A little hidden at first glance but upon entering, one is enchanted by a fairytale of chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate and that cult aroma of coffee. This is honestly the mecca of all things chocolate and you will surely find a variation a chocolate to please the palate. Leaving one feeling like a true chocolatier at the end of the experience.
The café takes chocolate and celebrates the wonders of this beautiful ingredient. This artisan gem takes chocolate to levels that was once unthinkable and makes us love chocolate more even if you thought that was not possible. These magically orchestrated chocolate treats are carefully thought out and makes you want to try everything on the menu. The banana bread bunny chow offers a whimsical spin on the classic where a mini banana loaf is filled with a silky dark chocolate spread, topped with a creamy ice-cream and a generous sprinkling of spiced nuts. If the bunny chow is not your dining weapon of choice, try the St Anna’s lightly salted nacho’s, accompanied by an indulgent chocolate and finished off with a dash of chilli on the side if you crave that fiery kick. The nacho’s are gluten free and vegan so it’s a party for all. If the specialties don’t grab you the ultra-moist, dark chocolate ganaché filled cake or the gooey soft , nutty chocolate brownie might do the trick. The decadent menu options are honest cult favorites and are a must when visiting the Honest Café. You won’t find much when it comes to savoury option. There are various smaller options available, like the peanut butter pretzel, spiced nut and caramel chocolate tart and a thought out selections of truffles to choose from. Let’s not forget to mention that Honest Café has a selection of vegan ice-creams available.
What is cake without coffee? Honest offers a good selection of coffee from their barista’s. Naturally, the chocolate has been incorporated into coffee, by offering a Honest Chocolate Mocha and its honestly good. If you coffee sensitive there is a elegant selection of hand blended teas available like the rooibos spiced latte or the choc chilli chai tea.
Service is friendly and efficient.
The dark wood furniture offer the classic artisan café feel. With a simplistic atmosphere to the café, it sets you at ease immediately. Its an ambience that takes you away and makes you forget that you actually sitting in the heart of the city CBD. Finally, all that’s left to say is keep walking through the court yard to find the gin bar.
All things chocolate!
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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.
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