I’m not sure how or where I first heard about Casa Labia but as soon I did, after ogling pictures online, I knew I had to see it for myself. Casa Labia, now a multifunctional cultural centre is incredibly beautiful but you need to have a bit more history to understand why.
Once the residence of South Africa’s first Italian Ambassador & his family, Casa Labia, in Muizenberg was built in 1929 & recently restored to reflect the exquisite grandeur of 18th century Venice. These days this opulent national monument is home to a renowned café, a contemporary South African art gallery, a boutique and a museum, all of which have been open to the public since 2010. We stopped in for drinks on a sweltering afternoon & I wondered around the reception rooms and garden until they were closing & had to practically throw us out!
View from the balcony over Muizenberg beach…
I have no words! – imagine having this as your home!
Casa Labia has been beautifully restored – the attention to detail is just amazing.
One of the reception rooms, now an events venue – I love the architecture.
No, this isn’t the path to the Secret Garden but rather to Casa Labia’s olive plantation…
The art gallery exclusively keeps local South African pieces
With looks like these it’s hardly surprising that Casa Labia finds itself hosting weddings & shoots. But what left me with that recurring “I wish I lived in Cape Town feeling” was finding out that they a offer seasonal programme of events to the public including art classes, kiddies workshops, music recitals, & poetry readings throughout the year.
They also do complimentary tours by prior arrangement so do let them know if you plan to stop by. I definitely want to bring my mom next time for tea!
192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town