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Best Coffee Houses/Tea Rooms in Cape Town

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Origin Coffee Roasting

Origin Coffee Roasting boasts a reputation for offering arguably the best cup of joe in the whole city. Great care is taken in selecting the finest coffee beans, with a focus on the African continent, and roasting it to perfection. The skilled baristas regularly win top honors in nationwide barista competitions. Seating is available inside the old exposed brick building with the aroma of coffee permeating the interior; sidewalk seating under umbrellas is also available. Besides coffees there is also a sectioned off tearoom where an incredible selection of teas from across the world can be sampled and enjoyed. Packaged coffee and tea is available to take home and enjoy.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Skinny Legs & All

Skinny Legs and All is a classic, clean and open luxury cafe located in the heart of Cape Town. It emits an atmosphere of sophistication and class that is combined with the smell of coffee. It is a cafe that prides itself on creating simple dishes. The healthy food and delicious, house-made drinks put Skinny Legs and All in another league. Expect to find light meals and tasty eats like French toast with fresh cream, raw muesli, and sourdough sandwiches, as well as drinks like lemonade, coffee, and raw chocolate shakes. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Talk Show.TV Cafe

This cafe is located on Bree Street, right on the pavement and serves delicious coffee and light eats. It is a unique little cafe that has a young and trendy atmosphere. Talk Show.TV cafe hosts it own little studio in the back. It is quite possible you could be caught on live camera, and broadcasted somewhere in the world on some random television show. Talk Show.TV cafe is different and special in every way, and you really won't find another street side cafe that is even close to similar. With friendly staff and a trendy interior, it is a unique experience and the coffee is just a bonus! - Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Cafe Eco

This restaurant is really a restaurant, coffee shop and internet café all in one. It is situated conveniently in the buzz of Long Street and is the perfect place to take a lunch/internet break in the middle of a day. Café Eco serves amazing coffees and refreshing light meals, all while you send that important e-mail or connect with friends over the internet. The restaurant sends out a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and draws in everyone – from local students to tourists. The service is vibrant and friendly and the restaurant is well styled with modern decorations. - Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Bean There

Bean There is a coffee roastery upon Wale Street in Cape Town, South Africa. It was the first of its kind in the country to obtain a Fairtrade certificate, inspiring many others to strive towards the same. The coffee beans travel from various places in the world to remain pure and unmixed, adding to the exclusivity and exotism of the café. The staff is friendly and happy, making it a fast favorite for meetings as well as quick takeaways.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Escape Caffe

The mere smell of Escape Caffe's supremely fresh coffee and cakes whisks you away to a world where only the finest drinks and desserts are served. This concept is really the inspiration for the name of this simple yet inspiring coffee shop. The relaxed and pleasant atmosphere draws you in as a world class barista carefully takes care of your order. With fresh baked goods coming out of the oven all day long, Escape Caffe really is the place to go when you want to escape from everyday life over lunch or a coffee break. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Rcaffe

Rcaffe, located right in the heart of Cape Town’s legal district, is a popular breakfast and lunchtime choice. Rumored to be the only place in the city that has true Italian-style espresso, it is a coffee lover’s dream spot. They also offer a super selection of omelettes, quiches, pastas and gourmet sandwiches to be enjoyed and the pastry counter always contains a decadent selection of desserts and pastries (like phyllo cigars filled with Belgian chocolate) freshly baked on the premises. The atmosphere is always friendly and you can relax while enjoying the bohemian ambiance from mostly reused decor - a welcome relief for lawyers and politicians who frequent the venue along with locals and tourists.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Haas Coffee Collection

The unique Haas Coffee Collective offers the freshest specialty coffees. With their in-house roasting of classic single-origin beans and custom blends, you are bound to have a fresh coffee experience. Haas sells the most unique and rare coffees, which sets them apart from their coffee shop contemporaries. Included in their extensive coffee menu is the sought-after Kopi Luwak brew - the world's most unusual and also most expensive coffee drink. Apart from world-class coffee, Haas also serves delicious baked goods, such as an assortment of muffins, cakes and breads. If there were one coffee shop you would want to visit in Cape Town, it would definitely be Haas Coffee Collective. -Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Truth Coffee

Truth Coffee is committed to the cause of coffee, that is providing patrons with the best quality coffee. In fact, they proclaim that their coffee is so well balanced that you won't even need to add sugar to it. The decor is done with attention to detail, such that the setting looks like that of a factory. This gives the whole place a rustic yet comfortable charm. Food options include classics such as scrambled eggs, bagels and croissants among other items. The perfectly brewed coffee will leave you craving for more, although service can be a bit irregular at times. Go for the ambiance, if nothing else.

Cape Town, South Africa
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38 Special Art Cafe

This trendy corner art cafe is a breath of fresh air in the historic Cape Town. It has a unique, rustic feel and emanates an individualistic atmosphere. 38 Special is decorated stylistically with whatever is hot and happening in the art world. It doubles as a gallery and venue for functions with its well-equipped gallery space upstairs and the quirky little downstairs area. They specialize in deliciously brewed, full-bodied coffee and other caffeinated drinks, but also serve a specially selected range of breakfast items and light lunches, pizza and salads. 38 Special hosts a new exhibition once a month, featuring a diverse plethora of art by emerging artists. The warm atmosphere and friendly service, in combination with fabulous art, will get anyone hooked after the first visit. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Seven Sins

Seven Sins is a wonderful breath of fresh air in the coffee shop and restaurant industry: a cafe and deli style restaurant that is creatively based on the Seven Sins. The vibe is undeniably trendy and hip and the restaurant is decorated according to the theme. Seven Sins is a place where you can catch up on work on your laptop, enjoy drinks or sweets with friends, or have a small business meeting. It is a restaurant that serves many purposes and even delivers their sinfully delicious coffee to your door. Seven Sins has a wonderful and unique meal menu, but doubles up as a deli and bakery with mouthwatering baked goods and steaming coffee and lattes. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Power & the Glory

The Power and the Glory is a quaint coffee shop and bistro bar on the corner of Kloof Nek and Burnside Roads in Cape Town. It has a comfortable, small town feel even though it's in the big city – a modern and popular combination. A seemingly random collection of items contributes to the coffee shop’s vintage and rustic décor, and it all combines to ooze an easiness that is very much sought after. It is a place where you can get exactly what you're craving from a thoughtful, basic menu, and then top it all off with a few rounds of drinks. With their hip yet relaxed vibe and friendly service, The Power and the Glory has everything the trendy diner wants. -Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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