Super-cute style at Mochi Mochi, Cape Town’s fave Japanese confectionery spot
Pop-up bakery Mochi Mochi on Cape Town’s Longmarket Street pays homage to Japanese confectionery – with adorable decor to match.
ince Cape Town’s Tjing
Tjing opened Torii in 2015, head of pastry Adri Morel has been focusing on Japanese treats and baked goods to complement the eatery’s menu.
After extensive research and several trips to Japan, Adri developed her own style and adaptations that pay homage to and draw inspiration from that country’s varied confections.
Customers were thrilled with the sweet offerings, showing an especially keen interest in mochi: handmade gelatinous colourful truffles available in an extensive range of flavours. “We realised that we had an opportunity to take this to a wider audience,” says
Tjing Tjing owner Ilze Koekemoer.
And when space became available in collaboration with Molten Toffee next door, it seemed the obvious place for a pop-up confectionery spot – and Mochi Mochi was born.
The pre-existing interior, which had been designed by Leon Morland in 2017, had a minimal, clean style that made it easy for the Tjing Tjing team to add their spin to the collaboration. The store now features branding from local designer Casper Schutte from Spook Design Co. “We set out to create a brand that feels as sweet as the mochi it stands for,” says Ilze. “Taking inspiration from iconic Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, Gudetama and Aggretsuko, Casper wanted to bring mochi to life.”
Senior pastry chef at both Mochi Mochi and Tjing Tjing, Toyah Humphreys, also displayed her creative talents with some graffiti, adding street flair to parts of the shop. She’s been making street art under the name Motel Seven for more than 15 years, and provided an urban edge with her cute characters and pastel writing.