Restaurants serving up comfort food breakfasts this winter

As soon as the winter chill hits, we’re all about comfort food and long, lazy breakfasts. So here are just a few spots that we highly recommend for some serious comfort food for breakfast.

Hearty shakshuka

Naked Coffee (Morningside, Sandton City, Kramerville, Daytona Melrose Arch, Sea Point)

There is no shortage of delicious breakfast fare at Naked Coffee, but their hearty and warming shakshuka is just what you will need to keep you warm all winter long.

Leafy Greens (Muldersdrift)

If a shakshuka stack with toasted ciabatta, grilled halloumi and avo is your thing, then a shakshuka stack from Leafy Greens is a winter comfort must-order. They also have a vegan tofu version on offer.

Antique Café (Windermere)

Here you can find the Mediterranean comfort classic in all its glory: shakshuka with aubergine, vine tomatoes, onions, garlic, red peppers, avocado and paratha flatbread.

Our Local (Gardens)

They’re pet-friendly, they have vegan options, the décor is all kinds of quirky and trendy, and the shakshuka is perfection! Served hot with rustic toast that is perfect for dipping saucy eggs.


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Old Town Italy (Durbanville, Umhlanga Rocks, Melrose Arch, Menlyn Maine)

Eggs baked in a Napoletana sauce with chorizo sausage, cannellini beans, peppers and onion, this wholesome comfort food meal is sure to leave all your breakfast cravings satisfied.

Warming waffles

Café Mayfair (Hillcrest)

Get your fix of warm waffles from Café Mayfair in Durban.

Gabriella’s Tea Room (Parktown North)

They have an amazing assortment of breakfast options, but if you like to get your veggies in early and in the form of a tasty waffle, they serve up a warm and spicy sweet potato and butternut waffle with hot vanilla syrup and seasonal fruit.

Goddess Café (Waterkloof)

It’s only a real waffle party when a signature pink waffle from Goddess is involved! They also serve up cute pink pancakes as well along with a varied menu and delicious cakes.


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Stack n roll: Pancakes/crepes/flapjack stacks

Harrie’s pancakes (Graskop, DullstroomArcadia, Cullinan)

Whether you’re going for the larger-than-life loaded pancakes or the classic cinnamon sugar, Harrie’s is guaranteed to have the pancake for you!

Swan Café (City Centre)

The décor is beautiful and both the crepes and galettes are served hot and fresh! They have many flavour combinations to choose from, from a simple cinnamon sugar crepe to a gourmet croque monsieur galette.


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Jules on Jarvis (Berea)

Fluffy flapjacks with maple syrup, cream and butter are a winter comfort breakfast must and Jules and Jarvis does them just right. They also serve a variety of different breakfast options, if you prefer a savoury start to the day instead.


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Eggs Benedict

Mulberry & Prince (City Centre)

A classic hollandaise is tricky to master and that’s why it’s the perfect breakfast item to order when out and about. Mulberry & Prince serves up some pretty spectacular eggs Benedict with their signature browned butter hollandaise and crispy house-made tater tots. The breakfast comforts don’t stop there, though – they also have Nutella French toast, warm polenta porridge, and burrata and truffle scrambled eggs on offer.

The Whippet (Linden)

There are three words that will have you running over to Whippet in a matter of seconds: buttermilk chicken Benedict. A toasted English muffin is topped with buttermilk fried chicken smothered in silky hollandaise sauce. PS they’re also pet friendly!

Stellski Coffee (City Centre)

Not only are they pet friendly, but they also serve some mean breakfasts, especially a golden eggs benny! Their eggs Benedict are served all day (along with all their other breakfast items) just in case you or your dogs aren’t morning people.


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Epic French toast

Morning Glory (Parkwood)

They have a whole menu full of items that are comforting and super tasty, but their signature cornflake crusted French toast is everything. It’s served warm and ticks all those comfort food boxes.

Pajamas & Jam Eatery (Strand)

They have a whole menu full of enticing brekkie options, but the caramelised banana French toast comes highly recommended. Not only is it delicious but it’s a picture-perfect work of art!

Meraki Café (Stellenbosch)

Take a stroll through idyllic Stellenbosch and be sure to stop by Meraki for a delicious banana bread French toast rendition.

Tofu scrambles

Lexi’s Healthy Eatery (Sea Point, Modderfontein, Rosebank, Hazelwood)

From vegan breakfasts to burgers and loaded bowls, Lexi’s plant-based menu never disappoints. The savoury tofu scramble is an absolute flavour bomb. Enjoy simply as is, on an avo toastie or in their loaded farmer’s bowl, which features roasted potatoes, grilled cherry tomatoes and fresh avocado with a vegan hollandaise.

Kanela Café (Sea Point)

They have a variety of classic breakfast menu items on offer, as well as a hearty tofu scramble served with toast and avo.

Egglicious overload

Egghead (City Centre)

Only true egg lovers know just how satisfying a egg-loaded buttery brioche bun can be. You can opt for the classic egghead bun loaded with a soft-cooked egg, bacon and cheddar or opt for the fully loaded sausage stacked egg bun.


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Food Co (Knysna)

Everything is baked fresh at Food Co and that’s what makes their smoked trout croissant topped with a soft poached egg so special. It’s the all-day comfort breakfast of your dreams!

Glenda’s Restaurant (Hyde Park)

You can’t call yourself a true egg aficionado until you’ve enjoyed one of Glenda’s fully loaded egg brekkies. From eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce to soft-poached Turkish eggs, they have an eggy breakfast for all different tastes.


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Salt.Eatery (East London)

Their bestselling breakfast is a fully loaded masterpiece with eggs, bacon and cheese grillers… All the makings of an eggcellent breakfast!

Seed & Circus (Zonnebloem)

Apart from being trendy and pet-friendly, they serve some seriously tasty comfort food breakfasts. Their Turkish egg offering is a bestseller for a reason: it’s deliciously eggy in all the best ways. Perfectly poached eggs are served with garlic labneh, spinach, chill beurre noisette, crispy chickpeas and grilled sourdough.


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Bagels by the bountiful

The Glenwood Bakery (Glenwood)

They bake their bagels fresh and they’re in serious demand! So, when out and about in Durbs, stop by Glenwood Bakery for a fresh bagel refuel.

Kleinsky’s (Sea Point)

Their bagels need no introduction. They’re the perfect carb-loaded, handheld morsel of goodness just waiting to comfort your soul (and tummy) all the way through winter.

Jack’s Bagels (Stellenbosch)

From a simple breakfast bagel to South African-inspired bagel topped with biltong, Jack’s Bagels pull out all the comfort classics for a quick winter brekkie.

Traditional South African comforts

La Coco Food Purveyors (Silver Lakes, Stellenbosch)

Hot melkkos with cinnamon sugar – name a more comforting hot breakfast item!

Hemelhuijs (City Centre)

Why not enjoy soft mieliepap served warm with Karoo honey and salted butter for a comforting start to the day?


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These are a few of our favourite breakfast spots in South Africa – did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!

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