Cape Times

Cape on a serious coffee note

Capetonian­s enjoy the ultimate fix of a hot cup of their favourite at some of the city’s treasured providers



COFFEE shops are as synonymous with Cape Town as Table Mountain and the Camps Bay strip. Capetonian­s will be the first to joke about the hipsters who hang out at coffee shops in the CBD who are also a fixture in the make up of the Mother City.

But on a serious caffeine note, the Cape has always been on the cusp of what’s trendy when it comes to coffee culture.

Coffee shops have done, and continue to do so much more for the Mother City than just keeping a caffeine buzz going.

In a city that’s often criticised for being divided along lines of race, culture and circumstan­ce coffee shops are the meeting place for Capetonian­s from all walks of life and often the only common ground they have.

This shop embodies the true spirit of a coffee entreprene­ur. Aneesah Seale, 36, a mom of four, started Bonteheuwe­l’s first coffee shop.

In a short space of time, The Coffee Shop in Firethorn Street has changed the way others perceive Cape Town townships and brought Bonteheuwe­l residents together.

Not only can you get your caffeine fix, but Seale’s speciality is cakes and these sweet treats do not disappoint. Address:13 Firethorn Street Bonteheuwe­l.

Contact 071 890 8660. Open Monday to Thursday 8am – 5pm, Fridays to Saturdays they close at 8pm and 6pm on Sundays.

You’re going to be hard pressed to find a more authentica­lly African coffee experience than this. Khadim’s Coffee Shop offers “a taste of Touba – a unique Senegalese coffee and food in an authentic atmosphere.” Khadim, a young Senegalese entreprene­ur and his partner Julia, a German conservati­on biologist, founded Khadim’s Coffee Shop in 2017.

Address: 68 Church Street, Cape Town. Contact: 065 868 0072 Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 8.30pm and Sundays 9am – 8.30pm.

If you love a premium coffee experience, then Coco Safar will tick all those boxes. Besides the worldclass aromas of their coffee, they have a rooibos bar and arguably the best patisserie in Cape Town. The Coco Safar experience was “conceived in New York, designed in Toronto and made in Cape Town”.

Address: The Artem Centre 277 Main Road, Sea Point Contact: 021 433 1336. Open Monday and Tuesday 7am – 6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 7am – 9pm and Fridays they close at 10pm. Saturdays: 8am – 10pm Sunday: 7am – 6pm.

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