A Politicians Paradise in Plein Street
Looking for a hideout in town where you may spot a politician or two? If yes, then Café Colombia is your place, located on Plein Street directly opposite the side entrance to Parliament. They’ve got the coolest Colombian vibe and some mind-blowing art to get your groove into gear.
It’s a real safe haven of sorts, almost like the Switzerland of Cape Town. Politicians from the ANC, DA and EFF mingle like old acquaintances that have never had beef before. I guess it’s because the whole vibe is Colombian and that makes it a neutral space. It’s a beautiful thing to see though. All we hear is negativity shot in all directions about politicians, it’s like they’re at war but when they gather in a coffee shop, the stories of integration seem to look more likely.
Café Colombia is all about being Colombian and cool. Latin music flares in the background making you want to jump up and get your hips moving like you’re the Salsa King or Queen. Café Colombia is squashed into an L-shaped area consisting of a coffee-bar in the front and an art gallery down the side. It’s a really great work spot with plenty of working space and art all around to keep you inspired.
Coffee & Food:
All their coffee is Colombian with two blends on offer. One is an Origin single origin from Colombia while the other is a Colombian blend by Bootleggers. I had a cortado and the presentation was something I’ve never seen before, a double espresso with a glass of frothed milk on the side. This meant I missed out on the microfoam layer on top, but the Bootleggers blend itself was absolutely delicious, packing so much power in its punch that one would think Rocky Balboa was behind the bar.
The food at Café Colombia is fantastic too, made specifically for people on the go but also great if you’re looking to eat all day. They’ve got some real good Colombian delicacies on offer, a different treat for each day of the week. I was there on a Wednesday, so I had a Roscon, which is like a donut but way better. It’s like a sugary donut that has the sweet flavour of a pretzel with a caramel filling in the middle. The menu is reasonably priced with poached eggs with avo on toast costing you R45 while some simple scrambled eggs on toast are a steal at only R25.
Café Colombia is a great place to get some words on a page or to have an out of the office meeting. Located on 109 Plein Street, it’s super central and easy to get to. Pop in and get your shot of Colombian charisma.
Writer: Sebastian Daniels
If you’re looking for something a bit quieter, Haaz Coffee Collective is a great place for a meeting.
If you’re looking for something else in the area, check out our map of Cape Town Central.