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The Charles Cafe

137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8000, South Africa
+27 87 743 2359
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“angel fish” (3 reviews)
“burger” (6 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8000, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great brunch served with a big beaming smile and a warm welcome. Smoked haddock Benedict was lovely and the rosti crispy and delicious. Coffee great too.

1  Thank Sal721
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I really lovely setting for a meal with family and friends. The staff were very welcoming and attentive

1  Thank Charlie O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had two vegetarian meals and both were delicious. Really delicious. The service was quick. I had an almond milk chai tea. It was perfect. The owner spent some time with us welcoming us to Cape Town and educating us on the area. We really...More

1  Thank Victoriatraveller_9
Reviewed 17 November 2017

A Burger is a burger is a burger, but every now and then you stumble across one that was made with passion. This is not an eat and run kinda place. Great to relax under the old Pepper tree, read the paper and watch life...More

1  Thank kingkris22
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We waited almost 45 minutes for our breakfast and yet the place was not full. Everybody around us were also complaining about the service. The fresh orange juice was a very small glass with mostly foam. The Sri Lankan tea was weak. The poached eggs...More

Thank InezzPatel
Reviewed 20 October 2017

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 15 October 2017

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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, 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, 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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