Stop and smell the coffee

There is no other author who has expressed the wonder of coffee so effortlessly than Terry Pratchett in his book Thud! – “Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.”  We certainly know how to steal time with the delightful choice of coffee shops in Johannesburg.

Here are some of our favourites – all cosy-close to our Johannesburg Guest Houses.

Croft and Co in Parkview. Owner run and managed, with two magnificent Nelson Makamo murals on the wall, one long communal workspace, lots of smaller tables, and a teeny courtyard area.
Their motto: Coffee. Gourmet food. Craft beer. Good company. What more could you need?

Close to Rutland House, Ailsa Craig, Amanzi Guest House, Craighall Garden and Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse:

Motherland in Dunkeld and Rosebank. The organic coffee beans are divine. There’s a long bar counter where you can plug in, gorgeous leather couches, with counter style service, quick and hassle free. Through fair trade practice, and the pursuit of social justice, the Motherland group sources a variety of beans from a number of respected African coffee producing co-operatives and small farmers, paid for at a fair price.
Their motto: A movement that reclaims Africa’s coffee heritage.


Bean There Coffee Company at 44 Stanley. At this quaint and airy space, you can witness first hand the roasting process whilst enjoying your cup of cappuccino or espresso. They have many coffee-making products and beans for sale which include free delivery for orders over R300.
Their motto: South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee.

Close to Melville Manor Guest House:

The IT Corner in Melville. This is Joburg’s most cosmopolitan meeting place. You can hear different accents and many languages spoken, either from the nearby guesthouse visitors or from the backpackers or NGOs in the area. They have daily lunch specials, aromatic Moroccan Mint Tea, excellent prices, and also offer IT help and back up.
Their motto: Where work meets life.