La Patisserie: Courtenay Street, George
If you find yourself in George, you’ll be doing yourself an injustice if you miss this well-kept secret. Highly regarded by the local residents, La Patisserie is an original French bakery that specialises in breads and baked goods – warm ciabattas, buttery croissants, rich tortès and sweet meringues. Using only stoneground ‘Eureka’ flour, organic products and traditional recipes, their food is magnifique – to eat and digest. If French baking isn’t to your liking, though, there’s always the photograph gallery displaying locals’ art to keep you satisfied, together with warm coffee. It’s hidden next to the popular bar, Cactus, on Courtenay Street, and is perfect for quiet Saturday breakfasts. If only to practise your French with the owners, Antoine and Claire Sanelle, this café is one not to be overlooked.
- Brad Harris