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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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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“sandwiches” (7 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (4 reviews)
“venison” (2 reviews)
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126 St Georges Street | Shop 1, St George's Building, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped into this place by coincidence when driving through Simons town. A place with very positive atmosphere and you can tell that the owner loves his coffee... We did too

Thank Julian S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like cool laid back coffee houses, then come here. Written up in The Coffee Route book, it won't disappoint. The staff are great and take pride in their place. We had a very good breakfast here. On the high street, so perfectly located.

Thank Miotoni
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Monocle & Mermaid when we were travelling to Simon's town on a sunday evening . the cocktails and craft beers we good and they had a nice selection. The food we had was to a good standard and the service was...More

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The interior is very interesting! Much of the charm of this tiny restaurant/cafe lies in the decor. A colander on the ceiling has many wires running through it. Innovative for sure! The menu is on a blackboard - salads, sandwiches or wraps. Also a breakfast...More

Thank kaapie62
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We were just passing through Simons Town and since I rarely like to go to the same place twice, we tried out the place with the giant penguin outside the door! - The staff were super friendly and the service and food were great! #nobeesnocoffee

Thank Erica G
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Great music, great coffee, great sandwiches, great staff, great WiFi. After my first visit I became a regular.

1  Thank Aden H
MonocleM, Owner at Monocle & Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you Aden! Welcome to the family ☕☕☕

Reviewed 1 October 2017

The interior is a feast for the eyes and mind alike! Eclectic, quirky, happy and interesting atmosphere, however it does not distract from an intimate experience with the ever present rich coffee aroma lingering. Great menu and everything we had was wholesome, tasty and of...More

1  Thank SharonHaussmann
MonocleM, Manager at Monocle & Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks Sharon, We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience at M&M, we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 21 September 2017

My husband and I grabbed lunch here after our adventure out at Seal Island and it was quite good. It's a small place with the menu written on a chalkboard, but it was really tasty and not touristy at all.

Thank Rebecca A
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful breakfast at this eclectic cafe. Would recommend if you're in town to sightsee. Nice people, great service and delicious food

Thank nathandosanjh
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I probably visit this place several times a week. Sometimes I have breakfast, sometimes lunch, sometimes just a coffee or a glass of wine. Everything is really good. The service is good and the staff really friendly. It's the sort of place where you don't...More

Thank Tracy D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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, & tapas & Cocktails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Specialising in locally crafted gin, beer, coffee and burgers.
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