Among lavenders and fountains lies the lovely Chocolat et Café with its blue chairs, bulky wooden tables and chic chandeliers.
What started out as a small chocolate café at The Village in Hazelwood has now become a haven for food, chocolate and nature lovers alike. Chocolat et Café has been located at the old Woes Lekker premises since September last year and they have wholeheartedly made it their own with orchids and chandeliers and impressive wallpaper that puts you smack bam in the middle of a small, rural town in France. The chess board floor tiles and splashes of colour through paintings and couches all over make for a vibey, modern atmosphere. The nursery surrounding its rustic, red and blue farms-style entrance complements its essence perfectly and brings with it a calm, relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy that perfect cup of coffee from some of the prettiest mugs we’ve seen in ages.
During the time that Chocolat et Café was situated at The Village, their menu changed on a regular basis. They’ve changed that now and their current menu contains some of the chefs’ favourites from the past three years. Their dishes are unique and the menu is filled with creative offerings and hints of chocolate. They even have a chocolate omelette, made with dark chocolate, filled with chocolate mousse and strawberries, and their French toast and flapjacks also come with a speciality chocolate sauce – heaven in a bowl! Chances are slim that you’ll find similar dishes anywhere else in Pretoria and these breakfast options are definitely ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth. But, they also have a whole carb-conscious section in their menu for those who prefer the healthier option.
Open from 7h00 to 17h00 every day, they cater to both the breakfast and lunch crowds, as well as weekend cyclists who come past on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The café is also very much family and event orientated with a proper dessert bar for kids’ parties, chocolate fondue options which teens apparently love and a big playground for those who can’t sit still. They have a separate barn area which they are also planning to use for small weddings and events in the future and they do outsourced catering for you at your home with seven-course dinners, waiters, the works.
Inside there is a counter bedazzled with numerous types of cakes, macaroons and glass bowls filled with nougat and there is a chocolate bar where you can choose from a wide variety of proudly South African chocolates. Their chocolate suppliers include Geldhof Chocolatier, The Chocolate Tier, Lilly’s from Snyman Sjokolateur, Ile de Chocolat (who recently opened up shop in Cullinan), Honest Chocolate (whose chocolates are organic from bean to bar), Winston & Julia Artisan Chocolates and CocoAfair’s handcrafted chocolates. They also stock some of Nova’s sugar (and guilt) free chocolates.