There are few people that I consider a friend and when you get to spend a quick few hours with that person, there is ONLY one thing we will be doing. Being a little indulgent by visiting a few of Cape Town’s “hip and happening” coffee bistro’s.
So, it give me great pleasure introducing my most talented friend, Amilinda, aka “The Little Hedonist”.
Her words, my photos enjoy!
Twenty-four hours, two breakfasts, five cups of coffee, one lunch and way too much cake. Throw in a girl with crazy hair and another with a big appetite, and you get the most epic #collab opportunity right here in the Mother City! Her photos and my words. Who am I talking about? Come with us to Deluxe Coffee Works for a catch up…
Three course meal…
They say a cup of coffee shared with a friend, is happiness tasted and time well spent. So, when one of your favourites is in town for a fleeting “fly-by-night” layover in Cape Town, who am I to say no to a foodie adventure?
She’s inspired thousands across the globe with her jaw-droppingly beautiful sunrise and sunset images. She is quirky and weird and completely socially awkward. She wears frilly skirts and prides herself on her crazy hair and even crazier sense of humour. She’s a nerd at heart and a complete #fattie when it comes to good food. She’s a caffeine junkie and a cinnamon twist connoisseur. The cherry on the cake: she’s one of South Africa’s favourite Instagrammers and an ambassador for our beautiful Garden Route. None other than the #justlucky #starvingartist, Sharyn Hodges.
We almost missed it completely. Wedged between a car dealership and some seriously old buildings in the popular suburb of Gardens, you’ll find the newest home of the Deluxe CoffeeWorks chain. In an alley, hardly broad enough for a single car to drive through. There’s no shop front or door as such; just wooden tables with umbrellas and monstrous plants covering the tiny entrance. No signage. Blink and you’ll miss it.
We were met outside by a super friendly member of staff with sincere handshakes and introductions, inviting us inside for a caffeine fix. I experienced a strange sense of familiarity; as if we’ve always visited here; as if we’d known these people for a long time. It was a feeling of opening the front door to a long-lost friend. Maybe even a twinge of nostalgia? After our eyes adjusted to the dimly lit interior, she handed us over to the barista, Liam, who explained the different coffee options – their most popular brews are flat whites and black Americanos. Well then, one of each, please!
Whilst the barista prepared our steaming cups of coffee, we were invited to have a further looksee of the interior – they are in the process of adding a pizza parlour and bar to the tiny, exposed brick and wood-laced venue, we are excitedly informed. Now, I never struggle for words, but I’ve been mulling this over for a few days now. The only word that comes to mind to describe the décor is eclectic. But good eclectic, not bad eclectic. Could one call it “vintage-grunge?” But again, very modern vintage-grunge, not paisley-and-crochet-bad vintage-grunge. Edgy. Underground. We were both instantly in love with the moody vibes and off the wall décor.
We settled down at one of the wooden benches to catch up. In between animatedly babbling about this and that, our eyes wandered to the giant chalkboard menus that lined the far side of the space. Here you can build your own customised breakfast, or opt for a selection of tacos and other light eats for a lunch. The offerings look seriously enticing, and caters for all tastes and preferences. Unfortunately, we’ve already had a pre-breakfast breakfast. Their open kitchen is confident in its operations; here you can watch your food being prepared from start to finish. Next to the kitchen, you can catch a glimpse of the barista doing his magic with the coffees. They use a selection of fair-trade beans imported from all over the world. Their house blend deserves a write-up of its own.
The music was mellow and jazzy, the atmosphere honest and the company exquisite. We idled an hour or two away whilst pondering life over dark cups of coffee, discussing human relationships and the incredible earth that surrounds us. We enthused about opportunities taken and day dreamed about what is still to come. This was the perfect place for those existential types of conversations you have with your favourites from time to time.
The place gradually filled up as the day grew older, but still we sat, hands wrapped around warm cups of caffeine. Every table was now filled with small clusters of friends, individuals engrossed in their laptops, hippy tourists posting #coffeeart pics to their Instagram accounts, business people meeting informally. Everyone was united around a common goal; the thirst for quality roasted coffee, done the proper way.
Deluxe CoffeeWorks in Roodehek Street is the perfect spot to escape reality for a bit. It doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. It’s a Capetonian backstreet gem. It lures you away from the rush and bustle of the city, inviting you to linger longer over your coffee. It offers patrons an alternative spot to work; where the people are friendly and the atmosphere is loaded with earnestness. This is where good people are making good coffee; nothing more, nothing less.
Child friendly: 6
Value for money: 9
Return trip: 10
8.9 Smash-Its out of 10
Amilinda Wilkinson is the mouth behind The Little Hedonist. She is a small town girl with a big appetite. When she’s not at the office, she explores, writes about, photographs and indulges in this fragile adventure we call life. To find the perfect eatery in Cape Town.