Art meets cuisine at The Ladder on 136

Perched on trendy Bree Street is the newest addition to the CBD’s culinary offerings – The Ladder on 136. The art-studio-meets-café is serving up your favourite brew, daily bakes and light meals, all enjoyed with sun-drenched views of the buzzy city bowl.

Fast facts

Cost: R50 average main meal
Food type: Deli fare
Parking: On the street
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 3; Service: 3; Ambience: 3


The breakfast offering isn’t ample but does cover the favourites: fresh fruit and muesli pots, toasted croissants, and toast with avocado or salmon and cream cheese.

For lunch, opt for a sandwich (the beetroot, cottage cheese and basil baguette is fantastic) or one of the filling gourmet pies. Served with a side salad, the moreish pies come in combinations like lamb and rosemary, Guinness steak and moreish roast vegetable and feta. There are also daily lunch specials.

For dessert, opt for one of the fresh-from-the-oven pastries or melt-in-the-mouth pasteis de nata.


The menu of smoothies, speciality teas, refreshers and coffees is impressive. A favourite is the Strawsome Special smoothie with dragon fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and red and black currants.


Dedicated and individualised.


The intimate, minimalist space features natural woods, ceramics and a neutral milky palette. Hand-stitched fabrics deck the walls. Have your lunch at the counter, bathed in light as you overlook buzzy Bree Street.

Best for…

People-watching and work lunches.

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