The Best Bakeries In Cape Town

Charlys Bakery, Cape Town
Charly's Bakery, Cape Town | © Flowcomm/Flickr
Lee-Shay Collison

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread or the aroma of expertly brewed coffee in the morning? Fresh bread is the perfect accompaniment to a big, greasy breakfast while donuts, cupcakes and tarts make the best comfort food on a cold, rainy day in the city. If you’re strapped for time or not the best baker, pop into one of these top bakeries for a wide range of the freshest, tastiest baked goods in Cape Town.

1. Jason Bakery

Jason Bakery

Situated on Bree Street, Cape Town’s latest foodie hangout Jason Bakery is your go-to for decadent croissant cups, pies, sandwiches and donuts. Serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, this bakery/contemporary café is always busy, which comes as no surprise. When you taste its delicious, beautifully presented food, you’ll definitely be back for more. Thankfully it does takeaways, too!

Jason Bakery, 185 Bree St, Cape Town, South Africa +27 21 424 5644

Coffee and croissant © Jeremy Keith/Flickr

2. Martins Bakery and Coffee Shop

Bakery, Sandwich Shop, Coffee Shop, Pastry Shop, European, Pastries

An institution in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, Martins Bakery has been serving freshly baked goods since 1970. This European-style bakery is well known for its variety of homemade breads including sourdough, rye, carb free, ciabatta, foccacia and much more. It also stocks a wide range of gluten and wheat free products such as pizza bases, breads, pasta, cereals, cakes, biscuits and other confectionery. Its charming onsite coffee shop serves scrumptious breakfasts, delicious sandwiches and of course, muffins and cakes for those with a sweet tooth.

3. Coimbra Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, South African, Pastries

© Joel Throckmorton/Flickr
If you’re craving something sweet, stop by Coimbra Bakery in the heart of Claremont of the southern suburbs. Here you will find a wide variety of decadent confectionery (try their Nutella cronuts!), freshly baked breads, savory quiches, cakes and tarts. If you’re in the area, be sure to grab breakfast or lunch at the onsite coffee shop. Coimbra serves a mean full house breakfast as well as burgers, gourmet wraps and sandwiches.

4. Compass Bakery

Compass Bakery

Founded in 1976, Compass Bakery is a family-run business that supplies baked goods to South African retail giant Woolworths. It runs two factory shops in Cape Town where you can buy its delicious cakes, muffins, cupcakes, biscuits and more at discounted prices.

Compass Bakery, 98 Main Road, Tramway Village, Diep River, Cape Town, South Africa +27 21 713 4483

5. Bread Milk & Honey

Cafe, Restaurant, South African, Tea

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This family owned restaurant and bakery is a popular spot for weekday breakfasts and lunches in the Cape Town CBD. Choose from a range of scrumptious deli food, sandwiches, freshly baked breads, muffins, cakes, health food and top notch specialty coffee. The stylish Provencal-themed shop has a few tables for sit-down customers, while takeaways are available for hungry patrons on the go.

6. Charly’s Bakery

Bakery, Coffee Shop, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, Vegetarian, South African

A cake from Charlys Bakery
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Charly’s Bakery is undoubtedly the most famous bakery in Cape Town. Established in 1989 by Charly and Jacqui Bies, this bakery specializes in cake, creating beautifully decorated cakes, cupcakes and cookies for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and special occasions. The bakery and coffee shop is housed in a pink and white Victorian building on the outskirts of Cape Town. Pop in for a cup of tea and a slice of their signature Wicked Chocolate cake.

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