Tribe (BMW), the concept store in Cape Town, is a combination of motorcycle- and café society. Tribe’s trailblazing coffee will be on offer to supercharge visitors, with the addition of a café-style menu crafted by Maureen Muller, a fresh face on Cape Town’s haute cuisine scene.
The café interior is finished in deep leathers, smoky colours and dark, raw wood to give it a sexy, masculine appeal. The use of natural materials, particularly, glass, metal and wood, and the incorporation of hanging plants, softens the mechanical emphasis that would otherwise predominate on the showroom floor.
Within the café, motorcycle culture is honoured in the form of delicate pendant light fittings that have been fashioned from motorcycle engine parts and a glass-topped coffee table supported by two iconic 1200cc Boxer engines. The visual appeal of the café will change constantly through a small but edited display of collectible, vintage motorcycles.
Terrific coffee! Deep, rich, but super smooth and not too bitter - one of my new favourites. Had a cappuccino and a macchiato - both excellent. The breakfast menu is rather brief (no eggs Benedict which is what I had been dreaming of) but I made do with the mushrooms on toast on rye bread, which were nice and herby. Finished with a date ball, which was 90% biscuit (that is not a complaint - it was delicious!) The interior is a bit dark, further back, but if you sit near the front there's a lovely street view out over busy Buitengracht. I'll be back for the coffee.