On Saturday’s we like to go out as a family and just have good quality time together. This past Saturday we went to the Two Oceans Aquarium for some fishy fun and then to Green Point Park to explore, play and get some steps in. First – Green Point Park is probably one of my most favourite places to visit – coming from Jo’burg – I am so impressed that such a space is free to the public, well kept and has such excellent amenities! Well done City of Cape Town! The play areas are phenomenal! An adventure obstacle course style play ground for the older kids which my daughter absolutely loves and a smaller, yet not small, enclosed “safer” playground for the toddlers up to age 5. Both areas are well equipped – and if you want your kids to learn gross motor skills, movement in all forms and good risk assessment – this is a pretty awesome spot for that! We also took a walk around, enjoyed the beautiful biodiversity garden, the lake, the fountains, looking for frogs on top of lily pads. Husby and I walked, while Little Miss Sunshine pushed her scooter and Mr Toddler rode his plastic bike up to the lighthouse.
On our way to the lighthouse we noticed an interesting place in the “back” corner of a building with a sign that caught our eyes – “Fresh Bread Served Daily at 7am”. Oh. My. Goodness!!! We are suckers for such places – took note of the place called Newport Market and Deli and decided that yeah we would like to try it. Then Husby had the (awesome) brainwave that the next day, we should try make it there at 7am as the bread is ready and have a little breakfast picnic on the beach. I had read that day break and sunrise was pretty awesome in February through the EmmaJaneNation blog and decided we should just incorporate that into the same trip. I googled the sunrise time and it said 6:12am. *Gasp* – we could barely make it to church by 9:30am! If we wanted to do it – we had to be all in.
I set my alarm for 5am, got up, made some coffee to go in our flasks. We got the kids dressed and ready and they were so delirious! What was happening? Was mom really doing this to us?? And Why?? We packed jerseys and blankets, a picnic basket of butter and cheeses and headed out for what we anticipated to be the morning of the decade for us!
However Google lied! And the outside was light before 6am. So we dashed to the closest beach – our home beach – Dolphin Beach and watched as day break turned into sunrise. The pinkish, bluish, greyish hues turned to yellows and oranges and reds. It was truly a very special moment. Little Miss Sunshine used her blanket as a sled and slid down the sand dunes on the beach. Mr Toddler marveled at her courage while holding firmly onto us as he braced the early morning cold breeze.
At 6:30ish we headed back to the car – made a pit stop back home because somehow my shoes broke in that little outing – and headed to Green Point. There were so many cars – traffic is not something we expected so early on a Sunday morning.
I was so excited when we saw Newport Market and Deli. The sun was shining radiantly on it’s windows beckoning us in. We couldn’t resist.
It turned out – we were not the only ones needing some freshly baked, hot bread – the small shop was abuzz. I expected maybe 2 different types of loaves at most – I mean it’s 7am for crying out loud. I was oh so pleasantly surprised when we saw shelves filled to the brim with warm fresh bread of every sort! Banting, gluten free, seeded, plain, rye, brown are just to name a tiny few! Not only did they have bread but they had an assortment of pastries too – 4 varieties of croissants (plain, cheese, chocolate and almond), puddings, pasteis da nata, muffins galore. Our eyes were wide and at that precise moment way bigger than all our rumbling stomachs combined!
We bought a good lot of bread and thought that it would last us a few days. Uhm! mind me while I choke on a mouth currently void of delicious Newport bread! We bought farmstyle white bread, a bagel, a ciabatta, a pumpkin seed roll, a french loaf with beautiful pitted olives pressed into it, croissants, Le Chocolatier slab and some coffees to go. It sure was a feast … of dough!
We decided that Green Point beach smelt too much like sewerage (sorry but it does) and headed to Clifton. We were not aware that there were (mind me while I slightly exaggerate) like a gazillion steps of unequal heights to climb down to get to the beach. And with every step you take down, you can’t help but dread the way up – on a fully breaded stomach! Finally, we made it to 4th beach and it was beautiful! Boulders and white sand and the Twelve Apostles behind us.
We found a little enclosed area thanks to the boulders and set down our blankets and began our feast. Mr Toddler was overwhelmed and opted to have a little bit of everything on his plate – but couldn’t finish it. Little Miss Sunshine who has a way more conservative tongue had a plain croissant and some white bread.
The picnic was a huge success and we didn’t make it through everything before our stomachs were full. We packed up, played on the beach a little bit and then made our way up the dreaded gazillion stairs.
We headed back home, freshened up a bit and made it in time for church.
What an amazing morning it was. One I will never forget, and memories I will hold onto for a long time going forward. The bread is all finished now, and I am busy trying to plan my life according to when I get to Green Point / Mouille Point again to get me some more bread.
If freshly baked bread is your thing – get to Newport Market and Deli now! Ok, maybe not right now, but schedule it in for as they open their doors. And if a picnic on the beach is not your flavour – they have a little restaurant side too which I am sure won’t disappoint – although I can’t speak from experience on their restaurant – yet!
For more information about Newport, you can visit their website here
**Disclaimer: Newport is not aware that I was planning this post. The images and opinions are my own.**