Swan Café

Swan Café

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Hours
Sun
9:00 - 13:00
Mon
8:00 - 16:00
Tue
8:00 - 16:00
Wed
8:00 - 16:00
Thu
8:00 - 16:00
Fri
8:00 - 16:00
Sat
8:30 - 15:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
French, Cafe, European, Fusion, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
Bonjour… Welcome to Cape Town’s first authentic Parisian Crêperie Step into Swan… a café and crêperie transported straight from a Paris sidewalk with an air of bonhomie, a look of South Bank chic, waiters in Breton stripes and the pièce de résistance: amazing crêpes, as thin as a French mademoiselle, as full bodied as a mythological Leda with a flick of cream, a wink of cinnamon and an oh là là of chocolate. For the guilty and gluten-free there are sinfully good-for-you savoury buckwheat-based galettes. And to accentuate it all: exclusively blended teas with names like French Kiss, Paris Je T’aime, Teint de Pêche and A Minty Affair; steeped in the perfume of Paris, sipped with the promise of ‘encore’… you’ll be back for more.
CUISINES
French, Cafe, European, Fusion, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB, Family style
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles66 reviews
Excellent
42
Very good
17
Average
5
Poor
1
Terrible
1
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Edwin
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 solo
Dear Swan Cafe I have been following your page for some time now. Today I had the opportunity to visit your restaurant. As an interior designer I look at spaces differently. I must applaud you on being consistent with your brand identity throughout the store. The use of the swan in your packaging, serving platters and floor tiles are what a coherent retail space should be. The experience of a store is more that physical textures. Senses require enticement. The French music playing in the background gives a sense of presence and context. The wind blowing the bird cages creates the movement and relaxing environment the space needs, given its busy location. Perhaps the smell of the candles can increase this sensory experience. Apart from the design of the store, service is what people come back for. I sat in the store for quite a while. That caught my attention is the consistency of the waiters hosting skills. He greeted every patron with Bonjour. How sweet. The food was amazing. I did not expect to receive my sandwich on a crêpe, how exciting. I feel that the sweet pancakes, specially the plain ones are slightly overpriced. I had the Tom Tom and was lovely. As the store reached closing time, some new clients walked in and has to denied service. The waiter did so in the most friendliest of manners, I am sure those clients will be back. To conclude, friendly service and a themed approach (language, uniform, and hosting skills) are what sets you apart from any other cafe. All the elements mentioned above has a dramatic effect on client loyalty. Thank you for a great experience.
Written 31 March 2022
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truly_sisipo
Cape Town Central7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 friends
This falls under the most beautiful Cafés I’ve ever popped into in Cape Town. Absolutely had a great time, the vibe is nothing short amazing! The food is sooooo delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. It’s not too pricey, our quick visit was done on a tight student budget….so it does not cost an arm and a leg! The services were perfect! I definitely see myself visiting again!
Written 11 September 2021
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LondonLulabelle
London18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Just had to say thank you to the staff of Swan Cafe. We were trying to find a taxi. A gentleman from the cafe offered to call one for us, even though we weren’t customers. He had difficulty finding one that could arrive straight away so gave me the Wi-fi code so I could order an Uber. Thank you!
Written 31 January 2020
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Ali J
Worthing309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We stopped here today for lunch, before visiting the “District 6” museum. The galette crepes are delicious, but the service was poor, as they first forgot one side-salad and then forgot to serve our coffees. The coffees were taken off the bill, which was nice. Maybe just an off-day!
Written 30 January 2020
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Gideon
Vienna12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 couples
We ordered two galettes, water and coffee. The fact we ordered an iced Americano caused a chain of shaming. 4 comments by 2 different waiters for ordering a coffee with ice at "cold weather" (22 C)... the galettes were mediocre, the meatballs were dry and the sauces free of any spice. After being asked for feedback the waiter replied: "well, tastes are just different". Don't ask if you don't want to hear the answer.
Written 16 December 2022
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Veronique
Cape Town715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 solo
I'm not used anymore to be greeted in french. It is a nice introduction to the experience... You are entering in a french creperie, with retro music, small round tables, and a wide selection of savory galettes et sweet crepes. Choice was difficult, but I'm happy with what I ordered : The traditional Parisienne, and the apple and salted caramel. The tea is also very good if you are a tea drinker. A place that I'll happily visit again...
Written 1 July 2024
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Shane C
Cape Town Central58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 family
A best friend and relative of mine have a hobby of trying a new restaurant every two weeks in Cape Town and I changed my routine after discovering this place last year. I have been here 7 or 8 times during the past year as t is always as good as the first time. May I add that I have been a sales representative to the hospitality sector in Cape Town for more than 10 years to over 2000 restaurants / hotels, cafes and delis and have seen and tasted lots. Ignore negative reviews about this place as it is more than likely miserable folk with nothing better to do !
Written 20 April 2024
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Omesh Authar
Munich4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
Safety is a major concern! We visited for lunch and were waiting at the entrance for a table, when my friends 6 year son was attacked by guy walking on the street for no reason. Then Mangement did not even bother to assist or advise about waiting outside being dangerous. Only post the event did the security appear. If u are going be aware it is an unsafe arear
Written 19 January 2020
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KJ
Cape Town4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 family
Was recommended by a friend, quaint French coffee and crepe shop. Service started off nice and friendly but 2 simple crepes took far too long. Shame, spoilt an otherwise pleasant morning.
Written 5 June 2021
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Valentine S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 family
Worst cafe in Cape town. Longest wait to discover nobody even cooks your order and then get everything cold and uneatable
Written 28 January 2023
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Daniel B
Kraichtal4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
Pretty good and delicious food. The waiter was attentive and kind. We will see us again soon ! Thanks for the nice stay !!!
Written 18 November 2021
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Gmaniac2020
Cape Town Central2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 couples
My girlfriend has a gluten free diet so we come here every so often. The service is great and the crepes are awesome! So happy to see they have survived covid!
Written 11 October 2021
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Candice8686
Johannesburg110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
There aren't many places that you can go to for some good crepes and coffee, but this is it. It is small, but offers a nice atmosphere. Definitely worth going to!
Written 17 December 2020
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Fernando S
Sao Paulo69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Service was very good and the place has an exquisite decoration. The crepes were very good and reminded me the French ones.
Written 24 February 2020
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Flip d
Cape Town Central41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
The breakfasts are in the French crepe style and very very good. Also excellent coffee! Book beforehand, this place is very popular and fills up quickly!
Written 6 January 2020
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