Drinks, food

8 Coffee Spots in SA For People Watching


Watch the hip, the pretty or the fascinating from these cool vantage points.

THE HOUSE OF MACHINES Boasting a bike workshop, gents’ clothes and the best artisanal produce from Cape Town’s bakers and butchers, The House of Machines has garnered a cult following. Its 100 per cent Evil Twin roast is sourced from Honduras and roasted in Spain. - thehouseofmachines.com

ROSETTA ROASTERY This Woodstock, Cape Town, micro roastery sources a fascinating collection of single-origin coffee from around the world. It’s a quirky and cool spot where they love what they do – and you will too! - rosettaroastery.com

HÄZZ With tables and chairs on the stoep overlooking tree-lined Stellenbosch, Häzz is a welcoming space with distinctive coffee. - hazz.co.za

BOOTLEGGER COFFEE COMPANY Gorgeous black-and-white tiling invites coffee lovers in to this new spot in an unexpected location in Sea Point, Cape Town. Brekkies, tapas and wine are also available, making it perfect for popping in whatever the time of day. - bootlegger.co.za

DOUBLESHOT COFFEE & TEA Specialist coffee is sourced from seasonal micro lots and is then roasted and brewed at this cool spot in bustling Braamfontein. The barstools provide perfect people-watching opportunities while high tea is a delicious afternoon treat. - doubleshot.co.za

THE HAAS COLLECTIVE Yes there’s Kopi Luwak (that coffee excreted by civets) but there’s also so much more… This picture-pretty spot in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap boasts ceramics, art and jewellery, too. Stop in for home-blend coffee and take some home: try the War Hero from Brazil or the Mysterious Gentleman from Guatemala. - haascollective.com

BEAN THERE COFFEE COMPANY Bean There Coffee Company prides itself in being South Africa’s first roaster of Fairtrade-certified coffee. The owners source the single-origin beans themselves throughout Africa and their passion is conveyed through cupping events at the Cape Town and Joburg outlets. - beanthere.co.za

THE BEAN GREEN COFFEE COMPANY One of the hippest venues in Durban, expect chairs upholstered in coffee sacking, vintage vinyls playing in the background and a friendly family-run atmosphere. You’ll only find Ethiopian beans here, where they play with flavours and aromas. - beangreen.co.za