The highly popular Haas Collective has packed up their space in the quaint Bo-Kaap, where some people say they suited the cobble stoned area that has a colourful, arty animation perfectly and moved into a more spacious venue in Buitenkant Street. They held on to the look they maintained in Rose street by painting the old yellow building black from top to bottom with their signature “haas” signage proudly marking their territory.
Haas, as they’re known throughout town, still consists of a coffee shop, advertising agency and some unique collectables. The space is filled, not as abundantly as they used to be, with eye catching artwork, décor items and downright unique collectables. Although bits and bops are spotted on shelves and counters at various levels, most of the arty loot can be appreciated at leisure from an ornate table to one side. The new premises are more spacious with informal seating scattered about in the front half of the restaurant. Vintage and up-cycled arm chairs with non-matching coffee tables invite the cool kids to unwind, leave their worries on the street and indulge in excellent caffeine.
Apart from freshly baked cakes, rusks and oversized cookies scattered along the cool service counter, behind which staff eagerly brew up coffees, teas and other hot and cold beverages, there is an extensive menu with loads to tantalise the taste buds. Favourites from the previous premises are still featured and they include omelettes, croque sandwiches, baguette with various fillings, curries and salads. Prices are average and compares well to similar establishments.
For the true coffee connoisseurs, they still stock kopi luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world. Made from beans that have been eaten by Asian Palm Civets. A milder coffee with less bitterness. And how much does the most expensive coffee in the world go for? A healthy 110 bucks! But regular coffee, sourced from various destinations and just as high in quality, can be enjoyed at a more reasonable R19.
The Haas advertising agency is situated on the first floor of the building and there’s a creative buzz emanating from the building. It’s easy to spot why, even after the move, Haas is a trendy haunt where getting your coffee fix comes with a blow of inspiration. A larger space with the same make-yourself-at-home Haas atmosphere.