Café Culture in Cape Town
7 coffee shops that French press to impress
One of the many delightful things about the Mother City is its café culture, which is reminiscent of life on the European continent.
Whether you fancy sipping a macchiato on a comfortable couch, or savouring a caffe latte while watching the world go by at an outdoor table, the choices abound when it comes to finding a full-bodied brew in Cape Town. And knowledgeable baristas serve to enhance the experience, with their foamy flair for turning flat whites into works of art.
Free Wi-Fi is also often available in these hotspots for hot drinks, so you’ll be able to FaceTime a friend or send a WhatsApp to your family to let them know what a fabulous time you’re having in South Africa.
Here are 7 coffee shops that French press to impress. So if you’re a coffee connoisseur who’s forever longing for that crucial cuppa, then these cafés will be sure to fill you with beans on your Capetonian adventures.
1. Deluxe Coffeeworks
This edgy coffee bar is especially popular on weekday mornings when the yuppies pile in for their caffeine injection, so you may wish to hold back on your first fix until after the crowds die down. This roastery is all about the coffee, so don’t come here expecting a smoked salmon on rye bread accompaniment, as this is the place to concentrate on your cappuccino. And what a fantastic cappuccino it is.
2. Starlings Cafe
This local retreat in the Southern Suburbs is nothing short of a gift to the coffee community. Hidden in a leafy garden in a house that you could easily walk past without realising the magic that lies behind its walls, this neighbourhood hang-out serves delicious food and excellent coffee. And don’t panic if it’s full, as its nearby sister cafe, Locale, is equally as charming.
3. Origin Coffee Roasting
As a wholesaler of beans in Cape Town, Origin Coffee is served in many places, but it’s arguably best prepared at its headquarters in De Waterkant. Pay tribute to the coffee Gods by stepping inside this fragrant factory, which is a hub of experimental excellence that is not only home to a roastery and a café, but also to a barista training school and a specialist tea room called Nigiro. The founders of Origin take their coffee seriously and have travelled to all corners of the continent to source beans and learn from the farmers who we have to thank for growing this precious commodity.
5. Bean There
If you’re looking to knock back an early morning brew, you’ll be happy to hear that this inner city coffee haven opens its doors at 7.30am on weekdays. For the coffee conscious, it’s also good to know that it serves some great African blends with a side of ethics — the beans are Fairtrade and have been sourced sustainably, so you can savour each sip with peace of mind.
6. Truth Cafe
Truth Cafe is the award-winning home of Truth Coffee Roasting and sets the stage for a steampunk-themed coffee experience. Truth specialises in selecting and roasting some of the most exclusive coffees, which is arguably one of the reasons why it has been voted the world's best coffee shop by the Daily Telegraph for two years on the trot.
Try out some creative concoctions, such as a double shot of espresso with a dash of orange juice; an 18-hour cold brew; or an americano with butter and MCT oil.
7. Tribe Foundry Cafe & Roastery, Woodstock
This Woodstock café dedicates itself to bringing you an amazing cup of joe. Taste delicacies from far afield, such as Guatemala Chocolate Block and Malawi Gold, and take home a bag of your favourite beans as a souvenir of your time spent in this roastery.
If you are an americano aficionado looking to savour new flavours while on holiday in the Mother City, contact Elite Travel Concept to find out how to kickstart your days with the best java in town.