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Viva Cafe

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Cafe, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gastropub
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Studio 30, Somerset Square | Highfield Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 418 2619
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07:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Sat 07:00 - 14:00
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Polokwane
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

vibrant young dynamics, good food, friendly staff, good cook, well priced food and drinks menu, excellent value for money

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Thank nb12015
Cape Town, South Africa
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

A casual cafe with a view of a car park, just off Somerset Road, the Greek lamb, served most days is absolutely fantastic! And served by chilled efficient staff

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Thank 555capetowntraveller
Mpumalanga, South Africa
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

The menu of this cute little hide-away eatery on Somerset Square is superb. The implementation there of is spot-on every time. Viva Café is small, not really intimate, but humongous in atmosphere, even despite its situation ~ rather ~ because of where it is situated, it has an ambience of being true, an honesty which is present in all: from... More 

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Thank engemi
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Viva still has the best benedict in town. The chef Barend is a master in the kitchen. The vegetarian benedict combined with a freshly squeezed orange juice and a delux coffee is the best way to start the day. Not open on a sunday.

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Thank Lionel B
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

We love this hidden gem. They serve a mean Deluxe coffee and the best breakfasts in town. Haven't been for a lunch yet, but I'm told the lunches are well worth the visit too!

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Thank Degen_ZA
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

VIVA Cafe is a well-kept, secret local gem! Tucked away in Greenpoint in the heart of the music district, the crowd is diverse and you will find Chef Barend serving up DELICIOUS tapas from the kitchen! Barend spent years in Europe training and working, and now fuses European & South African flavours. Definitely try their "Magic Shrooms" or the handcut... More 

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Benedikt S, Owner at Viva Cafe, responded to this review

Hey Lisa! As always happy to accommodate you! Thanks for always supporting us! Much love from the VIVA Team! More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

Quite the unexpected find, but we had a wonderful lunch sitting in the sun under the umbrellas enjoying the vibe. The service was a bit slow with a young waitress who probably had a heavy night before - but then the food! Wow! The chef did an outstanding job on each and every plate. We were truly impressed and will... More 

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Thank Degen_ZA
Benedikt S, Manager at Viva Cafe, responded to this review

Hey Degen! Thanks for this recent review! Let me know when you're here again. wanna show you our appreciation! Benedikt More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Discovered this little gem hidden away off the beaten path a few weeks ago. One has to head up the parking section behind the Tafelberg Furnishers off Somerset road, but the trip is worth it. They make a mean Deluxe Coffee cappuccino and the chef, Barend, makes THE BEST EGGS BENEDICT in Cape Town. This is now a firm favourite.

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Thank Degen_ZA
Benedikt S, Owner at Viva Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. I know it's been a while since your review but just wanted to say thanks! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013 via mobile

Viva Cafe serves the best eggs Benedict in Cape Town. Great vegetarian options. Excellent coffee. Great service.

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Thank Lionel B
Benedikt S, Owner at Viva Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for always supporting us Lionel! Good luck with everything! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gastropub
Meals
Dinner
Good for
Groups
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Studio 30, Somerset Square | Highfield Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 418 2619
Description
Viva is an intimate café with great coffee and brilliant food. Gourmet sandwiches, indulgent breakfast and salads galore. Great vibes and huge innovative plans for the future. WATCH THIS SPACE !!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?