Yesterday the Nifty girls Talya & Le’Chelle set off to town, 16 Loop Street to be exact, to try out Giulio’s which opened about a week ago. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the beautiful interior – think pasta chandelier, marble table tops, white columns and a golden wreath hanging in the middle of the space, all designed by one of our favourite SA creatives, Michael Chandler of Chandler House.
But let’s get to the real reason we were there, the foooood! Giulio has worked for Jamie Oliver in London, moved back to the mother city and opened his first cafe – it’s very family orientated, you’ll probably have his Italian mama fussing over you aka the best and warmest service in Cape Town.
We’ve driven past the New Brighton Bakery so many times – it’s hard to miss, painted bright orange, and it’s been on our must-try-this-place-out-list for a very long time, we finally stopped by to take a photograph because the Nifty Colour Project colour is currently orange, and promised ourselves we would be back this week. We can finally tick it off the list because we stopped by for lunch today. It’s going to be a Nifty tradition, once a week we are going try out a new coffee or lunch place, preferably in our hood Woodstock, and then we’ll let you know what we think.. (more…)
When your social media is completely blowing up about a new burger joint in Cape Town you know you’ve just gotta drop everything and head there to test them out for yourself, and that’s exactly what the Nifty team did last Wednesday afternoon for lunch. The abbreviation IYO stands for Inside & You’re Out, their ingredients are all locally sourced, the beef is 100% grass fed and organic. They’re all about delicious food, first and foremost, but also local community, watching their environmental impact and ethical accessibility.
You may have tasted their burgers before as they have a stand at the Oranjezicht market every Saturday which is where they first launched, the actual restaurant opened less than 2 weeks ago and it’s been busy ever since. They’re situated in the coolest part of town, Bree Street, we got there at 12 to try and skip the lunch rush, it was pretty quiet when we arrived, and within 15 minutes it was complete packed.
photo by: @lichipan
When asked to imagine the perfect summer day, an image of sun, sand, and a classic chocolate and almond Magnum pop into our heads which was why I was so excited when to be invited to the launch of the Make My Magnum pop up store at Cavendish..
Cape Town joins the likes of New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Johanesburg, all of which have their own pop up stores. Top Billing presenter: Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Expresso presenter Leigh-Anne Williams were the hosts of the evening and showed the drooling audience how the process works. We couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
Raw & Roxy in Woodstock is one of those gems you want to tell everyone about because it’s so great, but you also kinda don’t want anyone else to go there, for fear of not being able to get one of the 3 tables available.. Raw & Roxy is all about raw food (as you may have been able to tell from the name) which is 99% vegan friendly – they do use honey (not vegan friendly, because bees) in some of the desserts, but have lately been substituting a lot of it for coconut blossom sugar. The food is all ridiculously healthy, nothing has been heated, it’s also extremely tasty and satisfying.
The little restaurant in the Woodstock Co-op which is the building on the corner just before the Old Biscuit Mill and you have to walk through a furniture store to get to where it is tucked away. There are only 3 tables, with seating for about 15 people and a few bar stools too, every time I’ve been for lunch it’s been full so you may have to wait a few minutes for a place to sit. You get a generous portion of kale chips as you sit down, these are so well spiced and moreish. The menu is really simple there are 5 different main courses available, or if you can’t decide what you want you can, ‘try it all’ – a huge plate made up of the 5 different options, so you can pick your favourites before your next visit. A medium plate will set you back R70 and a large plate is R90 – as someone with a fairly large appetite I have struggled to finish a medium, and although the food is raw, because of the nutty sauces it is quite rich.