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Eggs Benedict Breakfast at Cape Cafe in Strand (2021-03-01) Food and Drink | Photo Gallery 01 MAY 2021

Absolutely dominating its stretch of the Strand Beach skyline, the big white beautiful apartment building that is Hibernian Towers is also home to a few small businesses hidden down on its ground floor, with one of those very worth knowing gems being the excellent Cape Cafe.

Although it is situated behind the glass doors of this behemoth of an apartment tower, the diminutive family-owned and operated Cape Cafe is still technically a beachfront cafe, fully licensed and with a penchant for serving great breakfasts and ground coffee, signature burgers and craft beer, and of course their exceptional hearthstone thin crust pizzas. Billing themselves as a South African Social Cafe, they say that they take pride in their Cape Culture with dishes such as Skilpadjies & Mash, Bobotie Pancakes and Boerewors on the menu. Now while I can’t really comment on those, I can say that their eggs benedict breakfast is most excellent, having been treated to one by Chantelle one weekday morning back in March.

It’s a small cozy space, with friendly people, great food, and importantly, well shielded from any of Strand’s notoriously blustery bouts of wind. In other words, a great little coffee shop/eatery to keep in the back of your mind should ever you find yourself in Strand in maybe not such perfect beach day weather.

Autumn Light and the Time for Peace Clock along Strand Beach (2018-04-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 28 JUN 2018

You would undoubtedly have spotted the small standalone clock tower if you have ever driven down Beach Road or walked along the beach promenade in Strand. Erected in 1994 and designed by Danie Pienaar, this structure standing on the sand is inscribed with the name “Time for Peace”, and based on the the plaque, it was a gift to the Strand community from the Strand Rotary Anns, marked as being in memory of one Mavis Mitton.

So the question then is – who was Mavis Mitton?

Well thanks to some Internet digging, it turns out that Mavis Mitton (née Alexander) was one of Cape Town’s first beauty queens, having won the very first (unofficial) Miss South Africa beauty contest organised by The Argus newspaper. (Her friends entered her into the competition without her knowing about it, and this was one of those early newspaper beauty contests where the paper printed photos of all the contestants and the readers sent their vote in.)

According to all the reports, the Cape celebrated Mavis’ victory, a young twenty year old teacher from Montagu, in proper style.

A little while after that, she moved to the Strand and started teaching at the Somerset West Primary School, where she taught for 26 years. Following the death of her husband (shortly after they were married sadly), she became greatly involved in charity work and joined the Strand Methodist community.

After her passing in 1990, Mavis donated all her money to the Strand Rotary association.

In 1993, as the death throes of Apartheid was getting more and more violent with each passing day, one Ann Jacueline Lester argued the need for symbol calling for peace between all – and thus, with the help of the local Rotary Anns, the Strand’s “Time for Peace” clock tower came into being.

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And that is that. So an interesting morsel of recent history for the next time you find yourself in the area then.

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A Sunday of Ponies, Bossa and Strand Beach (2015-04-12) Photo Gallery 20 JUN 2015

Back in April, only two months ago, the weather here in the Western Cape was still pretty good (as expected). Having already enjoyed a fabulous first half of a weekend thanks to the fantastic Fashkosh 2015 airshow at the Stellenbosch Flying Club, followed by a birthday braai with friends in celebration of Damen’s birthday, Sunday morning saw me flying solo with Chantelle out and about on some or other mission which quite frankly I simply don’t remember any more.

Not that this stopped me from enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather mind you – the morning routine was done and dusted before you could blink, and pretty soon Emily, Jessica and I were chilling on the lawns at the Blaauwklippen Family Market, eating our way through a pile of pancakes while taking in the vibe and good music.

IMG_20150412_130108 jessica eating pancake at blaauwklippen family market

Of course, this has been the year of Jessica becoming rather fond of pony rides, meaning that you can’t exactly leave the market without her having ridden their faithful old pony at least once or twice!

IMG_20150412_134211 jessica riding a pony at blaauwklippen family market

See? ;)

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The next morning/afternoon stop for the kids and I was to Bossa Social Cafe in Somerset West, not the first place that comes to mind if you think kid friendly venues, but one that does surprisingly work quite well, thanks to its outdoor tables and decent lawn / sand pit / jungle gym setup.

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(Seeing as the kids were playing and Chantelle wasn’t present, I resorted to striking up a conversation with Cuddle Cub over a refreshing glass of strawberry milkshake)

And as if all of this still wasn’t enough of a weekend out and about to my satisfaction, we capped Sunday off with an impromptu trip through to Strand Beach once Chantelle had finally returned home – the perfect way to end off an Autumn Sunday afternoon! :)

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In other words, definitely not a horrible way to spend an Autumn weekend out here in Cape Town!

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