Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Dempsey’s Guest House is surrounded by delicious coffee pit stops, we are spoilt for coffee choice in Walmer.

Urban Espress owner, Donovan McLagan, National Cup Taster Champion has won the national title for fourth time in seven years. Dozens of people from regions across the country participated in the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa Barista Championships, held in Cape Town earlier this year. McLagan will be heading to Dubai in September to battle it out against the best coffee specialists from 42 different countries. McLagan, a former engineer, gave up his job more than 10 years ago to start up his growing passion. “On a trip to New Zealand in 2004, I realised how big the coffee culture is over there and decided to make my own coffee, grinding my own beans, and it kind of just spiralled into a business from there,” he said.

25 6th Avenue , Walmer 

Article from The Herald: Athena O’Reilly

the herald, article athena O'reilly, photograph werner hills

The Herald, article Athena O’Reilly, photograph Werner Hills

Then on Main Road Walmer, Mike Chizeya of Micoffee fame has just been awarded “Coffee Personality of the Year” hosted by Coffee Magazine at uShaka Marine World Aquarium. Passionate about his coffee, staff and business, Mike is deserving of this fabulous award, delivering impeccable service along with friendliness at all times.       152 Main Road, Walmer.

the herald, article naziziphiwo buso, photograph fredlin adriaan

The Herald, article Naziziphiwo Buso, photograph Fredlin Adriaan

Right behind Micoffee is Banneton Bakery, Café and Bistro, another great stop-off for a richly decadent coffee.       154 Main Road, Walmer

Further on up and over Main Road is the home of Brioche Food and Coffee…indulgement starts at 7am!   181 Main Road, Walmer

A bit closer to home on Heugh Road, is Como Caffé, an Italian restaurant, coffee shop and deli.  Como Caffé brings New York City’s “Little Italy” to Port Elizabeth.     86 Heugh Road, Walmer

come caffe, photograph k.rath, dempsey's guest house

Come Caffe, photograph K.Rath, Dempsey’s Guest House

A few more firm favourites for ‘coffees of note’ in Walmer, are:

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery   40 6th Avenue, Walmer

Bocadillos on First: 22 1st Avenue, Walmer and Bocadillos on Sixth: 42 6th Avenue, Walmer


The bocadillo or bocata, in Spain, is a sandwich made with Spanish bread, usually a baguette or similar type of bread, cut lengthwise.

When next you beetle off to Bokkadillllowzs… remember this: How to pronounce “Bocadillo” in Spanish:



“Brioche” for good coffee and good food

“Brioche” for good coffee and good food

Another food and coffee gem about 2kms from us at Dempsey’s Guest House is “Brioche“. This spot is set in a quaint old Walmer house with warm wooden floors and high ceilings, it’s light and vibey, a great space in which to indulge in good food and good good Illy coffee. Decadent breakfasts, fresh crisp salads, carrot cake and cinnamon buns, pavlovas fit for royalty, cappuccinos to die for- and they’ve started baking traditional mosbolletjies on Saturdays …spoilt for choice!

So what is brioche? It is a highly enriched bread of French origin, the high egg and butter content gives it a rich and tender crumb. It is light and slightly puffy. It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust, frequently accentuated by an egg wash applied after proofing. Brioche is commonly eaten at breakfast or as a snack —  is often cooked with fruit or chocolate chips and served as a pastry or as the basis of a dessert with many local variations in added ingredients, fillings or toppings.  Brioche is eaten with dessert or tea, but also has numerous uses in cuisine. Common brioche dough is suitable for coulibiac and fillet of beef en croute

Right next door to Brioche is “With Love“, a beautiful gift shop we have already presented to you.

Contact Ilse at Brioche:

181 Main Rd Walmer

Tel: 041 581 2136     Cell: 082 576 7106


Open: Mondays to Fridays 7.30am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 7.30am to 3pm

On their “Brioche Pop up Fair”: “Designers have been hosting monthly “Pop-Up Shops” at BRIOCHE since June 2012. We are proud to say that it has been a very successful trial run. Now we are ready to expand to a variety of unique products and would love for you to get involved !”
Stalls to hire: 30 Spaces available, each stall holder gets a space of 3m x 2.5m.
For more info on stall fees & availability:
Contact: Este: 082 927 5986                Marjorie: 082 345 8821               email :