Best Coffee Spots in Joburg
Bean There Coffee Roastery
44 Stanley has some great coffee spots, but this fair trade coffee roaster is our choice, not only because it produces sustainable African coffee, but because the coffee is so good. You can watch the coffee beans being roasted while you sip your espresso, cappuccino or a latte. Pair with a delicious slice of cake or something savoury. And don’t leave without picking up some beans or ground coffee to take home with you.
Fourth Avenue COFFEE Roasters
A Parkhurst institution, known for the best coffee on the strip, Fourth Avenue Roasters and its sister store, Fabb, which sells great gelato as well, are the locals’ choice. The coffee is hand-roasted, quality stuff, a secret house blend that you can purchase ground or in capsules for Nespresso machines. The croissants aren’t half bad, their sandwiches are moreish and the Fabb ice cream flavours change daily. We know – we’re there every day having our morning cuppa and watching them decorate the mouthwatering display.
Motherland coffee company
Motherland offers a taste of African coffee at its best. Its coffees are fair trade; it sources a variety of beans from several African coffee-producing co-ops and small farmers, which goes a long way in uplifting and supporting these communities. They say enjoying a Motherland coffee involves drinking the love and becoming part of the African coffee community. The sense of community is strong, and the staff is very friendly, particularly at our favourite Motherland haunt in Parktown Quarter.
A combination of an art gallery, production office and coffee shop, Priest, located on the Jan Smuts Avenue gallery strip in Rosebank, diagonally across from the Goodman Gallery, is open five days a week. A great space to enjoy good coffee while you’re working, it boasts an edit suite and production area that is available for hire by the day, week or month. The coffee shop is a popular meeting spot, offering some really good coffee, a selection of teas, pastries and cakes.
Origin has been part of the local scene for more than a decade. Aside from being available in some of the best coffee shops all over the country, the coffee roasters have branches in both Maboneng and Cape Town. The inner city Origins HQ is a great place to sample some of the best coffee in town. Patrons not only get to meet the artisans at work and watch them roasting the beans, they can also sit in on a cupping session – or just relax and sample some of the products first-hand.
Doubleshot Coffee & tea
Joburg is becoming a city filled with small-batch coffee roasters. This Braamfontein establishment handcrafts a great artisanal product and some great teas as well. Doubleshot prides itself on being involved in the entire process, from growing the beans to serving the coffee, and its signature is great quality beverages. Come in and sample a cup for yourself.
When it originally opened, Junipa’s in Bryanston became an instant hit because of its great roasted coffee, artisanal breads and sweet baked goods. Today it’s also popular for its bistro food and soufflés prepared by Marc Guébert of Le Souffle fame, who now enchants Bryanston’s gourmets with his one-of-a-kind French delights. Coffee is roasted on site and the air is fragrant with the aroma of a selection of blends. Whether you come to enjoy the coffee, the pastries or the souffles, you’re guaranteed a treat.
Yes, it is renowned for offering some of the best Italian cuisine in the city, but let’s not forget its coffee. It is also something to write home about. This Oaklands restaurant is the perfect spot to stop for a great coffee and good conversation. The tempting baked goods are an additional plus. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to stock up on some Italian cheeses, meats and antipasto, fresh pasta sauces and pasta and delicious gelato.
Croft & Co
Parkview’s answer to caffeine heaven is located on busy Tyrone Avenue. Open on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as during the day, it offers really good coffee, a relaxed atmosphere and a great spot to meet friends or do a spot of work. The food is a drawcard, too. On weekends it is best to get there early, as cyclists, runners, shoppers and families descend on the spot for long brunches.
CAFÉ DE LA CREME
Coffee is just part of the experience at this bustling corner of Melville; the cakes, pastries, snacks and meals on offer also make a visit here an adventure. One side of the restaurant is dedicated to mouthwatering confectionary, whilst the other side is a tearoom-cum-Mediterranean restaurant. Great any time of the day for a snack or a meal, as long as you make sure to wash it down with a cup of excellent coffee.
Cape Town’s treasure, Truth Coffee, is also available in Joburg, at the Apartheid Museum in Ormonde. It’s well worth the trip for both the experience of visiting this fascinating museum and enjoying some of the best coffee in the country at the Truth Café on the premises. They call it tasting ‘the joy of the extraordinary’. And the coffee really is out of the ordinary. It’s that good. You can also have snacks or light lunches – both coffee and food is well-priced.
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