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Glenwood: Businesses reflect the quirky side of the neighbourhood

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Glenwood: Businesses reflect the quirky side of the neighbourhood

The Green Bean 

This newly opened coffee roastery and cafe, located in a converted residential property on Helen Joseph Road (formerly Davenport Road), offers patrons a variety of imported and local green bean coffees. It is a welcome respite in summer heat and a quiet place to read the newspaper over a cappuccino. 

Ambrosia – The Corner Cafe 

A neighbourhood institution, this is a space where regular visitors are greeted by name and the opportunity for a hearty cup of coffee served with friendship is always a strong draw. 

The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts 

Established in 1906 as a casual platform from which artists could gather and exhibit their work, the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts is an integral part of the culture and heritage of this province. Today, this Glenwood institution represents both South African and international artists, and its on-site shop is a key part of the marketing and selling of the artworks on display. The society’s café also provides a tranquil, different meeting place for friends or business colleagues. 

The bright and funky wall welcomes patrons into Habesha Cafe. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

The Glenwood Bakery 

This artisanal bakery in Ester Roberts Road (formerly Frere Road) is the product of the bread revolution sweeping the US, Britain, Australia and in the Western Cape that embraces the village bakery and baker concept. Known for its hand-formed, slow fermented breads baked in a hearth oven, the bakery scents the neighbourhood air with the tantalising aromas of freshly baked bread. 

Habesha Café 

Serving authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, the Habesha Café embodies the eclectic mix of independently owned restaurants and eateries that have been established in Glenwood. It is also a microcosm for the diversity and sense of bohemian lifestyle which the neighbourhood embraces.

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