A Surfer’s Centre in the Middle of Muizenberg
It’s one of the oldest spots in the surreal surfer’s town of Muizenberg. It’s been a refuge for many surfers when there’s been no swell and a portal to those who dream to surf. It’s got a fantastic upstairs seating area that stares over the surreal sea and reminds you that every little thing is going to be alright.
There’s an upstairs section that has got views that will make your eyes turn ocean blue as you watch long boarders cruise along the waves of Muizenberg. Upstairs people huddle in small groups, drink coffee and talk their troubles away. Tables are perfect for groups of 2 to 4 and the benches that surround the wall are comfier than your grandmother’s couch.
Downstairs it’s family function vibes with a long wooden table and benches alongside if you don’t feel like having Sunday lunch at home. They’ve got this chandelier full of shells that looks strikingly similar to a shell reef under the ocean bed. Flowers lie scattered around to add extra flavour to the room, reminding you that Muizenberg has a magnificent mountain too. Damien Hewitt, a local in Muizenberg described the spot by saying “It’s a real York street special, offering friendly community vibes and views of waves that will soothe the soul.”
Coffee & Food:
The coffee is smooth sailing, lingering on the palate like a barrel lingering on a surfer’s brain. The coffee is supplied by Tribe but the baristas deliver a decent cuppa, with latte hearts hanging above the coffee like they were made for hippies.
Their breakfast menu is big and long but full of hidden gems like the Sloppy Joe and the Scram C. As good as their breakfast menu is, the lunch menu is where the bargains hang out. For 49 bucks, you can get a ham, camembert, fancy lettuce and tomato sandwich. If that’s not your vibe, they’ve got a couple cakes that will shoot you through the scrumptious ceiling.
Empire Cafe was founded by Dave Jones in 2002. Dave was a big part of the community and many local Muizenberg patrons see Empire Café as one of the centres of the town. He kept the fire burning in Muizenberg for over 15 years but passed away suddenly on Sunday the 9th of September. He was described as being the heart of Muizenberg and will be missed tremendously by the community, but his spirit and style will live on in Empire Café.
Empire Café is a fantastic spot in Muizenberg to chill and chat with some mates. If you’re trying to impress someone, the coffee is pretty good but the view is just insane. Sit upstairs, order a coffee and piece of carrot cake and then be ready to be absorbed into the ocean.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels
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