Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some gorgeous cafes and eating places I've discovered in and around Cape Town

Jan 26, 2012

The Annex, Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Books is a one of a kind little shop of books covered in a stone building on the main road through Kalk Bay. The intimate space encourages unhurried browsing through books you just don't see in any old store and it's impossible to walk out without buying something.They also host regular book launches awash with complimentary glasses of wine to sip reflectively while authors share enticing snippets of their craft to encourage you to buy their latest book.

The countless delectable recipes, as well as taste samples from many cook books launched over the last few years, seem to have encouraged the birth of a divine eating place wrapped around two sides of the book shop. At The Annex (clever wordplay on the name of owner Ann Donald) you can sit indoors next to a fire on a chilly day, or escape the pesky south easter in the sheltered courtyard, or climb a few steps to an open space under a gorgeous stone pine and gaze sleepily over your refreshments at the colourful harbour and False Bay beyond. As it was a gorgeous summer day this spot was the most appealing, in the company of zany statues of fey maidens.

I had a reunion with a friend not seen for ages, it was late morning, she needed breakfast and I just wanted a snack. One of the specials on the blackboard propped against the tree appealed to her and she ordered scrambled egg with salmon and avo, which was beautifully plated and apparently tasted just as good. My croissant with jam and cheese was warm, fresh and crisp and also nicely presented. I'm a sucker for good presentation. To drink, we both had tall glasses of mochaccino which was very more-ish. The service was friendly and I was also impressed that the manageress popped by to check that everything was ok.

As can happen so suddenly along the false bay, a nippy little wind whipped up off the sea and we were offered fluffy lime green throws to toss around our shoulders, which certainly warmed my chilly bare arms.

Next time I visit the book store I'll be sure to follow it up with a cappuccino,or two, next door.  Visit their website

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