Calling all Cape Town coffee lovers! There is no denying the fact that in the Mother City, coffee is culture. Whether you’re a die-hard morning caffeine fanatic or a mid-day java junkie, Cape Town has the perfect coffee spot for you. However, if there’s one thing that Capetonians swear by, it’s their burning desire for a great cup of coffee before work. But don’t worry, we’ve definitely got your coffee back! Here are the 5 best places to grab an amazing coffee on your way to work in Cape Town.
#1 Truth Coffee Roasting Cafe
Of course we’re starting off our coveted Cape Town morning coffee list with one of the best in the world. Voted the best coffee shop in the world in 2016 by The Daily Telegraph, there is no denying that Truth has taken the global coffee world by storm. And Cape Town is celebrating every glorious coffee-filled moment of it. Known as a highly sought-after coffee experience in the Mother City, Truth puts mediocre cups of instant coffee to shame with their gourmet-roasted cups of brew. In addition to great coffee, their steampunk-themed interiors creates an industrial-chic space that is bound to knock your coffee-loving socks right off. Located on the bustling Buitenkant Street with a single marked sign saying ‘Truth’, be sure to keep your eyes open for this one. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
Here’s another extra cool insider tip, Truth has now added their TRUTH.After Dark edition. Which means you can enjoy their gourmet cups of brew right into the midnight hours. How cool is that?
- Location: 36 Buitenkant Street | Cape Town City Centre
- Opening times: Takeaway deli opens from 05h59 on weekdays serving coffee and pastries
- Café: Monday – Friday 7am – 6pm | Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 8am – 4pm | TRUTH.After Dark – Monday – Saturday 6pm – Midnight
#2 Origin Coffee Roasters
Referred to as the godfather of speciality coffee in South Africa, Origin is one of the coolest coffee shops in Cape Town. And definitely one of the best spots to get your morning coffee fix! Origin was also one of South Africa’s first artisan coffee roasters, and quite possibly the very first in Cape Town. It was therefore instrumental in planting the coffee seeds to what has today become a thriving local coffee scene. So, it only makes sense to add them to our must-visit Cape Town coffee shop hotlist! Situated in a historic brickhouse and courtyard in the trendy De Waterkant district, means Origin Coffee’s location is every bit as trendsetting as it’s incredible cups of coffee.
So, you better believe you’re in for quite a treat! Plus, their wide variety of coffees on offer means there’s something for every coffee lover at heart. Origin also has a second location in one of the coolest streets in Cape Town, Bree Street. So be sure to check that one out too.
- Location: 28 Hudson Street | De Waterkant
- Opening times: Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm |Saturday & Public Holidays 8am – 3pm | Sunday 8am – 2pm
#3 Bootlegger Coffee Company
Bootleggers is unashamedly passionate about all things coffee and we love it! Their dedication to coffee is so strong in fact, that they open their doors early just to ensure all the early risers get their morning coffee fix. This industrial-chic coffee shop roasts their blends daily and offers coffee lovers a wide variety of brews to choose from. Pair it with one of their delicious baked treats or on-the-go snacks and you’re ready to conquer the world. Their much-loved red-eye coffee served from 06:30am has also become quite the local fan-favourite. So be sure to give it a try, especially if you’re an early bird! Besides it’s cool Green Point location, Bootleggers also has a variety of coffee shops located in the City Bowl, Woodstock, the Southern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, False Bay and Atlantic Seaboard, just to mention a few.
- Location: 37 Main Road | Green Point
- Opening times (Green Point): Monday – Friday 06:30am – 9pm | Saturday – Sunday & Public Holidays 07:30am – 9pm
#4 Rosetta Roastery
Sourcing only the best single origin coffees, Rosetta Roastery has been featured as one of the best coffee shops in the world. Thereby firmly positioning themselves as a top Cape Town coffee spot to give you that all-desired morning coffee kick-start you need. While it might not seem like much from the inside, at Rosetta Roastery they let their coffee do the talking. And boy oh boy does it talk! Not to mention their super passionate and seriously knowledgeable staff are only too eager to share their love of coffee with anyone who’ll listen. Just adding another extra special touch to your already cool Cape Town coffee experience. In addition to their trendy Woodstock spot, they also have a Silo District Bar located in the beautiful courtyard of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum. Thereby giving the art lovers something to enjoy too.
- Location: 66 Albert Road | Woodstock
- Opening times: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm | Saturday 9am -1pm | Closed on Sundays
#5 Jason Bakery
Located in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre, Jason’s Bakery has fast become a fan-favourite coffee shop and bakery for local and international coffee lovers. Offering a cool escape from the hustle and bustle, Jason’s Bakery is known for their killer gourmet coffees, speciality pastries and delicious breakfast dishes. Their extensive and exciting coffee selection also means there is something for every coffee enthusiast to savour and enjoy. They even serve up a knock-your-socks-off Salvador coffee! A Nicaraguan single estate certified organic coffee that’s sure to get your coffee-loving heart racing in all the best ways. In addition to their sought-after Bree Street location, Jason’s Bakery also has a second location in Green Point.
- Location: 185 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre
- Opening times: Monday – Friday 7am – 3:30pm | Saturday 8am – 2pm | Public Holidays 8am – 2pm
Now that we’ve rounded up the 5 places to grab an amazing coffee on your way to work in Cape Town, we sure hope you’re caffeinated and super-charged to tackle the day ahead with an extra coffee-fuelled pep in your step.