Harbour Café

the first restaurant in Cape Town's harbour

A harbour tea-room opened on this premises in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in 1902, later known as the The Crow's Nest. In 1903 the first restaurant in Cape Town's harbour, named the Harbour Café opened here. It was built on Erf 1, the same location as Cape Town's first post office. This historic site is still home to a restaurant today, the Hildebrand.

The site was one of the first segregated public facilities in Cape Town.

Harbour Cafe

Hildebrand Restaurant (Harbour Café) (photo: QVRP, Creative Commons license)


  • Decimal degrees: -33.905744 (Latitude) 18.421169 (Longitude)
  • Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: S33 54 20 (Latitude) E18 25 16 (Longitude)
  • GPS: S 33 54.345 (Latitude) E 18 25.270 (Longitude)
  • UTM: 34S 261557 (X) 6245300 (Y)
  • Above sea level: 13 ft / 4 m

... also in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.


  • QVRP. 2012. Harbour Café. QVRP.
  • Worden, N. & Van Heyningen,E. 1996. Signs of the Times: Tourism and Public History at Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Cahiers d'Études Africaines 36:215-236.