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South Africa’s Tashas to open first UK café in London in 2022

The boutique café, which operates 21 stores in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, plans to open its first UK outlet later this year as it seeks to expand its portfolio of hospitality brands to more than 50 locations by 2032

Tashas Group currently operates 27 boutique hospitality concepts across South Africa and the UAE | Photo credit: Tashas Café


Boutique café brand Tashas is set to launch in the UK later this year as part of its owner’s plan to grow its portfolio of hospitality businesses to between 50-70 sites internationally within the next 10 years. 

Johannesburg-based Tashas Group operates 27 boutique hospitality concepts across South Africa and the UAE. There are currently 15 Tashas cafés across the South African cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, as well as six in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

In an interview with South African newspaper The Daily Maverick, Tashas CEO Natasha Sideris said that the company is close to finalising details on a first London location and expects it to launch later this year. 

Sideris, who has previously cited inflation and Brexit as reasons to be ‘cautious’ about the UK market, said she will assess the success of the first London café before exploring further UK expansion. 

Founded in 2005, Tashas Group also owns seven premium restaurants, including the Flamingo Room, Bungalo34, Le Parc, and Nala concepts. 

World Coffee Portal’s Project Café UK 2022 report anticipated further scaling of boutique concepts in the UK, with 5th Wave coffee shops finding new audiences among increasingly savvy consumers.

If its UK debut materialises, Tashas will join established boutique hospitality brands in London, including Caravan, EL&NGrind and Daisy Green. 

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