Honest Chocolate Café (Cape Town)

Honest Chocolate Café (Cape Town)
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R40 avg main meal
Business meetings, Groups, Quick meals
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Health food, Light meals, Vegan food, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

This crowd-funded café built on a cult following was created by friends Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk, whose passion for sugar-free, dairy-free, ethically sourced and made raw chocolate led to the brand, Honest Chocolate. The delicate bars with artful wrappers were first sold at markets and later, at the petite flagship store in Wale Street.

The café is a celebration of baked chocolate treats, from brownies to a decadent banana bread bunny chow and vanilla gelato to tarts, cookies, bon-bons and dairy-free shakes. It’s popular with those on the sugar-free wagon but not afraid of calories.

Try the fresh, light-as-air croissants, served with Honest Chocolate’s chocolate spread, available for sale in jars. You won’t find any savouries on the menu – it’s a before, after or between-meals niche café that offers outstanding chocolate desserts. Vegans and vegetarians will be charmed here too.

There’s a variety of hot chocolate (including original, spiced Mexican and Christmas orange flavours), served short and dark or tall and milky; rooibos cappuccinos; kombucha; cold chocolate milk; Trump and Timbal coffees (you can buy the beans here); and the Chocolate Dream milkshake made with coconut milk, dates and cacao. You’re covered.

Friendly and efficient.

A narrow, rectangular space – with a glass front on Wale Street, small wooden chairs and simple wood tables – it makes good use of the space and fills up throughout the day. Go out back to the grey-and-white tiled courtyard for a pleasant city break.

An open secret is that the courtyard out back leads to the teeny, popular Secret Gin Bar, which opens in the late afternoon.

(August 2017)

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  • Ambience
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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