This week: Cobblestone Bistro & Bakery
Join me on this caffeine journey where I will share some of my favourite coffee shops and coffee spots in Port Elizabeth (and sometimes elsewhere) because let’s be honest, everything gets better with coffee.
Take a Coffee Break in Port Elizabeth at Cobblestone Bistro & Bakery
While all of my other coffee shop blog posts were loaded with photos this one, uhm, not so much and the reason for that is simple: I have my moments and don’t always like whipping a camera out, especially in restaurants where I feel it might disturb customers. I arrived at Cobblestone Bistro & Bakery just before 09:00 with high hopes that it won’t be too busy but alas, the restaurant was packed.
In fact, thinking about it now, I don’t even know why I thought I might catch it during a quiet time, I’ve never visited a quiet-and-only-a-few-tables-occupied Cobblestone.
The restaurant was – and always is – packed for 3 reasons:
- Incredible specials,
- Good food, and
- Friendly, fast and personal service.
Let’s talk about the specials.
While the normal day to day prices are already affordable – cappucino R20, breakfasts between R20 and R69 and light meals from R40 to R75, they also have a few specials that draw the crowds in day after day. For example, the breakfast special that is available from 07:00 to 11:00 is only R13… yes, R13 for 2 eggs and ciabatta toasts (with the option to add mushrooms, etc.).
There are also other lunch specials during the week from 12:00 to 15:00 (sit in only) and for only R50 you can get:
Monday: Chicken Schnitzel
Thursday: Curry and Rice
Friday: Any of above
Then there is the aspect of good food.
Firstly, you knead to understand that they know their way around a piece of dough, especially when it comes to the light and airy ciabatta bread. They sell loafs of bread by the dozen every day and the proof might be in the pudding, but the taste is in every freshly baked slice.
They have the obvious toasties and tramezzini meals, and also quiches, bagels, nibble platters, burgers (a banting one also), baked potatoes or stuffed butternut, a vegetarian platter, variety of salads and pizza, bobotie, stir fry and few more other dishes as well.
They also have a lot of different cakes and cupcakes, pastries, brownies, macaroons and even biscuits and rusks to take home and snack on later.
And lastly, there is the friendly, fast and personal service.
I am convinced that Cobblestone Bistro & Bakery has the densest “population” of excellent waiters per square metre than any other coffee shop – or restaurant – in Port Elizabeth… and even in South Africa. It always looks like the restaurant is working like a well-oiled machine, with everything and everyone in their place, tables being cleared quickly and waiters as friendly as can be, offering good service with a personal yet professional touch. And the same goes for the security guard outside, always on his post, always smiling.
Plus there are tables located by plug points, so if you ever feel like trading your office for a coffee shop, this is a good option. In fact, if you sit and observe you will notice a lot of small meetings taking place between the friends catching up over coffee, the mother-and-daughter outing, the couple’s date and other social get-togethers.
Want to visit? Cobblestone Bistro & Bakery Details
Coffee-meter: YES. More please. YES. A well-balanced coffee that’s not weak in the knees and not too acidic.
Address: 40 6th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 16:00, Saturday, 07:30 to 15:00 and Sunday 07:30 to 14:00).
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