The Alma Café is the kind of place that falls into the cliché of being a ‘best-kept secret’ of Cape Town. If you are not familiar with it, you might not even notice it when walking past. Yet this warm bohemian little gig venue with an atmosphere of a charming ‘padstal’ you found on the road, is surely one of the true insider tips of the Cape Town music scene.
Its colourful assorted furniture and antique decorations strengthen its homely, family-run character yet, frequented by big names such as Tony Cox, Jack Mantis, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Albert Frost and Steve Newman, the Alma Cafe is one of those rare places that is often booked out weeks in advance.
The ticket for a show includes a set and a hearty, home-cooked dinner.
The lineup for December 2021 is:
1 Dec – The Pool Guy by Melissa A. Volker (novelette) – Book Launch.
3 Dec – The Buckfever Underground
4 Dec – James Tuft (Ex Holiday Murray) and Liam McDermott feat. Marco Wielander
5 Dec – Edi Niederlander Trio
8 Dec – Boiling a Frog Slowly by Cathy Park Kelly (memoir) – Book Launch.
10 Dec – Shotgun Tori (JHB) and Jon Shaban
12 & 15 Dec – Blacksmith
17 & 18 Dec – Hatchetman
19 Dec – Auldfield (Robin Auld and Wendy Oldfield)
20 Dec – Mauritz Lotz Trio feat. Schalk Joubert and Kevin Gibson
21 Dec – Johan Liebenberg Neil Diamond Tribute
22 Dec – Johan Liebenberg in Solitary Singers
29 Dec – Songwriter Spectacular feat. Dave Starke (KZN), Sarah McArthur, Ruby June, Jono Tait
By day, this is a cosy spot for a coffee, a chat and some home-baked goods from Retha’s kitchen. Think: rusks, lemon meringues, milk tart, croissants, brownies, scones, crunchies, fudge and “dadelvingers”. They also serve breakfast and lunch. With free wifi and a few creative regulars, it makes for the ideal field office.
Address: 20 Alma Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town
Time: Coffee Shop Wed to Fri 10am-2pm | Show starts 17.45pm for 18.15pm