Cape Town is many things to many people. Home to some of South Africa’s most important historical sites, gorgeous beaches, and dramatic mountains, it’s one of the world’s top tourist destinations. But in more recent times, it’s also become a hub for business and creativity. That means there are plenty of freelancers looking for places to get their work done.
Serving these freelancers, the wider business community, and the general public are a wide array of coffee shops, lounges, and coworking spaces.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Formerly called Issi, this Bree Street coffee shop is a really comfortable place to settle down and do some work. Its name change happened after it started offering nitro-brewed coffee and Kombucha.
The WiFi is excellent and the wait-staff are really friendly. Start going regularly and they’ll have your “usual” order down to pat in no time at all.
The walls also function as a revolving art exhibition, so you’ll never be bored when you look up, desperate for inspiration.
Situated in Claremont’s Harfield Village, Twigs with Beans is one of those places where you’re always likely to see a large number of people hunched over their laptops, occasionally sipping on a hot brew.
Best enjoyed a few hours at a time, the WiFi is solid, the food’s good and affordable, and the coffee’s pretty damn good.
As we’ve previously written Workshop 17, located at V&A Waterfront, offers some of the best views of any coworking location in the world.
While its various offerings – including meeting rooms, hot-desking, and event spaces – are primarily aimed at startups and entrepreneurs, they could easily be used by freelancers from time to time.
If they seem a little dear to you though, there’s ample seating around the W17 café, making it an ideal place to work solo or for meetings with potential clients. Should you take that option, you will eventually have to pay for WiFi though.
With locations in Newlands, Stellenbosch, and Bree Street, Hazz shows the kind of following you can build when you combine great coffee with excellent service.
Hardcore Hazz devotees would rather walk over hot coals than face the thought of working at another coffee spot.
If you start to get bored of the entrepreneurs and business types who dominate the locations we’ve listed above, then Ta-Da! represents the perfect opportunity for a change-of-scenery.
Situated in the ocean-side suburb of Muizenburg, the place is popular among the surfers. But even if you’ve never touched a board or donned a wetsuit, the Ta-Da! is a great location to work from. We recommend sitting at the window-side counter, if only for the fact that you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see surfers riding waves every time you look up.
Vredehoek, the suburb that’s home to Red Sofa Café, is situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. That means you’ll be treated to some incredible views as you pull up to this unique café.
Originally built as an add-on to a popular DVD shop, Red Sofa Café has built an excellent reputation of its own.
With fast, free WiFi, plenty of power points, and Deluxe Coffee, it’s a really great spot for freelancers.
In 2015, UK newspaper The Telegraph named Truth one of the best coffee shops in the world. In its review, it raved about the shop’s unique steampunk-themed décor. Thing is you could strip away all of Truth’s décor and people would still queue up for its coffee, hand-roasted in a vintage cast-iron drum.
Be warned though, anyone wanting to work at Truth in the height of Summer is likely to encounter hordes of tourists.
It’s a comfortable lounge at the top of Table Mountain that comes with fast WiFi and plenty of food and beverage options. Do we really need to tell you any more?
If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up with your laptop (just make sure you’re in a large group) or take the cable car up and enjoy the incredible views while you get your work done.
Situated on bustling Long Street in the middle of the Cape Town CBD, Lola’s offers an airy, simple and unpretentious atmosphere (something that can come as a welcome relief in the oh-so-cool heart of Cape Town).
It’s worth noting that Lola’s has longer opening hours in Summer, something that’s especially useful if you’ve had meetings in town all day and want to miss traffic.
Located in De Waterkant, Loading Bay is a firm favourite with agency and creative types. As well as great coffee and delicious meals, Loading Bay also allows you to peruse an exclusive range of menswear and try out the Aēsop Skin care range.
If you’d rather work, you can park yourself at the counter or a table and do that too.
In a city as large as Cape Town, there are bound to be some amazing working spots we’ve missed. Please let us know about your favourites in the comments section below.