Inside Betrand in Maboneng

My Favorite Jozi Coffeeshops: Bertrand in Maboneng

This post, featuring Bertrand in Maboneng, is the fifth in an occasional series about my favorite new coffeeshops in Joburg

Yesterday morning I was hurrying down Fox Street in Maboneng. I was in a rush but needed coffee and food. In the corner of my eye, I glimpsed wooden tables on the pavement that I hadn’t seen before. I looked up and there was Bertrand.

I’d seen a few pictures of Bertrand on social media but hadn’t yet discovered its whereabouts. Here it was.

The waitress tried to show me around but I only had ten minutes and sustenance was paramount. Hardly glancing at the menu, I ordered a croissant and a flat white in a take-away cup.

I sat down at a sunny table near the coffee bar, drummed my fingers for a moment, then grabbed my camera. Ten-minute time limit aside, I couldn’t leave this little wonderland without documenting it.

Bertrand open for coffeeOpened for coffee.

Inside Betrand in MabonengInside Bertrand.

Couches in BertrandComfortable-looking couches I didn’t have time to sit on.

Back of BertrandThe back of Bertrand.

Knick-knacks in BertrandThere are hundreds of charming knick-knacks inside Bertrand. I’m not sure what this one is or why my eye settled on it. 

As I shot my pictures, a charming man in sneakers and sunglasses walked past.

“Good morning,” the man said in a charming French accent. “Have you tried our croissants?”

I told him I was about to. The charming man was Mel, co-owner of Bertrand. The other co-owner is Bertrand himself.

Mel, co-owner of Bertrand
Mel, Bertrand’s charming co-owner.

The croissants, Mel told me, are shipped in straight from Paris. I bought two.

It killed me to walk away from this straight-out-of-Paris café with my coffee in a cardboard cup and my croissants in a styrofoam box. Bertrand is the kind of place that deserves to be savored, relaxing outside in the sun with a plate of eggs benedict or inside on one of those lovely couches with coffee and pain au chocolat.

Fortunately, the cardboard and styrofoam did not affect the taste of my breakfast in the least.

Breakfast at BertrandTake-away Bertrand breakfast.

Ten minutes was enough time to know with certainty: Bertrand is one of my Favorite Jozi Coffeeshops.

Bertrand only opened a month ago and doesn’t seem to have a website or Facebook page yet. Follow them on Instagram. I didn’t have time to look at the menu, but Bertrand is a restaurant and bar as well as a coffeeshop. I’m guessing it’s all fantastic.

Outside Bertrand in MabonengBertrand is at 296 Fox Street, Jeppestown, and is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Call +27-11-614-0261 or email

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  • Reply dizzylexa September 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I always check out the ‘Ladies room’ in establishments like this, this one you need to check out. The one wall is covered in toilet ‘etiquette’.

    • Reply 2summers September 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Ooh! Can’t wait.

  • Reply autumnashbough September 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Croissants from Paris?! No way.

    • Reply 2summers September 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Yep. This actually seems to be a fairly common thing – I’ve been to a couple of Joburg cafes that do this. Maybe it happens in CA too!

      • Reply autumnashbough September 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm

        I think we actually have enough French expats here that we have multiple French bakeries with pretty good croissants. But the best one doesn’t have a store front — they just go to different Farmer’s Markets.

  • Reply Justin September 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • Reply Lani September 12, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Haha. Love Mel’s pose 😛

    • Reply 2summers September 12, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Haha, yeah he’s a natural.

  • Reply Bongani Manyoni October 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I was wowed all the way…this is my favorite place in JHB home away from home i’m even jealous of sharing this restaurant very private and special.

    • Reply 2summers October 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I totally agree – it’s lovely!

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