In the name of love or coffee
(it’s kind of the same)
If you’re anything like me, then you can barely function without your first cup of morning coffee. Or two. Maybe even three… depending on how much your 5 month old baby slept last night! My general rule in life is “everything in moderation” – except for coffee (and chocolate but let’s not go there).
If you are fortunate enough to have A+ blood like yours truly, then coffee is actually very good for you and you can get away with an extra cup or four. Besides, what else are you supposed to drink while catching up with a good mate and devouring a slice of freshly-baked oversized; sweet yet tangy; lemon meringue pie?
Coffee is the obvious “legal” go-to beverage for a quick pick me up but it can be inspiring too; and if you are looking for a place to get some work done whilst on the move or perhaps you’re just not an “office person”, then a coffee shop with Wi-Fi as strong as its java, is the order of the day.
And that leads me to my top 5 coffee shops, with free Wi-Fi of course;
Café Hemingway’s – Kyalami
Oh so poetic and romantic! With quite a tale of humble beginnings, Hemingway’s has a touch of class and sophistication coupled with a vibey décor and funky menu! It’s the perfect stop for coffee, lunch or to even to host a book club, baby shower, or wicked girls night out (they just opened a bar!) The couches are the perfect sloth space where you can put your feet up, eat cake and get lost in your head of your laptop. Everything is freshly made on site and as organic as humanly possible.
TRY – Chef Engela’s cakes or Chef Shaun’s marvelous wild mushroom pasta!
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The Windmill on Main – Kyalami
Looking for an escape to the country but without the great trek? The Windmill is the perfect rest stop that will leave you feeling like you are miles from civilization, and still connected to the internet. Yes lads and lasses they do have Wi-Fi under the willow tree. This quirky little farm kitchen not only serves great coffee and organic food, but has a wonderful organic farm stall too.
TRY – The salads. Any salad. They are all great.
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The Perfect Cup – Parkview
Well, the name says it all and they claim they have the best coffee in town. Who am I to argue with that? They take their coffee seriously and as far as I’m concerned that’s the only way! The food is wholesome and delicious, and if you are feeling a bit on the adventurous side try their American Toffee flavoured coffee. You won’t be sorry.
TRY – Miemies marvelous muffins
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The Fat Zebra – Linden
I can’t help but love this place, and it’s not just the name. Though honestly, who wouldn’t love a fat, cuddly little zebra waddling about the savannah? This is a cozy little café with great food and excellent service. Think wholesome and hearty with sprouts thrown in. It’s one of those places you pop in for a quick coffee and land up staying for lunch. They don’t take bookings though so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a bit for a table, but that’s ok. Strap on your patient sandals and get with the vibe. Just like a L’Oreal advert, it’s totally worth it!
TRY – Norwegian salmon, seared in a wood fired oven! YUM
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Trieste Café – Greenside
This is a little gem of a place. Who can resist traditional Italian ice cream and coffee? And after you have had your fill, you can take some lasagna home for dinner from the gorgeous deli counter. Naturally though you can also choose one of their delicious Panini’s which are made onsite, and in fact this is a favourite with my vegetarian friends as they have no less than 8 varieties of vegetarian Panini. And did we mention the traditional Italian ice cream for dessert? Bellissima!!
TRY: Pancetta, provolone and trimmings Panini
So there you have it, 5 great places to have your cake and eat it too along with a good cup of coffee and wi-fi to boot. Bottoms up!