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Beat the traffic before breakfast

Oct 06, 2016

Save yourself the pain of commuting in the peak. Treat yourself to a quiet breakfast at one of the city’s many great cafés and restaurants, with time to catch up on your emails and the news of the day. These are some of CityLife’s favourite early-morning eateries:

Bread, Milk and Honey

After a few visits to this famous coffee shop near Parliament the staff will know you by name. Spot the politicians, public servants and trendy types from Wooltru HQ. The early-morning attractions include super coffee and loose-leaf teas from around the world, and a healthy breakfast buffet with granola, including wheat-free, fresh fruit salad and natural yoghurt with toppings (R14 per 100g). Order one of the traditional egg and bacon breakfasts with homemade toast, raw juices and smoothies and the most amazing cupcakes, biscuits and bakes made on the premises.
10 Spin Street • Opens 06:45

Thirty Ate at Grand Daddy

Hotels are always open early for breakfast – but some can be pricey. Not so this one, with freerange scrambled eggs infused with cream on toast or a croissant for R25 or a “good old-fashioned breakfast” with all the trimmings for R35.
38 Long Street • Opens 06:30

Jason Bakery

Sourdough bread, the usual breakfast offerings and some more exotic, like the Indian paratha flatbread with curried potato and peas, poached egg, chard, pickled lemon, mango atchar and cumin yoghurt for R60. Get there early because it’s very popular.
185 Bree Street • Opens 07:00


The perfect local, with a comfortable, welcoming feeling, Arnold’s offers all-day breakfasts. Options from the free-range breakfast lite, scrambled egg on English muffin slice, baby tomatoes and a drizzle of basil pesto from R22 to the Banting special, with free-range Beat the traffic before breakfast scrambled egg with smoked salmon or ostrich, avocado and spring onions for R70. Plenty of options – you can even add warthog ribs!
60 Kloof Street • Open 06:45


A South African classic, Wimpy breakfasts are hugely popular, and despite the rise of artisanal coffees, this chain’s famous coffee remains an icon of the fast-food landscape. Both CBD branches offer the full-on breakfast, with options including cheese griller, baked beans, boerewors and, of course, chips. Try the new low-carb fried eggs and streaky bacon breakfast for R24.90.
101 St George’s Mall and Golden Acre, Adderley Street • Opens 06:00

The Company’s Garden

With mornings getting lighter, what better way to start the day than with a walk through the gardens, followed by breakfast at the light and airy restaurant, where you can sit inside or out? Best-value offering is the Gardener Breakfast, with bacon, tomato and fried egg on rye for R36. Or try a decadent three-egg omelette with field mushrooms, brie and onion jam for R66.
19 Queen Victoria Street • Opens 07:00

Loaves on Long

Love this unpretentious café, with delicious food, breads and bakes, and the nicest people. Try the Early Riser Special – bacon and two eggs on sourdough toast with coffee for just R40 – or, for something different, cooked rolled oats with goji berries, steamed dates, cinnamon and yoghurt.
33 Long Street • Opens 06:30

coffee2Desperate for early coffee?

Deluxe Coffeeworks
8 Kloof Street • 25 Church Street • Opens 07:00 
Yours Truly
63 Loop Street • Opens 06:00
Origin Coffee Roasting
28 Hudson Street • Opens 07:00
Kamili Coffee
Corner Long and Shortmarket • Opens 07:00 
Motherland Coffee Company
St George’s Mall • Opens 07:00

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