English, South African EnglishShow more Special sense of general English café ‘a tea-shop or coffee house’, a sense formerly current in South African English, but now usually replaced by coffee-shop.
A shop selling sweets, cigarettes, newspapers, perishables, and basic groceries, and staying open after normal hours; Greek; kafee; tearoom sense 1. Also attributive.
1957B. O’KeefeGold without Glitter 79Number Twelve set off on the sixteen mile journey..with as little concern as the city dweller when he strolls down to the corner café to buy a packet of cigarettes.