Under the Arch and Lunchbox
By Amy Turner
Under the Arch arts and crafts and The Lunchbox are awesome places to spend that lazy hour or two between lectures. Now that the weather seems to be warming up, there’s nothing better than munching on some homemade nibbles and catching up with mates, while sprawled out on the lawns and soaking up the Vitamin D during your own mini picnic.
Under the Arch has been in business for nearly seven years and the shop is a treasure-trove filled with a plethora of exquisite crafts ranging from an extensive assortment of jewellery, local beadwork, paintings, sculpture, cutlery, chimes, bags, textiles and clothing. It’s a fantastic place to find the perfect gift for that person who is always so difficult to buy for. Their prices are also exceptionally reasonable with earrings starting at R15 a pair. Everyday a fresh selection of homemade snacks are brought in, including chocolate crunchies (R6.50), fudge (R5.50), the immensely mouth-watering date squares (R6.50) and their ever popular millionaire shortbread (R5.50). For the more creative among us, you are even able to borrow tools such as pliers and sit out on the lawns and produce your own creations. Jewellery is also made to order. Under the Arch also boasts a local hidden snack bar, The Lunch Box, which is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. It’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and something to drink while on campus. The Lunchbox has been open since February to the glee of students who are over suspect res lunches or those who don’t have time to mission back to digs before the 2:15pm period. They serve their delectable sandwiches between 12pm and 2pm which and are freshly prepared right in front of you with delicious fillings including feta, peppers, hummus, avocado, aubergines, sweet chilli sauce and tomatoes to name but a few. The sandwiches are huge, taste phenomenal and are only R10. The lunchbox also sells a variety of fresh fruit (R1), plunger coffee (R6), hot chocolate (R6), and Ceylon and Rooibos tea (R5). Their quality munchies and their friendly, speedy service ranks these two establishments as the most chilled out, yet impressive spots in town.