Giulio’s Café

6 Reviews
Café fare, Coffee, Italian, Light meals
Phone Number 0214186304 Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday 7am to 3pm; Thursday and Friday 7am to 3pm then 6pm to 10pm; Saturday 8am to 12.30pm


Menu - Giulios Cafe Menu


R90 Lunch R120 Dinner
Café fare, Coffee, Italian, Light meals
R90 Lunch R120 Dinner
Groups, Kids
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Annelize Visser

Bring a big appetite to properly enjoy this downtown Italian eatery, and then take the afternoon off.


This is no ordinary corner café. With natural light pouring through the windows, this airy white space with the occasional neo-classical ornament located a crucial few steps above street level on the corner of Riebeek and Loop is an inner-city oasis. It offers a blissful respite from whatever brought you to this gritty part of downtown Cape Town, as well as a well-made Italian-ish meal and, shall we say, a glass of prosecco?

It’s definitely the sort of place where not having a glass of vino with your Bolognese alla Sorrentina or lamb ragù pappardelle seems such a shame that you should absolutely consider bending whatever rules you may have about lunchtime imbibing. The food – and the mood – are simply too good. It’s also rather too much.

Both the very flavoursome (how can it not be) Giulio’s pasta puttanesca and the open lamb wrap (slices of tender lamb on home-made hummus with toasted pine nuts and lemon-mint yoghurt) arrive in portions guaranteed to rule out a productive afternoon, so you may as well wash it down with a glass of Babylonstoren rosé.

A busy pizza oven and an all-day breakfast menu round out the menu, the latter featuring such crossover crowd-pleasers as pancakes with maple syrup, and a bowl of warm oats with optional Nutella or peanut butter.

Only a serious sweet tooth will have room for dessert. The tiramisu has an excellent reputation, and the gelato is the real deal, but the trick is to keep an eye on the cloche on the counter which, depending on the day, may display such tempting things as lemon, lime and blueberry teacakes or a ricotta, orange and Nutella tart.


The drinks menu is compact and pleasing. There are beetroot or turmeric lattes for those so inclined, and a small selection of vino bianco or rosso, several of which are available by the glass. If you’re feeling festive at breakfast time, both the mimosa and the Bloody Mary are very good.


Smiles all round from the friendly and efficient wait staff.


It’s an upbeat place to meet friends for breakfast or lunch, or for an after-work bite on Thursdays and Fridays, but it’s equally welcoming of just you and your laptop if you’re due for a change of scenery.

Best for…

An extended lunch break.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    My favourite restaurant in Cape Town! Can’t go wrong with Giulio’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Food is delicious, ambiance is great and the staff and owner are really friendly and attentive.
    Real Italian food in the heart of Cape Town! Having left a life in Italy behind, Giulio's is the place I find myself whenever I'm missing true and honest Italian cooking. Giulio greets you at the door like an Italian mama would greet her family. Brekkies are sublime and hearty but I'm here for the handmade pasta! Leave room for some Tiramisu!
    One of the best cafe’s for a delicious healthy scrumptious meal in Cape Town. Decor. Beautiful Staff. amazing Coffees . Superb . I would highly recommend going there!
    My favourite restaurant in Cape Town. Breakfasts are phenomenal, coffee is always perfect. Staff always friendly and attentive. Host always accommodating. Always make a point of stopping at Giulio’s when I’m in town.

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