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Bree Street takeover: A Dineplan guide to exploring the best restaurants and bars on Bree

by | 7 February 2023

In the heart of the Mother City, Bree Street is one of Cape Town’s most vibrant and diverse dining destinations. With countless bars and amazing restaurants, it’s a favourite with both tourists and locals alike.

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back lunch spot, a place to head after work for a cocktail, or a fancy dinner date, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes here. From top to bottom, this bustling street is home to many cuisines, atmospheres, and price points, making it the perfect place for all foodies to explore.

With instant bookings on the go with the Dineplan app and website, you can quickly book a table at any of these restaurants, leaving you free to explore all that Bree Street has to offer.

The Station on Bree

(207 Bree Street, Cape Town)

At the top of bustling Bree, the coolest eating strip in Cape Town, The Station brings you a little taste of the London Underground right in the heart of the Mother City. Head over for some of their Mediterranean-style dishes or share some tapas among friends while throwing back a couple of pints.

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Clay Cafe In The City

(199 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Clay Cafe in the City caters to adults, more so than the little ones, looking for a fun and creative pottery painting experience. Their ceramic studio and tapas bar provides the perfect space for learning new techniques and expressing your artistic side. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, their team will guide you through the process of creating your own ceramic masterpiece. But it’s not all about the art, they have created a relaxing and laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to music. It’s all about creating a fun and engaging oasis in the city where guests can explore their creativity and have a great time.

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(Corner Bree Street and Wale Street, Cape Town)

Fable cocktail bar is the ultimate destination for a night out, offering a fantastic selection of unique cocktails, guest DJs, and an energetic atmosphere. The cocktails served are one-of-a-kind creations that have undergone numerous iterations before being perfected. Inspired by the concept of story fables, each drink is designed to unfold in four parts over four seasons, adding new flavours and complexity with each iteration. The result is a dynamic and ever-evolving selection of cocktails that offer depth and intrigue, hinting at what’s to come. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or simply looking for some excitement, fable has everything you need for a great night out on the town.

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(133 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Established back in 2011, Clarke’s bar and dining room is an institution in Cape Town. Loved by locals, this diner-inspired eatery prepares top-notch coffee, fresh juices and all-day breakfasts for regulars throughout the week. Stay for lunch or dinner and order their signature beef burger (which is one of the best burgers in the city), or a jam-packed deli sandwich (they don’t skimp on the fillings here), or the classic caesar salad. The restaurant also serves ice-cold beer on tap and has an extensive list of both classic and unique cocktails available all day long.

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(120 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Led by the talented third-generation Chinese-South African Andrew Kai, Tomson offers a unique street food-inspired menu, featuring the beloved South Cantonese flavours of his childhood. Go with a group as the entire Tomson menu is definitely worth exploring and you’ll need some help from your friends. From succulent pork and shrimp wontons topped with the best chilli crisp on the block, crispy salt-and-pepper prawns and sliced Sichuan pork with spicy kimchi, to the fiery chilli beef with broccoli, sweet and savoury duck pancakes and steamed fish with bonito flakes, you can’t go wrong with ordering one of everything! And don’t even get us started on the sides. Tip: order the pickled mushrooms, smashed cucumbers, and a bowl of their Chinese stem cabbage greens.

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Iron Steak and Bar

(114 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Iron Steak is a no-fuss steak concept right at the heart of Bree Street. As they say, “we are all about good food, good drinks and good vibes!” The lively atmosphere, 1920s-inspired bar, and attentive service make for a memorable dining experience. On arrival, all guests are given a complimentary serving of popcorn cooked in Wagyu beef drippings. The menu features mouth-watering steaks and deliciously fresh sides. Plus, they offer a great selection of wine, beer and classic cocktails. To top off the evening, guests receive a token (to be handed in at the ice cream station) in exchange for a serving of sea-salted caramel ice cream with Valrhona dark chocolate shavings at the restaurant’s ice cream station.

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La Parada Bree Street

(107 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Craving some authentic Spanish tapas and delicious cocktails? Look no further than La Parada on Bree Street. This vibrant, always-busy spot offers an extensive menu of small plates, paellas, and charcuterie that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Not to mention, the cocktail list is extensive and features signature drinks that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s perfect for date night, a casual dinner with friends, or happy hour. As for #FirstThursday, no trip to Bree is complete without popping into La Parada for its vibrant, street party vibes.

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Burger & Lobster

(105 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Founded in 2016, Burger & Lobster was started with aim of going back to basics by having a small menu featuring a few very tasty items that would get people talking – a burger, a lobster roll and fresh lobster. On Bree Street, you’ll find the very first Burger & Lobster branch in South Africa. The atmosphere is lively and perfect for a casual dinner with friends or a special occasion. If you pop past this trendy spot during the evening, you’ll notice that it’s always busy, with people spilling out on the street with cocktails in hand. The burgers are made with top-quality beef and the lobster is sustainably-sourced live lobster. Tip: checkout their incredible happy hour specials.

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Culture Wine Bar, Grub & Vine and The Blue Room

(101 and 103 Bree Street, Cape Town)

If you’re a wine lover, it’s time to add Culture Wine Bar to your must-visit list! This wine bar on Bree Street (just above Burger & Lobster) offers a unique and extensive selection of wines from around the world, perfect for discovering new favourites. It’s obvious that wine and food are the perfect pair, so they serve a small menu of savoury bites to complement your choice of wine. Enjoy delicious plates of charcuterie, cheese, and daily specials. Be sure to keep an eye out for our signature dishes such as the prawn Po’Boy, pork pie, or Chef Matt Manning’s famous Croque Monsieur.

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Right next door, you’ll find Grub & Vine. Also led by the talented Chef Matt Manning, Grub & Vine is a great venue to stop in at as you explore Bree Street. On the second storey, chefs serve up delicious bistro-style dishes in a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere. As Chef Matt says, “expect nothing but good, tasty food made with fresh, high-quality ingredients”. With a menu that changes with the seasons and a wine list featuring some of South Africa’s best fine wines, Grub & Vine is great for a fun night out with foodie friends or a special date night.

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Downstairs, The Blue Room there’s a live music and cocktail lounge that pays homage to the soulful sounds of jazz and the blues. It is a collaborative venture between Chef Matt Manning and Buddy Wells – the well-known jazz artist. The Blue Room is open from Wednesday to Saturday for pre-show dinner and cocktails with live performances from some of the country’s top jazz, soul and blues artists. Not to be missed!

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The Chef’s Studio

(103 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Another of Chef Matt Manning’s unique dining establishments, The Chef’s Studio is an innovative, one-of-a-kind concept designed for foodies who are passionate about both creating and enjoying delicious meals. Guests will have the opportunity to explore their cooking skills under the guidance of professional chefs before indulging in a feast for the senses with a multi-course meal that showcases the best of fine dining. The kitchen space is equipped with state-of-the-art cooking technology, custom-built workstations, a communal dining table and a private dining room. For a truly immersive culinary experience, book your spot at one of The Chef’s Studio’s upcoming events.

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I Love The Dough

(101 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Craving a delicious Neapolitan-style pizza? Head next door to I Love The Dough. Painted pastel pink with neon signage above the doors, it’s hard to miss. Their authentic wood-fired pizzas are made with the freshest ingredients and are sure to satisfy your craving for the perfect slice. Plus, their vibrant and bright atmosphere makes for the perfect spot for after-work dinner with friends or casual date. Pay them a visit and treat yourself to a slice of heaven and a good time! They also have branches on Kloof Street and Claremont.

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(92 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Inspired by the Baja California region in Mexico, Hacienda is a unique dining destination where guests can enjoy a contemporary twist on authentic coastal Mexican cuisine. Their flavour-packed dishes are perfectly paired with carefully selected tequilas and mezcals from the Baja peninsula, making for an unforgettable dining experience in the Mother City. Pay them a visit us and discover a unique blend of Mexican flavours and contemporary cuisine.

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The Bailey Bistro, Brasserie and Afternoon Tea

(91 Bree Street, Cape Town)

A blend of European grandeur and Cape Town charm, the Bailey is set in a beautifully-restored historic building and has a dining option for everyone. The ground-level Bailey Café and Bistro features a patisserie serving delicious cakes, tarts, pastries and fresh juices, as well as all-day English or Irish breakfasts, brunch, light lunch and Afternoon Tea. The café is open for pre- and post-theatre drinks and eats, serving champagne and wine all day until 9pm.

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On the second floor, the Bailey Brasserie features a menu of iconic continental dishes based on classic French recipes and methods complimented by a superb wine list. It is open for lunch and dinner bookings, with service co-ordinated by the maître d’ who’s team add an element of hospitality theatre to a contemporary dining experience.

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For a more sophisticated experience, guests can visit The Old Bailey Whiskey Bar on the rooftop terrace. This stylish bar offers table service and an extensive collection of whiskey, premium wines and cocktails, creating an evocative atmosphere reminiscent of top-end members’ clubs and bars in London and New York. The dress code is smart, inviting guests to relax and socialise within a like-minded community.

VIXI Social House

(51 Bree Street, Cape Town)

Discover a world of flavour at VIXI Social House. With roots in Mediterranean cuisine and having taken inspiration from all walks of life, their menu is carefully crafted by their talented team to ensure every ingredient has a story to share. Up for a night to remember? Join them for one of their upcoming events, where you can indulge in delicious food and dance the night away to lively music. Get ready for good food, good vibes, and legendary VIXI moments!

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Villa 47

(47 Bree Street, Cape Town)

This three-storey gem located at the bottom of Bree Street is home to Locanda on the ground floor and the Martini Terrazza on level two. The epitome of a relaxed Italian bistro and bar, Villa 47 celebrates the best of Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. Passionate about sourcing, selecting and delivering the finest ingredients and food brands from around the world to discerning palates, their menu showcases only top-quality ingredients. Book a table and enjoy an authentic taste of Italy as you watch the bustling Bree Street from the veranda.

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