The best coffee shops in Cape Town
Cape Town is a coffee fan’s dream. Head into the City Bowl and surrounding areas and you’re bound to find a coffee shop on every corner. So, naturally, it can be difficult for a coffee shop to set itself apart from the rest. Here are some that have done just that by offering customers more than just coffee.
With the tag line of Journey Beyond Ordinary, it is certainly clear that Coco Safar is an experience to be lived. The concept originated in New York, was designed in Toronto, and set its roots in Cape Town. There is the coffee bean roastery which emanates the fresh smell of roasted coffee beans. Move beyond that and you’ll find a Rooibos Botanical Micro Brewery. Here, you can sample Rooibos in various stages of maturity as well as a citrus coffee cold brew.
Opposite the Botanical Micro Brewery are the Capsule Emporium and Espresso Bar. Get talking to one of the expert baristas and take your tastebuds on a journey with their specialty beans. While you’re there, stock up on their Bio-capsules so that you can save the earth one cuppa at a time.
Ground Art Cafe
Three things are treated with the utmost respect at this cosy coffee shop in De Waterkant: coffee, food and art. Order a coffee at this intimate space and enjoy the current art exhibition while you are there. Their fresh cakes and baked good perfectly compliment the coffee and they serve light lunches too. Their exhibitions change often, so you’ll be visiting a different space every time you go.
Revolution Cycles and Che Café
This proudly South African family-owned bike shop has become somewhat of an institution in Bree Street – frequented by loyal cyclists, who have been using their bike maintenance services for years. The shop has now grown into a showroom focused on Specialized and Pyga bicycles and accessories. The best part is that they now also serve Truth Coffee in their concept store, which makes a visit even more of a dream for coffee-driven bike enthusiasts.
This inspiring spot on Buitenkant Street doubles as an exhibition space for local creatives and is truly unique in every way. They serve coffee from Brazil, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica and Colombia as well their own “masterpiece” Haas blend. They’re also one of the few places in Cape Town where you can try out Black Insomnia, which has 200% more caffeine than your average cuppa and has been named the world’s strongest coffee.
Quinton Smith of Bike n Wine Tours founded this cycle boutique and café in the CBD. Here you can book a tour, which includes beer, art or food, purchase bicycle-themed apparel – or rent a vintage, road or mountain bike to explore Cape Town. Obviously, you’ll need to have a coffee and pastry at their café before you do any of that.
The Book Lounge
This independent bookstore in the Eastern Precinct of the CBD, which has an amazing selection of South African books, is the ultimate place to escape to. Even better – visit their coffee shop in the downstairs lounge area where you can hide away from the electronic world. Super relaxed and quiet, the café offers coffee, milkshakes, herbal teas and a selection of cake and goodies – some of which are Banting-friendly.
Starling and Hero
This bicycle co-op come café at the Woodstock Exchange offers a workbench for anybody to use to do maintenance on your bike. They also sell bicycle commuter accessories and second-hand bicycles. Coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, as well as really yummy, healthy food and snacks are on offer at the café.
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Crossley and Webb
If you are a lover of classic and sports cars, then you have to visit this pristine showroom in Gardens set in a historic red brick warehouse that stores the finest automobiles in Cape Town. It’s almost like visiting a gallery of sorts and you’ll find yourself sipping Truth coffee and just staring at these works of art in awe.
Another hybrid shop, Loading Bay in De Waterkant sells menswear, has a skin care boutique and dishes up gourmet burgers along with great coffee. Their buttermilk flapjacks are out of this world and they have matcha lattes on the menu too.
Tribe Coffee Roasting is a stylish designer concept café located within the Donford BMW Motorrad motorcycle shop on Buitengracht Street. Here sensational Tribe coffee is consumed in a warm industrial space with elements like engine parts making up lighting and other features. Worth a visit both for the décor as well as the coffee!
Up Cycles & Breakaway Cafe
Inspired by the lifestyle of Amsterdam, at Breakaway Café on the fan walk is the place to hire fixed-gear bikes made for cruising around town. They also provide a shower facility and a safe place to store your own bike for the day. Plus you can enjoy a light meal and get your caffeine fix once you’re done.
Dapper Coffee Co.
Are you a bit of a petrolhead? Then Dapper Coffee Co. on the corner of Bree and Strand Street is for you. You can have a delicious cup of java while admiring old and new Porsche sports cars, Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Ferraris and more.
Department of Coffee
Khayelitsha’s first artisanal coffee shop has been bringing coffee culture to the townships since 2012. Their success story is heart-warming and their coffee is exceptional.
See The Department of Coffee in our Neighbourhood Guide to Khayelitsha:
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