A Tantalizing Taste of France in Cape Town
Swan Café is a French styled patisserie selling coffee and crepes in the up and coming heart of Cape Town, Zonnebloem.
It’s a coffee shop that’s got style for sure with blue, grey and wood covering the floors and walls. There’s a definite sense of France in the air with French murals on the walls and bird cages that scatter the ceiling operating as chandeliers.
Swan Café has a sense of soul with a diverse range of people poppin’ in to put their brains to work. Meetings, meals and general meet ups are the name of the game in the general sitting area while workers cover the windows tip-tapping away on their laptops, eager to get some inspiration out of the office.
Coffee & Food:
The coffee is beautifully presented in glasses that sit on ocean blue saucers that looks as if a South African safari man took a dive in the Mediterranean. The coffee is a dark bitter brew, filled with that real European taste. The French feeling goes further than just the aesthetics in the air with all waiters wearing Where’s Wally shirts with dark blue aprons that sit on top.
If you’re not a coffee cat, then Swan Café has a great range of teas on offer too. Take your pick of teas between the likes of Miss Oh la la, a green tea concocted with petals of lavender, rose and rounded off with citrus and bergamot or Chrismas in July which is a rooibos with a flurry of flavours that will fill your palate with raw power.
The crepes are absolutely delicious, offering a selection of sweet and savoury options to ensure they’ve got your back at all times of the day. I had a simply sensational Parisienne which arrived on the plate looking like a medieval castle, the square crepe surrounding an egg yolk in the middle protecting the fat Parma Ham king within. Swan Café’s food is a lil’ on the pricey side but it’s for sure a hell of a lot cheaper than flying to Paris for lunch.
If you find yourself strolling around the city center and you’re keen to travel to a coffee shop far far away, then head to Swan Café on the corner of Buitenkant and Barrak Street in Zonnebloem Cape Town.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels
If you want something a bit more hardcore with a more Bluesy vibe, check out the Dogs Bollocks in Gardens.
If you’re looking for something a lil’ different but in the same area, have a look the coffee shops in Central Cape Town that we’ve reviewed.