This is home to ‘Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout’, the world famous alter ego of Pieter Dirk Uys, South Africa’s best-known political satirist, and impersonator. Evita se Perron is a transformed train station with a museum, outdoor heritage garden, book shop, cafe and restaurant.
Located on the West Coast Way Culture Route
Evita se Perron was a cabaret theatre and restaurant created by South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys in 1996. As the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa, it definitely earned its place on the West Coast Way Culture Route.
Evita se Perron is filled with local gifts and food with funky packaging, descriptive names, and interesting décor. The local brands sold in this Swartland emporium are all handcrafted, and are creating employment opportunities.
The products are displayed in a mishmash of wooden cabinets,1950 style Formica cupboards. The original cabaret stage sits at the far end of the room, showcasing yester-year furniture, on the side Tannie Evita’s flamboyant frocks hang from the top of the glass wall, her high heel shoes stand tall in a glass display case, and art deco chairs offer a soft landing for the ample bottom to rest a while with a coffee and koek. Tables and chairs inside and out are provided for eating or takeaways.
Cafe Deli Delights
No self-respecting foodie will leave the deli at Evita’s without a basket full of deliciousness. The Tannie Evita range includes lemon atchar, onion marmalade, apricot jam, green fig preserve, chutney, vla cookies, Moer koffie, and of course the full range of rusks.
Everything is local and a delight. The Book League Shop on-site has copies available of Evita’s se Kossie Sikelela and Evita’s Bossie Sikelela cooking books.
A glass wall inside the deli looks into the rusk production area and you can taste the rusks with a cup of coffee at the deli – granola, sugar-free, or almond and orange flavour. Another wonderful South African treat is freshly baked koeksisters, golden sweet, twisted and authentic Afrikaans.
The deli cafe offers many local and South African foods: Funky Ouma has all your salt needs covered and then some. Tumeric and Ginger, Beetroot, Chilli, Black Garlic Pink Salt, Biltong and Parmesan. Het Bos olive oil from the farm down the road, !Khwa Ttu Brew Wellness Tea from the San Cultural Centre on the Darling hill, Droë Wors from the Darling Meat Market in town, or unique Darling Brew spent grain chips, from the first carbon-neutral brewery in Africa, and situated just over the railway line. All the way from Mossel Bay from Sharlebel Food Delights are Dried Shiitake mushrooms, still local and lekker. Dukkah will change your life. It’s an Egyptian side dish made up of a mixture of nuts and spices. Use as a dip for bread and extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle over salads or veggie dishes, or give your cheese platter a fantastic taste twist. Soefija’s biltong dukkah, olive jam, Moroccan rub, roasted seeds, or sweet mustard sauce will add pizzazz to any table. The stuffing, crushing queen of all things pickled is Ouma Swesie Se Spens, making magic on a farm in Darling. Garlic stuffed Jalapenos, garlic crush olives & sundried tomatoes, black garlic, garlic sweet cherry pepper snack, all must-have items for the discerning tastebuds. Toffees Made The Old Fashioned Way: Darling Sweet has so many flavours from the original “take me back to my childhood toffee” to honey and salt, birds’ eye Chilli, or ginger and cardamom.
Good To Know
Evita se Perron can host indoor and outdoor functions and has conference facilities available. Birthday parties, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or any other reason you can think of to celebrate.
Find Evita se Perron on the West Coast Way Culture Route.
Open: 7 Days a Week (Closed on Christian Holidays)
Trading hours are 09:00 – 16:00 daily.
Where: 8 Arcadia Street, Darling
Contact: +27 (0)83 235 4002. | www.evitaseperron.com