Review: Zonnebloem’s new Seed and Circus

It might seem un-newsworthy that yet another café has opened up in Zonnebloem, yet the almost immediate reaction to Seed and Circus is ‘Where have you been all this time?’. Despite only being a few months old, the café operates with the maturity of a well-seasoned expert, with a refreshing concept that fits right into Cape Town at the moment. Featuring a small breakfast and lunch menu made up of inspired dishes, this eatery feels like a breath of fresh air, serving up exactly the kind of food you want to eat.

Fast facts

Cost: R90 average main course
Parking: On the street
Food type: Café fare
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 5; Service: 5; Ambience: 4


The curated menu is made up of a handful of breakfast and lunch options, all written up on a board on the wall. Try as you might, you’ll struggle to decide on a dish, but know the Turkish eggs deserve your attention. They come with two soft-poached eggs, a light-as-a-feather garlic labneh, chilli butter, greens and served with a slice of toasted sourdough.

For the more sweet-tooth inclined, Grandma’s Pancakes are made with wholewheat flour and have a pleasant, near-savouriness to them. They come topped with seasonal fruit and a generous dollop of mascarpone cream. Towards lunchtime, the deli fills up with varied and substantial salads and the lunch menu includes delights such as ceviche, a sticky miso trout bowl and mung bean noodle salad.

The portions aren’t skimpy here, but if you find yourself with a little space to spare, they also have freshly baked croissants and refined sugar-free treats from Thank Goodness.


Seed and Circus deserves praise for not charging extra for oat milk. Meaning you can have your morning coffee your way. They also have an impressive juice menu, as well as kombuchas and similar health options of the like.


Faultlessly warm, inviting and knowledgeable. The front of house knows what good and they’re not afraid to tell you.


There’s no lack of organic textures and finishes here, but everything is done with comfort in mind, meaning that you’re tempted to hang around long after your meal has ended.

Best for…

Interesting breakfasts and midweek lunches.

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