Saint James – Observatory

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Wifi: Yes
Parking: Street
Plugs: Yes

Monday : 7 30am to 5pm
Tuesday : 7 30am to 5pm
Wednesday : 7 30am to 5pm
Thursday : 7 30am to 5pm
Friday : 7 30am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 3 30pm
Sunday: 8am to 3 30pm

Address - 43 Station Road, Observatory, 7925
Phone - 079 761 8627


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  • Saint James Observatory is the trendiest coffeeshop in the Observatory Coffeeshop area.
    Saint James is the trendiest spot in Obs for sure.

The First Ever Review

Parrots, dogs, you name it. It seems like Saint James Observatory serves em’ all. “This place is unique and simple… and very dope” were the words that Darlington (Local Saint James Barista) used to explain the soul of the Saint.

The clinging of the cups, the aroma in the air, banging through with the morning sun flair. We arrived to find the place packed with people from here, there and everywhere. An Americano and a Flat White under way, this kicked us in the ass to start our day.

The coffee takes you on a journey, starting with a smooth sip followed by a fruiti’ nutti’ explosion rounded off with that proper coffee power. Saint James is aesthetically pleasing with simple decor including plants, pictures, people and a glow of natural light.

We sat down, coffee in hand and listened to the sounds of the stereo band. A range of artists with the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Manu Chao, the National, Bonobo and the Broken Bells. We then tucked into a pecan carrot cupcake and cream cheese & pumpkin muffin, both beautiful in their own right, not too sour, no too sweet but made with the love of the local baker, Philosophy of Yum.

“It’s not about the bean, it’s about the barrista’s hand” said Amy Murgatroyd, a local Saint sipper and in all fairness, we believe she’s right. Barista’s Darlington and Tapiwa sure have the special hand. Their hearts are in it to deliver that extraordinary cup of Joe to get you on the go.

Whatever you need for that morning hustle the Saints got your back so go check em’ out at 43 Station Road, Observatory.

Writers: Sebastian Daniels and Brett Wegener

If you’re looking for something a bit more chill and easier to work, try That Place on Lower Main Road, a coffee shop in a book store.

Looking for something completely different but in the same area, try our Observatory Restaurant guide.

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