Best cafés & coffee shops to work from remotely in Joburg

August 23, 2023
cafes and coffee shops to work remotely in Joburg

Remote work has become a staple of modern work culture, and finding the right environment can significantly impact your productivity. Coffee shops and cafes have transformed into bustling workspaces, offering not only quality brews but also a conducive atmosphere for getting tasks done. In Johannesburg, these 10 coffee spots have elevated remote work to a new level, providing excellent coffee, ample seating, and even backup power solutions for those loadshedding days.


1. Bean There Coffee Company

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Known as South Africa’s pioneer of Certified Fairtrade coffee, Bean There Coffee Company is a haven for remote workers. The minimalist decor at their 44 Stanley location in Milpark sets the stage for savoring their single-origin coffee from Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya. With a tranquil ambiance, recently renovated interiors, and a backup generator, this spot is perfect for deep concentration.

Address: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg, 2092

Times: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm & Sunday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

2. The Richmond Studio Cafe

Richmond Studio Cafe

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Started by award-winning photojournalist Antoine de Ras, this cafe at Richmond seamlessly blends coffee and creativity. Vintage cameras and photography decor adorn the space, making it a dream for photography enthusiasts. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, along with a backup generator, you can enjoy toasties and café fare while staying powered up.

Address: 14 Menton Rd, Richmond, Johannesburg, 2092

Times: Monday – Wednesday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Thursday – Sunday, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

3. The Whippet

The Whippet

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Linden’s original neighborhood-inspired coffee shop, The Whippet, boasts a reputation for exceptional coffee and food. A generator ensures a smooth working experience, allowing you to make use of their large communal table or individual benches with plug points. It’s bustling, so bring headphones if you prefer a quieter atmosphere.

Address: 34 7th St, Linden, Randburg, 2104

Times: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

4. The Grind Coffee Shop

The Grind Coffee Company

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Situated in the upscale Melrose Arch, The Grind Coffee Shop is the go-to spot for remote work. Quiet workstations with conveniently placed plug points upstairs cater to focused work sessions. Their signature “Coffee in a Cone” adds a touch of uniqueness to your coffee break.

Address: Cnr Whiteley Road and, The High St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2196

Times: Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

5. Green Dot Cafe

The Green Dot Café

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Green Dot Cafe in Parkview offers a cosy corner for remote work. From iced coffee frappes to Mediterranean flatbreads, the café fuels your workday. With a generator on standby, you can tackle your tasks even during loadshedding.

Address: 148 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Times: Sunday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

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6. Toasted

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Productivity thrives at Toasted, a charming courtyard coffee shop. An inviting red couch indoors and a specially designed outdoor counter provide comfortable workspaces. A generator ensures you stay connected without interruption.

Address: 138 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193

Times: Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

7. Proud Mary

Proud Mary Coffee Shop

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Proud Mary, located in the voco Hotel The Bank in Rosebank, offers a spacious work environment. With a designated long table area and lounge seating, it caters to both focused work and casual meetups. Backup power ensures seamless operations.

Address: The Bank, 26 Cradock Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Times: Monday – Sunday, 6:30 am – 12:00 am

8. Father Coffee

Father Coffee Company

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Father Coffee’s Kramerville location exudes urban chicness in a warehouse-like space. Perfect for focused work, it boasts excellent coffee and a quiet ambiance. Both Father Coffee stores are equipped to handle loadshedding.

Address: The Zone, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Times: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

9. Seam Coffee

Seam Coffee Fourways

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Seam Coffee in Fourways stands out for its commitment to sustainable farming practices. With a strong focus on ethical sourcing, it’s a hotspot for remote work, complete with a generator for uninterrupted productivity.

Address: Unit 14, Building 6, Riversands Outlet Park, 75 Century Blvd, Knopjeslaagte, Diepsloot, 2156

Times: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

10. Motherland Coffee Company

Motherland Coffee Company

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Motherland Coffee Company has embraced remote work as part of its brand identity. With locations like Dunkeld and Rosebank offering ample plug points and welcoming atmospheres, it’s an ideal destination for out-of-office work.

Address: 68 Club St, Linksfield, Johannesburg

Times: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Written by Maegan-Leigh Jacobs

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