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Beat the loadshedding blues at these coffee shops

Loadshedding has become something we (unfortunately) plan our days around lately. Whether you work remotely or in a small office space or you’re a stay-at-home parent, loadshedding will affect your day in one way or another.

Luckily for you, Stellenbosch has some of the coolest coffee shops that not only serve up delicious food and drinks but are also fully functional during the dreaded loadshedding stages.

Here’s your guide to beating the loadshedding blues in Stellenbosch.

Basic Bistro
31 Church Street

The most local, most cosy ‘hidden gem’ in the heart of Stellenbosch that you will find! Owner-run for over 15 years, this place feels like an Italian family run bistro and anyone can feel welcome here. Insane coffee passion, large meals, great wines and beer. Often called ‘my favorite place in Stellenbosch” by hundreds of locals – and we personally heard this quote as far as Mossel-Bay!

Insider tip: Early bird catches the worm with their delicious R40 breakfast specials. Trust us on this one.

Get in touch: 021 883 3629 |

Bootlegger Coffee Company
15 Ryneveld Street

Welcoming, vibey and the perfect place to catch up with friends, colleagues – or to grab a spot and fire up your laptop. Opening at 06:30, this is where the morning buzz is in Stellenbosch, whether it’s the first cup of joe for those on their way to work, the cyclists, runners or just simply starting your day the right way, Bootlegger is the place to be.

Inside tip: Their ‘Magic Coffee’ is just that – a magical three-quarter flat white that is just about the perfect way to start your day. And don’t forget a slice of freshly baked banana bread.

Get in touch: 087 238 2695

De Warenmarkt
Cnr Ryneveld And Plein Street

Inspired by the Cape of Good Hope’s legacy as a trading post along the maritime route that led to the alluring Spice Isles, De Warenmarkt brings you a range of delectable specialty meats, crepes, baked goods, craft beer, coffee, fresh Saldanha Bay oysters, sparkling Simonsig MCC & much more. Immerse yourself in the rich and diverse cultural heritage that established the Cape as one of the world’s most important culinary destinations.

Insider tip: Definitely the friendliest baristas in town! And their waffle station is a must on any visit.

Get in touch: 021 883 2274 |

Lanzerac Deli
Lanzerac Estate, No. 1 Lanzerac Road

The very best in fresh and artisanal produce, the quaint Lanzerac Deli is a favourite breakfast and lunch destination amongst locals and tourists alike. Indulge in only the freshest breads, cakes and pastries (baked daily), aromatic coffees and a selection of South Africa’s finest charcuterie and cheeses used to create flavourful sandwiches and platters. These can all be enjoyed in the courtyard, beneath giant Oak trees or inside the cosy venue.

Insider tip: Remember to add a freshly baked slice of cake to your coffee. The carrot cake is a favorite!

Get in touch: 021 887 1132 |

Le Siemma Cafe Bistrot
86 Dorp Street

Le Siemma Cafe Bistrot offers a wide variety of authentic French dishes in a casual seating. Croissant and coffee for breakfast or our traditional Croque Monsieur. Light bites to share, cheese and charcuterie platters, and a wild range of typical regional dishes from France. Wide selection of French and South African wines by glass, carafe or bottle.

Insider tip: Escape to the bustling streets of Paris in our own Stellenbosch and start your day like any Frenchie; a croissant (or two) and a nice strong coffee.  

Get in touch: 021 493 4235 |

43 Church Street

In the heart of Stellenbosch, this small eatery is nestled between the oak trees at 43 Church Street. From their locally sourced coffee & freshly baked pastries to their carefully curated menu offering an array of authentic heart-warming meals, they aim to serve you with the same love and passion that originally inspired the name.

Insider tip: A breakfast lover’s delight. Their breakfast selection will leave you spoilt for choice – from their classic eggs benedict to flavour sensations like their shakshuka and asparagus + parma breakfasts.

Get in touch: 021 007 3999 |

Oude Werf Restaurant
30 Church Street

A plate for every palate Oude Werf’s dining history began with the hearty 19th Century country dishes of the legendary Hotel owner, Tant Betje Wium. Today, classic dishes at a splendid restaurant with an in-situ kitchen, large fireplace and vine-covered courtyard is served. Lekker eet! Guten appetit.

Insider tip: For a tea experience fit for the King, make sure to book a special Dilmah Tea Pairing. Pre-booking essential.

Get in touch: 021 887 4608 |

Senobias at Eendracht
161 Dorp street

Senobia’s @ Eendracht is open every day for breakfast and lunch. Patrons can enjoy good wholesome South African cooking. The Blackboard Menu offers daily specials, seasonal food, and traditional Stellenbosch dishes.

Senobia’s also offers a selection of refreshing drinks, snacks, delicious coffee and organic teas.

Insider tip: The Huddle Room is the perfect space for you to get the work done with access too plugpoints, wifi and aircon. The best part (besides the delicious coffee), you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy this space.

Get in touch: 083 448 1154

Vadas Pasteis de Nata & Café
36 Ryneveld Street

On the beautiful tree-lined streets of Stellenbosch you can find the Pasteis de Nata & Café. A café dedicated to this scrumptious treat. Experience delicious treats, aromatic coffee and the perfect spot to cure those loadshedding blues.

Insider tip: The only thing you need to know is that this is by far the best Pasteis de Nata you will find. Get there early to grab the fresh ones first!

Get in touch: 021 809 1137 |

It’s hard to find fault with Stellenbosch: sweeping vineyards, majestic mountains, award-winning wines, and a fantastic ‘village’ feel that beckons you back again and again! Javaphiles (that’s coffee lovers to you and me) are also spoilt for choice, as coffee culture in Stellenbosch is thriving!

The coffee culture amongst our beloved Maties is especially booming. So, we had a chat with 2 Maties students, with an IG account dedicated to coffee (and wine), for their and their fellow Maties’ top 5 coffee run spots in Stellenbosch. Click here to read the blog.