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“Great Coffee Shop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Essence

Essence
Huguenot Square in Main Road, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 21 876 4135
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Ranked #51 of 62 restaurants in Franschhoek
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Franschhoek, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Great Coffee Shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Food might not be tip-top but the coffee, milkshakes and hot chocolate is excellent!! Looking for something delicious and warm on a cold winters day, you now where to come!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
FRANSCHHOEK
1 review
“Delicious lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

My family and myself recently went to Essence in Franschhoek and l had a really delicious meal along with Great
Service and it was also great value will be back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing coffee”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Looks like a lovely coffee shop from the outside, but the cup was disappointing. Too frothy with big bubbles, coffee was rather tasteless and they put chocolate sprinkles on too. With so many fine cafes in Franschhoek I was kicking myself for having wasted a good coffee opportunity on this place. Head to Cafe des Art next door or Sacred Bakery instead

Visited June 2013
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CAPE TOWN
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“Just”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had lunch on 15 June 2013. The food was just average, service was just fine. The only thing that was really good was Dessert (lemon meringue & pan cakes). I would not consider this place as a restaurant of choice, maybe if other better restaurants are fully booked, you can use this one.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“VERY AVERAGE”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I took my wife to Essence in Franschhoek on Mother's Day and came away somewhat disappointed. The cake was typically "shop fare" and nothing special at all.

In contrast to the quality of the cake, the price seemed above average! Has the cost of living appreciated that much?

On the plus side, the staff were friendly and efficient. Perhaps, it was just one of those off days!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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