Composed of a constellation of leafy suburbs, quaint villages, and preserved green areas interposed by hard, fast-paced urban hustle, the Southern Suburbs offers a variety of charming coffee shops at which one can spend a leisurely hour drinking gorgeous coffee and, inevitably, succumbing to the temptation of the pastries and baked goods display. Here are our favourite Southern Suburbs spots to do just this!
Chardonnay Deli, Constantia
Chardonnay Deli is an upmarket and health-conscious farm stall, bakery, deli, and coffee shop in the beautiful and leafy suburb of Constantia. The name alone attracts visitors by the droves, but it’s their fresh coffee (from Truth) and delicious fare that gets people hooked. Chardonnay Deli is known for its fresh organic produce, free-range ingredients, farm style breakfasts, hearty lunches, and incredible variety of homemade cakes and pastries.
Four & Twenty Café, Wynberg
Located in Wynberg’s charming Chelsea Village, Four & Twenty is a Parisian-style café that serves all-day breakfasts, lunches, and a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury pastries and delights (give their vanilla bean scones or chewy chocolate cookies a try!) The coffee is equally delicious and if it’s sunny, we suggest sitting outside in their pretty courtyard.
Where: 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg
Opening Times: Open Monday – Sunday (7 days a week)! Monday – Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sundays 9am – 4pm
Contact: 021 762 0975
The Stag Coffee Company, Fish Hoek
Located a block-and-a-half from the beach, this boutique coffee shop boasts award-winning Joga Joga coffee from Brazil and has a choice selection of cakes and pastries. Previously known as Antlers Coffee, Lance and his team always serve their fantastic coffee with a warm smile. Oh, if you’ve ever heard of coffee in a cone, you’ll find that here too!
Where: 6 Recreation Road, Fish Hoek
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 19h00; Saturday, 07h00 to 17h00
Contact: 087 050 1045
Olympia Café and Deli, Kalk Bay
Olympia Café is distinctly quirky, where licking your fingers and plate are in vogue, and it’s more than a little normal to drool over the coffee (and the baristas). This environmentally conscious café and restaurant is in the beautiful seaside village of Kalk Bay and also periodically hosts jazz and music performances.
Empire Café, Muizenberg
Empire Café claims to serve the best coffee in town, which they back up with a gorgeous breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu of robust, wholesome, and downright delicious dishes. This alone makes this establishment (open since December 2002) worth a visit. It’s well-earned popularity amongst locals and tourists and stunning views of the ocean toward Seal Island are other reasons to pay this fabulous café a visit.
Where: 11 York Road, Muizenberg
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 07h00 to 16h00; Friday, 07h00 to 21h00;
Sundays and public holidays, 08h00 to 16h00
Contact: 021 788 1250, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Larder, Claremont
The Larder describes itself as a café with soul, quirky décor, and a warm ambience… a home away from home. Their food is clean, healthy, and honest and created from ingredients from passionate local farmers and producers, while their coffee beans have been sourced in Africa, thereby supporting and uplifting our local communities.
Where: 8 Grove Road (corner Grove Avenue & Pearce Street), Claremont
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 15h30; Saturday, 08h30 to 13h30
Contact: 021 671 1958
Starlings Café, Claremont
Tucked away behind a leafy hedge on Belvedere Road in Claremont, Starlings Café is literally a hidden gem that serves truly great coffee. Here, the marmalade is hand-made, the food is locally sourced and sustainable, and the bread is freshly baked. In fact, good bread is the cornerstone of Starlings’ menu, which is all the reason anyone ever needs to visit this café: fresh bread and great coffee!
Where: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 17h00; Saturday, 08h00 to 16h00
Contact: 021 671 6875
Knead Bakery, Claremont
This cosy and rustic café and bakery is a long-standing establishment in Claremont and known for its coffee, food, and freshly baked goods. The vibe here is decidedly homey and intimate, making it an excellent spot for reconnecting with friends, hanging out with family, or even treating a loved one.
Where: 17 Palmyra Junction, 9 Palmyra Road, Claremont
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 07h00 to 22h00; Sunday, 07h00 to 16h00
Contact: 021 671 0802, email@example.com
Twigs with Beans, Harfield Village
The driving force behind Twigs with Beans is a young, passionate, and dynamic team, the result of which is an outstanding venue, coffee and food. Located on a quaint little corner of the well-loved Second Avenue in Harfield Village, Twigs with Beans offers patrons a humble, but delicious menu that changes with the seasons and the chef’s moods, which is testament to the dynamism of the place.
Where: 48 Second Avenue, Harfield Village, Claremont
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 07h00 to 19h00; Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, 08h30 to 15h00
Contact: 021 674 1193, firstname.lastname@example.org
Häzz Coffee Shop, Newlands
Modelled on an Italian espresso bar, Häzz serves small yet satisfying eats from sandwiches and cupcakes to muffins and croissants. With flagship stores in Stellenbosch and Newlands, they embody a passion for impeccably sourced, blended, and roasted coffee with consistency. You can either grab a coffee-to-go or settle yourself on their comfy leather couches with free Wi-Fi.
Where: 51 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Opening Times: Mondays to Fridays, 07h00 to 17h15; Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, 08h00 to 14h00
Contact: 021 671 2587
If you’re looking for coffee closer to the city centre, take a look at our list of best coffee shops in Cape Town CBD.