Chapter 13: Coffee
Cape Town loves its coffee, and these days you can’t walk for five minutes through the city centre and not bump into a trendy coffee shop claiming to serve the finest flat white or the city’s best cortado.
Deluxe Coffeeworks is a dependable go-to for your daily caffeine fix. Its unconventional take on the modern-day coffee experience is perhaps its main selling point.
The point is the coffee. No fancy food. No WiFi. Just the vibe: good music and an eclectic blend of people.
a: 171a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
t: +27 21 462 3039
h: Monday—Friday: 07h00–16h00, Saturday—Sunday: 08h00–13h00
This passionately-run speciality coffee roastery has a handpicked selection of imported green beans roasted in small batches at low temperatures on the premises. Most of their beans are organic and they offer single-origin beans as well as blends. Escape the Saturday market crowd by ducking in here for a quick fix.
The go-to coffee in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. It’s all they do—and they do it very well.
a: 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock
t: +27 21 447 0845
h: Monday—Friday: 08h00–16h00, Saturdays: 08h00–13h00
If you appreciate design details, Haas is your spiritual home—everything in this Art Deco building in the City Centre is served on bespoke crockery, and the heritage of the building adds a compelling vintage ambience.
Haas is an energetic, soulful place that offers a nostalgic café experience.
a: 19 Buitenkant St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 461 1812
h: Monday—Friday: 07h00–16h00, Saturday—Sunday: 08h00–15h00
This hip, industrial-looking restaurant and shop draws a very trendy crowd. Grab a croissant and a coffee off the simple menu while browsing the Aesop body products and a selection of imported menswear.
The chic restaurant is one of the most pleasant spaces to tap away on one’s laptop. Its centre is a long table with benches, popular for creative meetings.
a: 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant
t: +27 21 425 6320
h: Monday—Friday: 07h30–17h00, Saturdays: 8h30–16h00, Sundays: 09h00–14h00
This steampunk-inspired fever-dream sits in an old warehouse in the City Centre and is great for anyone fascinated by the history of coffee, original blends, or Cape Town café society.
The world’s best coffee shop.
a: 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 200 0440
h: Monday—Saturday: 06h59–18h00, Sundays: 07h59–16h00
Featured image credit: Tyler Nix