Crepes are a type of very thin pancakes served with a variety of fillings which are commonly added to the centre. This delightful food is best served with coffee, tea, buttermilk, and cider. And because crepes are such a favourite breakfast meal or dessert here in the Mother City, we made a list of the Top 5 Places to Eat Crêpes in Cape Town.

#1 Swan Café

Location: Corner of Buitenkant and Barrack Streets, Zonnebloem 

Located on the corner of Buitenkant and Barrack Streets, Swan Café is a little French style eatery in town that offers great crepes in a beautiful setting. This sweet stopover is known for its creative interior, delicious food, and very good coffee. This Parisian crêperie is a quaint little place — beautifully decorated and styled. The café’s ambiance is very pleasant with hanging red bird cages, and walls adorned with digital swan wallpaper and art. It is a cool place to hang out with friends and soak in the French chic vibe.

On the menu are a variety of savoury and sweet crêpes, plus delicious coffee and an interesting tea selection. At Swan Café, all crêpes are made from scratch daily and are served with a dash of cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. The galletes are made of gluten-free buckwheat flour, served with Swan side salad. The unique fillings include delicious ingredients such as blue cheese, orange sauce, fresh thyme, and toasted flaked almonds.

Swan Café is open from 8AM to 4PM on Mondays to Fridays. And from 8AM to 2PM on Saturdays.
Visit swancafe.co.za for more information.

#2 Ta-Da! Crêperie and Coffee Bar

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Location: 37 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay

Ta-Da! Crêperie and Coffee Bar is a little gem at The Boardroom Adventure Centre, along Victoria Avenue in Hout Bay. With its quaint and colourful interiors and relaxed shaded outdoor seating, Ta-Da! makes wonderful sweet and savoury crêpes and other delicious food.

Popular for their great coffee, friendly service, and delicious crêpes, this pet-friendly crêperie claims to be the best coffee and breakfast destination in Hout Bay. Savoury crêpe fillings include spinach, sun-dried tomato, feta, olives, and jalapeño peppers. The sweet crêpe fillings include honey, cinnamon, and homemade fudge. Ta-da!’s sought-after crêpes come in generous sizes with rather amusing names. And because this wonderful crêperie is located along the popular Atlantic seaboard cycle route, it makes for a perfect pit-stop.

Ta-da! is open from 7:30AM to 8:30PM. They close at 5PM on Sundays and Mondays
Follow the Ta-Da! Facebook page for more information.

Related: Ten Top Cape Town Courtyard Cafés

#3 The Big Box Café

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Location: 18 Roeland St, Cape Town City Centre 

Experience fantastic French hospitality, play fun board games, enjoy delicious crêpes and wonderful Tribe coffee at The Big Box Café! A brainchild of Eric and Emilie Breteau, The Big Box is a sister company of La Grosse Boite, a board games café in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast of France. This unique café is the first of its kind in Cape Town.

At The Big Box Café, you can play different board games while enjoying freshly-made crêpes with savoury and sweet fillings in a relaxed, fun environment. They have an incredible selection of unusual and engaging board games. Some of the classics such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Battleship, and Chess are also available. Playing games at the café is free. You can also purchase games at the café or on their website, ranging from R99 to R1 000. The games on offer change frequently so that you can come across a new game each time you visit. They also host a variety of themed evenings and events like the all-night game sessions. The Big Box Café is truly a great spot for a fun, quirky evening out with friends.

The Big Box Café is open Mondays to Wednesdays from  8AM to 5PM, Thursdays and Fridays from 8AM to 10PM, and Saturdays from 10AM to 10PM

Visit thebigbox.co.za for more information.

#4 Den Anker

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Location: Pierhead, V & A Waterfront

Situated on the quayside of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is one of the city’s oldest and best-loved restaurants, Den Anker. This popular Belgian beer house and restaurant not only offers picturesque views of the harbour and Table Mountain but also an extensive menu with a strong emphasis on seasonal dishes and fresh seafood. Den Anker is a good place to get a light lunch or an evening meal and they offer the best dessert — crêpes which are flambéed at the table.

Den Anker is open Mondays to Sundays from 11AM to 12PM
Visit www.denanker.co.za for more information.

#5 Skinny Legs Café

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Location: 70 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre

Skinny Legs Café offers you a more health-conscious approach to your crêpe indulgence. Their Buckwheat pancakes are a great alternative option to the usual gluten-based crêpes. And they taste just as delicious! The savoury fillings are very unique such as creamed feta, rose harissa, and minted pea puree. And you should try one of their yummy freshly-squeezed juices.

Skinny Legs Café is open Mondays to Fridays from 7AM to 4PM, and Saturdays from 8:30AM to 2PM.
Follow the Skinny Legs Café Facebook page for more information.

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Wolfgat Restaurant of the Year 2019

A small restaurant just outside of Cape Town has won the sought-after title of Restaurant of the Year 2019. No, not just in South Africa, in the world! That’s right, we have the best restaurant in the world right on our doorstep.

Their beginnings were humble and the mastermind behind the concept, Kobus van der Merwe, aims to keep it simplistic and authentic. After winning the award he said that he won’t be pushing up prices just because of the global stamp of approval. He feels that his victory was an achievement for the whole African content.

World Class Cuisine on the West Coast

Chef Kobus van der Merwe only started cooking seriously at age 30. His team consists of six members (mostly female) and they don’t have any formal training. He opened the restaurant in 2016. A 130-year-old cottage houses the restaurant, with a historically significant cave on the property as well. The restaurant is right on the Paternoster beach.

Kobus believes in using freshly sourced ingredients. Every day the team forages for products from the wild Atlantic shore. He also makes his own butter and bread on site. He creates unique seven-course tasting menus, at R850 per person. It’s a fraction of the price you would pay at a top-notch Parisian restaurant.

The menu includes seasonal veldkos, sustainable seafood, plus local lamb and venison. Seaweed from the local rock pools, wild herbs, and other products from his own sustainable garden further enhances the dishes.

Wolfgat only serves 20 diners per seating. This way the team can keep it sustainable. All the indigenous ingredients are specific to the West Coast location. He calls it his Strandveld food menu. At the World Restaurant Awards in Paris, Kobus impressed the judges with his dedication to sustainable cooking, and his back-to-basics style. The 38-year-old chef feels greatly humbled by the award.

The Wolfgat Team Impresses Internationals

Kobus has gathered a team that shares his dream of sustainable cooking. After receiving the award, he was eager to head home to celebrate with them, over a glass of South African sparkling wine. Every day they help him to gather the succulents, dune spinach, and herbs needed to create his masterpieces.

The special seasonal tasting menu includes dishes such as angelfish with bokkom sambal and wild garlic masala, limpets, mussels and sea vegetables, twice-cooked laver (seaweed), and more. Wolfgat also received the award for best “Off Map Destination” restaurant.

At Wolfgat the team works together with no kitchen hierarchy, everyone is involved each step of the way to create world-class cuisine. Your dining experience will include a team member explaining to you the dish you are eating, elaborating on the sourcing and preparation.

Wolfgat Restaurant of the Year 2019

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Years of Culinary Passion Captured

After school he studied at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, one of the best chef schools in the world. But he only completed one year of the two-year diploma programme, deciding to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Kobus was also a former EatOut webeditor. It reawakened his passion for fine dining after meandering away from it for a few years. At 30 he decided to make a shift in his career, focusing on cooking. Although he’s influenced by spicy local Cape Malay cooking, his philosophy is to keep the ingredients as pure and untreated as possible. He calls it “hyper local cuisine”.

In 2010 his parents bought the restaurant Oep ve Koep in Paternoster, and this gave Kobus the opportunity to experiment with sustainable culinary options. For seven years he worked with his parents to build the business. It gave him the perfect platform to prepare for his own culinary venture in 2016.

New Awards Include Affordable Dining

This was the first World Restaurant Awards ceremony. It was set up by Joe Warwick, one of the 50 Best Restaurants list founders. It included affordable dining options, focusing on more dining diversity plus unique eateries.

The 50 Best Restaurants list often leans strongly towards giving French cuisine preference, these new awards strive to have a strong focus on “diversity and integrity”. Their judging panel portrays this, it consists of 50 women and 50 men. They also have tongue-in-cheek awards such as “Tattoo-free chef of the year”, won by Alain Ducasse (France) and “Tweezer-free kitchen of the year” won by Bo.lan (Bangkok).

The judges include Rene Redzepi from Denmark’s Noma restaurant, the cookbook king Yotam Ottolenghi, and Clare Smyth, the Northern Irish chef that was the first female chef to win three Michelin stars in Britain. Judges were gathered across the globe, from 37 different countries in total. Their focus was on integrity and excellence.

Wolfgat Restaurant of the Year 2019

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A Restaurant on a Mystical Cave

The world-famous restaurant is situated above the Wolfgat cave. This location holds special meaning to Kobus, with the site holding a wealth of archaeological and geological significance. The Wolfgat cave holds archaeological finds over 2 000 years old. Various ancient artefacts were found including beads and stones, ceramics, ostrich eggshell, bones, and marine shell. Bedding and hearths are also possibly buried here.

John Parkington, a leading archaeologist, says that the Wolfgat cave is a vast chamber that lies under a remarkably large calcrete shelf. According to him underground stream erosion formed the cave, which eroded the softer sand under the cemented shelf. The locals believe that its underground passages meander kilometres into the surrounding land, possibly as far as the Cape Columbine reserve.

Wolfgat Restaurant of the Year 2019

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Book Your Seat Now

Wolfgat captures the rustic beauty of the West Coast. The interior is simplistic, yet elegant. It has a fireplace, perfect to create a cosy atmosphere for an intimate winter dining setting. And the stunning views of the ocean complements the delicious food. You can watch the fishermen in their brightly coloured boats as you nibble on food from the very same waters.

The word has spread fast about this amazing secret restaurant, book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Visit www.wolfgat.co.za for more information.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town with Kids

Cape Town is full of great family-friendly activities. Whether your kids are outdoor fans, or prefer indoor fun – you will be able to keep them occupied for hours. Also read our post Top 10 Things to Do with your Family in Cape Town for more ideas.

#1 Putt-Putt with a Unique Spin

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Putt-putt has been around for decades, and maybe your kids think that it’s not cool enough anymore. Well, surprise them with an outing to glow in the dark putt-putt! The luminous 3D course features 3D murals, plus UV and disco lights. The unique experience includes playing with special imported 3D glasses. You can also book out the event room for private functions. The beauty of putt-putt is that everyone can enjoy it. The owners boast with their wide range of players – the youngest was one-and-a-half, and the oldest 84!

Location: Milnerton

Opening hours:
Mondays closed | Tuesdays to Thursdays only open for bookings
Fridays –  13:00 to 20:00 | Saturdays –  10:00 to 20:00 | Sundays – 10:00 to 16:00  

Visit www.glowingrooms.co.za

#2 Connect with the Outdoors

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It’s always a nice adventure to go on a small road trip with your family. Situated on a Stellenbosch wine estate, the Vredenheim Animal Farm is a great outdoor experience. Activities include a petting zoo with farm animals, tractor rides, and thrilling interactions with lions in the Big Cats Park. There are also expansive play areas with jungle gyms and sandpits.

Location: Vredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch 

Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 to 16:00
                                (check Facebook page for school holiday opening times)
                Lion Park: Monday to Sunday – 09:00 to 17:00 | Game drives: 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Visit www.vredenheimanimalfarm.co.za (Animal Farm) or www.vredenheim.co.za (Lion Park)

#3 Swim with the Fishes

An outing to the Two Ocean Aquarium is a firm favourite of many holiday plans. But you can now schedule an even more up close and personal experience with the Ocean Experience in the I&J Ocean Exhibit of the Aquarium. No diving experience needed, you can snorkel with your kids to explore the wonderful underwater world. Just bring your bathing suit (and an underwater camera if you have one) the aquarium will provide you with a towel, wetsuit and a snorkelling kit.  

Location: Two Oceans Aquarium | V&A Waterfront

Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Fridays – arrive at 12:00, experience starts at 12:30

Click here for more information

#4 Watch African Penguins

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Boulder’s Beach is officially Africa’s only penguin colony. The area has been transformed into a space to safely view the penguins in their natural habitat, without disturbing them, with walkways overlooking the beach. Throughout the day penguins come and go from this sanctuary spot, but the best times to see a lot of them are early mornings or late afternoons. There is an entrance fee of R75 (Adults) and R40 (Children)

Location: Kleintuin Road | Simon’s Town

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 08:00 to 18:30 (Summer) | 08:00 to 17:00 (Winter)

Click here for more information

#5 Paintertainment

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The Art Jamming studios coined the term and it makes perfect sense! Playing with paint is definitely entertaining. Let your kids tap into their creative nature. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess. Great experience for developing creative skills, as well as a safe space for care-free expression. They cater to kids from 8 months and older.

Location: V&A Waterfront and Durbanville

Opening hours: Monday to Sundays 09:00 – 19:00

Visit www.artjamming.co.za

#6 A Pirate for a Day

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Did you know that there’s a real life pirate ship that sets sail every day from the V&A Waterfront? The Jolly Roger caters to both adults and kids. The ship is commandeered by a team of “pirates”, so for a moment your kids can immerge themselves in a great fantasy world. There’s also a special pirate show. Remember to keep an eye out for dolphins or whales!

Location: V&A Waterfront

Opening hours:
September to end April 10:00 – 12:00 | 12:30 – 14:30 | 15:00 – 17:00
May to end August 10:00 – 12:00 | 13:00 – 15:00

Find out more about their kiddies parties

#7 A Ride like No Other

Have you seen the movie Cool Runnings? Well, if you head over to its local namesake, you can recreate your own movie moment with your kids. It’s the first tobogganing track in South Africa. The 1.2km track winds its way down the mountain, offering you the opportunity to set the speed pace. This unique thrill can be experienced by kids aged 8 and older, as well as adults. The sleds can take two people at a time, so you can accompany your child for a unique shared experience.

Location: Opposite the Bellville Velodrome| Carl Cronje Drive | Bellville 

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 12:00 – 18:00 | Weekends 09:00 – 18:00
                                Closed on Mondays, except school holidays

Visit coolrunnings.capetown

#8 A Day on a Farm

Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town with Kids

The Oude Molen Eco Village is tucked away on the edge of the city, offering city dwellers a moment of rural delight. There are various companies housed in the enclosed area, with a few offering kid-friendly activities. The Eco Theatre introduces the kids to the wonder of honeybees, earthworms, and many other natural delights. It’s a great hands-on experience. Food Garden Village is a community orientated vegetable garden project to participate in. The Oude Molen Stables offers pony and wagon rides, as well as riding lessons. Pop in at the Play Shed for a refreshing cuppa while the kids enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas. Or go to Oom Daan se Plaas for a picnic/braai and a swim. And Yes We Can offers both sport and cultural activities.

Location: Alexandra Road | Oude Molen Eco Village  

Opening hours: dependant on tenant

Visit www.oudemolenecovillage.co.za

#9 Birds Galore

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The World of Birds is the largest African bird park with more than 3 000 birds and small animals. View 400 bird species with 100 walk-through aviaries. There is also a picnic area with a playground, next to the flamingos. A fun must-do activity: playing with the monkeys.

Location: Valley Road | Hout Bay  

Opening hours: All Year Round – 09:00 to 17:00

Visit www.worldofbirds.org.za

#10 Adventure Junkies in The Making

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Downhill Adventures offers a unique outing, sandboarding. The Atlantis Sand Dunes, situated on the West Coast just over an hour away, is the ideal playground for kids who enjoy the outdoors. The team will familiarize you with the basic tricks of sandboarding, and then you can challenge the kids in a downhill marathon!

Visit www.downhilladventures.com

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Cape Town’s natural beauty is awe inspiring. And the best thing about it, is that it’s entwined in the cityscape. Instead of roughing it up on dirt roads, you can hit a tar road and soak up the mesmerizing scenery whizzing by. But beware, you won’t be the only one hitting the road, so choose the timing of your scenic drive in Cape Town carefully.

As with all major cities, mornings and afternoons are the peak traffic times. And over the weekends roads can become heavily congested on a beautiful sunny day. But even if you get stuck in traffic, the epic landscapes will keep you entertained. Cape Town scenic drives offer you it all – meandering bends, panoramic views, and engineering feats.

The Best Scenic Drives in Cape Town

Whether you are simply driving from one activity to the next, or you plan a scenic drive in Cape Town – the spectacular views along the way are an awesome bonus!

Chapman’s Peak Drive

This one is the big honcho of scenic drives in Cape Town. The locals refer to the 15km (9 miles) drive as Chappies. It has a total of 114 curves! The road’s name is in remembrance of John Chapman, a Captain’s mate of an English ship called the Consent, which arrived in Hout Bay in 1607. In 1915 planning of the mountain-hugging road started. It was officially opened on May 6, 1922. The road was re-engineering to prevent rock falls, and reopened in December 2003. To maintain the road, a small toll fee is required, R31.00 for motor cycles and R47.00 for motors.

During turbulent weather, the road is closed for safety reasons. There is also regular maintenance projects to keep the cliffs stable. The road hugs the cliffs, with sheer drops to the expansive Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There are various lookout spots along the way for you to pause and admire the view.

Visit www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za for more information and to keep up to date with road closures.

Victoria Road

This winding ocean scenic drive in Cape Town lies on the other side of the Chapman’s Peak drive. It’s almost as winding as its cousin, with just as much mountain and ocean wonder. A few of the highlights include an expansive view of Llandudno near the Suikerbossie Drive, the magnificent Twelve Apostles, and Lion’s Head in the distance. You’ll catch different glimpses of the breath taking scenery in both directions.

Boyes Drive

This is a short drive, so you’ll have to go slow to soak up all the beauty. It is an alternative to the bottom coastal road linking the little coastal neighbourhoods of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenberg. Elevated above the ocean, you’ll find yourself staring in pure awe at the rolling waves of Muizenberg. As you round the bend back towards the city, the Constantia valley will charm you with its own picturesque mountain views.

You can also extend this drive past Fish Hoek towards Simon’s Town, if you prefer ocean views over mountains. Although, you can’t really escape the mountains, they continue to hug the road on the one side. Follow the M65 further towards Misty Cliffs and Scarborough for a truly nature-filled outing. Here you’ll find the mountains change to rocky cliffs, instead of the rolling green hills found closer to the city. The road also leads to Cape Point and the lonesome Kommetjie lighthouse.

R44 from Gordon’s Bay

This one you can keep for a weekend getaway, or simply a daytrip. Travel on the N2 towards Gordon’s Bay and swing away from the main highway onto the R44. Another winding scenic drive in Cape Town, with the mountain on the one side and the expansive Atlantic Ocean on the other. Take your time and pull over regularly for epic Instagram shots. You’ll spot Table Mountain across False Bay. Get ready to inundate your eyes with the wild blue ocean and lush green mountains! You can follow the road all the way to Hermanus, or stop at one of the other little coastal towns along the way such as Kleinmond or Betty’s Bay.

If you want to create a loop trip, travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass on the N2, and the R43 towards Hermanus and do the coastal road on your way there or back.

Cape Town to Melkbosstrand

The West Coast road has its own unique charm. It’s not as dramatic as the other scenic drives in Cape Town, but on your way back into the city, you will be intrigued with Table Mountain following you all the way, steadily “growing” bigger and bigger as you near the city again. Stick to the R27 coastal road that will take you past the most popular kite surfing spots as well.

On the lonely stretch out of the city there are various little beaches you can stop at to soak up the mountain views. If you get the timing right for your scenic drive, you’ll catch a stunning sunset across the Bay.

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Tafelberg Road to Signal Hill

This one is a great little mini scenic drive in Cape Town. The Tafelberg Road hugs the side of Table Mountain next to the bottom Aerial Cableway station. After the steep winding road, you will be greeted by one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in all its glory. Follow the road past the cableway station towards its end next to Devils Peak. On one side the mountain looms up next to you, and on the other the city lies in the valley.

Plan your trip just before sunset to watch the sun colour the mountain and then the city lights popping up. Or you can drive towards the other side on the Signal Hill Road, across Kloof Nek road, to watch the sun set across the ocean.

A Little Bit Further

We’ll let you in on a little secret, the mountain views outside the city are almost more mesmerizing than the ones within the city borders!

Cape Town to Worcester

The N2 highway (toll road) will take you through the Huguenot Tunnel towards the Du Toits Kloof pass. Get ready to catch your breath when you exist the tunnel, the mountains in the valley are spectacular. You can also use the alternative routes to bypass the toll road, offering you an even more scenic drive.

Worcester to Swellendam

Not as famous as its cousin, Route 62, but this scenic drive is just as stunning. The route travels through unspoiled nature reserves and the looming Matroosberg Mountain range. Eventually the road will lead you to the Bree River, with lush vineyards along the way. Create an alternative loop back to see as much as possible of the Klein Karoo on your trip.

Most Scenic Drives in Cape Town

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the skin co

After five years of extensive research and product development at some of the biggest global laboratories, The Skin Co. opened their first store in January 2019, in Green Point, near the Cape Royale hotel. This original South African concept is the first ingestible cosmetic health food bar in the world. The new age skin, health and beauty company offers their beauty products in store, as well as online. They believe they are the future of skin and aim to revolutionize the beauty industry, offering 100% natural products.

The shop’s crisp décor perfectly complements the unique skin care range. Their use of wood and hanging plants, contrasted with white walls, create a sense of earthy purity as you step inside. Combining the beauty products with a health food bar offers patrons a unique way to engage with the brand.

Superfoods Meet Science

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The Skin Co’s philosophy is that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body. It’s a world-first, all the ingredients used in their beauty products are ingestible. At the health bar the food and juices are enhanced with three main cosmetic ingestibles: Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Resveratrol. Each of these add their own super power to your meal or juice.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s in various body parts such as your ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skin. It provides your skin with its structure. A supplement can give your skin a much needed boost. It can also strengthen your hair and nails, preventing brittleness, plus increase the growth. The Skin Co. uses collagen sourced from fish, because of its higher quality.

Hyaluronic Acid increases hydration. Sufficiently hydrated skin has smoother, plumper skin cells. When the skin retains moisture, the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced. Skin that is properly hydrated and protected also has increased skin cell production.

Resveratrol forms part of the polyphenols group of compounds. These act in a similar way to antioxidants, protecting your body against various damage risks. It’s an antimicrobial substance which plants produce in response to infection, stress, or strong UV radiation. This gives the compound powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

Vegan Natural Cold Pressed Skincare

The restaurant has created gourmet plant-based, seasonal and locally sourced Fairtrade dishes. All of the dishes include one or more of the cosmetic ingestibles. These are food grade and 100% safe for human consumption. Although their meals are ultra healthy, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Meals range between R65 to R120.

To whet your appetite, the breakfast options include: Active Tofu – Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Acid infused tofu hollandaise, wilted spinach, asparagus, and toast. Blueberry Flapjacks – Hyaluronic Acid vanilla vegan cashew ice cream, banana, blueberries, and strawberries.

And for lunch: HA Bowl (Hyaluronic Acid) double Hyaluronic Acid, saffron and citrus infused fennel, herbed quinoa, coriander, spring onion, tahini, soy and roasted sesame Hyaluronic Acid oil emulsion. Charcoal Brioche Burger Trio – 1. Hyaluronic Acid crispy tofu, 2. Collagen falafel, 3. Resveratrol mushroom topped with caramelized onions, smashed avo, oven roasted button mushroom, truffle vegan aioli, and coriander pesto.

Formulations from the Earth

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Cold Pressed Skin combines the science and the food, to create an active superfood skincare range. This skincare range is pure juice for your skin. Currently they are focusing on six main products. The ingredients include cold-pressed cosmetic oils and extracts. And all the ingredients are natural, raw, vegan, and cruelty-free. These products are full of bio actives, antioxidants, and skin-loving phytonutrients. The products are suitable for all skin types. The oils are also safe for use during pregnancy and suitable for all skin types.

Superfood Age-Reset Brightening Serum (R 450.00) Key ingredients: Acai • Goji • Alfalfa • Pomegranate • Squalane • Multivitamin Phyto-Retinol Plant Stem Cell Complex

Youth Juice Antioxidant Superfood Cleanser (R 300.00) Key ingredients: Kale • Broccoli • Cucumber • Aloe Vera • Green Tea • Moringa • Multivitamin Phyto-Complex • Squalane

Superberry Vitamin C Probiotic Face Mist (R 300.00) Key ingredients: Acai • Goji • Hibiscus • Rose • Watermelon • Lentil • Multivitamin Phyto-Complex • Probiotic

Urban Combat Green Superfood Moisturiser (R 500.00) Key ingredients: Kale • Algae • Broccoli • Activated Moss • Green Tea • Multivitamin Phyto-Complex • Phytosterols

Rare Berry Elixir Face Oil (R 450.00) Key ingredients: Acai • Goji • Alfalfa • Pomegranate • Maracuja • Moringa • Multivitamin phyto-complex • Phytosterols

Body Juice Superfood Body Oil (R 450.00) Key ingredients: Acai • Maracuja • Pomegranate • Squalane • Rosehip • Coconut • Multivitamin phyto-complex • • Alfalfa • High dose Vitamin C

To read more about the products, click here.

Advanced Natural Skin & Body Care

Together with the Cold Pressed Skin range , Instinctive by Nature is a natural skincare and beauty collection created from advanced natural and organic formulas. It promotes long term skin health. Again, all ingredients are natural, raw, vegan, and cruelty-free. It consists of a range of tanning and antioxidant body oils, and slimming lotions.

These are designed with a plant stem cell system which targets fat cells while protecting and regenerating the skin from UV damage. It also provides your skin with a boost of melanin production. The products are not instant self-tan but with regular use you can gain a more consist tan, without exposing your skin to the harsh African sun. You can also use it as sunscreen, to protect your skin.

To read more about the products, click here.

Visit The Skin Co. Now

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The Skin Co’s production facility is ECOCERT approved. It enhances the company’s vision to do as little harm as possible to the environment, while offering people high-quality, affordable products which are suitable for all skin types.

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First Thursdays has been a free public event in Cape Town since 2012. On the first Thursday of each month, the city is abuzz with art lovers. Inner city art galleries stay open till 9PM or later, with special events hosted specifically for the monthly fiesta. Other cultural events and live music shows are hosted at partnering venues.

It’s a great way to explore the inner city by foot. Soak up the awesome vibe, the Cape Town CBD truly comes alive on First Thursday! Together with the inspiring art showcase at the various galleries, the streets are filled with buskers and other artistic acts.

What is First Thursdays in Cape Town All About

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It’s all about embracing the creativity that the Mother City has to offer you. Below we’ve created little walking maps for you to plan your next First Thursdays expedition. In between saturating your eyes with beautiful art, we’ve also added a few restaurants that you can use as pit-stops.

The restaurants in the CBD also host special events for First Thursdays. Make sure you also pop in at The Station on Bree market. There’s no specific way to explore the galleries. The best way to plan your night, is to visit the website and browse through the upcoming exhibitions. Or you can sign up for the monthly newsletter to stay in the loop about the latest events hosted every month.

If you want to park at a central point to start your exploration adventure, the best First Thursday Parking is located at 58 Strand Street. But we would recommend that you Uber into the city, to enjoy a free glass of wine at the galleries, and not worry about the new Zero Tolerance Policy by the South African traffic department.

For more information visit first-thursdays.co.za or follow their Facebook Page for upcoming events.

Church Street Galleries

99 Loop Gallery | Corner of Church and Loop Streets

Chandler House | 53 Church Street

Philippa Green & Ida Elsje | 76 Church Street

Addis in Cape Restaurant | 41 Church Street

The Cape Gallery | 60 Church Street

WorldArt | 54 Church Street

SMITH | 56 Church Street

The Association for Visual Arts Gallery | 35 Church Street

Mozart on Church | 37 Church Street

Hokey Poke | 1 Church Street

Loop Street Galleries

The Village Idiot | 32 Loop Street

Durst Gallery of Art + Shark and Safari Café | 58 Loop Street

Ebony Curated | 67 Loop Street

The Botanical Bar | 160 Longmarket Street

Yours Truly on Loop | 63 Loop Street

91 Loop | Corner of Loop and Longmarket Streets

Tjing Tjing Torii | 165 Longmarket Street

Melting Pot (Pop-up Restaurant) | 83 Loop Street

Alliance Française du Cap | 155 Loop Street

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Long Street Galleries

Emerging Artist Programme at the SA Sendinggestig Museum | 40 Long Street

The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel | 38 Long Street

Mungo & Jemima | 108 Long Street

Ministry of Economic Opportunities | 142 Long Street

Beerhouse | 223 Long Street

Lower Bree Street Galleries

Ground Art Caffé | 160 Strand Street

THK Gallery | 52 Waterkant Street

Bastille | 30 Waterkant Street

Youngblood Gallery | 70-74 Bree Street

Mungo | 78 Hout Street

The Architect Gallery | 71 Hout Street

Aces ‘n Spades | 62 Hout Street

Avital Lang Studio & Gallery | 40 Dorp Street

The Gin Bar | 64A Wale Street

Eclectica Print Gallery and Eclectica Contemporary | 69 Burg Street

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Upper Bree Street Galleries

Gallery MOMO | 16 Buiten Street

Crust Café | 243 Bree Street

Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts | 186 Bree Street

Oribi Village | 19 Park Road

Unfiltered | 18 Kloof Street

Edge Glass Gallery & Cape Glass Studio | 29 Vredenburg Lane

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Simons Town 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Every city has a few really cool neighbourhoods that seem to have more than their fair share of history, arts and culture. As it turns out, Cape Town has more than a few. So we’ve put together a handful of our favourite must-see neighbourhoods in the Cape Town area. You’ll want to put aside at least a day to get to know these neighbourhoods or, even better, book into a guesthouse or B&B and fall in love with these local gems.

  1. Kalk Bay

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Kalk Bay has always been a cool neighbourhood, but now it’s official. In July 2018, it was named one of The 12 Coolest Cities around the World by Forbes magazine – and it beat London and New York in the process.

Much of Kalk Bay’s cool can be put down to its growth over the years that has been natural, organic and driven by the day-to-day dramas and activities of the locals who live and love this sleepy fishing village on Cape Town’s False Bay coastline.

Even if these days Kalk Bay looks more polished and tourist-friendly than it did in the old days, you won’t find a franchise or imposing high-rise hotel anywhere. What makes this town so gorgeously intriguing is its hodge-podge mix of historic building, cobble stone streets and love for colourful creativity that can be seen everywhere – in bohemian bric-a-brac shops, bookshops, nooks and crannies that stock vintage collectibles, and galleries bursting with art and antiques. Then there are the cafés and restaurants that offer a smorgasbord of eating experiences and culinary treats.

The quintessential things that make Kalk Bay unique in the world, are almost never out of sight – the ocean and mountain views, and colourful fishing boats that in many cases have been used by the same families that have fished False Bay for a hundred years or more.

If you need a bit of activity to burn off those Kalk Bay calories, you can hike the surrounding mountains or explore its caves with an experienced guide. Boomslang cave is popular with novice hikers and groups and the four kilometer hike takes about two hours.

Kalk Bay Theatre is the perfect way to end the day, but you’ll need to book your seat because most shows sell out quickly.

  1. Simon’s Town

Simons Town 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Simon’s Town is one of South Africa’s oldest towns and home to the South African Navy. Its rich maritime history is evident in its architectures, museums, eateries, and the servicemen and women in crisp white summer uniforms or the black and gold of winter.

A walk down Simon’s Town main road gives you the pick of quaint shops, restaurants and historic sites. These include Jubilee Square, the South African Naval Museum, and the Warrior Toy Museum. You won’t want to miss a visit to the statue in Jubilee Square of Just Nuisance – a famous Great Dane mix who became the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. You can visit his grave at the top of Red Hill where he was buried in 1944 with full military honours.

The other famous animal inhabitants of Simon’s Town can be found at Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African penguins who can be seen going about their daily lives in this spot sheltered by ancient boulders along the False Bay coastline.

If you’re after a bit of relaxation, Whale View Manor Day Spa are all about pampering you. And for those after adventure, there’s everything from sailing, cycling, hiking and kayaking, to shark cage dives and ghost walks.

  1. Bo-Kaap

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You will find Bo-Kaap above the city of Cape Town at the foot of Signal Hill and you’ll know when you’ve arrived. Cube houses of tangerine, mint green, candy floss pink and baby blue, wind up hills and down cobbled streets. They’ve been around since the 1760s when they were originally built and leased to freed slaves, most of whom had come from Malaysia and Indonesia. Many of the present day residents in this must-see neighbourhood can trace their roots back a hundreds or more and this why so many of the traditional customs and flavours live on in this unique area.

A good place to start is with a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum for a look at the history of the area and the life of a typical Malay family. There are also a number of colourful mosques in the area – the Auwal Mosque was the first ever established in South Africa. From the museum there is a 20-minute audio tour guided by Shereen Habib whose family has lived there for almost a century.

You can also sign up for a half-day cooking course given by Cape Fusion Tours and take home skills that will allow you to keep enjoying the Cape Malay flavours of Bo-Kaap.

  1. Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha 5 Must-See Cape Town Neighbourhoods

Khayelitsha, just 30km south east of the city centre, is the largest township in Cape Town. Although poverty is still rife in this neighbourhood, a spirit of optimism and entrepreneurship is alive and well in the rich history of this place, its culture and many social development projects.

The local eateries offer a mix of traditional and western food, and patrons are treated to an authentic township meal and neighbourhood vibe. If you’re after a morning brew, try artisan coffee shop, Department of Coffee. Or for the healthiest food in town, head over to Spinach King just around the corner from Khayelitsha railway station, for spinach bread and sandwiches made with locally grown spinach.

A Township Walking Tour is still one of the best ways to experience Khayelitsha. Not only will you be able to get to see township life as it happens, but you’ll also be given the opportunity take part in helping to create sustainable, positive change in the community by planting a vegetable gardens, for instance, or creating colourful street art.

  1. Blouberg

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Bloubergstrand is located 15 kilometers north of Cape Town’s city centre, along the shores of Table Bay. The suburb’s name means “blue mountain beach” in Afrikaans, and that’s an accurate description.

The beaches (divided into Big Bay and Little Bay) are best known for their view of Table Mountain across the bay which is the perfect backdrop for holiday pics. Big Bay is the destination of choice for kite surfers and windsurfers from around, while Little Bay is great for picnicking on the lawns or exploring the nearby rock pools.

When you’ve had enough of the beach or air, catch a bite to eat in one of the neighbourhood restaurants or stop in at Studio 46 for an eyeful of creations by local artists and sculptors, jewellery designers and photographers.

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cape town international jazz festival

Since 2000 the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April has been dedicated to jazz in the Mother City. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest of its kind in Africa, and the fourth largest jazz festival in the world.

Hosted by the events company espAfrika, it’s referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”. Every year renowned local and international jazz artists gather to entertain jazz lovers at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). With five stages and over 40 artists, it’s two nights of epic performances with more than 37 000 jazz music lovers attending the festival.

A few of the famous musicians that have gathered here include Chaka Khan (USA), Shekhinah (SA), Eliane Elias (Brazil), Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) (SA), Soweto Gospel Choir (SA), and The Lady Day Big Band (SA). Every year the line-up changes, with a few regular faces making an annual appearance.

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Free Jazz Concert

The festival kicks off with a free jazz concert at the Greenmarket Square. It’s usually scheduled for the Wednesday night before the weekend. It’s a great way for the whole city to enjoy a little taste of what the festival entails.

Try to book your spot at one of the restaurants surrounding the Square if you prefer to sit and relax while you listen to the music. Or you can join the crowd of jazz enthusiasts in front of the stage.

Streamlined Payments

The festival uses a special cashless wristband to speed up the payment process at the various vendors. Once you arrive at the festival, you can pick up your wristband at one of the CTICC Cashless Top-Up Stations and load your spending money. You can load money with cash or card. The wristband is valid at all the bars and food vendors. To check your balance, simply tap the wristband at a Cashless Top-Up Station. You can cash out the remaining funds after the event at howler.co.za

Related: 5 Off the Beaten Track Festivals

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Community Orientated Workshops

The CTIJF Sustainable Training and Development initiative offers free workshops as part of a skills transfer programme. These include Music & Career Workshops, Arts Journalism, Photojournalism, Mentorship and Upliftment Workshops, Gigs for Kids, Master Classes, Tech Talk, Cape Town Fashion Workshop, and an Arts Journalism Public Debate. These workshops run the week before the festival and you must pre-register to attend.

Book Your Cape Town International Jazz Festival Ticket

Attending the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a once in a lifetime experience for passionate jazz lovers! The limited Early Bird Weekend Passes cost R999. A Weekend Pass costs R1 290 and a Day Pass costs R850.

Visit www.capetownjazzfest.com for more information.
Follow @capetownjazzfest on Instagram or Cape Town Jazz Fest  on Facebook to stay up to date.

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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is certainly no secret. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, it’s high on the “hit list” of most tourists visiting South Africa. The grandeur of its setting against the slopes of Table Mountain is hard to beat, and one can easily spend a day just wandering about and discovering the garden with occasional stops to re-fuel at the tearoom or at Moyo restaurant. If you’re really lucky, and you visit in breeding season for the Cape Eagle Owl, you might even spot one of the breeding pairs and their young nestled in the trees or taking a tentative stroll near the main gate or above the cycad garden.

But if you are pushed for time or prefer a more directed visit, you might like to head straight for some of these top Kirstenbosch spots.

The Wild Almonds

This might seem like an unremarkable place to start the list considering all the other attractions the garden has to offer, but whenever I think about my favourite places to visit in Kirstenbosch, this clump of trees always comes to mind first. If you have children, dragging them around the expansive, hilly garden can be quite a challenge. These wonderful sprawling trees next to a stream and a large grassy stretch perfect for playing on (or sitting on while you watch your offspring gambol about) is a very welcome way to take a break from the walking. The trees themselves are beautiful and many of them have nice thick trunks almost parallel to the ground, perfect for children of all ages to climb.

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If you’re not a big tree climber but you like the idea of wandering about at the top of the tree canopy, head for the Boomslang.

The Boomslang Canopy Trail – Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

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Boomslang means tree snake, and the curved steel and timber design of this low-impact, low maintenance walkway (more formally called the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway) was inspired by a snake skeleton. Constructed in 2013-2014 and opened to the public in 2014, the Boomslang snakes its way unintrusively through the top of the trees as its name suggests, providing explorers with extraordinary panoramic views over the tree canopy and the garden. There is wheelchair access to the Boomslang, but if you’re planning on visiting in a wheelchair it’s a good idea to consult the website in advance to find out the best access routes.

When you want to take a break from walking, go and sit next to the Otter Pond (even if you can’t jump in, just the sight and sound of the water is refreshing) or head upstream to my other all-time-favourite spot in Kirstenbosch, Colonel Bird’s Bath.

Colonel Bird’s Bath.

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Although you’ll find it listed on the map as Colonel Bird’s Bath, locals still often refer to the waterhole at the heart of the Dell as Lady Anne Barnard’s Bath, after the wife of the Colonial Secretary who lived in the Cape from 1797 to 1802. I always loved the idea of her galloping up there on horseback for a morning dip, but sadly this legend is untrue as the bath was only built after she left the Cape.

The real history of the bath was that it was built in about 1811 by Colonel Christopher Bird, then the Deputy Colonial Secretary, who built the pool (in the shape of a bird, as a play on his name) to collect spring water so that it could stand and clarify before being piped into the house.

But history aside, the pool is really beautiful and an absolute must to visit. You’re not allowed to swim in it (though many have) but it’s enough just to perch and take in the beautiful surroundings: the magnificent Tree Ferns are my favourite. While you’re there, don’t forget to drink a handful of the pure, pH neutral water that flows up from an underground spring all year round at an average of 72 litres per minute – it’s delicious!

Just above the Bath is the extraordinary cycad collection, which should definitely not be missed. These palm-like plants are known as “living fossils” because they have hardly changed since the Jurassic Era 150-200 million years ago. Cycads are rare and endangered and Kirstenbosch propagates them to avoid collectors taking them from the wild. You can buy cycad plants at the annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale held every March, and at the Kirstenbosch Garden Centre, but remember that you will need a permit if you want to take them out of the country. Lurking in the undergrowth around the cycads are several bronze dinosaur sculptures. A search for all six of dinosaurs might distract any children you’re visiting with while you catch your breath.

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If you want to give your other senses some attention after all these sights, head towards the Fragrance Garden and the Braille Trail in the direction of the tea room and garden centre near Gate 2.

The Fragrance Garden and the Braille Trail.

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You’ll encounter all sorts of smells in the Fragrance Garden, some delicious (I’m a sucker for Pelargonia) and some definitely not so much (like the one that smells like cat wee to me). It’s shaped in a small loop, handy for corralling children through, and provides a brief and pleasant olfactory focus. Close by is the Braille Trail. Whereas sightseeing is normally, as its name suggests, focused on vision, the Braille Trail is great for those who’d like to give their other senses some extra input. Originally designed for patrons who are visually impaired, the trail provides an opportunity for anyone to close their eyes and use the rough ropes on their left-hand side to guide them sightlessly through almost half a kilometer of garden trail. When your hand reaches one of the large wooden “beads” in the rope you are alerted to a sign post, in English and in braille on the reverse side, which tells you something about where you are standing. You might even choose not to open your eyes to read these – walking the whole Braille Trail with your eyes shut can be quite a transporting experience, and it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Take a hike

Kirstenbosch is a great place to start or end a hike. A great one to try if you have about an hour and are feeling energetic is the Yellowwood Trail. It’s quite a demanding ascent to start off with, and definitely not one to choose if you feel like a gentle stroll. After you’ve hiked up the slope you reach Skeleton Gorge. At this point, we turned left and followed the contour path back down to the gardens, taking in some wonderful views along the way. Alternatively, if you feel like something more strenuous and have about five hours to spare, you could follow Skeleton Gorge to the top of Table Mountain instead. Be warned, despite its location in the middle of the city, Table Mountain is a realmountain, not a theme park and hiking Skeleton Gorge is not something to be undertaken lightly or with young kids – unless yours are unusually fit and willing. Ideally, go with someone who knows the route if you are not familiar with it, but whether or not you take a guide, take a map, a hat, some sunblock, something warm to wear just in case, and make sure you take enough water and are wearing sturdy walking shoes.

I haven’t even touched on the many other attractions that the garden has to offer: the live concerts, the sculpture garden and outdoor art exhibitions, the great gift shop, the Protea garden, the conservatory, the garden shop (for plant take-aways!) and the Useful Plant garden, to name just a few. A picnic at Kirstenbosch is also a great way to spend some time, and the fact that one is allowed to bring one’s own picnic fare (including for the open-air concerts, and including alcohol) rather than being forced into buying it on site as many other places require you to do, is a great bonus. If you do want to buy a picnic there instead, you can order from the tea room.

If you’re not picnicking and you need some refreshment, you can get a great tea, breakfast or light meal at tea room (near Gate 2) or go to the Moyo restaurant, which specialises in Pan African food, for something more substantial.

Whether you’re young or old, fit or unfit, a garden-lover or someone who prefers the arts, or if you’re visually-impaired or visiting in a wheelchair, you’re likely to find something to enjoy in these magnificent gardens.

Tucked away in the corner of the Artem Centre (formerly known as the Adelphi Centre) a cosmopolitan café experience awaits you. Coco Safar was “conceived in New York, designed in Toronto and made in Cape Town”, after 10 years of meticulous dreaming and planning.

The luxury coffee café has now implemented their final phase to become an all-day café. We got to sample their new bistro dinner menu. Decadence galore!

An Accessible World-Class Café

Coco Safar has managed to strike the perfect balance between sophistication and a relaxed vibe. You can choose to dress up a bit for a luxurious evening outing, or simply impulsively pop in for a quick bite without feeling awkward in your jeans and t-shirt.

The brand creators aim to offer patrons “daily affordable luxury”. When you hear “Coco” you immediately envision luxury. Add to this “Safar” meaning journey, and you will agree that the name choice is very apt. Step in to the restaurant, and you will for a moment forget that you find yourself in Sea Point.

Coco Safar’s décor has a retro chic feel to it, with plush comfy leather seats and warm brown colours. It feels like an infusion of New York sass and Parisian flair. Wilhelm Liebenberg and Caroline Sirois have big plans for the brand. They plan to open stores in Johannesburg, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Tokyo, and Mexico City.

Artisan Coffee Meets Fine Dining

Although coffee is one of the biggest passions of the brand, the evening menu is a step above mere bistro nibbles. Their Espresso Bar features special Spirit Idrocompresso machines designed by Kees van der Westen. The innovative design turns pouring an espresso shot into a true art form.

The on-site Roastery & Coffee Lab gives Coco Safar complete control over the quality of coffee served. They aim to produce exceptional Third Wave specialty coffee, producing micro-lots from award-winning coffee beans. To offer patrons the ultimate coffee experience, Coco Safar’s baristas are highly trained.

Where It All Started

Wilhelm and Caroline have been travelling across the world for about two decades, searching for the ultimate culinary experience and the best coffee. They incorporated their findings into various dining endeavours, opening cafés and restaurants in various cities including New York, Toronto, and Montreal. Coco Safar is a culmination of the journey. They dream of making luxury dining accessible to everyone, not only the high-end market.

They brought Carmen Rueda Hernandez on board as chef. Her passion lies with chocolate and desserts. But she still out did herself with the dinner menu. Her attention to detail is exquisite. She creates interesting taste combinations, breaking away from traditions with flair. She’s travelled extensively. From her home country of Spain, to the UK and France, to Singapore and Australia.

The exposure to such a wide array of cultures is evident in her food creations. She has honed her skills as a pastry chef with training from Oriol Balaguer, a big name in the pastry industry. The other renowned pastry chef that helped her refine her skills in France, was Olivier Bajard. And celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal challenged her talent even further as part of the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen team.

The other exciting addition to the team, is Marshall Siavash. He brings to the table his cocktail-making expertise, a former bartender at The House of Machines as well as the Cause/Effect cocktail bar. He was also involved behind the scenes with the conceptualisation of the Cause/Effect cocktail bar.

It’s Not Just a Restaurant

The Coco Safar brand reaches beyond simply offering you a dining experience. From the Roastery & Coffee Lab they produce a unique coffee capsule range. What makes it even more special, is the innovative compostable, oxygen tight bio-capsules. It’s a world first, offering environmental-conscious coffee fanatics a sustainable capsule experience. Enjoy the ultimate Third Wave coffee experience in the comfort of your home! The capsules are compatible with Nespresso® machines, manufactured from 2010 onwards.

To complement your delicious cup of coffee, stock up on couture pâtisserie and viennoiseries. Inspired by the French patisserie tradition but infused with unique twists, such as maple-infusions originated in Toronto, and artisan touches from Cape Townian talent. Or, if you’re stopping for a cuppa at the restaurant, try their homemade gelato or sorbets (made on-site).

Coco Safar loves pushing the limits of the culinary world, producing various world-first products. Together with the on-site roastery, they now also have the world’s first botanical micro-brewery. The non-alcoholic beverages are created from brewing rooibos. They’ve also have a tonic water that is infused with the rooibos, available on tap at the restaurant. The range includes the Red Rooibos Cold Brew, Green Rooibos Cold Brew, and a Coffee-Citrus Cold Brew.

Marshall is in charge of overseeing the brewing process. With his extensive experience in the industry, he also creates unique botanical cocktails. And the presentation of these are very tongue in cheek! If you are a cocktail enthusiast, you are guaranteed an exceptional experience.

Dining As an Immersive Experience

Coco Safar has paid close attention to every little detail of the dining experience. Step inside and be transported into a luxurious world. The décor almost feels like liquid coffee, with its strong brown emphasis. The background music meanders from upbeat jazz to sultry French tunes. A special film created by the owners complete the escapist experience. Snippets from Pathé films include a fashion show and exploration of European cities. It plays on a screen in the background, a perfect distraction or conversation starter.

To whet your appetite, before we share with you their new dinner menu. From the breakfast selection: French Toast – seasonal fruit, rosemary-poached pear, caramelised banana, yoghurt cream, almond & almond crumble, and lemon-caramel sauce. Or Brioche Florentine – flaky croissant pastry filled with Anura Estate feta, sauteed spinach & a baked egg, served with a fresh citrus salad.

From the lunch selection: Superbowl 2.0 – quinoa, broccoli, green beans, butternut, avocado, courgettes, radish, beetroot, and mixed leaves. Or Safar Bobotie – free range lamb mince, pineapple, apricot, garden peas, mango chutney, and yogurt.

Visit www.cocosafar.com for more information.

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