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This unpretentious little corner bistro and bar is a hidden gem in Loop Street. It emanates a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere with its old wooden floorboards, quaint decorations, and down-to-earth staff. The cheap and surprisingly extended menu offers a variety of delicious breakfast items, salads, main meals, sandwiches and wraps. The bistro also houses a friendly and laid-back bar that attracts the young and the old alike, many of whom are probably loyal regulars. A Colour Red is definitely worthy of your money and time, and will make you feel welcome and relaxed. -Annchen Marais
Crave, in coherence with its name, satiates its patrons’ cravings with healthy fast food. The visitors mainly comprise of the ‘office crowd’. Apart from the easy to eat platter menu, the restaurants also serves up a range of breads like baguettes and ciabattas, as well as salads, burritos, croissants and muffins. Crave is also known for its excellent coffee and delicious winter soup.
Lola’s is a one of those long-standing Cape Town restaurants with a popular following that has become almost legendary. Situated on a street corner with tables in the brightly painted interior that spill out onto the sidewalk in both directions, it is the perfect spot to indulge in some fabulous vegetarian food and a couple of glasses of inexpensive wine. It has its regular crowd who is always there along with happy newcomers enjoying the great food and atmosphere. Try the French toast for breakfast or have a hearty Cape-style curry for dinner. The service is always friendly and inviting and the vibe always enjoyable.
Yourstruly is a truly a unique coffee shop based in Loop Street, Cape Town. In the center of the buzz in Loop Street, it is a little haven for any coffee and/or art lover. Highlighting its' quirky appearance, there is a vintage shoeshine chair standing outside the little coffee shop’s door. Besides fresh and beautifully prepared coffee, Yourstruly is decorated with fabulous art and also sells delicious gourmet sandwiches and other treats. With its delectable coffee and warm service, this little coffee shop is definitely different from its Loop Street contemporaries and certainly worth a visit. - Joel Bronkowski
The Oasis Restaurant is a hotspot for luxurious fine dining. This Restaurant is located in the Mount Nelson Hotel in Gardens, Cape Town. It is appropriately called The Oasis, set adjacent to the hotel's crystal clear, sparkling pool in the lush gardens. It is conveniently cut off from the buzz of the streets, but envelopes you with stylish serenity, as an oasis would. It emanates an atmosphere of classy elegance and the service is so impeccable, you will almost feel like the only guest. The Oasis Restaurant serves a delicious breakfast and lunch buffet, or join them for a Sunday lunch with live Jazz music.
Beleza is a pleasant relief in a city where one often pays more for less when it comes to dining and drinking. Their outstanding menu offers a decent selection of freshly prepared Portuguese and Italian dishes catering to the tastes of meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The Portuguese selection is especially impressive with influences from Mozambique and as far as Goa. The drinks list is impressive with fabulous cocktails, a good wine selection and some imported beers - come for the daily happy hour. Seating is available inside or on the covered deck out front while the bar area offers comfortable lounge chairs and chilled music to relax to. The restaurant is open from 9:30 for breakfast until late.
This quirky café and bakery was established in 2006 by Tina Bester. It is located in the suburb of Observatory in Cape Town. It serves tasty light snack and meals as well as savory and sweet goodies that you can take home. Some of their popular items include pavlovas, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, meringues, snack Platters, cheese Platters, sandwich platters and a wide range of tarts. They also accept catering orders for small events.