A Local Neighbourhood Gem: Cushty Deli

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There are plenty of places to go to get a great breakfast in Cape Town but few are as cute or as community-centric as Cushty Deli in Greenpoint. The small café is set on the corner of St Georges and Ravenscraig Roads and is quickly becoming a popular spot for locals who can literally roll out of bed and walk down in their slippers if they wanted to.

Cushty Deli

The café is run by Roy and his wife Anna; originally Roy was the guy behind Raclette at the Mojo Market in Sea Point, a cheesy concept stand that we loved. Being residents of the Green Point area though, they had their eye on a sweet corner shop that was, at the time, a pottery studio.

When the shop closed and the space, which was just begging to be more, became available, it felt like it was just meant to be. The pair seized the opportunity to claim the corner spot and bring their café dream to life.

The deli café is small but it manages to put out consistently tasty food and great coffee. There are tables inside, as well as several outside; it’s really cosy, comfy and just all-around cushty (an English slang term for pleasant or good).

cushty (pronounced: “cooshtee”) -a laid back British term for good, cool, wonderful.

What’s on the Menu

There are coffees, fresh juices, superfood smoothies and booster shots like fresh ginger and hemp protein, but don’t be mistaken for thinking that there is anything pretentious about the spot, because there simply isn’t.

Roy is genuinely down to earth and is always on hand serving coffees, delivering food to tables and making sure that his customers are happy and his big personality is infectious.

We tuck in

There are several delicious sounding options on the breakfast menu from fruit to fry-ups. We opted for the yummy Pesto Mushrooms on Sourdough and the Cushty Classic.

The mushroom breakfast was absolutely divine – a pile of mushrooms served on fresh sourdough, topped with poached eggs, chunks of creamy Danish feta, juicy roasted baby tomatoes and toasted pecan nuts. I ate every last mouthful of it and enjoyed each bite – really a hearty brekkie, the kind I love.

My dining partner enjoyed the Cushty Classic fry-up of perfectly poached eggs, mushrooms, beef sausage, bacon and roasted tomato.

For lunch expect dishes from a daily-changing harvest table and menu of fresh sandwiches.

There is also a selection of pastries such as croissants and muffins and of course a range of yummy deli items to choose from for takeaways. Pop in to pick up local olive oils, coffee beans, fresh labneh, olives, charcuterie, preserves and more.

A Tucked away Gem

Cushty Deli harks back to the days of the community-driven corner store. It’s got a kind of by-the-people-for-the-people vibe. No pretension, no airs and graces, and no trying to appeal to everything that’s hip and cool. Instead, it’s just a down-to-earth corner café run by a friendly team, serving up tasty and consistently good food.

Pull up on your bicycle or wander down and grab a coffee with your pooch and your partner, whatever you decide to do you’ll enjoy friendliness, personal service and yummy food. A double thumbs up from us!

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