The Ultimate Guide to Visiting a Restaurant in Observatory

Observatory Restaurants in Cape Town

Looking for a great place to eat out in Observatory? This guide has got you covered with information about the best restaurants in the area, what to order, and more. Make your restaurant visit in Observatory a memorable one with this helpful guide that covers everything from where to go, what to order and what you may expect.

Cafes in observatory with great specials

Observatory is a place known for its all day specials. Whether the specials are on breakfast, booze or brunch, Observatory restaurants are sure to have it all. When visiting Observatory, you should keep an eager eye open on the menu to see what specials you have to offer. Observatory specials are want you want. If you are looking for a cafe to work at that offers delicious food at affordable prices, we’d look no further than Ground Culture Cafe. Here is a list of a few cafes with great specials in Observatory:

  • Ground Culture Cafe has breakfast, lunch and even evening specials. Ground Culture’s restaurant specials in Observatory include a flat white & a breakfast bun for R60, 2 mouthwatering cape caprese paninis for R100 and 2 cheese burgers and chips for R125.
  •  Dolce Bakery also have a great selection of treats and a bagel special every morning. For R50, you can get a cream cheese bagel and a coffee, but make sure  you get there before 11am.
  • Two4one On Lower Main Road, as the name suggests offers two for one deals on their entire menu. While their prices are slightly inflated, you’re still getting two meals for less than you’d pay normally. Check out Two4One’s Menu here.

quiet cafes in observatory to work at

Observatory is full of students and therefore must be restaurants to work at. We’ve put together a list of a few restaurants in Observatory that we recommend you work at. Whether you’re looking for good Wi-Fi, a quiet space or a place with plug points, this Observatory restaurant guide has got you covered.

Ground Culture Cafe

We may have a bit of bias here, because it’s our own cafe, but we’ve designed the entire place for productivity. Littered with plug points and it being completely off the street, makes it the perfect little hideaway to smash through some work in Observatory. The vibes are postive, the coffee is good and the wi-fi is almost as quick as Usain Bolt. Pop by to get some stuff done.

Additionally, there is a co-working space in Observatory above the cafe. It is incredibly quiet, full of natural light and has breathtaking views of Table Mountain. It’s R150 a day or R800 a month. Find out more about the Observatory co-working space.

Firebird Cafe

Firebird Cafe in Observatory is one of those places that make you instantly feel cool. I’m not sure if it’s the steam punk vibe or the fact that they roast their own coffee, but it’s certainly a place to escape the madness of Cape Town. Pop in to sit on their leather couches, do some work and experience the cool side of Cape Town.

Firebird Cafe is located in a historic building in Observatory. The Observatory restaurant is located in the old bio-scope, opened initially in 1946 to showcase movies. It was the first mixed-race bio-scope in the country. It operated for almost 50 years but in the early 90’s closed down due to a massive fire.

Touch of Madness

The Touch of Madness is a restaurant in Observatory that is tucked away off the beaten track. It’s a bit of a bar at night, but in the day, it’s a great place to go and grab a cup of coffee and get some work done.

This Observatory Restaurants opens a bit late in the morning, but if you’re looking for a lunch time work space, it’ll definitely suit you. Not only doesit serve ice cold beers, but they also have a great outdoor section at the back.

Touch of Madness Restaurant in Observatory

Menus of restaurants in observatory

Observatory restaurants are some of the most diverse in Cape Town. The Observatory restaurant menus vary from burgers to sushi to breakfast. Whatever you’re craving, we’re sure that restaurants in Observatory will be sure to satisfy your soul. Check out a few examples of menus in Observatory to see what is on offer.

Ground Culture Cafe

Ground Culture Cafe is a restaurant in Observatory that has just about everything on the menu to tickle your fancy. It has burgers, paninis, wraps and even a few specialities. Ground Culture is known for it’s burgers and its panini, known as the hangover cure. It’s a spicy, cheesy meaty panini that will be sure to knock your hangover right out of the park. Check out this cafe to tingle your taste buds.

Burgers in Observatory made at Ground Culture Cafe

Saint James Cafe

One of the oldest cafes in Observatory, Saint James Cafe has seen everything on the block. It’s got a great food offering, focusing mainly on sandwiches and bagels. This Observatory restaurant is reasonably priced and is perfect for a quick bite on the go.

Saint James Cafe Observatory

Final Thoughts on Restaurants in observatory

We can’t recommend Observatory enough as a place to scour coffee shops and restaurants. The food in Observatory is amazing too. It is well priced, diverse and there’s always something that will tickle your fancy.

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below to let us know what you think of Restaurants in Observatory or if you think there are any restaurants we are missing. If you let us know, we’ll definitely add the restaurants in Observatory that you recommend.

5 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Visiting a Restaurant in Observatory”

  1. What a lovely and diverse guide to Observatory. Ground Culture is definitely a hidden gem in Observatory with fantastic burgers and delicious coffee. I can definitely recommend spending the day there and getting some work done.

  2. Always love visiting obs for the vibrant energy. Dolce is one of my favourite bakeries to date. Ground culture is honestly the best place to get coffee, do some work and share a meal with friends. They also host events and the staff are incredibly welcoming and inclusive of everyone

  3. Charmaine Smith

    Saddened to not see Cafe Ganesh in this (otherwise excellent) write up. It’s one of the oldest establishment with an unique menu of home-cooked (South) African and other country cuisines, a quirky Afro chic ambience and chilled groups of local patrons, especially artists and musicians.

  4. Alexander Abrahams-Crocker

    What a genuine commentary on the incredible spots in Observatory. Thanks for the bucket list of places to visit!

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