By Julia Rowley
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.
In light of the recent outrage against gender-based violence in South Africa, Cape Town restaurants have begun to adopt a “Come in” policy. This policy aims to create welcoming spaces for womxn who are feeling unsafe and allows them to seek refuge from potentially dangerous situations or while they wait for transport. These are a few trendy spots around Cape Town that you can take refuge in (and they’re student budget-friendly too!).
- Curry and Craft, 1 Cranko Road, Observatory
On the corner of Lower Main and Cranko, Curry and Craft offers home-styled Indian dishes as well as craft beer. This Halaal-friendly spot often hosts trivia nights and is well known for its delicious meals and welcoming atmosphere. Curry and Craft is one of the restaurants in Cape Town that have embraced the “Come in” policy and have opened up their doors to any womxn that feel unsafe. You can come inside the restaurant to seek refuge without having to purchase anything and can also ask to be walked to your car. Curry and Craftis open from 11:30am – 10pm Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – Late Friday – Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.
- Plant, 8 Buiten Street, on the corner of Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre
Plant is a vegan restaurant that serves environmentally friendly food without compromising taste. They offer security outside so that womxn who are waiting for transport, or who simply need to go to a safe space, can feel comfortable (without purchasing anything). They are one of the few restaurants in their area that are open early and close late, and so this vegan spot is perfect to keep in mind in case you need a spot to take refuge. Plant is open 8am-5pm Monday, 8am-10pm Tuesday – Saturday, and 8am-5pm Sunday.
- Raptor Room, 79 Roeland Street, Zonnebloem
Raptor Room is known for their fresh take on traditional food and their quirky dinosaur decor. As a restaurant staffed and run by 80% womxn, they understand the fear and worry that many of us face and so are joining in the “Come in” policy. You are welcome to wait in their restaurant if you are feeling unsafe without having to buy anything and are encouraged to wait for your transport to arrive instead of waiting outside on the streets. They are also making themselves available if you ever need someone to accompany you as you walk to your car. Raptor Roomis open 10am-11pm Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday.