The TOP 100 Cafes in the Country

Wednesday, 13 December, 2023

In 2023, we began the process to make the circle of the Awards even bigger. It has been a mammoth task and we are thrilled to finally share with you 100 Top Cafes in South Africa.

Believe me when I tell you that I agonised over these lists for WEEKS. I went through the 1800+ votes (times 3, because you could vote for 3 per person) from you meticulously. There are so many deserving spots. Then to get them into categories?! What constitutes a cafe? What constitutes a region/city? 

The Top 10 are not ranked in any particular order in each section.

So to answer the questions that we've been asking ourselves:

How did we define a Café?

For these lists, we defined them as places that serve excellent coffee, create amazing food on site, and are (for the most part) only open during the day. There WILL be exceptions! And we also created the Top 10 Coffee Bars Countrywide to take into account those that specialise in just serving coffee and already prepped snacks. Next year we hope to have a Top 10 Mobile Coffee Spots too.

How did we define the areas featured?

The idea behind the Awards to give kudos to as many deserving places as possible so with that in mind, we tried to create regions/hubs so that a large portion of the map has been covered. Have we inadvertently left places out, it is highly likely, but this is part of the growing process and we're excited to see where and how this platform evolves. You've got to start somewhere!

Why are there three categories in the Western Cape?

Well guys, over 40% of the total votes came from this province and we love to see the passion!

Why aren't all these Cafes linked yet so I can go find them?

We're working on it!!! Promise.

Thank you once again to our Sponsors who make the the Awards and this Top 100 possible.

Headline Partner: FNB

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The Whippet, Linden

Father Coffee, Kramerville

Green Dot Cafe

Manaka Coffee, Polofields

Home of the Bean, Maboneng

Naked Coffee, Sandton

ThirdSpace Coffee, Fourways

Breezeblock Cafe, Brixton

Salvation Cafe, 44 Stanley

Shazmin’s Luxe Patisserie

Culture Coffee

Lucky Bread Company, Brooklyn

Sorcery Coffee

Grounded @ Echo

RAW Coffee

Heavenly Coffees


Spout Cafe

Upside Down Eatery

ECHT Coffee

Origin Coffee Roasters, De Waterkant

Rosetta on Bree, CBD

The Strangers Club, Seapoint

Jarryd’s, Seapoint

Truth Coffee, Buitenkant

Jason Bakery, Greenpoint

Ground Art Caffe, De Waterkant

Saint James Café, Observatory

The Ladder, CBD

Defined as a place that serves coffee and nibbles, no full kitchen or focus on food menu. It’s all about the coffee experience.

Bluebird Coffee Roasters - Howick

Pauline’s - Seapoint

EspressoLab - Woodstock

Bean There Coffee - 44 Stanley, JHB

CupoCafe - Pretoria

Molo Coffee - Hermanus

Brothers Coffee - Groot Brak

Deluxe Coffeeworks - Church Street

Pause Coffee - Knysna&George

Simple Bru, Harrington Street

Merchant Coffee - Mossel Bay

Ikigai, Swellendam

The Hoedspruit Cafe, Hoedspruit

Villamar Cafe, Wellington

The Barn Owl, KZN Midlands

Bottomless Blessings, Ermelo

Caloroso Coffee, George

Maria’s Superior Coffee, Graaff Reinet

Simple Bru, Melkbos

Krust Cafe, George

A touch broader than the general definition of 'Winelands', but encompasses good coffee throughout the grape growing regions.

Monarch Coffee, Stellenbosch

Terbodore Coffee, Franschhoek

Dezro Coffee, Somerset West

Kole & Deeg, Tulbagh

The Blue Crane & Butterfly, Stellenbosch

Sofia Cafe, Stellenbosch

Meraki, Stellenbosch

Lounah Cafe, Paarl

Beans About Coffee, Riebeeck Kasteel

Wildsprout, Constantia

Baard&Co, Durbanville

Bean Authentic, Monte Vista

Alchemy Coffee Roasters, Bellville

Ginger Tree Coffee, Parow

Starlings, Claremont

Boston Coffee, Durbanville

Blue Door Coffee Roasters, Simonstown

Four&Twenty, Wynberg

Hans&Lloyd, Muizenberg

Rumi Cafe, Pinelands

People in the smaller towns are fiercely loyal and that's why you'll likely see a couple outlets of these homegrown, local coffee businesses.

Royal Roastery, Bloem

Toro Coffee, Potch

Kukua Coffee, Potch

Brüder Coffee, Klerksdorp 

Bloemfontein Coffee Roasting Co

Highland Coffee Roastery, Clarens

Liriek Cafe, Bloem

Faith Brew Coffee, Klerksdorp

Jaru Coffee, Bloem

Noi Coffee Bar, Ladysmith (We know, not NW or Free State, but deep central KZN)

Holiday Coffee, PE

InFood Bakery & Deli, Jbay

Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists, PE

First Light Coffee Bar, Jbay

Alchemy Coffee, Walmer

Como Caffe, PE

Hand Made Coffees, East London

Flamingo’s, Jbay

The Barista Sisa, Grahamstown

Ginger&Co, East London

Now Coffee, Durban North

Humble Coffee, Central

Lineage Coffee, Hillcrest

African Roots Cafe, Umhlanga

Skyline Coffee, Salt Rock

Colombo Coffee, Durban North

Gatvol Coffee, Glenashley

Coffeeberry Cafe, Pietermaritzburg

Barn Owl Tennis Club, Central

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