Planning a trip to Cape Town means planning for a memorable trip where you’ll be immersed in the scenic natural beauty of mountains, rocky ocean cliffs and Cape Dutch-style buildings. But you want to make sure you’re fully awake for this, don’t you? Don’t let the jet-lag pull you back from making good memories, and stop by a hip coffee joint to perk up with a hot cup of java before tackling the city. Here are the top must-try coffee shops in Cape Town, South Africa.
Truth Coffee Roasting
Walking into Truth Coffee Roasting is like walking directly into a Jules Verne and H.G. Wells story setting. This popular coffee location is known for its steampunk theme where tables and counters have futuristic and Victorian elements rolled in to one. Don’t forget to check out the copper-adorned bathroom that’ll make you wonder why your toilet at home isn’t like this.
Byblos Trading Company
If the idea of having freshly-brewed coffee paired with a baklava is enticing to you, then head over to Byblos Trading Company. Step inside and it’s obvious the shop is Mediterranean inspired with Athenian blue walls, mosaics, and an impressive display of Turkish and Lebanese sweets. The shop doubles as a gourmet store for you to stock up on imported Mediterranean goods.
When breakfast (or lunch time) rolls around and you’re in dire need of coffee, Rcaffe is the solution. The resident barista, Sibongile is popular with the locals for whipping up fabulous cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and more. Coffee lovers enjoy the funky, shabby chic decor throughout the facility with eggplant purple walls. You’ll want to order off its breakfast or lunch menu for heart-healthy items like smoked salmon salads, omelettes, bacon and brie sandwiches, and gourmet burgers. But if you’re craving sweets, just take a gander at its pastry display on the counter and pick out what catches your eye.
Shift Espresso Bar
Wondering where the cool locals hang out? Then visit one of Shift Espresso Bar’s two locations (in Green Point and Crow’s Nest), where you’ll find murals of skeletons donning hip clothes. The Green Point location features a small, intimate and laid-back atmosphere to drink a hot brew while the Crow’s Nest’s location is best for large meet ups and spectacular views.
This coffee shop is a real gem of a find since you’ll choose from various blends of authentic African coffee from Ethiopia, Tanzania, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya. At Bean There, you’ll enjoy a cup of espresso while admiring the minimalist, urban layout with comfy couches and plenty of seating. The place also sells a few coffee items like imported espresso machines from Europe, grinders and filters so you can attempt to make the same delicious batch at home.
Folk Coffee Anthropology
Find yourself often walking down the popular Bree Street in Cape Town? Then pop in at Folk Coffee Anthology to get a cup of Joe to go (or stay in and enjoy the hip interior design). Whether you’re just looking for a nice spot to enjoy a fresh cup, or a place to dine for breakfast or lunch, you’ll find that you can do both at this coffee shop. The shop has a large menu full of muffins, salads, eggs, sandwiches, granola bowls, avocado toasts and much more. Coffee isn’t the only drink they serve here, you’ll also be able to order smoothies or a glass of wine (after all, you are in the wine region).
Tribe Coffee Roasting
At Tribe Coffee Roasting, you can sample coffee flavors from up to nine countries across the globe like Indonesia and Latin America. The shop is located in the Woodstock Foundry and roasts its own coffee right on the premises. Its second location in the city center, Tribe 112, is a hangout for coffee drinkers that share a love for vintage automobiles and motorcycles.
Kamili Coffee Roasting
Meaning “perfect” in Swahili, Kamili Coffee Roasting offers exciting flavors throughout Africa as well as Latin America. Kamili has two locations in Cape Town, both providing rustic and urban vibes with local artwork on the walls. However, we suggest the Kamili on Long location since it’s a larger location where you’ll find plenty of seating to kick back and enjoy your fresh batch.
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