You know what I can’t live without? Coffee. The moment I take that first sip, I am filled with so much joy… and caffeine. I’ve been on the hunt for the best coffee in Johannesburg, and not in the most popular places, I’ve been to most of those. Nope, I wanted to find some hidden gems that you may not know about. Most of these coffee spots are great spaces to set up office for a good few hours, but they are also amazing to just take some time out, flip through a mag and enjoy a hot cuppa Joe.
Honest Cafe: Talk about a hidden gem, Honest Cafe is a little eatery at One, Hyde Park that you really need to pop into. I discovered it after attending an event there, and I was so impressed by what they offer; healthy and nutritious food, free unlimited WiFi and most importantly really good coffee! Whenever I go there I always have either a turmeric latte or a superfood cappuccino, they sound a little exotic but your taste buds will thank you for the deliciousness! I love that when I step into Honest, I feel like I am miles away from Joburg, it’s almost like a mini vaycay… with amazing coffee.
The Factory on Grant: If you live in the Norwood area, you are probably familiar with this local jaunt, if you aren’t, I’m here to fill you in. Located on one of the main streets in Norwood, The Factory on Grant is a great option for breakfast but is also fab for a spot of work and a good cup of coffee. Their staff are friendly, their coffee is excellent and their food is pretty darn delish as well. You have the option of sitting inside, which is beautifully decorated, or outside where you can window shop a bunch of interesting vendors from your table.
Eat Your Heart Out: I discovered this spot completely by accident, we were walking down a street in Maboneng to a specific restaurant for breakfast but decided to try Eat Your Heart Out instead, and I’m so happy that we did! Their menu is Jewish-inspired which made me so happy because let me tell you, ever since Tanya introduced me to Kitka, I just can’t get enough, and Eat Your Heart Out has a bunch of Kitka french toast options! So yes, the food is yum, but so is the coffee! There were quite a few people sitting, sipping on their coffee and getting some work done and I would be happy to go back and do the same. If you are taking your kiddies with, they do an amazing babycino and Aria loved watching all of the activity on the street.
Dear Maria: Ah man, this spot is so close to my heart because they are slap bang in the middle of my neighbourhood. Dear Maria was named after Sean, the owners mother and you can almost feel the love that he has for her when grabbing your cup of java. All of the coffee beans are sourced from hand picked micro-roasters and they often have some delicious pastries to accompany your caffeine injection. If you are super into coffee, the often have cupping sessions where you get taught all the basics about making the best possible coffee at home, I reckon Dan needs to attend one of these soon so that my morning coffees become extra fancy! I love popping in and grabbing a takeaway latte while running around doing errands but I have also sat down and worked while enjoying a delicious cortardo. Literally can’t fault this place.
I’m always on the lookout for new places to sit down and enjoy a good cup of coffee and I actually still have a few that I need to tick off so expect another one of these posts in a few months time!
I’m thinking of putting together a few other foodie lists over the year – what do you want to see? Best desserts? Kid friendly? Yummiest vegeterian? Let me know in the comments, and also let me know if there’s a coffee spot you just can’t get enough of!