Table at Breezeblock in Brixton

#Gauteng52, Week 21: Breezeblock in Brixton

Welcome to Week 21 of my #Gauteng52 challenge, for which I will visit and blog about a new place in Gauteng Province every week for 52 straight weeks. This week I visit Breezeblock, a new café in Brixton.

I blog a lot about Joburg restaurants, and I must confess it’s not always as interesting as it used to be. When I first moved to Joburg I blogged about practically every restaurant I ate in. But these days I often go to a restaurant set to do a blog post, then leave an hour later thinking, eh…not exciting enough.

Breezeblock, the newest hangout in Brixton, is not one of those restaurants. I knew Breezeblock was blog-worthy the moment I walked through the door.

Table at Breezeblock in BrixtonA simple, beautiful table at Breezeblock.

Breezeblock, the Best New Thing in Brixton

First and foremost, Breezblock is in Brixton. Brixton (which is next door to my beloved Melville) is one of Joburg’s most interesting and underrated neighbourhoods, but up until recently there were few places in Brixton to hang out and have a meal. A couple of years ago the Roving Bantu Kitchen opened, and now we have Breezeblock — open every day for breakfast and lunch and serving excellent coffee. Breezeblock is a perfect place to work (there’s wifi), meet a friend for coffee, or have a meal. (Note there’s no liquor license yet, but you can BYOB.)

Breezeblock interior In case you’re wondering what “breezeblock” means, those patterned cement blocks across the courtyard are breezeblocks.

Second, Breezeblock’s atmosphere is perfect: beautiful design, great light, eye-catching art, unpretentious vibe. The palette of green, yellow, gold and brown is both striking and soothing. The furniture is comfortable. The music is nice. The dishes are delightfully mismatched-yet-matching.

Hibiscus tea at Breezeblock in BrixtonA cup of pink hibiscus tea, which contrasts against the delicate gold cup and saucer, which matches the white tile and gold caulk of the table.

Justin Brett mural at BreezeblockI love this mural by artist Justin Brett in the Breezeblock courtyard.

Breezeblock lightMore lovely light.

Decor at BreezeblockQuirky style. I only noticed later that the Asian pig-dragon statue on the desk is facing the wall — I guess someone didn’t like the statue staring at him/her and turned it around.

Wireless speaker at BreezeblockEven the wireless speaker is perfect.

Third, Breezeblock serves delicious food. I’ve only eaten one meal there, but I loved what I had and I’ve heard nothing but praise for the rest of the food.

Salad from BreezeblockBreezeblock’s “Earthy Hearty Salad”, a warm salad with lentils, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes and feta, among other things. Restaurant salads often bore me but this one was fantastic.

Fourth, Breezeblock is the kind of place where one always bumps into friends.

Sifiso at Breezeblock in BrixtonSifiso Ntuli, the Roving Bantu himself, materialized at just the right moment to photobomb my cappuccino shot.

Breezeblock only opened two months ago but I’m already late with my blog post. Breezeblock has already received a glowing review in the Sunday Times and a nice video feature on Between 10 and 5. There’s no need to repeat what others have already said, so I’ll leave my description at that. Get yourself over to Breezeblock before the rest of the world discovers it.

Breezeblock is at 29 Chiswick Street, Brixton. 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Gail Scott Wilson May 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I’m so sorry we ran out of time yesterday, would have loved to pop in. It’s now on my ‘to do’ list. Looks great.

    • Reply 2summers May 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      It really is, you’d love it.

  • Reply autumnashbough May 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    The statue-turning is pretty funny. Some people are pretty sensitive to staring inanimate objects. My little sister had a creepy-looking clown and when friends of mine slept over, they insisted it be locked away.

    • Reply 2summers May 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Haha. I get it for a creepy clown in the bedroom. But a cute pig-dragon in a public restaurant? Come now.

  • Reply Tshepiso Seona June 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    So, boyfriend just decided that we drop everything and go have lunch there now … 🙂

    • Reply 2summers June 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Hahaha. Go go go!

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