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“Good coffee experience” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Essence

Essence
Huguenot Square in Main Road, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 21 876 4135
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Ranked #44 of 61 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
“Good coffee experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I have had several early morning coffees there and although it is nothing special, it is a nice environment, the staff are friendly, the loos clean and you can sit inside or outside.
For a pleasant cup of coffee in the centre of Franschhoek definitely ok.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Whittlesea, South Africa
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152 reviews 152 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“EARLY BIRDS COME TO BREW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

When the family members won't budge early or your traveling companions swear they are not "morning people" what do you do? If you're like me you love that early hour alone doing "Coffee&Comms" or jotting down revelations for the next book. When staying near Main Road, Franschhoek, the early birds come to brew at Essence! This lovely cafe has served early birds well for years in addition to serving a fine breakfast. If you want the Cape Town biker scene then try Essence on a Sunday morning when the Cape Doctor ain't blowing. Essence will always be a "to do" for this early bird.

Visited February 2013
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Washington, D.C.
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143 reviews 143 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 114 cities Reviews in 114 cities
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
“Go - If You Like Food Poisoning”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Ate a hamburger at this joint. Within two hours, food poisoning. No other food eaten within eight hours so only one source. Also, the hamburger meat was mostly filling.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Unfriendly staff”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We went here to have a coffee because we saw the Illy sign on the front of the restaurant. The staff was horrific, they ignored us and when we asked them a question they did not even answer but just gave us "that look". Advise: don't go there!

Visited January 2013
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Harrogate UK
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A great spot for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a tasty lunch in this busy Main Street eateries. We found the staff very personable even though it was busy. Food I'd freshly cooked to order so be prepared for a little wait. If you haven't tried curried mince and banana toastie, go for it!

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