Vinyl and coffee meet at Hard Pressed Cafe

by Karisa

I do love a good multi-purpose space and the new Hard Pressed Cafe at the bottom of Bree St certainly hits the mark in that category.

Part coffee shop, part vinyl store, this is a spot you just have to check out, especially if you’re a music lover…

I popped in recently to meet with owner Yaron Wiesenbacher for a bit of a chat over a cuppa and to check the place out properly.

On the coffee side, they have their own Hard Pressed blend that’s made specially for them and I can happily give it the thumbs up.  Then you can also grab a bagel, salad, or sandwich.  Or maybe even a slice of cake… you know you want to… 😉

I actually had a slice of their carrot cake and I think Yaron was quite impressed by how quickly I hoovered it down.  I mean this girl certainly aint afraid of cake, that I can tell you.  But yeah, it was hands down the best carrot cake I’ve had in ages.  Yaron tells me the talented baker behind the cake is in fact his mom.  Isn’t that just too sweet for words?

Now on the vinyl side, Yaron sources vinyl from all over.  You can find anything from old classics to newly released albums that have been put onto vinyl.  (I have to be honest, I had no idea the vinyl scene was still so big, and that people were still making them – very cool though)

You can expect to pay anything from around the R60 mark to R1000 depending on how special/rare the vinyl is.  Then they also sell turntables if you’ve been wanting to add a bit of vintage flair to your spot.  If I had cash to burn, I’d get myself one for sure.  They just look so much sexier than all the modern tech we have today…

Anyways, enough talking, let me give you a quick tour of the place.  I really love what they’ve done decor wise:

Their album themed chairs are quite possibly the coolest chairs I’ve ever seen…

I asked Yaron to pick out some of his current favourites…

You can purchase their coffee at R70 a bag; Thats their menu up top along with their social media handles; And then you’ll notice at the bottom there that they’re closed on Sundays for a very valid reason…

As you can see it is a very cool spot and hopefully I’ll make my way there again soon.  To pay them a visit yourself, these are the details you need to know:

  • Address: 4 Bree St, Ground Floor, Portside Building (that’s that new tallest building in Cape Town)
  • You can contact them on:



Gugu_A1 Aug 22, 2014 - 12:02 am

Totes love these chairs and love the old feel, decor is on point.

Karisa Aug 22, 2014 - 10:04 am

I’m loving all the quickly coffee spots popping up all over Cape Town. It’s so exciting 🙂


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