In 2021 Rachel Leigh Dzenga, aka @jozicoffeespots, joins In Your Pocket as our new Joburg coffee correspondent, keeping you up to speed with all the latest new coffee spots you should know. Rachel is a full-time Psychology student and the curator of our favourite Joburg coffee-focused Instagram account, @jozicoffeespots where she celebrates Joburg coffee culture and explores the city through coffee.
In this month's Jozi coffee column, Rachel shares her pick of local coffee shops with the loveliest courtyards, gardens and outdoor terraces. Perfect for this Covid era.
Red Door Cafe, EdenvaleOutdoor seating: Courtyard
Red Door Cafe is an Edenvale gem, hidden away on 5th Avenue. This vibrant cafe has a wonderful indoor area with a fireplace for the colder months, but what really makes this spot so delightful is their gorgeous gravel courtyard, full of character and lots of greenery. I love the quirky details, from their games cupboard to their repurposed coke bottle chandeliers. This is also a fantastic brunch spot, and the coffee here is as wonderful as the space!
Where: 26 5th Avenue, Edenvale
Iris Garden Patisserie, RivoniaOutdoor seating: Terrace
Iris Garden Patisserie is the perfect spot for tea and cake on a sunny afternoon. This small patisserie is famous for their latte art, their beautiful cakes (think mille crepe and Swiss roll cakes) and their outdoor terrace, which always seems to have roses in bloom creeping over the palisade. A charming patisserie with so much character.
Where: 40 Wessel Road, Rivonia
Vice Cafe, Craighall ParkOutdoor seating: Terrace
Vice Coffee in Craighall is a trendy Aztec inspired coffee spot that offers Mexican coffee, elixirs, and a variety of healthy meal options. The space is casual and inviting, and their indoor couch lounge has large windows opening onto their outdoor terrace, which has ample seating and an abundance of potted cacti in the most vivid colours. The outdoor space is shaded with a canopy for warmer days, and is the perfect place to start your morning with a coffee in hand.
Where: 11 Rothesay Avenue, Craighall Park
Honest Food Store, Hyde ParkOutdoor seating: Terrace
Honest Food is a beautiful eatery located in One Hyde Park. It's lovely outdoor deck has a splash pool. Honest Food Store offers a delicious brunch and lunch menu, focused around conscious food that is healthy and beautifully presented. They also boast an entire vegetarian and vegan alternative menu, as well as stock fresh cold-pressed juices and a variety of goodies to take home.
Where: 4 Hurlingham Rd, Dunkeld (Located inside One Apartment block)
Toasted, ParkwoodOutdoor seating: Courtyard
Toasted is by far one of the quirkiest coffee spots in Jozi. Toasted is an all female-owned business, founded by individuals with a passion for creating a collaborative space and women-led community. They serve batch brew coffee from Humble Coffee, as well as an array of decadent and gourmet toasted sandwiches. Their outdoor courtyard is colourful and full of character, and it is the perfect space to spend the afternoon working on their high-speed Wi-Fi alongside like-minded co-working customers.
Where: 138 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Sesame Café, Blackbrick, SandtonOutdoor seating: Terrace
Sesame Cafe is located in the new vertical village, Blackbrick, which is a cool hotel and apartment space in the heart of Sandton Central. You can enjoy their all-day breakfast, brunch, or light lunch from their deli on the roomy terrace. They also have a salad bar, sandwich offerings, and great organic coffee.
Where: 25 Fredman Drive, Sandon Central
Spilt MilkOutdoor seating: Courtyard
Spilt Milk is a social cafe in the heart of Melville, with a spacious courtyard out the back. They offer breakfast, lunch, and a variety of pastries and sweet treats. Spilt Milk has a warm atmosphere, rustic touches, and is a casual and inviting space, perfect for a family lunch or a day out of the office.
Where: No. 1 7th Street, Melville
Zara's Cafe, RivoniaOutdoor seating: Terrace
Zara’s Cafe is a bright and welcoming cafe in Rivonia, with a gorgeous indoor and outdoor space. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu, but are most famously known for their delicious cakes and other sweet treats (think carrot cake, Nutella cheesecake, and custard slices, to name a few.) They have a lovely terrace with plenty of shade, and their iconic pops of yellow and blue, reminiscent of their seaside store in Ballito, will be sure to make you smile.
Where: 329 Rivonia Boulevard (Located in Rivonia Cube)
Vintage Coffee Drive-Thru, MidrandVintage Coffee Drive Thru in Midrand is definitely worth a visit given how unique the experience is. The drive-thru itself is situated near the entrance of Urban Life Church in Midrand, and is one of the few places you can get a speciality coffee in a drive-thru. I absolutely love their grey container, their use of stone, and the friendly face that greets you on arrival! Note Vintage Coffee drive-thru is cashless, they accept bank cards and Zapper.
Where: 64 Maud Avenue, Crowthorne
Breezeblock, BrixtonOutdoor seating: Courtyard
On a quiet street in the quirky Jozi suburb of Brixton, you’ll find Breezeblock. This hidden Joburg gem on Chiswick Street embodies exactly what a neighbourhood cafe should be, with friendly staff and a casual atmosphere. This coffee spot offers a variety of hearty meals, from breakfast to lunch, and they also have excellent coffee. What makes this place truly unique is the retro feel of the cafe, with plenty of vintage pieces, and a timeless charm. Their courtyard is spacious and tranquil, the perfect place to hide away from the bustle of Jozi with a good book.
Where: 29 Chiswick St, Brixton