Cape Town’s Bree Street takes 11th spot on Time Out’s global coolest streets list

Get ready to take a ride through one of the coolest streets in the world. Yup, you heard right. Time Out International has just dropped their list of the 30 coolest streets globally, and guess who made the cut? None other than our very own Bree Street, nestled in the heart of Cape Town, strutting its stuff at number 11.

Time Out International says these streets are the birthplaces of bold, creative ventures in food, drink, nightlife, and culture. From trendy listening bars to meticulously repurposed heritage buildings, the streets are where you’ll discover a city’s most thrilling cultural trends.

So, in celebration of Bree Street’s well-deserved moment in the spotlight, we decided to highlight some of the fantastic eateries lining the vibrant strip. Here’s a round-up of restaurants and bars you absolutely must check out.


This contemporary coastal Mexican spot offers a modern twist on Baja California cuisine. With earthy textures, organic materials, and a menu curated by executive chef Justin Barker, Hacienda promises an unforgettable meal that’ll transport you straight to the sun-kissed shores of Mexico.


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Nikkei brings the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines to life with a vibrant menu and an ambience that’s equally chic and inviting. With a blend of meticulous attention to detail and vibrant ingredients, every dish is a work of art.


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Chefs Warehouse, The Bailey Brasserie and Lounge Bar

Helmed by chef Liam Tomlin and chef Asher Abramowitz, this triple-storey venture boasts a globe-trotting à la carte menu, classic French-inspired cuisine, and a cool, elegant vibe lounge bar, all under one roof.

Boma on Bree

Experience the soulful flavours of Africa at Boma on Bree, where open-fire cooking takes centre stage. Boma promises a symphony of ash, smoke, and flame in every dish, transporting you to the heart of the African desert.


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SeaBreeze Fish & Shell

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell celebrates Cape Town’s rich seafood heritage with a focus on local, sustainable delights. From wild langoustines to classic fish and chips, every bite is a tribute to the ocean’s bounty.

Grub & Vine

Grub & Vine is the epitome of refined bistro-style dining in a relaxed, contemporary setting. With two dining rooms to choose from, including The Green Room with its greenery-inspired decor, Grub & Vine is perfect for a casual bite or a special night out.


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Burger & Lobster

Burger & Lobster brings simplicity and perfection to the table with their iconic burger and lobster offerings. Pair them with unique cocktails for a truly unforgettable dining experience.


Asian-inspired burgers, sushi, and grills await you at Cowfish. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh sushi or a juicy steak, this vibrant spot has it all.

Iron Steak and Bar

Looking for a no-fuss steak experience? Iron Steak and Bar has you covered with a delectable array of steak cuts, sides, and cocktails in a sleek, contemporary setting.

Nish Nush

If you’re in the mood for something fast, fresh, and feisty, Nish Nush is your go-to spot for authentic Middle Eastern street food favourites. From hummus to shawarma, everything is made from scratch to tantalise your taste buds.


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Clarke’s Dining Room

Feeling a bit nostalgic? Clarke’s Dining Room offers a slice of classic diner culture with wood-fired pizzas, juicy burgers, and refreshing classic cocktails that’ll make you feel right at home.

The General Store

This charming café on lower Bree Street is your go-to for quick takeaways and delicious café fare meals. Whether you’re craving a scrumptious salad, sandwich, or a comforting bowl of soup, The General Store has got you covered. With small tables for two and a hatch opening directly onto Bree Street, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite while soaking in the street’s vibrant energy.


Next on our list is Tomson, a South Cantonese restaurant brought to you by the dynamic duo behind Max Bagels and Leo’s Wine Bar, Andrew Kai, and Matthew Freemantle. Tomson pays homage to Andrew’s heritage with a focus on authentic South Cantonese dishes and flavours. It’s a culinary journey steeped in tradition and innovation, making it a must-visit for foodies seeking a taste of something special.

Leo’s Wine Bar

Nestled inside a bagel shop on Bree Street, Leo’s Wine Bar is a haven for wine enthusiasts. With a focus on local wines from smaller producers and an inclination towards natural and low intervention farming and winemaking practices, it’s a paradise for wine connoisseurs seeking unique and exquisite flavours.


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Culture Wine Bar

Established by the renowned restaurateur and chef Matt Manning, Culture Wine Bar boasts a curated selection of fine wines from both local and international sources. From cult classics to hidden gems and natural wines, Culture Wine Bar promises a stellar wine experience that celebrates the art of winemaking.


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For coffee lovers, Rosetta Roastery is a must-stop. Their dedication to sourcing single-origin and estate coffees shines through in every cup. With a range of brewing methods and a selection of delectable pastries and light meals, Rosetta Roastery offers a complete coffee experience that’s as inviting as it is delicious.


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Pizza Shed 

Craving authentic Neapolitan pizza? Pizza Shed has got you covered. Their one-page menu is a testament to their commitment to simplicity and quality. With hand-crafted bases, slow-proofed dough, and a wood-fired oven that imparts a delightful smoky flavour, Pizza Shed delivers pizzas that are a cut above the rest.


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