Exploring Cape Town's Bree Street
Once-desolate Bree Street has become a microcosm of South African cool and a showcase for the region’s bounty.
Heston Blumenthal protégé Frank Marks brings serious culinary cred to the strip with Borage, a loftlike bistro serving breakfast and lunch only. The blackboard menu rotates frequently; arrive early to secure one of the deconstructed chicken pot pies, a curl of pastry encircling perfectly roasted bird, peas, and onion petals drizzled in gravy. 7B Portside Bldg.
Irish-born Liam Tomlin opened Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen as a combination deli and kitchen store, its shelves lined with cookbooks, ceramic plates, and exotic vinegars. An adjoining street-food counter serves lamb shawarma sandwiches and tandoori-chicken wraps to go. 92 Bree St.
The bearded and bespectacled spill onto the sidewalks outside La Parada, a tapas joint with a Barcelona flavor: reclaimed parquet flooring; vintage Spanish posters; a golden bull-head trophy. What to order? Spiced oxtail cannelloni, paprika-spiced calamari, and pitchers of sangria. 107 Bree St.; 27-21/426-0330.
Despite the region’s stellar reputation among oenophiles, Cape Town lacked a great wine bar until Publik arrived on the scene, offering pours from the nearby Western Cape and beyond—many of them unusual varietals or made from biodynamic grapes. 81 Church St.
A vintage BMW motorcycle greets the fashion-forward shoppers at Alexandra Höjer Atelier, an industrial boutique and workshop with cracked concrete walls and Josef Frank–inspired wallpaper— a striking contrast to the Swedish designer’s impeccably tailored men’s and women’s lines. 156 Bree St.
After a morning riding the waves at Glen Beach, surfers beat a path to Latitude 33, a café/boutique/gallery that serves locally roasted Truth coffee and hearty dishes (ostrich burgers with buffalo mozzarella) and stocks Aussie skate wear. 165 Bree St.
Pick up a handcrafted geometric-print leather bag by Capetonian accessories line Missibaba and mod statement earrings from London-based designer Kirsten Goss at their hybrid boutique, which also showcases collaborations with homegrown designers. 229 Bree St.