FOOD, ART AND MUSIC: The Friendly Stranger – come as a guest leave as a friend


Something very exciting is brewing in the Baakens Valley, something that is drawing famous musicians like Desmond & the Tutus, Stuart Reece, Gary Thomas, Guy Buttery and Wendy Oldfield. I discovered this during a recent visit to the Friendly Stranger, situated at 1 Bridge Street in the Brickmakerskloof area, for an afternoon bite with a work colleague.

As I walked through the front door, I immediately knew I had entered a  coffee shop and café like no other. The Friendly Stranger is neatly set in an old stone building that some say was the PE harbour master’s house, built around 1881.

While downstairs is a cosy lounge with a somewhat low ceiling, upstairs is a fun mix of antique and modern furniture – including an industrial coffee station. A sky light, glass doors, an outside wooden deck and walls studded with colourful art completed this modern-retro establishment.

Restaurateurs Tabita Weyer and Dameon van Antwerpen certainly thought this one through. They have created a relaxed environment where you can meet with your business partners, clients and colleagues or swing by for some great music with your friends, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

Comfortably seated at our table, I discovered that there was an extra level of quality from the Friendly Stranger’s menu. They offer an assortment of salads, burgers, flatbreads, nachos, pizzas, gourmet hot dogs, pies, steaks, platters and great coffee blended by award-wining barista, Donovan McLagan. Above all, I found their menu reasonably priced!

Having learnt from our waiter that just about everything on their menu was popular with their patrons, I decided to try their coffee while my colleague had a glass of freshly-squeezed fruit juice. As a qualified chef and self-proclaimed coffee fundi, I was really impressed with McLagan’s brewing skills. My colleague assured me that her juice was a must try for any healthy dining enthusiast.

While we enjoyed our beverages, we browsed the menu. We selected chicken nachos, which was served with sour cream, chilli paste and guacamole. Chef, Harry, did excel with our generous portion. My colleague and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

The Friendly Stranger serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners on select nights. They are open on Mondays to Tuesday (from 8am to 4pm) and on Wednesdays to Saturdays (from 8am to 11pm). The venue can accommodate up to 85 people making it ideal for small functions and intimate corporate events.

Looking for a vibrant place to enjoy good food, art, coffee and music, visit the Friendly Stranger or call 074 911 9704 or [email protected].