Still Cape Town’s favourite French crêperie

… just voted in the 10 most Instagrammable cafés in the world by Lifestyle Asia
… and included in the Top 200 Cape experiences in Inside Guide’s first-ever print edition!

Oh là là!

Thanks to all your love – and despite the crazy year(s) we’ve had – Swan is still standing, our doors are open and we are back to serving your favourite authentic French crêpes and galettes.

Our online shop still stocks a selection of Swan merchandise, gifts and our famous crêpe cake.

We always look forward to sharing some Swan Café love with you.

À bientôt!

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Bonjour… Welcome to Cape Town’s first authentic Parisian Crêperie

Step into Swan… a café and crêperie transported straight from a Paris sidewalk with an air of bonhomie, a look of South Bank chic, waiters in Breton stripes and the pièce de résistance: amazing crêpes, as thin as a French mademoiselle, as full bodied as a mythological Leda with a flick of cream, a wink of cinnamon and an oh là là of chocolate. For the guilty and gluten-free there are sinfully good-for-you savoury buckwheat-based galettes. And to accentuate it all: exclusively blended teas with names like French Kiss, Paris Je T’aime, Teint de Pêche and Royal Rouge; steeped in the perfume of Paris, sipped with the promise of ‘encore’… you’ll be back for more.


Cape Town’s East City Precinct, design district & historical town centre
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Sweet crêpes
Savoury galettes
French pastries
Swan Café exclusive tea blends
Damn Fine Coffee

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A French Affair


French born and raised, Jessica Rushmere has lived in Cape Town for over 20 years. A former international model, originator of the legendary La Petite Tarte restaurant and a sought after fashion and image consultant, she has channelled her quirky irreverent style, trained eye for detail and impeccable taste into Swan, Cape Town’s first authentic crêperie.


The love child of nostalgia and a very French passion for healthy indulgence, Swan brings to the capital of cool, a delicious piece of Paris.

Jessica Rushmere

Swan Café Specialities

Sweet Crêpes

Our freshly whipped up crêpes are served with velvet chocolate, a dangerous dash of cream, dripping in salted caramel, sprinkled with cinnamon and so much more. Whatever the thrilling in your filling, you’re invited to dance with deliciousness, “Darling, je vous aime beaucoup, I love you, yes I do…”

Nutella crepe, Swan Cafe, whatsonincapetown
Savoury Galettes

Our gluten-free buckwheat-based galettes (savoury crêpes) with a variety of fillings – always seasonal and locally sourced – offer simply satisfying guilt-free goodness, so you don’t have to choose between heaven and health.


Try our famous Croque Madame for the very best brunch in town!

Croque Madame Galette - Swan Café - image: Micky Hoyle
Cider, Beer & Wine

We are now fully licenced, bravo!

In France it is traditional to pair a galette or crêpe with cider served in a bolée (little bowl).

We are also famous for our Mimosas.


We do it the French way!

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mimosas at Swan Café - image: Micky Hoyle
Speciality Teas

Flirt with Lady Grey, savour a French Kiss, celebrate Christmas in July, indulge in Paris Je t’aime, blush with Royal Rouge… Our exclusive range of teas blended in collaboration with Nigiro Tea Merchants promise evocative aromas, delicate tastes and an unforgettable experience.

Swan Café tea selection - image: Micky Hoyle
Damn Fine Coffee

Our Damn Fine Coffee is hand sourced from the best micro artisanal roaster on the False Bay Coast.

Très bon.

Damn Fine Coffee at Swan Café - image: Micky Hoyle
Bon Appétit!

As we like to say…

Contact us
Opening Hours

Tues to Fri: 8:00 to 15:00
Saturday: 8:00 to 15:00
Sunday and public holidays: 9:00 to 14:00
Mondays: closed

Find Us

Corner Buitenkant & Barrack Street,
Zonnebloem, Cape Town

Private Functions & Shoots

Come to us or we’ll come to you! Give us a tinkle and we’ll make your occasion special!

Hire out our venue for special occasions or shoots.