Sunday Times, 18 August 2013
We, the denizens of Durban, like nothing better than taking it easy, so I was attracted to Parc, the new cafe in Glenwood that everyone is talking about. It’s seriously popular so I had to wait a while for a table. The crowd was as laid back as the venue, and I spent time nodding and smiling and reading the wall – a giant blackboard that sports the menu.
I eventually parked off with a great cappuccino, aromatic with a dense crema, a classic espresso blend from Colombo Coffee. That Colombo is just a couple of street away is no coincidence, because at parc., local is lekker – breads and croissants from the Glenwood artisan bakery next door, cakes from the famous Lucy Markewicz, meat from the butcher around the corner.
It takes a stronger will than mine to resist ordering a little something to join a second cappy. I’ve always preferred breakfasts in the afternoon, something Parc seems to understand, so I could indulge in a Not-so-Benedict – bacon, poached eggs, lemon hollandaise and capers on potato and rosemary bread. The Wi-Fi is strong but choose a weekday if you feel like a surf – Saturday’s the day to beat the crowds to the best brunch in Durban.