Melissa’s Food Shop
94 Kloof Street
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town | Map
Further Insight & Opinion
Dive right in to Melissa’s, by all means, if you like scrumptious handmade deli goodies, by-the-kilo breakfasts and lunches (displayed in beautiful spreads), hot-cookie clientele with just a wee bit too much lame on the old cheekbones (or whatever that shiny/dripping-wet-look makeup is called), great coffee, and prices designed for plastic payment.
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The Melissa’s chain of delis is a local phenom that’s gradually expanding to the rest of the country. The flagship store is on upper Kloof Street (and remains the best, I think), with others dotted around the greater peninsula. The coffee is the chief attraction of the place, for me, because it’s so damn good – but foodies will delight in the many “finger foods” you can pinch to take home, from almond nougat to chilli oil.
One rule to bear in mind: don’t go to Melissa’s before 1:30 p.m., or you’ll have to share the space with the upper-class suburban ghouls who descend to feast just before their facials and waxes. (This rule doesn’t apply, of course, if you’re a misanthrope or urban sociologist.)