Whether it’s a flat white, latte, or espresso that tickles your fancy, coffee culture has taken the world by storm and Cape Town is no exception. Playing host to what is arguably some of the best coffee roasters globally, the city is the playground for talented artisanal roasters and baristas who whip up a taste sensation in a cup
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In order to ensure that you try only the best during your stay, here are some of the most popular coffee hot spots in Cape Town:
1. Truth Coffee Roasting
Recently dubbed the world’s best coffee shop by The Telegraph UK, Truth Coffee describes their produce as a religion. Not only will you be treated to an award winning, gourmet coffee experience, but adding to the atmosphere is their ‘steampunk’ inspired décor, filled with metal piping and old machinery. With a focus on flavour over bitterness, their coffee is hand roasted in a vintage cast iron drum made with beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, India and Rwanda. They also have tasty breakfast and lunch options available.
Opening times: Mon – Thurs: 7am – 6pm, Fri: 7am – 10pm, Sat: 8am – 6pm, Sun: 8am – 2pm
2. Bean There Coffee Company
This eclectic coffee shop, based in Wale Street, sells single origin coffee blended with the best beans carefully sourced and selected in Africa from countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. Bean There Coffee Company is not only renowned for their coffee, but are also South Africa’s first roaster of certified Fairtrade coffee, an ethical certification that recognises traders who promote sustainability in the farming sector by ensuring fair payment to protect farmers against volatile price drops for the product. This decadent coffee is roasted in small batches with a focus on creating a perfect balance between aroma, body and flavour. And, catering especially for the adventure-seeking Capetonian and traveller, guests are able to stock up on what they call an ‘adventure kit’ which consists of an AeroPress, Porlex Mini Grinder, two enamel mugs and a 250g bag of DR Congo – perfect to take along when exploring the great outdoors in Cape Town.
Opening times: Mon – Friday: 7:30am – 4pm
3. Origin Roasting
Origin prides themselves on their hands-on expertise in all aspects of the coffee crafting process – from creating blends and roasting beans, to the Baristas who are trained in-house to ensure all Origin coffee is poured with style and sophistication. At their Headquarters in Greenpoint, guests will get to experience the full scope of their mastery which includes meeting the artisans, watching the roasting and even sit in on a coffee tasting session.
Opening times: Mon – Fri: 7am – 5pm, Sat – Sun: 9am – 2pm
4. Deluxe Coffee WorksDeluxe
Coffee Works can be found just off the City’s trendy and bustling Long Street. Deluxe Coffee Works only produces two types of coffee: a signature house blend ( their claim to fame), as well as a decaf version called Decaf Brazil Santos which is 100% chemical free with a complex, yet balanced aroma. The house blend is described as smooth, full-bodied, rich and chocolatey and is made from a blend of beans from Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia.
Please note that this establishment does not offer food or wifi – only pure unadulterated coffee.
Opening times: Mon- Friday: 7am – 5pm
5. R CaféR
Café, renowned for their coffee produced by resident barista Sibongile, offers a rich and complex blend with a bittersweet tang and hint of chocolate. The flavour carries beautifully into hot milk, making it perfect for cappuccinos and lattes. This unique, artisan blend is made up of beans from Ethiopia, India, Brazil and Costa Rica. Established in 2004, R Café is one of Long Street’s veteran haunts known for its vibrant, bohemian and romantic feel. With quirky décor and friendly staff it’s the perfect place to relax for lunch or to start off the day. Boasting an extensive menu with dishes ranging from breakfast, to fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and homemade burgers, R Café provides an exciting option for everyone.
Opening times: Mon – Fri – 5am -17pm and Saturday & Holidays 8:30am – 3:30pm
With a vast array of restaurants within the city centre, deciding where to eat can be challenging – but in a good way! Whether you have a yearning for something local or unusual or perhaps a taste of home, the Mother City is host to a variety of dining cuisines. While there are many traditional cuisine restaurants, such as local burger joints, pizza parlours, French themed dining spots and sushi bars, to leave you spoiled for choice, exploring some of the more interesting cuisine styles is a different alternative – and recommended!
To help you find some of the best cultural restaurants, we have divided some of our top picks into three categories: African, Indian and Middle Eastern. These dishes go over and beyond anything you would expect, resulting in a meal that is sure to be a highlight on any trip to Cape Town.
For Indian Cuisine in Cape Town:Bukhara
33 Church Street (+27 (0)21 424 0000)
Rated as one of the best Indian restaurants in Cape Town, Bukhara serves a variety of authentic, delicious North Indian dishes that appeal to vegetarians and meat eaters. A spectacular Udaipur marble floor, opulent décor, attentive team of staff and delectable menu are just a hint of what’s to come at this fine dining establishment. Open for lunch and dinner, Bukhara’s menu highlights include Tandoori Chicken Champ, Lamb Barra Kabab and Paneer Tikka to name just a few.
167 Long Street (+27 (0)21 424 6772)
For a more relaxed Indian dining experience, the eclectic Bollywood inspired décor and style of Masala Dosa will make this eatery worth a visit. It’s open from noon until 22h30 (closed on Sundays) and serves up affordable dishes and takeaways in a relaxed setting. Menu highlights include South Indian vada (lentil doughnuts stuffed with spices and coconut), aloo tikki (gluten-free potato dumplings) and dosa (rice and lentil crepe stuffed with various meat or veggie fillings), along with other delicious treats.
For African Cuisine in Cape Town…
178 Long Street (+27 (0)21 424 8634)
A long-time favourite on Long Street, Mama Africa is open from noon to 15h00 for lunch, and from 18h30 to 23h00 for dinner. As the name suggests, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming – and true to traditional African culture. A menu full of South African dishes offers affordable delights ranging from game – expect everything from kudu to warthog and even crocodile – to bobotie, samosas, seafood and local desserts, such as malva pudding.
Addis in Cape Town
Corner Long Street and Church Street (+27 (0)21 424 5722)
Open daily from lunchtime until 22h30, Addis is where you can enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Halaal diners, vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike will have plenty to choose from on the menu, which includes a cocktail selection, as well as a variety of tasty mains, starters and platters. Be sure to try the injera (long, thin pancake used to scoop up stews and sauces) with a flavoursome meat or vegetable wot (traditional stew).
For Middle Eastern Cuisine in Cape Town…
95 Plein Street (+27 (0)72 435 6006)
Open for lunch and dinner, from 11h30 to 23h00, Midtown is a stylish restaurant serving up contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. Dishes are varied and affordable, with various platters and selections on offer for vegetarians and meat eaters. Cold mazza dishes range from Baba Ganoush to home-made hummus, while hot dishes include beef and chicken shwarma, Shish Taouk and other delicious options.
68 Church Street (+27 (0)21 424 4664)
This Kurdish restaurant has been an established dining hotspot for many years, and is a great place for authentic Middle Eastern food, as well as entertainment, décor and overall ambience. Large kilim cushions, antique copper tables, shared meze platters that are cooked on a traditional wood fire and a warm, inviting atmosphere are all part of the package. Meze platters include plenty of vegetarian options, as well as chicken and lamb dishes for meat eaters. There are also set menus available along with a range of traditional Kurdish main dishes, including vegetable and chick guvech options, kebabs and beyiti.
Of course, if you’re in the mood for some contemporary fusion cuisine with a hint of American chic, be sure to try our very own Sinatra’s Restaurant located on the Ground floor of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’d like help making bookings during your stay, our 24-hour concierge is here to assist with any reservations.
Holiday festivities needn’t wait until the end of the year to be celebrated. The popular Christmas in July wine tasting evening returns to Pepperclub Hotel & Spa on Thursday 21 July 2016 – with the perfect accompaniment of Diemersfontein Wine Estate’s Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage.
Incorporating all elements that whimsically bring the festive Christmas-holiday spirit to life, the evening will include festive themed canapés, live acoustic music provided by local rock-violinist, Hezron Chetty, and a wine tasting session hosted by Diemersfontein where guests can try a number of the brand’s most-loved varietals, such as the Diemersfontein pinotage, merlot, sauvignon blanc and Carpe Diem Malbec.
Hosted in Pepperclub Hotel & Spa’s ground floor, Paparazzi Bar and Piano Lounge, the evening not only offers a convenient and central venue to meet and catch up with friends, but also a chance to shake the winter blues and savour local sounds and tastes with the activities lined up for the evening.
The intimate and casual Christmas in July wine tasting evening will take place from 17h30 to 20h00 on Thursday, 21 July 2016. No booking is required and entry to the evening and wine tasting is complimentary. For further information, please visit the hotel’s Facebook page or follow the fun on our Twitter page.
Date: Thursday, 21 July 2016
Time: 17h30 – 20h00
Venue: Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, Paparazzi Bar & Lounge, Corner of Loop and Pepper Street, Cape Town
For further information and queries, contact Pepperclub Hotel & Spa on 021 812 8888 or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
A common question asked by visitors travelling to South Africa – the southernmost tip of Africa – is about what type of weather to expect during the winter season, and whether a visit during this period is enjoyable. The answer is yes – not only is the weather pleasant, but specials offered during this period enable travellers to explore the country for significantly less.
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Many visitors would be surprised to discover that South Africa’s winters are far from the icy cold, snow-laden winters experienced in the northern hemisphere and that often drop close to or below zero, preventing visitors from exploring the destination.
During a typical South African winter, between May and July, visitors can expect weather conditions that are somewhat varied across each region of the country, but for the most part, are fairly consistent and mild. Temperatures generally range from four or five degrees Celsius (39 to 40 degrees F) – at night / early morning – to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees F) for coastal towns like Cape Town. While a few provinces, such as Gauteng and the Northern Cape, may experience weather below -2 degrees, it is also possible for other regions, such as the North West and Limpopo province, to reach up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees F) heat. In fact, the weather is so mild that South African winters are often humorously compared to British summers.
To give you an overview of typical South African temperatures in winter, the following minimum and maximum ranges can be experienced across major cities:
According to the South African Weather Service, most major storm warnings are limited to cold fronts and rain, with no risk of hurricanes or tornados. In most of the higher lying areas in the interior – such as Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria – the weather is characterised by dry, clear, sunny days that are a crisp and fresh, with cool nights. Warm jackets are always advised but if travellers are coming from a country that receives harsh winters, it’s likely they won’t feel the cold all that much.
In Cape Town, winter is the rainy season. This means a few days of overcast, wet weather with occasional storms – turning the countryside into beautiful shades of green. Cape Town is however known for its more moderate weather in winter – so expect a few days of warm and clear weather conditions, and pack a mix of clothing to suit the varied weather conditions.
In contrast, there are a few regions of the country that receive their annual rainfall in the summer, and are therefore accustomed to warmer winters. For example, much of KwaZulu-Natal has dry, warm weather, and low-lying areas of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng also tend to experience warm, dry winters, with snow limited to the higher mountains, such as the Drakensberg mountain range.
Rest assured though – no matter what the weather holds during your stay in South Africa, there is always something to keep visitors occupied – in- or outdoors.
Possibly one of the best parts about travelling to South Africa during winter is being able to take advantage of the huge variety of winter specials offered by many restaurants, tourism hotspots and accommodation establishments. Find great two-for- one, family-orientated discounts or half-price deals – such as our own wonderful Winter Special package rate where you can take advantage of a one-night stay for two people, including breakfast and dinner (limited to R500 per couple) for only R1900.00 incl. VAT, terms and conditions apply.
To experience a truly magical Cape Town winter, be sure to book your stay at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.
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