A Community Centered Coffee Shop in Claremont
It’s one of the few quaint gems that draws mix of motivated movers who chitter chatter over all things Southern Suburbs. It’s an interesting bunch of people, all ages attracted by the simple sleek style that fills the floor with furniture. It’s almost like a privileged community centre allowing for all to open up about their troubles and seek solutions from the experienced experts in the area.
There’s a real sense of community in the air, with all congregating from all over the Southern Suburbs to get their daily kick of caffeine and conversation. Fathers console their disappointed kids with hot cups of chocolate while university students meet up to chat about what subjects they should choose for the upcoming semester. During the week, when class is in session, the tables fill up with middle aged moms who chat about South African politics, the state of the nation and of course, what their children have been up to. But it’s great, it’s a meeting point, a real watering hole for all ages of the area to discuss whatever it is they feel is important.
The coffee shop itself is super stylish, almost everything crafted specifically to a T. The perfected scrap wood tables lye dotted around the cafe like the chipped paint that covers the tables themselves. Outside, it’s a quant corner shop from the 1950s with people peeping through the large window inside that offers seating for studying students or struggling start-up’s. Inside, it’s a scene out of Alice in Wonderland, colours darting from corner to corner with the delicious monster leafing its remnant leaves throughout the room.
Coffee & Food:
The coffee itself is top class, offering perfected cups of coffee that unlock the authentic aroma of the Origin Coffee beans that sit below. The coffees are a little privileged, arriving perfectly prepared in Le Cruset cups that fortunately won’t weave away at your wallet. The menu is simple, serving breakfast, lunch and a diversity of baked goods. It’s a lil’ steep for a student but if you’re poppin’ in for a midday escape and you’re a lil peckish, go simple with a brownie and a flat white. They’re both to die for and the price at the end of the day won’t be something to cry for.
Locale may be fairly new on the block but already it’s seen a lot of living. It’s consoled kids who tried their best, it’s facilitated moms supporting each other through motherhood and it’s certainly created a community centre for all ages and attitudes to congregate and converse. If you’re looking for a place to warm up on a cold winter’s day or a place to catch up with an old mate, Locale is your spot so give them a visit on 4 Mark Road, Claremont, just passed Cavendish Square.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels