We loved the coffee shop for its delicious cappucino and fresh scones that were light as a feather. (It does lamb shanks and burgers and lots more too, to satisfy the lunch crowd.)
We especially loved the elegance of the antique tables with their silver jugs of fresh roses. You might prefer to sit on the stoep among wrought iron chairs, pot plants and crystal chandeliers, to watch the passersby, or in the shady garden courtyard at the back, which could have come straight from a small town in France.
But Sophie's Choice is far more than a coffee shop; it’s a deli too, stuffed with Karoo specialities like jams and pickles, gourmet oil and wine. It’s even an antique and object d’art palace. If you can sit still and not want to go exploring through its treasures, you’re a better person than I am.
Or, depending on what riches owner Sophia van der Merwe has unearthed recently, you may find fine christening dresses, dressmaker’s dummies, chandeliers, armoires, inlaid tables and a collection of teddy bears. You could almost think of it as a revolving art gallery, where the exhibits change from day to day but there’s always something fabulous urging you to browse and buy.
You’ll find it on the main road (Knysna Street).
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