The Best Coffee Spots on the Cape Peninsula:
Is coffee a cult or a culture? Depends who you ask! There are some distinct coffee snobs who will discuss the details of the freshly roasted whole coffee beans and the virtues of the distant land from whence they came. There are coffee junkies who are addicted to their single origin Espresso, dark roasts, blended coffees, or the art & merit of a good latte.
There are some coffee addicts who cannot start a day without a daily caffeine fix, for others “going for coffee” is a ritual – it could be an escape from the office (or the kids); it could be a ritual business meeting or social gathering. Going for coffee can be a time to reflect or to get work done.
Coffee and Coffee shops mean different things to different people . Coffee guru’s may know the language of coffee but everyone has a favourite spot to suit their needs and their coffee fix.
Here are some of the most popular coffee shops in the south peninsula of Cape Town as nominated by our activity and tour guides for good coffee (consistently) and good atmosphere.
These are the guys and girls who start their days early to prepare for guests and need their flat white or cappuccino (extra large please!). These are the people who are out and about on the Cape Peninsula every day and will tell their coffee addict guests where to grab that cup of coffee or where to linger over coffee. We think if these coffee establishments are good enough for them, they’ll be good enough for you.
Dario’s Cafe , Hout Bay.
Tel 021 791 0021
Dario’s Cafe operates based on the premise “for the love of Italian Coffee”. It is hardly surprising that this busy, sociable cafe is a popular choice with the local Hout Bay activity operators as well as the peninsula day tour guides who pass through. Sean from Hooked on Africa Fishing Charters, reckons Dario has been brewing espressos since before anyone even knew the word in South Africa.
Sean’s fishing charters head out to sea at first light so he NEEDS that cup of Italian coffee & Dario is open at 7am on weekdays. When he gets back with the catch, the Lookout Deck is that place for a leisurely location, location, location cappuccino!
The Lookout Deck, Hout Bay:
Tel: 021 790 0900
Ever popular for its harbour views and setting on the water’s edge, The Lookout Deck is a good spot for a coffee stop if you are doing a boat excursion from Hout Bay.
Casareccio Cucina Italiana, Hout Bay
Tel: 021 790 0200
The dudes & dudettes on daily Cape Point Bike Tours rate Casareccio on the Main Rd in Hout Bay for their coffee fix. In Di’s words, “the coffee is simply delicious”. Seems like the Italians in Hout Bay know a thing or two about coffee and if the adventure junkies get their coffees here , then I will too.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek
Foodbarn Deli: 021 789 1966
Cafe Roux: 021 789 2538
Heading south down the peninsula, our tour guides have an overwhelming vote for Noordhoek Farm Village as a coffee stop choice. Pieter is a big fan of the Foodbarn Deli and is partial to the late afternoon coffee stop (with a pie thrown in for good measure). Fair Trade “Bean There” coffee and the relaxed village atmosphere and friendly people score in coffee stakes for this Cape Town Private Tour Guy on the road. Yolanda is the Cape Town Private Tour Girl on the Road, and she reckons she can drink coffee almost anywhere but her favourite is definitely the farm village – depending on time of day and how busy it is.. she’ll opt for either a “coffee-to-go” from the Foodbarn Deli or do the coffee loiter at Cafe Roux.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie
Blue Water Cafe: 021 783 2007
Free Range Coffee Shop: 021 783 5828
Our resident “personal photo coach” and tour guide Peter H rates the cappuccino’s at Blue Water Cafe and the coffee with cake at the Free Range Coffee Shop, both at Imhoff Farm. It’s a popular stop on his Township Shacks to Shipwreck tour or on the Cape Point Shipwreck & Lighthouse Tour as there are some unexpected photo moments- like catching a camel in the fynbos!?
The Meeting Place, Simon’s Town
Tel: 021 786 1986
Rob and Karen are those early morning boat people who take guests out to Seal Island in False Bay for shark cage viewing and diving tours. Hanging out with Great Whites can be thirsty work so they recommend heading to the Meeting Place downstairs for a good Illy coffee. Packed with decor items for sale & comfy couches, the Meeting Place has become that spot for locals to gather, shop and wind down over that ‘solve-all’ cup of coffee.
Spill the Beans, Simon’s Town
Tel: 021 786 2054
There have been statements made that Spill the Beans Coffee Shop in Simon’s Town makes the best coffee in the south peninsula. I for one am not willing to get into the debate but Derek, who runs the most awesome sea kayaking trips to the penguins, is a big fan and we think that is also partially to do with a good food menu to accompany a coffee.
The Sweetest Thing Patisserie, Simon’s Town
Tel: 021 786 4200
Derek clearly has a weakness for coffee accompaniments , as he mentioned The Sweetest Thing in almost the same breath as Spill the Beans. “Good coffee, good pastries and the pies are brilliant” – no para-phrasing here! Although the Sweetest Thing is well known to those with a sweet tooth (all of which are made on the premises), there is something to be said about a coffee menu that is all based on an espresso. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay
Tel: 021 783 6396
It surprised me a bit that this Cape Town institution didn’t get more coffee votes from our street people as it always full. But perhaps that’s the reason? Patrons are prepared to wait with their name on a chalk board for as long as it takes. And it can take awhile as locals are quite happy to hang out and watch the world go by. Naturally this means that if our guides are wanting coffee in a dash, then Olympia is not 1st choice. Cape Town Private Day tour Guide Pieter picked it as his overall coffee spot, with a good tip from the streets! If the cafe is full, then the Olympic Bakery round the corner will serve take-away coffees of the same standard if all you need is coffee!
Empire Cafe, Muizenberg
tel: 021 788 1250
Sneaking in on a surfing ticket and an early morning opening time – Dave and crew are open at 7am on weekdays with a flat white ready and waiting. It’s got a relaxed beach vibe, yet does not compromise on excellent coffee . The food is good, but GO FOR COFFEE – he’s been doing it for 10 years and knows how to make a good cuppa!
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