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6 Great Rosebank coffee shops

08 Oct 2019
created 08 Oct 2019
Coffee is not just a drink, it's a lifestyle and this city really knows a thing or two about making a decent brew. Rosebank is coffee central with almost a dozen different coffee shops and cafes scattered through this compact and easily walkable high-rise district. Here's our pick of our six favourite stops in Rosebank to grab a coffee.

MOTHERLAND COFFEE COMPANY
With more Macs on the tables than the local Apple stockist, this is a popular work and meeting spot. The coffee, a blend of Ethiopian Sidamo and Rwandan Kivu beans, comes in extra large – the famous Mothercuppa. If you like a good iced coffee, the iced latte (made with ice blocks not blended is) is very refreshing on a hot day.
Where: The Zone@Rosebank next to the entrance to The Firs centre.

FATHER COFFEE
A blond-wood temple to aesthetics and font design. This hipster coffee shop has a roastery on site and a great selection of smartly packaged blends to take home, ground to order in the shop. There's strong competition for the best flat white in Rosebank, but Father Coffee's might just be the finest.
Where: The Zone@Rosebank between the City Sightseeing bus ticket office and the Rosebank Gautrain station.

AFRIKOA
A celebration of African luxury and Fair Trade principles run by South Africa's only ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate company Afrikoa. Like their cocoa beans, the coffee is also sourced directly from a single estate in Rwanda and roasted in Joburg. Drop in for coffee enjoyed with Afrikoa's delicious patisserie while sitting on the first-floor deck overlooking the tree-lined street below. 
Where: Next to contemporary art gallery SMAC inside the Trumpet building at Keyes Art Mile, 19 Keyes Avenue.

STARBUCKS
While we always tend to favour home-grown South African brands and independent businesses, the first Starbucks to open in South Africa (opened May 2016) does still have some crucial benefits going for it including, endless supplies of fast internet and plenty of plug points to keep your laptop juiced up, plus opening hours that are later than all the rest of Rosebank's coffee shops (Starbucks closes daily at 22:00). 
Where: The Zone@Rosebank at the corner of Tyrwhitt and Craddock Avenues.

EXCLUSIVE BOOKS
The stylish Rosebank Mall branch of the nationwide bookstore chain is one of their most popular, with plenty of comfy places to sit and read, regular book events, kids clubs and the biggest range of local and international magazines and newspapers. Run by South African chain Seattle Coffee (who also have a coffee shop at the Rosebank Link building) the Exclusive Books coffee bar is an ideal place to take some time out with one of their signature blends while reading the papers.
Where: The middle section of Rosebank Mall on the 2nd floor.

VIDA E CAFFE
Meaning 'life and coffee' in Portuguese, this espresso bar chain has two locations in Rosebank, one inside the Rosebank Mall opposite Pick n Pay that is a purely to-go coffee bar and a larger coffee shop next to the Rosebank Art and Craft Market. The staff are warm and friendly (Vida refers to them as 'passionistas') and if you are looking for Rosebank's strongest coffee to kick start your morning you can't go wrong with the Bomba Energia, a triple shot of espresso topped with steamed milk. 
Where: Inside Rosebank Mall and next to the Rosebank Art & Craft Market

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