Mont Angelis* Guide to Cafés in Stellenbosch
Coffee culture is BIG in Stellenbosch. It seems that besides wine, locals live mostly on coffee.
We introduce a few of our favourites and share with you what to expect and what crowd gathers there.
Hazz roasts its own coffee in Stellenbosch. The bar on 32 Reyneveld Street has the vibe of an Italian expresso bar. Students work though piles of notes next to work nomads going through their emails, cyclists loading on caffeine, and tourists watching all this happen. The coffee is excellent and consistent. Most of the time there is a queue at the counter, but don’t worry, it moves quickly. www.hazz.co.za
Blue Crane and the Butterfly
This café is always full. Is it the coffee, the cakes, the vibe? Probably all three. Most of the guets are young professionals starting their day or having a break, with coffee. Stellenboschers love coffee. There is always a reason to have a coffee. 146 Dorp Street. http://bluecraneandbutterfly.co.za
Hipster-alarm in Stellenbosch. The reasons, Deluxe is a franchise of a Cape Town based coffee roasting company. Beards, tattoos, eclectic interiors all-inclusive. Only the guests are not hipsters. Stellenboschers don’t care about fashion. They prefer colourful shirts, flip flops and shorts. They only care about perfect coffee on the go or sit down. Cnr of Dorp and Aan-de-wagen Streets www.deluxecoffeeworks.co.za
Ride in Cafe
A few kilometres into Jonkershoek Valley, this café is not only a meeting point for cyclists, but it is also very popular with families. They define the food as rustic and it explains it well. They roast their own coffee, and nothing is better than home-roasted coffee. Place your order at the bar and pay. Your order will be brought to your table. You can also rent a bike, have your bike serviced or buy flowers. Arkelshoek Farm, Jonkershoek Rd https://ridein.co.za/ride-in-cafe/
Schoon Croissant and Coffee Bar
Fritz Schoon is not only the apostle of ‘real’ bread in Stellenbosch 2010, but he also brought a new coffee culture. The presentation of his produce is inspiring. The newest of his three locations is the tiny Croissant and Coffee Bar in the square of the De Wet Centre. You will be very tempted to by some patisserie to accompany his excellent coffee. Bring your own cushions as the chairs are not comfortable. www.schoon.co.za
De Warenmarkt on 20 Reyneveld Street is a restaurant/market concept very popular with locals on colder days. Even the hard benches don’t deter the loyal supporters. Order your magic potion at the stand of Terbodore Coffee right at the entrance and order from the menu at the table. www.dewarenmarkt.co.za
Meraki is a bright and stylish café on 42 Reyneveld Street that is always filled with students from the nearby university that come for some irresistible pastries. http://www.meraki-living.com/
This café at the Specialized flagship store on 33 Canterbury Lane is mostly frequented by bike addicts and young mums with their kids doing loops on the mini-bike track. The coffee is amongst the best in Stellenbosch. Alternatively, try the beetroot smoothie. It will kickstart your system. https://www.facebook.com/coffeeworks.ss/
*Mont Angelis Retreat offers a selection of well-designed and spacious self-catering cottages on a wine farm in Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, 10 km away from downtown Stellenbosch. It is an oasis of well-being for leisure and business travellers, as well as athletes, academics and wine lovers. Mont Angelis has been selected as one of the 15 best places to stay in Stellenbosch by The Inside Guide. www.montangelis.co.za