September Restaurant Opening and Closing Update: Cape Town and Winelands




Despite it being Spring, few new restaurants are known to be opening, or planning to open, in Cape Town and the Winelands.

The biggest recent restaurant openings are Dusk in Stellenbosch, a joint venture by Chefs Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austen. Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a Japanese Street Food restaurant on the ground floor of Speakers Corner, the building in which FYN operates. TANG will create a big stir when it opens in the Waterfront, already being a socialite’s haven in Sandton. Paul’s Bakery and Tiger’s Milk are said to be opening in the Waterfront too, and Belthazar will reopen in the Waterfront in November. Michael Townsend is opening a number of Fancy Franks.

Back’s Restaurant has closed down in Stellenbosch.  Dizzys Restaurant & Bar has closed down in Camps Bay.  Himitsu at Camps Bay Retreat has closed down. Firefish has closed down in the Waterfront. Chef Bertus Basson is closing Overture and The Deck at the end of this month, and is said to be opening at Waterkloof.

Stellenbosch is exploding with new restaurants opening, both finer dining as well as casual eateries:

Stellenbosch explodes with new restaurants, and more to come!


Most recent and planned restaurant openings


#. MiCaffé in Bree Street has opened in The Barracks

#.  A most disappointing Shoreditch House restaurant at The Winchester Hotel has opened

Restaurant Review : New Shoreditch House restaurant at the refurbished The Winchester Boutique Hotel is not yet ready to receive diners!

#.  Beach House in Camps Bay opened

#.  Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt in Camps Bay

#.  The Pottery in Camps Bay

#    Bo-Vine in Camps Bay

#.  Cause & Effect pop-up in Camps Bay – has re-opened after a winter break

#   How Bao Now has opened in the old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

#   Lello’s Deli by Scarpetta has opened in De Waterkant

#   PIER and Waterside have opened in the Waterfront, both belonging to the La Colombe Group

#   Cucina at Goodman has opened in De Waterkant

#   Kanéla Café has opened in a shared space with The Greek Fisherman on a Regent Road in Sea Point

#   The Bailey has opened on Bree Street, a three-storey eating and drinking establishment of Chef Liam Tomlin.

Chef Liam Tomlin opens The Bailey on Bree Street today!

#   Artizian Restaurant will open on Bree Street.

#   One Park has opened on Park Street

#   Blondie has opened on 71 Kloof Street

#   Cabo Beach Club has opened in the Waterfront, ex Shimmy’s

#   TANG is opening a Cape Town branch of the successful Sandton restaurant in the Waterfront, where Belthazar used to be, later this year.

#   Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a new Japanese Streetfood restaurant, on the ground floor of Speaker’s Corner, the building in which FYN is located.

#   Mexican Restaurant Una Más Mezcaleria has opened at 77 Regent Road in Sea Point.

#   Misfits by Ideas Cartel has opened in The Foundry in Green Point, where Beluga used to be.

Misfits a mix of restaurant, Gin Academy, wine shop, coffee bar, event venue, and work space!

#   Paul’s Bakery is said to open in the Waterfront

#   Tiger’s Milk is said to open in the Waterfront

#   A number of Fancy Franks is said to be opening by Michael Townsend in Cape Town, the first at Sunset Beach and a second in Somerset West.

#    Mexican restaurant Hacienda has opened in the former Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street.

#   Trisha’s Kitchen has opened where Peppertree Café used to be on Kloof Street.

#   Balena Blu has opened in The Barracks on Bree Street.

#   Ding Dong has opened on Shortmarket Street.

#   Café Chiffon has opened in the old Cape Quarter.

#  Ouzeri has opened on Wale Street

New Cypriot Ouzeri restaurant highlights talents of Owner/Chef Nick Charalambous and team!

#   Restaurateur Ian Halfon is reopening Belthazar where Firefish was in the Waterfront.

#   Addis Ethiopian Restaurant has reopened in a new location in the city centre.

#   Tayfun Aras has opened Happy Endings Chinese Food Dark Kitchen in Green Point, only available via Uber Eats.

#   Only Fools Bar has opened in Sea Point

#   WE Café has opened in Tamboerskloof

#   Beluga is to reopen in the Cruise Terminal in the V & A Waterfront in September. It closed down early in the Lockdown.

#   Siba The Restaurant has become a permanent restaurant at The Table Bay Hotel in the Waterfront, after having been a pop-up at the hotel.



#   Rykaarts has opened in Stellenbosch

#   Post & Pepper has opened in Stellenbosch, owner by Chef Jess van Dijk

Restaurant Review: Post & Pepper spices up Stellenbosch restaurant scene !

#   Stoep at Laborie in Paarl has opened

#   Le Siemma Café Bistrot has opened on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch

#   Chef George Jardine has left Jordan Restaurant in Stellenbosch, and Chef Marthinus Ferreira has taken over the restaurant, now called Jordan Restaurant with Marthinus Ferreira.

#   Cheverells Farm Deli has opened in Elgin

#   Qbar has opened on Church Street in Stellenbosch, serving Quoin Rock wines and food inspired by Gåte Restaurant

#   Clara’s Barn has opened at Vergenoegd-Löw in Stellenbosch, belonging to Chef Bertus Basson.

#   Stefan’s Restaurant has opened at Erinvale in Somerset West.

#.  Greenlands Farm Table has opened in Bonnievale

#   De Eetkamer Restaurant by Chef Marco Cardoso has opened in Stellenbosch (photograph)

#   Out of Africa by Chef Christiaan Campbell (formerly of Delaire Graff and Boschendal) has opened at Temenos in McGregor. Tebalidi’s at Temenos has been renovated and has reopened.

#   Country Grand has opened at Dieu Donne in Franschhoek.

#   Mon Amour has opened in Franschhoek.

#   Café Fleur has opened in the former Camphors space at Vergelegen.

#  Oppiekoffie has opened at Longridge in Stellenbosch

#   Poké has opened on Plein Street in Stellenbosch, its fifth store.

#   Perlemoen has opened in the Old Harbour in Hermanus

#   Farro has opened at Gabriëlskloof in Bot River

#   Deux Lions has opened in Franschhoek, with Chef Nanda Cardoso, formerly of Chefs Warehouse Bree Street

#   Dusk has opened in Stellenbosch, by Chefs Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austin.


Most recent restaurant closures

#.  Créme da la Créme has closed down in Camps Bay.

#   Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenhort has closed down

#   Cowboys & Cooks has closed down in De Waterkant.

#.  Haas on Buitenkant Street has closed down.

#   Peppertree Cafe has closed down after the sad passing of its owner Bernard Munnik.

#   Dahlia on Regent has closed down for the second time.

#   Cucina and Embers by Chef Michael Broughton have closed down in Stellenbosch.

#   Allium in Speakers Corner on Parliament Street has closed down.

#   Meloncino is likely to close down in the Waterfront.

#   Cowboys & Cooks in Green Point and in Sunset Beach have closed down

#  Dizzy’s Restaurant & Bar has closed down in Camps Bay.

#   Himitsu of Chef Cheyne Morrisby has closed down at Camps Bay Retreat.

The secret is lifted: Himitsu closes down at Camps Bay Retreat after tumultuous year!

#   Gibson’s Summer Pop-Up Food Truck has closed down in Camps Bay.

#   Chef Judi Fourie has closed Pilcrow & Cleaver and is looking for a buyer. Her Fideli’s Deli next door on Parliament Street remains open.

#   Camphors at Vergelegen has closed down in Somerset West.

#   Firefish has closed in the Waterfront, to become the new home of Belthazar.

#   Back’s Restaurant has closed down on Church Street in Stellenbosch.

#   Overture is closing its doors at Hidden Valley in Stellenbosch in September.

Overture Restaurant to close down at Hidden Valley in September!

#  Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Winebar & Pinchos on Bree Street has closed down, eight years after opening.

Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street closes down, no presence in Heritage Square anymore!


The Restaurant Closure and Opening Lists are updated continuously throughout the month.

For a list of Restaurants offering Food Delivery and Collection as well as Sit-Down Service see the Facebook Group I created at the beginning of May 2020:


Details of new restaurants opening, and of restaurant closures, are highly appreciated.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide, Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide



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