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12 of Cape Town’s Coolest Cafes

A city as alive with creativity, color and culture as Cape Town is bound to have an assortment of unique cafes. Give one of these a try and enjoy not only coffee, but also a great experience.

12 of Cape Town's Coolest Cafes

By The Culture-ist

A city as alive with creativity, color and culture as Cape Town is bound to have an assortment of unique cafes.

  • Bean There

    By The Culture-ist

    This ethical company hand-selects their fair-trade coffee from farms and communities, and roasts beans on site for optimal taste. African-inspired trinkets and art foster a creative atmosphere.

  • Jason Bakery

    By The Culture-ist

    Young professionals gather at this artisanal bakery for their bistro style lunch menu, which includes bacon croissants, breads and pastries among the treats.

  • Deluxe Coffeeworks

    By The Culture-ist

    Found at the center of the city square, Deluxe Coffeeworks offers a simple vibe of good music, interesting people and great coffee, without embellishments such as fancy food or WiFi.

  • Truth

    By The Culture-ist

    Among the delicious gourmet artisan coffee choices are blends with names like Vengeance, Resurrection, Donde's Chaos and Antithesis. The cafe has free Wi-Fi, tasty wraps and networking opportunities.

  • Origin Coffee Roasting

    By The Culture-ist

    The godfather of gourmet coffee, Origin offers beans from the continent and abroad, as well as exotic tea variations in a built-in teahouse. The interiors emit a warm New York style.

  • Rcaffe

    By The Culture-ist

    This retro-styled café makes their own house blend of 100% Arabica beans to conjure up cappuccinos, lattes and americanos. Rcaffe also serves pastries, cakes, and all day breakfast and lunch.

  • Shift Expresso Bar

    By The Culture-ist

    Shift Expresso does not conform to the standards of an ordinary cup of joe. The edgy, rebellious cafe rages against the (coffee) machine with adventurous, out-there coffee concoctions.

  • Hard Pressed Cafe

    By The Culture-ist

    You'd be hard pressed to find a place that pairs coffee and music better than this cafe. Their inventions are inspired by musicians, like the Amy blend with expresso, chocolate chips and peanut butter


    By The Culture-ist

    This welcoming destination serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, and pizza and embraces the cafe lifestyle by being the ideal spot to chill and chat. Local artwork is exhibited on the walls. 

  • Long Street Cafe

    By The Culture-ist

    Right in the heart of Cape Town, this cafe is a beloved mainstay for food, drinks, and good times. Its timeless design, open setting and laid-back decor make this a prime spot for eats and cocktails.

  • Slow Life Cafe

    By The Culture-ist

    This pescetarian cafe is a haven for those desiring to reduce life's pace. They promote conscientious living with vegetarian and seafood dishes, Ethiopian coffee, organic tea and spring water.

  • Four & Twenty Cafe

    By The Culture-ist

    Bringing parisian charm to the southern suburbs, this delightful eatery plays with unconventional combinations, such as Chocolate Espresso Eclairs and Peanut Praline Cheesecake.


Feature photo by Hannah Swithinbank

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