A spirited community with its collaborations, events and cultural celebrations
Since opening in March 2020, Mangrove has cultivated a spirited community with its collaborations, events and cultural celebrations. Mangrove is named after the London restaurant founded in 1968 by Trinidadian community activists, which soon developed into a meeting place for artists and alike inspired by the black consciousness movement. This thinking also informs the community essence found at Mangrove in Braam. The Edwardian-era building was once a hotel and many of its original features remain. Mangrove transformed the space using custom-made furniture and fresh design accents, its massive mural of legendary musician Nina Simone and Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara complemented by contemporary and ever-changing art. Mangrove is a great spot to relax in or catch up on work, its cafe offering a diverse food and drinks menu and (including a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options); there’s the Backstoep, an outdoor potted-garden in the back – the perfect chill zone to escape the city hustle. Mangrove consciously works with the community around it, driving regular collaborations and events that take place at the venue, including pop-up shops, screenings, book readings and exhibitions (follow its social media for regular event updates). It also hosts the popular Sunday Bike Ride – the route takes riders across the city centre and returns to Mangrove, where a brunch is served; bikes can be rented to those who don't have their own.