Coffee is often referred to as ‘a hug in a mug’ or ‘a beverage that puts one to sleep if not drunk’. I am not too crazy about winter, clearly because it is cold, but I love that I get to wear my cosy knitted clothing and have coffee ‘catch-ups’ with those closest to me.

There are still a few days of winter left and I hope after your time in the Namib Desert, at the intimate Desert Whisper or in the north-eastern corner at Namushasha River Villa, head for a sojourn in Windhoek to treat yourself to a good cup of coffee.

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Here are a few of my favourite coffee shops and cafés that deserve a visit:

Bonsai Bistro

This boho bistro is set in Klein Windhoek, at Elysium Fields Unit 12 on 40 Berg Street. Its minimal décor will lure you in. Lime green chairs and tables are set perfectly outside and a variety of plants are displayed inside.

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It is perfect for the health conscious person as there is a choice of Banting, gluten free, vegan as well as vegetarian options. However, coffee is also a specialty and Deluxe Coffee works coffee is on offer. There is also a selection of lattes and teas, and you can enjoy your drink with an assortment of delicious savoury or sweet healthy treats. Bonsai Bistro is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

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Café Prestige

Located in the central business district, right above the Freedom Plaza 1990 on Rev. Michael Scott Street, Café Prestige offers a quality coffee experience. Soothing jazz, Zouk and Kizomba sounds will invite you in, but it is the cappuccino and chocolate naked cake that will make you stay for a while.

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Do marvel at the captivating art beautifully hung on the walls, exquisite lights and plants spread across the café. Café Prestige is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 4 pm.

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E.a.t (@)

E.a.t (@) is located at the Puma Service Station in Klein Windhoek, on the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Bowker Street. This specialty food and coffee shop provides fresh and tasty food. A variety of quiches, fresh cakes, pastries, sandwiches, Cramer’s ice cream and other Namibian products as well as Slowtown Coffee Roasters coffee is on offer.

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While you fill up your Namibia2Go vehicle with fuel, you might as well grab some coffee. E.a.t (@) is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm.

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Olivia’s Kitchen

This restaurant and deli has it all and a small section is dedicated as a mini supermarket with a focus on artisanal Namibian food brands to suit your gastronomic needs. It is stylish and tables, chairs and crockery are exquisite. This experience might spark a few décor ideas for your home! It is situated in Klein Windhoek at the Am Weinberg Estate on 13 Jan Jonker Street. I am yet to try their coffee, but the chai latte coupled with a quiche or French toast is divine.

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The menu has vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options to fit your dietary requirements. Olivia’s Kitchen is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm.

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Below are more coffee shop and café options:

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One can never have enough coffee, so try a few options with a savoury or sweet treat. Also, don’t forget to take along that friend who is always up for an adventure, as now you’ve just run out of excuses for bad coffee!

What other coffee shops are worth trying in Windhoek and which is your favourite café to grab coffee at?

Author –  I’m Nela, from a small village called Ongha in Namibia. I am intrigued by research, writing and photography as it is an ideal way to gain knowledge about people and the world. And of course… to share it too!