Melville is the place to be where delicious food is concerned. If you're a foodie of any description, the restaurants in Melville will be your idea of heaven! You can sample a variety of delicious foods from so many different cuisines, pretty much all on one street! Let's get ready to tuck into some divine treats as we take you on a journey down Melville's culinary streets and avenues.

What Are You Looking For?

African
American and Fast Food
Asian
Mediterranean
Coffee Shops and Cafes

African

Lucky Bean Restaurant

The Lucky Bean Restaurant in Melville serves a delicious fusion menu of African-inspired food, as well as some of Johannesburg's best vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Known for its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, Lucky Bean is a local favourite. Also a bar and lounge, The Lucky Bean Restaurant is a perfect spot to stop by for a drink and a tasty meal after a long day.

Visit Lucky Bean.

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American & Fast Food

Have Wings

A unique restaurant experience to be sure, this trendy little restaurant chain started in Melville and has expanded across South Africa from there! They specialise in chicken wings, and offer five mouthwatering flavour options: Hot & Smokey, Extra Hot & Smokey, Sweet & Sticky, Oriental and Lemon & Coriander. All wings come with freshly-prepared, delicious dips, also available in a variety of flavours, as well as fresh, tasty side dishes.

Visit Have Wings.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is an American-style, rock-themed bar and restaurant in Melville. Known for its iconic "Be Naked When I Get Home" neon sign, 1920s New York speakeasy glamour, and secret poker room hidden away behind the bookcase, Hell's Kitchen is an iconic and fun restaurant for a night out. Enjoy a burger, pizza, steak or chicken wings while savouring some Jameson's whiskey. Bliss!

Visit Hell's Kitchen.

Ratz Bar + Diner

A real Melville institution, Ratz Bar + Diner has been in operation for over 24 years! Ratz has earned a reputation as Melville's premier LGBTQI+ friendly restaurant and cocktail bar. Ratz is known for delicious food, tasty cocktails, and hits from the 70s til the present day to dance the night away to. If you're in the mood for dinner, drinks, and dancing, Ratz Bar + Diner is definitely the place for you!

Visit Ratz Bar + Diner.

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Asian

The Anti Social Social Club

The Anti-Social Social Club is a modern, Asian-inspired bar and restaurant in Melville. The menu at the Anti Social Social Club is light and pairs perfectly with their equally-delicious cocktail menu. If you’re in the mood to socialise with friends and enjoy good company, food and drinks in an unusual setting, this little bar and restaurant is perfect for you.

Visit The Anti Social Social Club.

Bambanani

Bambanani is all about family and food. Located in Melville, Bambanani serves up a fresh and delicious Asian-inspired menu, combining a boutique restaurant experience with a kid's play area. Bambanani provides full-time child minders and a safe environment, allowing parents to relax and enjoy their meals.

Visit Bambanani.

Love Me So

Ramen! Who doesn't get excited about it? While Love Me So in Melville have made a name for themselves serving heavenly Asian fusion cuisine, they are best known for their ramen. Also definitely worth sampling is their sticky, crispy Korean BBQ,  and Japanese Izakaya (shared plates). If you feel like something a bit lighter, a poke bowl could be just what you need. Make sure to try a cocktail while you're there!

Visit Love Me So.

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Mediterranean

Ba-Pita

Ba-Pita brings the taste of the Mediterranean to the heart of Melville. This petite restaurant located in 7th Street specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. So, it doesn't matter if you're craving shawarma, falafel, or kebab, Ba-Pita packs a punch where flavours are concerned. Close your eyes and you'd be forgiven for forgetting where you are!

Visit Ba-Pita.

La Petite Maison

Often described as one of Johannesburg's hidden gems, La Petite Maison is a restaurant you truly need to experience to understand. Located at the top of Melville's 7th Street, La Petite Maison is an intimate space, and seats only 20 people. The menu is limited, and dishes are accompanied by a fine selection of boutique wines.

Visit La Petite Maison.

Piza Ē Vino Melville

Piza Ē Vino is a firm South African favourite. At Piza Ē Vino,  they prepare every dish using basic, yet flavourful ingredients. Because of this, every dish is bursting with Italian flavour and deliciousness! Their wide menu features antipasto, pizza, pasta and desserts.

Visit Piza Ē Vino Melville.

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Coffee Shops & Cafes

Cafe De La Creme

A real Melville favourite, Cafe De La Creme patisserie has been baking up a storm in Melville for many years. No visit to Melville would be complete without stopping at Cafe De La Creme for a sweet treat or a wholesome meal. If your sweet tooth has been tickling you, this is definitely the place to be!

Visit Cafe De La Creme.

IT Corner

IT Corner Cafe is a fantastic, unique little cafe located in the heart of 7th Street, Melville. Offering an unusual, yet effective combination of tech support and breakfast delights, IT Corner Cafe is the place to go if your laptop, computer, phone or tablet is acting up. Bonus points for their fantastic cappuccinos and light, hearty menu items!

Visit IT Corner.

Service Station

Service Station Café Melville is another classic Melville cafe. Located in the Bamboo Centre, Service Station is both a restaurant and a food store. Head to Service Station for a sit-down meal, freshly made treats, all based on local fresh produce. Service Station also stocks a selection of  local and international products.

Visit Service Station Café.

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A Trip To The Spa

Kiddies spas are popping up everywhere these days. What better way to treat your little Valentine than to take them out for a day of pampering galore? Of course, you can join in on the fun too. If you have more than one treasure to spoil on the day of love, think about bringing along grannies, aunties or friends. This will ensure that everyone is well cared for. Here are our top picks for a family spa day:

Revive Wellness Spa

Revive Wellness Spa is situated in Highlands North, bordering Sandton. This four-storey health and wellness haven offers kiddies and adult treatment packages. The spa for kids includes mani and pedi rooms, facials, baby massage packages, heated pools and a milkshake bar! Parents can also treat themselves to a range of beauty treatments. We recommend the spa's signature body polish and seaweed body wrap package.

Details: Athol St & Randjeslaagte Rd, Highlands North | 087 353 2500 | [email protected]

Life Day Spa Kids

Life Day Spa Kids opened its doors in June 2016. They offer everything from mini facials to kids 'sparty' birthday events. If you are a mommy looking to spoil your little darling, Life Day Spa is the perfect place. Book their 'Mommy and Me' treatment package, which includes a welcome drink (kiddies bubbly) and a glass of sparkling wine for you, DIY products, full body Massage and a specialised pedicure with free popcorn! Alternatively, treat your daughters to a 'Sisterly Love' spa package. The spa caters to children aged 4 - 14. Boys are welcome at the salon, too.

Details: 2 Design Quarter District, Leslie Ave East, Fourways | 011 465 7777 | [email protected]

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To The Movies

What kid doesn't love going to the movies? Seeing as most movie-lovers will head out to watch sappy romantic comedies with their sweethearts, pop into a child-friendly flick to treat your tiny Valentine. If your kids are older, let them pick the movie they would like to watch.

IMAX and 4-D Cinema

Go big this Valentine's Day by taking your kids to see a movie in super high definition. You could opt for the more conventional IMAX 3-D Theatre experience at select Ster Kinekor theatres. These theatres feature a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen, with full surround sound. Otherwise, haul the kids along to Gold Reef City's 4-D Theatre. This fully immersive cinema experience is likely to impress them. But, be aware that there may be a few bumps along the way - the cinema features hydraulic seats, vapours and a range of smells and scents. Click here to see which shows are currently being screened at Gold Reef City.

Movies At Home

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch to watch a movie with the people that you love. Make a day of it by giving all family members their pick of love-themed movies to watch. Showmax SA have a great selection of family movies to stream or download. Still can't find something to please everyone? Check out our list of top alternative animated films for kids.

Give the day a Valentine's twist by inviting everyone to wear their favourite red or pink outfit (pajamas are totally acceptable). Toss a few red Smarties or Rascals into a bucket of salty popcorn for added fun.

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Out For Lunch

Bambanani 

Bambanani in Melville is the ultimate family-friendly eatery. They take kids entertainment to new levels of fun here. Their supervised play centre features a four-storey covered jungle gym, dress-up area and sand art station. There is also a media room complete with PlayStation, Wii, Xbox and a continuous reel of kids’ movies. For more reserved kids, there is a library fully stocked with loads of interactive books. Parents can enjoy a tasty meal and glass of wine at the restaurant. All in all, everyone should have a wonderful time and leave feeling a little more loved.

Details: 85, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg | 011 482 2900 | [email protected]

Garden Tea Party

If you are a low on funds (as most parents are), take the DIY approach and host a garden picnic for yourself and the kids. Go shopping for snacks with them beforehand and let everyone pick out one special treat. If your budget allows, buy each other small gifts to celebrate the day. Or, make a sincere card to express your love.

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However you choose to share Valentine's Day with your kids, remember that its the little things that count in the long run. It may be as simple as spending extra time with them, reading their favourite story book or cooking something together. Ask them if they have any special requests for the day. They might just surprise you with their answers.

Going out to eat with the bambinos can be challenging. So here's our list of kid-friendly restaurants that we'd like to share with you.

Bambanani

This restaurant in Melville completely revolves around kids. There's nothing like it in Joburg. Catering for children from 6 months to 12 years, Bambananihas a safe play area with a four-story covered jungle gym, a dress-up area, a sandpit, a games room with PlayStation, Wii, Xbox and a library full of books for all ages. Your little ones are watched over by full-time childminders so you can relax and enjoy your meal.

The Fat Olive

What do kids do when they hear jumping castles, canoeing, animal farmyard and climbing trees? Well, we imagine they go completely crazy with excitement because that's simply kiddie paradise. So go and explore The Fat Olive country restaurant in Lanseria. While they burn the energy off, you can relax with a glass of sparkles or a cup of tea as you gaze at the dam and the distant mountains from the deck.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Papachinos

Papachinos has awesome pizza and the kids can even make their own. How many children do you know who hate pizza? None! So now you know where to go. If you're not convinced, they also have burgers among other kiddies' goodies on their menu. Plus, a rad play area for them to work off the sugar from their delicious milkshakes. There are several branches in Joburg, find yours on their website. A super popular destination when it comes to Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Joburg, Papachinos will have the little ones entertained for days.

AJ's In The Park

When it comes to play areas, there isn't one quite like at AJ's in the Park. This restaurant is tucked into the sports club of Craighall Park and has a play section packed with jungle gyms, slides, swings, jumping castles, you name it. And loads of space for kids to run free on the field, safely, and with childminders keeping a beady eye. So take off this weekend and enjoy some fun in the park. Did we mention they have banging pizzas and burgers?

Munch Café

For scrumptious food and drinks, take yourself and the little ones to Munch Café. With a kiddies menu to excite any child, you won't have to bribe them to finish a plate at this place, that's for sure. They've got fish fingers, a variety of pizzas and even a Baby Breakfast and French toast. The branch we know at Crowthorne in Kyalami has a play area.

Happily Ever Laughter

This boutique restaurant and party venue in Bedfordview is known for quality food and children's entertainment. They have a unique fantasy playground with little toadstool houses, colourful slides and a tricycle track that will keep kids happy for hours. Happily Ever Laughter is also popular for kiddie parties, christenings and even corporate functions, so they offer a great combination of child-friendly AND adult-friendly. Happily Ever Laughter is one of our favourite Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Joburg.

Gia's On Montrose

Imagine sitting under the trees, enjoying a delicious coffee, while the little ones are off playing. Gia's on Montrose is an amazing restaurant that swaps ceilings for trees and nature. The kids will love the play area and so will Mom and Dad because it's enclosed and safe. You can also enjoy the nursery because nothing beats the calming effect of flowers and plants. It's also one of those rare gems that serves hearty breakfasts and lunches the entire day.

Bambanani

Take your little bambinos for some kid-friendly dining at Bambanani. Offering play areas for children and delicious food plus drinks to go with that - this might just become a family favourite. Parents can actually relax while kids keep busy with fun activities filled with excitement while keeping boredom at bay.

The Fat Olive

What do kids do when they hear, playgrounds, canoeing, animal farmyard and climbing trees? Well, we imagine they go completely crazy with excitement because that is simply children's paradise... So go and explore The Fat Olive. While they burn the energy off, you can relax with a glass of sparkles or a cup of soothes.

Papachino's

What do you or think when Papachino's is mentioned? Pizza, of course! And how many kids do you know who hate pizza? None! So there, you know where to go. If you're not convinced, they also have burgers among other kiddies' goodies on their menu. Plus, a rad play area for the kids to work off the sugar from their delicious milkshakes.

Picolino’s 

For a rustic feel and a wonderful atmosphere for parents and children alike, visit Picolino’s in Fourways. With occasional live events, live sports broadcasts, quiz nights and outdoor thatched lapas, this is the place for the whole family to enjoy. And let’s not forget the kid’s entertainment – there is a large play area filled with climbing walls, sandpits, slides, swings, jungle gyms, and more!

Tres Jolie

For some relaxation and fresh air, take a trip down to Tres Jolie with the family. With beautiful gardens and landscaping, complemented by fountains and water features, this is definitely the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids can enjoy the farmyard where they can feed the animals, have a pony ride, play on the jungle gym, dig in the sandpit and go for a swing, all within watching distance of parents.

AJ's In The Park

When it comes to play areas there isn't quite a play area like the one at AJ's In The Park. Not only do the kids have fabulous fun but adults can join in - albeit on a separate playing field. So take off this weekend and enjoy some fun in the park. Did we mention they have amazing pizzas and burgers? Well, they do, so head over there!

Munch Cafe

For scrumptious food and drinks, take yourself and the little ones to Munch Cafe. With a kiddies menu to excite any child, you won't have to bribe them to finish a plate at this cafe, for sure. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner - it's perfect for anytime family dining. So what are your waiting for? Go munch away!

Happily Ever Laughter

This boutique restaurant is nestled away in Bedfordview. Happily Ever Laughter is the perfect location for quality food, children's entertainment and parties. So when you need a restaurant where your kids are entertained while you and your friends can lounge around and enjoy an elegant party, this is the venue for you!

Know other great child-friendly restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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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