The Best Coffee Shops in Stellenbosch and Surrounds

Words: Tam Selley

The Winelands are home to numerous wonderful things besides their obvious prefix. The picturesque landscape surrounding this region of the Western Cape means that many establishments capitalise on these spectacular views. For this reason, plenty of coffee shops find a home between the jagged mountains and valleys in Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Franschhoek. We’ve done our research and round up some of the best coffee shops in Stellenbosch and the surrounds.

The Best Coffee Shops in Stellenbosch and the Surrounds

Stellenbosch Coffee Shops

Oude Bank

the best coffee shops in stellenbosch

This Stellenbosch gem, part of Boschendal, is genuinely spot-on when it comes to coffee and everything you can associate with coffee – all the pastries are sure to make you googly-eyed. Be prepared to leave with a few takeaway goodies, everything from wine, coffee beans, pastries, bread and Boschendal farm produce is available.

Good to know: Make sure you have one of their creative pastries with your coffee.

Location: Cnr Bird Street & Church Street, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Thu: 07h00-17h00 Fri: 08h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-20h00 Sun: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 870 4287

Schoon Café

Best coffee shops in Stellenbosch

Schoon has been a well-loved name for years since its first home on the corner of Bird and Church Streets. It has since moved location to the Bird Precinct and has extended its excellence to an additional two cafés, one in Somerset West and another in Stellenbosch. Definitely one of the best coffee shops in Stellenbosch.

Good to know: The real star of the show is their bread. Do not leave without bread.

Location: 3 Bright St, Audas Estate
Hours: Tue-Fri: 07h00-15h00 Sat: 08h00-15h00 Sun: 08h00-13h30
Contact: 079 523 5078

Meraki Café

Meraki Café takes the cake as the prettiest coffee shop in Stellenbosch and they take the cake for some of the prettiest cake too! Step in on a cold rainy day and curl up by the window with your cuppa coffs, or soak up the sunshine on the warmer days at one of their marble tables on the sidewalk.

Good to know: They have the most beautiful desserts and pastries, as well as really tasty café classic meals.

Location: 42 Ryneveld Street Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 07h00-17h30 Wed: 07h00-17h00 Sat & Sun: 08h00-14h00
Contact: 021 887 7703

Blue Crane Coffee Company

best coffee shops in Stellenbosch

Situated in the oldest street in Stellenbosch, Dorp Street, this experimental coffee shop goes to lengths to ensure their coffee follows their mantra of balanced flavour and harmony with food. Blue Crane Coffee Company was born after the success of the well-known eatery in Stellenbosch, Blue Crane and the Butterfly.

Good to know: The Blue Crane and the Butterfly’s name came from a story the owner used to tell his son before bed, see it here.

Location: 141 Dorp St, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-12h30
Contact: 021 883 2938

Somerset West Coffee Shops


Best coffee shops in Stellenbosch

This hole-in-the wall coffee shop is situated in the heart of Somerset West and seats approximately 6 people, but man is this place churning out their home-roasted divine coffees on the hour. Merkava is popular amongst the locals for having the best coffee in town.

Good to know: They have opened a new coffee shop in Cape Town, and they sell their beans at all their stores.

Location: 63 Caledon St, Lionviham, Somerset West | 71 Shortmarket Street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-12h00
Contact: 083 254 4432

Red Riding Hood

Apart from wining and dining, Lourensford Estate is home to a variety of exciting establishments. Red Riding Hood is their small coffee shop, situated between the Millhouse and the Lifestyle store, and serves The Coffee Roasting Company coffee.

Good to know: You can purchase beans in-store.

Location: Lourensford Rd, Lourensford Estate, Somerset West
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00
Contact: 021 847 0536

The Chelsea Café and Bean

Best coffee shops in Stellenbosch

The Chelsea Café and Bean serves up delicious Deluxe artisanal coffee in their delightful farm-to-table coffee shop in Somerset West. They have an array of gorgeous brekkie and lunch options, as well as yummy pastries to have with your coffee.

Good to know: They share the space with Frames & Things as well as a little store inside selling boutique body and homey products.

Location: 91 Andries Pretorius St, Somerset West
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-17h00 Sat: 09h00-13h00
Contact: 021 852 6757

Franschhoek Coffee Shops


Best coffee shops in Stellenbosch

This family-owned establishment strives to produce the nation’s finest coffee, and with their beautiful doggo as their logo, they are definitely going places! They were founded in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and opened their second roastery in Franschhoek.

Good to know: Coffee can be purchased online.

Location: 191 Main Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00 Sat: 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 876 4716

The Hoek

This espresso bar in Franschhoek sits snugly on the corner of Daniel Hugo and Huguenot Streets and serves Deluxe coffee in various delicious forms.

Good to know: They have a beautiful courtyard in the back for warm days.

Location: Cnr Daniel Hugo/Huguenot Street Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Sat: 07h00-15h00
Contact: 079 451 3019


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