Green Musings / Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is one of my favourite places. I could spend all day sipping their deliciously fresh  juices and eating popsicles made from fresh fruits and herbs straight off the farm. I adore the many gardens, each with their own unique beauty. Its such a treat to have a good old stroll through this lovely, peaceful place. I have been to Babylonstoren before, but the novelty never wears off.  It’s a visual feast and an all around sensory delight. If you’re in Cape Town, this is a place you need to visit…

Here are some snaps from my recent visit…

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Nabeela x

{All photographs are my own. Be nice, don’t steal.} 

 

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Sunday Sipping / Kahvé Road

Last Sunday, I had a quick coffee date with my mum. We came across a exquisite coffee bar and patisserie, Kahvé Road. As soon as you step inside, its easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a suburban mall. The leather upholstery, dramatic lighting, and moody interiors make for an incredible ambience. They have a selection of herbal teas, coffees and fresh juices, as well as delightful pastries, desserts and my personal favourite, macarons. What a lovely place…

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Chocolate and espresso dome
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Pineapple, orange, strawberry and mint juice

 

Nabeela x

 

 

Sunday Sipping / Crème de Levain

On Sunday, we were treated to a taste of Spring here in Cape Town, with the sun making an appearance and the iciness in the air taking a day off. My family decided to take advantage of this, and I found myself in the lovely little town of Stellenbosch. A Sunday isn’t a Sunday without a visit to a cute café for a little treat, so we visited the charming Crème de Levain, a lovely little café, bakery and creamery. The interior is simply gorgeous, and their waffles are incredible. If you’re in the Stellies area and need a place to refuel, make sure to check this little place out…

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Blueberry waffle – yum!

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Nabeela x

Sunday Sipping / The Silo

I recently popped into the beautiful new hotel and the V&A Waterfront, The Silo, for Sunday tea with family.  The juxtaposition of the  fresh, modern art and luxurious interiors within the old grain elevator walls make for an incredible space. Naturally, I fell in love. We went to the Willaston Bar, a lovely space with amazing views, good coffee and delicious cakes. If you’re looking for a cool new spot to do coffee dates, this is your place!

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Nabeela x

{The first photo was taken by Iman Cassiem. The rest were taken by me.}

 

 

Potion / Cold-brewed Goodness

As a person who doesn’t drink any hot drinks (more about that here), I’m used to making coffee, adding milk and then throwing in a ton of ice blocks so that it isn’t warm. So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across Potion Coffee, a Cape Town- based brand that produces cold-brewed coffee. It is naturally sweeter and less acidic – a truly unique flavour suited to sophisticated taste buds. It can be drunk black, or if you’re like me, you can add a little sugar and milk.

Being a visual person, and a self-confessed packaging lover, another thing that drew my attention towards Potion is their beautiful packaging. The bottles are inspired by old-school medicine bottles, combined with the idea of alchemy, all which make for a very aesthetically pleasing product. (I’m sure you’ll agree!)

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Being passionate coffee lovers themselves stops them from producing anything that is less than excellent.

So next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for this delightful beverage and be sure to try to out!

Nabeela x

[Disclaimer: All images belong to Potion Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t love.]

Iced Coffee Things

I don’t drink hot beverages. They make me feel yucky and after many times of thinking I’ll just try it one more time (which ended in me feeling sick. Every time), I decided once and for all that hot drinks are just not my cup of tea (no pun intended. Alright, fine. Pun intended). On school camps in primary school, I was the only kid who didn’t want hot chocolate and marshmallows. I don’t drink tea (which apparently makes me a very strange Indian), and I don’t like coffee (well, hot coffee. Why would I be writing this if I didn’t like coffee?)

After many years of drinking juice at and restaurants when our family went out for afternoon tea (read: everyone drinks tea – except me), I decided it was time to venture out of beverage-comfort zone and try something a tad more sophisticated than fruit juice. Enter iced-coffee (please, please, please not to be confused with coffee milkshake). I was pleasantly surprised when I had an iced-latte for the first time. It was the perfect thing for me – the taste of coffee, but in its icier form. (Side-note: anyone else feel their hearts sink when coffee shops and cafés don’t do iced versions of coffee? 21st century, people!)

A few years and many iced lattes later, and I still love them. I’ve had all kinds from different little cafés and restaurants around the city, and so, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite spots to grab a really good iced-coffee. (Iced coffees take many names: iced frappes, frosted lattes, iced lattes…)

  1. Vida e Caffe
  2. Yours Truly
  3. Seattle Coffee Co
  4. Lavazza Coffee Co
  5. Woolworths Café

After many attempts to make my own, I’ve also finally found a recipe that I can make at home and I LOVE it. The perfect start to any day.

So there goes my little ramble about iced coffee (which may or may not have been fueled by caffeine. Iced caffeine).

What are your favourite coffee spots?

Nabeela x

Cape Towns Faves / 02.

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I recently spent some time in the CBD exploring mainly Loop Street and Long Street. I thought I’d sum up some of my favourite places that I found on my walkabout. I love Town and the shops and cafes are so trendy and cute!

The Company Gardens

I recently visited the Company Gardens for the first time in quite a few years. Since primary school, we frequently visited the gardens and the museums in the vicinity too. The other day, I popped in, and was amazed by the upkeep and improvements that have been made. There’s a wonderful vegetable garden and a cool restaurant and cafe. Its amazing to see that after all these years, the historical place is so glorious and beautiful. And to top it all off, the view of our lovely Table Mountain is just incredible.

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Yours Truly Cafe

I’ve been drooling over photos of this cafe for a few months now, but recently when I was in the CBD, I popped into the Loop Street branch. I love little cafes that are interesting and this one is really cool! It’s so breezy and airy, with dark, reddish-brown leather seating, and wooden tables with bar-style stools. There are plants hanging outside the window of the cafe an and perched on shelves inside too. It reminded me of the whole indoor-outdoor living that is so trendy. They also make a mean frappe!

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Pretty planty scene in Yours Truly Cafe 

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Long Street and Loop Street

I know this sounds kind of broad-spectrum, but I generally love Long Street and Loop Street. They have all the shops that I really like that sell everything from coffee to artisan clothing and ceramics. I spent some time strolling down these streets, popping into stores and looking at the interesting clothing, watches, furniture and clothing. I love all things handmade and local, so for me, I could spend the whole day on these streets. My favourite  shops that I came across were Stable, Mungo and Jemima and 117 on Long. I also saw some art galleries and my favourite one in particular was Smith, that has such wonderful and colourful paintings.

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Work by Danielle Clough hanging in Stable in Loop Street 

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I hope you check some of these gems out for yourself. They really reflect the true beauty of the creativity and artisans in Cape Town.

Happy exploring!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx