The feel of my café is very uniquely non-traditional but could very well include a bit of zulu on my stoep and boerekos in my kitchen.
I am creating a place where I can wear a Madiba t-shirt whilst walking over a Nguni-cowskin to my fresh boere beskuit on some painted antique afrikana shelf, soulfully humming along to Ladysmith Black Mombasa jiving in the background...
Afro-Boer baker’s café has been open since August 2013.
It has won multiple prestigious awards with “Eat-Out Magazine”, “Best of Pretoria”, “Diner’s Club Wine Awards”, “TripAdvisor Service Excellence Awards”, been nominated for a “RASA Rosette Award”, the “HOSCO Restaurant Awards”, “Cafe of the Year Award” with COFFEE Magazine, and short-listed for the “Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards”.
It has been named one of the “Top 20 Iconic South African Restaurants” by Eat-Out Magazine, and has been published in “Food and Home Magazine”, “Sarie Kos Magazine”, “Pretoria News”, “Sunday Times”, featured by “MNET Kyknet VIA: DIS”, as well as “Kitskos Koningskos” and has been aired on Jacaranda FM and R.S.G. Radio.
Michelle Cronje-Cibulka leads her team - of mostly raw novices and newcomers to the industry - with the help of her “Operations Right Hand Lady Giselle Van As”, and newly appointed Chef Stephan Kruger, and shapes them into skilled managers, baristas, chefs, bakers, and waiters.
Teaching industry, life-style, financial and self-empowerment skills to apply in every-day living and survival, her core aim has been to make a difference in the communities and households of the team members, and create a greater transparency in cultural differences and the understanding thereof, whilst providing a product and service of outstanding quality and affordability.