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Meraki (Stellenbosch)

Meraki (Stellenbosch)
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Kids, Views
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Café fare, Coffee, Health food, Light meals, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

Food
Consistency is one of the most difficult demands of running a restaurant. So when you find it being practiced so beautifully and so deliciously, you can’t help but fall in love with the place.

That’s the case with Meraki. The pretty-as-a-picture eatery on an oak-lined street in Stellenbosch has won the hearts of locals and out-of-towners alike. The menu is a thoughtful collection of delicious fare, beautifully presented. Breakfasts are popular and include delectable banana bread French toast, served with homemade blueberry jam, strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream. Or build your own plate from the long list of available ingredients.

Lunch brings a crunchy and colourful harvest table as well as an appealing a la carte menu. The latter includes a daily power bowl, interesting sandwiches, wraps and salads. Their take on the Caesar salad is phenomenal – lemony chicken strips and pasta served with a yoghurt and pecorino dressing, cos lettuce and crispy kale.

It is however their sweet offering that have led to their cult status. Leave space (and time) to peruse the abundance of pastries, tarts and mini-cakes on display in the glass case. The offering varies, but is consistently attractive and delicious. Don’t miss their coconut slices or chocolate-and-almond cruffin (or as they like to call it, the muffin that went to French school).

Drinks
Arguably some of the best coffee in town. But we might be swayed by the sweet accompaniments. Alternatively go for tea, a delectable raw juice or something from the small selection of wines, craft beers and ciders.

Service
Consistently friendly and efficient. They don’t mind people lingering for hours to enjoy the beautiful setting and the good coffee.

Ambience
Has the word “beautiful” been used enough times? It really is. White, light and bright, with marble tops, exposed light bulbs and other chic touches. Sit on the sidewalk to watch students and tourists.

Best for...
Long lazy breakfasts or treaty tea times.

(2018)

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    Food
    The food is fresh and utterly delicious, with modern flavours and minimum fuss. Breakfast offers something for everyone, from the classics like croissants, croque-monsieurs and croque-madames, to eggs Benedict and French toast variations. Expect typical café food made to perfection for lunch, such as peppered mackerel served with a baked sweet potato, or a brisket burger with pickles. Salad choices are interesting and showcase their less-is-more philosophy. For example, the caprese buffalo milk fior di latte is made with top-quality ingredients, served simply with rosy baby tomatoes, peppery rocket and basil pesto. The array of delicious pastries to enjoy with a cup of their good coffee, or to take away, is good enough to warrant a loyal following.

    Drinks
    Meraki’s coffee is rivaled by their freshly squeezed raw juice, as well as their winning smoothies. The limited but affordable wine list includes wine by the glass, beers and spirits.

    Service
    Efficient and friendly.

    Ambience
    The restaurant buzzes with students, but it’s a happy space to catch up with friends or meet business colleagues. The interior is modern and minimalistic with small marble tables spilling out onto the street.

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User reviews

  • My favorite brunch spot in Stellenbosch! Lovely food and friendly staff! I would recommend it.
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  • Meraki is my go-to restaurant in Stellenbosch, and I think I’m nearing on 100 visits. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this restaurant absolutely rocks my tastebuds. I’ve been disappointed by the service lately, but the food is always perfectly seasoned & beautifully plated, and the coffee is always frothy and hot. A must-visit!
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  • It is the small and simple pleasures in life that matter. Meraki makes sure you experience these little pleasures each visit. Good food, great coffee and the best people. Thank you for all the friendly smiles.
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  • Great cafe with very friendly staff. They have amazing pastries and cakes on offer and the coffee is absolutely fantastic. The food is fresh and very tasty. The perfect spot to meet with friends.
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  • What a slice of gold. Go here, take your book, and enjoy the smiley people.
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  • A little gem in the Eikestad, where I can just escape from everything for a while- enjoy a lovely cup of tea and be guaranteed an amazing meal.
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  • My husband and I had come to Meraki for breakfast. First greeted with a big, warm, welcoming smile, coffee was extraordinary, and the food was amazing. And talk about fast and attentive service. Thank you Meraki, that was awesome.
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  • This little cafe in Ryneveld street Stellenbosch is sure a big fish in a small city. Outstanding food, great coffee, great service and beautiful staff with a cosy, comfy ambiance, is a recipe for return.
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  • Meraki has always been one of my favourites - that space where you hide away from every day life, spending quality time with friends and REALLLYYY good food...
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  • Meraki really reflects “liefde en passie”. Everything they do and serve is done with love and no request is ever too much to ask. I thoroughly enjoy having my morning coffee there as well as my indulgent treats. Thank you to the Meraki team for your constant perfection. Carmen.
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  • This little gem, Meraki, has so many great things to offer. First things first - the COFFEE. The coffee at Meraki is something else. Once you've tasted this coffee you will never want to drink any other coffee, anywhere else. The staff is always friendly and know each and every regular customer by their name. It's like being at home. They make the best Eggs Benedict and Banana Bread French Toast.
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  • Whenever you enter the doors to this beautiful cafe, you are greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. The food is amazingly presented and very tasty. The baristas has a magic touch when it comes to coffee.They also have a great selection of cakes and pastries on offer.
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  • First word that comes to mind when thinking of Meraki is Home. With waitresses that treats you like family, managers that knows and acknowledges you by name, they sure make you feel important and very special. That's is not where it stops, the service is excellent and the food is out of this world and with the COFFEE....... don't get me started, that barista is talented. I've been coming for years but letting people know how amazing Meraki is never gets old. I love this Cafe.
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  • Most beautiful yet comfy restaurant in town. Usually I'm very picky about where I sit, because I want my view to be good. When I'm at Meraki, I don't have that problem at all. It's impossible to find an "ugly angle". No need to doubt that the food and service won't be top quality. Maraki is always at the top of my suggestion list when I'm asked where I want to go for a coffee date.
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  • This is definitely my go to coffee place. I am convinced they have the best cheesecake in town. It creamy, yet fluffy. It's rich but not too sweet.
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  • Beautiful interior design. The food is an artwork and tastes divine. Amazing coffee, especially their ice coffee. Lastly, Meraki's waiters are kind and loving. Highly recommended!
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  • Great coffee , best staff.
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  • Happy to call this my second home. ❤Loveliest staff & best coffee in town!!
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  • Meraki has always been a hub for coming together, sharing dreams and celebrations over an incredible cup of coffee, delicious breakfast or sweet treat. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, adding to the welcoming feel in this beautiful space. Meraki is like a second home, a place that hosts many delicious memories...and much more to come.
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  • One of the prettiest cafés in town with a menu and service to match! We love sitting outside on the sidewalk at their beautiful marble tables on a sunny day, or curled in a window corner on a cold and rainy day. Don't miss this gem when visiting Stellenbosch!
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  • Meraki is without a doubt the most chic coffee shop in the Stellenbosch region! From the menu to the store design, it is evident that extensive effort has gone into curating an elegant experience for the consumer (how'd you like that for alliteration?). The Meraki team are always more than friendly and I have experienced nothing but consistently delightful service over the past year of being a patron. If you are in the Stellenbosch region, I would highly recommend popping in for breakfast - particularly for their famous eggs benedict - or a sweet snack!
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  • Meraki is my daily dose of all things pretty- pretty food, pretty people, pretty pastries & pretty pink. It's impossible not to be happy when walking into Meraki. Meraki epitomizes a lifestyle of coffee catch-ups with friends, good and healthy food, friendly service and all things pretty.
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  • I can't let a week go past, without having visited Meraki. The food and pastries are filled with flavor and you don't have to wait until summer, in order to try the creamy ice creams from the fridge.
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  • Meraki is a place very close to my heart. Not only do they have amazing food and coffee, but you always feel welcome when you are there, whatever time of day, the staff is very friendly. When one sits at Meraki you feel as if you are part of the town Stellenbosch, the view is beautiful with the bustling street, and students walking up and down. It is a great way to start or end ones day or if you are like me, start and end your day at Meraki. Plus their cakes and pasteries are to die for!!!
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  • Meraki is always a must visit when in Stellies and well worth the weekend trek! The perfect spot for quick morning coffee, a breakfast date with friends or a leisurely weekend lunch. With seriously tasty food, spot on coffee and a killer interior to match Meraki really does live up to the hype. And then there is the pastry case full of to die for treats... you have to try the mini coconut cake! Trust me, you will not regret it!
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  • No words to describe the feeling one gets when walking in to Meraki. I love this family! ❤
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Licensed
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  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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