C’est La Vie (Fish Hoek)

C’est La Vie (Fish Hoek)
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R55 avg main meal
Comfy & casual
Bakery fare, Café fare, French, Health food
Mastercard, Visa

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Bernadette le Roux

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.

(July 2014)

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  • Great artisan breads here; choose your loaf to go with boiled eggs, preserves or gourmet sandwich fillings and you’ve got a winning meal and outstanding coffee.
  • Bernadette Le Roux

    You'll find some of the best artisan breads here. Breakfasts are simple, but choose your loaf to go with boiled eggs, preserves or gourmet sandwich fillings and you've got a winning meal rounded off with outstanding coffee. The freshly squeezed juices are a treat. The new location opposite Dalebrook pool is vibey and bustling. This has to be one of my favourite bakeries. Recommended for breakfast on a week day. All the artisan loaves are delicious. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Terrible service.

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  • lovely French-inspired cafe in a cobbled side street in Kalk Bay. Variety of French breads and croissants baked on the premises everyday. Jo owner/ the baker went to France to learn how to bake artisan French breads. Great illy coffee made by trained baristas. Beware - bread and coffee addictive!
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  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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