Snow, Ice and all things Nice

Okay, so it’s not that cold – especially with the warm welcome always on offer at Casalinga…

What's happening at Casalinga this month?

Between our 30th birthday and Groves & Vineyards, there’s been a wonderfully celebratory atmosphere here at Casalinga over the last couple of months. And with Xmas in July in the middle of this month, there’s no need for the party to end!

The visit of Santa on July 14th is bound to make it a Jolly July for all of us – especially as he’ll be joined by some of SA’s top musical acts (Just Jinjer, Rubber Duc and Majozi, to name but a few).

Be sure to check this page regularly for updates – not just about Xmas coming early this year, but also for news of some more great events happening soon at Casalinga - we have some more great food and music gifts in store.

Xmas in July

Why wait? Christmas will be early this year thanks to the second edition of Jo’burg’s best Xmas-themed event. So good, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly put it off until December. Whether you’re in the mood to be naughty or nice, don’t think twice – book your tickets using the link below.

Ho, ho, ho – tell me what I need to know!

Staying warm in winter is all about dressing up, and Xmas in July is the perfect excuse to don your flashing reindeer horns, Santa hats and cute little elf outfits. As well as cutting a ‘dash through the snow’ you could also win one of our best-dressed prizes.

Get your Christmas shopping done well in advance by browsing the gift stalls, and give your kids the money you saved on free entry for under-10s so that they can choose their own stocking fillers this year. With lots of festive cheer and good things to eat, plus tunes from top SA bands to get you in the mistletoe mood, this is an unmissable event!

As well as having fun, we won’t forget the true spirit of Christmas – please bring along anything you can spare for the Twitter Blanket Drive and share the love.

christmas in July

How did you get that red nose?

Take the day off from the toy workshop and join all the other elves making their way to Casalinga for Xmas in July – now that we’ve unwrapped Just Jinjer as our awesome headline act, this is one party you won’t want to be late for.

man running on road

Would you like to run Casalinga?

No, we’re not looking for a new restaurant manager (we love the people we have, and we hope none of them ever leave!). Rather, we’re trying to find race directors and volunteers for myrun Casalinga.

myrun is a wonderful new initiative designed to make running more fun and more accessible. Casalinga would be the perfect traffic-free myrun venue – by hosting myrun at Casalinga every Sunday morning we could offer a fun keep fit experience to members of our local community, and anyone who enjoys keeping fit and active.

Being a myrun race director or volunteer is a great way to give back to your fellow runners and to the wider community, and also gives you the opportunity to make new friends and help others achieve their personal fitness goals.

myrun encourages people of all levels of ability to run, jog or walk 5km or 2.5km every Sunday morning, and earn up to 300 Discovery Vitality points in the process. We’d love to put Casalinga on the myrun map, so if you are able to assist, please email

You can sign up for myrun and purchase your Timing Band here.

Green Bean Coffee Roastery

If you follow your nose around Casalinga, you’re almost certain to find yourself drawn to our neighbours at The Green Bean Coffee Roastery – the aroma of their freshly roasted beans is very hard to resist!

Their exceptional coffee alone makes the visit worthwhile, but that’s not all you’ll find there. As part of their commitment to intense and wonderful flavour experiences, the Green Bean team have stocked their shop with some of Jo’burg’s best artisanal foodie treats. We’re talking gourmet essentials that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Cheryl Amy Jones’ Choc Chip Cookies are the best accompaniment to a cup of Green Bean’s finest, or for more an even more indulgent fire and ice taste sensation, enjoy some Peta handmade ice cream (made from free range milk, naturally) with your African coffee. The salty caramel variety works especially well!

You’ll also discover Gourmet Fudge and Soup n Stuff – two of our favourite treats. It seems we’re not alone in loving them, as every fresh batch of each sells out in a heartbeat. Last but not least, we’re proud to supply The Green Bean Coffee Roastery with our very own tapenade, pesto and chili parmesan dressing – ideal for transforming a common-or-garden salad into something heavenly.

To find out what’s in stock this week, call 076 469 8995 or visit their website (

man running on road

Loving our neighbours

They say that you can’t choose your family or your neighbours – in our case, we wouldn’t change either (and yes, some people are both!). We share our address with three of our favourite food and drink destinations, and that’s why there are no fences between us (or secrets, for that matter)!

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens Cafe is the place to go for plant-based, organic cuisine that’s light on the Earth yet filled with nutrients and goodness. Try the wonderful vegan and vegetarian dishes on their famous breakfast and lunch buffets and you’ll leave with a spring in your step, and increased energy for the rest of your day. Learn more here.

The Chocolate Tier

Every occasion becomes special when you add chocolate. If you can resist anything but temptation, then approach The Chocolate Tier - the home of the chocolate fountain - with caution. Appreciate chocolate in all its forms, from delectable slabs to irresistible chocolate-dipped cherries, truffles and hot chocolate. Perfect for telling someone you love them – especially if that someone is you! See More.

The Green Bean Roastery

For honestly good coffee, look no further than The Green Bean Roastery and breathe in the delicious aroma of freshly-ground 100% Arabica beans as they create our Casalinga house blend. The Roastery specialises in African coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, among others, so you can tour the continent whilst relaxing in a beautiful garden.Learn More