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5 must-try hot chocolate spots in Green Point

Every now and then humanity has a stroke of genius that changes the face of things as we know them. One of those times (we believe) was the invention of hot chocolate!

Before you argue with us, we invite you to take a quick tour around some of our favourite Green Point spots to grab a rich, warm cup of the good stuff.


Giovanni’s Deli World

Giovanni’s can best be described as little Europe. From the moment you walk in, it feels as though you have teleported to a café in Florence. The deli has been around since 1989, so they really know what they’re doing.

Make yourself comfortable amongst the fresh baked bread, exceptional range of cheeses and other interesting delicacies as you wait for a cup of thick, sweet cioccolata calda. (Thankfully, good food doesn’t need subtitles!)

Find them at 103 Main Rd, Green Point.

Trading Hours: 07h30 – 21h00 Monday – Sunday


Ground Art Caffe

If you’re looking for an all-round sensory experience, we recommend popping in for a cup of delicious hot chocolate at Ground Art Caffe, where ‘coffee, food and art are each treated with equal respect and attention to detail.’

If fine art isn’t your cup of hot chocolate. There are still stunning views of Table Mountain (and free wi-fi) that make the visit worthwhile.

Find them at 160 Strand Street.

Trading Hours: Mon – Fri 07h00 – 16h00 / Saturday 07h00 – 14h00 / Sunday – Closed


Grind 4 TRUTH. Coffee

An offshoot of the well known TRUTH. Coffee company, this centre seems to be for the caffeine loving only. But don’t be fooled, their hot chocolate is definitely an option on the menu and it’s served up with a cookie on the side as an extra treat.

While you are sipping, take a look around, because you will be sitting on the site of the Prestwich Memorial Museum, a multi-purpose public facility and memorial garden. This space was where a fascinating discovery was made in 2003. We won’t give it away, but if you are a history buff, this is the hot chocolate spot for you.

Find them at 1 Somerset Road, Greenpoint.

Trading Hours: Mon – Sun 07h00 – 18h00


Café Manhattan

There is only one way to describe this café and that is colourful! Pink walls, cacti and plenty of attitude to go around, Café Manhattan is a party just waiting to happen.

If you have the stomach to hold down your hold chocolate while mid fiesta, then party on. One tip: bring a friend, or even better, bring a few. If the hot chocolate and warm atmosphere don’t keep you toasty, the company will.

Find them on 74 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant.

Trading Hours: Mon – Fri 16h00 – 23h00 / Sat – Sun 12h00-23h00 / Bar closes at 23h00


Bootlegger Coffee Company

This popular coffee joint has spread faster than we can keep up with. There are two to choose from in Green Point alone!

What is wonderful about this franchise is that it doesn’t feel like one: dark, ornate and minimal – it attracts hipsters like flies, but also serves REALLY good, affordable treats. Our recent favourite indulgence – their R32 Coconut Vegan Hot Chocolate, need we say more?

Find them at 37 Main road, Green Point or shop 45, The Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point.

Trading hours: Mon – Fri 06h30 – 21h00 / Sat, Sun & public holidays 07h30 – 21h00

P.S. If you are not a hot chocolate fan, these restaurants serve amazing dishes or you could take a look at our blog post on the must try restaurants in the Green Point. We guarantee there will be a new dining experience that will tickle your taste buds!

GP/ OKCID security report – June 2019

GP/ OKCID security report – June 2019

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Taste the flavours of Turkey at EatStanbul

Any traveller will tell you that when it comes to food (particularly street food), Istanbul is a world class contender. Boasting an array of savoury dishes and mouth-watering sweets, their cuisine is hard to beat.

For those of us who can’t jet off to the Middle East in our spare time, there is hope – enter EatStanbul. An authentic Turkish grill house that is fully halaal and right here in Cape Town!

The fun play on the name comes from an inside joke – ‘… because when we visit Istanbul, all we do is eat,’ say owners Veysel Bogan and Naadiya Moosajee. Meeting at a restaurant in Istanbul named Saray (which means palace in English), the husband and wife team decided to set up their own version upon moving to Cape Town three years ago. You can visit the Saray restaurant in De Waterkant which serves authentic Turkish & Kurdish food.

The restaurant fared so well that they decided to launch a second last month on Kloof Street, thankfully a little closer to home for our Oranjezicht and Gardens residents. A recent visitor to the newly opened restaurant, Taz Begum, described her experience as ‘amazing’, saying the food was ‘to die for’, that the staff were friendly and they delivered a great service. She concluded her review by saying it was a ‘must visit’ for visitors to Cape Town.

Although it may look unassuming from the outside, the buzz that this quaint teal restaurant emits is palpable from the street, but what about the food?

On the menu

You can expect flavours imported straight from Istanbul. Traditional mezes, such as hummus and falafel and Turkish breads, baked fresh on-site. There are also kebabs available which are prepared over coal grills (something we adore as South Africans) so be sure to try those too.

Güveç (seasonal vegetables cooked in a clay pot) is a must try main course, and for dessert you can expect sticky sweet baklava and sütlaç (traditional Turkish rice pudding).

If this intrigues you, wander up to 64 Kloof Street any day of the week from 11am until midnight to be transported to an entirely different region of the world.

Welcome to the neighbourhood EatStanbul, we wish you every success!


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