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Visit Neil Roake's pop-up vegan cafe for The Space

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the light side An innovative retail store by The Space, Now Showing changes completely every few months. First was The Dark Side, which ran until 28 October 2017, and now The Light Side – a vegan cafe – graces the ever-evolving concept store. And, if you visit again after 1 February 2018, you'll be in for something new again. We took a trip to the small, highly curated spot at 109 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, for a taste of its exciting new menu and signature quirky offerings. Before settling down for an exploratory four-course vegan food series, we explored the shop upstairs, where pink walls have transformed the once-moody interiors into a playful space that captures the lighter side of the brand. 'This is all about serious fun,' comments Neil Roake, the man behind Now Showing. 'I want to invite people to come hang out with mates who make them forget about their phones – the challenge is on.' Bespoke items such as resort wear by Luanne Toms, botanical prints from plant master Clinton Friedman, homegrown stationery from Party Bunch & Co, ceramics by Jade Snell, African weave work from Design Afrika, Hemporium's new Lifesaver Hemp collection and contributions from IZIPIZI, Australian brand EVO and Durban's Nature's Source all feature, culminating in an atmosphere that is distinctly Durban for a Cape Town venue. Expect to find fresh, humorous and beautiful shoppables perfect for those on the lookout for something different. Among the bits and bobs, patrons can settle down to enjoy an entirely vegan lunch. Poppadoms, lentils, seedbread, chickpeas and more come together in a flavour-filled platter that leaves you feeling healthy but satisfied. Finish off the meal with an ice 'lolly for your dolly' in flavours including watermelon and chilli and blueberry cheesecake. There is a range of sourdough and bruschetta options too, with names like 'No Glove, No Love' (bruschetta with coriander hemp seed pesto, coconut cheese and crushed tomato). The 'Bitches Love FB Coffee' will give you the morning jolt you need, made with organically sourced African coffee beans. Downstairs at Now Showing, local clothing collaboration The Space’s first concept store will once again premier garments and accessories by esteemed local design icons Colleen Eitzen, Amanda Laird-Cherry, Leigh Schubert, and ALC, as well as introducing local Cape Town menswear brand Zeitgeist. All in all, Now Showing and The Light Side make an ideal place to spend the morning browsing distinctive clothes, decor and gifts before tucking into a hearty, healthy and delicious meal. Follow The Space Now Showing on Instagram for behind-the-scenes snaps, and find more info at