A Constantia Coffee Shop in the Trees
Nestled somewhere in the urban jungle of Constantia lies Chardonnay Deli which has been sitting there since 1895. Originally a trading post selling coal, paraffin, fruit, vegetables and flowers. Chardonnay Deli’s old architecture and back garden make you feel like you’re living in the early ages.
The inside is very cosy, with a fireplace burning beautiful in the middle of the stone walled room. It’s got the feeling of a tea room in an old farmhouse, with people talking softly and trying not to make noise. It’s quite trendy with their different wooden surfaces that fill the room. Sitting in the cosy tea room, we chatted to Meg who said “I’ve been coming here a lot recently because it’s got a real cosy fire place and a bunch of great baristas.”
Outside is heaven, you honestly feel like you’re in the jungle as you are surrounded by luminous greenery. Big trees rise up from the embankment below and leaves fill the empty space like lettuce in a salad bowl. I like it outside a lot. It’s a fantastic escape from the city and so atmospheric with the squirrels and birds playing in the trees. There’s a fire place and one of those big heaters outside too which makes it pretty warm with the blinds trapping the warmth inside.
“I like that you can sit out in the corner tables and you can look out at the tree and squirrels, it really makes one feel one with nature,” said Luke Naude who was on an afternoon adventure with his granny Caroline. In summer they’ve got a lot more tables outside and I can imagine it to be a great place to bring the kids. Date wise, it’s spot on. Especially on a hot summer’s day.
Coffee & Food:
The coffee is divine, a real smooth flavoursome coffee and not too strong. The latte’ leaves are as real as the leaves on the surrounding Constantia giants. The coffee comes in elegant cups and the Uber Coffee is delicious. Caroline Lorentz said “It was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had and I’m the Queen of Hot Chocolate.”
I had a bran muffin while I was there, which looked superb but as I bit through it, it was pretty dry. I guess it has been sitting there all day so it’s not a fair judgement, but I was a little bit disappointed. It was quite tasty though, so come early in the morning and get them fresh. On the rest of the menu, they’ve got an array of breakfasts, none less than R50, but they look like they pack a punch.
If you’re looking for a traditional old school coffee shop, then Chardonnay Deli located on 87 Constantia Main Road is your spot. If you’ve got some bucks in your pocket, I guarantee it’ll be a great place to spend your day.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels
For other coffee shops, check all the other coffee shops we’ve reviewed in Constantia and Tokai. Or have a look at our other Top Recommended Restaurants in Cape Town.