Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia.
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 opened to the public on 5 May 2010 as South Africa’s most exquisite multi-functional cultural centre.
The Gallery on the first floor is now occupied by the South African Print Gallery; and is housing the Peter Clarke Archive & Collection. Plans are underway to establish a Print Studio in early 2016.
Casa Labia remains available for hire as an up-market venue for every occasion.
After some recent renovations, we re-opened on 14 November with some exciting changes. The Café is now under new management as Cucina Labia, with a new look and new menus to tempt you into the heart of this Italian home.
When Casa Labia Café was launched in June 2010 it began as an intimate 50-seater café located in the former reception area. Almost 4 years later the Café has grown into a 110-seater; flowing from the reception area into the drawing room, sunroom, private dining room, courtyard and the veranda overlooking the False Bay seas. The 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.
The Café was the dream of Antonia Labia and Capetonian foodista Judy Badenhorst. Together they brought the Café and the menu’s to life. This was another culinary triumph for Judy, the menus seamlessly blended two cultures, Italian classics made unique to the environment by using local and proudly South African ingredients. In January 2014 Judy handed over the reins to Nicole Dupper to stamp her mark on a new adventure. Judy will be missed, but her presence will continue through our new menus.
Casa Labia Café is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 to 16h00 and makes an ideal venue for brunch, lunch, elegant afternoon tea or a simple cup of very good coffee.
Every Saturday and Sunday between 13h00 and 16h00 we are joined by the talented pianist, Jean-Paul Grimaldi-Lasserre. His repertoire is diverse in various kind of music from classical to popular modern works. Interpretations of compositions brings classical styles to a wide spectrum of people for easy listening, regardless of their usual taste in music.
192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa