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The Charles Cafe Restaurant

137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8000, South Africa
+27 87 743 2359
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“angel fish” (3 reviews)
“burger” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8000, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my last meal in Cape Town and I was looking forward to it before a long flight. It was drizzling in the morning and the place was packed, so the host told us we could find a seat upstairs in a covered area...More

Thank Danielle882014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a lovely experience at Charles Café - genuinely warm and friendly service. We had the burger and the fish and chips, both were hearty and scrumptious. The Farmer Angus beef patty was perfectly prepared. One can see from the menu that a great deal...More

1  Thank LezanneMW
Reviewed 30 August 2017

This place was so good, that we came back 4 times... We had breakfast and enjoyed the great food, excellent coffee and the delicious pastries. Service was fun, friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend it!

2  Thank Roy W
Reviewed 29 August 2017

After reading all the lovely reviews of the Charles Cafe, we went as a group of nine for breakfast on Sunday. Waiter was lovely and coffees and juices all good. We had the longest wait for our food which then arrived in batches so that...More

Thank Linda M
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

I'm surprisingly disappointed myself to find out about your less than wonderful experience at our little café. By reading the reviews on our page, you can see that this is definitely not the norm. Any feedback is welcomed feedback in my opinion so thank you...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

We were staying at an apartment a block away for a few days and visited the Charles Cafe for breakfast one morning and omg, the almond croissant was the best I have ever had! The atmosphere was cozy and warm on a chilly morning and...More

Thank earthgirl802
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

As a chocolate lover, I'm generally not one for anything almond related, but I'm going to have to agree with you on this one... our almond croissant IS the best I've ever had too! Thank you so much for joining us, and for your feedback!

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

My mother and I were lucky to book an Airbnb two doors down from Charles Cafe. We went in our first morning in Cape Town for breakfast and absolutely fell in love with the place. The food is delicious. In our several stops there we...More

Thank mle267
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Nelson is perched comfortably on my lap while I respond to you. He's actually even looking at the screen as if he's checking what I type! Cheeky little critter! Pretty sure he misses you too.. It was super fun having you and your mom around,...More

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful caffe with cute garden terrace and charming indoor. The service was so warm and friendly and the food so good that we went there every morning for 4 days!!!! The coffee is excellent The pastries are excellent The food was excellent We loved...More

Thank Ofir A
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We've been at this adorable Café with another couple. The service team was always attentive and flexible due to order changes. The atmosphere was totally relaxing. I love breakfast. Unfortunately you often only get just the "normal" breakfast menus everywhere. But here at The Charles...More

Thank die_kleine_Hexe
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

At The Charles Café we really enjoy our food, whether it be planning, prepping or eating! So nothing makes us more happy than knowing our guests have enjoyed our food too. Thank you so much for joining us and appreciating our efforts. We look forward...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Love this little place. We had 3 breakfast and once evening meal over 3 days. Cannot fault anything. Lovely people. Incredible food. Thanks. X

Thank Georgina M
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

You're very welcome! Thank you so much for joining us!

Reviewed 13 June 2017 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
LadyJay80, Owner at The Charles Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you very much for your review! I'm currently sitting at the spot by the window where you sat while you enjoyed your lunch with us.. Nelson hasn't been around today, surprisingly, but I'm sure he'll pop round at dinner time! Please pop in whenever...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8000, 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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