It makes sense to start this blog the same way I start my mornings, by focusing on coffee.
Coffee culture in Cape Town has grown and is still growing, if Starbucks never opens a franchise in the CBD, we will be okay.
This golden elixir of life is available on every corner in the CBD, with price pretty much stuck between R20 – R25 and taste ranging quite drastically. Since The Husb and I started working in town, we decided to have breakfast together, every Friday, trying out a different café.
The coffee shop industry is risky and some of our favourite places have reached their expiry date (shoutout to Ravish, b@1 and Borage), while others have business blooming.
To avoid listing hundreds of coffee shops, I will stick to my TOP FIVE:
1. Breakaway Café, on the Fan Walk in Waterkant Street
Friendly staff, wonderful owner, and get this, they are part of Up Cycles, a bicycle renting service. They also offer vegetarian dishes, fresh juices and the coffee is consistently good. They are also available for your coffee needs before 7am.
2. Tortilla Modern Mexican, in the Icon Building,
Not really a coffee shop, but they have an amazing breakfast deal: Coffee + breakfast burrito for R40. I would highly recommend it. Fully halaal.
3. Dapper Coffee Co., Bree Street
Enjoy your coffee and admire the collection of classic sports cars. This café is filled with classic Porsches, Ferraris and other cars which is every car enthusiasts dream.
4. Hard Pressed Café, The Portside Building
Quirky. There’s a lot to love about this place, they have music themed décor, fantastic coffee, banting options and board games. It helps that the staff and owner are really friendly too.
5. Folk Coffee, Bree Street
Possibly the best barista I have ever met and a fantastic playlist.
I have become dependent on coffee, when I don’t buy a cup of coffee from these places, I buy a big bag of their coffee beans and prepare it at home. Strange to think how this habit developed considering that I grew up drinking Ricoffy and Frisco. When I was given filter coffee at a restaurant, it burned my taste buds and challenged my love for what I thought coffee was.
If the barista is good and the bean is good, no sugar is needed and it’s still such a treat.