Priest Espressobar is sandwiched between galleries on the Rosebank art strip at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. This vibey little spot not only offers premium caffeine fixes, but South American-inspired edibles like empanadas and chilenitos, as well as retro soft-drinks, sweet treats and a conspicuous R35 bowl of 4 olives (which is accompanied by a draught of craft beer). Whether you’ve been to Priest or not, the chances are you will have seen on social media the striking black and white graphic mural by Peter Mammes that stretches across the one wall.
Vini is the super friendly Chilean punk-rocker turned barista that you’ll meet behind the bar. He imbues the place with chatter and Latino flavour – literally. The empanadas, chilli sauce, and tortillas are all homemade by Vini and his mother.
Priest Espressobar fronts the semi-freelance Joburg office of Cape Town-based edit company, Priest. When the in-house team are not in town, the fully equipped edit suit and production room is available for hire for a daily rate of R2500, which includes WiFi.
Priest Espressobar has become instantly popular with its neighbouring galleries, and art professionals from the various galleries are constantly popping in. Vini knows everyone by name and conversations are picked up where they were left off the day before.
Priest Espressobar is open 5 days a week:
Tues – Fri 7:15am – 5pm, and Sat 8am – 4pm.
The WiFi is free (with a purchase) and reliable.
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