Frida's Coffee Bar is no ordinary restaurant. Housed in what used to be a suburban home in Albemarle, Germiston, this coffee bar and cafe takes quirky to the next level. Firstly, you are greeted by a garden adorned with crocheted dream catchers, colourful rugs and pot plants galore. Beautiful mosaics guide you through the garden path into the restaurant. But before you step inside, check out the pool - no longer a family's haven from the summer heat, the centre of the garden has been turned into a dining area! Complete with tables, chairs and comfortable cushions, this is most certainly one of the most interesting spots to have a meal in the city. It's also a really cool spot to host a party, keep that in mind.
Frida's outside seating is relaxed, but nevertheless eye-catching. Colours meet your eye at every turn. The day of our visit was fairly sunny with a slight breeze. As such, we opted to sit outside, but not before taking a look around the cafe's interior. We almost regretted our seating choice then, as Frida's Coffee Bar is another world all together on the inside. Each wall is painted a different colour. Tapestries add even more vibrancy, but the main attraction is the iconic and stoic Frida Kahlo herself. Painted portraits of the artist hang on almost every surface of the restaurant. Notorious for being the subject of most of her paintings, Kahlo was undoubtedly one of the most prolific female artists of her time. Paying homage to her legacy, this coffee bar and cafe is a must-visit for art lovers, feminist scholars and anyone who loves chocolate cake.
But, before we get to the food, we must mention another fascinating feature of the interior restaurant - a library! Guests are welcome to take a seat on Frida's comfy couch and soak up some great literature. From art history books, to painting manuals and even biographies, this mini library is a book lover's dream. Add a cup of the cafe's great coffee and you are set for an afternoon of bliss.
Frida's Coffee Bar serves up an array of Mexican-inspired dishes (fitting, since Frida was proudly Mexican). Their menu includes the good old favourites - quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and crunchy tacos. But, we ordered the spicy chicken livers with toast to start. Luckily, our unusual choice paid off well. The livers were perfectly cooked, but the highlight of the dish was the garlic and chili gravy. Rich and hearty, it was almost filling enough to skip straight to dessert. However, we chose to try out the quesadillas for good measure and because they are my personal favourite. Floury tortilla fold overs filled with grilled chicken and three types of cheese was what hit our table. Accompanied by tangy sour cream, spicy salsa and creamy guacamole. We pigged out on the meal, leaving very little space for Frida's famous chocolate cake.
Needing something sweet to round off the feast, I ordered a red cappuccino with honey. Being my frothy drink of choice, I wasn't expecting anything I hadn't tried before. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Frida's rooibos capp is undoubtedly the best I have sampled. The flavour of the tea is bold, but sweet. With just a pinch of cinnamon, this could be heaven.
Not wanting to miss out on all the hype, we also ordered a slice of Death by Chocolate cake to go. The serving was large enough for three, but we managed to scoff it down in a team of two awhile later at home. Fair warning - this really is death by chocolate. Not for the faint of heart or stomach, this cake reminded us of Miss Trunchbull's “most scrumptious cake in the entire world”! Super moist, dark chocolate sponge covered in ganache, we vote this as Joburg's best death by chocolate cake. Visit Frida's Coffee Bar and sample a piece to prove us wrong.
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Details: 49 Hatfield Ave, Albemarle, Germiston South, Johannesburg.
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It's finally here - Spring! With all its lovely blossoms, breezes and sneezes. Come and celebrate Spring Day at Frida's Coffee Bar. Something Creative will be hosting a paint with friends morning. So, bring along all your besties and prepare to get a little messy. Art supplies will be provided, but you do need to bring your own apron.
Spring Day at Frida's is sure to be a blast. Where better to unleash your inner artist than at a coffee bar and Tex Mex eatery dedicated to celebrating the life and art of Frida Kahlo? Portraits of the stoic artist line the walls and there are shelves upon shelves of books about paint techniques for your perusal. Plus, Frida's has without a doubt the most decadent Death by Chocolate cake in the city! After your paint session, sit down for a chat and cappuccino or one of their super red lattes.
Don't miss out on this Spring Day fiesta!
Sunday, 01 September 2019 at 11:00 - 13:00.
Frida's Coffee Bar, 49 Hatfield Ave, Albemarle, Germiston.
Tickets cost R250 per person for the paint morning (including all art supplies). Contact Something Creative on [email protected] for booking details.
Follow Frida's Coffee Bar on Facebook for more information. Contact them on 063 122 8841.