Port Elizabeth has always been known for its safe, sandy beaches and friendly atmosphere.
However, our beautiful city is quickly becoming one of South Africa’s up and coming metropolitan areas.
From Richmond Hill’s Stanley and Bain Street to PE’s monthly organic themed markets, there is no shortage of good coffee, great food and things to do in Port Elizabeth.
Things to do in Port Elizabeth
Coffee Shops to visit in Port Elizabeth
The culture of caffeine, coffee and coffee shops has evolved over the past few years in Port Elizabeth.
Coffee has been flowing through the veins of our Bay since 1924.
In 1924, Mastertons, the oldest recognised roaster in South Africa, opened its doors in Queen Street (now Govan Mbeki Avenue).
The famous ‘Tea and Coffee House’ now resides in Russel Road – 92 years later, where you can purchase both ground and whole beans.
Additionally, there are several interesting coffee shops around town that we recommend including our very own guest house in Summerstrand - where we stock and serve some of the very best coffee available in South Africa, Arrow Coffee.
Arrow coffee is locally roasted in the heart of the garden route, using premium quality Arabica beans imported from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil.
The Roasteries signature blend is called Forest Blend, which combines nutty and earthy flavours (Brazil and Guatemala) with a hint of chocolate originating from the Ethiopia Sidamo beans.
Arrow Coffee is our house coffee and is available for purchase by our guests and local caffeine lovers.
Bocadillos on 1st and 6th
Bocadillos is known for its chic décor, great service, tasty coffee and baked goods.
In addition to their unique home coffee blend, they are one of the only restaurants in Port Elizabeth to serve Black Insomnia, the strongest caffeine content coffee in the world.
Bocadillos can be found in 1st Avenue Walmer and 6th Avenue Walmer - a skip and jump from our guest house.
The Friendly Stranger is loved by many for its excellent coffee, friendly service and enchanting ambiance.
Situated in Baakens Valley, the Friendly Stranger is a must visit for coffee and art lovers.
The Vovo Telo bakery will no doubt leave you smiling from ear to ear. Their understanding of coffee and cheerful all-day atmosphere have people flocking there for their daily coffee supply.
Pop on over to Vovo Telo in Richmond Hill for an absolute treat.
Trendy Restaurants in Port Elizabeth
Then there are the restaurants in Port Elizabeth, some exciting newcomers and some very longstanding favourites.
Todos Locos brings the passion of Spanish flavour to PE. This new and chic authentic Spanish Tapas Bar offers huge continental flavours with genuine Spanish ambiance.
Set in Richmond Hill, Todos Locos is a short 15minute drive from our guest house in Summerstrand.
Bridge Street Brewery
Bridge Street Brewery has something for everyone. Beer lovers will feel right at home with numerous craft beers available on tap.
Set in Baakens Valley, Bridge Street offers a lovely outside area. Additionally, their menu consists of full, fresh flavours at some very affordable prices.
Head on over to Bridge Street Brewery, a quick 10-minutes from our guest house.
Muse offers a fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Their focus is on reinventing and modernising those classic comfort meals we love so much.
Furthermore, their meals are beautifully presented with fresh ingredients, promising a treat for each of your senses.
Again, Muse is only 15 minutes from our guest house – perfect for dinner plans.
Markets in Port Elizabeth
The markets in PE are growing larger with every event.
Set in the Walmer Town Hall, the re Seconds Market happens on the last Sunday of the month. The market is organic themed and has a laid-back atmosphere which is enjoyed and well supported by locals and tourists.
The Valley Market hosted in the historic refurbished tramway building, is filled with flavourful foods, craft beers, and a welcoming atmosphere. The market now runs twice a month, with a market on the first Saturday of each month and 'The Goodnight Market' on the third Thursday of every month.