance. A sophisticated chalkboard bistro menu features fan favourites and daily seasonal additions. In summer the windows are open to show off panoramic views of the mountain.

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club
This child of the Madame Zingara group delivers the usual touch of whimsy and madness. If you’re not just here for drinks, try the famed chilli-chocolate steak.

A succulent steak meal from Bombay Bicycle Club in Kloof Street.

A succulent steak meal from Bombay Bicycle Club. Photo supplied.

Janse & Co
For a real spoil, head to this fine-dining restaurant. Expect a lunch menu that ranges from two to five courses and a dinner menu that ranges between three to seven courses. Highlights include the home-made charcuterie served with six types of home-made mayonnaise.

Kloof Street House
This beautiful Victorian house is rather hidden, but boasts a wonderful garden out front. The dining rooms are the perfect settings for romantic candle-lit dinners. Highlights from the menu include Moroccan spiced lamb rump, herbed couscous, red cabbage and cucumber slaw with tahini yoghurt.

Unfiltered
This beerhouse and restaurant has something for everyone and is ideal for every occasion, from romantic candle-lit dinners and beer nights with mates to simple pizza evenings with family. The relatively small and reasonably priced menu includes salads, light bites, pizzas, sandwiches, draught beer and wine.

 

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Indian-inspired cuisine

Thali
Liam Tomlin’s Indian tapas spot just around the corner on Park Road is too good to miss.

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Ice cream

Myog
If ice cream isn’t your thing, just up the road from Unframed (see below) is the popular Myog, which specialises in frozen yoghurt. Choose from the flavours of the week (including the likes of rooibos) and enjoy the selection of unlimited toppings such as fudge, Smarties, jelly beans and bananas.

Unframed
The best ice cream in Kloof Street (and possibly the world) can be found at this little minimalist ice-cream parlour. The salted chocolate is a knockout and the vegan ice creams – made with coconut milk – are so creamy  that it’s almost impossible to believe they’re not made with double cream.

Mexican-inspired cuisine

El Burro Taqueria
El Burro Taqueria may be smaller than its Newlands and Green Point siblings, but it still delivers the same tasty Mexican flavours from both branches. The tons of tacos on the menu are worth a try.

The Fat Cactus
One of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in the city. Highlights from the menu include jalapeño poppers, nachos and tacos, fajitas and quesadillas, and margaritas and tequila.

Mountain views

The Dark Horse
On warmer days, this bar is buzzy thanks to its glorious views of Table Mountain.

 

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Cafe Paradiso
The leafy front garden of this converted house has full-frontal views of Table Mountain – a rare find in the hustle and bustle of the city. Food is less of a focus, but try the slow-roasted lamb-and-aubergine salad with spinach, rocket, olives, sunflower seeds, beetroot, garlic aïoli and lemon.

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The Deckhouse Crabshack & BBQ
There’s almost always a buzzy vibe on the deck, which looks out towards the mountain. The menu features shrimp popcorn and lots of fried seafood.

 

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Liquorice & Lime
This little café has some great views from the window seating area. Try an indulgent eggs Benedict.

Pizza

Bacini’s
A slightly worn but very cosy neighbourhood pizza spot.

A Positano and Amalfi pizzas from Bacini's on Kloof Street.

Positano and Amalfi pizzas from Bacini’s. Photo Supplied.

Beleza Restaurant
This relaxed restaurant serves Portuguese and Italian-inspired cuisine like pizzas, pastas and seafood.

Da Vinci’s
Pizza, burgers and wonderfully sticky ribs – this casual Italian spot does everything well. There’s paper and crayons on the tables so the kids (and adults) can draw.

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NY Slice Pizza
Stop in for authentic New York-style pizza. The menu is very small, with four pizza options sold either by the slice or whole. Try the Manhattan pizza topped with mozzarella, original tomato sauce and fresh basil.

The Striped Horse Bar & Grill
All the pizzas here are named after the British royals. Indulge in the The William (topped with bacon, gorgonzola, basil pesto and avo), the Elizabeth (topped with Jack Daniel’s onion relish, grilled chicken, jalapeños and avo) or the Charles (topped with salami, olives, peppers, feta and jalapeños).

 

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Plant-based cuisine

Lekker Vegan (Kloof Street)
For lekker, cruelty-free vegan junk food. Highlights from the menu include burgers (with patties made from a wheat and soy protein mix), gatsbys and wraps.

A vegan burger from Lekker Vegan on Kloof Street.

A vegan burger from Lekker Vegan. Photo supplied.

Prashad Café
Prashad Café offers a completely vegetarian menu, with vegan dishes making up over half of it. Expect the usual Indian favourites like curry, breyani, dhal, bunny chows and wraps.

 

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Portuguese-inspired cuisine

Toni’s on Kloof (Kloof Street)
Toni’s on Kloof serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with favourites like peri-peri chicken, prawns, seafood rice and Mozambican curries.

Steakhouses

Arnolds
Struggling to decide? The warthog ribs are the ones to go for – if you can handle eating Pumba! They’re truly delicious.

Carne on Kloof
Giorgio Nava serves up some of the Mother City’s best steak, sourced from his very own farm in Nieu-Bethesda. It’s beautifully aged and accordingly priced – worth it, if only to understand how good steak can taste. It’s also imperative that you order the lamb ravioli with sage butter and parmesan.

Da Vincis
Saucy and juicy, the barbecue spare ribs are a house speciality here.

Seafood

Best of Asia
Best of Asia doesn’t rank high on ambience points, but the sushi here is of a consistently good standard. It makes for a great spot for grabbing takeaways to eat at home.

Miller’s Thumb
Miller’s Thumb is synonymous with seafood, but carnivores are also catered for on the small ‘something meaty’ section of the menu, which includes a 300g flame-grilled rump steak and Portuguese espetada.

Sushi Box
The sushi here is top notch. Enjoy classics of sashimi, maki, nigiri, salmon roses and the signature California rolls.

 

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