When next you’re swanning around Cape Town, there is an aptly named new crêperie you might like to try: the Swan Café. As the name suggests, the regal fowl is central to the concept and the décor. The bird has symbolic significance for owner Jessica Rushmere, who used to own La Petite Tarte in De Waterkant. You can expect avian accents in everything, from romantic monochrome Da Vinci murals to metallic bird cages strung from the ceiling, feather-shaped ceramic tiles and blue-and-pink swan wallpaper in the bathroom.

The aesthetic is a tribute to Jessica’s background — she was born in France. There are curvy silhouettes and a sense of Parisian playfulness that is kept in check by some clever contemporary touches, like a banquette upholstered in pinstriped denim (a sweet reference to the Breton stripe). The classic French tricolour palette has been updated with modern midtones through the use of grey concrete screed floors and dusty pink timber counter-and tabletops. All of this ...

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