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Serving fresh bites in the Bokaap

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In the middle of one of Cape Town's busiest areas, Harvest Café & Deli has opened for breakfast and lunch. This fresh new eatery, surrounded by the colourful homes of the Bokaap, offers healthy alternatives to classic dishes. Zucchini rostis replace the English muffin with your Eggs Benedict and colourful quinoa bowls are on offer, all enjoyed in a light- and plant-filled space designed by Framework Projects.

While searching for a location to move their ice-cream company, owners Sean Moncrieff and Lloyd Becker came across this first-floor spot in the Bokaap. 'We absolutely loved it but it was too big for what we needed, so we wrote it off. Until one day, a few months later I had the idea of starting a little café, which is something we’ve both always wanted to do,' says Sean. Framework Projects was given complete freedom on the interior design and the result is a contemporary, open-plan space decorated with greenery and stained-glass features.

The open kitchen replicates the feel of the menu: healthy and unassuming. 'We had in mind what we wanted to achieve out of the space, so we met with vegetarian chef Arabella Parkinson – after seeing and hearing about her amazingly healthy and colourful food – who has created a beautifully diverse and wholesome menu,' Sean explains. Sean also has a background in personal training, which inspired the health-conscious menu. Smoothie bowls, pumpkin fritters and avocado roses on sourdough (that really do look too good to eat) are just a few of the delicious options.

Besides being a restaurant, Harvest is also in the process of creating its own deli. In keeping with the general atmosphere, the deli will offer health products and stoneware crockery from a local ceramicist in Muizenberg (which they use for serving in the restaurant, too). 'We will also have a central harvest table where people can come and buy fresh produce,' adds Sean. Other future additions include utilising the ample rooftop space which gives gorgeous views of the city, Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Sean and Lloyd plan on growing their own produce up there, as well as hosting yoga and pilates sessions and markets.

If you're looking to spend the day in the culturally rich Bokaap, begin at Harvest Café & Deli. 'Come start the day with a delicious breakfast at Harvest followed by some photos on our rooftop,' says Sean. 'Then take a walk through the streets for some amazing photo opportunities and head over to the Bokaap museum to learn about the history of the community. And for lunch, head to our neighbour across the road for some authentic Cape Malay cooking classes.'

Visit facebook.com/harvestcafect for more details.