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“Sprucing up” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Olympia Cafe

Olympia Cafe
134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa
27 (0) 21 788 6396
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Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in Kalk Bay
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Sprucing up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have been coming here for many years, and, with the roadworks now complete outside their premises, a coat of paint has been applied, and we almost went driving past! Inside, too, there were signs of change - new chairs have arrived! Staff tell us that even more is planned.

Happily, there has been no need to make any change to their style of offering or their approach to food - both remain at an exceedingly high standard which is exciting in its presentation and makes use of only the freshest ingredients. Over time, we have been served from all sections of the menu, from coffee and cake to grilled yellowtail; this time our choice was a mid-sized bite - my wife had mussels, I had fish cakes. Both were excellent, perhaps the mussels being a better choice. Coffee and cappuccino were excellent, as was service.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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nottingham
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“Great breakfast/brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

It's a lovely laid back cafe on the main road along the sea front, they had a couple of people playing music. I'm told people make a special trip out from Cape Town for breakfast and I'm not surprised.
The specials breakfast menu was imaginative, with some modern twists on classic breakfast dishes, and no-one was disappointed with the quality of the food or the portions. They also do the traditional breakfasts and they have a very good bakery around the back which produces a wide variety of lovely pastries so choosing one of those is recommended (you can go around the corner and buy the pastries, bread and all sorts of other goodies direct from the bakery too).
They make lovely fresh juices to order, apple, carrot and ginger was zingy.

Visited August 2013
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“Best brekfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Visiting Kalk Bay regularly we breakfast here every time. A fantastic choice of hot and cold breakfasts. The service is second to none having watched the same servers for at least ten years. Visited mainly by the locals, everyone is welcomed in the same way. The only breaky joint in Kalk bay !!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing breakfast/brunch & delicious coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Great place for brekky or brunch on Sunday morning. Everything from the gorgeous views of Kalk bay, the speedy service, the delicious food, the tasty coffee and the great value are all reasons why I love this place! Try a stuffed crossiant, you will love it!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best coffee, harbour views and open early!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

If your an early bird there are not many places open at 6:30 am in winter in Cape Town but the Olympia cafe is one of them.
Coffee is the best we have had in CT as are the almond croissants. How special to watch the sunrise over the ocean, sip divine coffee and munch on a croissant not long out the oven :)
Quirky and bohemian - yes. Sophicated and sparkling clean - no.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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