Just 25 minutes outside of the Cape Town city centre, sprawls a vast patchwork quilt of suburbs that include Durbanville, Century City, Stellenbosch, Plattekloof, and Bellville. Collectively, they are known as the Northern Suburbs and just like its southern sister, this area is home to a collection of fabulous coffee shops, where the coffee is top quality, the food delicious and often freshly baked, the service good, and the vibe great. Here are 10 of the Northern Suburbs’ best coffee and breakfast spots…
1. Carlucci’s at Meerendal Wine Estate
The Carlucci’s brand is well known for delivering great food and coffee, but the venue at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville is particularly attractive for its breath-taking views over the winelands. A favourite of cyclists and runners who use the estate’s vineyard bike trails to exercise, Carlucci’s serves up great coffee and a grand assortment of freshly made breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, and lunches. They also have a deli, where you can order freshly baked goods, such as breads, croissants, and sweet treats.
If you like great coffee on a budget, XPRESSO Café is a must for you! This trendy, industrial-themed coffee shop is the first ever in South Africa to sell all of their take-away coffees (from cappuccinos to espressos) for R10 only! Located on Wellington road in Durbanville, this upmarket coffee shop delivers affordable, quality coffee and truly delicious food, such as pastries, sandwiches, and other treats. XPRESSO Café has also opened branches in Cape Gate and Canal Walk.
Run by talented and passionate owner Suzie, Suzie’s Coffee Shop specializes in home made comfort and traditional food favourites, served with a generous side of warm hospitality. This slightly quirky café has a relaxed ambiance, offering guests the perfect venue for indulgent breakfasts, lunches, light meals, sweet treats, and traditional South African favourites, such as moer koffie (strong roasted coffee), roosterbrood (fresh bread baked on the fire), and tomato bredie (stew). They also have handmade arts and crafts for sale.
Located in Big Bay’s gorgeous Seaside Village Centre, The Daily Coffee Café is a venue where you sit-down or order a delicious brew to go before going outside to enjoy Cape Town’s iconic view of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. This charming, yet trendy coffee shop, which describes itself as “a cup above the rest”, is a regular hangout for locals who enjoy the “Karoo chic with city slick” décor, the friendly service, and varied menu, featuring a handsome selection of breakfasts, light lunches, baked treats, and traditional favourites.
Turkspirit was originally opened in 2007 as a manufacturer of Turkish delight and delicacies. Just recently, however, they decided to open an adjunctive café where patrons can experience an authentic Turkish coffee service right in the heart of Stellenbosch. Here, they serve real Turkish coffee (and Turkish delight, of course) the traditional way. For the hungry, there’s a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu with plenty of options for vegetarians.
The modern, yet welcoming Koffi Terapi café in Durbanville is the inspiration and hard work of owner Litha Matthysen. A combination of its freshly baked treats, delicious breakfast and lunch menu, quality coffee, and gorgeous outdoor patio seating area has made Koffi Terapi a favourite amongst locals, who frequently use the venue to throw birthday parties, bridal parties, baby showers, and other private functions.
As a franchise, Greens has a well-deserved reputation for its excellent food, lovely décor, and serene atmosphere. The one located in the Plattekloof shopping centre features a delightful sheltered courtyard (exceptionally popular on warm days) and a spacious interior that’s scattered with comfortable couches and coffee tables for informal gatherings or quiet work sessions. The menu caters to all tastes and cravings.
In 2012, three best friends got together to start a coffee franchise, which we know today as the Bootlegger Coffee Company. With several businesses all over Cape Town, it has grown into a formidable brand that serves excellent (and affordable) coffee and delicious, fresh food in a trendy, charismatic atmosphere that pays homage to 1970’s rock n’ roll giants, AC/DC. All stores are open super early (at 06:30) and offer free Wi-Fi and R16 coffee until 08:30.
Groot Phesantekraal is a winery located on the Durbanville Wine Route and, aside from producing excellent wines, has become an absolute favourite of local farmers and their families for breakfasts and lunches (so you know it’s good!) Groot Phesantekraal and its restaurant may be a little off the beaten track, but it’s well worth the journey for their outstanding breakfasts, which are served in a converted and refurbished sheep shearing shed.
The reason we love this little gem of a coffee shop is because the baristas are always friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable on the subject of coffee. If you don’t know its there, you might drive right past it, but once inside you’ll understand just why Boston Coffee has become such a favourite coffee spot. They roast their own beans (and so the aromas inside the café are intoxicating) and their décor is delightfully rustic and eclectic, with second-hand pallet tables and a variety of different chairs for seating.