Haas Cafe or Haas Collective started business on February 2010, can be found at 19 Buitenkant Street, City Center, Cape Town. Haas is more than just a little coffee shop but a collective space that combines an advertising agency, artworks and the cafe. Haas is open week days from 7 a.m to 5 p.m and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
My first encounter with the little trendy spot was when I walked pass the cafe towards the train station in Adderley street as my day at University just ended. So, one Saturday morning I decided to go for breakfast and it was an instant hit for me. When arriving the first thing noticeable is just the structure of the building, in all its Victorian styled glory. The black walls just suck you in like a whirlpool. By the door, you are welcomed by friendly staff as well as a creative atmosphere with the different artworks all over. Some of the artworks are for sale, just in case you would want a souvenir.
The main attraction for me would be their coffee. They have a wide range of coffee coming from places such as Brazil and Indonesia. For the fancier taste buds they have the Jamaican blue mountain and The death wish, which is the world’s strongest coffee.
The food menu is very simple but does have a nice variety of baked good, breakfast meals and snacks. The prices are very decent compared to most places, You could have a meal at Haas with just 100 rand or less.
First, I ordered a cappuccino and a friend who had accompanied me ordered hot chocolate. It was in the middle of winter, so the warm beverages were a nice little bit of heaven. For breakfast I ordered the Haaspitality which consisted of sausage, bacon, mushrooms, egg, hash brown,tomato, cheese and toast for 80 rand. My friend had a toasted sandwich with a salad for 60 rand.
For dessert, we ordered the cake of the day which was a baked cheesecake that just melted in your mouth for 28 rand. An additional hot chocolate was ordered as I was still getting cold but my friend felt to try one of their juices.
Everything that we had, the total cost was 231 rand. Realistically, you can get all of this for cheaper somewhere else but then again it is a reasonable price than most places especially if you take the quality of the food into consideration. Haas remains my favourite place to go to and I would recommend it to anyone.