Coffee & Roasteries

Coffee – Cape Town – “Rcaffe”

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Stumbling down Long Street early one morning last week, I was in dire need of a good caffeine fix – ahead of meeting up with my lawyer – which as you know, is often not the most pleasant thing to do at any time of the day, let alone when all good citizens should still be safely ensconced in their pits and in the arms of Morpheus…

However, I digress, "Rcaffe" (I am told it is pronounced “aar – café) is a real gem and a great find, right in the heart of good old Cape Town! (For those who can remember that far back, it is where the old "Yellow Pepper Deli" was situated). And – it's in Long Street close to The High Court and Huguenot Chambers (why the reminder of all things legal I ask myself?)


The doors open at first sparrow wotnot – again, a good sign of true dedication to the art of good coffee making. And boy, do they make good coffee! It seriously did the right things to my head.

Yearning for a "Cafe con Leche" al la Buenos Aires style, I chose a Caffe Latte – and was not disappointed – I was instantly transported across the seas, reminiscing of travels past, and of all things decadent….

Talking of decadence, my "dulce-dar" is always on the lookout for pastries, or "Dulce de lece" that meet my rather queer peculiar tastes. Look no further! All desserts and pastries are baked on premises. I cast my eye over the display cabinet and found Greek Shortbread; Baklava; Phyllo Cigars filled with Belgian Chocolate and much, much more. Although I won't divulge exactly how many of these I ordered, I will only say that each and every one of them was superb.

Owners Sharon & Julian Segall (previously of Oakhurst Farm Stall, Hout Bay) adopt an extremely "hands on" approach – and consequently, service was both friendly and slick – despite it being jam packed with people from all walks of life (even the legal fraternity seem to hang out there….!).

Check out the awesome photographs on the wall, taken by a very talented local photographer, Tammy Gardner. She has trained her eye onto things unusual on Long Street, and in so doing, has created highly novel and unusual visual records of this ubiquitous Street.

The breakfast menu included items such as "Danish Feta Omelette"; "Smoked Salmon English Muffin"; and "Ricotta Omelette Sandwich". As my sweet tooth had gotten the better of me, I could not partake – but it at least gives me one hell of a good reason to return as soon as possible.

The lunch menu looks equally tempting – and includes a plethora of Sandwich and Wrap options; Salads (the Gorgonzola and L'entrecote one's sound divine); Quiches and Lasagne's.

The meeting with my lawyer went surprisingly smoothly – in part, no doubt, due to the great start to my day.

Rcaffe – you rock!

Contact details:

Rcaffe Coffee Shop
138 Long Street
Cape Town
021 424 1124


  1. these people are the masters. U can tell they absolutly love the coffee bussiness and know what they’re doing. u can feel it from the thought put into every sandwich, where the combination of sauces, vegatables and various other goodies is so rich and carefully perfected, from the incredible creativity and innovativeness of the entire manu, from the visual appearance of this place…
    this place has the highest standards I’ve yet encountered, and I loved the honest enthusiasm with which this review is written- not many critics have the integrity and good faith to fully acknowledge a good thing when they meet it! well done, and well deserved.

  2. Hear hear! Their food is amazing. The chocolate thingy is really good – and I’m a fanatic of chocolate thingies. Florentines, if they still make them, are better than Olympia’s.

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