Best Coffee Shops to Work at in Cape Town

With exam time coming up and the feeling of anxiety creeping in, we thought we might help you get comfortable. The library can get stale and old, so we’d recommend getting outta there. We’d recommend going to some of Cape Town’s best coffee shops that we think are the best for studying.

Here’s the list of the Best Coffee Shops for Studying in Cape Town:
  1. Courtyard Café – Kalk Bay

Courtyard Cafe is a great coffee shop to work at in Kalk Bay that offers views of the ocean and mountain.

Couryard Café is an awesome spot in Kalk Bay that has views that will make studying a pleasure. The Café is big, comprising of an inside section, courtyard and a terrace. They’ve got decent coffee, big tables and views of both the mountain and the sea. If you’re looking to change your scenery and glance out at the ocean, we’d definitely recommend Courtyard Café. Courtyard Cafe is located on 48 Kalk Bay Main Road.

  1. Cafeen – Claremont

Cafeen is a good study coffee shop in Claremont.

Cafeen is a cosy little spot situated on the border of Kenilworth and Claremont. We’ve included it on the list because it’s centrally located, and it’s got plenty space to study in. The big tables are fantastic for spreading out your stuff and setting up for the day. They’ve also got food that will rock your world, that is if you’re willing to pay a pretty penny. The windows look out onto a beautiful park and mountain in the background, so it’s great for mid-study day dreaming. Cafeen is located on 41 Third Avenue in Claremont.

  1. Ecco il Café – Salt River

Ecco in Salt River is a student special offering cheap student food in Salt River with a great coffee shop to work in.

Ecco il Café located in Salt River is already a favourite for many students. It’s a cool spot with superb staff and coffee that will get your taste buds to tell you to work. They’ve got fantastic student specials on food ranging between R30 and R50 so be sure to bring your student card. There are windows all around and plenty of big tables to get comfortable in. They’ve also got great wifi and lots of plug points so feel free to bring your laptop. Ecco il Cafe is located under the Devil’s Peak Brewery on Durham Road in Salt River.

  1. Importers Coffee Specialists – Newlands

Importers Coffee is a local coffee shop to work in in Newlands.

Importers is a coffee shop that I’m sure many suburban students already know about. Located on Kildare Road, it’s conveniently located for anyone staying in Newlands or Claremont. Their coffee is really good, and their food is brilliant too. If you’re looking to camp out all day, I’d recommend having a big breakfast. Then I’d set up base and order a couple reasonably priced baked goods to settle your stomach throughout the day. Importers Coffee Specialists is located on 24 Kildare Road in Newlands.

  1. The Dogs Bollocks – Gardens

The Dogs Bollocks is a coffee shop perfect for working and studying in Cape Town.

The Dogs Bollocks is one of my personal favourites because it’s a coffee shop that just makes you feel cool. Blues tunes blare in the background and the big tables are perfect for spreading your books far and wide. The staff have great chats too if you need an extrovertive break, but be warned, they might swear at you. Their coffee is divine, and their menu has a good couple bargains on it. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a great atmosphere hidden from the madness of the city. The Dogs Bollocks is located on 6 Roodehek Road in Gardens.

  1. No Fixed Address – Observatory

No Fixed address is a coffee shop on Lower Main Road in Observatory perfect for studying or working.

If you want to get out of the library but love books too much, No Fixed Address is for you. That place has recently been refurbished but the books remain. It’s got big long tables, books on the wall and an outside area if you’re looking for some melanin. Their coffee isn’t the best in Observatory, but it’ll still give you the caffeine rush you require. The relaxing and friendly atmosphere will be sure to put you square on into the study zone. No Fixed Address actually does actually have an address and is located on 76 Lower Main Road in Observatory.

  1. The Drawing Room – Observatory

The Drawing Room is an illlustrations coffee shop in Observatory with big tables and space for working in Cape Town.

The Drawing Room has got to be one of the most creative coffee shops in Cape Town. Situated under the Observatory bridge, it’s filled with flavour. As you sit at their large lovely tables, you’re surrounded with illustrations, art and graffiti. It definitely makes you feel more at ease while crossing sections of studying off your list. The coffee is also fantastic so there’s also caffeine if the art doesn’t get your blood pumping. The Drawing Room is a real Obs classic and located on 87 Station Road.

  1. Roxy All Day – Woodstock

Roxy All Day is a great coffee shop with cheap coffee in Woodstock. It's a great place for meetings in Woodstock

Roxy All Day is a character filled coffee shop that will make you feel like you’re studying in the 70s.  This spot is especially great if you’re an early riser because the coffee is only R10 between 7am and 11am. The food is damn divine too, offering everything from snacks and pastries to full-on meals. Doesn’t matter if you’re a couch lounger type of studier or a straight up table person, they’ve got both. If you’re looking for a spot filled with character and won’t break your wallet, Roxy All Day is for you. Roxy All Day is located on 216 Albert Street in Woodstock.

Writer: Sebastian Daniels

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