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Posted on: Friday, 26 November 2010

The Olive Tree Coffee Shop in Pietermaritzburg

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The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree

If you are having a bad day or just need a bit of ‘me’ time, pop into the coffee shop, ‘step into a world of love and pampering’!  Part of MacDonald’s Nursery complex and situated close to the Midland Liberty Mall in Pietermaritzburg is The Olive Tree Coffee Shop.

The interior, and exterior, for that matter is an oasis of peace and tranquillity with soft music creating a relaxing atmosphere both inside the shop and outside on the wooden deck.  Feeding perches set up on the deck entice bird life and the river flowing beneath the terrace adds to the already relaxed atmosphere.  The river plays its part during the, what can be, stifling hot summer months as it gives off a constant cooling mist.

Children are not forgotten either – there is a jungle gym and a petting zoo with ducks, rabbits and other small animals.

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree

The menu The Olive Tree is extensive with lunchtime dishes consisting of tramizinnis, salads, sandwiches, curries, pies, lasagne, lamb shank, burger and panfried sole.  What a selection!  If you would rather just have a cup of tea and something sweet you won’t be disappointed.  Teatime treats are baked and served on a daily basis – milk tart, chocolate cake, carrot cake, lemon meringue and a selection of muffins are there to be tried and tested!  Both little people and elderly visitors have not been forgotten either; there is a kiddies menu for smaller tummies and certain days of the week are ‘Pensioners Days’ allowing older visitors special attention!

The staff at The Olive Tree are known to go out of their way to make sure that your needs are attended too.

Whether it’s a specific meal you would like or a special date celebrated they will make sure you are taken care of.

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree is a little slice of heaven – well worth a visit when next in the capital of KwaZulu Natal.

The Olive Tree Coffee Shop:
To contact The Olive Tree call +27 (0)33 394-7033.
Address: MacDonald’s Nursery Complex, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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  1. January 3rd, 2014 at 14:21
    kavitha says:

    I totally love the smoked chicken salad:) by far the best I ever tasted. good job