Dear Café Charles friends and family

In light of the current circumstances, we are all as businesses and as individuals, forced to adapt and evolve by stepping out of our comfort zones.

From what originally began as a small café in 2016 with 4 staff members, growing into a fully fledged service team of 22 employees, four years down the line we have been reminded of how quickly things can change and are once again back to a basic team.

COVID-19 has brought the entire restaurant industry to its knees, like an unsuspecting rugby tackle, we are having to pick ourselves up from the dirt, dust ourselves off, and keep on going to be able to support our team and an uncertain future.

We are extremely fortunate to have received our essentials service provider permit and will be able to keep the gas plates burning, so to speak, by preparing home-style cooked ready meals for your convenience and providing nutritious fruits, vegetables and other much needed pantry items ie. honey, eggs, bread, cheese, chocolate etc. straight to your doorstep. We will initiate with a collections service at 137 Waterkant Street, with door-to-door deliveries to follow soon. By supporting us, in turn we all assist in supporting our small local suppliers, keeping our local economy intact.


Head Chef Shaun Dampies will be cooking solo, for the moment, with packaging and logistics by café owners Justine and Mark. Our small team is aware of the strict health and safety regulations and will be participating in maximum hygiene protocols when dealing with food items:

• Washing hands regularly
• Cleaning and sanitising work spaces continuously
• Using latex gloves and protective face gear when required
• Washing fruit and vegetables meticulously
• Sanitising products from suppliers as they are delivered

You can be assured that all meals and other food items will be handled with the utmost love, care, and protection right up until your doorstep!

To support our staff and the café we included a voucher and donation section in our online grocery shop. You have the choice of supporting in three different ways:

• Support our team members directly by donating to the Cafe Charles Staff Welfare Fund. We are raising funds to ensure that our staff have some security during these unprecedented time. 100% of the funds will be distributed equally amongst all staff members.
• We also added a digital gift card. This gift card can be used as payment for any products we have in the Charles Online Store.
• You can also purchase a digital gift card and forward it to your loved ones or someone you would like to support. Another voucher we added to the online shop can be used post lockdown for food and beverage purchases at our Café in the beautiful De Waterkant neighbourhood. These are currently available at a special Easter lockdown discount of 20%, after Easter the vouchers will be available at a 15% discount until the lockdown ends.

We look forward to sharing our good, healthy, comfort food with you!

Should you have any queries, please contact us at

Be safe. Stay well.
The Cafe Charles Team




Head west on Nelson Mandela Boulevard/N2. Keep right to continue on Nelson Mandela Boulevard. Continue onto Buitengracht Street/M62 and then turn right onto Riebeek Street/M61. Turn left onto Dixon Street. Café Charles will be on your right.


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137 Waterkant Street
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