If you know your South African shops in Perth, you’ll undoubtedly have come across Cape To Cairo in Woodvale. Last year, the business was sold and has been rebranded at the Village Hut Cafe. You’ve still got the same welcoming smiles, delicious treats and coffee, and all your South African favourites in the store though! I popped in to chat with the new owners and find out more about them and their plans for the shop and cafe.
Odette and Keith are fairly new to Perth – they’ve been here for a year, since moving across from Brisbane. Odette is from Durban originally and Keith from Cape Town. They also spent some time in Canberra, so they’ve got a real taste of what life is like across Australia.
Before moving down under, they lived in Namibia for several years and it was there they ran a coffee shop and catering company for several years.
Keith is a pilot and their moves around the country have been related to his job. Now they’re happily living in Perth, which was always their goal, they decided it was time to settle and buy a business. With their previous hospitality and catering experience, when the old Cape To Cairo went up for sale, they jumped at the chance to become the new owners.
In the few short months they’ve been running the shop, they’ve made some subtle yet effective changes. All the goods in the coffee shop are now homemade, and the quality is divine. They’ve still got the essentials on the menu, like peppermint crisp tart and milk tart, but they’ve also got more exotic treats like lemon meringue croissants and Amarula cake (which I’ll have to try one of these days!).
The menu also includes breakfast and lunch items, with some South African favourites like bobotie pie, vetkoek, boerewors rolls and Durban chicken curry. It’s not all heavy meals though, there is a great selection of salads, scones, and muffins if you fancy something a little lighter.
The shop still has the same selection of food, toiletries, and goods for sale, but Odette is hoping to bring some new homewares into the range so watch this space! For now you can still get the cutest homewares and gifts, not least from their gorgeous range of items from Studio 66.
So if you haven’t been for a while, why not head over to the Village Hut Cafe for brekkie, lunch, or just a coffee and cake – you won’t be disappointed.
You may just spot some of my Rand Rescue business cards too! 🙂
Have you been to the Village Hut Cafe? Let me know what you think in the comments below!