Sophia van der Merwe has created a wonderfully stylish haven in Sophie’s Choice. It is one of those blessed places that attracts families, bikers, antique lovers, cappuccino addicts and foodies.
Here you’ll find geraniums growing in old enamel bowls, angels of all kinds, gleaming candelabras, brocade, bell jars and writing desks.
This establishment has become famous for its continued variety of exquisite chandeliers for sale.
For very good reasons, Sophie’s Choice is very popular with travellers who come to stoepsit, buy gifts or antiques or simply sip the excellent cappuccinos.
The restaurant is open for breakfasts and lunches and there is free wi-fi.
The omelettes are legendary, and lunches have light or hearty options. Choose from chicken pies, lamb shanks, bobotie, smoked salmon salad or a quiche.
Sophie’s Choice also has a bookshop upstairs where you can browse to your heart’s content.
You could sit on the stoep to watch Willowmore life go by, or in the restaurant itself, surrounded by old wood and intriguing decor, or in the secluded courtyard.
Willowmore has become an intriguing Karoo town, with plenty of quirky shops to explore, an excellent tourism office, and very hospitable people.