10 Places Not To Miss On Bree
Hank’s Old Irish
Whiskey lovers connect at this inviting hole-in-the-wall spot, which will enlighten your taste buds with their array of unusual Scotch, Irish and even Japanese whiskeys on offer behind the bar. Apparently whiskey-based cocktails are also emerging for the not-so-hard-core fans – plus they offer wine beers on tap and more. Food only really includes snacks so if you need to fill your belly, pop to Weinhaus and Biergarten next door.
This popular hangout at the lower end of Bree Street attracts business types, hipsters and backgammon addicts. Hardpressed’s music theme is rooted in the vinyl records they sell. This spills over to their speciality coffees, like the Wham (with coconut oil and butter). Once you find your preferred fix, you’re bound to become a loyal supporter. Food includes light meals and healthy cake options as well as breakfasts. The staff is uber-friendly and will make you feel like you’ve come home – you may even have flashbacks to a scene from Empire Records.
Folk Coffee Anthropology
What looks and sounds like a coffee shop is actually a breakfast hangout slash after-work drinks spot. On Wednesday’s they host a Tunes and Tapas evening and they push the house coffee cocktails like the “Cherry Cola” made with cold brew coffee, cherry liqueur Craft soda and tonic. Here you can also craft your own breakfast, have a burger or enjoy a glass of wine… or four.
This new addition to Bree Street is a gourmet health café that offers sit down, order in or take away. They pride themselves in natural, gluten-free and free-range foods. On offer are breakfasts, fresh juice, Build Your Own salads or wraps and super smoothies.
This fresh, modern delicatessen and restaurant with somewhat of an Italian feel, specialises in pastry and pasta. Opened by two young chefs Devin and Katia they focus on food created with passion and flair. They have some innovative breakfasts like the Glen Beach Special (Mexican-style eggs and rump included) and even a Banting Breakfast. Their lunch and all-day menu is pretty spectacular – you can have anything from flash-fried tuna sashimi salad to roasted lamb shoulder with homemade pasta.
Villa 47, which oozes Italian flair, has a tapas bar and restaurant, serving creations with a mix of Mediterranean and Asian flavour in a slick, contemporary setting. They pride themselves in sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world and quality produce. They have a small menu but patrons seem to rave about the breakfast, lunches and dinners, so you won’t go wrong. Reserving a table in advance is recommended.
Bocca is a refreshing clean space that feels a bit like something out of Manhattan. You can’t book, which makes this a great walk-in spot! They have a small lunch menu served from 12-3pm, which includes Panini and salads. Their dinner menu consists of mostly tapas and pizza but you are bound to find something delicious for every palate. The crispy pork belly with chilli and basil is phenomenal!
Inspired by trendy bars in New York and London, Arcade is a very hip industrial space, designed to offer Capetonians a spot to have a drink and bite before, or after, a night out. The menu smacks of cafe-style food and includes burgers, pizzas and salads. Consumption of wine, beers and cocktails are encouraged too.
Culture Cheese Club
Right next to Bacon on Bree is the home of everything cheese – from a shop that sells all the best picks of creamy goodness and cheese-laden breakfasts to wedding cakes made of, you guessed it, cheese! If you feel like a bit of a healthy fix you can also try one of their healthy kefir smoothies. And depending on your feels you can sit inside or outside in the sunshine.
This hippie hangout has the whole town talking, with their fun vibes and extraordinary natural products on offer – inspired by James Kuiper’s life journey, after an early cancer scare and then his exploration into the natural world of medicine, food is literally homegrown. On a visit you can learn all there is know about beneficial bacteria and food combining. Products and goodies on offer all have something to do with fermentation – from komboochah teas, raw honey juice, wild fermented veggies, and buchu water to kefir drinks.