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The Charles Café: a city sanctuary

John Donne, 17th-century poet, said “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” – The Charles Café is a definite exception to this. Step off Waterkant Street, take a few steps along the sidewalk and you’ll find yourself in an island of paradise – a sanctuary in the tides of an otherwise busy city.

Once you’ve passed the peaceful fountain littered with chirping, bathing birds you’ll be greeted by Justine’s welcoming grin. As the powerhouse who heads up The Charles Café, Justine works with a wonderful team that will make sure you feel like family by the time you leave. From Ross’ cheeky welcome to Costa’s artisan coffees and their taste creations, you will want to bookmark this café come restaurant as a place you must return to.


The breakfast Risotto is a firm favourite all round – and fortunately they serve breakfast till 15h00 so you don’t have to miss out if you miss the morning rush. More than that you can choose from a scrumptious array of edible offerings. Some of these delights include light lunches, fresh pastries, specialty coffees and teas, cheese and meat boards, wine pairings with select products from small, independent vineyards and breweries. What more could you want?

Well, there is one more thing you could want and that’s a rooftop deck overlooking the city. This somewhat-removed vista is exactly where you’ll want to be on lazy summer Saturdays sipping on champagne or a thirst-quencher of your choice. Keep an eye out on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for news about events, dinner parties and braai gatherings at this café in the clouds (sort of).

One of the quirkier elements of The Charles Café is a little creature called Nelson. He’s a beautiful ginger tabby cat that frequents this sweet spot almost every day. He walks around like he owns the place is almost guaranteed to come looking for some affection or some lap time. Like we said, you’ll feel like part of the family by the time you leave – cat included!


Take the time to step away from the rush – even just for an afternoon – and slow down at The Charles Café. The four pillars holding this Cape Town gem together are history, warmth, friendship and hospitality. Put this on your list of must-experience places this coming month – you won’t regret it!

Operating hours: Mondays, closed; Tuesday – Friday, 07h00 – 18h00; Saturday, 08h00 – 18h00; Sunday, 08h00 – 15h00

Address: 137 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, 8001

Contact: 082 455 3933 or


Yumcious by Jenny Morris

Giggling gourmet and renowned celebrity, Jenny Morris’ beautiful eatery is known as Yumcious in the Cape Quarter. We’re very excited about this recent addition that has already become a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Jenny is very involved in her new store so you might even be lucky enough to meet her if you stop by.

Opened in December 2015, the eatery offers customers breakfast, lunch and other delicious homely and healthy meals. Jenny has had a passion and love for feeding people since she can remember and the fact that she is absolutely in love with food is evident in her culinary creations. She always makes sure that freshness is at the centre of what she does.


If you’re keen on a healthy lunch, the KiloTable, or the “weigh and pay salad bar” is your best choice, offering a variety of salads and dishes packed with goodness. To keep things interesting, the menu changes daily and includes popular dishes such as spinach and feta cheesecake, mushroom cheesecake, roasted tomato tart, Norwegian salmon and spinach cakes. Jenny’s travels inspire her dishes, so customers can expect meals full of flavour, colour, texture and different ingredients – mixed together in a unique way to bring you true masterpieces.

If you don’t feel like putting together your own meal, you can opt for a burger, steak and mushroom pie, their famous pork belly or a sandwich with a twist. One of the favourites being the French Kiss – French toast with honey butter and whipped orange. You can also pop in for a sweet treat and enjoy a slice of chocolate cake with caramel, pink rose water meringues, rocky road or marshmallows.

Make sure you don’t miss any exciting additions to the menu or yummy specials by following Yumcious on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, keep the eatery in mind for a birthday celebration and let Jenny and her team spoil you!

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 07h30 – 16h30

Address: Cape Quarter Square, De Waterkant, Green Point

Contact: 021 418 8000 or 083 255 3477

Giovanni’s is Cape Town’s little Italy

From the minute you walk through the door a wave of aromatic coffee, fresh bread and chitter chatter overtakes your senses. It’s as if you’ve travelled through time and space and wound up somewhere in a small alley in Italy – and not the dodgy kind. The kind that will leave you with a story to tell, a flavour you won’t forget, a product that will remind you of something your grandmother used to buy on special holidays.

Giovanni’s takes passion for food to the next level. If that’s the only thing you remember from this article, then that’s just fine. Set in the vibrant suburb of Green Point, on one of the shoulders of Main Road, this deli come food shop is something of culinary heaven – a heaven that’s open seven days a week!

On the shelves you’ll find a myriad of Italian delicacies but don’t think this spot is just for the elite – this is a family store and so everyone is welcome. Pick up cheeses and meats and salads, or ready-cooked foods and sweet treats. There are loads of heat-and-eat meals too, and don’t you dare leave without something from the bakery. The bagels you’ll find there have a reputation that precedes them but don’t just take our word for it, go see for yourself.


If you have a little more time, then pull up a bar stool and take in the energy at the espresso bar. Open from Monday through Sunday, 07h30 to 21h00, you can choose between breakfast, lunch and dinner or something in between. And lastly, if this is simply a pit stop on the way to another destination you’ll find unique bits that no other guest will have brought for the gathering (unless of course they also had the brilliant idea of visiting Giovanni’s). An essential item to put on you pick-up-and-go list is a bottle of original Italian limoncello. Delizioso!

Take a trip to Europe without leaving the city through Giovanni’s “little Italy”. What better way to spend summer than filling a basket with fresh delicacies and making your way to a park for the flavour picnic of a lifetime.

Location: 103 Main Road, Green Point

Times: Monday – Sunday, 07h30 – 21h00


Incident report – August 2016

Compared to the 39 incidents reported in July’s incident report, we have seen quite a decrease with only 22 incidents reported in August. There was a slight increase in cases of crime that were reported, which stands at 23 compared to 18 in June. Despite this, it wouldn’t be possible to maintain such a low crime rate without the support of each person who has actively contributed to our efforts. We will continue to strive to make Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas safe and enjoyable.

Only five theft-out-of-motor-vehicle incidents were reported in August compared to nine in July. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that if this happens to you, SAPS need to be informed immediately so our GP/OKCID team can increase vigilance and patrols in that specific location.

To further ensure your own safety, there are some crime hot spots that you should be aware of. That’s not to say you should never go there, but be alert in these areas and always be conscious of your surroundings: Cassel Road, The Pavilion Beach on Beach Road, and the area around Radison Hotel and Rocklands sub-station. These are hot spot areas for drugs, prostitution, people begging or criminals who mask themselves as homeless people.

Remember that we are here for you. If you don’t already have the correct GP/OKCID numbers saved on your phone, please be sure to add them so that you can give one of our team a call on 072 670 3019 or 072 944 6811 for assistance.


If you have information about any suspicious behaviour or witness a crime please report it to us immediately. Please provide as much detail as possible.