All hail to Cape Town’s Queen of Tarts

The Cape Town suburb of Observatory is renowned for its edgy clubs and gritty bars – but Tina Bester, the self-proclaimed Queen of Tarts, adds a touch of old world glamour with her fine pastries.

You could be forgiven for imagining you’re in a Parisian pavement pâtisserie when you settle into a chair at Queen of Tarts in Lower Main Road, Observatory, a quick 10-minute drive from the city centre.

The delightful Tina Bester reigns over her delicious kingdom of confectionery, turning out delicate cakes and flaky pastries to the delight of locals and lucky tourists.

The compact menu of breakfast and lunch dishes includes plenty of savoury dishes – try a delicious French toast with Camembert and balsamic reduction, or fresh-baked tarts with a garden salad. But do leave space for something sweet, as Tina’s treats will leave you swooning. You’ll find crumbly custard tarts and feather-light cakes and delicate cupcakes decorated with an artist’s eye.

It’s the reason this quirky corner has become Cape Town’s palace of pastry – and anyone with a passion for pâtisserie should certainly stop in and pay their respects to the Queen.

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