The aroma of freshly ground beans is like a drug… able to transport you to nirvana. And with the proliferation of great coffee in South Africa there’s no excuse to settle for so-so coffee on #InternationalCoffeeDay. That’s today, 1 October in case you didn’t know.
Sadly some of the best halaal coffee spots have closed down due to the financial crisis brought on by COVID-19. Spots like Timbuktu, Batavia Cafe and Kahvé Road will sorely be missed. Some new places have opened so here are some of our fully halaal finds where awesome coffee is the name of the game.
Seattle Coffee Company
One of my favourite coffees is from Seattle Coffee Company. They have perfected their flavour and get it just right every time. At least for me. Find halaal outlets at these branches of Fresh Stops at several Caltex garages. Fresh Stop Doncaster Road, Kenilworth, Fresh Stop V&A Waterfront, Fresh Stop Main Road Kenilworth. Fresh Stop Greenways, Gordons Bay, Fresh Stop Salt River.
Against the Grain Coffee Shop, BoKaap
This fairly new spot in the city has an urban hip, relaxed vibe in the Bo Kaap serving their carefully sourced signature blend of coffee and Malay fusion cuisine.
Bootlegger, 3 Anchor Bay
Bootlegger Coffee Company has long since been the go to place for those who won’t settle for mediocre coffee. Now we’ll also be able to enjoy their fully halaal coffee shop menu at their Three Anchor Bay store which has been converted into an ICSA certified halaal store.
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Upcycled Café, Benoni
A destination spot where the creative owners have poured their energy into every piece of furniture and décor in the place. Every item of furniture has been repurposed from something that may have just ended up in the scrap yard. Think of a loveseat for 2 made of an old 1950’s style car fender. Chairs fashioned from vintage wooden cooldrink crates made comfortable with bright pillows and fabrics. Oh and a good double shot cappuccino!
NOMAD Creative Dining, Sandton
This spot brings all the flavours from around the world to one place. The menu is creative and unusual. Think Burgers with Cheetos, and fried mac ‘n cheese balls… We loved this colourful rainbow cappuccino on their menu. Their Melrose store has closed but they are now doing the pop-up scene and plan to open for sit-down again soon.
Mugg and Bean, Killarney
A sophisticated eatery in Greenside, serving healthy meals that are Banting, Diabetic and Vegan friendly. Known as an anti-ageing eatery you can look forward to guilt-free sweet treats to go with your flat white, latte or cappuccino.
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Antique Cafe, Morningside
Journey to the leafy suburb of Windermere to the picturesque Antique Café. It is a period-style maze of dining rooms and display rooms selling antique furniture, clothes and other items. The back leads to a garden with an eclectic mix of rustic tables and chairs under a canopy of trees. It is really pretty and serene. We had a laid back brunch here of Fried eggs and Macon open toast with sweet potato fries. It’s a great spot for light meals and breakfast.
Le Kreamery, Berea
A trendy cafe specialising in exciting desserts and beautifully presented meals. A great spot for coffee and something sweet.
Fig & Koi Restaurant, Morningside
The sophisticated Fig & Koi restaurant is situated in the St. James on Venice Boutique Hotel. It has a lovely outside area complete with water feature Koi pond. The century old Fig tree creates a mystic forest look and is a major attraction for all the Instagram pictures you so love to take! Enjoy your leisurely coffee on the terrace or in the herb garden.
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