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The Best Coffee Shops in Johannesburg

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Photo of Carina Claassens
6 June 2017
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Wondering where to get your next caffeine fix in the City of Gold? Look no further than our roundup of the best coffee shops in Johannesburg.

AfricaBlack Roastery & Espresso Bar

Cafe, South African, Tea , $$$
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If coffee is your passion, AfricaBlack offers top notch barista training
If coffee is your passion, AfricaBlack offers top notch barista training | Courtesy of AfricaBlack

This roastery and espresso bar’s main focus is coffee, but the trendy café also serves breakfast, light lunches, scones, and other baked goods. Their classic cappuccino is delicious, made with the Vintage Espresso Blend, and each cup is a combination of amazing flavors. AfricaBlack has a wholesale division as well, and works with Stil.Coffee, based in Zimbabwe (the owner’s homeland).

Bean There Coffee Company

Coffee Shop, South African, Tea , $$$
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Bean There creates valuable employment opportunities through their fair trade ethos
Bean There creates valuable employment opportunities through their fair trade ethos | Courtesy of Bean There

Bean There Coffee Company is situated within the trendy 44 Stanley space in downtown Johannesburg and was the first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee in South Africa. They trade directly with farmers to ensure sustainable and fair environments. Bean There also hosts coffee tasting evenings, which includes a coffee-related quiz as well as wine and cheese.

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Cafe, Tea Room, Coffee Shop, South African, $$$
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Doubleshot Coffee & Tea
Doubleshot Coffee & Tea is the perfect meeting place | © Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea in Braamfontein is a small batch coffee roastery that hand selects all their beans, and origins include Colombia, Brasil, and Guatemala. The roastery also specializes in fresh brewed craft iced tea, tea lattes, and delicious pastries, so you can really lounge around in this comfortable space all day long.

Father Coffee

Coffee Shop, South African, Tea , $$$
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To keep things interesting Father Coffee has held in-house barista championships, in search of the perfect brew
To keep things interesting Father Coffee has held in-house barista championships, in search of the perfect brew | Courtesy of Father Coffee

Father Coffee is so popular that they now have two branches in the same city, one in Braamfontein and one in Rosebank. Drink the Cortado—it’s basically a short flat-white packed with loads of flavor. Father Coffee serves delicious treats to accompany your cuppa and the warm décor invites guests to spend hours taking in the bustling atmosphere.

Motherland Coffee Co

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Tea , $$$
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Motherland Coffee Co's slogan is "drink the love" and their Share The Love board is filled with notes from regulars leaving a free coffee for a friend
Motherland Coffee Co's slogan is "drink the love" and their Share The Love board is filled with notes from regulars leaving a free coffee for a friend | Courtesy of Motherland Coffee Co

Motherland Coffee Co has three venues in Johannesburg; Dunkeld, Parktown North, and Rosebank. The Dictator is their signature drink and is a mixture of espresso, condensed milk, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings, and the drink’s tagline, “make the day obey you,” couldn’t be more suitable. They serve a range of delicious salads, sandwiches, and other treats, and is the ideal out-of-office work space.

Origin Coffee Roasting

Coffee Shop, South African, Vegetarian, Vegan, 0
Origin's barista academy offers a range of courses throughout the month
Origin's barista academy offers a range of courses throughout the month | Courtesy of Origin

Origin was started in 2006 to offer South Africans amazing coffee from around the world. They serve more than ten single origin coffees, breakfast, brunch, and lunch, plus they have an amazing selection of baked goods. Situated in the trendy gentrified neighborhood of Maboneng, next to Arts on Main, Origin has been training top baristas for over ten years.

Priest Espresso Bar

Coffee Shop, South African, Tea
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After grabbing a coffee, take a stroll through their in-house collection of exciting artworks
After grabbing a coffee, take a stroll through their in-house collection of exciting artworks | Priest Espresso Bar

Priest is situated in Jan Smuts Avenue and is a gallery, production office, and coffee house all combined. The intimate coffee shop boasts a quirky interior—including a black and white graffiti mural—and serves premium coffee and snacks. If you’re in the area, make sure to look out for the espresso bar, situated in Rosebank’s gallery strip, only a short walk from the Goodman Gallery.

The Whippet

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, South African, Contemporary, $$$
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The Whippet is one of those cafés that you want to sit in all day, day dreaming while staring out the large windows looking onto the busy streets of Linden. The café boasts an impressive bistro-style breakfast and lunch menu and the atmosphere is always bustling and cheerful.

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