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Cafe Charles

137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
+27 87 743 2359
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Cozy place, serving from morning til night - especially convenient when staying in De Waterkant. Dinner was delicious, though limited menu. We had the lamb samosas and the bobotie, a local dish, a comfort food of ground meat, curry and other spices, custard, eggs and...More

Thank smdds
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. Everything about it. The simple menu (packed with delicious options), service, location. I have been for breakfast and lunch. My only regret is that I discovered the rooftop patio on my last day!! I will definitely be back again many times!!

Thank Candice M
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. It’s a pleasure to know that we made you smile. We hope to have to back again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good basic selection of well cooked fresh food. If you like cats you can sit and have Nelson on your lap.

Thank Malcolm D
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for letting us be your “new favourite”. A sweet and simple review - perfect and much appreciated. Happy you got to enjoy a visit from Nelson!

Reviewed June 12, 2018

We walked by this place multiple times a day, barely noticing until one warm night coming back we saw the nice waiter, the white table under the tree, and the lights... and couldn't pass up the chance for a night cap. It was a slow...More

Thank apmpplus1
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for such great feedback! We had a great time chatting to you guys, and your daughter is just the sweetest! We’re pleased we could contribute a special Cape Town experience for you, even if it was only in the last 24hrs of your...More

Reviewed May 21, 2018

We discovered this unassuming place last Wednesday. The waiter outside greeted us friendly and mentioned that they are serving local Cape Malay dishes. It's a tiny place but the flavours of the local dishes and personal service were great. Highly recommended.

Thank marcolombardifirenze
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and incredible compliment on our Cape Malay food! Very much appreciated. We’re super pleased you enjoyed the evening with us!

Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Popped in for breakfast on a very busy morning after a popular running race . We were pre warned that the food would be longer than usual and that they were a little understaffed , but headed in anyway. Sat on the rooftop ( yes...More

Thank Danielle J
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your honest review and positive feedback! Always appreciated! Look forward to having you visit again soon!

Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious veggie curry on a Wednesday, it was Cape Malay menu evening. Wonderful friendly service and a superb atmosphere with lovely French cafe music in the background, lights in the trees on the terrace. I thought I was in Paris and then tasted...More

Thank Krista N
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely time at The Charles cafe. The staff immediately greeted us friendly when we arrived. Then did their best in finding us convenient seating. The service was 5 star. We had some cappuccino and breakfast. Presentation as well as taste was great ....More

Thank tastebuds101insta
Reviewed April 26, 2018

We came here on a rainy Wednesday evening when strictly Cape Malay dishes were being served. It was a cold evening so we sat at a cozy corner by the fireplace. Our waiter was extremely professional and great at explaining the menu to us. I...More

Thank Sibahle M
Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

We are april 2018 and its raining like hell (thank god!) just leaving my spa and oh no forgot to order uber! And im hungry! Just saw a nice tree and restaurant door told myself lets have a coffee till it stops raining A nice...More

Thank Adeline B
LadyJay80, Owner at Cafe Charles, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Awww that’s so great to hear! Thank you for the kind words. It was lovely to have you join us! And yes, the fireplace is just perfect on these rainy days. Hope to see you again soon... and don’t forget your book!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town
  • Phone Number: +27 87 743 2359
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A quaint café situated in the heart of De Waterkant. The Charles Café serves up breakfast, light lunch, dinner, artisan coffee, loose-leaf tea, homemade preserves and sweet treats. Our dining room is perfect for coffee dates or quick business meet-ups. On warmer days put on your sunnies and SPF and enjoy the city views (and people watching) from the roof deck.
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