• After a long day of tasks, meetings and projects, Capetonians leave their workspaces in search of places to de-stress and enjoy their evenings. Bree Street is amongst the most popular after-work locations for locals. Dubbed ‘Cape Town’s hippest block’ by the Wall Street Journal, Bree Street lives up to the hype with lively, diverse establishments that cater to every need, occasion, and budget. Let’s explore some top spots to unwind in this inner-city hotspot at the end of the workday.

    Iron Steak and Bar

    Iron steak and bar
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    One of Cape Town’s best steakhouses, Iron Steak and Bar is a top choice for many Capetonians looking for a special night out. This restaurant is known for its world-class steaks, all grass fed and dry aged, grilled to perfection on an imported Spanish Vulcano Grez open fire charcoal grill. Iron Steak’s contemporary design and cosy ambience make it an ideal location for a date night or a get-together with friends. You can expect to spend a moderate amount (R350) here, and the restaurant has regular, budget-friendly specials, such as their Wagyu Wednesdays: R99 for a Wagyu burger and beef dripping side fries. Be sure to visit them for their Half Price Social Hour on selected wine, beer, bubbly and cocktails paired with their R79 Bar Bites, every day from 4pm – 5.30pm. Check out their social media for more updates and specials.

    Scala Pasta Bar

    Scala pasta bar
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    Scala Pasta Bar is an upmarket Italian pasta bar drawing in foodies and pasta lovers alike. What makes this award-winning restaurant unique is its focus on pasta, with all of its pasta being made in-house daily in their pasta laboratory and served tapas-style to give diners a unique and unforgettable Italian dining experience. Scala’s main menu offers a selection of modern Italian antipasti, tapas-style dishes and expertly crafted desserts to suit every taste. The set menu for 2 (R999) or set menu for 1 (R395pp – only available at lunch) allows you to sample the chef’s favourite dishes, making for a delectable Scala experience. Their signature Carbonara pasta is a must-try dish. Indulge in their Aperitivo hour that runs every day, from 4:00pm – 5:30pm and treat yourself to an authentic Italian negroni with a R79 cichetti. See more on their social
    media links.

    Burger & Lobster

    Burger and Lobster
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    Burger & Lobster is a firm favourite amongst Capetonians seeking a no-fuss meal after work. Offering three signature dishes – a burger, a lobster roll or a fresh whole lobster – B&L goes back to the basics. The mouth-watering gourmet burgers and succulent lobster dishes make indulgent meals where each bite will leave you wanting more. The B&L Burger starts at R199, the Lobster Roll is R265 and can be upgraded to a Big Boy Lobster Roll and the Whole Lobster is sold per gram. Diners can opt for a half-and-half option on the restaurant’s 3 main meals. This New York-style eatery is perfect for all times and occasions, transforming from a laid-back lunch spot during the day to an intimate dinner location at night. B&L boasts a lively bar atmosphere with live sets occasionally played by up-and-coming DJs. Enjoy their inventive concoctions and twists on classic cocktails paired with R69 bar bites during their Half Price Social Hour daily from 4pm to 5.30pm. Stay updated through their social media channels.


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    Hacienda is a contemporary Mexican restaurant bringing the flavours of Baja California to Cape Town. Fresh, handmade masa flour tortillas, flavourful Oaxacan mole, tequila, and Mezcal from the Baja region will transport you to the heart of Mexico and its famed coastline. Hacienda’s extensive menu caters for everyone, with several alternatives for vegetarians and vegans. The restaurant’s decor and ambience are in keeping with its name, featuring natural fibers and organic material against neutral and earth tones in a lively, intimate atmosphere. Expect to spend between R350 to R400 per person on a meal at Hacienda or consider their R999 set menu for 2. Don’t miss out on their Half Price Margaritas, a daily special from 4pm to 5.30pm. The restaurant also offers a unique Patron tequila tasting menu (Flight of 3 or 5) for diners seeking to experience the soul of Mexico. For more information and updates, view their social media platforms.

    As one of the city’s oldest streets, Bree Street holds a special place in the history and life of Cape Town. Presently it bustles with locals seeking varied and memorable urban experiences. From vibrant restaurants and bars to trendy boutiques and busy nightclubs, this iconic street has experiences to suit all tastes and preferences. Whether you have after-work drinks with colleagues, a catch-up with friends, a Tinder date or
    First Thursday plans, Bree Street offers something for everyone. Here, Capetonians can unwind, socialise, and take in the essence of their incredible city.

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    Written by Azraa Khan.

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