Down on the corner of Dorp and Mill, in the picturesque ‘City of Oaks’, is where you will find the Mill Coffee House. It hasn’t always been there though. Not too long ago it was filled with the delights of the Acropolis Café, a typical Greek corner shop. Arno Zacharias, owner of the Mill Coffee House, tells me that this is where he used to visit as a kid to get his fix of sweets. The trusty café closed down and its interior was filled with the furnishings of a woman’s boutique. I imagine it to be the type of place where every item was clad in sequins, feathers or lace – the kind of attire Tannie would wear to a really special occasion.
Thankfully things have changed and the frills have been replaced by a couple of super cool Johnny Loco’s, a Putamayo sound selection and some really good coffee – Caffe Tomeucci to be precise. And along with all this is a breakfast and lunch menu that kicks some serious butt. French Toast, freshly baked mini Danish pastries, paninis, wraps and fresh salads to name but a few. My favourite is the Full Italian Breakfast: Dbl espresso, plain croissant, OJ, cinnamon swirl.
The interior is spacious and uncluttered with soft, cool colours that contrast the wooden floor and ceiling. The walls sport a handful of amazing photographs taken by a local photographer that are on exhibition for the month. The exhibitions change regularly and it’s a great way of keeping the decor fresh and interesting as well as promoting the local talent.
Student coffee appreciation evenings are in the pipeline. Weekly gatherings where students can learn that coffee is not the stuff you get for R3.50 on the lower level of the Neelsie that keeps you awake for a day and a half and has the side effects of heart palpitations and the odd eye twitch. The evenings will cater for small groups and cover coffee theory and training in a relaxed manner.
Just look for the Johnny Loco bicycles, you can’t miss them.
Mill Coffee House
Corner of Dorp Street and Mill Street
021 887 7085