Expect some of the finest breads the city has to offer. This tiny eatery bakes all its artisanal loaves, from baguettes and pain de compagne to dainty friands, on the premises.
For breakfast, the free-range eggs scrambled to perfection with freshly picked field mushrooms is a winner. Lunch options are mostly gourmet sandwiches, but with breads this good, who could resist? Carbo-phobes might look towards the pork sausages with onion marmalade as a good alternative. A trained barista is on hand to ensure top-drawer coffees. And don’t leave without a bread or two to take home.
Innovative juices are freshly squeezed on the premises; check out the chalkboard for daily specials. The granny smith apple juice with ginger and mint is a firm favourite amongst locals. The restaurant is not licensed, but bring a bottle if you’d like some wine with your lunch or bubbles with breakfast.
C’est la Vie is owner run and most of the return customers are on a first-name basis with the bakers and barista. With a minimum of eight tables, you can be assured of top-quality service.
The location on busy Kalk Bay Main road adds to the vibe. Watch pedestrians go by and waves crashing into Dalebrook Pool across the road. A bracing swim followed by coffee and a freshly baked pain au chocolate comes highly recommended.
They don’t accept credit cards, so make sure you’re carrying a bit of cash.