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A coffee lover’s guide to Cape Town

Contrary to popular belief about how Cape Town is one of the most scenic cities you’ll ever get to visit, I’ll be the first to admit that these photos…aren’t great. Okay, well, mostly because these photos were taken at Truth Coffee Roasting during one of its peak hours a.k.a lunch time.

And where it was taken on my last day in the city in which I only had the time to do some exploring on my own.

But I digress. I wanted to share with you all about finding the best coffee in Cape Town since I’ve found out during my trip how it’s a close contender for Melbourne’s. I tried my best to sample the best coffee in the city and even on occasion, the worst ones. This just proves that going on a tour group where you can’t choose the places to eat at does have a lot of pitfalls.

Especially if you need the elixir of life!



front row at the truth coffee roasting

Truth Coffee Roasting

There’s something to be said when the coffee shop’s interior is heavily inspired by Steampunk. When you reach the entrance, you’re greeted by bartenders and servers in full costume and make-up. They’re as enthusiastic about coffee as you are, and it’s where I tasted the best flat white I’ve ever had my whole life.

Address: 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre
Hours: 7AM–6PM

Rosetta Roastery

If you fancy a great espresso, this quirky shop was actually recommended to me by our tour guide. What I love about it is its location — in the middle of all the artsy places in the city alongside a frequent hang out for creatives and skaters.

Address: 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
Hours: 8AM–4PM

Origin Coffee Roasting

I love how in the caffeine-loving world, coffee shops have been setting shop inside old warehouses for a more authentic feel. This little place in the city is actually housed inside one and gives out an ultra-chic and artistic vibe to the scene.

Address: 28 Hudson St, De Waterkant
Hours: 7AM–5PM
flat white coffee against black marbled table
‘kay, so truth time: these shops below aren’t ones I’ve had the liberty of trying yet. And even though I’m strongly against sharing information that I personally have not tried myself, I feel that reviews and recommendations from top online magazines would do it justice. So, here are a few additions:

Deluxe Coffeeworks

Located in the Central Business District (CBD), what makes the shop more appealing isn’t it’s interior. Rather, it’s where the beans were sourced: Kenya, and Ethiopia. That’s also why a ton of restaurants in the city purchase beans from here instead.

Address: 8 Kloof St, Gardens
Hours: 7AM–4PM

Bootlegger Coffee Company

I feel like I’ve seen this place but haven’t actually tried it out. With its location at Sea Point: one of Cape Town’s trendiest neighborhoods, the decor mirrors this. The entire shop is filled with muted tones in accents of blue. I’ve heard from a friend to try their breakfast food paired with their premium blend for the best experience.

Address: 39 Regent Rd, Sea Point

Jason Bakery

If you’re anything like me and always want to get your hands on the best pastries for breakfast, look no further! With its growing following, the Jason Bakery has become a staple for those who love to pair their coffee with pastries or brunch food.
Address: 185 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hours: 7AM–3:30PM

Over to you:

What did you think of these shops?

Would you like to add more?

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  • Agreed! The coffee in Cape Town is one of the reasons I decided to live there temporarily!


    • Kiara Mijares

      That’s great Shaun! I’d love to live in Cape Town one day!

  • Lorena

    Oh My! I wish I live near there! I can’t live without coffee and it looks like Cape Town has some of the best one:)

  • travelwithtarah

    I can’t go a day without coffee haha so all of these look amazing!

  • I did my own tour of Berlin’s coffee scene, but I ended up veering of track and adding juices and teas into the mix too. 🙂 Nice that Cape Town is growing it’s coffee enthusiasm. Is this a new thing? I’d personally probably spend all my time in the water though (and rolling around the sands)!!! hehe

  • Kelly Ann Duhigg

    I love coffee and think I might literally die without it. And this is great because I never think of Capetown and coffee. I always think of France or Italy. Good to know that amazing coffee can be found no matter where you travel. Thanks!

  • Alaine Handa

    I love coffee and need to have my cup of joe when I wake. My moka pot takes a while to brew my cup but that cup always has the Italian roasted goodness that I love so much! I was just in Melbourne a couple weeks ago and found some cool cafes with good coffee (I drink my coffee black or espresso or iced long black) and well balanced tasty food! Cape Town and South Africa are on my bucket list because I like South African wines (who am I kidding.. I like most wines! 😉 )

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