• Megan Gieske

Cape Town's Coolest and Most Unique Coffee Shops

Updated: Feb 27

Photo by Frederik Schweiger

It’s hard to find a bad cup of coffee in Cape Town. Capetonians seem to care as much about their coffee as they do their surfing, their braais, and their rugby. You really can’t go wrong. But here's some coffee shops where you really can go right.

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Read on for the best of filling your cup in Cape Town.

Table of Contents

Origin Coffee Roasting, De Waterkant

Truth Coffee Roasting, City Centre

Haas Coffee, City Centre

Jason Bakery, Sea Point

Siki's Koffee Kafe, Khayelitsha and Claremont

Bootlegger Coffee, (Chain)

The Archive, Gardens


origin coffee roasting, de waterkant

Origin Coffee Roasting lies down a relaxing side street in the heart of Cape Town. Sit and watch the city go by while drinking their exceptional coffees roasted right in the city. Their seasonal espresso blends and 8-10 single origins change regularly, and their Barista Academy has trained over 3,000 of the finest baristas on the continent. Grab a seat at their Brew bar and try some alternative brew methods and new discoveries in the world of coffee.

truth coffee roasting, city centre

Coffee surrounded by steampunk décor in Africa's Mother City? No, you're not dreaming. The home of Truth Coffee Roasting is as eclectic as it is award winning. Their tagline is "Taste the Extraordinary," and with two wins from The Daily Telegraph for the world's best coffee shop, I can't disagree. Savor their five premium blends, two aptly named Black Honey and Resurrection, from their vintage Probat roaster, crafted to bring you the finest flavor of coffee possible.

HAAS COFFEE, city centRe

Everything about Haas Coffee is unique from the curated décor to their restored Art Deco building to the jewelry, sculpture, painting, and photography for sale to their excellent coffee. Their specialized single-origin beans are imported everywhere from Ethiopia to Indonesia. Breakfast is served all day, and so is free Wifi. Try braving the Black Insomnia, “the world’s strongest coffee,” which has a 200% higher caffeine kick than other coffees. I first tried the Black Insomnia before cage diving with White Sharks for the first time. I'm not sure which kept me most awake, the coffee or the sharks!

jason bakery, greeN point

Jason Bakery serves "Salvadora Nicaraguan, single estate, certified-organic coffee pulled standard as a double shot." You won't be ordering just a coffee here, not with their menu of fresh house-baked breads made with stone ground flour, pastries, and all-day breakfast. The sentiment "I love" is often overused, but there's no other way to describe how I feel for their croissants baked with 100% pure butter over a three-day-long process. Order them baked with a slice of bacon, so the soft, buttery inside receives all of that gorgeous bacon flavor, or try them almond, or pain au chocolat.

siki's koffee kafe, khayelitsha and claremont

Siki's might be the coolest place to grab a cup of coffee in Cape Town. If you're lucky enough to visit their Khayelitsha location, you'll be warmly welcomed by their pro baristas, vintage coffee magazines, and stunning shots of Sikelela "Siki" Dibela on the walls. Siki had a passion to bring quality African coffee to Khayelitsha, and now Siki's is a one-name brand and a vibrant social hub in the community. They've even opened a shop in Claremont. Siki's roasts their beans, from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Burundi, right in the heart of Khayelitsha!

bootlegger coffee, (Chain)

Say what you will, but Bootleggers is a chain for a reason. I would have had a lot more Rand in my pocket if not for their Honey Nut Lattes. Any of their locations, whether it's Century City, Sea Point, or my favorite, Tokai, are fantastic places to work remotely with other Bootleggers locals. Their croissants and other pastries (banana bread, yum!) baked at Ou Meul are some of the best. Just try not to order an almond croissant more than once. Just try. Their fabulous selection of toasted artisanal bread topped with everything you could want from smashed avo to poached eggs to humus to salmon trout will keep you going all day long.

the archive, gardens

If you love cars or even if you know nothing about them (that's me!), The Archive is one of the coolest coffee shops you can visit in Cape Town. Feel like Tony Stark, as you sip a cappuccino while gazing out on their dazzling collection of Ferraris, Porsches, and superbikes. It just might be the sexiest place to grab a coffee ever.

did i miss your favorite coffee shop? hit me up and let me know in the comments.

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