If you are looking for some good Joburg coffee shops to work from for the day, check the local loadshedding schedule on the free EskomSePush app and then make your way to one of these spots.
MELVILLE, BRIXTON & 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
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
12 Lewes Street Westdene
Where: Bamboo, cnr 9th St and Rustenburg Rd, Melville
This 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 options plus seating indoors and outdoors.
Where: 14 Menton Rd (cnr Park Rd), Richmond
Where: 34 7th St, Linden
Where: Whitely Rd, Melrose Arch
PARKHURST & PARKVIEW
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. The cafe opens from 6am when it's packed with enthusiastic and loud runners, although even at that hour it's still a good place to work.
Where: 66 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview
PARKWOOD & ROSEBANK
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, it gets especially 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.
Where: 146 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
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 still 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
Seam Coffee is a locally renowned coffee roastery in the heart of Fourways, that is focused on creating sustainable farming in the coffee industry, from harvesting to roasting. Their Fair Trade goal is to connect coffee farmers and consumers, so that those who enjoy Seam's coffees also know they are directly uplifting the communities from where it is sourced. Good ethics aside, Seam is also known in the northern suburbs for having one of the best coffee shop co-working spaces.
Where: 2 Valley View Centre, Campbell Rd, Craigavon, Fourways
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