Harfield Village has really established itself as a charming place to live in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It has a unique ambience that combines the sleepy suburban feel of Rondebosch with the bohemian sensibilities of Observatory. The central artery that supports the heart of the Village is 2nd Avenue. Filled with a selection of restaurants, it caters to all tastes and seems to be growing quickly.
New to the avenue is a shop that I noticed because of the array of colourful plants that spill from its doors. Twigs Nursery and Coffee Shop is an interesting little space filled with plants and flowers of all shapes and sizes. The selection includes plants, succulents, flowers herbs and vegetables like fresh chilies, tomatoes and basil.
The owner, a young guy in his twenties, was welcoming and friendly and took the time to show me around. I really love succulent cacti and hanging plants but I had no idea where to begin. He was more than happy to assist with all things gardening-related He showed me a wonderful selection of plants suitable for my needs as a basic gardener. The plants are supplied by San Michell, winner of plant grower of the year for two years running. San Michell also supports the Trees 4 Schools project, whose aim is to create awareness about the importance of trees for South Africa.
There is also a lovely selection of handmade gifts, garden accessories, home furnishings, jewellery, handmade cards and other arts and crafts which are sourced from local crafters and artists.
Anticipating all the gardening work I was going to do when I got home, I decided to first unwind with a cup of coffee. Twiggs also offers a variety of baked goods, carrot cake, cupcakes, ginger biscuits and even vegan brownies. There is also organic apple juice straight from the farm.
The shop has a bohemian air and the space would be great for a tea party (perhaps a mad hatter style tea party.) It really is the perfect setting.
2nd Avenues, Harfield Village, Cape Town