Top Five Coffee Shops


Any decent journalist will tell you that the industry runs on caffeine, so we’d be in the know when it comes to where to find the best coffee in town. Without further ado, here’re our top pick coffee shops in Johannesburg.

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The Whippet

What used to be the Linden Hotel is now one of Johannesburg’s most famous coffee shops and milk tart spots. But let’s focus on the coffee for now, shall we? The Whippet is a fan favourite and a hit amongst tourists for some reason. Maybe it’s got something to do with the good coffee? Of course, it does! Either way, their americanos are brilliant, their espressos potent and the lunch menu is something out of a midsummer night’s dream. The baristas are all good at what they do and super friendly. Add The Whippet to your must-have coffee bucket lists, please.

Bean There

Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world and with it comes the ups and downs of big industry. Thanks to Bean There and its massive investment in fair trade coffee from Ethiopia many farmers and farm workers in the region have access to things such as running water and medical aid… and these improvements to the working condition has spilt over into every cup of coffee served at the Bean There Cafe at 44Stanley in Milpark.

The Grind Coffee Co.

The most Instagrammed coffee in the world can be found at Melrose Arch inside a cycling store… yup. Dayne of The Grind Coffee Co. is quite passionate about java and this shows in the flavours and aroma that is brewed up in every cup – or cone – served at his coffee shop. They also serve deli styled sandwiches, and cold brew for those hot summer days.

Warm & Glad

One of the prettiest coffee cafes we’ve been to would be Warm & Glad in Craighall. Their cappuccinos are works of art and the food menu is something you should check out for sure. The coffee is specifically sourced and roasted to resemble cutting edge design and luxe living. Do yourself a favour and go check Warm & Glad out.

Double Shot Coffee & Tea

We don’t want to pick one above the other but… Double Shot in Braamfontein holds a very special place in our hearts. Artisan coffee would be the best way to explain what’s going on at this little shop in the city. The owner roasts up a fresh batch of their in-house blend each morning, so you know it’s fresh. Double Shot also serves muffins, cookies and pastries for those who feel like a nibble… oh, and they also serve craft teas… yeah, craft teas is a thing.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been to any of our favourite coffee shops? Let us know if the list is missing one of your hangouts and we’ll be sure to check it out. Sharing is caring so show this to that caffeine addicted friend of yours. 

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