Cape Town’s Bree Street has become the latest epicentre of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops daring to do something different, and the newest kid on the block, Dapper Coffee Co., is doing something quite extraordinary. The new coffee shop spot is co-located with the equally new classic and luxury sportscar showroom, Club9, on the corner of Bree and Strand Street with the two co-existing to create a stylish setting where classic car enthusiasts and Bree Street frequenters can roll in for coffee, enjoy a laid–back lunch, have their wheels polished and possibly even purchase a Porsche on their way out… (one can dream, right?).
Club9 is owned by seasoned car collector and specialist, Dirk Molsen, and will feature mostly classic Porsche models. Club9 gets its name from the fact that most models of Porsche begin with the number nine – for example, the 911, 993, 996, etc. Other classic beauties like Austin Healey, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo will also be showcased. Many classic cars are bought in South Africa only to be exported, but Dirk is truly passionate about his cars and keeping them in the country. So if you are a serious buyer and share his sentiments then your key to one of these beauties, is proving this to him. Once you’ve cracked the nod, you’re a Club9 member for life. A good place to become acquainted is at Dapper Coffee Co.
Dapper Coffee Co.’s customers are taken care of by Dirk‘s wife and son, Lauren and Alex (Molsen). The café is a place where club members and passers-bys can enjoy a coffee, a quick bite or a leisurely lunch designed by accomplished chef, Luke Wonnacott. The menu is based on local and seasonal delights, and will dish up plates such as mushrooms on brioche toast with radish and watercress salad, or slow-stewed chickpeas on toasted sourdough, topped with poached egg and crispy pancetta.
As for the coffee itself? Sweet and complex with long lingering flavours, Dapper Coffee Co.’s Special Blend coffee is the perfect accompaniment to take in the cool, classic cafe interior designed by Toni Unterberger from Rivets and Rockets.
What’s more, The Dutchmen Car Care Clinic run by well-established Johan Botha offers a specialised car detailing service inside the shop. So your precious collectible car can be polished and spruced up while you’re relaxing, looking dapper and drinking coffee.
Dapper Coffee Co. is open from 07:00 – 17:00 weekdays, serving breakfast from 07:00 until 11:30 and lunch thereafter. On Saturdays the café is open from 08:00 until 15h:00 and on First Thursdays from 07:00 until late. Club9 is open from 08:00 – 17:00 on weekdays, 09:00 – 14:30 on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays and public holidays.