I have been going to Ground Zero – Marley Coffee, in Lower Main Road, Obz, for a while now; I fell in love with the coffee while rehearsing a show in the area, and kept going back, partly because they are 100% vegetarian with a mainly vegan menu.

Ground Zero - Marley Coffee

The tiny shop has a few tables inside and a spectacularly relaxed courtyard through the back, and it has become my go to place when I meet certain friends for a catch up or even a meeting.

Paul, the owner, has become a friend. He is doing great stuff, and he is ethical and invested in doing things right. Slowly, people are seeking refuge in this old Cape Town style hangout. It feels like an Obz space from years ago, and I love it.

Their coffee is divine, there is a good selection of herbal tea, they do fine, fresh juice combos and their vegan chikn mayo toasties are the best I have had.

Today when I popped in at lunch time I was handed their new menu by one of their most fabulous and quirky staff members. A whole new menu. I was suddenly starving. I decided to try their Asian chkn wrap and I wasn’t disappointed. It was utterly delectable, and relatively healthy too. It came with a teeny shredded red cabbage salad on the side, but I know (from past experience) that you can order delicious homemade fries too.

I find it so comforting to know that I have a regular that is both vegan friendly, serves great coffee, and is awesome to just hang in. See you there soon. But not all of you at once. It is really a best kept secret kinda spot.

What: Ground Zero – Marley Coffee

Where: 122 Lower Main Road, Observatory