21 August 2019


The owners of Loading Bay opened Sans Community and Pauline’s, an organic grocery, concept store and coffee bar in Cape Town.


From Loading Bay to new openings

I spoke with Nicole, one of the owners of Loading Bay, Sans Community and Pauline’s in their first cafe/store in Waterkant. They opened Loading Bay almost ten years ago to sell good quality clothes (of brands like Acne Studios and Norse Projects. They were also the first selling point of Aesop in Africa and they have an inhouse shop. And on the ground floor, there’s a lovely cafe.


Sustainable products

Most important for them is to sell products made with love for the environment. Sustainable, organic, with a good story. In their latest projects – a concept store and grocery called Sans Community and a coffee bar called Pauline’s – they take it even further. In the grocery, you can find local treats, all organically grown. And in the concept store under the same roof, you can buy interior items, children’s toys, books, and beauty products. All from brands with the same philosophy.


Coffee bar

Pauline’s sits a few doors further up the road and is a small coffee bar named after the grandmother of the other owner. Local people run in and out for their coffee to go. Although lots of people take their time to chat with the baristas. It’s easy to make friends during a visit as the bar is quite small. In a few minutes, you’ll find out that your neighbor is from the States producing movies and the other one is a wildlife photographer from South Africa. There’s a small terrace too.



Seapoint is located slightly out of town, in between Greenpoint and Camps Bay. You can walk along the sea or stop by at the pool on the other side of the beach where you can watch daredevils stand on the edge of the springboard and dive into the water.


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For more recommendations in Cape Town, check out Petite Passport Magazine #01