In a city that is constantly buzzing, you may want to escape to a quiet place from time to time to catch up on some work or study for an exam. Whether you prefer a shady garden spot or a cosy coffee shop, these quiet spots around Cape Town
will help you focus when you need to.
The Company’s Garden
The Company’s Garden is an ideal spot to get away from the bustle of the city. Find a quiet spot in the shade of magnificent-old trees or on the manicured lawns in the sun, and enjoy the tranquil environment of the city’s oldest garden. There’s a WiFi hotspot close to the Company’s Garden Restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat if you’re feeling peckish. The charming restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, and it serves a good selection of contemporary cuisine and wine.
The Company’s Garden, Queen Victoria St, CBD, Cape Town
Grind 4Truth Coffee
Centrally located close to the CTICC and V&A Waterfront, Grind 4Truth Coffee is an off-shoot of the inimitable Truth Coffee shop over in the East Precinct. The décor and vibe is a lot more pared down here compared to its counterpart, but the coffee and food is no less than great. A nice quiet place for work or an informal business meeting, there is a range of indoor and outdoor seating.
Grind 4Truth Coffee, 1 Somerset Rd, Greenpoint, Cape Town, +27 21 418 0073
The Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant
Restaurant, Tea Room, Vegetarian, $$$
The Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant
This charming restaurant, situated in The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, is a delightful place to hit the books and admire the beautiful surrounds as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or tea. The Tea Room offers a wide selection of freshly baked goods, salads, and light meals. You can also opt to set down a picnic blanket in the expansive gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive Newlands, Wynberg, Cape Town, +27 21 797 4883
Field Office has an avid following of freelancers and young-professional patrons, with four branches located in hotspots around the city. They offer a selection of top-notch breakfast dishes, deluxe coffee, and free Wi-Fi. They also support local artists by exhibiting their work.
Field Office, various locations
Bootlegger Coffee Company (Kalk Bay)
Those who love good coffee, delicious food, and the sea, stop by Bootlegger Coffee Company in Kalk Bay. Situated within walking distance of the famous working harbor, the café has indoor and outdoor seating allowing you to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and partial sea views. Be sure to arrive before 8:30 am when freshly-roasted coffee still goes for R15 per cup. There’s also free Wi-Fi.
Bootlegger Coffee Company, 128 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, +27 21 788 1670
Coffee © Lee-Shay Collison
Cape Town Central Library
Centre for the Book
Counted as one of Cape Town’s architectural gems, this grand Edwardian building dates back to 1913. Today, it is an annexe of the National Library of South Africa, which promotes a culture of reading and writing in the city. Soak up history in the central reading room replete with a magnificent domed ceiling.
Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, +27 21 423 2669
Situated inside the trendy Woodstock Exchange, Superette provides a light-and-airy space with bright furniture and free Wi-Fi. Find a perch at one of the window-side counters or at a table, and catch up on some work or meet with friends. They serve delicious farm-style breakfasts, lunches, and craft beer on tap.
Superette, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, +27 21 802 5525
The Book Lounge