Montebello Design Centre

“We nurture dreams to grow creative solutions from Africa.”

The Centre is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets with twenty-five arts and craft studios and workshops, a historic greenhouse and nursery and stunning restaurant. Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis who wished the centre to work closely with the University of Cape Town to nurture design, craft and entrepreneurship in South Africa. The project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Follow the informative history walk around the centre (see History page). Montebello Design Centre is a Not for Profit Organisation.


COVID-19 Notice

Under COVID-19 lock down regulations Montebello is open. Please check with studios & workshops what their opening hours are – contact details on the studio pages. COVID-19 health & safety measures are in place. All visitors & customers should wear masks and observe social distancing. We look forward to seeing you.

Stay informed! Visit the SA Department of Health's website for COVID-19 updates: