Coffee Shops in Cape Town with a Twist

Cape Town has many amazing coffee shops. Head into the CBD and surrounding areas and you're bound to find one on every corner. So, naturally, it can be difficult for…

Cape Town has many amazing coffee shops. Head into the CBD and surrounding areas and you’re bound to find one 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.

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 bicyles 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 bike enthusiasts slash coffee addicts.


Crossley and Webb

If you are a lover of classic and sports cars, then you have to visit this pristine showroom 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.



Quinton Smith of Bike n Wine Tours founded this new funky 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.


Starling and Hero

This bicycle co-op come café 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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Latitude 33

Inspired by Bali and surfing, this coffee shop is a lifestyle store, which offers food, fashion and art. Here it’s all about the cool factor, with exclusive labels like Stance, Insight and Minkpink on display. And on the theme of surfing, they have free Wi-Fi so you can surf the web while you sip your cuppa.


Loading Bay

Another hybrid shop, Loading Bay in De Waterkant sells menswear, has a skin care boutique and dishes up gourmet burgers along with great coffee.


Tribe 112

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. is for you. You can have a delicious cup of java while admiring old and new Porsche sportscars, Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Ferraris and more.