Cape Town’s favourite French crêperie 6 years running

In 2024, Swan turns 6!


We’ve been voted in the 10 most Instagrammable cafés in the world by Lifestyle Asia…

Listed in Inside Guide’s best breakfast spots for 4 years…

… and included in the Top 200 Cape experiences in Inside Guide’s 1st-ever print edition!

Oh là là!

Swan Café brings the magic of Paris to the city of Cape Town, serving you authentic French crêpes and gluten-free, savoury galettes. We also offer an exclusive tea range, artisanal coffee and brunch all day! Give us a tinkle and we’ll make your occasion special!

Hire out our venue for special occasions or shoots! For more info contact:

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 sexy salads. 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
Brunch all day
Swan Café exclusive tea blends
Artisanal 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
Bubbles, Cider & Beer

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

We are also popular for our Mimosas.


We do it the French way!

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 promise evocative aromas, delicate tastes and an unforgettable experience.


Your heart will be dancing with delight!

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. Some say the best in Cape Town… we may just agree!

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

As we like to say…

Contact us

Reservations: Please WhatsApp 079 45 44 758
For more than 10 people: Please email

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat: 8:00 to 15:00
Sunday and public holidays: 9:00 to 14:00

Find Us

Corner Buitenkant & Barrack Street,
Zonnebloem, Cape Town

Private Functions & Shoots

Give us a tinkle and we’ll make your occasion special!

Hire out our venue for special occasions or shoots.