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Cape Town Culinary Tours

The Cape Town Coffee Experience

Walk the Streets, Sip the Brews!

Embark on a journey through Cape Town’s vibrant coffee scene with “The Cape Town Coffee Experience!” Join us as we delve into the heart of Cape Town’s dynamic coffee culture, an industry that has shown remarkable resilience through challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. Guided by our expert tour leaders, you’ll traverse the city’s iconic landmarks, diving deep into the history, artistry, and evolution of the city’s coffee culture. From insightful chats with baristas and roasters to hands-on experiences with multiple brewing techniques, you’ll gain a rich understanding of the dedication behind each cup. Explore, learn, and immerse yourself in the aromatic allure of Cape Town’s coffee. Ready for a brew-tiful adventure? Let’s go!

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What Our Customers Say About Us

261 reviews on tripadvisor
  • star rating  Cape Town food tour - Justin was an excellent guide!
    Nice variety of food and drink -restaurants/pubs/coffee shop.
    Offered great exposure and reference for future reservations.

    BJCov
    September 28, 2022
  • star rating  A great taste of Cape Town - First off Elsje was amazing since we had to rebook this tour 3 times due to the pandemic. Very flexible and accommodating, which was really appreciated. The tour was great. Not just the food and drink but an overall informative experience learning about Cape Town. Our guide Justin was on point with everything. I am not even a coffee drinker but enjoyed the coffee at Origins. My wife and I learned so much about coffee including how it is made decaffeinated. The food at Cafe Charles was very good, especially the Bobotie, which we look forward to making ourselves with the spice kit we were given when we get home. The pairing with the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc was perfect. The next stop was fun, casual, sports bar vibe - The Fireman's Arms. Here we enjoyed 3 different types of beer and the food of choice for us was the Cornish inspired puff pie. Good sports talk with Justin here. The last stop was at the Misfits the by Ideas Cartel for a gin tasting. My wife isn't a gin drinker but did like the varieties that didn't have the "piney" taste. The most unique part of this was that each gin was paired with a homemade ice cream. All the ice creams were good, but the basil ice cream is a must. Justin then took us to a Biltong shop where sampled and purchased some Biltong before ending our day. Excellent way to learn some about Cape Town and experience a variety of their food culture.

    Matthew G
    August 3, 2022
  • star rating  Phenomenal tour - One of our favorite parts of our 3 week trip to Cape Town. Highly recommend this tour early in your trip to acquaint yourself with local history and culture. Ask for Justin, who was a fount of knowledge and an in incredible guide. He caters to your personal preferences and his love of SA shows in his attention to detail.

    cbaumgart34
    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  Justin,our guide, was excellent.

    If there was an app that covered everything in CT (geographical,political,edible,educational,drinkable,geopolitical,ecological,environmental sports,cultural) it should be called “Just Ask Justin” as he knows just about everything.

    We had a great tour of parts of CT that we had not seen previously despite many visits. Excellent F&B and things that we had not tried before.

    Thoroughly recommend.

    avatar thumb JPHIGH
    February 8, 2023
  • star rating  So much fun! - We are in agreement with all the other reviews .Justin is AWESOME!!! It was just us with him and he made us feel like I stand friends! We had so much fun and had an awesome afternoon learning some Capetown and SA history while learning about the food and wine of this amazing country. Take the half day to spend with Justin.you won’t regret it!

    Also the communication with Elsje was very friendly and welcoming.

    sunnyarbormom
    December 18, 2022
  • star rating  Perhaps the best way to get to know Cape Town! - Wow! This operation rocks. They have something for everybody. From coffee, to bobotie, to koesisters, to wine. Oh, and there's a good dose of culture and history thrown in too. Justin has been our guide twice and he is a wealth of great information. Do yourself a favor and take this amazing tour.

    andrewrice
    January 29, 2023
  • star rating  This was our first time doing a food tour and I must say we loved every minute. The tour started at at Origins coffee roasting shop, I learned so much about coffee and got to taste fresh coffee beans and had a delicious Pasteis de Nata.
    Our second stop was at the cutest African restaurant called Cafe Charles where we had bobotie with rice and some tasty bubbly, it was so delicious. Our tour guide Justin gave us an amazing download on the history of Capetown. Our third stop was at an Irish pub called The Fireman’s Arms we had a flight of beer and a nice meal there. Again everything was delicious and Justin provided more history on the Cape. Our last stop was at this place called Misfits By The Ideas where we tasted a flight of Inverroche gin and had a delicious variety of ice creams to top off the day. Before we parted ways Justin gave everyone a seasoning pack and recipe for bobotie. Not sure when I’ll be brave enough to try cooking it, but it was definitely a nice and thoughtful add to the trip.
    If you are debating about booking, don’t hesitate, just book it, you won’t be disappointed. Justin and his team will make your day!

    avatar thumb kreneebw
    February 4, 2023
  • star rating  Great experience and tour.
    We had a fantastic day, highly recommended. Alongside the food and drink that we fully enjoyed, the tour around the neighbourhood and the history that Justin shared with us made this a memorable occasion and one of the highlights of our holiday. Justin was a great guide and nothing was too much trouble. We booked this tour through Trailfinders and we will also share our recommendation with them. Thanks Justin!

    avatar thumb JanM500UK1
    February 17, 2023
  • star rating  We had a fantastic experience with our tour guide, Justin. He was super amazing. His knowledge about the cuisine, culture, architecture and infrastructure was amazing.
    It was so much fun, way more than we had anticipated.
    We also enjoyed the fact that they made sure we had a customized experience, and they were so sweet to make it a special couple experience.
    It was also lovely how we walked through to all the spots, something we would not ordinarily have done without Justin’s guidance in a new place.
    They went over and beyond our expectations! Keep up the great work!

    avatar thumb Stephrui
    January 19, 2023
  • star rating  Great into to Cape Town! - We had a wonderful tour with Justin. We ended up touring on a national holiday, so they had to adjust the plan ahead of time, but we thought it was perfect! We loved all the places we went and felt like we got a good feel for Cape Town. Justin also gave us a great history lesson and is very knowledgeable which I'm so glad was a part of the tour. We compared all bobotie to the first taste we had on this tour and we loved the blind wine tasting at the end. Justin walked us back to our car and sent us recommendations for other restaurants while we were in town. This is a must-do in Cape Town!

    annmarieb278
    January 16, 2023

What to Expect

Join us in celebrating one of Cape Town’s most cherished culinary delights—the thriving coffee scene! As local coffee enthusiasts ourselves, we are passionate about showcasing the diverse and ever-growing coffee culture that Cape Town has to offer.

In recent years, Cape Town boasted approximately 50 remarkable roasteries. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of many beloved establishments. Despite the challenges, we have handpicked the city’s finest coffee roasters that continue to thrive. Through this experience, we aim to not only immerse you in exceptional coffee but also shed light on the origins of South Africa’s coffee culture and the art of coffee roasting. Get ready to embark on a caffeinated adventure!

Under the guidance of our knowledgeable and enthusiastic coffee tour guide, you will be led through the streets of Cape Town, exploring its beautiful landmarks as you make your way from one coffee destination to the next.

During the tour, we will introduce you to passionate baristas, skilled roasters, and perhaps even the visionary owners who fuel this caffeine-driven city. Gain insights into the intricacies of coffee production, from the sourcing of beans to the roasting process. Expand your knowledge and experiment with various alternative brewing methods, elevating your appreciation for the art and science behind a perfect cup of coffee.

As you venture through the city, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas that make Cape Town a true coffee lover’s paradise. Learn about the stories behind each coffee shop, the unique brewing techniques they employ, and the distinct flavours they bring to the cup. Embrace the opportunity to explore your own backyard and join us in experiencing the caffeine high that defines Cape Town’s remarkable coffee scene.

Enquire now and join us for an unforgettable coffee experience. Let’s dive into Cape Town’s thriving coffee culture together!

FAQ

Our experiences are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.  If we believe the weather will significantly jeopardize the quality of your experience, we will offer you plenty of notice in the event of a cancellation.

To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance as spots fill up quickly. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling our team directly. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique experience. Imagine walking through Cape Town eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals. Let us show you how easy it is to fall in love with Cape Town!

Yes! While our tours are offered daily in English, we also offer tours in Afrikaans by request. Please contact our team for more details.

We do our best to accommodate your dietary and allergy needs. As long as we are given advance notice at the time you book your experience, we can arrange for alternative tastings. At this time, we are unable to accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets. You are absolutely more than welcome to join us on the tour, just keep in mind that there may be some tastings that you may have to avoid. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our operations team directly.

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