Bree Street has transformed over the past decade, and is now, along with Kloof Street, one of Cape Town’s hottest culinary streets. I found the further down the street you walked (away from the Waterfront), the more restaurants, bars and cafes popped up. They all looked super appealing, but we settled for a little stretch with a number of cocktail bars all in a row, in different coloured houses. So cute. It’s as hipster as Cape Town gets here.
These were my favourite bars on Bree:
This tiny bar is relatively new on Bree street, and it’s where we spent most of our afternoon, sitting in the warm sun at one of their few tables on the street, watching Cape Town go by. Their whisky sours are wonderful (and about £2 a pop), and Rob enjoyed their various beers. Apparently they serve great tacos too.
If you’re a gin lover this is the place for you. Serving various types of gin and tonics, with fun interiors and a friendly vibe, this is one of the most populars bars on Bree Street.
Annoyingly this was shut when we went (but it was the reason we discovered Door 221 and Mother’s Ruin). This speakeasy bar apparently mixes some of the best cocktails in town. The interiors are vintage in style, and they offer sharing platters too if you get hungry.
In terms of restaurants, for coffee I’d recommend the Hard Pressed Cafe, for breakfast Jason Bakery (incredibly pastries) and Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room (I love the look of the interiors here), for lunch Chefs Warehouse (with a wonderful tapas menu), for dinner Bistro Bizerca (blog to follow). For beer lovers the Brewers & Union, with a lovely outside terrace, is the place to be.
For a comprehensive list of all the incredible dining and drinking venues on Bree Street, Eat Out have written a fantastic article.