Soweto’s Food Scene: A Tour of Local Cuisine


Soweto, a vibrant township in Johannesburg, South Africa, is not only known for its rich history and cultural landmarks but also for its thriving food scene. From street food to traditional African cuisine and modern fusion dishes, Soweto food scene offers a diverse range of culinary delights.

Kota King

Our tour begins with a visit to Kota King a popular spot for the iconic Soweto kota. Located in Belhambra Crescent, Kota King serves up delicious variations of this unique sandwich. Enjoy a quarter loaf of bread filled with toppings such as rump steak, lettuce, beef patty, cucumber garnished with their signature sauces.

Details: 061 296 9684 | | 10 Belhambra Street, Protea Glen Extension 13, Soweto.

Wandies Place

Next on our tour is a legendary restaurant that has been serving up traditional African cuisine for over 30 years. Located in Dube, this iconic spot offers a buffet-style dining experience, allowing guests to savor an array of authentic dishes. From steaming pots of umngqusho (samp and beans) to hearty stews and tender meats, Wandies Place, provides a true taste of South African flavors and warm hospitality.

Details: 011 982 2796 | | No. 618 Makhalemele Street, Dube Village, Soweto.

Chaf Pozi

For an authentic shisa nyama experience, head to Chaf Pozi in Orlando West. This lively restaurant and bar combines the joy of a braai (barbecue) with live music and a vibrant atmosphere. Take your pick from a selection of succulent meats, such as boerewors, chicken, and lamb chops, all expertly grilled to perfection. Pair your meal with traditional sides like pap (maize porridge) and chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish) for a complete and memorable dining experience.

Details: | 081 797 5756 | | Corner of Kingsley Sithole and Nicholas Streets, Orlando East.

Sakhumzi Restaurant

Continuing our culinary tour, we arrive at Sakhumzi Restaurant, situated on the famous Vilakazi Street. This beloved establishment showcases the flavors of Soweto through a buffet-style offering, featuring a variety of traditional dishes. From tripe and mogodu (tripe and trotters) to tender stewed meats and hearty vegetable dishes, Sakhumzi provides a genuine taste of Soweto’s soulful cuisine. Don’t forget to sample their homemade desserts, like malva pudding and milk tart, to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Details: | 011 536 1379 | | 6980 Vilakazi Street Orlando West, Soweto.


Vuyos Restaurant takes pride in showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Soweto. The modern African restaurant’s menu features a diverse selection of traditional South African dishes, lovingly prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From succulent grilled meats to flavorful stews and vibrant vegetarian options, Vuyos captures the essence of Soweto’s soulful cuisine.

Details: | 011 536 1838 | 8038 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.

Soweto Brewing Company

For beer enthusiasts, a stop at the Soweto Brewing Company is highly recommended. This microbrewery in Orlando West produces a range of craft beers inspired by the flavors and spirit of Soweto. From refreshing lagers to flavorful ales, the brewery offers a unique opportunity to taste locally crafted brews while learning about the brewing process and Soweto’s vibrant beer culture.

Details: | 080 002 6027 | | 11846 Senokoanyana Street, Orlando West. 

Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers

A food tour with a difference – this is what Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers offers you. Rather than simply just tasting the food, you’ll be helping gather, prepare, and cook your meal. Lebo’s chefs will guide you through a traditional Sowetan style potjie kos cook. You will also be treated to a traditional beer tasting and a trip to the local market. Sounds like an all-round fantastic experience to us. Book yourself a spot around the fire here.

Details: | 011 936 3444 | |10823 Pooe Street, Orlando West.

In the vibrant streets of Soweto, a culinary adventure awaits those who seek a truly authentic taste of South Africa. Exploring the diverse flavors, vibrant colors, and rich history of this iconic township is an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who venture here.

If you enjoyed reading this Soweto food scene article, then read our article on Where to Get The Best Kota in Soweto.

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