Cafe: Tel: 021-788 6062
Tuesday to Sunday: 10h00 - 16h00
Address: 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa
Ph: (021) 788 6067 / 8
No.192 Main Road, Muizenberg.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 16h00.
Admission - free.
Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia.
Following a complete two-year restoration by the family, this much-loved national monument was re-opened to the public on 5 May 2010 as South Africa's most exquisite multi-functional cultural centre.
Available for hire as an up-market venue, Casa Labia is home to a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africanova boutique as well as a celebrated Italian café. This superb venue is for hire. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10h00 - 16h00. Admission - free. Exhibitions of art in this exquisite 1930's Italian home overlooking Muizenberg beach. Count Labia was the Italian Ambassador to South Africa. His magnificent house reflects a bygone age in a unique and wonderful setting by the sea at Muizenberg, along the Cape Peninsula.
The area the house is situated in has many such mansions, for over 200 years this beautiful coastline has attracted the rich and famous to it's shores. Many of the houses were owned by the "Gold Barons" who made their fortune on the Gold Rush of the 1800's. They spent their summer holidays by the sea, and Muizenberg and St James reflects this amazing architectural history. A few houses from the Natale Labia Museum is the Old Toll House, a tiny little cottage at the start of the Muizenberg Main Road, which used to collect a "Toll" from the early settlers who used this ancient track to ferry their goods to and from Simon's Town, which has always been a major port of call. Find out more on the Early Cultural History page.
Casa Labia Café
Located in the former reception area as one enters the house, the intimate 40-seater Casa Labia Café exudes charm, warmth and authenticity. To complement its grand surroundings, the design of the café is effortlessly simple with shades of bone-white and cream dominating the otherwise soft-pastel palette. An abundance of fresh roses and multicoloured Murano-inspired glassware are delightfully combined with Wonki Ware crockery, damask linen and recycled Ngwenya glassware from Swaziland – all adding their own allure to this unique new space.
Exquisitely delivered by Capetonian foodista Judy Badenhorst, the menu’s inspiration is the artful combination of the Labia family’s Italian heritage with their
passion for South Africa. Another culinary triumph for Badenhorst, the menu and daily specials feature a seamless blend of two cultures, Italian classics made unique to the environment by using local and proudly South African ingredients.
Comments Antonia Labia, “Our cafe, although small and simple, strives to provide an authentic and real food experience. We source only the best and freshest ingredients. We hand craft our menu weekly, changing with the seasons to provide options that are varied and interesting, so that regulars are never bored and always challenged.”
With gorgeous views of the surrounding fynbos-covered mountains through its expansive glass doors, Casa Labia Café spills out onto a charming Italian-style courtyard complete with bougainvillea-covered arches and colourfully tiled coves. In warmer weather tables will extend to the immaculately landscaped garden which features a spectacular water fountain set against an uninterrupted panorama of the Falsebay coastline.
Casa Labia Café is open to the public from Tuesday- Sunday between 10am and 4pm and makes an ideal venue for brunch, lunch, elegant afternoon tea or a simple cup of very good coffee.
For more information on or make a reservation please contact Tania on
or 021 788 6062.
Occasionally we close to host very special private functions. To avoid disappointment and in order to plan ahead, please click here to view our closure dates.
Casa Labia Cultural Centre: Tel: 021-788 6068 / Tuesday to Sunday: 10h00 - 16h00
In the honour of Prince Natale Labia’s love of and great support for the arts, the Labia family launched the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in May 2010. The house is run as a multi-functional cultural centre which includes an independent, contemporary South African art gallery and Africa Nova boutique. Visitors and residents are enticed to enjoy a seasonal programme of events including lectures, art classes, workshops for children and adults, music concerts, poetry readings and book launches throughout the year. To find out more please visit our Current Cultural programme page.
Events: Casa Labia is available to hire for your special occasions as well as film and photographic shoots.
With a unique splendour that appeals to both the corporate and private sectors, Casa Labia effortlessly lends itself to the creation of special experiences and unforgettable memories.
Art Gallery - A note from the Casa Labia Gallery:
Dear Friends of Casa Labia,
Please be advised that the gallery and Africa Nova shop are closed due to refurbishments.
You are most welcome to come upstairs and enjoy the breathtaking views over False Bay from our Balcony.
Our next exhibition Movement/ Moment, curated by Joao Ferreira, will open on the 20th March 2012. More details to follow.
With kind regards
Casa Labia Management
The Casa Labia Gallery is a manifestation of Antonia Labia Hardres-Williams’s dream of creating a contemporary gallery space housed within the elegant confines of the house. The gallery is on the top floor of the house and the with breathtaking views out to sea one might be forgiven for shifting focus for the briefest of moments from the artworks on display to False Bay in all its splendor. The interesting and evolving collection of works will always bring your gaze back, however, to the beautifully curated collections on the walls.
The calendar of exhibitions is underpinned by the annual “In Bloom” exhibition presented by Casa Labia in conjunction with Africa Nova, which runs annually from December until February. The remainder of the year sees a variety of exhibitions take to the walls, all guided by the underlying thread of African and authentic.
All works on display in the Casa Labia Gallery are available for sale.