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Monocle & Mermaid

126 St Georges Street | Shop 1, St George's Building, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
+27 21 786 1370
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sandwiches” (7 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (5 reviews)
“venison” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
126 St Georges Street | Shop 1, St George's Building, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Planned on breakfast in Simon's Town unaware of the marathon this past Sunday and got caught in the terrible traffic but we pushed on and thank goodness we did because our reception at Monocle & Mermaid lifted our spirits. They were able to serve us...More

Thank Ninette T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I like the decor, which is quirky. The sign above the door as you exit (Warning! No logic ahead) made me smile as did the caped superhero flying overhead. I’m sure there’s more to notice if you take the time to look. The staff were...More

Thank Sally S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here mid morning, post penguins brunch. Benedict and breakfast wrap great! We had 2 coffees in quick succession because it was SO good. Enjoy! We did.

Thank KazonTour_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The very tasty capetonian restaurant, we were looking for something special and we had the best of it! Just go for...

Thank Marta d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little hideaway for excellent coffee. The eggs Benedict is recommended, and the breakfast wrap is good too. As parking is limited, either come early or you might have to walk

Thank jzchuan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most delicious carrot cake I have had in a while. A very unassuming looking place. The gold penguin outside caught my eye, and the interior seemed a little shabby, but the ambience was great and the cake was worth it.

Thank LonelyTravellerA1
Reviewed 8 January 2018

I had a lovely half our here watching the world go by with my family drinking coffee and eating banana bread. It is really quaint and atmospheric

Thank John M
Reviewed 28 December 2017

We had known the chef , Makora (I hope the spelling is correct) from his days as chef at the sadly now closed Slow Life Cafe in Muizenberg. His work really is excellent. Recently I heard that he was working at the Monocle and Mermaid...More

Thank John C
glenj900, Owner at Monocle & Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Hi, John. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Monocle & Mermaid. And we'd have to agree about Makore, he is an angel who has turned our business around!

Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

The flat white they served was way too milky. When we asked for Americano they refused and the refused us to pay by Zapper because one coffee was too small transactionMore

Thank Tim G
glenj900, Owner at Monocle & Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Hi Tim. I am sorry to hear that your one coffee experience at our restaurant has lead you to believe that we only deserve 1 star out of 5. Thank goodness for all the rational people on TripAdvisor who disagree with you. We make about...More

Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

What a little gem, shared with my Sydney family. Great ambience, delicious food, funky environment and lovely staff. Highly recommend

Thank Scan2013
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 126 St Georges Street | Shop 1, St George's Building, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Simon's Town
  • Phone Number: +27 21 786 1370
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We are a small bistro and espresso bar, we serve breakfast & lunch every day, dinner & Cocktails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Specialising in locally crafted gin, beer, coffee and burgers.
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