With South Africa’s coffee culture as strong as ever, it’s not surprising that most frequenters of coffee shops are not actually stay-at-home moms on coffee dates whilst the kids are at school, but rather moving and shaking small business owners and self-employed professionals who partake in the religion of café-hopping. The two pre-requisites are simply decent Wi-Fi and good coffee…and as such, many experience a different ‘office’ each day of the week.
Many of my most favourite clients are exactly this, café hoppers on the quest for great coffee and a paperless working environment, which makes meeting them always a pleasure, providing an excuse for me to get out of the studio and into the coffee shop buzz that is such a prevalent part of many people’s daily lives.
So, after a quick client survey – I am delighted to be able to uncover (our opinions of) the best coffee shops in Cape Town; rated on a) the quality of their coffee, b) their Wi-Fi; and c) of course, the view from the “office”.
- Liquorice & Lime – Kloof Street – CBD
Amazing location literally at the foot of the mountain, this spot offers excellent value for money meals, super service and the best Benedict in the Mother City! On top of ticking our other two boxes….we love this quirky corner café.
- Starlings – Belvedere Road – Claremont
Quaint and utterly lovely in all ways, Starlings is committed to offering the best locally sourced fare. Its menu is entirely trendy in the nicest possible way with emphasis on good quality products at not-too-shabby prices. Sit either inside where you may be distracted by the décor, or outside in the courtyard in dappled light…Starlings hides behind a big old hedge and once discovered will become a favourite.
- Four & Twenty Café & Pantry – Wolfe Street – Chelsea Village
This one leaves me at a loss for words…delicious, precious, perfect, patisserie….hmmm, what else. One thing to keep in mind, have a back-up plan because this ‘office’ is often full.
- Farriers – Main Road – Plumstead
A design and décor centre built around a central courtyard garden, which is home to a sweet little coffee and cake shop that offers simple but tasty treats in a peaceful, pretty setting. This one unfortunately doesn’t tick the Wi-Fi box, but we thought it too lovely to leave off the list…
- Olympia Café & Deli – Main Road – Kalk Bay
Described as “comfy and casual contemporary cool”, this corner café is often referred to as Kalk Bay’s heartbeat where hot and steamy baked goods trump the menu.
Always heaving, this rustic bistro may not provide a quiet haven to write a book….but will certainly fuel creative energies.
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.