This week: Sherwood Garden Cafe
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 Sherwood Garden Cafe
If you have been following me on social media for the last few months you would have noticed that green things have been making an appearance every now and then. I’ve became healthily obsessed with growing my own vegetables and herbs, and while my fingers were prone to killing plants in the past, I’ve now propagated them into 10 green ones.
Tomato, garlic, basil, peppermint, spring onion, beetroot and my latest addition that started to sprout today, baby marrow, are now all part of my daily ritual, plus, there are also a few indoor plants like Maggie, the beautiful Maydenhair fern, a love palm, a poinsettia and another cascading fern-like one.
So it is no wonder that a place like the Garden Cafe at Sherwood Garden Centre has become pretty much one of my top five places for coffee in Port Elizabeth, and it is no secret that I’m not just going there for the coffee (I have to pep talk myself into a spending limit when I visit).
The coffee shop’s atmosphere, complete with homey decor and lounge corner, is nothing short of charming, and if you happen to go there during a weekend its abuzz with chitter chatter over coffee, cake, breakfast and lunch. There are breakfasts starting around R30, and tramezzinis, wraps, salads and other light lunches such as soup, lasagna, curry, burgers and quiches; the majority of the meals are between R40 and R80. There is a kiddies menu perfectly paired with the outside seating area and playground, and also a variety of meat free, dairy and egg free options that will lead a Karoo meat eater into some Middle Eastern temptation; Sherwood Garden Cafe knows their way around a falafel!
And not even to mention their cakes…
It doesn’t matter what you order – milk tart, cheesecake, carrot cake or one of the other 4 or 8 cakes – it is love at first bite. This black forest cake below – which happens to be egg and dairy free – is one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted. No, wait. It is THE best cake I’ve ever had (my mom still makes the best chocolate cake, just in case she read this…♥).
And there is more to Sherwood Garden Centre than just coffee and cacti, you can shop for bridal wear, visit Jimmy’s book exchange, Ashanti craft shop and even get pampered at Nails by Simone… all in one spot.
But the cherry on top of a visit to Sherwood Garden Cafe (after you had your cherries with your blackforest cake) is taking a stroll through the nursery where plants, a few other plants, and some more plants await. Succulents to seedlings, ferns to fruit trees, herbs to hibiscus – you name it, they have it!
Like all places, there is unfortunately a downside to Sherwood Garden Centre and that is sticking to the agreement you made with yourself that you won’t buy any unnecessary plants…
How can one even use ‘unnecessary’ and ‘plants’ in the same sentence? Beats me.
Want to visit? Sherwood Garden Centre Cafe Details
Coffee-meter: A bit gritty and I prefer it slightly stronger, but still good. I’ll definitely return time and time again.
Address: 16 Walker Drive, Port Elizabeth.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 09:00 to 16:00 (the Garden Centre is open from 08:30 to 17:00).
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