You’ll be transported to a Parisian boulangerie the minute you step into La Petite Tarte, a sidewalk café in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Shopping Centre that’s long been a favourite among locals and out-of-towners visiting the shopping precinct. The shabby chic decor coupled with the impeccably made pâtisserie are reminiscent of an intimate French café.
The interior is brimming with plush cushioned seating, elegantly ribboned chandeliers and other Marie Antoinette-inspired decor, and there are always beautiful flower arrangements. It is a cosy and intimate space perfect for huddling up with a friend in winter, while the sidewalk seating is a great option on sunny days.
The colourful antique tea cups are delightful, and everyone gets their own unique one, so everytime a beverage arrives at the table, it’s an exciting experience to see which one you’ll get.
Although the menu changes daily, you can expect to see breakfast and lunch favourites such as omelettes, pies, quiches, freshly baked cakes and, of course, glazed fruit tartlets. (You simply must try their famous Gateau au Chocolat!)
The homemade pies, whose delicious pastry is cooked to perfection, sell out quickly – the pot-roast chicken and vegetable one comes highly recommended. The croque poulet (slices of bread topped with smoked chicken, covered with egg, cheese, French herbs and grilled in the oven) will have you coming back for more.
If can’t decide what you’d like to eat, La Petite Tarte does half-portions, so you can choose to have two halves of whatever sounds most appealing to you. And, drinks-wise, there’s a wide selection of teas and coffees – this is, after all, a tea shop.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 425 9077
Location Shop A11, Cape Quarter, Dixon Street, de Waterkant, Cape Town