South Africa’s coffee culture is as diverse as its multi-ethnic population. Rooted in humble beginnings, the country is now gripped by a coffee boom that’s hard to ignore. Get your daily caffeine kick with these speciality brews in South Africa. By Ananya Bahl


Truth Coffee
Crowned the world’s best café in 2015 by UK Telegraph,Truth Coffee has a team of artisan roasters who aim to pour the perfect cuppa. Try their luxurious ‘resurrection blend’ and ‘deep, dark, and twisted’ espresso.


Arts Cafe: The Arts Cafe at the Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts in Durban is a charming establishment, perfect for a quiet afternoon of art critiquing coupled with coffee. Their Vienna Coffee and Blondi are unmissable.


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Pedersen Lennard
Pedersen Lennard cafe doubles as a minimalist furniture store. Combine your love for caffeine and creative spaces by sampling their Deluxe Coffee and buying unique décor items.


Coco Safar
Coco Safar’s flagship store in Cavendish has the world’s first Spirit espresso machine with lever technology that brews the finest flat whites, macchiatos, and hot chocolate. The cafe also houses a coffee capsule emporium—a collection of coffees from around the world in Nespresso-compatible capsules that you can take home.


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Los Muertos
A film studio, biker shop, and a coffee house: that’s Los Muertos. Drop in for a strong cup of coffee, buy memorabilia, watch a film, and make new friends.


Deluxe Coffeeworks
Deluxe Coffeeworks focuses on good music, better people, and the best coffee—roasted and served with love. Buy daily roasted in-house blends of handpicked beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. They have outlets in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.


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Latitude 33
Latitude 33’s owners have picked the best from their travels and combined it at this cafe. Australian clothing labels, an art gallery, signature burgers, and of course, coffee are the order of the day.



Loading Bay: Loading Bay features a menswear store, a skincare boutique, and a spacious café in the culturally-rich De Waterkant district.