This beloved Claremont café is coming to the central business district, giving city dwellers and office workers an opportunity to enjoy the same tantalising breakfast dishes and baked treats that Starlings Café in the southern suburbs is loved for.
Just as the Claremont branch occupies a charming Victorian cottage, so, too, does the new restaurant in the city centre have a wonderfully unique location. A 17th-century townhouse has been restored and converted into a stylish hotel on Church Square – one of Cape Town’s most heritage-rich areas. The hotel Labotessa, set to open in August 2019, will offer luxury accommodation within walking distance of cultural landmarks such as the Slave Lodge and Groote Kerk.
Starlings at Labotessa is situated on the ground floor of the hotel, easily accessible to the public as well as hotel guests. In warmer months, seating is available in the courtyard garden that spills out onto Church Square.
Trish Kratz, who opened the original branch in 2008, is the manager of the new establishment and, like its predecessor, Starlings at Labotessa is open for breakfast and lunch, serving bread from Woodstock Bakery, naturally matured Montagu cheddar, pasture-reared pork from Ryan Boon Speciality Meats and with dishes composed of fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and of course, freshly roasted Origin coffee. As Trish says: “Everything is homemade and made from scratch. All our offerings are simple and based on childhood memories.”
The new venue is set to bring a slice of suburban charm to the city centre – which is not a bad thing. Open daily, it’s an ideal breakfast or lunch stop for busy professionals, and a wonderfully laidback (yet stylish) weekend hangout.
City slickers and office workers will certainly benefit from having fresh coffee and baked delicacies right on their doorstep!
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