Little Paris is hidden away on a busy road in Hartbeespoort, a short drive from Pretoria. The square is complete with a gift shop, deli, boutique and cafe. To set the scene of romance, there is a lover’s bridge with South Africa’s own Eiffel Tower finishing the picture.
Paris is most famed for its food. And so is Little Paris, home to French Toast Koffie Kafee. This Parisian cafe is shrouded in lush greenery. The Parisian feel is accentuated by the surrounding bicycles, small French cars and the menu.
The menu is simple, with French toast being the staple. But this isn’t any old eggy bread. The Pain Doré À La Mousse De Fromage Frais Avec Compote Des Fruits Rouges is probably as classy as French toast gets. Tart mixed berries and cream cheese mousse are layered over golden French toast. For a savoury option, try the Pain Doré Au Fillet De Boeuf Et Confit D’oignons. Stuffed with beef fillet, red onion marmalade, tomato salsa and a choice of blue cheese, mushroom or cheese sauce, this toast will hit any spot.
After brunch, it’s time to explore the rest of the hidden gems waiting at Little Paris. Get a selection of meat, biltong, spices and marmalade at the deli. Visit the boutique for a silky scarf, sparkly jewellery or a lovely purse. Or get all your gift ware from the gift shop. With goat milk soap, bath salts, bath oils, hot chocolate jars, beaded jewellery and marvelous pieces of art, Christmas shopping is sorted.
If you’re visiting Little Paris with your partner, grab a lock before leaving. These are available in different sizes, patterns and colours. Engrave your lock with your and your partner’s names and lock it on the lover’s bridge or Eiffel Tower. Then keep the keys as a memento or drop them in the fountain for good luck.