Melissa’s Food Shop, Cape Town: Cafe Review

Melissa’s Food Shop
94 Kloof Street
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
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Specialty: Deli & cafe
Tel: +27 (0) 21 424 5540, Fax: +27 (0) 21 424 9053
SA Blog recommends a look inside? Possibly

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.




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.)