Photo by Stefan Wessel

Cape Town is well known for its variety of cafes. From dive to luxe, we’ve got it all, but there are very few that pay fine attention to interior design quite in the way of Loading Bay.

Walking into Loading Bay is quite the experience. A concept store housing an eatery, apparel and not to mention the upstairs Aēsop store, another striking sight, it is run and owned by Jon Paul Bolus. His right hand lady, Nicol has basically become the face of Loading Bay, and my personal experience there was made exceptionally pleasant thanks to her. Not to mention the friendly staff. They all pay close attention to making Loading Bay a beautiful affair. With the creative vision and persevering direction from Jon Paul and the architectural assistance from Cape Town based MAKE Architects, Loading Bay is an ever growing and dynamic space.

Enjoy the light filled space for your morning green juice, a long lunch of shared dishes, or a lavish Sunday brunch. Explore the apparel, with international brands like ACNE STUDIOS, Norse Project & Our Legacy, to name a few, with a core focus on product and development.
Loading Bay  is a space committed to ethically sourced product both locally and internationally, and we are hooked.
Take a look inside…
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Downstairs Dining Area
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Kitchen and Bar
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Upstairs Aesop Store

Not only do we think Loading Bay is impressive, The New York Times recently mentioned them as one of the top twelve fashion, food and design spots to visit in Cape Town.

Visit their website or just pop in yourself, you won’t believe what you’ve been missing out on.



Pay them a visit in Hudson Street in De Waterkant for a coffee and a stroll through the space.

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