Creative Artisan Restaurants & Shops on Cape Town’s Bree Street

by Sandy Salle on February 20, 2014

pamGuest post by our Cape Winelands tour guide, Pam McOnie of Cape Fusion Tours:

This Article was written by Pamela McOnie who contributes to the foodie side of this website and also offers private guiding services and gourmet & wine tours of the Cape region.

If you haven’t read my first post on Bree Street in Cape Town, click here. But to recap, Cape Town is an artsy, creative hub that is returning to artisan roots and working toward supporting the smaller retailers. There is a very public shift away from big brands, such as Illy Coffee, versus home artisan roasted coffee. Chefs are not opening new fine dining establishments – they are opting for smaller, quirky spots with a focus on eccentric and artisan sourced food and drinks.

Bree Street is the local new hotspot for creative business openings and offers a wide variety of quirky and interesting spots.

See below for some of my favorite spots on Bree Street:

andUnion – Craft Beer and Wine Bar – This is an absolute favourite spot to simply relax and catch up with friends while enjoying locally sourced wines and BrewersandUnion craft beers. They offer a lovely, small selection of dishes that are all absolutely delicious and, even though simple, seem to attract all the foodies!

Take a look at this tasty pulled pork dish from andUnion:

andUnion Pulled Pork

Favourites are the trio of sausages and the burger.  This is mainly an outdoor beer garden style of a spot, with large wooden tables. You simply arrive, look for a gap, and then ask people to share their table. It is a great way to actually meet some locals. Note this is not a good choice if there is bad weather. Open from late afternoon until late. Closed Sunday & Mondays. Located at 110 Bree Street http://andunion.tumblr.com

SMALL DETOUR: Franky Fenners Meat Market & Publik – TURN LEFT INTO CHURCH STREET – Franky Fenner was one of the top food bloggers in Cape Town who decided to begin researching where our meat was actually coming from. On his journey around the country he visited a large number of farms and searched for the happy cows, happy piggies, and happy sheep. His gut told him that people were looking for the answers, too, and, as such, he launched a small outlet where you could order his happy meat online and fetch it from his little outlet on Kloof Street.

The little outlet was inundated with visitors and the local chefs started to proudly state on their menus: Franky Fenner meats; A new brand had been born. Due to demand, Franky has moved to a larger premise and now shares his property with a wine bar called Publik. This wine bar offers a different wine list each week so that you can have the opportunity to try some of South Africa’s more artisanal and interesting wines. Picture sitting in a butchery with a backdrop of swinging meat carcasses, sipping your wine, and enjoying your charcuterie platter . . . Mad and quirky. Do not take your vegetarian friends for drinks.

Franky Fennery is open during the day and Publik is open from late afternoon (note closed on Weekends!).  Located at 81 Church Street http://www.ffmm.co.za and http://www.publik.co.za

La Parada – This is a fabulous, new Spanish-style tapas bar where everyone meets up with friends for drinks and a few plates of fun Spanish dishes. It operates on a first come, first served basis and, as such, no table bookings are taken. Cape Town needs a few more upmarket fun bars and this spot has been inundated since it opened about two months ago.

In addition, the Cape people flock to whatever is new, so hopefully it calms down a little! The chefs were brought in from Spain to ensure authenticity, and the dishes offer a variety of fun Spanish flavours. This spot is vibrant and fun. If you are going, try to get there by 5pm to secure a table. Open from 12 till late Monday to Saturday. Open on a Sunday during the day. Located at 107 Bree Street – https://www.facebook.com/LaParadaTapasCapeTown

Avoova – This art shop really shows off how creative innovation can uplift communities. Prince Albert is a small town in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa that produces great hams, figs, cheeses, ostriches, and a variety of gourmet products. It is, however, a town that also struggles with a shortage of employment opportunities.

An artist in the town named Gideon Engelbrecht started experimenting with using the waste product of broken ostrich egg shells as an art form in the mid 1990s. Today, this has turned into a thriving business and you cannot believe the variety of beautiful objects that can be created or decorated using a mosaic effect onto frames, bracelets, mantle pieces, etc. A visit to this store is a treat for anyone who enjoys seeing original creativity. Purchasing from them also contributes to an amazingly successful job-creation project. Located at 97 Bree Street. http://avoova.com

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