There’s no shortage of artisan bakeries across Cape Town, so where you choose to top up your toaster will depend on where you happen to be staying:
1. If you’re close to the city centre your first stop should be Jason Bakery on Bree Street. Jason Lilley has achieved cult-status for his bacon croissant and inspired pies, but there’s superb bread on offer here too. Stop by the window-hatch, or pick up a loaf after breakfast.
2. Around the corner on Kloof Street you’ll find the city centre branch of Knead. This charming bistro-bakery has outlets across Cape Town and does excellent sourdough, rye and ciabatta.
3. On Saturdays the Neighbourgoods market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is the place to find loaves from the Woodstock Bakery. Baker Paul Cremer turns out superb bread sticks, ciabatta, rye, sourdough and potato bread.
4. If you’re staying in the southern peninsula, near the shores of False Bay, Olympia Café in the seaside suburb of Kalk Bay is your best bet. While famous for its weekend breakfasts and bistro cuisine, wander around the corner to the quirky and cosy (especially on busy weekends) bakery counter. Alongside delicious croissants and pastries you’ll find a wide variety of freshly baked artisanal breads: their ciabatta and French baguettes are particularly good.
5. C’est la Vie, down the Main Road into the suburb of Fish Hoek, is also worth a visit after a morning swim at this popular family-friendly beach. French-trained Jo Hill turns out wonderful bread from her charming suburban bakery, and top-notch croissants too.
6. Out in the winelands, baker Fritz Schoon keeps locals and tourists happy with his naturally fermented loaves at De Oude Bank Bakkerij in the heart of Stellenbosch. Look out for his unusual loaves, including those made from ancient grains and a sprouted buckwheat sourdough.