Best Outdoor Restaurants In Joburg


Jozi is filled with roadside cafes and restaurants with awesome outside seating. We went exploring and found these wonderful al fresco dining hotspots in town. 

The Whippet

Head to this trendy spot in Linden for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch – best enjoyed while basking in the spring and summertime sun rays. Plus, you can indulge in some people watching – you never know who’ll walk past on Linden’s bustling streets. The Whippet is one of our favourite outdoor restaurants in Linden.

If you’re a coffee aficionado, The Whippet will have you coming back for more! The traditional options are all on the menu, but why not opt for something a bit different, like the Double Chocolate Cold Whippeccino… picture blended rich chocolate, milk and a shot of espresso. How about that, coupled with tasty Eggs Florentine, a Baked Bean Breakfast or the Whippet Burger? Those are some perfect combos waiting to happen.

Details: Corner 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg | 011 782 7310

Higher Ground

Situated on the grounds of St Stithians College, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy some sundowners with friends after a long day at the office or for an intimate dinner. Take in the beautiful sights of our lovely city from their deck or terrace area during the warmer hours of the day or sit inside by one of their two fireplaces (one in the bar and the other in the restaurant) to keep the chills away as the night rolls in.

Details: 40 Peter Place, Lyme Park, Sandton, 2060 | 011 024 3433

Throbbing Strawberry

Soak up the sun in Douglasdale! With a great outdoor deck with huge umbrellas for hot summer days, Throbbing Strawberry is one of the best outdoor restaurants in Johannesburg. Go for great draught beers, sushi in the suburbs, pizzas and an all-round good time.

Details: Douglasdale, Johannesburg, 2191 | 011 704 6982

Al Fiume

Situated on the banks of the Hennops River, Al Fiume’s shady wooden deck surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the soothing sounds of the flowing river, is the perfect spot to relax and sip on a glass of wine. It’s a good place to enjoy a day out with family, friends, or for a romantic date with that special someone but, really, Al Fiume is ideal for any occasion.

Details: No. 18, R511, Hennops River, Pretoria |o79 886 9827 or 079 531 3725

Outdoor Restaurants

Doppio Zero Greenside

One of our favourite close-to-town outdoor restaurants can be found in Greenside. If you’re looking for a good place to have a meal in the open, try Doppio Zero in Greenside. With freshly baked croissants, muffins, ciabattas, and other bread, and delicious pizzas and pasta, you won’t be stuck with what to order. Enjoy summer in the city under shaded tables with a cocktail or a delicious glass of wine.

Details: Corner Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 646 8740

Salvation Cafe

For any occasion, be it breakfast, birthday celebration, anniversary party, or wedding, pay Salvation Cafe a visit. On those hot summer days, sit outside on the patio under the olive trees for shade, and enjoy something delicious from their daily specials board. For breakfast, try something from their selection of sweet, savoury, and healthy breakfasts, or choose one of their salads or sandwiches for lunch.

Details: 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 482 7795

Outdoor Restaurants

KCC La Vie En Rose

If you find ourself out and about and looking for outdoor restaurants in Johannesburg, head to Killarney. Sit in the stunning garden and eat whatever your heart desires! The menu at KCC La Vie En Rose covers pretty much everything, so expect to find menu items like decadent waffles and scones to scrambled eggs, signature burgers, hearty pasta, and more! Dine-in nature at this gem of a restaurant.

Details: Killarney Country Club, 60 5th Street, Killarney, Johannesburg| 011 268 6144

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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