It starts with coffee. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m on a quest to discover Port Elizabeth and embrace my new hometown more fully (read: stop comparing it to Cape Town). So today I set out to find a cute little spot to sit down, drink coffee and get some work done.
Enter, Friendly Stranger.
Located in the Baakens Valley, just opposite Bridge Street Breweries, I have walked past Friendly Stranger quite a few times at night (they are not open for dinner) and wondered what it’s like inside. I was not disappointed! The decor and the overall feel of the place is downright charming in that exposed-brick-and-wooden-furniture way that makes millennials go crazy. There is an actual boat suspended from the ceiling. The walls are covered in art by local artists, all of which is for sale. The coffee is great (they have Deluxe Coffee) and the food is delicious. What more do you need to know?
The whole space is light and airy, and the surrounding views of the Baakens Valley is a great backdrop for coffee-sipping on sunny days. They also have a super cozy downstairs area for rainy-day lunch dates!
The only downside is that they don’t have wifi. So if you need the internet to work (which of course you do, this is 2017), Friendly Stranger is probably not the spot. For Saturday morning brunch or a quick little business lunch, however, it is perfect.
Check them out on Facebook.
Here are a few pictures!