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The Charles Cafe Restaurant

137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
+27 87 743 2359
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had some time to kill so I came to Waterkant Street where my Great Grand Father Pieter Wenning used to paint 100 years ago and lo and behold stumbled across this wonderful restaurant It was drizzling and would love to have sat under the...More

1  Thank Markie-Post
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice evening meal, yummy desserts and roof top views over the city... Great for all occasions in a nice area of the Cape Quarter.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place! The small calmed street, relaxed fountain, lovely waiters and delicious brunch! We will come back for sure!

1  Thank Maria P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing little spot, with great atmosphere from top to bottom. Visit regularly for amazing coffee and love the special care Justine has for all her clients. Highly recommended!!

Thank Michele D
Reviewed 16 May 2017

with a nice view of the City. We met with friends and family for lunch and everybody enjoyed it. A good place to sit and chat

Thank hanns b
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful service all around and a very comfortable stay in one of the guest rooms upstairs. Great spot. Couldn't have asked for a better introduction to South Africa!!!

1  Thank etuffy
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Super chuffed you enjoyed your time spent with us!! Thank you for choosing US as your introduction to a our beautiful country. Safe travels!

Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Such a cute spot, quiet and different! Lovely old building with a courtyard and upstairs terrace. Service was very good. Food superb. And the coffee was excellent!

Thank Alexis S
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

We aim to please! The greatest reward is in knowing you enjoyed the three main attributes we strive towards in our café.. excellent coffee (because coffee always comes first!), delicious food, and quality service. We hope to have you back soon!

Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Between the Charles Café, and the De Waterkant Village guesthouse that hosts it, my wife and I couldn't have felt more at home. The owners are welcoming, the staff is professional and truly courteous, and the chefs even whipped up some delicious custom-made food for...More

Thank geoffreygreene
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

You'll always have the reserved spot at the corner balcony table.. It was an absolute pleasure having you and your wife spend time with us. Looking forward to having you back, anytime!

Reviewed 24 March 2017

I ordered ostrich and since I was alone waiters were coming all the time to keep me company. Really great service and food was delicious as well, however choice was limited.

Thank Ardashel L
Reviewed 20 March 2017

A group of co-workers decided to eat dinner here after walking past many times and smelling the food coming from the restaurant. Several people were disappointed that the lamb curry was not on the menu that evening (very small menu) and asked the waiter if...More

Thank philliesfan80
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town
  • Phone Number: +27 87 743 2359
A quaint café situated in the heart of De Waterkant. The Charles Café serves up breakfast, light lunch, dinner, artisan coffee, loose-leaf tea, homemade preserves and sweet treats. Our dining room is perfect for coffee dates or quick business meet-ups. On warmer days put on your sunnies and SPF and enjoy the city views (and people watching) from the roof deck.
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