The Epitome of the Ethos of the Bo-Kaap
Batavia Cafe in the Bo-Kaap is an absolute classic with a vibe and really sums up the ethos of the Bo-Kaap. It’s a family run coffee shop that doesn’t skimp on style, offering delicious coffee and food and is a perfect for a midday break.
Coffee at Batavia Cafe:
The coffee here is unreal, surprisingly one of the best in Cape Town. It’s smooth, creamy and damn right delicious. The coffee comes served on a beautiful brown tray alongside a glass of sparkling water, making drinking the coffee an exciting experience of its own. Batavia uses Origin coffee but has been inspired greatly by the growing coffee shop culture in Cape Town. This is evident in their almost perfect presentation.
Opened again just four months ago, Batavia has been working hard through the quiet season to ensure their offering is ready for the Cape Town high season. To be honest, I can’t find one fault in this fantastic find. It’s genuine and trendy at the same time, fitting in perfectly with the cultural community that is the Bo Kaap.
Food at Batavia Cafe:
One of my favourite things about the spot is the fact that it’s 100% in line with the ethos of the Bo-Kaap. Their menu is fully Halaal, offering a truly Malay experience. In their lunch menu, they’ve got Malay plum chicken, deconstructed breyani and a prawn curry which they describe as a spice blend straight out of the Bo-Kaap. If you’re here in the morning, they’ve got a great coffee and eggs with anything special for only R60 bucks.
Atmosphere at Cafe:
Walking through the front doors of Batavia, one is greeted by the bright and bubbly staff that stand behind the coffee counter. It’s woods and whites all around with canvas animals filling the room. Everything about this place screams elegant Africa, all the way down to their African Origin blend.
Walking up the stairs, past the coffee bar, you enter the stylish seating area. In the seating area, you’ll find trendy chairs, hanging baskets and a long green vintage styled bench that covers the opposite side of the room. It’s a superbly comfortable spot with comfortable seating for all and cars passing by to remind you that you’re still in central Cape Town. Don’t worry about the noise though because the calming tunes in the background will keep you motivated and moving.
If you’re looking for a coffee shop with culture and creativity, then I reckon Batavia is your next spot. Pop in and see what it’s all about, located on 114 Church Street in the culturally colourful Bo-Kaap.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels