A Brooklyn Styled Coffee Shop in Hermanus
Hot air, full of despair and a lack of energy throughout, we arrived to find a wooden oasis in one of the many tucked away alleyways of Hermanus.
Wooden walls, character-coloured floors and an ambient vibe throughout, this place screamed the soul of Brooklyn. The vibe is electric with smiles all round. The elegance of the Eatery is complemented with a great music selection, including Rodriguez, Alt-J and the Beatles. Its cosmic aura is what pulled us in through the almost gravitational doors.
Coffee & Food:
We sat perched up on the counter that stares straight into the wide-open eye of the Eatery. Coffees were ordered quick to get us out of our hick so that our souls could be filled with caffeine. Frothing from the top, we sat quietly waiting, watching the waitress make our frothed cappuccinos. Interestingly, the baristas here are self-taught, offering the cup of coffee that may not be perfect but leaves you with that homely coffee taste that lingers long after the cups have been washed. The beans are from the local roaster, The Beanery, which offers a rounded coffee followed by a strong kick that sits within the cup.
I got a bit peckish but not for a meal so I found an ALT (Avo, Lettuce, Tomato) Sandwich for an absolute steal, only 30 bucks for the whole damn thing. It’s the kind of sandwich that fights for the rights of other sandwiches, calling itself a full-on meal. It’s got this special sauce that complements the ingredients like a harmonica in a blues band. The rest of the menu was fun and diverse with everything on offer being organic and freshly picked.
It came as no surprise when Madre, the owner, explained the history of her heart. She had owned both Madre’s Kitchen and Manor House Restaurant, both exceptional places in Stanford. She was proud and excited for her new step into the coffeehouse business and she used the words “healthy, wholesome and vibrant” to explain her new spot.
It’s a spot that’s not new on the block but under the new ownership of Madre, we’re expecting amazing things to come. If you’re in Hermanus and keen to get away from it all, pop into the Eatery and see for yourself just what Madre has in store.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels