Kirstenbosch Tea Room

Kirstenbosch Tea Room
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  • Phone Number 0217974883
  • Location Top gate, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
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  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Sunday 8.30am – 5pm; Closed Christmas

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R140 avg main meal
Comfy & casual
Bakery fare, Burgers, Health food, Middle Eastern, Modern, South African
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Critic's review

Chef-patron Pamela Shippel, author of bestselling cookbook My Way with Food, practises what she preaches. Good ingredients, freshly prepared dishes, simple flavours and good value go into every dish at her Cape country kitchen. It serves hearty breakfasts, omelettes and spicy eggs shakshuka– with a choice of free-range eggs in all dishes. House specialities are served in generous portions – the best bobotie in town, pickled fish, real homemade burgers and the freshest hake ’n’ chips. Lighter fare includes creative salads, chunky soups and sandwiches – with irresistible scones, muffins, malva pudding and decadent rum puddle cake to end off. Loads for vegetarians.

Good-value wines by the glass with a generous pour.

The same friendly staff members serve locals and tourists in a warm, efficient manner.

A cosy family tea room on a garden terrace with spectacular views.

Treat yourself to the best hot chocolate (made from real couverture) in Cape Town – or order a gourmet picnic for the garden lawns. (GH, September 2010)
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User reviews

  • I love the Kirstenbosch tea room for a Sunday breakfast. Consistently good (free range) eggs (they can poach to the specific order of 'medium soft') with great wholewheat bread. Service is what you'd expect from a tea room - efficient but not over the top amazing. Order the hot chocolate for a decadent after breakfast drink. I have a yearly membership to Kirstenbosch, so don't feel the sting of paying entrance fees on top of my breakfast.
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  • The previous review was written when the prices at this quaint tea-room were still normal, respectable and value for money. However a hike of almost 40% now places this as one of the most expensive breakfasts I have had in Cape Town outside of hotel buffets. A full English breakfast now costs R95.00 and if you add a R25.00 cappuccino as well as the R40.00 entrance fee, then a family (5) breakfast with Gran, came very close to a thousand rand. Plus the place is way over staffed with the result that there is a great deal of standing around doing nothing, or preying on tables as soon as the last bite is taken.

    That is just way out of line. It may be less than 60 GBP equivalent or US$90 but its fleecing locals. In Vietnam restaurants have a 3 tier pricing system - lowest for locals, next level for Vietnamese expats and highest level for foreign tourists. That is fair. But at its current prices, we (life members) will not return to this tea-room. A great pity.
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  • My favourite Cape Town food.

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Licensed
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  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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