Spending a few hours in a pretty place, sharing conversation and coffee or tea with a good girlfriend is priceless, especially after having kids. I have found that it is so important to put in time to relationships that you want to flourish and this is one of the best ways to reconnect with my best girlfriends – single, married, mothers or not.
It’s not easy to find time in our busy lives to just chat and chill out but even if you can make time once a month to catch up with one friend it will be so worth it. And I don’t mean while you are mopping up spilt juice, dishing out another Marie biscuit or breaking up a fight over a piece of lego. The main aim is to finish a complete conversation. Eliminate the all too familiar “What were we talking about?” for the 5th time – rather leave the kids at home for an hour with dad on a Saturday afternoon, pop out during your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk, head out after your little ones are in bed, plan to meet a fellow mom for an hour after your grocery shopping or gym session but before school pick up. Friends often fall to the bottom of the list of priorities with all the other responsibilities that come with life – work, marriage, children, studying etc. But remember that anytime you spend in the company of someone who hears you, asks how YOU are, makes you laugh or just encourages and supports you in where you are at and what you are going through is so beneficial and important, and definitely cheaper than therapy!
Here is a list of Top 10 Coffee Shops in Cape Town – my favourite places to meet up with a friend for a catch up. All serve great coffee and yummy eats. If I’m going to be making the effort to head out I definitely want it to be in a pretty place so all these listed meet that requirement, most have outside areas or courtyards and some have a view too! I would say most are not child-friendly due to space constraints or expensive décor which you don’t want to be responsible for breaking… but come back soon when I will share some options that are more suitable for a coffee with kids (if you’re brave enough!).
1. Orchid Café, Wynberg Chelsea. This is a lovely little café which serves amazing salads and treats to eat. I love the exposed brick wall and super cute little courtyard. This area is one of my favourites in Cape Town. I love wandering the streets of Chelsea Village and exploring the little décor shops up quaint alleys.
23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. Tel: +27 (0)21 761 1000.
2. Sostanza, Lakeside. A bakery come coffee shop with a great selection of baked goods and super breakfasts. Pop in on a Saturday morning and enjoy the buzz in the courtyard.
Old Bakery, Lincoln Road, Lakeside, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 788 2411.
3. Knead, Muizenberg. Another bakery come coffee shop which is always busy! If you happen to be in town then head for the branch at Wembley Square.
Surfer’s Corner, Beach Rd. Tel: +27 (0)21 788 2909 and +27 (0)462 4183.
4. Olympia Café, Kalk Bay. A Cape Town favourite – this relaxed spot on Kalk Bay Main Road has been popular for years for a reason. Sit at the bar counter in front of the window and watch the happenings in the harbour over the road.
134 Main Road, Kalk Bay. Tel: +27 (0)21 788 6396.
5. Empire Café, Muizenberg. You will find this gem hidden down a side road in Muizenberg. Aim to sit upstairs and enjoy the view over the breaking waves dotted with surfers.
11 York Road, Muizenberg. Tel: +27 (0)21 788 1250 .
6. Common Ground Café, Rondebosch. Located upstairs at Common Ground Church this café has a fantastic view of Devil’s Peak and Rondebosch Common. A great spot for breakfasts and a quick cup of coffee to start your day after the school drop off.
23 Milner Road, Rondebosch. Tel: +27 (0) 21 686 0154.
7. High Tea @ Farriers Centre, Wynberg. One of my favourite pretty places in the Southern Suburbs. Situated at the Farriers Centre just off Constantia Main Road in Wynberg this tiny coffee shop serves the most amazing cakes. I love the savoury muffins in a pot. Sit outside in the French-style garden surrounded by beautiful fountains and box hedges and don’t forget to pop into Smitten afterwards…
53 Constantia Road (Access from Whitby Road), Plumstead. Tel: +27 (0)21 7971 421.
8. Bird Boutique Café, Bree Street, City Centre. As I live in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and don’t venture into town very often this was introduced to me by a friend who lives in the City Bowl. It is a minimalist space in a beautiful historical building, furnished with crates and planks but all very charming. All the décor, and even the soundtrack, relates back to the name!
127 Bree Street, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0) 021 426 2534.
9. Food Barn Deli, Noordhoek. Tucked away in Noordhoek Farm Village is this lovely deli and bakery. The croissants, pies and millionaire shortbread are all recommended. I love the walls lined with books that you can exchange and the cosy atmosphere. A great spot for bad weather days and a spot of reading.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane. Tel: +27 (0) 789 1390.
10. The River Café, Constantia Uitsig. One of my long time favourite places is this lovely restaurant located just off Spaanschemat River Road in Constantia. I love the beautiful garden and have enjoyed a few too many of their Eggs Benedict in my time! A place for a special treat or birthday brunch as they are a bit more expensive than most but so worth it!
Spaanschemat River Road Constantia Uitsig Wine Shop. Tel: +27 (0) 794 3010.
One last favourite of mine, which is a little further to travel, and therefore not a venue for a quick pop out coffee, is The Meeting Place in Simonstown. If you are keen for a longer lunch with a group of girls then don’t miss this stunning spot! 98 Saint Georges Street, Simonstown. Tel: +27 (0) 786 5678.
I hope you agree with my selection. If you know of any other coffee shop gems I might have missed please do share them in the comment section below. I’m always keen to find a new spot.
images: Kathryn Rossiter