(Last updated June 2016)
A fun way to get to know a city is to spend a couple of hours in a local coffee shop, watching people come and go. To me, more Harare coffee shops should be on the tourism radar: they’re independent, open-air jewels in the city’s landscape, very different to their overseas counterparts, which can feel generic, dark and overcrowded.
Listen to ladies-who-lunch discuss their children’s rugby games, or eavesdrop on entrepreneurs pitching their latest ideas to investors. Be adventurous – try a freshly squeezed smoothie with Zimbabwean fruits in it (to make you feel virtuous) accompanied by a slice of home-baked chocolate cake (just because it tastes good).
Here are some of my favourite coffee shops around Harare. I’ve added hyperlinks to the business websites so that you can see their maps and opening hours.
My favourite Harare coffee shops and cafes
- The Plot Cafe | Carrick Creagh Rd, Quinnington
- Vanilla Moon | Seagrave Rd, Mt Pleasant
- Pistachio’s | Borrowdale Village
- Bottom Drawer | Belgravia
- Antique Rose | Emerald Hill
- Deli-cious | Borrowdale Village
- Chisi Walk | Chisipite
- Bell’s Coffee Shop | Willowmead, Rolf Valley
- 40 Cork Road Cafe | Avondale
- Queen of Hearts | Enterprise Rd, Newlands
- Vali’s Bakery | Kensington Shopping Centre
- Gaby’s | Travel Plaza, City Centre
- The Shop Cafe @ Amanzi | Enterprise Rd, Newlands
- Theo’s House of Coffees | Enterprise Rd, Chisipiti
- Veldemeer’s | Arundel and Doon Estate
- Amazon Gardens | Arundel School Rd
Many of Harare’s restaurants also serve coffee and light meals, so check those out too. Note that some restaurants and coffee shops in Zimbabwe are closed on Mondays.
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Harare travel guide: Everything you need to know
Day trips from Harare: Includes overnight accommodation
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