The global pandemic has definitely put a massive pause on any international travel for the foreseeable future. And while I know some of your travelling toes are itching with just as much wanderlust as mine, I thought I’d share some places that’ll make you feel like you’ve landed on a tropical island. One of my favourite parts about Bali was all the cute cafés. These were almost always plant-based, serving the most delicious vegan meals, had stunning tropical décor, beautiful wall murals and an all-round stunning aesthetic. While we can’t go jet-setting of to Bali anytime soon, I put together a list of all the cute Cape Town cafés that’ll give you all those Bali vibes without having to set foot on a plane.
Harvest is a beautifully beachy café with a laid-back, easy vibe. Only a stone’s throw away from Muizenberg beach this is a favourite spot for surfers. The decor is sea-side inspired with stunning photographs of the ocean and a wall lined with surfboards. Relax in one of their bamboo hanging swing chairs, feel at one with nature amongst all their indoor plants and enjoy a lekker coffee, breakfast bowl or budda bowl. Their menu is delightful with something for everyone! This is definietly one of my favourite Cape Town cafés.
They have just opened another cafe in Dean Street in Newlands and it is just as delightful as the original. They have created yet another beautiful space!
The Conscious Kitchen
This baby is only 2 weeks old and just like a newborn deserves loads of love and attention, because dang she’s CUTE! I am OBSESSED with the whole vibe at The Conscious Kitchen. Pretty-in-pink seating, bamboo lanterns, a sunflower mural and window-side swinging chairs. Did I mention they put edible glitter on your food? It doesn’t really get much better than having your plant-based deliciousness arriving at your table with a shimmery pink sparkle. I had the rainbow bao buns and they were out of this world! I’m definitely coming back for more though to try their pink and green banana pancakes and creamy pulled oyster mushrooms on sourdough. Check out the rest of their delicious menu here! I visited the new Obs store on Lower Main Road, but they also have a more established café in Kloof Street. I’m definitely going to check them out soon!
Good Riddance Coffee Co.
Plants hanging from the ceiling, macramé décor, cute doggos that keep you company while you have your morning cuppa. The vibe at Good Riddance suits its Kommetjie location perfectly- chilled out. Next time you’re heading down south stop by for a delicious cup of coffee and one of their vegan baked goodies. It really is so pretty! Check out some more pics here since I didn’t have my camera with me to really do the place justice.
Seven Circles Café
This spot near Dunkley Square in Town is just so gorgeous. If their delicious monster wall mural doesn’t give you all the Bali vibes then I don’t really know what will! They have great coffee and a really reasonable priced menu with lots of delicious options. Lots of options for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Nourish’d Café & Juicery
Probably the first Bali-style Cape Town café and so definitely worth a mention on this list. While I do find their spaces pretty small and squashed they serve up some delish smoothies, juices and beautiful smoothie bowls. They have a very small café on Kloof street and a slightly bigger space in Obs. Nourish’d is an institution and and one of the first of its plant-based kind in Cape Town.
The Raptor Room
I actually haven’t been to the Raptor Room in AGES but I definitely think it deserves a mention on this list. It’s got a beautiful big space that’s all about the PINK and lush greenery. They have a full day restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a drinks menu too. It does it all from a lunch date with the girls to local music concerts (pre-Rona) and First Thursdays art exhibitions. It’s located in Roeland Street in Town, it’s a vibe and it’s another beautiful Cape Town Café!
This is a new addition to my list of Bali style Cafes but it’s a goodie. Blue Kiwi is located in the new mall in Simonstown and has a beautiful mural resembling that of Kynd Community in Semiyak, Bali. Complete with all the Balinese decor and a deliciously healthy plant-based menu it’s a great cafe to check out if you’re craving those Bali vibes!
Planning a trip to Cape Town and need a place to stay? For budget travellers check out Once in Cape Town. Book a stay at Gorgeous George for beautiful interiors and a funky rooftop bar. Or check out this trendy apartment in the heart of Cape Town.
If these recommendations for Cape Town Cafés that’ll give you all the Bali Vibes tickled your taste buds a little too much and now all you want to do is go to Bali then why not check out some of my Bali blog posts for some planning inspiration. We may not be able to travel right now, but we can dream (make Pinterest boards, choose accommodation, decide which cafes you’re gonna eat at etc- or is that just me?) right?
For all the insta-worthy Bali cafes: Canggu
For dreamy underwater scenes, scuba diving and freediving with turtles and underwater statues: Gili T and Gili Air
For rice terraces, cooking classes and naughty monkeys: Ubud
For beautiful beaches and surfing paradise: Bingin
And for jaw dropping views and snorkeling scenes: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan