Welcome to my series of where to go when you find yourself in a particular area of beautiful KwaZulu-Natal. I am going to start (of course) with my home town of Kloof.
- Kloof Village Mall
We love shopping at our local Spar. They have friendly and helpful staff and the bakery and butchery is fabulous. There are weekly specials and if you find yourself in the shop on Thursday’s make sure you take advantage of the bananas and egg specials. They also have a stand alone fridge for Georgie’s pork products. Make sure you take along your own reusable shopping bags as this Spar is plastic shopping bag free. They do have paper bags and reusable fabric bags for sale at the tills.
Your one stop craft and art shop. This is where I teach my classes on how to make Paperdori journals (lost? then read all about it over here). They also have a wide range of other classes like chalk painting and paper flower making. Take a look at their Facebook page to see what classes you might be interested in doing.
- Fields Shopping Centre
A beautiful shop filled with fascinating decor and gifting ideas. I dare you to walk out of Muse without buying something either for your home or for yourself. Like them on Facebook or Instagram so you can keep up to date on the new stock arrivals.
For head to toe earth conscious skincare made without chemicals, synthetics or anything artificial. This is such a gorgeous (ha ha) shop filled with fascinating and divine smelling skincare. Don’t eat the products!
- Delcairn Shopping Centre
Such a lovely Woolworths Foods store. It had a refurbishment not too long ago and I love the flow of the store and not to mention the delicious and easy meals. They have a section where you can get a takeaway coffee but I haven’t had a chance to try it out as yet.
The cafe is right behind Delcairn Centre. Fabulous food, coffee and the cake table …………..!!! I love their Pasteis de Nata. You also have a choice to sit outside or inside this wonderful cafe. Great for meetings or to have a long chat with friends. Bellevue Cafe is one of the gems of Kloof.
Shop Adele Catherine
After you have relaxed at Bellevue Cafe you must walk off the lunch by browsing inside Adele Catherine. A shop filled with decor, clothing, gifts and lots of other quirky things. There is always something new and interesting to buy. Best to go with a friend so that you can ooh and aah together over all the prettiness.
- Muddy Dog Company
Situated on Old Main Road not too far down from Fields Shopping Centre, this store is a one stop shop for all your pet food and other requirements. They stock a wide range of dog food brands and if you are looking for a dog cushion etc they will have just the right one for your pampered pooch. Take a look at their website for all the details.
- Kloof & Highway SPCA
Adopt don’t shop. Find your perfect furry companion here. If your house is pet full then you can help in other ways – donating unwanted household items or clothes, donating dog food and blankets, shopping in the charity shops, having lunch in the tea garden and buying plants from the nursery. They regularly hold fun markets and events.
Thrive has been around since 1959 (it was originally called National Road Pharmacy). Definitely one of the best looking pharmacies I have ever shopped at. They also have a dedicated coffee and juicing bar. They offer free hearing screenings once a month and regular health care events. Their next event is Debbie from Out to Lunch who will be sharing Vegan recipes. Take a look at their website for all the information.
- Makaranga Garden Lodge
Stay – Dine – Celebrate – Explore – Work
Makaranga Garden Lodge is a hotel with a restaurant and wedding/conference facilities. But the main draw card is the 30 acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens. They also have the largest private collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa. Enjoy a delicious meal and coffee (Skyline Coffee) at Nonna restaurant. They have regular music festivals and other events. The next event is happening on 1 September and it is a Pop Up Shop with live music.
So that is my round up of my favourite places in Kloof.
Yes there are other restaurants like 1904 Bistro Americain (very Instagram worthy – I have been once), Hussar Grill (never been), De la Plata (new), John Dory’s (been once), La Pizza Pazza (been once), Sprigs (I have not been in years) and Stoker’s Arms (had lunch and we want to go for breakfast). There are also the regulars – Wimpy, Steers, Debonairs, KFC, Roman’s Pizza and a few other takeaway places.
Kloof has a few clothing boutiques, Miladys and a Pick n’ Pay clothing store. Clicks (with a pharmacy) is at Kloof Village Mall. Virgin Active is at the Fields Shopping Centre.
The next post will focus on ……………. Hillcrest