There’s nothing quite like the magic of a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food market — the bright colours, the beautifully displayed wares, the sound of a scoop plunging into a pile of nuts, the tempting scent of freshly baked treats and newly ground coffee. While you might think you would need to travel the world to experience the fun of a market like this we now have something very similar right here in South Africa! The Good Batch, a new family-run taste emporium has just opened in Canal Walk and it’s going to satisfy all your snacking needs.
The Good Batch is truly a gourmet snack haven. Everywhere you look, from floor to ceiling, is an exquisite array of hand-picked delights sourced worldwide. Jars piled high, sacks overflowing with treats and the best coffee in town. Nuts, from pistachios and pecans to walnuts and macadamias, raw or roasted in-store. Truffles, pralines and chocolate salami. Turkish delight, authentic halva, old-fashioned bonbons, nougat and fudge. Delicious dried berries, fruits, seeds and biltong. Handmade, just-baked biscuits and cookies. And some of the world’s finest coffee beans, freshly roasted on the spot, it’s all available at The Good Batch.
Started by Alexi Hadjidakis, who began his retail journey at the knee of his father George, who started 7-Eleven in South Africa in 1967, The Good Batch gathers together best-in-class delicacies from the world over and from small local artisans. Inspired by the quality and displays at a food show he visited in Dubai, Hadjidakis was determined to bring that market-style experience home. “We drew inspiration from far and wide, locally and internationally, to bring the very best into one place for South Africans who enjoy gourmet snacks,” says Hadjidakis. “And it’s all under one roof so it’s easy to choose any quantity you like.”
Each item is carefully chosen to complement the others, Hadjidakis explains. The experience is sensory and tactile with products served open and sold by weight. “Our nuts, coffee and chocolate are going to blow people away!” he enthuses. “This is a new sensory shopping experience for the South African customer – it’s unlike any they’ve had before.”
The first The Good Batch store has just opened in Canal Walk and there are plans to open 6 to 8 outlets in the next two years. The next store is scheduled to open at Cavendish Square in March 2019 but there may be some surprise pop-ups and openings before then.
The Good Batch Canal Walk is daily from 09:00 – 21:00. For more on The Good Batch visit the website here.