The Fat Mermaid
If it's quiet seclusion you are after, look no further than The Fat Mermaid in Bedfordview. This suburban eatery is tucked away down a side street, so hidden from the main road that you would never know that it's there. This is not to say that there is no fun to be had here though. The Fat Mermaid features a luxurious outdoor pool open to all ages throughout the summer season. You can either relax poolside on a lounger or take a long dip in the water to cool off. Paired with the restaurant's wholesome Greek cuisine and cocktail bar, this is the ideal place for both kids and adults to enjoy a meal.
Details: The Fat Mermaid | 011 450 0053 | 4 Jasmine Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Bosheuvel Country Estate
Cattleman's Kitchen at Bosheuvel Country Estate is the ideal spot to take the kids for a day out in the sun and fresh air. With ample outdoor dining space, you can easily watch over them as they play about in the large swimming pool. The restaurant offers a simple, but hearty menu. With a farm to fork philosophy, you can be sure that your food has been carefully thought out according to seasonality and flavour. Visit them over the weekend for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and to reconnect with nature and your family.
We couldn't possibly write an article about venues with swimming pools and leave out Emerald Resort and Casino's Aquadome. This climate-controlled indoor pool functions all year round, so you and the kids can have a splash about no matter the weather outside. With a number of different size pools and slides, this water park offers endless entertainment. Once you have had your fill of fun, visit any one of Emerald's restaurants or takeaway spots. We recommend Breeze Restaurant for family-style dining and an enchanting view of the Vaal river.
The Weekend Market JHB
For all round family fun, visit the Weekend Market JHB in Ridgeway. This venue hosts monthly food markets, featuring the best in South African and Portuguese cuisine. However, they also allow patrons to bring and braai at their on-site water park, which includes a number of fun slides and pools for kids. So, bring the whole brood along for a day of great food and tons of outdoor fun.
Frida's Coffee Bar
While this venue technically does not have a functioning swimming pool, Frida's Coffee Bar has taken the idea of a pool and flipped it on its head. The restaurant has transformed their pool into an outdoor seating area for guests, complete with fancy throw pillows and umbrellas. Perfect for a warm summer's day, this area is the ideal spot to enjoy a slice of Frida's famous chocolate cake and a cool iced coffee. Pick up a book about the enigmatic Frida Kahlo inside and soak up the artsy vibe of this truly unique place.
Do you know of any other Joburg restaurants with a swimming pool? Let us know about them! While you're at it, check out our article on dining outdoors in Joburg.