Old Jail & Coffee Shop

Wandering from cell to cell to see the eclectic mix of fine china, clothing, jewellery, plants and health products on sale, or to gawp at the replica of the old gallows and then restore your equilibrium with a cup of tea and their famous carrot cake.

The Old Jail & Coffee Shop is one of the oldest historical buildings in Riversdale – the original part was built in 1838. In 1860 the state purchased the building and turned it into a jail. The Malherbe family bought the building and converted it into a renowned visitors point in Riversdale. Today you can enjoy delicious carrot cake, as well as light meals and browse the extensive range of antiques, gifts and plants in the old jail cells.

The Old Jail is also part of the Hessequa Art Route and can be visited as follow: 

Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 17:00
Sat:  08:00 – 13:00


Ou Tronk / Old Jail
Telephone: +27 (0)28 713 4300
Email: louise.malherbe@outlook.com
Address: Cnr of Main Road and Meurant Street

Riversdale has excellent graded self-catering options; hotels and unique farm stays available.

The venue is a coffee shop – you must try their popular carrot cake!

Julius Gordon Africana Centre; Cats and Paws Pottery Studio; Baleia Wines and Ikigai Coffee Bar and Deli.