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The Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Coffee culture in Cape Town has effectively reached cult status. Gone are the days that we sip on instant coffee or waste our precious coins on vending machines that produce hot bean-flavoured water. We treat ourselves to artisanal greatness, to full-bodied freshly-roasted bean perfection and enjoy a plethora of coffee variations unbeknownst to our forefathers. Sometimes we’re just a bunch of glorified coffee snobs who get a kick out of distinguishing our cappuccinos from our flat whites. Regardless, our coffee snobbery has given birth to a host of beautiful and beloved coffee shops in Cape Town that produce some kick-ass coffee. Lo and behold our best coffee shops in Cape Town…

The Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town


1. MISCHU – Sea Point

Mischu – Sea Point

Based in the heart of Sea Point, Mischu is quite famous amongst coffee enthusiasts for being one of the most sublime coffee shops in Cape Town. Their speciality coffee blends are so good they’ve won awards. Check them out next time you visit Sea Point for a personalised coffee experience.

Good to know: They help start up other coffee shops and train many of the city’s baristas.

Location: 85A Regent Rd, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-18h00 Sat & Sun: 08h00-18h00
Contact: 076 379 1693

2. JASON BAKERY – Green Point

Jason Bakery

We love Jason Bakery for a whole lot of things, but coffee is right up there with our favourites. They serve up Salvador coffee, which is a Nicaraguan single estate certified organic coffee and it’s delish, but then again, so is everything on the menu.

Good to know: Make sure you get a doughssant with your coffee on Saturdays.

Location: 83 Main Rd, Green Point
Hours: Mon-Fri: 06h30-16h00 Sat: 07h30-16h00 Sun: 07h30-15h00
Contact: 021 433 0538

3. GIOVANNI’S – Green Point

Giovanni’s – Green Point

Giovanni’s is well-known for its fresh imported Italian goodies. Its buzzing espresso bar is pretty much always jam-packed with patrons wanting to get their hands on some of Giovanni’s Italian authenticity.

Good to know: They offer the most amazing selection of meats, cheeses and imported Italian products.

Location: 103 Main Rd, Green Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h30-21h00
Contact: 021 434 6893

4. SHIFT ESPRESSO BAR – Sea Point / Silo District (V&A)

Shift Espresso Bar – Sea Point / Silo District (V&A)

This family-run urban espresso bar offers a cool atmosphere with awesome coffee made with a whole lotta love. Their beans are roasted locally and are fair trade certified.

Good to know: They have a second branch at the Waterway House near the Silo District

Location: 45 Main Rd, Sea Point | Retail 4B, Waterway House
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-18h00
Contact: 021 433 2450
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5. TABLE THIRTEEN – Green Point

Table Thirteen – Green Point

Table Thirteen offers some really amazing coffee in their small, quaint premises in Green Point. Cute and cosy vibe with lots of character, perfect for a pop-in coffee or a coffee with your brekkie.

Good to know: They have a different meal or drink special every day of the week.

Location: 78 Ebenezer Rd, Green Point
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat 08h00-13h00
Contact: 021 418 0739

6. BOOTLEGGER – Sea Point

Bootlegger, Sea Point

This booming enterprise is one of the founding fathers of amazing coffee in Cape Town. With over 15 stores, these guys are pretty much everywhere and therefore easy to spot in or near your hood. The original Bootlegger cafe however is found in Sea Point main road.

Good to know: Every morning you can grab a coffee for R18 until 08h30

Location: 39 Regent Road, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Thur: 06h30-22h00 Fri: 06h30-23h00 Sat: 07h30-23h00 Sun: 07h30-22h00
Contact: 021 434 0060
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7. KLEINSKY’S DELI – Sea Point

Kleinsky’s, Sea Point

We pretty much love everything about Kleinsky’s, from their kick-ass Deluxe coffee, to their crispy latkes, freshly made bagels, NY-style cheesecake, pastrami sandwiches and art-clad walls. The Sea Point branch is an institution and the newer Parliament Street branch look set to become the same.

Good to know: They also have a stand at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market on Saturday mornings.

Location: 95 Regent Road, Sea Point | 32 Parliament Street, CBD
Hours: 08h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 433 2871 | 082 583 4162


Jarryd’s – Sea Point and CBD

Brothers, Jarryd and Ariel Segal, own this well-known Sea Point cafe. They serve up a seriously good coffee and a yummy menu of food as well. They focus on conscious dining and ingredients are responsibly sourced. Following the success of the Sea Point branch they have also opened a Church Street cafe.

Good to know: you must try their banana bread – yum!

Location: 90 Regent Road | 75 Church Street
Hours: 07h00 – 16h00
Contact:  060 748 0145 | 074 168 5324
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Coco Safar, Sea Point

The folks over at Coco Safar know a thing about a thing. When it comes to coffee, they are perfectionists and have a variety of methods and crazy apparatus for pouring you the perfect cuppa. Oh, and did we mention, they have a stunning pastry counter that is just bursting with sweets and savouries of the most delicious kind. Hands down some of the best croissants we’ve tasted this side of France. There is also an incredibly cool Botanical Microbrewery with infused and fermented Rooibos on tap (non-alcoholic). You need to visit and set aside a little time to discover all that they offer.

Good to know: the bobotie croissant is drool worthy.

Location: Artem Galleria, 277 Main Road Sea Point, Cape Town
Hours: Monday to Friday: 07h00 – 21h00 | Saturday: 08h00 – 21h00 | Sunday: 08h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 433 1336



Molten Toffee, Gardens

If you’re looking for a laidback spot with epic coffee, amazing food and friendly service then Molten Toffee is your go-to Cape Town coffee shop. The owners are super relaxed and on a mission to make sure each customer feels well looked-after.

Good to know: They offer a 10% discount to all MyCiTi bus card holders.

Location: 45b Kloof St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 07h00-15h00
Contact: 021 422 2885


The House of Machines, CBD

This Shortmarket Street coffee shop is biker-vibe legendary, and so is their coffee. This inviting space was created for sharing passions; with coffee and motorbikes at the forefront.

Good to know: When the sun goes down this spot turns into an epic bar.

Location: 84 Shortmarket St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-00h30 Sat: 09h00-00h30
Contact: 021 426 1400


Folk Coffee Anthropology, CBD

This light and homey coffee shop exudes warmth and friendliness. Designed by husband and wife, Laurence and Leeanne Heald, the space reflects the cosiness of having coffee in your own home. Everything in the store has been displayed in a manner to encourage patrons to engage in Folk’s culture.

Good to know: There are countless interesting books to read while you’re having your coffee, as well as an elevated stage for book reviews and small performances.

Location: 4, Touchstone House, 7 Bree St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-19h00 Sat: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 276 1795


Swan Cafe, Bree Street, CBD

This charming crêperie is new on the block, and it serves up some fantastic coffee in a Parisian style setting. Think bird cages, colourful walls, and smashing French-style coffee.

Good to know: They have a mind-blowing savoury and sweet crêpes on the menu

Location: Corner Buitenkant and, Barrack St, Zonnebloem
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 079 454 4758
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vida e caffé, Kloof Street

It would be an injustice not to mention vida e caffé here. They were, after all, the founders of good artisanal coffee in Cape Town. From their flagship store on Kloof Street, this empire has grown in leaps and bounds to its current status, with over 200 stores nationwide, and they’re on the international map too! Big ups to you vida, you changed the coffee space in CT and we are forever grateful. We’ve even created some mind-blowing coffee recipes using the different vida coffee ranges.

Good to know: vida’s coffee capsules are 100% recyclable, and are used in making plastic timber. You can also get R2 off your coffee when you bring a reusable cup.

Location: Shop 1, Mooikloof, 34 Kloof St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-18h00 Sat & Sun: 07h00-17h00
Contact: 021 426 0627
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Uncle Bear, Long Street

Uncle Bear is well-known as Long Street’s go-to speciality coffee bar and micro-roastery. Coffee beans are roasted in house and available for purchase at the store.

Good to know: Uncle Bears coffee is so good, they represented SA at the World Coffee Champs

Location: 112 Long Street. AAA house building
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-15h30
Contact: 061 985 5379


Tribe, CBD and Woodstock

Tribe coffee offers a real value-for-money cuppa coffs. Their mission is to deliver A-grade coffee at an affordable price, from their coffee shop as well as their wholesale prices online. Follow them on social media and look out for their R10 coffee specials.

Good to know: They often give away coffee for free when they are testing new roasts.

Location: The Studios 112 Buitengracht street | The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-12h00 Sun: Closed
Contact: 021 736 6142 | 021 448 3362


Deluxe, Gardens

These guys are known as one of the best coffee shops in Cape Town. Deluxe has grown from strength to strength over the years, with a band of die-hard loyal fans following them from all corners of Cape Town. They have numerous coffee shops around CT, and an equally loyal band of restaurants that serve their brew.

Good to know: Subscribe to their page so you can create a monthly debit order for your coffs, so your mugs will never be left high and dry.

Location: 171a Buitenkant Street, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat & Sun: 08h00-13h00
Contact: 021 462 3039


Dapper, Loop Street

Located on Loop Street, Dapper Coffee Co is linked to a stylish car store, so if that’s your thing, enjoy looking at the sleek curves of a sports car while you enjoy your coffee. They serve breakfast and lunch and do so while looking ever-so-stylish.

Good to know: they have vegan choices on the menu.

Location: Corner of Bree and Strand Street
Hours: 07h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 001 2560


Truth Coffee, Buitenkant Street

All who love coffee will be familiar with this steampunk style establishment. Truth Coffee is truly one of the best coffee shops in Cape Town (and in fact the world as voted by journo Tom Midlane, MSN Travel), with their industrial-style interior decorated in metal and old machinery, and full-bodied beans roasted in-house in their vintage cast iron drum.

Good to know: The Telegraph placed truth coffee first for best coffee shops in the world in 2016

Location: 36 Buitenkant St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 06h00-18h00 Sat: 08h00-18h00 Sun: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 200 0440


Bean There, Wale Street

Bean There roasts their beans in-house at their beautiful, colourful and cozy store in Wale Street. Bean There strives to ensure community engagement, sustainability and empowerment through direct trade.

Good to know: They have awesome coffee accessories and mechanisms for sale in-store.

Location: 58 Wale St
Hours: 07h00-17h00
Contact: 021 418 0073

21. HAAS

Haas, Buitenkant Street

Haas is a truly special place in the CBD that not only serves fantastic coffee, but offers a platform for young creatives to showcase their work. It’s in equal parts a coffee, advertising and arts & design collective, of which all parts are interconnected.

Good to know: Sample the Jamaican Blue Mountain – shade grown on the misty slopes of the Jamaican mountains at an altitude of 1700m or higher and hand-picked to select only the most perfect beans

Location: 19 Buitenkant St
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat & Sun: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 461 1812


Origin, De Waterkant

Origin Coffee Roasting focuses on trying to maintain the widest selection of single origin coffee in South Africa. Their coffee shop in De Waterkant is located close to the vibey Cape Quarter, and you can find their blends at over 80 stores around the country.

Good to know: They have a barista academy that has trained over 4000 Baristas

Location: 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-15h00 Sun: 08h00-14h00
Contact: 021 421 1000


Raw coffee is a sneaky hole-in-the wall spot on Mostert Street in the CBD and here, things are done right. They do everything themselves – their coffee is hand roasted and their cups are hand printed. Coffee, waves and wheels is what they’re all about and the bar has a stylish vibe complete with motorbikes, surfboards and beautifully classic leather seating. Just all round cool.

Good to know: they serve a mean croissant too.

Location: Cnr Plein and Mostert Street, Cape Town.
Hours: 06h30 – 15h30
Contact: 021 462 7986




Baseline, Woodstock

Of all the coffee places in the Woodstock area, Baseline has got to be our favourite. This cosy coffee shop can be found in Mason’s Press, a really creative and edgy business hub in Woodstock. The coffee has a really smooth and full-bodied flavour; honestly one of the best coffee shops in Cape Town!

Good to know: They are closed on weekends.

Location: Mason’s Press, 7 Ravenscraig Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h30-15h30
Contact: 021 447 3560


Flat Mountain, Woodstock

Named after iconic Table Mountain, Flat Mountain is an ode to the culture of Cape Town, and what would the culture of Cape Town be without bad-ass coffee? This spot in Woodstock brews a really amazing cup of coffee.

Good to know: You can can find their beans stocked at Olive Branch Deli.

Location: 101 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 06h00-15h00 Sat: 09h00-13h00
Contact: 074 115 8441



Run Rabbit Run is a spectacular coffee shop situated at the ultra trendy Bijou ‘Bioscope’ in Observatory, and prides itself on being home to a melting-pot of diverse Capetonians.

Good to know: They shot an episode of Black Mirror here!

Location: 178 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-12h30
Contact: 076 190 2626


Bagel and Brew, Salt River

It’s all in the name folks, these guys specialise in two things – bagels and beautiful brews. A really cool and inviting spot to wind-down and enjoy a cuppa.

Good to know: Look out for their burger, bagel, beer and brew specials.

Location: 8 Aubrey Street, Salt River
Hours: Mon-Fri: 06h30-15h00 Sat: 09h00-14h00
Contact: 021 447 1077



Salisburys is Woodstock’s quintessential centrepiece, a tribute to the quaint and quirky nature of the suburb. Always humming with friendly folk wandering in and out; grab a coffee and croissant to sit down or take away.

Good to know: You can buy coffee beans here alongside numerous other goodies, fresh produce and wine.

Location: 19 Salisbury St, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h30-20h00
Contact: 021 838 2595


Field Office, Woodstock

Field Office is a popular meeting place attracting creatives, cyclists, designers, architects, the cool kids and those seeking a spot to be a little more serious. The kind of place that wants you to order a coffee and hang around a while.

Good to know: The art and furniture inside, designed by Perderson and Lennard, is for sale.

Location:  66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h30-16h30 Sat: 09h00-14h00
Contact: 021 447 2771


Rosetta, Woodstock

Rosetta coffee is unique because owners Rob and Jono want you to understand coffee as a whole as well as enjoy it. They offer a curated range of beans from specific regions for you to test and discern whether its your cup of tea or not. Rosetta is also served at The Yard at the Silo district at the V&A Waterfront.

Good to know: Get a bag of their reserve, it’s sublime.

Location: 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00 sat: 09h00-13h00
Contact: 021 447 4099


These guys go out of their way to tailor the coffee experience especially for you. Perfection is the name of the game here, and they have gone to scientific lengths to ensure that the cup of coffee in your hand is the best cup of coffee you will taste all day.

Good to know: Free delivery for orders with South Africa

Location: 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00 Sat: 08h00-14h30
Contact: 021 447 0845


You don’t have to go all the way to Ethiopia to have authentic Ethiopian style coffee. It’s just a hop skip away at Timbuktu, and no, not the far away Timbuktu our dads used to make jokes about – this one is in cosy Observatory. Expect coffee served in traditional jebenas.

Good to know: Authentic Ethiopian food served here too.

Location: Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Hours: Mon-Sat: 07h00-23h00 Sun: 08h00-23h00
Contact: 021 447 4293




Housed in a historical farm building on the Buitenverwagting wine farm, Coffee Bloc offers delicious artisan coffee, roasted in-house.

Good to know: You can watch the roasting process while you’re at the coffee shop.

Location: Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00 Sat: 08h30-15h30
Contact: 021 794 4468


Situated in vibey 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village, August Deli is amongst countless cool spots on the busy main road. August Deli is a real salt-of-the-earth kind of place, with an equally salt-of-the-earth kind of owner. Grab an incredible cup of coffee here and peruse the cool products on offer,

Good to know: The owner brings in fresh produce daily, like a mini grocer!

Location: 48 2nd Ave, Claremont
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h30-18h30 Sat: 08h00-16h30 Sun: 09h00-14h00
Contact: 082 734 4007


Cafeen offers a relaxed environment for you to chill out while you enjoy your cup of their legendary coffee. Pull up your laptop, grab a snack, or simply pop in to grab a take away.

Good to know: They have beautiful mountain views

Location: 41 Third Ave, Claremont
Hours: Mon-fri; 08h00-16h30 Sat: 08h00-15h00 Sun: 09h00-14h00
Contact: 021 674 6209


Definitely at the top of our list of best coffee shops in Cape Town. The gorgeous fairytale garden in the back is brilliantly green, dotted with artistic mirrors, and draped in vines. The coffee is sublime, along with everything else from the service to the menu and vibe.

Good to know: They have the most amazing brekkies

Location: 94 Belvedere Rd, Claremont
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 671 6875


Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay

Olympia is the go-to spot in Kalk Bay for your morning cuppa joe, and definitely on the top of our list of best coffee shops in Cape Town.

Good to know: They also have some of the best bread in Cape Town

Location: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-21h00
Contact: 021 788 6396


Bobs Bagel, Kalk Bay

Up a cobbled lane in Kalk Bay you’ll find the cute hole-in-the-wall that is Bob’s Bagels. The tiny spot offers killer coffee, and well, you guessed it, pretty killer bagels too. If you have kids, it’s a great place on a Saturday or Sunday morning to take a drive out to. In front of the cafe is a really cute park – kids can run wild while you take in a cuppa Joe and some breakfast.

Location: 6 Rouxville Rd, Kalk Bay
Hours: 07h30-15h00 weekdays and 07h30-16h00 weekends
Contact: 083 280 0012





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