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The Factory Cafe

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369 Magwaza Maphalala Street | Congella, Durban 4001, South Africa (Formerly Colombo Tea & Coffee)
+27 31 205 3283
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:30
Sat 08:30 - 14:00
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Durban
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

I came here with high expectations, the vibe was very nice, loved the concept of the Factory Cafe. My first cappuccino was weak and not hot enough. My second I ordered the double and it still never satisfied me, it wasn't the strength, it was almost as if the coffee had been left for too long and lost it's intensity.... More 

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Thank Craig N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Have been meaning to visit this place, and so glad I did. Will be going back soon. The vibe is ultra relaxed. A unique venue. Once inside the building, there are a few stairs to climb. One member of our party is walking with a crutch, but taking it slowly managed the stairs. Bit disappointed with the breakfast menu -... More 

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Thank rgb1516
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

With the foundation of Colombo Tea & Coffee on which to build, the Factory Cafe has succeeded in creating a clean and modern coffee shop in a fabulous old industrial space. Excellent coffee. Lots of space. Plenty of privacy. Friendly, characterful staff. A worthy second place in the 2015 SM Café Society Awards. Liking this place more and more.

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Benoni, South Africa
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

This is a nice place to grab yourself a cup of coffee and get to some work. The place is very quiet and waiters are very friendly. Even if you don't have company the fellow coffee lovers will be easy to strike a conversation with. have been here twice already and will visit soon.

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Thank priyasookhraj
Margate, South Africa
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

These guys can do coffee! The best cappuccino I have had! The food menu is limited but we enjoyed the hamburger and toasted chicken sandwiches that we ordered. The location makes it a bit tricky to find the first time, however, if you are a coffee lover it is worth the effort. The atmosphere is laid back and ultra cool.... More 

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Thank Darren R
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87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

This is a real gem in Umbilo area. Modern industrial feel with lounge music in the background. Free WiFi is also a bonus. A great place to have meetings and be productive.

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Thank larkanw
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

The Factory Cafe takes coffee seriously. You won't find a better cup of coffee in Durban...maybe even the world. The breakfast food was also solid. The artistic use of space and live background music make The Factory Cafe's atmospere a lovely place to spend a few hours enjoying a nice beverage and good company.

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Thank worldtravelaur
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

If you love coffee then this is the place for you. Gotta try all their different blends and even some of their cold options are delicious. Nice atmosphere in a laid back setting. Trendy to the extreme and amazing staff! A must go!

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Thank Jaddison10
Jhb
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127 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

I have been waiting for the chance to visit this extraordinary establishment and last week i had the chance. Walking into this spot really gets your mouth watering with the amazing aromas of freshly ground coffee, it was going to be a great day. We both had possibly the best coffee in KZN and although my cappuccino was a little... More 

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Thank Tina N
Durban, South Africa
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

I am a coffee nut (although not a coffee snob - ugh) and I was blown away by the two cappuccinos I had at the Factory Cafe. The staff/baristas are friendly and willing to engage with customers. You can see coffee is their passion.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating
Open Hours
Monday
07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 16:30
Thursday
07:30 - 16:30
Friday
07:30 - 16:30
Saturday
08:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 369 Magwaza Maphalala Street | Congella, Durban 4001, South Africa (Formerly Colombo Tea & Coffee)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 205 3283
Description
Coffee destination, entertainment space, music venue. Inside the Colombo Coffee roastery. Fresh roasted coffee, exclusive teas & light meals for breakfast and lunch.Choose from a large range of craft coffee & select teas for home. Free WiFi

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