One of Cape Town cult tours for fans of the toasted beans. There are around 400 tour operators in the city, so no shortage of experts and pseudos eager to show you around, but if you prefer to dig deeper and get under the skin a bit, Coffeebeans is the way to go. What started as a slightly clandestine operation taking visitors into unknown territory, this small, savvy organization has quickly evolved into one that’s earned accolades from visitors around the world for its unique and inventive tours that explore diverse and exciting aspects of local culture. Like other tour companies, they do versions of the highly recommended Township Tour, but have elevated this to the Township Futures tour which reveals how people living in some of the city’s poorest areas (what might be called slums elsewhere) are working to carve out a positive future for themselves and their communities. Their journeys aim to take you into untouristy places where you’ll meet locals – they’re great levellers, in fact, that work on the premise that, while it’s easy to get into a restaurant, it’s another story altogether visiting a family from a totally different walk of life, meeting them in their home and literally breaking bread with them. Most popular are the Cape Town Jazz Safari and the Storytelling Route, both of which are enchantingly interactive, as is the Soccer Route (where you get to play football with some local lads) and the Rootz Reggae Route in which you discover the broad spectrum of reggae-related musical influences. Not only that, but you get to bop for a while alongside members of the Marcus Garvey Rastafarian community at the Friday night Reggae Dance Hall in Philippi, just outside Cape Town. And there’s a new tour covering the Cape’s scientific innovations, proving that the city is more than just a pretty face.