New Cape Town Hot Spot: Canteen

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

Canteen, a brand-new boutique food court, has just opened its doors in Cape Town’s Salt River.

The interiors, which reflect a simple, clean aesthetic, were collaboratively designed by Cape Town-based industrial designer Ashley Adami and Neighbourgoods Market manager Benjamin Cox.

The brief was to design and curate a market-style or communal dining environment, something that has been in the works for the past five months. “Canteen is the first in a series of boutique food courts that represents a new concept in dining and culinary culture,” says Ashley.The aesthetic is influenced by traditional ‘canteen-style’ dining. This is echoed throughout the interiors.”

Custom designs – from racks, trays and kitchen units to furniture, planters and shelves – feature throughout the space, set against a neutral palette that allows individual food vendors to shine.

From authentic Eastern cuisine (Silk Road) and Pete Goffe-Woods’ Breakfast, Burgers & Beyond to fresh juices and smoothies (Eso Juice), you will find a wide variety of menu options from an array of local street food chefs.

For more information, follow Canteen on Instagram. Canteen, which is open from 8am until 4pm Monday to Friday, is located at 17 Queen’s Park Avenue, Salt River, Cape Town.