Joburg loves coffee, and from northern suburbs malls to the streets of the historic City Centre, you are never far away from a good cup. To keep you up to speed on where to get the finest brews, our coffee columnist Rachel Leigh Dzenga (aka @jozicoffeespots), shares her latest picks.
We know many of you love taking snaps of your lunch and the places it came from (and we'll happily admit we also can't resist reaching for our phones before we tuck in), so here's ten of Joburg's most instagrammable coffee spots to liven up your feed.
An intimate Parisian style bakery and patisserie inside the landmark Trumpet building on Rosebank's Keyes Art Mile, L'Atelier Bakery is the kind of place where you can kick back on the plushest seating and enjoy mouth-watering pastries. This dreamy spot is a wonderful place to escape the busyness of the city with world class French patisserie and coffee. Order a freshly baked galette, settle on a classic croissant or for a special occasion (and definitely something to add prettiness to your Instagram feed) you can also book for High Tea. Also halaal friendly. Where:Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank
Trendy yet cosy and serving excellent coffee, this intimate spot at 44 Stanley is a great place to linger with a book. The fantastically styled coffee bar here belongs in a design magazine, and a plus is you get to soak in the peaceful atmosphere. Bean There roasts their own coffee, and they also have a variety of home-brewing coffee equipment. 44 Stanley's leafy courtyards and boutique shopping is of course right on the doorstep too. Where: 44 Stanley, 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark
A bohemian neighbourhood cafe located on a quiet Brixton side street. At the heart of Breezeblock cafe is a retro-cool outdoor succulent courtyard lined by 1970s breeze blocks, with a fish pond at the centre, while the cosy indoor area continues the kitch-cool 1970s theme. The food menu is diverse with dishes from Mexico and the Middle East in the mix, and the coffee is of course, excellent. Where: 29 Chiswick St, Brixton, breezeblock.co.za
Ground Cafe is a gem in the countryside that is Muldersdrift, situated just off the cycling routes that circuit the Cradle of Humankind. This family and pup friendly cafe offers a full breakfast and lunch menu and Naked Coffee, served in their spacious gardens. Lush and well-manicured, there is plenty of comfortable seating scattered around to enjoy the sunshine. There's also a shop and deli stocked full of plants, baked goods, and other locally made goodies to take home plus you can pre-book a hike and gourmet picnics. Book your hike online at groundthevenue.com. Where: Ground, Plot 19, Driefontein, Muldersdrift
If you’re venturing out of Joburg we found a pretty spot for coffee and cake in Pretoria, Goddess Cafe in South Downs Shopping Centre. We recommend trying their Spanish latte – a bright pink latte made with condensed milk and topped with edible flowers, one of a variety of quirky coffees on offer. Other options include Ferrero Rocher and Cereal-topped lattes – perfect fodder for the 'gram. Goddess Cafe has a full breakfast and lunch menu and a decadent cake selection. Along with their two branches in Pretoria, we have it on good authority that Goddess Cafe is also opening in Linden in early September, 2021. Where:South Downs Shopping Centre, cnr John Vorster St and Karee St, Irene, Pretoria, goddesscafe.co.za
Guilt and Co
Guilt and Co. is a stylish all-day eatery in Cedar Square Shopping Centre with trendy decor and a beautiful array of plants, plus a versatile menu catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you decide to grab cocktails with the girls, or have a lazy solo brunch date this is an easy eating, and stylish space in the middle of Fourways. Where:Cedar Square Shopping Centre, 15 Willow Ave, Fourways
Iris Garden is tucked away in one of the shopping complexes on Wessel Road in Rivonia and offers a quiet and intimate brunch experience enjoyed on their petite patio, surrounded by rose bushes. For fans of interesting coffees the team here are pros at making unique latte art and the menu offers some quirky latte flavours such as matcha and beetroot, picture-perfect when paired with their delicious crepe cakes. Where: 40 Wessels Road, Edenburg, Rivonia
Just Teddy is a Parisian and Middle Eastern-inspired patisserie inside the upmarket Hyde Park Corner mall. An eye-catching array of pastries is beautifully presented in their opulent window displays and the rest of the decor follows suit matching comfort with sophistication. Their delicious coffee is from Manaka Coffee and they have a variety of TWG teas to pair with the impeccably presented confectionery on sale. If you’re in the mood for a beautifully presented high tea experience, this is the place. Where:Hyde Park Corner, cnr Corner William Nicol Dr and Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park, justteddy.co.za.
Morning Glory is a trendy coffee spot in the heart of Parkwood, serving up delicious coffee from Bean There, alongside a quirky and innovative brunch menu. Morning Glory is well known for its pastel pink walls, statement 'rise and grind' neon signage, an array of cacti, and a cheeky menu that serves its customers 'strong and stiff' coffee. Whether you order the cornflake-coated French toast, or an espresso waffle with dark chocolate and honeycomb, you won’t think twice about snapping a shot of this pretty-in-pink spot, ideal to park off with a good cup of coffee or a mimosa, and enjoy a decadent brunch with friends. Where:Park Corner, 146 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
This trendy female-owned co-working coffee is known for gourmet toasted sandwiches and delicious coffee from Humble Coffee. Tucked away in a sunny yellow courtyard on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood, inside Toasted you’ll find quirky co-working couches, a small but stylish boardroom for private meetings, and a cosy outdoor seating area in the gravel courtyard that is livened up with lots of potplants. For lunch we recommend their roasted pepper and butternut soup, paired with a gourmet toasted (of course) sandwich. Where: 138 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood