A month or so ago I spent some time in Johannesburg visiting friends and family and got to know the city all over again. Unfortunately my family home was only stocked with decaf coffee and after a week of this, I needed a real coffee fix!
Braamfontein has a hot number of little hideyholes for the coffee fiend. Double Shot serves up a delicious and super affordable siphon. Share it with some friends before visiting the wits art gallery or doing a walk around Braamies.
Father is another tiny gem. Filled with hip bearded South Africans in colourful clothes, the little wooden cafe is a good spot to grab a coffee before checking out the nearby markets. Get in before the crowds!
Across the bridge you buy yourself some delicious black brew, perfectly steamy and flavourful in Origin Coffee. Wander around Maboneng, eclectic shops and bars line the streets, while large artworks paint the walls. Don’t forget to taste the spicy Ethiopian beans inside the Arts on Main complex. You can munch on popcorn beneath the olive trees, before peeking into the marketplace.
Cross back over the train tracks and find yourself on the other side of Wits University. Inside the 44 Stanley industrial converted space, you can sip on some wonderfully fresh coffee at Bean There. Dangling plants and light fill the little garden spaces in the community of shops and terraces. You can poke about and find some lovely treasures to take home with you from books to design wear. The coffee shop has the added bonus of an in-house roastery, so you can really see where your coffee comes from, and are spoiled with the wonderful crushed bean smell.
Further afield, don’t miss out on the Whippet’s house blend. Nestled in suburban Linden, this cafe serves up a mean breakfast and super coffee. Since I was staying nearby, I often grabbed a cup to go, aromatic and smooth. Yum! Stay for the milk tart, this is a South African sweet treat not to be missed! On the other side of the road you can pick up some fun ceramic items and there is also a wonderful spaza shop filled with brick-a-brack, muti and enamel teapots. Buy some sweeties with the school kids or a miniature potjie pot.
If you can’t be bothered with driving all over the place for a cup of coffee, order yourself an Aeropress from Yuppie Chef. They will deliver it to your door. Then pick up a bag of beans and you are all set! I bought my Dad one before we headed back to Barcelona.
What are your favourite places to grab a cup of coffee in JHB?
Double Shot Coffee
Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
+27 11 100 5241
Shop 2, 73 Juta Street,
Arts on Main, 268 Fox Street,
City and Suburban, Inner City, Johannesburg
Bean There Coffee Company
44 Stanley Avenue, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
+27 87 310 3100
4th avenue linden, 7th St, Linden, 2198, South Africa