Woodstock, the “Hipster Heaven” nestled between Table Bay and the base of Devil’s Peak,is Cape Town’s oldest suburb and has fast become one of the greatest creative hubs in the Mother City. With scatterings of miniature malls, markets, delectable coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques, this area offers a variety of cultural sites from a highly diverse community. The contemporary décor of these locations is as varied as the people who frequent them. One of these incredible destinations is a distinguished restaurant, nicknamed ‘the little gem of Buchanan Square’. La Bottega literally means: “little neighbourhood shop of the little bite” – however, there is nothing little about this largely amazing location, constantly filled with new and exciting specials to keep the regular customers coming back– and the new customers coming back as regulars.
The meaning behind the Italian term “La Bottega” is an eatery that offers a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the working week. Not only does this quaint establishment reflect the Italian principle but it also accommodates the unique Capetonian lifestyle. Even though La Bottega is essentially, an Italian restaurant, the food also provides a piquancy deeply rooted in South African tastes. The restaurant boasts a great WIFI connection as well as a wide variety of scrumptious options on the menu, calling people from the hustle and bustle of the modern lifestyle to come and enjoy their delicious cuisine and wonderfully warm atmosphere. On a Saturday, La Bottega offers an all day breakfast menu, serving charming breakfast dishes all day long until closingat three in the afternoon. La Bottega also keeps a large selection of craft beers and they are the official home of Boston Breweries.
Tuesday nights are usually packed because of the 2-for-1 pizza special, so make sure to come early or make a booking to get a table. La Bottega offers a wide variety of different pizzas, from the Greca & Chorizo to the Ham, Fig & Blue Cheeseand gluten-free bases for a Banting alternative, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Thursday night brings the 2-for-1 burger special with the option of having a sweet potato bun for extra flavour. This special also gets you free entrance into the comedy night at The Mash Tun – which is just down the road. Let’s not forget that Friday nights are vinyl nights at La Bottega, for those who appreciate dropping the needle on some old tunes.
If you’re painting the town red or trying out new spots, this is definitely a restaurant worth visiting. The food, the craft beer and the occasional live music will have you coming back for more. Take a break from your busy lifestyle with the Italian tradition of visiting the La Bottega in your area, a sanctuary for the urban creature, home to inimitable Italian cuisine and style with a little touch of Cape Town.