Breezeblock Café

  29 Chiswick St, Brixton      +27 76 705 3992     26 Apr 2023
This quirky 1970s retro-styled cafe brings some old-school charm to the historic suburb of Brixton. Owner David du Preez, who lives in the neighbourhood, has decorated his dream cafe using recycled materials and restored furniture found in dumps and at yard sales. The name Breezeblock comes from the neatly painted 1970s breezeblocks lining its sunny courtyard

Inspired by the landscape and architecture of the suburb of Brixton, which sits atop one of Joburg's many rocky hills, as well as by the indigenous flora found in Brixton's Kingston Frost Park, the cafe is flooded with light and potted aloes abound. Elements of local architecture, such as breeze blocks and pressed steel ceilings, have been re-purposed and given a fresh lease with a new coat of paint while other items have found new functions, such as the Oregon pine wood floor that du Preez restored to use as wooden wall tiles.

The overall impression is of a warm and inviting space that has become a meeting spot for Brixton denizens. It's the kind of friendly, easy-going neighbourhood hangout that you would expect to find in a much smaller town than Joburg. The friendly chef at the helm of Breezeblock is Mantis Shabane, who joined early 2023 and is always cooking up new dishes, cocktails and ideas in the kitchen. Breezeblock also offers catering options. 

The menu offers up unpretentious home-style meals and comfort food. Breezeblock also excels at baked goods. 

Above the restaurant is the office of du Preez’s business partner and architect Thomas Chapman, founder of sustainable urban transformation and preservation firm Local Studio, who are known for their work on new landmark spaces.

Read about our roaming office day spent at Breezeblock


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Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Live Music



Open 07:00–16:00, Sat and Sun 08:00–16:00.


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