I took a leisurely drive out to Kalk Bay on Sunday and discovered this little town is one of SA’s best kept secrets. As I drove in, I was immediately drawn to the shops that crammed every space to the left and right of me and parked instantly so I could start walking… First up was Mythology & Co, a gorgeous little shop crammed with beautiful clothes, gifts and accessories, I was in heaven.
I had heard about Beatnik Bazaar and when I saw the clothing range in Mythology, I asked about whether it had its own shop. As fate would have it, the owner, Thaya, had just arrived at Mythology, we hit it off instantly and off we went for a coffee at a delightful ‘hole in the wall’ called Cest la Vie. The iced coffee was heavenly and the pain au chocolat sublime. I then spent the next hour walking it off around Kalk Bay, exploring vintage shops, book stores, clothing and antique furniture shops, a nursery, Big Blue and a tarot reader.
This town is chock-a-block full of inspiration, beautiful views and balmy weather, I’ll definitely be back. Thaya from Beatnik was a gem and I got all the inside info on where to visit from her, nothing like a local to make you feel at home – thank you!
Lauren14th May 2010 at 10:45 AM
yay! i love kalk bay, it’s my home. sometimes i pretend that i’m living in a little french town.
Thaya14th May 2010 at 9:02 AM
Hey! Just found this now! Was great to meet you and looking forward to a lunch next time at C’est la Vie. Thaya xxx
askashe14th May 2010 at 10:39 AM
Will definitely let you know when I’m coming down that way again, was lovely to meet you and I had such a ball exploring Kalk Bay. Loving all your posts on other places – Noordoek next! xxx ashe
coelho18th February 2010 at 10:09 PM
just read about c’est la vie in latest food & home – diarised to go when down there next – weakness for bread i have, their’s sounds amazing! great post.
askashe19th February 2010 at 11:24 AM
everyone was munching on these long twisty bread sticks, extremely popular and the pain au chocolat I had was sinful, could have ploughed my way through 5!!!
Nadia18th February 2010 at 7:37 AM
Awesome and beautiful post! x
Lana17th February 2010 at 10:19 PM
Oh cool, fun day out, I love C’est la vie!
robyn ashe17th February 2010 at 7:50 PM
ditto all u mentioned – cant wait for my next trip to the Cape!