Popular Coffee Shops in Cape Town CBD

Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Cape Town was named one of World’s Best Cities for Coffee in 2024 by US culinary magazine Food & Wine, and it is not hard to see why.

With coffee shops scattered across the city, ranging from charming spots in the city center to trendy, Instagram-worthy location, you’ll soon see why coffee culture in Cape Town continues to grow.

Here are some of our favourite spots to visit:

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 in this intimate space and enjoy the current art exhibition while you are there. Their fresh cakes and baked treats 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. This pet-friendly cafe has free wifi for those who want to catch up on work or meetings.



At Rosetta, acclaimed as Cape Town’s multi-award-winning Specialty Coffee Roastery, sip on their signature cuppas, from pour-over and batch brew filter coffee to refreshing iced creations. Once you’ve savoured their coffee, you’ll likely find yourself tempted to stock up on a few bags, which are sold at the award-winning roastery.

Contact: Call +27 21 447 4099

The Ladder

The Ladder boasts an aesthetic, tranquil space where you can satisfy your caffeine fix. Menu options we love include the classic Americano, flat white, and their double espresso. If you are feeling more indulgent, they offer a mean frappuccino. If the coffee wasn’t tempting enough, the eatery serves Instaworthy meals set in a backdrop of some of the city’s finest art.

Contact: Visit

Pang Speciality Coffee

Pang Speciality Coffee is a brand born and raised in the heart of Cape Town, with a passion for creatives who love fashion and a great cup of coffee. Enjoy their famous brew with freshly made pastries. The shop also sells merchandise including totes, T-shirts, sweaters and caps.

Contact: Visit

Café & Terrace, Labotessa

Café & Terrace is located at the Labotessa Luxury Boutique Hotel in Church Square. This quaint spot serves fresh brews daily and offers an impressive breakfast and lunch menu, featuring everything from eggs benedict and Dutch apple pie to soups and other pies. You can choose to sit inside the cosy mezzanine or in the lush outdoor area.

Contact: Visit

Truth Coffee

If you like good coffee served in a gritty and industrial chic environment, then Truth Coffee is the ideal Cape Town coffee shop for you. Walking into Truth Coffee feels like you’re walking into a Victorian futuristic fantasy. Steampunk lovers will be in awe of the bespoke décor. More important than the interior is the coffee: strong, hot and full of flavour.

Contact: Visit


Stellski Cafe and Coffee on Bree Street offers a space to connect, create, and be inspired. Here, their exclusive coffee blends, brewed from the highest quality African beans, are perfect when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours. Accompany their fresh brews with selections from their all-day breakfast menu.

Contact: Visit 

Honest Chocolate

Don’t let the name fool you; Honest Chocolate Cafe on Wale Street serves some of the best coffee in the city. Choose from espresso, cortado, cappuccino, or flat white, all of which can be paired with their decadent cakes and desserts. Sit inside or choose a table in the quaint courtyard.

Contact: Visit


Celebrate Italy’s iconic cafe culture in the heart of Cape Town at MiCaffè on Bree Street. Open for breakfast and lunch, the cafe serves delicious cups of coffee overlooking one of the city’s most stunning neighbourhoods. The restaurant hosts regular events, which they share on their social media pages.

Contact: Visit


Origin in De Waterkant serves more than just a cuppa. The coffee shop provides you with the full coffee experience. You can sit in on a cupping session and taste the coffee while it’s still fresh and expressive. You can also purchase some of their blends when you visit. Try their famous pastéis de nata.

Contact: Visit

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