Charly’s Bakery: A Journey of Creativity, Compassion, and Culinary Delights

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Charly’s Bakery, a beloved institution in Cape Town, began its journey in 1989 when Charly and Jacqui Biess opened their doors in Thibault Square. It has since become much more than just a place to satisfy a sweet tooth; it has evolved into a vibrant hub of creativity, warmth, and community.

From Breakfast and Lunch Buffets to Wholesale Bakery

Initially, Charly’s Bakery gained popularity for its delicious breakfasts and mouth-watering lunch buffets at the V&A Waterfront. As the demand for their baked goods grew exponentially, the Biess couple shifted gears and embarked on a new chapter as a wholesale cake bakery in Roeland Street.

A Reimagining of Charly’s Bakery

An interesting turn of events led to the reimagining of Charly’s Bakery. The bakery reopened its doors to the public, specialising in stunning baked goods such as cakes and cupcakes. Joined by Alexandra, Daniella, and Roch, the bakery embraced quirkiness and fun, giving birth to the distinctive Charly’s brand.

The Distinctive Charly’s Brand

From its humble beginnings, the bakery’s offerings expanded beyond simple cupcakes and message cakes. Charly’s Bakery established its presence with vibrant colours, unconventional designs, and an unmistakable signature style. The introduction of ‘Charly-isms’ such as ‘luf luf,’ ‘gooi gooi,’ and their liberal use of glitter contributed to the bakery’s unique identity.

A Forever Home and Commitment to Upliftment

Charly’s Bakery found its forever home at 38 Canterbury Street, an iconic Victorian two-story building. This relocation served as a catalyst for growth, transforming the bakery into a bustling landmark. The heart of Charly’s Bakery beats not only in its scrumptious creations but also in its commitment to upliftment.

Investing in staff from underprivileged backgrounds, Charly’s Bakery nurtured a ‘Rainbow Bakery Family’, spreading positive change within the community. This philosophy of giving back extended to supporting over 20 charities annually and participating in numerous charity events.

A Legacy of Generosity and Inspiration

The passing of beloved Charly in 2012 marked a poignant moment for Charly’s Bakery, but his spirit lives on through the bakery’s ethos of generosity and inspiration. As a proudly South African and proudly Capetonian establishment, Charly’s Bakery prioritises the values of Nelson Mandela, continually striving to create a brighter future for the nation.

Sweetness, Community, and the Joy of Giving

Charly’s Bakery is far more than just a bakery; it’s a haven of creativity, compassion, and confectionary delights. With every cake and cupcake, Charly’s Bakery weaves a story of sweetness, community, and the joy of giving – a story that continues to unfold and inspire, one bite at a time.

Visit Charly’s Bakery

If you’re ever in Cape Town, be sure to visit Charly’s Bakery at 36-38 Canterbury St, District Six. They are open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. For more information, visit their website at

Environmentalist and Outdoor Enthusiast. Amanda is a nature-loving, energetic, and enthusiastic environmentalist who has dedicated her life to exploring and protecting Cape Town's stunning natural landscapes. She is an experienced hiker, wildlife enthusiast, and advocate for sustainable tourism.

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