Cape Town takes its coffee seriously and with an incredible selection of artisan, hand roasted, insta-worthy coffee joints popping up, we took some local suggestions on the hottest locations to get the best caffeine fix.
With accolades such as World’s Best and World’s Coolest coffee shop, Truth Coffee is a must-see destination in Cape Town. Known as a brunch stop due to their excellent menu and coffee lovers must see, this unique steam punk coffee shop is one of a kind. Grab something to go if you must, but we recommend taking the time to settle in and absorb the sights and sounds of this this achingly cool coffee lab, which combines industrial chic with 19th Century styling from the baristas. A highly recommended cooler for the Capetonian heat is the Silky Rez iced coffee, a smooth and easy to drink option which will keep you coming back to Truth for more. Check out truth.coffee
Coco Safar Café
Retro chic Coco Safar Café makes the cut not only for its excellent name but also its understated yet elegant approach to coffee and in this case, delicate couture patisserie. With the world’s first Spirit Idrocompress espresso machine in place, which was created exclusively for Coco Safar and made in Holland by Kees Van der Westen, as well as the first independent retail capsule emporium of its kind internationally, this café is ahead of the curve. Showcasing limited releases of unique single origin and estate coffees, plus a botanical microbrewery with infused and fermented Rooibos, the only question to ask is which goes better with the must-try bobotie croissant? Visit cocosafar.com
Need a cup of the hard stuff, then head to Haas Coffee. Hit this place up for a cup of the world’s strongest coffee Black Insomnia and with the strapline #sleepingischeating you know this is the real deal. Boasting 3 times more caffeine than your average high street brew, this Capetonian brand of coffee is only one reason to try Haas. Boasting some of the finest single origin beans around the world, delicious food and a range of eclectic art, jewellery and sculpture on display, Haas Coffee is an art deco gem just waiting to be explored. See more at haascollective.com
Bootlegger Coffee Company
Originally established in 2012 by 3 best friends, Bootlegger Coffee Company has expanded rapidly and now offers multiple locations throughout Cape Town. Stop by and join the locals working remotely from these friendly open plan spaces. Early birds can make the most of their red eye R18 coffee, which converts to less than a £1! The fact that the owners are big fans of both coffee and music can be felt through every location, with a carefully selected line from an AC/DC song showcased in neon at the heart of their design. With a pop-up in London gracing the coffee scene back in 2017, fingers crossed there will be a more permanent base in the UK coming soon. Explore bootlegger.co.za
Multi award winning Mischu is well known in the Cape Town coffee community. Serving their in-house Isabella blend of 100% premium quality washed Arabica coffee, they train many of the Mother City’s best baristas. Showcasing the art of coffee making at their Sea Point based café, there is a true passion at Mischu for the creation of outstanding coffee which can be felt at this local spot and has seen them awarded Best Cappuccino in South Africa! Visit mischu.co.za