Whether it’s the 6am ‘why-isn’t-it-Friday’ grandé, a 7.45am ‘Lord-give-me-strength’ tall on your way to the office or that 2pm ‘get-me-to-5pm’ emergency cuppa . . . we believe coffee is the answer to all problems! And we’re not alone! On our endeavour to ensure that we (and you) always enjoy the best beans while getting your ‘caffeine kick’, we found five, brand new coffee hot spots to try this year …
CAFÉ WITH LOVE
Enjoy the loveliest coffee in a relaxing garden, taking a moment to breathe in the fresh air and listen to the birds chatter at Cafè with Love at Izulu Office Park in Ballito. Owned by Monique, who also started Cooked with Love, this coffee shop uses only the finest quality 100% Arabica coffee beans and are proud stockists of the popular, locally-made Propa Smoothies. They also serve yummy, organic, healthy snacks – perfect for that quick bite on the run. Details: Instagram: @cafe.with.love_sa
SHOOTS & LEAVES
Dose up on happiness with a cup of Blue Bird Coffee Roastery’s “The Friendly Blend” at this lush and oh-so-lovely health food restaurant at 19 Park Lane, Umhlanga Ridge. The soothing atmosphere makes for a relaxing spot to have a business meeting, meet a friend or graft in peace. Pop in for a late morning coffee and stay for their farm-fresh harvest table lunch – a real (guilt-free) treat! Details: Instagram: @shoots_and_leaves_sa or Facebook: shootsandleavesSA
HOUSE OF MOKSHA
If you’re looking for a spot with a view of the ocean, we highly recommend the newly-opened House of Moksha in Umhlanga. ‘Moksha’ means liberation of the soul and that is exactly how you feel while enjoying a delicious Lavazza coffee, expertly brewed at the perfect temperature, while taking in their 180-degree sea view. It’s so relaxing, you might just want to stay for breakfast…and lunch!
Details: Instagram: @house_of_moksha or Facebook: House of Moksha
Très chic French delicacies with a proudly local, eclectic African flair is what French Zulu opposite Ocean Dune Sibaya on Heleza Boulevard is all about. They really mix things up to create this cool hangout where everyone speaks one language – coffee! We are in love with the ceiling greenery, stylish finishes and dedicated work spaces, making this the perfect spot for professionals on the go. Did we mention that they also do things the environmentally friendly way? Love it! Details: Instagram: @french_zulu or Facebook: French Zulu
MARY & JOE
It’s all about love at this gorgeous coffee shop on Chartwell Drive in Umhlanga. Love for food, love for design, love for family, love for friendship and a love for bringing all of this good stuff together. The coffee is served in the most beautiful dark blue cups and the vibey surroundings give you an instant kick and lift your spirits. An absolute must is to pop into the bathroom . . . seriously . . . it is totally Insta-worthy!
Details: Instagram: @mary_and_joe or Facebook: Mary & Joe
Text: Elana Wagner