These work-friendly eateries, café’s and coffee shops provide the perfect space for productivity.
The nature of the typical work environment is changing. Thanks to WiFi, Skype and Google Docs, companies can function successfully with staff members working remotely. Professionals no longer feel the need to be chained to their desks from 9am ’til 5pm. You can be as productive from your bed as you are sitting in the office – and restaurants have started to notice.
We used to scoff at people who’d type away on their laptops in public but we’ve recently become one of them.
When we need a change of scenery and a charge of creative energy, we simply head to my local coffee shop, connect to the free internet and get my work done.
Coffices are extremely convenient when I’m on a food tour because we don’t miss my deadlines, and we get to grill the wait staff about the local food culture and where we should go for my next meal.
Below are our fav coffices in Cape Town:
Melt Cafe – CBD
Owners Ayla & Andy always have a throng of loyal customers at their Long Street location. Whether you want chai with almond milk, a piping cup of hot chocolate or the Gypsy toasted sandwich on rye, you’ll always be served with a smile.
Enjoy the attentive staff while you work, or plug in your earphones and you’ll certainly be left alone but be sure to get a seat at the counter by the window so you can people watch when you need the distraction. Cape Town is filled with some of the wackiest, most wonderful personalities and Long Street is the runway for most of them.
Address: 235 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Hours: 9AM – 4PM
Phone: 021 422 1603
Field Office – Woodstock
One of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs is crowded with coffices. If you want a quiet place to enjoy a loose leaf tea and Caprese Panini, while across from you a bearded hipster sits next to a crackling fire, sweating out the website for his touring bicycle business, then this is the place for you.
The staff is lovely, the atmosphere is inviting and the menu is enticing.
Address: 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Solo Restaurant – CBD
The small and intimate eatery is ideal for the professional looking to get work done in a quiet and relaxed environment. You can work in the main restaurant of soak up the sun in the courtyard.
Solo has a carefully curated menu that changes in accordance to the seasonal ingredients they manage to source locally. Don’t think that means you’ll be paying an arm and a leg to eat and work from here. The prices match most of the budget-friendly restaurants in the area.
Address: 99 Loop St, Cape Town, 8001
Hours: 8AM – 4PM
Bootleggers – Green Point
Boasting barista’s that are easy on the eyes; we must admit we patron this coffee-house for more than the fast WiFi and salted caramel popcorn milkshake. Bootleggers is always bursting with energy. If you can’t find a seat at this popular location, there are three other franchises across the city.
Address: Ground Floor, Chelsea on main, 37 main road,, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005
Hours: 6:30AM – Closes 9PM
The Burrow – Salt River
We happened upon this gem nestled at the heart of Salt River when we visited Cape Town in June. Forming part of a fantastic gallery that supports local artists, The Burrow is a must visit. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating – you’ll feel like you’re hot desking with a bunch of mates because within minutes the staff make you feel like family (and even proof read your copy when you need a fresh pair of eyes).
The menu is humble but every bite packs a piquant punch.
Address: Salt River, Cape Town, 7925
Mustacchio – Gardens
At the corner of Kloof Street and Orange-Street-meets-Buitensingel-Street, among the commotion, you’ll find this quirky cafe. Though there is always a symphony of car horns and hordes of pedestrians rushing to and fro outside, you won’t hear a thing from when you cross the threshold. Order a coffee or two and the staff will let you stay as long as you like. Conveniently located, when you’re done you can either head down Long Street or up Kloof Street to enjoy a couple of rounds of sundowners with your mates.
Address: 8 Kloof Street Shop 1, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001