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Posted on: Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Cést La Vie in Kalk Bay

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C’est la Vie (Kalk Bay)

C’est la Vie (Kalk Bay)

I went to Provence for a croissant and cafe au lait on Sunday morning.  You dont believe me non?  OK I didn’t, but with the cobbled street and borders of lavender outside Cést La Vie in Kalk Bay you would be excused for thinking you were in the South of France. I read about Cést La Vie in a magazine and thought this was somewhere I just had to try.  So, when my husband got back from his LSD Sunday run (Long Slow Distance for those of you who are not in the running mix!) we hopped in the car and headed to Kalk Bay …

The bakery is quaint – a small outside area has a number of tables but this was full so we found a table inside and sat down.  Service is quick and judging by the number of staff buzzing around no-one waits for long.

I ordered a croissant with jam and cheese; this was presented on a board with ample servings of butter, jam and cheese.  The cafe au lait was enormous; served in a cup with no handle! I felt very Parisienne, sipping my cafe holding the cup with both hands. My husband was not feeling Parisienne and settled instead for a Rooibos tea accompanied with a 70% chocolate and banana muffin.  This too was very tasty.

C’est la Vie (Kalk Bay)

Other items on the menu are the ‘Parisienne’ breakfast; half a baguette served with jam and butter (add extra for Nutella spread and / cheese).

The ‘Artist’ breakfast is homemade organic muesli, Greek yoghurt with honey and orange juice.  This is a very respectable R40 or R52 if you add fruit.

The menu stated that free range organic boiled eggs were available during the week but we saw a few of these going out so they must also be available over the weekend. Light lunches are also served including gorgeous crusty sandwiches.

A selection of perfect French breads are on sale; wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied with a piece of twine when you take them home.

Cést la vie is on Rosmead Road in Kalk Bay and is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

It’s well worth a visit!

C’est la Vie, Rosmead Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

C’est la Vie (Kalk Bay)

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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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