We’ve found the sweetest little neighborhood spot, unpretentious and unfussy and the perfect place to grab a light bite and cup of coffee. If you didn’t know it existed, you probably would never think it’s there. Hometown Café, set down a narrow suburban road in Rosebank, is quaint, unique and just what you need for a spot of tea and slice of cake with mom and gran.
Increasingly better known among locals for its freshly baked treats, Hometown also offers sandwiches, salads and light cooked meals. Ranging in price from R30–R65, the café is warm and inviting; simple ingredients prepared simply. I was recently asked for advice on the best places to go for cake in Cape Town, and apart from High Teas offered at fancy hotels I came out blank. If you’re looking for something less formal, this is my recommendation.
Although Bernard and I went with the intention of having tea and scones (they’re warm and delicious), I opted instead for a butternut salad with feta and cashew nuts (R65). Bernard had a croissant with jam and cheese (R30). Nothing special, nothing fancy, but sitting in the outside courtyard under trees in comfortable wicker chairs, it’s a peaceful respite.
The children’s play area makes Hometown an ideal place for families. Indoors there’s a small shop selling curious bits and bobs, and the seating area outside and indoors is decorated with the cutest flowers pots and hanging bird cages. Hometown is just that: cute and characterful.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace