East City Exploring, part 3: Checking out The Electric

by Karisa

If you missed part one of my East City Exploring series featuring the super-cool new restaurant, Belly of the Beast, click here.  If you missed part two, featuring the beautiful Swan Cafe, click here.

The Electric came onto my radar after spotting their pretty blue & yellow lawn chairs on my Instagram feed…

Yup, they definitely are verrrrry Instagram-able…

They describe themselves as a “Juice and Nut Milk Bar, Sandwich shop and Bakery in the heart of District Six”.  What they should also add is that you certainly won’t miss them thanks to their happiness-inducing bright yellow facade:

I do love a good pop of colour…

The name “The Electric” is a homage to the former auto electrician shop which used to be housed within the same premises, but which burnt down back in 2015.  I loved how they’ve kept parts of the burnt walls untouched to create a cool, gritty feel in contract to the bright blue & yellow accents.

Inside you’ll find a big double-volume space with counters and plug points to the left for those who want to make it their coffice (that’s a coffee shop office for those who didn’t know) for the day, tables in the center & in the little courtyard, and a big sharing-style table upstairs perfect for bigger groups.

The menu is relatively simple:

  • For breakfast:  toast, eggs on toast, pastries & smoothies.
  • For lunch:  sandwiches, flatbreads, salads & hotdogs.
  • To drink:  juices, nut milks, health “shots”, coffees & teas.

You can have a look at their full menu over here.

They do six different juices (all priced at R45): green, red, yellow, orange, pink and white. I tried the green juice with celery, spinach, apple, cucumber & lemon. It was very refreshing.

For the vegans (and/or lactose intolerant), their homemade nut milks (R45) come in 5 different flavours:  almond vanilla, almond cacao, cashew matcha, brazilian & walnut.  I needed some good ol’ caffiene in my system so, opted for a classic flat white instead (R26):

To eat, I had the mozzarella, tomato, basil & balsamic reduction sandwich on sourdough (R50), while my friend Werner opted for the pastrami, pickles & mustard (R45):

Both sandwiches were good. Not blow your hair back, will remember these forever good, but they definitely filled the gap.

I’m very keen to go back for lunch to try out their flatbreads and hotdogs… hotdogs are a big weakness of mine…  add some relish, a bit of cheese, and something hot & spicy and I’m yours for life. 😉

For the quirky space, the relaxed vibe and pretty decent sandwich, I’m going to give The Electric a score of  on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.  If I make it back there soon & that hotdog rocks my world, I’ll probably bump them up to , but we’ll see.

To me it’s a nice option for a quick coffee or bite, or if you’re looking to get some work done & need a change of scenery for the day.

The Electric is open, Mon to Fri from 7:30am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, and you’ll find them at 48 Canterbury Street, District Six, Cape Town.

They also do venue hire if you’ve been looking for a cool birthday or year end spot.  For bookings, you can contact them on kay@the-electric.com.


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