It’s no secret that Cape Town’s CBD has been congested for years, and the need for another business district is a top priority. Recent developments within the southern suburbs has seen the rise of Claremont as the solution for the overspill of businesses — which in the long run should aid congestion.
In the midst of the national lockdown, many businesses are still allowing employees to work from home. Craving a change of scenery, many workers have been indulging in ‘away from home’ work spots which offer access to WiFi as well as delicious dishes, beverages, and confectionery to fuel up.
The southern suburbs offers plenty of brilliant remote working ‘coffice’ spots to bring a little bit of brightness to working from home. If you’re in the area and are looking for a cosy spot to work from, here are our picks for the best spots in Claremont and Newlands that will make work feel like play:
Live Inn at Park Inn by Radisson Newlands
In the heart of Newlands, this gem boasts a beautiful work-away-from-home setting and an acclaimed sweet and savoury menu by Chef Chevonne Morris. Catch up on e-mails and indulge in breakfast or lunch. The perfect opportunity to turn work into play and meet up with a few friends once you down tools. This hotel’s operation is run by 20% deaf staff, which makes the visit the perfect feel-good spot! To sweeten the deal, you can also enjoy free WiFi and complimentary parking.
Location: 10 Hemlock Street, Newlands | visit website here.
Twenty on Vineyard
A mixed retail and dining offering, Twenty on Vineyard offers everything from salad bowls and sarmies to coffee and ice-cream. This space is home to a few local brands which are great to support following the knock the industry has taken during the national lockdown. Restaurants and foodie spots peddling their wares include Royale Eatery, Knead, Seattle Coffee Co, and Root Bar. Arrive early and enjoy a treat or two while you getting chipping away at those deadlines.
Location: 20 Vineyard Road, Claremont.
I Love Coffee
A proudly South African social enterprise that educates and employs deaf youth to become baristas, chefs and all learn skills about all things hospitality. Laptop and notebook in one hand and a yummy I Love Coffee almond apple tart in the other equals a recipe for success! The baked goods from this little spot are out of this world, and you’ll be inspired to knock out those deadlines in the buzzing space that is alive with promise.
Location: 103 Garfield Road, Claremont | visit website here.
If you’re after a cosy winter spot with amazing coffee and great bakes, then this is it. Located at the historic Josephine’s Mill, La Cuccina serves delicious breakfast, lunches, and baked treats for everyone to enjoy. The menu offers plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and even gluten-free fare. The food they create is “real and comforting” and they work with many small, local, artisan food producers to bring the menu to life. From local beekeepers and meat curers, to cheesemakers and free-range chicken and egg farmers, La Cuccina is a champion for small local suppliers. The setting is beyond charming and you’ll want to work from there every day.
Location: Josephine Mill, 13 Boundary Road, Newlands | visit website here.
Table Seven at Paradise Road
For this quaint coffee shop gem, Table Seven’s Luke and Katie Wonnacott team up with Zeanne Duminy to bring diners a space to enjoy the best baked treats and savoury eats. The menu includes breakfasts, lunch offerings, sandwiches, and quiche. There’s a deli counter peddling pastries, freshly baked bread, and other bakes. If it’s a beautiful and inspiring space you’re after with drool-worthy food to match, then this is the spot for you.
Location: Shop 5, Cardiff Castle, 58 Main Street Newlands | visit website here.
Each of these incredible spots play a significant role in growing the local economy and being socially conscious and inclusive gems within our community. Tick off work, play and social responsibility off your list by paying these spots a visit this week.