10 Melville Pl
|Open every day|
Coffee: Matthew Algie
Also sells: Beans to take home, whole or ground
|Coolness: Quirky layout and South African specialities|
The Caffeine Drip South African Cafe and Bakery (3♥) in the West End is deceptively large behind its narrow and distinctive frontage.
The Caffeine Drip uses Glaswegian Matthew Algie 'Darwin' beans and makes good coffee. It also provides a kick start to plenty of folks' mornings as they drop in for a take-away coffee on their way to work in town.
The owners have taken the building's quirky layout and used every inch of it to good effect. As soon as you're enter the front door you can choose to go upstairs to the 'upper lounge' for hot drinks, light meals and cakes or downstairs to a full service basement cafe that also serves hot food.
You'll see some of the South African influence in the menu such as their boerewors (sausage) rolls and biltong (dried beef) alongside and extensive array of soups, rolls, wraps, cakes and other baked items that are made in-house.
Offering take-away, eat in and catering services, there's a pleasant, busy and bustling feel to the place, intensified by the low ceilings downstairs making it very cosy.