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great coffee shops for cyclists in cape town

The city of Cape Town is surrounded many scenic roads which are amazing for cycling. But what to you feel like most on a long ride? Coffee obviously. We all love a good coffee ride. There is many great coffee shops along the best cycling routes in Cape Town that are cycling friendly. We have listed our favourites below, in no particular order 🙂 We have taken the following into account; location, bicycle friendliness, coffee quality and pastry quality.

1) the roost coffee

The Roost Coffee Shop in Noordhoek is a cozy and vibrant cafe nestled in the heart of the beautiful coastal town. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it has become a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike.
The coffee shop is conveniently situated at the bottom of Chapman's Peak Drive, which is the most popular cycling destination in Cape Town.
The coffee shop welcomes cyclists and even horse riders with ample space for bikes and plenty of informal seating outside. There is even a roof offering some shelter from the rain should you get caught in the rain on a winters day.

The Roost gets its pastries from the Noordhoek Deli which is across the parking lot, these are phenomenal. Don't miss the Chelsea buns.
The coffee shop even sells tubes, tyre levers, Co2 cartridges and more spares.
They definitely know how to steal a cyclists heart.

Pro tip: in season the coffee shop can be overrun with cyclists, locals will go to the Noordhoek Deli for coffee and pastries instead.



Old Cape Farm Rd, Crofters Valley, Cape Town, 7979

2) arthurs mini super

Arthur's Mini Super is a delightful coffee spot in the heart of town. They specialize in serving excellent coffee made with care and expertise. With its cozy atmosphere and friendly service, it's the perfect place to grab your morning pick-me-up or enjoy a leisurely cup with friends.
The food is good here a quick breakfast at the end of a ride is a great option.
Arthur's is just off the main cycling route making it a lesser known gem. The truly local cyclists do frequent it from time to time.
Arthur's is also a great place for a beer and a snack post ride.



15 Arthurs Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060

3) deus cafe & bakery

Deus Cafe, located in Host Bay, is a unique and vibrant coffee destination that offers much more than just a caffeine fix. With its eclectic blend of a coffee shop, motorcycle showroom, and art gallery, Deus Cafe creates a captivating atmosphere for coffee enthusiasts and creative souls alike.

Deus has a bicycle rack and an outside seating arrangement which makes it ideal for a quick coffee.

Pro tip: If you feel like more then just a coffee and a pastry, there is a restaurant as well, head around the side of the building and you will find a courtyard where you can enjoy a lovely breakfast. There is a spot for you bicycles there as well.



140 Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806

4) clarke’s bar 

and dining room

Clarke's Bar is a hip and happening restaurant in the heart of Cape Town city. Very popular amongst the young working professionals. Clarke's is known for it's relaxed atmosphere and good food.
You will find a delicious coffee and a good breakfast for a steal of a price there in the mornings.

They have a great outside seating arrangement with a bike rack, which is perfect for us cyclists in summer months.
They don't discriminate, so you will be able to go inside on cold mornings 🙂



133 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

5) South Yeaster bakery

All credit to: Carl Jones and Jared Kieser for the video. Rider: Anya Bruwer

This tiny bakery situated in Hout Bay is easily one of the best bakeries in Cape Town. From delicious coffee and croissants to artisanal sourdough, which leaves you wishing for bigger pockets.

Chapman's Peak follows after Hout Bay which makes this the perfect spot for a coffee and some sustenance before or after taking on the climbs of Chapman's Peak Drive.

This is a brother and sister team which explains the extreme quality. Such a small team needs a break, that is why they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Keep in mind they are open from 8am onwards between Tues-Sat.



5 The Promenade, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806

6)olympia bakery

Olympia Bakery is a renowned bakery located in a vibrant neighborhood. With a rich history spanning several decades, it has become a beloved institution for locals and visitors alike. The bakery is known for its artisanal bread, pastries, and confections, all crafted with meticulous attention to detail and using high-quality ingredients. From crusty loaves of bread to delicate pastries, Olympia Bakery offers a wide range of delectable treats to satisfy every palate.

Due to the delicious and wide variety of pastries this is a favourite amongst cyclists. This is more of a takeaway spot, but there are some tables outside. These overlook the stunning Kalk Bay Harbour.



16 St Johns Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975

7) the sweetest thing bakery

The Sweetest Thing as the name suggests is a charming bakery situated in Simon's Town. This cafe is in a beautiful Cape Dutch house.
The coffee maybe doesn't compare with some of our other options here, however the pastries are out of this world. The pastry chef who owns the place has actually won some awards for her pastries.

There is some seating on the street.
However if it's extremely hot there is a somewhat secret courtyard in the back, with space for bicycles.



82 St George’s St, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7995

8) bootlegger coffee company

Bootlegger Coffee Company is an institution amongst cyclists in Cape Town.
The coffee remains consistent at all of their branches we have listed our three favourites below, which are all along popular cycle routes.
Also known for their delicious banana bread and smoothies, this is a great place to refuel on long rides.
Breakfast and lunch are also available.



Bootlegger bakoven – 38 Victoria Road, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005

bootlegger Tokai – 38 Victoria Road, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005

bootlegger district six – The Harrington, 50 Harrington St, District Six, Cape Town, 8002

9) saint james coffee shop

Saint James coffee shop is a neighbourhood coffee shop in Observatory. Definitely some of the best quality coffee in Cape Town and it is welcoming to cyclists. Some of their baristas are avid cyclists themselves.

Good vibes and good coffee, it's a little bit of the main cycling route in the area but it is well worth the detour.



43 Station Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925

10) the village hub

The Village Hub is located in Scarborough, Cape Town. There are a number of options here, from the deli downstairs to Sopra an italian restaurant upstairs. You will also find artisanal wooden bikes and surfboards in the center.
While Scarborough is very much along one of our popular cycling routes it is far out and there's not much else on offer beyond that area. Luckily the Village Hub can offer great coffee, pastries and delicious meals. This place has saved many a bonking cyclist.
There's a great courtyard where you can sit down and there is a bike rack at the entrance.

Scarborough is a small hippie town on the outskirts of Cape Town, it is one of the most beautiful places you will visit.



2 Watsonia Lane, Scarborough, Cape Town, 7975

At Kaap Tours we include many of these coffee shops in or guided cycle tours, we believe no ride is complete without a good coffee. Click below to see our guided cycle tours.