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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
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN CAPE TOWN: ATLANTIC SEABOARD
1. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN CAPE TOWN: WOODSTOCK/OBSERVATORY
24. BASELINE COFFEE
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
38. BOB’S BAGELS, 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