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Posted on: Thursday, 8 July 2010

Kalk Bay and Tribeca

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Kalk Bay and Tribeca: My in-laws are visiting from KwaZulu Natal for the week and having not been to the Mother City for a number of years we thought we would do the ‘touristy’ thing on Sunday and started off with brunch in one of my favourite places; Kalk Bay.

The drive along Boyes Drive from where we live in Lakeside sets the holiday tone; the glorious views of  Muizenberg Beach, the streams coming off the mountain, the signs for the many mountain hikes and trails and then off course the bobbing fishing boats in Kalk Bay Harbour all remind me why I love living in this part of the world.


Tribeca, Main Road, Kalk Bay


We parked near the Kalk Bay Theatre and then wandered the Main Road, popping into many of the quirky boutiques and browsing the art shops that line the road.  Kalk Bay, to me, has a certain European air to it and the little alleys with shops tucked away up them could be any French or Italian town!  We had a wonderful time perusing the antique shops and almost came away with a beautiful silver tea and coffee pot set!  Maybe next time …

By this time however, tummies were grumbling so it was off to New York we went … New York you might ask?  Well, OK not exactly New York but a part of it!  Although open since October 2009 I’d yet to discover Tribeca and this might be my new breakfast spot.  Named after Tribeca in New York City, the walls of this coffee shop / bakery are adorned with larger than life scenes from the Big Apple.  We had to wait a few minutes for a table so that gave an indication of the popularity of Tribeca.

First things first – the cappuccino; it arrived and it was perfect.  For me, if the coffee is not up to scratch its just not worth going back so judging by its barista’s, Tribeca will be seeing more of me.  The breakfast menu was not enormous and, just to be different I ordered the flapjacks with maple syrup and bacon.  It’s probably not something I would order again but it was good to have a change.  Eggs Benedict served on half a croissant also grace the menu as does a health breakfast of muesli and yoghurt.  There are also lunch and dinner options on the menu and freshly baked goods to take home with you.


Tribeca, Main Road, Kalk Bay


Contact Details:
Tribeca Bakery, 106 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Telephone: +27 (0)21 788-3424


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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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