Despite the ongoing revamp of Sea Point as Cape Town’s chic central, there are very few places where you can take in stunning Atlantic and mountain views on the same level. Latitude Café, a rooftop bar and restaurant housed on the 9th floor of Latitude Aparthotel, is one of them. The space teems with the sort of chilled resort-style living that Cape town is known for. Lazy lunches that spill into dinner, sundowners during golden hour, and filling eats that come stylishly plated. Benn Ndzoyiya popped in for a visit to get the full scope.
The rooftop space on Kings road in Sea Point has managed to keep it classy without taking themselves too seriously, providing a lovely spot to unwind and soak up the sun from on high.
Up here, the surrounding slick architecture with touches of wood and indigenous cactus makes an urban impact without distracting from Sea Point’s skyline.
A small indoor seating space is decorated with modern boho and earthy design elements and loads of greenery where natural light takes centre stage.
If you’re there during sunset, expect golden rays to wash in while creating a beautiful setting. Of course the cosy outdoor seats and loungers around the pool area and deck fill up faster than Rocking the Daisies, so advance reservations are highly recommended.
Food and drink
With the trend of overly complicated restaurant dining slowly dying, Latitude Café is another eatery that strips away the fuss in favour of more wholesome grub made with local produce. They’ve kept the menu to the point and anchored mainly in South African cuisine with a few modern influences.
Think samp and bean arancini with biltong floss or dainty samoosas to go along with your cocktails. Or how about hearty bobotie for mains or well-cooked ribeye drizzled with zippy chimichurri that’s sure to go over easy, and a few other options?
And if that doesn’t paint enough of a picture, Braai evenings run every Friday to Sunday from 12pm to closing time. Here you can bring on the shisha feels albeit in a refined surround and tuck into grilled boerewors, chicken sosatie, steak, selection of veg and pap as sides. Vegans can opt for the Veg Board with freshly grilled cauli steak, mushroom skewers, mielie, and more.
For those mornings when you’re out of ideas for breakfast spots to try, the restaurant in Sea Point gives outsiders the chance to tag along and try their hotel breakfast spread. A hotel breakfast voucher includes a two-course breakfast including drinks at a modest price.
Lighter brunch options come via gourmet salads and sandwiches with a twist on dietary consciousness that goes well with mimosas or your cocktail of choice.
Latitude Café’s considered approach extends to the drinks list, too. On the cards are respected South African wine labels, beers, a good range of spirits, and more.
The mixology team has experimented to a degree with the cocktails on offer, but only recently unveiled their first seasonal signature cocktail.
Try the Sunset Bliss which is a heady mix capturing Cape Town summer in a glass. Fresh watermelon juice carries this drink along with curated local spirits such as Inverroche and grenadine for a touch of sweetness. The drink perfectly captures the outdoor living of Latitude Café while serving as an ultimate cool-off for warmer weather.
If you’re looking for a great spot for date night or post-work meets with a degree of refinement that won’t break, give Latitude Cafe a try.
Opening times: Mon to Fri, 7:30am to 10pm | Sat & Sun, 8am to 10pm
Address: 58 Burg Street, Cape Town