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Discover Cape Town city’s sexiest coffee shops

The 21st Century coffee shop is so much more than just a place to buy fresh coffee from; they’re an office for freelance business professionals, a place to study, a friendly hangout, a caffeine addict’s paradise, and a sexy (and safe) place to meet up with a Tinder date. The Cape Town (& surrounds) coffee culture may be young, but its game is strong so if you like your coffee served with a side of trendy décor, great food, free Wi-Fi, and sex appeal, here’s a list of hot beverage spots you’ll love…

Shift Espresso Bar, Greenpoint

Brewed in Cape Town by one of the world’s foremost (and ridiculously good-looking) baristas, Luigi Vigliotti, this no-frills café is super trendy and an awesome hangout for friends. For the caffeine addicts, there’s the Black Insomnia, known as The World’s Strongest Coffee, which is guaranteed to perk you up. Shift Espresso has also recently opened another café at Waterway House at the V&A Waterfront, well worth a visit.

Where: 45 Main Road, Sea Point
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 07h00 to 18h00; Sunday, 08h00 to 15h00
Contact: 021 433 2450

Shift Coffee
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Truth Coffee Roasting

Named both “The World’s Best” and “The World’s Coolest” coffee shop, this steampunk-inspired café is situated slap-bang in the middle of Cape Town’s city centre. Try their signature Resurrection Blend Flat White, Battle Brew, or Potion Coffee, and if you can spare the time, take a tour of their roastery or cash in on their one-hour free Wi-Fi.

Where: 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday, 07h00 to 18h00; Friday, 07h00 to 22h00; Saturday, 08h00 to 18h00; Sunday, 08h00 to 14h00
Contact: 021 200 0440

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Dapper Coffee Co, City Centre

It’s not called “Dapper” for nothing. This spot is bright and breezy and, with classic and luxury sports cars and motorcycles strewn about, a car-lover’s dream. Dapper Coffee Co. serves up Tribe coffee and an inventive and delicious breakfast and lunch menu.

Where: Corner of Bree and Strand Street, Cape Town
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 17h00; Saturday, 08h00 to 15h00
Contact: 021 001 2560,

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Deluxe Coffeeworks, City Centre

Deluxe Coffeeworks hand-selects quality Ethiopian, Brazilian, and Guatemalan coffee beans, blends and roasts them in-house (every day), and produces delicious, powerful, and full-bodied brew to customers. They have a number of outlets where you can buy fresh coffee (beans and ground), but the best one to sit down for a cuppa is on Church Street, where the music and atmosphere is outstanding.

Where: 25 Church Street, Cape Town City Central
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 17h00
Contact: 072 569 9579

Deluxe Coffeeworks
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Haas, City Centre

A place that enchants all the senses, Haas serves up only the finest coffee blends as well as a great variety of freshly baked sumptuous sweet treats, eclectic art, and soothing music. If you’re looking to impress a date or showcase the best of Cape Town’s coffee shops to a visiting friend or family member, Haas is the place to go.

Where: 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 17h00; Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays, 08h00 to 15h00
Contact: 021 461 1812

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Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery, Sea Point

Jarryds in Sea Point never fails to impress with good coffee and great food. Their coffee blends have been carefully and lovingly created using coveted coffee beans sourced from around the world (and then roasted to perfection). But what we love most about Jarryds is their Fair-Trade ethos dedicated to only using locally sourced ingredients and their unbleached Bentley’s bread!

Where: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 07h00 to 16h00
Contact: 060 748 0145

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Mischu Coffee, Sea Point

Stop traffic because the title of “best coffee in Cape Town” belongs to Mischu Coffee! This is hardly surprising because this café, which is nestled in the centre of Sea Point, was founded by award-winning barista, Mikhael Bou Rjeily. Since 2012, Mischu’s proprietary blends have won multiple awards, their Isabella Blend being one of them.

Where: 85A Regent Road, Sea Point
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 18h00; Weekends, 08h00 to 18h00
Contact: 076 379 1693

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Origin Headquarters, De Waterkant

Known as “the artisan roasters of Africa”, the team at Origin takes great pride in their hands-on mastery and coffee-crafting ethos. Being one of the original artisanal coffee brands in South Africa, you can expect coffee of an exceptional quality here. Origin Headquarters also welcomes tea lovers with their built-in teahouse replete with decorative orchids and exotic varietals.

Where: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 17h00; weekends, 09h00 to 14h00
Contact: 021 421 1000

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SMAK Delicatessen & Restaurant, City Centre

SMAK is a deli-come-patisserie-come-coffee spot with a bustling sidewalk café feel to it. If you’re a fan of good food and coffee (try the “bulletproof” coffee) and people watching, this Bree Street coffee house is a must-visit. SMAK was originally founded by chefs Katia Scherf and Devin Hogan, so you can bank on the food being fresh, made-to-order, and delicious.

Where: 22 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday, 07h30 to 16h30; Saturday, 09h00 to 15h00
Contact: 021 824 5023

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Tribe Coffee, Woodstock Foundry

Tribe Coffee is a real roaster located in the heart of Woodstock’s super trendy Foundry. Clad in rivets and recycled bamboo set pieces, their coffee is roasted on site and it shows in the quality of their brew.

Where: The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Road, Woodstock
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 16h00; Saturday, 09h00 to 13h00
Contact: 021 448 3362

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