44 STANLEY, MILPARK
Popularly known as South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee, Bean There sources its single origin unblended coffee from Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The minimalist decor of the store is perfect for savouring the flavour and the smell of freshly roasted beans is heavenly. It’s nice and quiet, so perfect to get the concentration flowing. Recently renovated it has a gorgeous interior and a quietness punctuated by the sounds of coffee being made.
Where: 44 Stanley, Milpark
This friendly bakery and cafe opened almost a decade ago and is still going strong. Plenty of spots to plug in your devices, plenty of space for parents to park a pram and of course, plenty of baked goods and sandwiches, also ideal if you are looking for takeout. The covered outdoor area is super spacious.
Where: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark
A popular cafe hangout spot in Brixton, during the early months of lockdown Breezeblock briefly relaunched as a co-working space before they could get back to serving food and drinks. Plug points are plentiful inside and there's lots of natural light. You can also sit outside and work in the pretty succulent-rich courtyard while you take in that all-important vitamin D with your cappuccino.
Where: 29 Chiswick St, Brixton
Where: Bamboo, cnr 9th St and Rustenburg Rd, Melville
The Richmond Studio Cafe
This neighbourhood cafe and espresso bar in Richmond was started by award-winning photojournalist Antoine de Ras and has long been a regular hangout for a local freelance journalist crowd. If photography is your thing you will love this place with its vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia decorating the entire space. The toastie melts are excellent and there's plenty of fresh cafe food option plus seating indoors and outdoors.
Where: 14 Menton Rd (cnr Park Rd), Richmond
The Whippet prides itself on being Linden's original neighbourhood-inspired coffee shop and the place that kickstarted Linden's revival as a cool suburb. The coffee and food are both excellent and thankfully they have their own generator for when Eskom is acting up. If you're meeting with your team make use of the large communal table or there are benches with plug points designed for individuals. Make sure to get there and plug is early as it gets really busy. Can be super noisy so take headphones if that bothers you.
Where: 34 7th St, Linden
The upmarket Melrose Arch has more than a dozen restaurants to choose from, but if you need to get down to some work this coffee bar and cycle shop is the choice spot. Plenty of work stations with plug points nicely placed on the side of the cafe. Try the signature Coffee in a Cone, a macchiato served in a chocolate-lined ice-cream cone or, for a cold refreshment, the nitro cold brew ‘Draught Coffee’ (which comes out of a beer tap).
Where: Whitely Rd, Melrose Arch
Jay’s Java and Juice is a quirky coffee bar in Parkhurst with plenty of comfortable seating options including a boardroom area as well as a dedicated co-working space with hot desks. They serve Disorder Coffee and goodies from Plant-powered Patisserie, which is vegetarian and vegan friendly. There's also a cosy outdoor garden area, a comfortable leather couch, and some fun decor elements to distract you from your work like an old-school pinball machine.
Where: 73 6th St, Parkhurst
After moving from its smaller location a few doors away, this neighbourhood cafe on Parkview's Tyrone Avenue has only grown in popularity as a place to work, or pretend to work while enjoying lunch and mountains of coffee. Somehow even on a Tuesday lunch time it can be difficult to find a table. The prime spots are the booth-like tables in the back shielded by a garden centre's worth of lush pot plants.
Where: 66 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview
A pretty in pink little coffee shop with plenty of charm, along with great coffee Morning Glory also has an exceptional breakfast menu. Although the cafe is extremely small it's still a popular place for working so you need to get here early to nab a good table as it gets busy from 10:00. A very handy spot if you are trying to focus on something important is the small boardroom room-styled space in the back called the office area fit for groups or individuals. Call to check availablility.
Where: 146 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Plenty of productivity at this little courtyard coffee shop that is a hotspot for people looking to work away from home. Inside there's a comfortable red couch with tables and chairs to work from as well as a dedicated long table boardroom. Outside in the courtyard there's a specially-designed cement counter table with space to sit on your laptop and enjoy fresh air. The excellent toasties are another bonus.
Where: 138 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
We’ve worked here ourselves a few times, so believe us when we say, this may be a very big space but it stills gets super busy at lunchtime. The destination restaurant for Rosebank's new voco Hotel The Bank, this has quickly become a popular meeting spot. In the back of the restaurant towards the lobby of the hotel and the Proud coffee shop you'll find a long table area, installed with out-of-office workers in mind, as well as more casual lounge seating. If your afternoon work session is pushing on towards the evening, check out their excellent wine list.
Where: The Bank, 26 Cradock Ave (The Zone@Rosebank), Rosebank
Various locations across Johannesburg
Motherland Coffee Company
Where: Motherland has branches across Joburg including at Dunkeld West Centre, Blubird Centre, Benmore Gardens, Bedford Village Shopping Centre, Hobart Grove Shopping Centre and 1 Sturdee Avenue