Ahmed Kathrada preferred to have his dessert before the main course — "Life is too short," he claimed. We sing from the same hymn sheet as the late anti-apartheid activist and have chosen to skip straight to the sugary part by locating Cape Town's best pudding providers. If appetisers and entrees are merely afterthoughts for you, join us on our sweet adventure.

Waffles: Den Anker

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We generally avoid the tourist traps of the V&A Waterfront, but in honouring the origin of the waffle we’re including Belgian restaurant Den Anker. Keeping tradition intact, they serve crispy-corner waffles with frills and thrills like cream, ice cream and syrup simply added as gentle toppings to the real star — a light and fluffy foundation. Don’t mess around with imitators; head straight to the source for this one. And this is the closest you’ll get to Belgium on any average Saturday.
Where: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
More info: +27 (0) 21 419 0249; Twitter


Pancakes: Cafeen

South Africans have collectively decided to dub the international crepe a local pancake. And our preferred and uncomplicated way of taking this is with a slight sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, maybe a drizzle of syrup and a soft squeeze of lemon. At Cafeen in Claremont, among the vintage advertisement boards, antique chandeliers and country charm, pancakes are soft, smooth, warm and wintry — representing the kind of rainy afternoon love that goes best with lingering.
Where: 41 3rd Ave, Harfield Village, Claremont
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
More info: +27 (0) 21 674 6209; cafeen.co.za


Red Velvet Cake: Postcard Cafe

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We’re not sure when this became a thing, but just as the cosmopolitan cocktail shot into the stratosphere sometime during the Sex and the City explosion, red velvet cake has, for a while now, been the It snack in many a sweet circle. For the ultimate nibble and taste of vanilla, buttermilk and cream cheese frosting wrapped in a riddle of rhubarb colouring, Postcard Cafe on the Stark-Condé wine estate is your uncontested answer. Tip: Don’t offer to share.
Where: Oude Nektar Farm, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch
When: Weds.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
More info: +27 (0) 21 861 7703; Facebook


Chocolate Bento Box: Nobu

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They had us at chocolate fondant served with green tea ice cream. Nobu might be a household name in the glitzy, dazzling sea-facing apartments of the Atlantic seaboard, but in spite of its celebrity status, it certainly deserves a mention on our list, if solely for their sweet bento box. Dip your spoon in a delicate Japanese lacquer-painted casing and a soft stream of steamy rich chocolate trickles from a baked, hollowed mini cake. It’s every bit as theatrically indulgent as it sounds.  
Where: Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
When: Daily, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
More info: +27 (0) 21 431 5111; Facebook


White Chocolate Mousse: Fork

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Mini portions, bite-size canapés, Spanish pinchos: Fork is our most treasured tapas restaurant on Long Street. They didn’t drop the theme when designing the dessert menu, and spoonful helpings of white chocolate mousse are sexy seducers and teasing temptations leading you down a delightfully decadent path. With the soothing suggestion that in small quantities it doesn’t matter. Or count.
Where: 84 Long St, CBD
When: Mon.-Sat., noon-11 p.m.
More info: +27 (0) 21 424 6334; fork-restaurants.co.za

By Suzette Leal

Suzette only stays at home to watch Orange Is The New Black. She limits her fluid intake to water, wine and champagne and she absolutely doesn't get the selfie trend. Burma is next on her to-do list. That, and salmon fishing in Iceland.