Hamleys South Africa is finally here – Hamleys just opened their doors at the V&A Waterfront and Greenstone Mall. Can I hear a whoop whoop? I have THE best childhood memory of spending (almost) an entire day at Hamleys in Regent Street on a family holiday adventure in Std 3. We were full of wonder and a little starstruck at the multi-level toy shop with row upon row of magical toys. We were each given one pound to spend at Hamleys and after much deliberation I bought a hair styling kit that kept us entertained for the rest of our holiday – the smell of the hair spray still makes me so sentimental.
The Creamery. What a lovely place. My afternoon of time-outs and tears was rescued by an invitation to eat ice cream with some friends. I have only enjoyed salted caramel in a wafer cone once before, but it is now a firm favourite.
Some reasons why this place is so fabulous:
-They have nice staff who are nice to kids. This is a good start.
-You can taste as much as you like and they don’t get annoyed.
-They give the kids their scoop in an extra big cone which means minimal mess.
-They gave Kira-pie a free mini ice-cream in a cone – what a win!
-No one moaned when we left a table covered in spilt sugar or when Ilan decided to lick the table ‘like a doggy’.
-Jugs of lemon water freely available to rinse your sweet teeth and occupy the kids’ attention for that extra two minutes.
Thank you for saving my afternoon, The Creamery. And thank you Cape Town for another summer day in not-quite-the-middle-of-winter.