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& Union in City Bowl

& Union

City Bowl Bistro restaurant in City Bowl

This restaurant and beer bar is a treat after a day of business or sightseeing in Cape Town. Apart from the awesome brews that are their signature trademark, they serve good hearty food in sizable portions and at competitive prices. Here you can enjoy charcuterie boards that is bound to satisfy, delicious sandwiches and their smoky beef prego, straight from the barbecue. Big, filling breakfasts are also on offer and offers a great start to any day. For the more refined diner, the salmon is a definite winner. But it's not just beer. There is an extensive wine list that will not disappoint. This laid-back beer bar and eatery, complete with ping pong table for entertainment, offers a 'real' experience in the midst of city madness.

Adrian's Bistro in Bredasdorp

Adrian's Bistro

Bredasdorp Bistro restaurant in Bredasdorp

This lovely bistro with large tranquil tea garden is situated in the heart of Bredasdorp. Enjoy breakfast and light lunches in a warm atmosphere as well as delicious home-baked pastries and desserts. Dinner is served on reservation on weekends with a change in menu every weekend.

Bella in Sandton


Sandton Bistro restaurant in Sandton

Bustling, yet relaxed, Bella’s contemporary take on bistro dining exudes a beautifully decorated slice of heaven, brimming with delicious cakes and tarts alongside scrumptious breakfasts and lunches. Dine alfresco in the shaded courtyard or sunny conservatory enjoying an aromatic coffee and moist freshly baked cake for tea. Situated in the bustling heart of Sandton, Bella invites relaxation, deli style with decadent delights that will tickle the taste buds with gastronomic pleasure.

Bistro Vine in Parkhurst

Bistro Vine

Parkhurst Bistro restaurant in Parkhurst

Exuding a warm and homely feel, Bistro Vine parades black and white photographic interior warmed by terracotta floors and cosy bistro dining. Dine indoors or alfresco with tables spilling out onto the pavement overlooking 4th Avenue on Parkhurst Main Street. Enjoy traditional French cuisine, made using the freshest, and naturally produced ingredients with delightful choices such as starter of smoked salmon on sweet corn potato fritter with avocado, spring onion, crème frâiche and wasabi dressing. For something lighter, try the chicken Caesar salad layered with smoked bacon, cocktail tomatoes, croutons, cos lettuce and Caesar dressing. Hearty mains such as the fettuccine with beef fillet strips enrobes the palate with hints of tomato, garlic, pinotage, leek and celery with a touch of cream The ultimate duck confit seduces with crispy tender leg and thigh joints of duck served on potato, pumpkin and leek bake with salsa verde concluded by decadent baked Belgium chocolate tart with raspberry coulis. Pamper the palate with unforgettable cuisine in elegant French inspired surroundings at Bistro Vine in Parkhurst.

Blue Cat Cafe in Gardens

Blue Cat Cafe

Gardens Bistro restaurant in Gardens

This contemporary, stylish and vibey restaurant is situated in the popular Gardens Centre in Cape Town. The interior is sleek but warm and the ambience bustling. The restaurant has an inside and patio section and can seat up to 120 guests. The quirky 'cat' theme adds to the individuality and uniqueness of this trendy spot. The menu offers something for everyone, good food and sizable portions at affordable rates. Late risers can enjoy the popular all-day breakfasts. The gourmet burgers and fresh seafood will also not disappoint. For the sweet tooth there is a variety of muffins and freshly baked homemade cakes on offer. Blue Cat Cafe has become a popular meeting place for people from all walks of life and this flexibility and variety shines through in the atmosphere, service, detail and food.

Blue Peter in Bloubergstrand

Blue Peter

Bloubergstrand Bistro restaurant in Bloubergstrand

Think pizza! Generously topped with a multitude of choices or hearty burgers and succulent fish and chips. Bustling with activity on Sunday especially, the grass-covered lawns strewn with sun worshippers enjoy spectacular views and tasty meals. The prize winning wine list offers extensive wine and beer choices perfectly suited to enjoy alfresco or along themed dinner nights.

Burlesque in Margate


Margate European restaurant in Margate

This beautiful, unique restaurant's eclectic shabby chic feel evokes a feeling of Old World romance that complements the French-inspired gourmet dishes on a seasonal menu. Daily specials on food and decor are quite a treat, so whether it is a flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth meal, a painting or your chair you want to purchase, you will be spoilt for choice.

Café Delicieux in Welgemoed

Café Delicieux

Welgemoed Bistro restaurant in Welgemoed

Slightly quirky and romantic, Café Delicieux can be found in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Serving delicious salads and real comfort food, sumptuous breakfasts, high teas and lunches, diners enjoy perusing the delicious a la carte menu. Try their delicious salads with chicken, penne and roasted baby tomatoes, open gourmet sandwiches with fillet and rocket and fragrant range of China teas, some scented with rose petals and delectable home-made cakes.

Cafe Paradiso in Gardens

Cafe Paradiso

Gardens Bistro restaurant in Gardens

Café Paradiso is the gentle tonic our daily lives forget. This stunning venue is about family values, long held traditions, warm welcoming hospitality and wholesome goodness. A beautiful garden setting with breathtaking mountain views, an inviting serene interior encourage relaxed, leisurely dining experiences and gentle celebrations. Superb traditional fare spills off the menu, embracing the simplicity of food in a relaxed farm stall setting. Dishes touch upon French and Mediterranean flavours with a classical Italian influence and offer selections such as fresh salads, lamb shank and the best fillet steaks. Fresh pasta is made on the premises and a farm-style bakery produces fresh breads and delicious treats daily. Indulge your sweet side with sinfully decadent lemon ricotta cheesecake and chocolate fondant. Trading hours: Mondays are closed; Tuesday to Saturday - 9 am to 10 pm; Sunday - 10 am to 7 pm.

Cafe Roux in Noordhoek

Cafe Roux

Noordhoek Bistro restaurant in Noordhoek

Cafe Roux at Noordhoek centres around family, friends, wonderful wine and delicious food.Situated in stunning surrounds at the bottom of the stunning Chapman’s Peak and with stunning mountain views, this family-run cafe offers a laid-back dining experience with excellent service.The layout is welcoming with trendy, contemporary influences. The closed off al fresco area is a great spot for dining when the weather permits. Tables are shaded by an intriguing Bedouin tent and there is a sheltered courtyard for more formal dining.Inside the restaurant, the ambience is laid-back and has country influences in the decor. There is a dedicated children’s menu to keep the little ones happy. The seasonal selection of dishes on the a la carte menu is simple and uses local ingredients when possible. There are also daily specials written on the chalkboard, comprising superb South African food with Cafe Roux’s own twist.A great dining experience in every way awaits you at Cafe Roux, Noordhoek.

Chameleon Brewhouse in Hartbeespoort

Chameleon Brewhouse

Hartbeespoort Bistro restaurant in Hartbeespoort

Chameleon Brewhouse is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and pub that is modernly furnished and beautfully warm at the same time. Delightful bistro-style meals can be enjoyed, as well as six craft beers on tap. The brewhouse reminds of days gone by, yet embraces happening, funky ambience that will entice diners and brewsters to return.

Characters  in Cape Town


Cape Town Bistro restaurant in Cape Town

This hip and happening spot in Cape Town is quaint, funky, bustling and just plain fun. At prices that cannot easily be beaten, Characters offers something for everyone, from early morning breakfasts to 'early morning' cocktails. The menu is extensive and caters for all tastes. With light meals like butternut and blue cheese quiche with onion marmalade and a fresh green salad and tagliatelle with mascarpone, cherry tomatoes, rocket and fresh rosemary you simply cannot go wrong. Try one of the simple, but tasty sarmies, a delectable pizza or a packed burger if you are not in the mood for too much fuss. The bar environment is relaxing and bustling at the same time and you can enjoy a cocktail or shooter while checking out dear Marilyn on the wall. The restaurant hosts quite a few events like speed dating nights, karaoke evenings, DJ evenings and quiz nights, so it is advised to enquire. To cut a long story short, this is fun!

Chatters Bistro  in Knysna

Chatters Bistro

Knysna Bistro restaurant in Knysna

Easily located within the scenic Garden Route and famously known by locals as the place to enjoy made to order, thin crispy pizzas straight from the traditional wood-fired oven with wheat free bases available. Dine on outdoor terrace or within the large garden on balmy summer days choosing from an array of delicious pastas, potatoe bakes, salads and voluptuously filled pita breads. Leave enough space for decadent deserts and smouldering coffees for a pleasant, well-rounded day out.

Cornuti in Illovo


Illovo Bistro restaurant in Illovo

Highly respected and popular, Cornuti’s inviting ambiance and diverse cuisine spread throughout the interesting and original menu sets the mood for a unique gourmet experience. The décor oozes warmth, set off by tiled floors and gorgeous art flattered by low lighting. Diners enjoy gourmet delights and wood fired oven pizzas such as the speciality Thai Pizza, which consists of prawns with green mango, danhia, coconut and onions. Another delight is the Putana, topped with bacon, spinach, feta and avocado (in season). Dine indoors wrapped in inviting atmosphere or alfresco on the secluded piazza sampling fresh healthy and salads, pizzas, pasta, meat dishes and small tempting deserts. Cornuti’s bistro influence and soothing background music make it perfect for any occasion dining in relaxed, inviting surrounds.

De Seemans Taphuis in Gansbaai

De Seemans Taphuis

Gansbaai Bistro restaurant in Gansbaai

De Seemans Taphuis is perched on a cliff overlooking the Gansbaai harbour. The views from the balcony are, to say the least, fantastic! Many a great sunset has been seen from here with the harbour and boat lights slowly flickering on. This is a laidback restaurant and bar and beach wear is almost mandatory in summer. Winter has everyone huddling inside in the warm atmosphere. The staff and owner are extremely friendly and service cannot be faulted. De Seemans Taphuis is family friendly and there is a lawn in front of the deck and a trampoline for the kids. The meals are typical bistro-pub cuisine with some outrageous, or interesting, additions being added on a regular basis. Cold draughts are always a popular item and a good combination with the great tasting meals available. Sit down for a wholesome meal and refreshment with the family and enjoy the views of Gansbaai. Please call for further information.


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