Calexico really is one of the few places where you would want to drink great quality beers, wines, tequila and mescal. The ambiance is laid-back, making it the best place for drinks after work or a boozy get-together with friends over the weekend. Entertainment includes live music on Saturdays and regular vinyl-set evenings, so look out for updated events. Their menu sings like a chubby Bavarian boy boasting with a wide variety off nibbles such as wings, nachos, and many other unique offerings.
Three Marys – Salvation Café
A local favourite, Three Marys specialise in delicate flatbreads and sandwiches, burritos, crunchy salads and beautiful cakes. Whether you’re grabbing a takeout or sitting down, Three Marys is the place to get your grub on without feeling guilty. A great spot for a quick brekkie, a good coffee or a lunch on the run, they offer street food so pretty you can’t help but pop a pic on Instagram of it.
Salvation Cafe is a down-to-earth eatery that preaches the soul of a good meal: food that is fresh and honest. Always included in lists of Jozi’s favourite eating spots, it’s open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Also, it’s the perfect place for a chilled-out, after-work sundowner session.
L8 Cafe has become a daily necessity for local coffee addicts and gourmet sandwich lovers – their paninis are to die for. Free WiFi and a selection of magazines and newspapers make this a wonderful, relaxing place to escape the daily grind.
This is the original Vovo Telo in Johannesburg – a bakery-cum-cafe producing wonderful bread, pastries, breakfast, lunch and coffee. In addition to their renowned bakery items, their extensive menu includes thin-based pizzas, pasta, burgers and a variety of harvest boards.