May 11, 2011
Cape Town bakeries: Sugar and spice and all things nice
Photo courtesy Clare & Dave
Who can bake especially for you? In the Mother City, the Bakers Man certainly can. With a variety of quality bakeries, confectioneries and delicatessens all over the Peninsula, there is plenty to please the hearts and tummies of sweet-toothed locals and visitors.
From the lip-smacking milk tart and spicy samoosa recipes passed down to us by our Dutch and Malay ancestors to the mouth-watering crȇpes and croissants we inherited from the French Huguenots, baking is a time-honoured Capetonian tradition and one we do very well.
Whether it’s deluxe cakes with all of the trimmings at Charly’s Bakery in the City Centre or authentic koeksisters at Quality Bake in Lansdowne that you’re after, you sure to find it in Cape Town.
Get your sweet fix at the following delicious venues:
For quirky chocolate cupcakes, decadent wedding cakes and savoury delicacies, a visit to the Mucking Afazing Charly’s Bakery is a must.
Feast your eyes on their popular Bailey’s Ultimate Gold Chocolate Cake or their gorgeous quiches – you won’t want to stop!
Location: 38 Canterbury Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 461 5181
This new delicious kid-on-the-block is taking the City Centre by storm.
From thei honey nut lattes to their melt-in-the-mouth milktarts and homemade pies that are simply to-die-for, a visit to this is a must!
Location: 14 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 419 0662
For customized cupcakes ( think classics alongside tantalizing new flavours, including Peanut&Jam and Pina Colada), you have to pop into Lady Cupcake in trendy Bree Street.
Location: 120 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 4469
Delectable chocolate éclairs, lip-smacking Danish pastries, exotic Greek desserts and a variety of sweet, fluffy cakes to satisfy your craving for sweet stuff… yes, it’s all available at Limno’s in Green Point.
Location: 34 Somerset Road, Sovereign Quay Entrance B, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 425 1456
Queen of Tarts
Enjoy sweet things fit for royalty at Queen of Tarts in Observatory.
From special cakes and delightful treats to take home to delicious meals served at the onsite restaurant, this Queen knows how to treat her loyal subjects well.
Location: 213 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Contact: +27 (0)21 448 2420
Quality BAke No.1
Situated deep in the heart of the vibrant suburb of Lansdowne, Quality BAke No.1 is renowned for its scrumptious fancies, doughnuts, cakes and savoury goods.
For a slice of the lekker local life, try this neighbourhood favourite.
Location: 672 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne
Contact: +27 (0)21 703 2538
Blow your party guests away with the fanciful creations from party cake extraordinaire, King Cake, in Kenilworth.
With one-of-a-kind cakes made from ingredients like ice cream and more, you will be the talk of the party circuit for years to come.
Location: Shop A3 Access Park, Chichester Road, Kenilworth
Contact: +27 (0)21 671 0869
New chocolatier kid on the block, Saszali Chocolates, has been whipping up some melt-in-your-mouth treats for the past eight months in Wynberg.
With individually wrapped chocolates in the most imaginative flavours like Golden Thyme and Twilight, Saszali Chocolates is your number one stop for the best cocoa treats in Cape Town.
Location: 9 Langley Place, 16 Flenning Road, Wynberg
Contact: +27 (0)79 358 5250
Fill your every confectionary need at Martins Bakery in the bustling Diep River.
From their tasty international and local bread to tempting scones, Martins ensures that a once only visit to their premises is an unlikely event.
Location: 43 Main Road, Diep River
Contact: +27 (0)21 712 8555
Olympia Café & Deli
Enjoy a delicacy or two along the seaside at the popular Olympia Café & Deli in Kalk Bay. For frothy cappuccinos accompanied by the not-to-be-missed lemon tart with crème fraîche, pop into this sought-after venue today!
Location: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 6396
Website: www.kalkbay.org (go to directory and select “delis & bakeries”)
Have your cake and eat it too at the Empire Café in Muizenberg.
A rotating cake fridge lets you get a good look at all of those yummy creations you’re dying to try. Why not enjoy them with the Empire Café’s new Lady Bonin tea range.
Location: 11 York Road, Muizenberg
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 1250