Gutting the interior of a double storey corner building, Tina Bester created a home on the one side and The Queen of Tarts on the other. Tina left her job in the magazine styling business to open up this corner shop in Observatory. She got her inspiration from a trip to Paris when she experienced all the patisseries with their many and colourful tarts.


Tina has adorned her shop with the many vintage and antique items she collected over the years. These include her grandmother’s old blender and Royal Baking Powder tins and her mother’s scale and bread slicer.

On the back wall a collection of old cookbooks are displayed with old enamel ladles, egg poachers and utensils on the other walls. The interior is painted a calm grey and white that sets of the many colours of the tarts.


The menu is displayed on a small black board that changes regularly, however the favourites are always available. These include custard tarts, chocolate tart and fairy cakes. There are several savoury items on the menu as well and guest can choose between various salads and sandwiches with ingredients like grilled aubergine, pesto, red pepper and cheeses. During the winter months Queen of Tarts also serves thick soups and hearty stews.

Queen of Tarts also offer catering for special functions, either in the shop or at other venues. A firm favourite is their private dinners. Guests between 12 and 18 can be seated at long tables with the food on platters from where everyone can help themselves.




Driving down Main Road in Observatory turn into Milton Road and then left into Lower Main road, we are on the next corner on your left hand side.

From Liesbeek Parkway, turn into Station Road and drive across the bridge. At Lower Main Road turn right, we are on second corner on your left.


-33° 56' 8.96''


18° 28' 3.86''
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213 Lower Main Road


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Food Served
Coffee ShopBreakfastContemporaryLight Meals
Average Price$
Payment accepted
Trading Hours
Monday - Friday:
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 14:30
Sundays: Closed
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Outside Seating
Smoking Section
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