Fish Hoek is a ‘dry’ town where no alcohol can be sold, so coffee culture has become important. Here are six great coffee spots in Fish Hoek.
Words and images by Sue Adams
1. Stag Coffee Company
Good service is what you get here. All the staff are super friendly and there is a daily newspaper always available. The menu is small but interesting with frittatas, quiches and cakes which are all homemade. Only a short walk from the beach it’s convenient and central and my quiche and cappuccino were excellent.
2. Chalk and Cheese
This little coffee shop is a real home from home. With book-lined walls, interesting gifts, comfy couches and delicious homemade cakes you could stay here all day and never get bored or hungry. Keith Corbett and his mom, Heather, are attentive and relaxed. This is a definite must on a rainy day.
Recreation Road opposite Stag Coffee Company: 021 782 0373
3. C’est la Vie
Also in Recreation Road this little shop is renowned for its freshly baked breads and tasty coffee. The shop has a kitchen like feel with the bread on racks to help yourself. The place buzzes and is tiny so you might have to wait for a table.
4 Recreation Rd Fish Hoek: 083 676 7439
This is a family business explains Alistair Horton. “My dad used to own Compass Bakery and our family experience is all in retail and bread and baking.” They make all sorts of baked goods and the shortbread and choc chip biscuits are in high demand. Don’t forget to try their gourmet pies but get there early. The Silver Spoon Coffee Shop is tucked in the corner of Hortons or you can choose to sit outside on the street and drink their Kalk Bay roasted Damn Fine Coffee.
021 782 0598. 5 Triangle Court, 1st Ave. Fish Hoek
5. Beachcomber Bistro
If you want to sit and drink a cappuccino and watch the sea then this is the place. It has that old-fashioned beach holiday tearoom feel but the coffee is good and the waffles and scones are sublime.
6. Antler Coffee Company Tuk Tuk
If you want to have your feet in the sand on the beach then this is the ultimate. The tuk-tuk is in the beach parking from 6 to 9am and the coffee is excellent. Barista, Mike Brown, is always ready with a smile and a quip.
NOTE: Fish Hoek has its own brand of coffee, Heart of the South Coffee, specially made for the centenary, which can be bought at Horton’s Bake Shop, Chalk and Cheese in Recreation Road or through Sarah Brown.