Our Top 5 Coffee Spots in South Africa.


A bunch of subjective opinions come into play when chatting about coffee spots and which are the best; for example some people avoid certain outlets merely because of location or better looking staff across the road. There are a number of reasons to like or dislike a coffee shop, but we have selected our five favourites according to the quality of coffee, convenience, aesthetic and level of service. These are in no particular order…


Rosetta Roastery – Rosetta is in located in the heart of The Woodstock Exchange, servicing all the offices in the building and the heavy flow of visitors both during the week and on the weekend. Rosetta serve a a good variety of single origin beans and offer a good range of coffee accessories for you to purchase in the store.

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Father Coffee – Father Coffee is situated on Juta Street, the backbone of Braams redevelopment and the street that is home to some of the more frequented stores in the area. Father have a house blend which is a combination of beans depending on the season, they serve the blend in a number of different options but it we like it best as a cortado or as a Gibralta – a double-shot of espresso and a bit of milk originating from Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco.

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Espresso Lab – Tucked away in the depths of gentrified Woodstock, Espresso Lab is positioned right in the thick of it on a Saturday at the Biscuit Mill. With an element of coldness, the shop can be rather uninviting but it is undeniably one of the best cups in town so if you are in the area it is worth popping in for either a blend or single origin coffee and then moving on.


Origin Coffee Roasters – Widely considered the oldest child in the Cape Town gourmet coffee game, Origin was the first of its kind in the Cape Town’s CBD. The space is large and functions as an out-of-office workspace for many that work from home. Beans are sourced from around the continent and beyond then roasted on the premises in Greenpoint.


Department of Coffee – While most of the other shops on this list are here almost solely because of the quality of their coffee, DOC is here because they make good coffee, but more importantly because they are striving to make inner city quality coffee in the townships when no one else is. Three guys learnt as much as they could about the process of making gourmet coffee and they took that back to Khayelitsha.

A selection of other coffee shops we suggest you go visit:

Factory Café: 369 Gale Street (Magwaza Maphalala), Umbilo

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea: Corner Juta Street & Melle Street, Braamfontein
Wolves: 3 Corlett Drive, Illovo
4th Avenue Coffee Roasters: Corner 11th Street & 4th Avenue, Parkhurst
Warm & Glad: Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park
Bean There: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

Cape Town
Haas: 67 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap or 19 Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem
BeanThere: 58 Wale Street, Cape Town
Truth: 36 Buitenkant Street, or Prestwich Memorial, 1 Somerset Road, Green Point
Starlings: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont
Superette: 66 Albert Street, Woodstock
Flat Mountain Roasters: 101 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

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    Craig Schwabe

    October 2, 2014

    I wonder how many of these fine establishments support the local coffee farmers of our country, such as Sabie Valley (Mpumalanga) and Beavers Creek (KZN)? If you dont serve their coffee, you need to.

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    October 3, 2014

    I am sorry guys but Origin Coffee tastes like a dog’s asshole.

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      October 9, 2014

      All of their coffees? I think they have very good coffee.

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    October 16, 2014

    Ja, obviously you guys have a certain criteria.

    Deluxe should be on this list, there no BS attitude towards brewing and their great baristas top the rest of the Cape Town outlets mentioned.

    In my opinion, it seems as though the Hipster market was catered for here.

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      October 16, 2014

      *Roasting. But if they brewed, they would kick ass at that too.

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