The leafy interior and quiet ambiance of Harvest Cafe belies the chaos below: the teeming throngs of tourists on Wale Street intent on snapping their fill of the candy-coloured iconic homes in Bo-Kaap, while cars zig-zag down the cobbled roads. What awaits people who climb the stairs into the tastefully decorated space just above the Bo-Op collective is an oasis. It’s also a prime spot for enjoying panoramic views of Table Mountain. The brainchild of Lloyd Becker and Sean Moncrieff, co-founders of the artisan ice cream brand The Nice Company, Harvest was born of a desire for parlour space. "We kind of stumbled upon the place in the hope of opening up an ice cream parlor," says Moncrieff. "Lloyd knew the landlord of the building, who then took us up to show us the roof and we came across this hidden gem on the first floor. "At first glance we thought an ice cream parlour could work, but then came to our senses and realised that the space was way too big. "It was only a few months lat...

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