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Brownies & Downies

2 Long Street | Shop 7, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 200 0459
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Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“brownie” (60 reviews)
“scones” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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RR - RRR
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LOCATION
2 Long Street | Shop 7, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nestled in one of the busier streets of Cape Town on the Red Bus Tour route is Brownies and Downies. A fairly quiet coffee shop with friendly service, delicious brownies and quality Truth coffee. Definetely worth a visit if you're in the area. A unique...More

Thank Ryan L
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your excellent review Ryan! We appreciate your support, and are always thrilled to have customers to serve and opportunities to train our special needs adults!

Reviewed 5 days ago

My mate took me to this beautiful spot in Long str. Him being vegan, and myself open to try anything. we ordered the Butternut & Blue Cheese Risotto. OMG!! The service was good. Vibe was great and the food was exquisite. Def a spot to...More

Thank Lucas F
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your awesome review Lucas! Come again soon and try our vegan brownie! ;)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great cofee, inspiring people and amazing brownies :) A must go place on your next trip to Cape Town !

Thank O23456
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review O23456! We really appreciate your patronage. You should have a "1" in your username, cause you're NUMBER 1! :) See you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just come back from a delightful breakfast at Brownies and Downies, despite being there later than the breakfast cut-off time of 11.00am. The presentation of the coffee is lovely and the accompanying brownie sample delicious! The staff are very friendly and helpful and...More

Thank Jenny013
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We look forward to seeing you at the next Special Saturday at the end of January, Jenny! Thank you so much for your patronage and support! We appreciate it very much and are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us! There's always a laugh...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a pleasure having a cup of coffee here. These kids are extremely polite and helpful. What a great idea and it is certainly working as the place were packed during my visit

Thank 774daniek
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your awesome review 774daniek! We appreciate your patronage, and welcome you back anytime! Thank you for your support!

Reviewed 12 December 2017

A delightful find - Truth coffe, superb brownies and service that I can only describe as an uplifting experience. Well done to the whole team at Brownies and Downies

Thank Jean B
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you for your awesome review Jean! We appreciate your patronage, and thank you for supporting our cause! We were happy to serve and what we do is so rewarding, we all thoroughly enjoy it! Please help us to spread the word! See you soon!

Reviewed 29 November 2017

Brownies & Downies is a cute little place in the heart of Cape Town. Besides the great options on the menu and fair prices, the coffee shop has a beautiful initiative: They employ people with mental disorders to promote social inclusion, and this for sure,...More

Thank Fernanda L
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

It was great to have you with us Fernanda! Thank you for the awesome review! Looking forward to dining more amazing guests such as you through Feastfox!

Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the staff! My partner was offered a flavour of milkshake that wasn’t even on the menu and it was incredible. We made sure he knew how good it was. Staff are all super friendly, it’s such a pleasant place...More

Thank Meagan W
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you so much for your very kind review Meagan! We really appreciate your patronage and taking the time to visit us! It's always a pleasure to serve, and we're just sorry you couldn't come a few more times so we could knock your socks...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

We visited the establishment and they let us try the gluten free brownies we purchased a few. Great service if you like strong coffee go to another place. I'd return.More

Thank Ben S
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for review and rating Ben. We're glad that you and your group had an awesome experience at Brownies&downieS, and look forward to welcoming you back! Next time you're in, please ask to try our new VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES. They're yummy! We're sorry...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017

On a very cold day we visited Brownies and Downies. We were warmly welcomed by the hostess and one of the very friendly waitrons. Our delicious cappuccino arrived with tasters of their signature “blondies.” I can highly recommend these. My friend had mushroom risotto and...More

Thank Ellen B
WadeChinChilla, General Manager at Brownies & Downies, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Good day Ellen. We are thrilled that you had an awesome experience with us at Brownies&DownieS and welcome you back anytime! Our waitress were very enthusiastic for the taste training and we had a fun time exploring tastes, textures and describing the food and ingredients...More

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Gerda M
8 May 2017|
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Response from WadeChinChilla | Property representative |
Hi Gerda and Augi. There's underground parking at Thibault Square directly opposite our shop which you can access. Otherwise there is also street parking, or like you said, close to the CTICC. Unfortunately that is the one... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Long Street | Shop 7, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 200 0459
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Description
Brownies & downieS Cape Town is a training centre for people with intellectual disabilities and a vessel to create change and acceptance in the South African culture. Special needs young adults are trained to be employable in the hospitality, service and retail sectors. This is achieved in a coffee shop and lunchroom that is open to the general public. The coffee shop is an open area, spacious and flooded with natural lighting. It provides for a soothing and vibey atmosphere amongst the hustle and bustle of every-day life in Long Street. Blue and white colour schemes soften a mostly lightly-wooded interior, and a lone pillar near the entrance gives a human touch to a positive and natural aura. Our special needs trainees and staff are often greeting patrons with their welcoming smiles and eagerness to serve. You can often see them jesting with each other, dancing, or making jokes amongst themselves and the patrons whilst going about their work. Brownies & downieS started in 2010 in Veghel, the Netherlands, as a result of an idea that two friends had. The one a chef (Teun Horck) the other working at a special needs school (Thijs Swinkels). They realised over a time that not many people with disabilities were employed in the hospitality sector, and decided to change this. Using a combination of high quality food and staff members with an intellectual disability in their employ, they created a relatively new concept in the Netherlands and surrounding European countries. Since those early days, they have grown by close to 30 stores in the Netherlands, and Cape Town is the first Brownies&downieS to open abroad, and also the first to open as a non-profit organisation. Wendy Vermeulen took it upon herself to introduce the concept to South Africa​​.
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