After winning the Best of Bloemfontein award for Bloemfontein’s Best Kept Secret in 2015, Bob’s Peanut Butter Shack remains one of the best places to have a truly unique experience when you’re in Bloemfontein.
Placed in the heart of Bloemfontein’s metropolis, it offers a calm and different experience for a quick lunch away from the office or for an outing with friends. It’s one of those rare places where one can see young and old coming together for completely different causes and yet having a good time all the same.
Perfectly placed with its retro décor which will speak to your inner child and make one have a finer appreciation for all things retro- it is neither the décor nor its super quick and friendly staff that make Bob’s Peanut Butter Shack so popular. The reason why the Bloemfontein community keep going back for more, is that Bob’s attract the public with its unique, different and delicious gourmet milkshakes. They have the largest variety of milkshakes- boasting over 53 types of milkshakes on their menu. Bob’s also offer innovative and delicious nibbles that you can pair with your shake.
Emile Smuts, who is a co-owner of the shop, says it was his wife, Laurika who convinced him to move from Stellenbosch to Bloemfontein and start this delicious idea. He adds that although things were not easy in the beginning, the business has now stabilised and is making a good name for itself within the close knit community of Bloemfontein.
To keep things interesting and have customers coming back for more, the shop offers great monthly specials on the milkshakes themselves. It is also interesting to note that the shop has a wall of fame for customers who have had more than 15 shakes in a period of three consecutive months. The names of these customers are then hung up on a wall in the shop, to display to the public who Bob’s most loyal customers are.
Bob’s also offer the opportunity for customers to have their children’s birthday party at the shop. Packages that are available, includes everything from the cake, food, themed décor and jumping castles for your little one at an affordable price. With this said, it’s not very surprising that it won the 2016 Best of Bloemfontein award for Best Place to Have A Kid’s party. Another reason why it is so different, is because it offers all the fun of a park, from swings to jumping castles, all at the convenience of being located in town. Bob’s is a place that offers a well enjoyed time for kids and parents.
Whether you’re a busy parent, looking for a quirky place to have lunch with friends- or read a book, Bob’s Peanut Butter Shack is definitely a place to consider. Head down to Bob’s for a delicious gourmet milkshake, a swing in the sun, or just to relax. This little shop, will have you realise that it is the little things in life that matters.
Compiled by Pulane Choane & Moeketsi Mogotsi
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