And The 2023 Best Of Joburg Winners Are…


The Best of Joburg Readers’ Choice Awards has named their winners for 2023! These awards are based on a number of categories –from places to eat and shop, to party and lifestyle spots in Joburg’s northern suburbs – and Caxton Newspaper readers vote for who they feel are the best of the best. Here’s this year’s winners within each category.

Congratulations to all the Winners!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

  • Best Biltong: Sloane’s Butchery & Deli
  • Best bottle store: Checkers LiquorShop
  • Best butcher: Berliner Grill & Deli
  • Best caterer: By Word of Mouth
  • Best chips: Steers
  • Best cocktail bar and best pick up spot: Tiger’s Milk
  • Best coffee shop: DC Coffee Company
  • Best craft beer pub: Gilroy’s Brewery
  • Best Doughnut: Krispy Kreme
  • Best fish deli: Fisherman’s Deli
  • Best Food Delivery Service: Checkers 60/60
  • Best food market: Prison Break
  • Best food truck: Balkan Burger
  • Best place to buy fresh produce and best place to buy gourmet-to-go: Woolworths
  • Best ice cream parlour: Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Best local band: Mi Casa
  • Best milkshakes and best takeaway burger: RocoMamas
  • Best neighbourhood pub: Hogshead Douglasdale
  • Best neighbourhood pub: Molly Malones
  • Best patisserie: Just Teddy
  • Best ribs: Thundergun
  • Best social cooking school: The Cookery
  • Best supermarket for all your essentials: Checkers
  • Best takeaway chicken: Nando’s
  • Best takeaway pizza: Pizza Perfect
  • Best vegan restaurant: Vicky’s Veganry

Glam it Up

  • Best accessory shop: Lovisa
  • Best barber: Legends Barber
  • Best beauty Mecca: Africology
  • Best clothing store for her: H&M
  • Best clothing store for him: Woolworths
  • Best dog grooming parlour: Sloppy Kisses
  • Best fashionable boutique: Zara
  • Best hair salon: Carlton Hair
  • Best IV Bar: The IV Bar
  • Best jewellery store: Browns Jewellers – The Diamond Store
  • Best makeup artist: Makeup by Ryno
  • Best nail bar: Sorbet
  • Best photographer: Jason Crouse Photography
  • Best place to buy beauty products: Dischem
  • Best shoe shop: Aldo
  • Best Show Them Off Undies: Bras n Things
  • Best tattoo parlous: Fallen Heroes

Kids and Teens

  • Best shop for Baby Essentials: Baby City
  • Best Shop for Kids Clothes: Ackermans
  • Best kids’ menu: Papachinos
  • Best kids’ party spot: Bounce South Africa
  • Best kids’ takeaway: McDonald’s
  • Best online school: Curro Online
  • Best Private Preparatory School and Best Private high School: Redhill Preparatory School and Redhill High School
  • Best public primary school: Bryandale Primary School
  • Best public high school: Greenside High School
  • Best tertiary education institution: University of the Witwatersrand
  • Best pre-primary school: Bryandale Pre-Primary
  • Best toy shop: Toys R Us
  • Best young boutique: Cotton On

Dining Out

  • Best around the world cuisine: Choo Choo Junction
  • Best Asian restaurant: Simply Asia
  • Best beat-the-budget (inexpensive) restaurant and best neighbourhood restaurant: Emzini Restaurant
  • Best bistro: Café del Sol
  • Best breakfast: Mugg & Bean
  • Best fine dining spoil yourself restaurant: Marble
  • Best Greek restaurant: Mythos
  • Best hotel restaurant: Level Four – 54 on Bath
  • Best Indian restaurant: Ghazal
  • Best Italian restaurant: Casa Bella
  • Best new restaurant: Mamasamba
  • Best Portuguese restaurant: Mozambik
  • Best restaurant for a burger (no takeaways here): RocoMamas
  • Best restaurant for a business lunch: Doppio Zero
  • Best restaurant for lunch in the country: Casalinga Ristorante Italiano
  • Best restaurant to go for a little romance and best sushi restaurant: Fireroom
  • Best seafood restaurant: Ocean Basket
  • Best sit-down pizzeria: Col’Cacchio
  • Best steak restaurant: Turn n Tender
  • Best vegan restaurant: Lexi’s Healthy Eatery
  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Fresh Earth Food Store


  • Best book shop: Exclusive Books
  • Best bicycle shop: Linden Cycles
  • Best bridal shop: Bride & Co
  • Best computer/electronics store: Incredible Connection
  • Best florist: Dunkeld Fruit & Flowers
  • Best forecourt store: Woolworths Foodstop Engen William Nicol
  • Best furniture store: Coricraft
  • Best garden centre: Lifestyle Home Garden
  • Best gift shop for life’s little luxuries and best kitchen essentials shop: @Home
  • Best hardware store: Leroy Merlin
  • Best health shop: Wellness Warehouse
  • Best home décor: Mr Price Home
  • Best motorcycle dealership: Harley Davidson
  • Best online shopping site:
  • Best optometrist: Spec-Savers
  • Best pet store: Absolute pets
  • Best pharmacy: Dischem
  • Best outdoor/camping store: Cape Union Mart
  • Best shopping centre: Sandton City
  • Best sporting goods store: Sportsmans Warehouse
  • Best stationery and arts and crafts store: PNA Colour Your World
  • Best thrift shop: Saints Animal Charity Shop

Living in Joburg

  • Best art gallery: Goodman Gallery
  • Best bed and breakfast: Hoopoe Haven Guesthouse
  • Best boutique hotel: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Best local car dealership: Mercedes-Benz Sandton
  • Best cinema complex: Movies@Montecasino
  • Best conference centre: Sandton Convention Centre
  • Best country club and best must-hire venue for private functions: Bryanston Country Club
  • Best craft market: Prison Break Market
  • Best dry cleaner: Exclusive Dry Cleaners
  • Best estate: Eagle Canyon Golf and Lifestyle Estate
  • Best estate agency: Pam Golding Properties
  • Best golf course: Dainfern Golf Club
  • Best gym and best yoga, pilates and martial arts studio: Virgin Active
  • Best interior decorator/designer: DIY Girls
  • Best landscaper: Landscape Guru
  • Best local hotel: Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff
  • Best local radio personality: Anele Mdoda
  • Best local radio show: Hot 102.7 Breakfast
  • Best local radio station: HOT 102.7
  • Best place to take out-of-towners: Montecasino
  • Best place to watch the big game: Boktown Montecasino
  • Best sports club/venue (Joint Winners): Pirates Sports Club
  • Best sports club/venue (Joint Winners): The Wanderers Club
  • Best theatre: The Teatro at Montecasino
  • Best weekend getaway (less than four hours’ drive): Sun City Resort
  • Best wellness centre: Life Day Spa

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