Let's get cracking and introduce you to our ten favourite butchers in Joburg (and an honorable mention in Pretoria).

Meat Empire – Benoni

Meat Empire offers spit braais as well as meat specials and packages for when you just need to beef up your supply. They've got a range of mixed meat hampers that include lean mince, pork chops, lamb chops, stew beef, steak, wors and chicken ... so why not head to Benoni and stock up now?

For more information, click here.

Braeside Butchery – Parkhurst

For the best free-range and grass-fed meat, money can buy, head down to the Braeside Butchery in Parkhurst and buy up great quality veal, lamb, beef, bacon and boerewors ... they have everything! Their beef is lean, their veal is tender and their lamb, succulent!

For more information, click here.

The Butcher Shop and Grill  Sandton

Cutting steak, chops and leg of lamb to your order, the Butcher Shop and Grill in Nelson Mandela Square offers you a great selection of cuts from their finest quality meats, whether you want pork, beef, lamb, chicken and even fish from their deli. And, if you wish, sit down and order yourself a juicy steak at their restaurant! The Butcher Shop and Grill won us over and earns its spot as one of the best butchers In Joburg.

For more information, click here.

Country Meat  Fourways

This wholesale family butcher and deli in Fourways brings out the freshest and best quality meats straight from their farm and abattoir. Choose from their fresh cuts of beef, lamb and pork, portioned and packed to your requirements. All their meat is brine-free and, since they grow their own animal feed, the meat is also GMO-free.

For more information, click here.

Sloane Meat Market  Bryanston

For some of the best biltong in town, your favourite cuts of lamb and beef, poultry and spit braai catering, visit Sloane Meat Market and see what they have on offer! There is a huge selection of prime cut and quality meats to choose from, no matter what you are planning on preparing for dinner. And be sure to check out their bulk specials! Sloane Meat Market is one of the most legendary butchers in Joburg - give them a try.

For more information, click here.

Meat Etc.  Benmore

Pick up some great and affordable braai packs from Meat Etc. before your next get together with friends for the rugby. They have a range of specials that'll cater to every meat lover (and budget) out there! They've got it all, from chicken sosaties and steaks to boerewors and everything in-between!

17, 19 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Rembrandt Butchery  Linden

For all your braaiing needs, stock up on Rembrandt Butchery in Linden's delicious boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, and their legendary and moreish biltong! They have a great selection of fresh red meat to choose from and free-range chicken, too. Rembrandt is one of our favourite Butchers In Joburg for sure!

For more information, click here.

Meat On Grant – Norwood

This traditional family butcher and deli has it all. Stock up on the finest beef, pork, mutton, lamb, chicken and venison from this little spot in Norwood. For your biltong treats for rugby season, be sure to check out what they have on offer. They also offer spit braai hire and services.

For more information, click here.

Alma German Butchery – Murrayfield, Pretoria (Honourable Mention)

Looking for some of the finest authentic German meats in town? Then why not head down to Alma Butchery and check out their extensive range of meats, fine brawns, liver pates, and terrines? Alma Butchery is also said to have the best smoked eisbein ... try it for yourself!

Details: Corner of and, Rossouw St &, Natalie Ave, Pretoria

Gourmet Butcher – Online

If you're all about being healthy, order the healthiest type of meat you can find  grass-fed, free-range – from Gourmet Butcher. And the best part is that you don't even have to get up from the couch to place your order! If you're on the lookout for more than meat, they also offer a range of ready-made meals such as creamed spinach and cottage pie ... sounds like they'd both work pretty well with a nice, juicy fillet steak if you ask me!

For more information, click here.

Butchers In Joburg

By Kim Brown

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.

Vovo Telo, Lonehill

Head to Vovo Telo in Lonehill for their take on freshly baked bread, rich coffee and truly yummy confectionery and pastries. While snacking on these delights, sit outside with your pooch and enjoy the fresh air. Sip on a Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Shake while your dog enjoys a bowl of Vovo Telo's finest water of the day. Just be sure to grab a loaf of bread to take home before you leave.

Contact details: 011 024 2233 | Shop LL42, Lonehill Shopping Centre, 22 Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill | [email protected] | vovotelo.co.za

Salvation Café, Milpark

There are few places as ideal for spending an afternoon with your pup than Salvation Café. Here, you and your furry friend can spend a lazy afternoon in the leafy courtyard. Tuck into the Salvation Gourmet Burger, with beef, bacon, caramalised onion, guacamole and local cheddar. Finish off your indulgence with the famed New York Cheesecake served with berry coulis.

Contact details: 011 482 7795 | 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg | [email protected] | www.salvationcafe.co.za

Walkhaven Dog Park, Zwartkop

Walkhaven Dog Park in Zwartkop is the perfect place to spend some much needed time with your furball. The 22 hectares offers plenty of space for the dogs to run, play and burn off some excess energy. You can pack a picnic full of treats for you and the pooch or even have a braai. If you're too hungry to cook your own food after all the fun, then head to The Walkhaven Kitchen and grab a cheesy pizza instead.

Contact details: 071 212 9955 | Plot 77, Walkhaven Farm, Zwartkop

Royal Coffee Roasters, Edenvale

If you need a caffeine fix before, during or after a long walk with your furbaby, stop by at Royal Coffee Roasters at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. Sip on a cup of expertly prepared coffee alongside a decadent red velvet cake while you and your pooch enjoy the sights and scenes of the busy Vale. This is a great spot for you and your pooch to relax before tackling a hike through the avenues.

Contact details: 011 452 2751 | No 1 Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Park, Edenvale | [email protected] | www.royalcoffee.co.za

Nice on 4th, Parkhurst 

For an impeccable breakfast with your dog, visit Nice on 4th. The home of good breakfast, this restaurant offers a variety of must-try delicious early morning eats. Options include the famous breakfast baskets, breakfast bunny chow and crumbly croissants. There's no better start to the day than with good food, strong coffee and a lovable fur ball at your feet.

Contact details: 011 788 6286 | 37 4th Ave, Cnr 14th street, Parkhurst | [email protected] | niceon4th.co.za

Voodoo Lily Café, Birdhaven 

Situated in Birdhaven, Voodoo Lily Café is the ultimate place to stop by for a light nibble with your dog. Not only do they offer a divine selection of breakfast, small plates, sandwiches, salads, burger, sushi and desserts, they also have yummy options for your pooch. Dogs can choose between chicken breasts, chicken livers and doggy biscuits, while you dine on a mouthwatering Tuna Melt.

Contact details: 011 442 6965 | 64 St Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Milkbar, Parkmore

As the most popular hangout in Parkmore – from Friday after-work drinks to long lazy weekend lunches – Milk Bar is also a dog-friendly restaurant in Johannesburg. Provided they’re well-mannered and on a leash, they can join you for an afternoon beer and burger in the sun.

Contact details: 083 282 3758 | Holt St, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196 | [email protected]

Source: Dineplan

Arbour Café, Birdhaven

Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the north? No sweat! Arbour Café, located right next to Voodoo Lily Café, offers a French take on dining out with your beloved dog. Visit this establishment and taste their Crispy Duck Confit and five-spice cherry sauce, with your best friend at your side. Your buddy can enjoy the fresh air and all the attention from passersby while you get in some much-needed French comforts.

Contact details: 011 788 4111 | Corner St Andrew St and Wrenrose Ave, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | [email protected] | arbourcafe.co.za

The Usual On Grant, Norwood 

If you happen to be in Norwood, pop into The Usual On Grant. There is nothing ordinary about this restaurant, despite the name. Sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with your furry friend. Refresh yourself after a long stroll with a well-deserved milkshake. Choose between Vanilla Cookies, Peppermint Crush, Caramel Crunch and Mixed Chocolate and Nut while your dog makes new friends.

Contact details: 011 483 0799 | 66 Grant Avenue, corner Nellie Road, Orange Grove, Norwood


Delta Café, Craighall Park

If you're dining out with your family, dogs included, there is no better spot than Delta Café. At this eatery, dogs can laze about on the green lawn while the kids go wild playing on the jungle gyms. While the furry and non-furry kids burn off their extra energy, you can take a break and enjoy a chilled glass of wine or even sneak in a slice of chocolate cake.

Contact details: 010 900 3850 | 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Pizza Del Forno, Benoni

Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the east? Benoni has become a new go-to suburb for entertainment, dining and spending time with your beloved dog. Dine outdoors under the shade of the umbrellas at Pizza Del Forno in Farrarmere. While Rover tucks into a bowl of refreshing water, you can feast on your choice of traditional pasta or gourmet pizza. But be warned, Farrarmere is a dog-loving neighbourhood and there may be a chorus of "Ooh, he's so cute".

Contact details: 011 849 5870 | Farrarmere Shopping Centre, 20 Sheridan Rd, Cnr Bayley Road, Farrarmere, Benoni | [email protected] | www.delforno.co.za


Do you know of any other dog-friendly restaurants in the city? Let us know about them in the comments section 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.

We head to east of Johannesburg and explore everything Ekurhuleni has in store for all.  The East Rand comprises of Kempton Park, Bedfordview, Edenvale, Alberton, Benoni, Brakpan, Boksburg and Linksfield. If you’re planning a visit to Ekurhuleni, click your suburb of interest below and view our guide to the area, covering everything from interesting restaurants and must-visit retail hubs to hotels if you wish to spend the night (or weekend) and more.

What Are You Looking For? 

Kempton Park

Kempton Park

Kempton Park is the suburb of convenience! From thrilling entertainment and thriving business hubs to international travel, top-notch accommodation, exquisite dining, and so much more, Kempton Park has it all. This bustling area is home to one of the two airports in the province of Gauteng – O.R. Tambo International Airport – as well as the ever-popular casino, Emperors Palace; and Festival Mall, the biggest shopping centre in the suburb. And with the airport being so close, Kempton Park is brimming with bustling business and accommodation offerings for those visiting.

Explore Kempton Park.

emperors palace

Image from Emperors Palace.


For some of the best entertainment and food in the East Rand, Bedfordview is the suburb you need to visit. Combining the family-friendly lifestyle with European-inspired luxury, this is the perfect place to call home or even explore over the weekend. A few popular spots to visit include Bedford Centre and Eastgate Shopping Centre if you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy. These malls also offer a lovely selection of restaurants to delight your taste buds. As for entertainment, the area offers an exciting collection of family fun, nightlife hot spots and sporting venues.

Explore Bedfordview.

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Known for its sprawling tree-lined avenues, quaint cafes, abundance of retail offerings and vibrant restaurant scene, Edenvale has something for everyone. Edenvale comprises a number of residential suburbs ideal if you're looking to settle down and raise a family, as well as a few industrial corners. A few points of interesting tin the area includes Greenstone Shopping Centre, one of the biggest malls in the east; De Molen Pancake House tucked inside the local landmark of the Dutch Windmill; Rush Trampoline Park is the kids want to blow off some energy; or simply enjoying the outdoors and taking a leisurely stroll through the market at Horwoods Farm.

Explore Edenvale.

Restaurants in Edenvale

De Backery and De Molen Pancake House. Photo credit: Heather Mason.


Primarily characterised as a residential suburb in the south of the East Rand, Alberton offers families a lovely space to wind down, relax and make happy memories. Being within close proximity of neighbouring business centres and major freeways and routes, most residents commute to work in surrounding cities and suburbs. Here, residents and visitors can enjoy a slow side of life, enjoying a variety of outdoor recreational activities and even a spot of shopping. A few venues and location to note for your next visit includes the well-kept Alberton Driving Range if you're keen to practice your swing; the Jackson Dam perfect for an afternoon hike, fishing, walking your furry four-legged companions and getting some sunshine; and the Rietvlei Zoo Farm offering a Picnic Park, as well as lots of space to mountain bike, hiking or joining a park run; and lastly, the Alberton City Shopping Centre, complete with a dynamic mix of local and international brands from over 98 stores.


Situated alongside the N12 Highway, diverse and historic Benoni is well-known as being the setting of the 2005 MTV-inspired movie, Crazy Monkey: Straight Outta Benoni. And let's not forget, the Oscar-winning actress, Charlize Theron, was born in Benoni. It is also known as a great suburb for first time home buyers due to the area's properties being great value for money. Other than making a great residential area, there are also a few great places to visit. Northmead Square not only offers a lovely retail experience for visitors and residents alike, but also brought movie cinemas back to the suburb (in case you didn't know, the last cinema closed in the 80s). Next up, if you'd like to brush up on some local history, be sure to visit the Benoni Museum. And have you ever visited a mall that's located on a steam boat? If not, Lakeside Mall on the southern banks of the Civic Lake is an absolute must.

Lakeside Mall in Benoni


Boksburg came to been when gold was discovered in the area in 1887. These days, it boasts a diverse industrial and mining scene as it is known as one of the most important gold-producing areas on the Witwatersrand. If you'd like to revisit the past, there are a number of old historical building to visit including a few old gold mines, the St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church, the Old Post Office which was built in 1898 and the Law Court which has been standing from 1890. But if you're looking for entertainment of the modern day kind, locals and visitors can spend a Saturday morning strolling and shopping through the Bokkie Park and Bunny Park Food and Craft Markets. During the hot summers, Wild Waters is just the place to keep cool while having a blast on the water slides and rides. And lastly, shop up a storm at one of the Joburg's biggest malls, East Rand Mall.

east rand mall

Image from East Rand Mall.


During the Gold Rush boom in the late 1880s, Brakpan was just considered as a suburban area within Benoni and only became it's own little town in 1912. Situated between Benoni and Springs, this town also centres around the industrial and mining industry, but boasts many distinct areas filled with activities and entertainment and residential communities. One of the top attractions in the area is the exciting Carnival City, shaped just like a circus marquee! This entertainment hub offers visitors everything from a buzzing casino floor and family fun to restaurants, concerts and much more. Other than letting the kids blow off some steam at the Magic Company at Carnival City, why not let them bounce themselves tired at Wi:Jump, the East Rand ultimate trampoline park! Need to do a little bit of shopping? The Mall @ Carnival is sure to have whatever you're looking for.

Carnival City

Image from Carnival City.


As part of Edenvale, Linksfield can be found tucked between Fairwood, Cyrildene and Sydenham. This urban hub is an elegant residential suburb ideally located within close proximity to many attractions and amenities in neighbouring areas including Melrose Arch, Sandton and Rosebank. A few features worth mentioning includes the Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre, perfect for those after work errands and weekly grocery shopping. Another feature to look forward to is the development of The Neighbourhood, a brand-new residential lifestyle estate complete with its very own unique social, retail and leisure hub – The Neighbourhood Square – offering quaint restaurants and coffee shops, as well as boutique stores.

Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre

Image from Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre via Facebook.

Father's Day With A Difference 

How much effort do you usually put into making Father's Day special for your dad? We know that dads can be awkward about receiving gifts and being spoiled, but that's no excuse not to make them feel loved and appreciated on this special day. Dads are often our most unsung heroes, always there to pick us up when life gets us down. Celebrate your dad for the super man he is this Father's Day by organising a few special treats for delivery from The Victorian Secret.

This chic bakery and restaurant, located in Benoni, is one of our ultimate spots for a classy brunch in the city. Of course, due to lockdown regulations, you won't be able to treat Dad to a sit-down breakfast. However, this does not mean that the celebrations shouldn't go ahead as planned. The Victorian Secret now offers delivery and curbside collection on an array of their best pastries, platters and pre-made meals - everything you could possibly need to make this Father's Day the best you've ever pulled off!


Bouquets And Boards

While we may have to celebrate Father's Day at home or from a distance this year, you can still show Dad just how much you love him with one of The Victorian Secret's specialty bouquets. No, you won't be gifting Dad with pretty peonies, but a fine selection of biltong and droewors instead! These quirky bouquets are sure to put a smile on his face, as you present him with his very own edible gift.

If your dad is a cheese and wine kind of man, order a delectable platter from The Victorian Secret to enjoy before a Father's Day braai. Their assorted cheese board comes with a selection of cold meat, biltong, cheese, preserves, fresh fruit and crackers. Pop open a bottle of his favourite wine and enjoy together.

Afternoon Tea

Do dads participate in afternoon tea rituals? You bet they do! Deck out your dining room table with a scrumptious selection of sweet and savoury treats from The Victorian Secret's high tea menu. We've got our eye on mini boerie rolls, Thai green curry pinwheels, mini filled croissants and berry cheesecake for dessert. You can order as many tidbits as you like from the menu, so whether your dad is a savoury guy or a complete sweet tooth, there should be something to tickle his fancy.

Fancy Dinner

Dad deserves a fine dining dinner to wrap up his day. Rather than spend all day slaving away in the kitchen, spend quality time with your dad while The Victorian Secret whips up your dinner. You can order one of their prepared meals in advance, so you'll be super prepared for Father's Day. We like the sound of the Oxtail Stew served with your choice of rice or garlic mash. Available in small and large portions, this is the perfect winter warmer to spoil Dad with.

Victorian Secret

Oxtail Stew - photo sourced from The Victorian Secret on Facebook.

How To Order

Orders on ready-made meals must be placed before 12:00 daily for same day delivery. Cakes, pastries and bakery items must be ordered a day in advance. The Victorian Secret will be taking orders via WhatsApp only. Contact them on 078 975 9929. Please note that deliveries under R400 and outside of Benoni will be charged a delivery fee of R50.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/The-Victorian-Secret-665135663505612/

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/thevictoriansecret/

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected].

Buonissimo Deli Pizza

Pizza night, anyone? Buonissimo Deli Pizza in Modderfontein is back up and running, bringing Italian food lovers their favourite tummy-warming dishes for collection or delivery. Their handcrafted pizza bases are amazing - perfectly matured for a fluffy centre and crisp edges. In level 3 lockdown, their kitchen will be open until 8pm, so you have ample time to order your dinner and set the table for a night in. If you live within 5km, get ordering and show your support for their hardworking staff.

Details: Flamingo Shopping Centre, Cnr Queens St & Valley Rd, Modderfontein | (Tel) 011 608 3077 | [email protected]



How about a little Mediterranean feast from one of Joburg's top Greek restaurants? Mythos at Bedford Centre is open for collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown. You may place your order by contacting the restaurant directly or via the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Mythos has guaranteed their customers that their kitchens are operating under strict health and safety protocols. They encourage you to avoid visiting their restaurants, however, and to opt for contactless delivery instead to ensure your well-being. Mythos is also offering delivery specials on some of their most popular menu items, including yiros, platters and pizza! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekly specials.

Details: Bedford Square, Cnr Van Der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 615 2271 / 011 517 2349



While you may not be able to experience the flaming brilliance of Fireroom at home, you can still enjoy their one-of-a-kind dishes in lockdown. Their Bedfordview branch is offering the full Fireroom menu for delivery, including their signature sushi, poke bowls, dim sum, pizzas, pastas and an assortment of fine wines! Fireroom has opted to deliver using their own staff rather than employ a third party service. This not only keeps their staff in a job, but ensures the strictest hygiene standards are kept from their kitchen to your doorstep. Orders will be open between 11:30 - 17:00 daily, so make sure to place yours in good time.

Details: Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 465 0587


Masala Indian Restaurant 

Need a little extra spice in your life? Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg is open for deliveries during level 3 lockdown. One of our resident foodie writers swears by their Paneer Palak and Butter Naan for cold winter nights in. Pair it with a bottle of Chardonnay from Masala's wine menu and you'll be set for the perfect night in. You can order directly from the restaurant or via the Mr Delivery app. Delivery within a 6km radius is free.

Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]


The Victorian Secret 

We all need a sweet treat every now and then. Thankfully, The Victorian Secret in Benoni is open for delivery of their scrumptious bakery delights and select menu items. If you've never tried their macarons before, now's the time to do so. Available in an assortment of flavours, these moreish morsels are simply divine. You can also order custom birthday cakes and high tea kits to celebrate special occasions at home. Bakery items must be ordered a day in advance, while prepared meals should be ordered before 12 noon for same day delivery. Delivery is free around the Benoni area on orders over R400. If you live outside of the area, delivery will cost you R50, but it'll be worth the extra spend, trust us.

Details: 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929 | [email protected]


For those of you who don't live in the East but are dying for restaurant food, check out these eateries delivering across the city. 

The Secret Garden

Tucked away at Uncle Tim's centre, The Secret Garden is an eatery offering vegan, vegetarian and meat options. Shrouded by green shrubbery, a kaleidoscope of flowers and delicate water features, this is a must-visit garden restaurant. The menu features a range of savoury waffles, platters and breakfasts that are customised to your diet.

Top pick: The Breakfast Waffle, topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu for vegans; egg, mushroom and welsh rarebit for vegetarians and bacon, eggs and welsh rarebit for omnivores.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected] | Facebook

Shed & Silo

Located on the outskirts of Benoni, Shed & Silo offers country-style dining made with love. This eatery promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce, ensuring you get the freshest ingredients. While surrounded by the farmlands, you can indulge in country fresh breakfasts, cakes and a harvest table.

Top pick: Shed & Silo's cakes are a definite must-try. Try the decadent Red Velvet cake or the Chocolate Top Deck Cheesecake.

Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | www.theshednsilo.co.za

Little Belgium

In the mood for some delicious waffles? Then head to Little Belgium at Flamingo's Nest Boutique Hotel in Rynfield. This eatery has a waffle for every palate, from indulgent sweet to gourmet savoury pastries. With plenty of space for the kids to play, this is the perfect spot for an outing with the family.

Top pick: The Chocolate Brownie - a golden waffle topped with a rich dark chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and ruby-red strawberries.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove and Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | littlebelgium.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is the ideal spot for delicate dining, whether it be brunch or a high tea. Dine like royalty, surrounded by magnificent trees, flower beds and Victorian-style architecture. With a bakery and a tea garden onsite, you'll be spoiled for choice. Diners can tantalise their taste buds with a range of elegant breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and exquisite baked delights.

Top pick: The Victorian Secret is famed for their macarons. The raspberry and granadilla options are delicate, light and chewy while packing a flavour punch.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn Street, corner Russel Street, Benoni | | thevictoriansecret.co.za

The Vegan Chef

The Vegan Chef is one of the many great vegan restaurants in the East. Offering a range of wholesome, hearty and delicious vegan soul food, this restaurant is a must for anyone interested in a plant-based diet. Hidden away at the Green Thumb nursery, this is a great spot to bring the family (including those with four legs) for a yummy day out.

Top pick: It's difficult to choose a favourite between the Southern Fried Chickn and the Sticky Wings. But, why compromise? Get both and a selection of other tasty treats with a generous platter.

Contact details: 072 117 8550 | 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | theveganchef.co.za


What's better on a warm afternoon than expertly crafted Greek food? If this sounds good, then head to Nikos to dine on your fill of tasty and satisfying Greek delicacies on their deck. Serving up a range of mezes, traditional dips, souvlaki, yiros and sweet treats, this is one restaurant you won't leave hungry.

Top pick: We are obsessed with their yiros! Whether you choose your flat bread stuffed with halloumi, falafels, chicken, beef, lamb or pork, you won't be disappointed.

Contact details: 061 524 6946 | Oakfields Shopping Centre, Corner Oak Street and Hanekam Street, Northmead | [email protected] | nikosgreek.co.za


Del Forno

Craving traditional Italian fare? Then Del Forno is the place for you. Located at Farramere Shopping Centre, this spot offers delectable pastas and mouthwatering pizzas. And what's more, they welcome your furry friends. Offering a wide array of Mediterranean meals, this eatery is your go-to for hearty dining.

Top pick: There is nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta. And Del Forno's Red Pepper Pesto sauce poured over fettuccine with creamy spinach, mushroom, sundried tomato, cherry tomato and halloumi bits does not disappoint.

Contact details: 011 849 5811 | Farrarmere Shopping Centre, 20 Sheridan Road, corner Bayley Road, Farrarmere | [email protected] | www.delforno.co.za


Have you ever tried Dutch-Indonesian cuisine before? Well, now is your chance to try this unusual combination. Lemongrass's menu expertly combines these two cuisines with the flavours and meals familiar to a South African palate, crafting delectable pastas, pancakes, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Top pick: The 9-Dish Rijstafel is a fan favourite, offering diners the chance to explore nine different dishes with unique flavours.

Contact details: 086 610 2380 | 38 Russel Street, Western Extension, Benoni | | lemongrass.co.za

Have you been to any of these restaurants? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below!

The Vegan Chef

What started out as a small food stall has evolved into one of the biggest trends in the vegan industry today. Offering a range of services, including a line of vegan restaurants, frozen convenience foods and restaurant partnerships, The Vegan Chef (TVC) has taken the plant-based world by storm.

Restaurant And Food Stall

Having popped up at vegan markets across Joburg, The Vegan Chef started gaining popularity with their tantalising food for the soul. Offerings included Fried Chickn, Sticky Wings, Vish Cakes and Beyond Meat Burgers. After their huge success in satisfying vegan cravings, it was time to find a permanent home, which they did - in Midrand, Benoni and Craighall.

The Vegan Chef Midrand

Located at CoSpace in Midrand, this branch of TVC was the first. They provide delicious cruelty-free vegan comfort food and cater for functions. Popular menu items include the Sticky Chickn Wings, Southern Fried Chickn Pieces, Vacon, Vegan Doughnuts and Vegan Waffles on a Stick. If Midrand is too far a drive, you can order your vegan delights on Uber Eats and Mr Delivery, or you can stop by at one of their new branches in Craighall and Benoni.

The Vegan Chef Craighall

The newly opened Craighall branch of The Vegan Chef is the home of vegan pizza in Joburg. With their own wood burning pizza oven, their menu has over 10 pizza options. Some choice options include the Margarita, 3 Cheeses, Tropical, The Beyond Pizza and BBQ Rib. If this isn't enough to sate your appetite, try one of their decadent cakes of the day. Filled with creamy lush icing, these sponges are a must-try!

The Vegan Chef Benoni

For many years, vegans of the East Rand have been envious of their northern counterparts' close proximity to all things vegan. But no more, because there is now a vegan restaurant right in Benoni. TVC Benoni offers all the vegan indulgences you could ever want, from plant-based toasties, gourmet burgers and samoosas to hotdogs, wraps and all day bagels.

Restaurant Partners

Apart from all their own eateries, The Vegan Chef has also partnered with other restaurants, bringing your favourite vegan comfort food to your doorstep. Impasto Pizza in Linden, The Fussy Vegan in Blairgowrie and Dimples Cafe in Woodmead are just some of the restaurants they have partnered with.

Frozen Convenience

If having three restaurants, a food stand, a delivery service and partnering with other restaurants wasn't enough, TVC also produces a range of frozen products for you to make at home. Some products on offer are Chickn Fillets, Seasoned Chickn, Spiced Mince, Sticky Wings, Vacon, Vacon Bits, Vish and Vish Cakes. To view more information about these products, click here.

For More Information

For more information about The Vegan Chef, their products and services, contact them on 072 117 8550, email them at [email protected] or visit their website.

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Where To Eat?

The Vegan Chef

The latest offering to take the vegan world by storm, The Vegan Chef has recently opened up shop at the Green Thumb nursery in Benoni. Offering everything from Southern Fried Chikn and Sticky Ribs to Waffles On A Stick and Doughnuts, this is vegan food for the soul. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about and feel free to bring along your pooches for a day out in the lush gardens of the nursery.

Contact details: 082 606 6836 | Green Thumb Nursery, 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | https://theveganchef.co.za/

Little Belgium

If sweet Belgium delicacies are more your thing, then make sure you stop by Little Belgium during your tour of Benoni. Serving both sweet and savoury treats, this waffle house and bakery is the perfect outing for the whole family. We're suckers for the Black Forest Gourmet Waffle. Topped with wild berry sauce, chocolate shavings and cherries, this ticks all the boxes.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | littlebelgium.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is our go-to for light brunch, delicate high tea and perfectly baked sweet treats. Visit early in the morning and relax in the picturesque gardens while indulging in The Queen Victoria - two poached eggs, bacon, rocket, grilled tomato, crisp rosti and creamy hollandaise sauce. Before you leave, pick up some of their famed macarons. Available in a rainbow of flavours, these soft and crumbly treats are totally worth it.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | [email protected] | thevictoriansecret.co.za

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Where To Shop?

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni is a must-visit for any antique collector, crafter or hobbyist. Housed in historical buildings, this centre first opened their doors in 1993. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength and is now home to a wide variety of shops selling antique collectibles, trinkets, books, art, furniture, vinyl records and giftware. Visit their Carboot Sale or Antique & Collectors market and spend hours browsing through the hidden treasures.

Contact details: 010 590 8003 | 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni | [email protected] | uncletims.co.za

Victoria Avenue

Speaking of hidden treasures, there is no better place to find all your antiques, collectibles and trinkets than the avenues of Benoni just south of Farrarmere. Along the lanes of Victoria Avenue, Woburn Avenue, Russel Street and Howard Avenue, you'll find a plethora of artsy shops and restaurants. Selling everything from timepieces and novelty ornaments to art and craft supplies and artisan goods, these charming streets offer quite the adventure.

East Rand Crafters Market

Spend a day shopping up a storm with the kids in tow at the East Rand Crafters Market. Offering everything from monthly markets to themed annual events, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Shop for all your preserves, plants, fashion accessories, jewellery, kitchen accessories, wind chimes and beauty products while your kids have a blast with the inflatables, face painting and other activities.

Contact details: 49 Aerodrome Dr, Benoni | www.eastrandcraftersmarket.co.za

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre

Where To Play?

Benoni Country Club

For sports enthusiasts, there is no better thrill than a day out at Benoni Country Club. Here, you can play a round of golf, indulge in the full driving range, try a game of bowling, take a shot at tennis or squash or join the running club. Other than the sport facilities, the club also has a gym, conference facilities, a full bar, a pizza oven, a restaurant, a pro shop and a car wash. If this isn't sporting entertainment at its best, we don't know what is.

Contact details: 011 849 8821 | Morris Avenue, Morehill, Benoni | [email protected] | www.benonicc.co.za

Cat Village 

If you're an animal lover, then Benoni is about to become your second home. Cat Village is a non-profit pro-life organisation in Northmead offering a home to 1000 felines. They provide shelter, food and care to homeless, neglected and abandoned cats. If you'd like to visit these adorable kitties, you can do so by volunteering at the shelter. Alternatively, head to any of their pawsome events.

Contact details: 083 668 8595 | [email protected] | catvillage.org.za

Highveld Honey Farms

One of the largest honey producers in South Africa, Highveld Honey Farms was established in the 1960s. Running 8000 beehives, this farm is your go-to for all things honey. Visitors can stock up on a wide range of honey products at their onsite shop while learning all about the process of cultivating this sweet nectar. They also offer all the bee keeping equipment you could ever need, from hive kits to protective clothing.

Contact details: 011 849 1990 | Plot 185, Uys St, Rynfield Agricultural Holdings, Benoni | [email protected] | highveldhoney.co.za

Benoni Country Club

Benoni Country Club

Want more? Then check out our secret gems of Benoni article.

Do you know of any other must-visit spots in Benoni? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

City Rock

If you're looking to do some yoga, shop for some awesome gear, and most importantly, engage in some rad indoor wall climbing, then CityROCK Johannesburg is definitely the right place for you. This is the perfect place to start rock climbing especially if you have never done it before. With the aesthetic design and sheer height of the colourful walls, you will leave a climbing addict. Did we mention they serve great coffee? It's simply the best, you must go try it!

Wonderwall Climbing Gym

Whether you are a climbing expert or a shy beginner, Wonderwall Climbing Gym is suitable for anyone and everyone. Offering thrilling 500m2 of indoor climbing walls with both top-rope and lead facilities with routes graded from 13-27, gear rentals, change rooms and so much more, pop in any day from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays and public holidays) and have yourself a day to remember. 

Soul Adventures

Take it to the extreme and partake in some hardcore rock climbing. Alright, it's only hardcore because it's outdoor, but other than that, do not be alarmed. Join Soul Adventures to get both the physical and mental satisfaction of climbing all the way to the top. And if you're an adrenaline junky, this is definitely something for you. Be one of the few people who can say, 'hey, I climbed Kilimanjaro.' How freaking awesome is that?

East Rand Climbing Gym

Take it back indoors at the East Rand Climbing Gym located in Benoni. Imagine conquering your climbing fears in a vibrant and social atmosphere with great music and intense but worthwhile personal training? Well, stop imagining and go check it out for yourself! To top it off, the gym also offers outdoor rock climbing trips to Waterfall Boven, Swinburne, Harrismith and other popular crags around South Africa - but only on Saturdays.

Bounce Inc.

Sure, everyone loves Bounce Inc. for their trampolines but did you know they also have climbing facilities? Booyah! Join Clip 'n Climb exclusive to Bounce Inc. in Fourways. Best for those who want to experience the extreme thrill of rock climbing but with safety and fun as the top priority. This is the easiest and most accessible rock climbing experience for beginners, and it's great for extreme climbers looking for a new challenge. But don't take our word for it, go conquer the world for yourself.

Know other cool rock and wall climbing venues not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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Bedfordview Night Market 

The Bedfordview Night Market brings the biggest and best markets in the city under a canopy of stars. At this market, you can find a variety of stalls selling a range of hand-crafted items and delectable food. Offerings include finger food, delicious hearty meals, unusual street food and sweet treats, as well as gardenware, art, esoteric items and fresh flowers, just to name a few. This market takes place on the last Friday of every month at 17:00.

Contact details: 79 Boeing Road East, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.thenightmarket.co.za | Facebook

East Rand Crafters Market

Based in Benoni, the East Rand Crafters Market is one of the biggest in the East Rand. Offering buyers a convenient place to shop for all their needs, this market is a must-visit. With free entrance, there is no better place to shop, browse and enjoy a day out in the sun. This market also offers a range of activities to keep the kids busy, so you can bring along the whole family.

Contact details: 49 Aerodrome Drive, Benoni | www.eastrandcraftersmarket.co.za | Facebook

Bedfordview Night Market

Bedfordview Night Market

Crafts In The Park

Crafts In The Park hosts markets and car boot sales on the first Saturday of every month at Bokkie Park in Boksburg and the last Saturday of every month at the newly re-opened Bunny Park in Benoni from 09:00 - 14:30. At this market, you can expect to find quality handmade goods and yummy treats, surrounded by beautiful gardens and farm animals.

Contact details: 072 713 3332 | Bokkie Park, Southvale Road, Parkdene, Boksburg / Bunny Park, Pretoria Road, Rynfield, Benoni | [email protected] | craftsinthepark.co.za | Facebook

Modderfontein Farmers Market

Located in the old mining town of Modderfontein, this market is set on the picturesque grounds of Franz Hoeing Haus. Stop by on an early morning to get your fill of fresh bread, sweet preserves, delicious cheese, gorgeous gifts and produce. If this wasn't enough, soon Modderfontein will play home to a second market. The Fourways Farmers Market will be moving to the Modderfontein Nature Reserve in March 2020, so you'll be able to source even more farm fresh produce in this quiet town.

Contact details: 073 234 9994 | Franz Hoenig Haus Gardens, High Street, Modderfontein | [email protected] | Facebook

Modderfontein Farmers Market

Modderfontein Farmers Market

Country Fair, Carboot Sale & Food Court

Tucked away at Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni, the Country Fair, Carboot Sale and Food Court occurs on the first Sunday of the month from 09:00 - 15:00. At this market, you can look forward to finding a wide selection of toys for the kids, secondhand bargains, jewellery, books and arts and crafts. There's also a selection of tasty goodies on offer to keep your hunger at bay.

Contact details: 083 310 6138 | 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni | [email protected] | uncletims.co.za | Facebook

Antique, Arts and Crafts Market

Another one of Uncle Tim's offerings, the Antique, Arts and Crafts Market is the perfect place to hunt down bargains for antique furniture, books, trinkets, china sets, figurines and collectables. And true to the ethos of the centre, this market also sells beautifully handcrafted items, fresh homemade produce and unique giftware. These markets are held on the second Sunday of the month.

Contact details: 083 310 6138 | 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni | [email protected] | uncletims.co.za | Facebook

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre

Do you know of any markets in the East Rand we missed? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is tucked away at Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and water features, this spot is the ultimate garden to dine like royalty. With meals catering to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters, there is something here for every palate. In fact, almost all the menu choices are available in both vegan and meat options. Our top choice for brunch would be the Breakfast Waffle. Vegans can enjoy their savoury waffle topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu scramble, vegetarians get their waffle topped with an egg, mushrooms and welsh rarebit and meat eaters can indulge in a waffle complete with eggs, bacon and welsh rarebit.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni | [email protected] | Facebook

Little Belgium

What better way to enjoy a late morning brunch than with a plate of fluffy waffles? Luckily, Benoni is home to a waffle haven. Little Belgium, located at Flamingo's Nest Boutique Hotel, offers generous checkered goodness straight out of Belgium. Offering a selection of breakfast, savoury and sweet waffles, there is no better place to indulge come brunch time. While the adventurous may opt for the Sergeant Benedict or a Butter Chicken Waffle, we're suckers for the classic sweet waffle. Available in six variants, there's something to satisfy any sweet tooth. Complete with a lush garden and play area for the kids, this is the perfect spot to treat the family this summer.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | https://littlebelgium.co.za/

The Victorian Secret

For Victorian-style brunch elegance, head to The Victorian Secret on Woburn Street. Complete with giant trees, stark white window panes and an exquisite tea garden, this restaurant and bakery is worthy of a queen. Spoil a loved one with a delicate lunch under the shade of the luscious trees. The menu features an array of breakfasts, light meals and gourmet sandwiches perfect for brunch dining. We recommend none other than the Queen Victoria. Two poached eggs are served with bacon, rocket and grilled tomato on a crisp rosti, topped with creamy hollandaise sauce. Pair this with one of their fine teas for the perfect brunch.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn Street, Corner Russel Street, Benoni | [email protected] | http://thevictoriansecret.co.za/

Shed & Silo

Experience country-style dining like never before at Shed & Silo. This farm-style restaurant promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce. This not only helps the environment, but ensures the food on your plate is as healthy and fresh as can be. If you're unsure of what to try on your first visit, you can't go wrong with the Eggs Benedict. Olive ciabatta is topped with crispy bacon, perfectly cooked eggs and creamy hollandaise. This dish is finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a garnish of micro herbs. Brunch doesn't get any better than this, especially when paired with a perfectly brewed cup of hot coffee.

Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | https://www.theshednsilo.co.za/

Café Bellini

Looking for the ultimate brunch spot for a group of friends or family? Then head to Café Bellini. Winding walkways, green shrubbery and magnificent garden decor sets the scene for a brunch like no other. With their wide array of breakfast, sandwich, wrap and light meal choices, you'll have trouble deciding on what to order. Our choice would be between the Breakfast Cup - two toast cups filled with poached eggs, bacon and grilled tomato - and the Cypriota Open Sandwich - fried halloumi, avocado and sweet chilli sauce on a choice of white, brown, rye or low GI bread. Throw in a Greek-style Café Frappé and you're set for the day.

Contact details: 063 967 9653 | 204 Elston Ave, Benoni | [email protected] | https://www.cafebellini.co.za/

The Social House

Treat yourself to a mouthwatering brunch at The Social House. Offering family-style dining in a cosy environment, there is no better place to enjoy beautifully plated meals in the late morning to early afternoon. While their menu features many yummy choices, who could resist a filling Breakfast Burrito? Stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage and tomato and onion relish, we couldn't. Vegetarians have the option of replacing the chorizo with mushroom for a meat-free alternative. If that isn't your cup of tea, try the Quiche (also available in a crustless option for the carb-conscious) of the day, served with a crunchy side salad.

Contact details: 011 425 2566 | 49 O' Reilly Merry Street, Rynfield, 1501 Benoni | [email protected] | http://socialhousecafe.co.za/

Do you know of any other tasty brunch spots in Benoni? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Finding a restaurant that comfortably caters to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike is rare. What's even more unlikely is to find a restaurant of this nature situated in the heart of the East Rand. We recently discovered a gem of this sort at Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni.

The Secret Garden offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The perfect alternative to an overbooked inner city restaurant, The Secret Garden provides serene dining under the shade of lush trees. We recommend sitting outdoors in warmer months. Greeted by the restaurant's resident cat, their garden seating is spacious and inviting. However, the interior has just as much character, with vintage wooden dining tables and quirky chandeliers. Either way, you are sure to receive good service from their friendly staff.

The Secret Garden

Inspired Dining

Arno Steenkamp, the owner and chef of the restaurant is vegan himself, so there is utmost care taken to prepare all dishes. His food ethos preaches that ingredients are not limited to food items, but include joy, kindness and inspiration. Taking his time to prepare healthy, thoughtful meals, Arno delivers his passion on a plate. The restaurant offers a set menu, as well as weekly specials. Often experiments in flavour and cuisine, these specials give diners a unique look into Chef Arno's diverse skill set in the kitchen. Think vegan Butternut Soup, Spiral Veggie Tart, Mushroom Wellington and Blueberry Mousse, yum!

Meat munchers, you have not been excluded from the Secret Garden's culinary excellence. Their set menu features a number of meat options, including a full English breakfast, a German pork feast, gourmet burgers and smoked trout fishcakes. Those of you who eat dairy may also enjoy a Secret Garden signature milkshake (or two!) Slurp down a traditional vanilla, strawberry or lime shake while waiting for your meal. Alternatively, give their peanut butter or Oreo milkshake a try. Smooth and sweet, this is the perfect way to enjoy your time at this unlikely foodie hotspot.

Have It Your Way

Many of the dishes on the Secret Garden's menu are available in vegetarian and vegan options. For instance, you can order vegan filled pancakes with creamy spinach and avocado, or the meat version, which comes with savoury mince and a beer and mustard cheese sauce. 

When we visited, we ordered the Ploughman's Platter - two generous wedges of cheddar cheese, served with pickles, grapes, pretzels, dipping chutney, tomatoes and homebaked beer bread. You can keep it meat-free, or add a serving of Hickory Ham or sliced biltong. We opted for the ham, which paired wonderfully with the strong cheese and sweet grapes. However, the star of this plate was the bread. With subtle under notes of beer, this dense loaf was so good that we ordered a second to finish off the scraps of the plate. The Secret Garden will definitely be hearing from us again in the near future!

The Secret Garden

Allowing friends and family to gather at a place where almost anything is possible when it comes to food, The Secret Garden is paving the way for inclusive dining in the East Rand. The drive to this quaint restaurant is well worth it, so make the trip as soon as you can.

For More Information

Follow The Secret Garden on Facebook for more information.

Details: 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 083 299 2160 | [email protected]

Cafe Bellini

As an introduction to the hidden gems of Benoni, head out to Cafe Bellini. This quaint restaurant serves up delicious, hearty breakfasts, generous lunches and some of the best cake and pastries in the suburb. Think caramel fudge popcorn cake, baked cheesecake with blueberry couli and mini baklava rolls. Cafe Bellini is available for small private functions, including afternoon teas and birthday parties. With their beautiful rose garden outside and wrap around Victorian-style porch, this is Benoni at its very best. The restaurant also offers a walk-through gift section with unique, up-market decor accessories and jewellery, so stop by as soon as you can.

Details: 204 Elston Avenue, Western Extension, Benoni, Gauteng | 063 967 9653 or 082 708 0555 | [email protected]

The Victorian Secret 

For the finest French macarons in Benoni, visit The Victorian Secret. This side street patisserie is housed within a renovated Victorian home, giving it ample charm and character. We recommend taking a seat outdoors underneath their expansive, shady trees. The furniture is quintessentially Victorian too, with bright white lacy accents all around. TVS has set high tea and breakfast menus, featuring their most delightful cakes, pastries and savoury nibbles. However, you are welcome to pop by unannounced for a spot of tea, a lovely brunch or a variety of sweet treats.

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 420 1912 | [email protected].

hidden gems of benoni

The Secret Garden

Benoni sure does have a lot of secrets up its sleeve. For a vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining experience, visit The Secret Garden at Uncle Tim's Centre. Almost every menu item here has a suitable vegetarian or vegan alternative. So, while your meat loving friends tuck into a traditional English breakfast, you can enjoy a potato cake with tofu scramble, set on a bed of spinach, with sauteed tomato, mushrooms, spicy beans and a Fry's vegan sausage! Set in a lovely garden complete with water fountain and an abundance of plant life. The Secret Garden grow their own veggies too, so you can dine assured that the spinach on your plate has been plucked directly from the garden beds next to you.

Details: 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 083 299 2160 | [email protected]

Uncle Tim's Centre

If you love all things Victorian, then Benoni is the place for you to eat, shop and admire. Uncle Tim's Centre is a Victorian treasure chest of antiques housed in a collection of historical buildings in Benoni. Take a peek into Uncle Tim's Cabin, a five-roomed antiques and collectibles store. The old farmhouse plays host to 20 other shops, each selling something unique. From patchwork and embroidery to second hand books and vinyl, bespoke jewellery and an on-site art gallery, Uncle Tim's is a retail wonderland. The pinnacle of hidden gems in Benoni, Uncle Tim's regularly hosts markets and fairs, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Details: 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 010-590-8003 | [email protected]

Shed & Silo 

Everyone needs a break from the drudge of city life. Take a journey out into the tranquil avenues of Benoni to visit Shed & Silo, a country-style cafe famous for its Eggs Benedict and Chocolate Mousse Cake. There is a large patio area which overlooks lush farmland and the restaurant's vegetable gardens. It's the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cuppa. However, the interior decor of the restaurant is delightfully pretty as well, with glass cabinets, wood accents and hanging flower baskets. Retreat inside on a chilly day to enjoy a warming drink and some of the best gourmet cake Benoni has to offer.

Details: 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni, Gauteng | 063 294 6157 | [email protected]

Little Belgium

What's more satisfying than a crunchy, sweet waffle? A savoury one perhaps? Little Belgium is one of the newest additions to the hidden gems of Benoni list. Located at Flamingo's Nest Hotel, this is a family-friendly waffle house with a difference. Their take on the classic waffle is inspired, serving Thai Vegetable Curry, Butter Chicken and Beef Tagliatta Waffles! If you are a stickler for tradition, their menu also features all the good old classics. Kids can have a blast playing on the jungle gyms overlooking the lagoon outside, while you tuck into a thick, creamy milkshake. There is also a dedicated kiddies menu, so all can enjoy a tasty meal.

Details: Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | 082 886 3996 | [email protected]

Korsman Bird Sanctuary 

The Korsman Bird Sanctuary is located within the boomed residential Westdene suburb of Benoni. However, it is open to visitors, offering the best urban bird watching experience in the East Rand. There are a number of watch points to sit and admire the natural beauty around you, as well as 2.5km walking and cycling trails. There is also ample space on the perimeter of the sanctuary to enjoy a family picnic on the grass. Dogs are welcome too, so long as they are leashed and well behaved. It is free to view the park from the outside, so come out for a bit of fresh air in the heart of hidden Benoni.

Details: The Dr, Westdene, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 421 7418 / 082 690 2832 | [email protected] 

Benoni Monkey and Bird Park 

If you want to get up and close with some wildlife, then bring the family to the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park. Home to an array of exotic species of monkey, bird and rabbit, this sanctuary is ideal for a day out with the kids. There is an adjoining tea garden and play centre, so you can relax while the kiddies muck about. Children are welcome to interact with the animals, so long as they are considerate and gentle. This is a great kids party venue too, with catering options available from the restaurant.

Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]

hidden gems of benoni

Sibikwa Arts Centre 

The Sibikwa Arts Centre is one of Benoni's truest hidden gems. Working in community theatre for over 30 years, this arts centre plays a vital role in children's education and vocational training. The centre also happens to host some of the coolest jazz concerts, heritage festivals and theatre showcases in Benoni. Come and jive along to the sweet sounds of music here, or get involved in the community work. Kids can join the Saturday Arts Academy to hone their dance, singing and acting skills. Helping the youth become the very best versions of themselves through the practice of discipline and art, the Sibikwa Arts Centre is a must-visit gem.

Details: 13 Corner Bolton & Liverpool Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 422 4359 | [email protected]

Pug Rescue SA

Finally, we have the most adorable and worthwhile hidden gem to visit in Benoni. Pug Rescue SA calls this suburb their home, offering animal rescue services and special fund-raising events for abandoned and injured pugs and cross breeds. Come and spend some time with these sweet rescues, who will gladly thank you with a snort, lick and wag of the tail. You never know, you may just find a new addition to your family here.

Pug Rescue is hosting their final 'Spoil a Pug' event this December. Join them for a much-needed spoil session where you can walk a pug or give them a friendly belly rub at a doggie 'pool party'. All you need to bring along with you is a donation of R20 per person, or a can of Husky with gravy for these lovable rescues. The event takes place on Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 08:00 and 10:00.

Details: 80/1 Nielsen Road Benoni North Argicultural Holdings, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 508 0384 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other hidden gems in Benoni? Let us know about them! 

What Is It?

Summer is on its way. Celebrate the warmer weather and the fashion choices that come with it at Summer Surge 2019. This music meets fashion event is all about youth culture and expression. Join in on the fun at the Bunker in Benoni this December. Summer Surge 2019 is a must-visit, so get your tickets now.

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Bunker, 2 Moth Rd, Benoni, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 - R150 per person at Webtickets online.

For more information

Follow their Facebook page for more information.


Papachinos is a much-loved family-friendly restaurant with locations all over Joburg. However, their branch at Stoneridge Shopping Centre offers a kid's party experience that will have your little one beaming from ear to ear. Not only can the birthday person and their band of buddies make their own pizzas, but the decor and atmosphere is all about the kids. That's not to say that the parents can't have a good time. Papachinos' menu caters to young and old, offering Italian-inspired family meals. Little bambinos can tuck into their fill of fries, burgers and waffles, while the adults indulge in a cocktail or two. The play area at Papachinos Greenstone is unrivaled. The kids will have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild here, so book their next party at Papachinos!

Details: Cnr Modderfontein & Hereford Drive, Shop 95, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone, Edenvale, Gauteng | 010 449 9941 | [email protected]

Go Ape SA

When you think of Modderfontein, you are not likely to imagine a paradise for kids. However, you would be wrong to assume that there is nothing for the kids to get up to in this old dynamite town. Go Ape SA is an aerial park situated smack bang in the middle of Modderfontein. They offer climbing, scaling and obstacle courses for children aged four to 18. So, whether you are a parent to a precious pre-schooler or sullen teen, this party venue is sure to delight them. You also need not worry about safety, as there are strict guidelines according to ages. Little ones are kept far from the older tree climbers, so risk of injury is minimal. Go Ape caters to parties for kids aged five and upwards, offering a designated party area, snacks and party packs. Let's get climbing!

Details: Go Ape SA, Corner of Valley Rd & Johannesburg Rd, Modderfontein, Lethabong, Gauteng | 072 544 0415 | [email protected]

kids party

Go Ape SA


Trampoline parks have jumped up all over the city. However, for a fantastic kids party in the East, check out Gravity at Bedford Centre. More than just a bounce centre, Gravity has an array of adrenaline pumping activities, including a climbing wall, zipline and foam pits. Parents also need not worry about catering or party favours, as Gravity does it all for you. The birthday person also receives a voucher for one free bounce session and a special Gravity gift. If your child has a whole bunch of energetic friends, bring them here. Afterwards, lug them all along to Chevy Lane, the coolest 1950s-inspired diner in Bedfordview. With monster milkshakes, gourmet waffles and burgers galore, you'll be the coolest parent of the moment.

Details: Bedford Centre Upper Level, Corner Smith Street & Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Gauteng | 072 052 4781 | [email protected]

Happily Ever Laughter

For an outdoor kid's party, visit Happily Ever Laughter in Bedfordview. The play area here is perfect for toddlers, as moms and dads can easily keep a weary eye from their tables. However, there is ample fun and whimsy to be had for little ones on the funky slides and mini race track. If you want a more formal party, Happily Ever Laughter can organise that too. For an additional cost, they will arrange decor according to your theme, as well as yummy platters for the party goers and parents. The restaurant also hosts casual high tea for mommies and daughters, featuring delectable sandwiches, scones and pastries. So, whatever kind of party you have in mind, let Happily Ever Laughter deliver all that and more.

Details: 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 011 450 0711 | [email protected]


Another Bedfordview haven for overworked moms and dads is Kiddilicious. Offering a wonderful alternative to indoor party venues, Kiddilicious has mostly outdoor seating perfect for small parties. But, if you are in need of a more private area for the little one's birthday celebrations, Kiddilicious also has a separate party venue. This spacious indoor area flows out onto a covered patio and a beautiful, fully shaded garden and play area. You can order a couple of yummy platters to share, as well as mini cakes to sweeten up the occasion. If that wasn't enough to convince you to book this venue, then take a sneak peek at the Kiddilicious Beauty Salon. Hosting pamper parties for groups of up to 12 young ladies, spa packages include welcome mocktails, paraffin manis and pedis, facials and fruity treats to snack on. Book now!

Details: 15 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 076 358 6003 | [email protected]

Benoni Monkey and Bird Sanctuary

If your little one and their friends prefer the outdoors and are the animal-loving kind, organise a party at the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park, offering a fun, relaxed environment with an array of birds, bunnies and other exotic wildlife to keep the kids entertained. There is also a separate play area and party venue. You need not worry about catering or any of the other fuss that comes with party planning, as the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park will arrange it all for you. Just sit back and enjoy the fresh air while the kids learn all about interesting animals. This is perfect for small birthday party groups.

Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]

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Trees Eco Fun Park Benoni

Trees Eco Fun Park is a private facility located in Benoni. If all you really need for your child's birthday party is lots of open space, a swimming pool and braai facilities, then this is the venue for you. Ideal for a family get together, Trees Eco Fun Park offers access to all their facilities for only *R250 per spot, which accommodates up to 30 people. Booking is essential as no walks in will be allowed. Pack up the kids, their cozzies, sunscreen and their favourite braai snacks. Birthday cake is welcome too.

Details: 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 559 8504


Finally, we have Kidzville Party Venues in Kempton Park. With five different themed party venues available according to your child's age, Kidzville is one of the most diverse party venues in the East. Each venue comes complete with a shaded lapa area, braai facilities, separate bathrooms and play areas. Host an Adventure Island, Boot Camp, Farm Fun, Pirate Park or Disco Party for the special birthday person. Kidzville supplies all the cutlery and furniture you need to host a smashing party. It's great for parents on a budget who prefer to supply their own snacks and entertainment. Kiddies are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the venue, so be sure to specify the dress code on your invitations.

Details: 81 Main Road, Brentwood Park AH, Kempton Park, Gauteng | 083 463 1429 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other awesome kid's party venues in the East of Joburg? Let us know about them!

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.

Shed & Silo

The Shed & Silo Country Cafe offers that classic East Rand simplicity in their scrumptious breakfast menu. The restaurant is situated on a farmstead in Benoni, so there is an added air of tranquility with every meal. Try the Eggs Benedict - served with crispy farm style bacon, olive ciabatta toast, sprinkled with black sesame seeds and topped with sweet micro herbs. Once you have gobbled up all of that goodness, take a saunter over to their cake display. These are some of the best cakes in the east, so make sure to take a slice home or treat yourself to an after breakfast dessert.

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The Bread Basket 

The Bread Basket at Greenstone Mall serves up traditional breakfasts with a Mediterranean twist. Plus, their bread and cookies are to die for, so you might as well pay them a visit. Their standout breakfast is the Banana and Peanut Butter French Toast Croissant which is served with vanilla ice cream. Not particularly nutritious, but this is perfect for when you need a little sweetening up on a Saturday morning. The Bread Basket also offers weekend breakfast specials featuring all the greats; bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, chips, toast and two eggs. Paired with one of their gourmet flavoured coffees, this is as good as breakfast gets in the East Rand.

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Little Belgium

Little Belgium is the new kid on the breakfast block, but don't let that deter you from experiencing their ingenious take on the timeless waffle. This trendy waffle house just opened in October 2019 at Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel in Benoni. All their meals are made fresh and can be adapted to suit your dietary needs. There are four breakfast waffle options, but our top pick is the healthy Yogi. A crispy waffle stack, drizzled with golden syrup, topped with Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit of the day. If you want something more substantial, try their Beef Tagliattan waffle - wild rocket, topped with caramelised red onion, rare grilled sirloin, balsamic reduction and crumbed feta cheese, served on a crispy waffle base and garnished with micro greens!

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The Red Door Cafe

The Red Door Cafe in Edenvale is the ideal spot for hipster-inspired breakfast grub, serving up Ferrero Rocher croissants, Nutella cruffins and Cornflake crusted french toast with cream cheese and fig jam confections. The Red Door is also Edenvale's dedicated Paleo and Banting-friendly eatery. Their seasonal Paleo menu features a delightful breakfast bowl comprised of sweet potato wedges, red onion, spinach, bacon, hash browns, avocado and a poached egg. So, the next time you are hungry for a healthy, yet flavourful brekkie, take a journey to the east.

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La Tazzina

Another Edenvale favourite is La Tazzina. This Alice In Wonderland themed cafe is well hidden, but well worth the hunt to find it. Their adorable garden makes the perfect setting for a slow breakfast with friends or family. While they are mostly famous for their cakes and pastries, this quiet cafe also serves up a mean Mediterranean breakfast with your choice of Italian coffee. We love La Tazzina's omelette options, which range from basic three egg and cheese, to the Popeye - an omelette filled with spinach, feta and mushrooms! However, our favourite is the La Tazzina open omelette - topped with mozzarella, bocconcini, rosa tomatoes and homemade pesto. It is breakfast perfection.

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Cafe Billi Bi

For a classy breakfast experience in the east, visit Cafe Billi Bi at Stoneridge Mall. This is the place where all the cool kids hang out, with breakfast aficionados travelling from far to sample Billi Bi's fare. It is also dog-friendly, so bring your best furry friend along. Their salmon and asparagus Eggs Benedict is almost too picture perfect to eat, with slivers of smokey salmon and parma harm perched elegantly atop a poached egg, fresh asparagus and rye toast. Dressed in a Hollandaise sauce, this is early morning fine dining fit for a king. Cafe Billi Bi is famed for their premium roast coffee, too. Sit back, relax and enjoy the simple life while sipping on your favourite brew. The view from the restaurant is quite impressive, so bring your selfie sticks along!

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The Victorian Secret 

Benoni truly seems to be the east's representative for awesome breakfast and unique dining experiences. Take a trip to The Victorian Secret as soon as you can for a great breakfast treat. Set inside a renovated Victorian-style home, TVS is one of Joburg's finest patisseries. Their set breakfast menu includes a starter of homemade granola served with fresh seasonal fruit and yoghurt, accompanied by bottomless filter coffee and tea or one jug of freshly squeezed fruit juice to share between six people. Next up, there is a buffet of fluffy scrambled egg, bacon, mushrooms, cocktail tomatoes and freshly baked croissants. And if that wasn’t enough to delight you, tuck into a sweet platter filled with assorted bakery delights.

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Harpers Restaurant

Harpers Restaurant at Eastgate Mall is a long-standing favourite with residents of the east. Their breakfast menu is varied and generous, offering everything from healthy granola, to full Farmhouse spreads. There is the traditional English breakfast for when you're mighty hungry - fried or poached eggs, bacon, beef sausages, grilled tomato, large brown mushroom and grilled onion, served with toast and preserves. Harpers also caters for vegetarians with meat-free French toast, Spanish style eggs and fried brinjal, mushroom, spinach and grilled cherry tomatoes on toast. Sample their selection of herbal Twinnings teas with a macaron or gingerbread man for breakfast pudding.

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George's Bread & Co. 

George's Bread & Co. recently won the Best of Ekhuruleni award for Best Bakery, Best Coffee Shop, Best New Restaurant and Best Bakery with Cafe. If that wasn't reason enough to get you to travel to Boksburg, then come and indulge in their array of breakfast pastries. Apple and Custard Danishes, Chelsea Buns and Muffins greet you at the cafe counter. George's cafe haven't skimped on the tea and coffee either. We recommend the Dirty Chai Latte - a shot of espresso muddled with Chai spices and topped with frothed milk or cream. Don't forget to pick up a loaf of their 100% Sourdough bread or a pastry to take home.

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Finally, we have BemBom - an authentic Portuguese coffee shop, bakery and cafe. Their slogan "The Sweet Taste of Portugal" is apt, as their menu features a great selection of Porto-Mediterranean dishes. They are also one of the most reasonable breakfast spots in the East Rand, with branches in Bedfordview, Meadowdale and Benoni. For something a little outside of the breakfast box, try the Papas de Milho Amarelo - freshly cooked polenta with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and a poached egg, topped with grated Parmesan cheese. It's porridge with a difference!

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Do you know of any other great breakfast spots in the East Rand? Let us know about them! 

The Best Of Ekurhuleni is a reader's choice award granted to businesses around the East Rand. According to the organisation, "The Best of Ekurhuleni Reader’s Choice Awards were established to inspire the residents of Ekurhuleni to celebrate the best of the best and inspire growth and prosperity in local business and organizations."

These awards are a great way for locals to learn more about their surroundings and to explore the best Ekurhuleni has to offer. While we can't mention all the award winners, we will discuss some of our favourites of the worthy winners.

George's Bread & Co.

Offering an assortment of delectable baked goods, treats and confectionery, George's is probably one of our favourite bakeries in Gauteng. We are nothing short of in love with the soft and airy Red Velvet Cupcakes, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and perfect Cheesecake. It seems every time we pop by they have something new to make our mouths water. As such, it is no surprise that they take home the awards for not one, but six categories. These include Best Coffee Shop, Best Bakery, Best Pies, Best Place For Party Platters, Best Bakery With Café and joint Best New Restaurant.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 | Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand and Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected] | https://gbco.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

Tucked away in Benoni lies a beautiful Victorian house adorned with rose arches, crisp white window panes and a giant oak tree. This home has been renovated into one of the best bakeries in the East. In fact, according to Best Of Ekurhuleni, they are the Best Tea Garden. After sampling their delightful brunch, high tea and confectionery, we couldn't agree more. Spend a breezy summer afternoon lounging under a shady tree while indulging in a perfectly baked macaron. We recommend the granadilla or raspberry, but those more daring can opt for the salty sweet bacon treat.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni | [email protected] | http://thevictoriansecret.co.za/

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall is the proud winner of Best Shopping Mall. Situated in Boksburg, this mall is home to several other winners, including Best Clothing Store For Him (Edgars) and Best Accessories (Lovisa). Featuring 180 retailers, restaurants and entertainment hubs, this mall has been the go-to for East Randers since 1992. Recently renovated, this mall now has even more parking space and a more modernised feel.

Contact details: 011 823 1110 | Bental Rd, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected]https://www.eastrandmall.co.za

Green Craft Bar

This bar meets pub, located in Modderfontein and Benoni, has won two awards in this year's Best Of Ekurhuleni. They take home the prestigious title of Best Craft Beer Pub. With nine beers on tap, 17 largers, 21 ales and a range of other suds on offer, we are not surprised. They also have a pretty good gin list, which is why they also took the Best Craft Gin Bar title. While sampling their bitter beer and ample gin, make sure to try the Green Pizza or Peanut Butter Burger. They may sound weird, but they're worth a taste.

Contact details: Modderfontein - 082 446 3768 | Modderfontein Country Club, 1 Centenary Rd, Modderfontein, Johannesburg ; Benoni - 084 603 0609 | Benoni Country Club, Morris St, Morehill, Benoni | https://www.thegreen.co.za

The Green Craft Bar

The Green Craft Bar

Birchwood Hotel

Another multi-award winner, Birchwood Hotel takes home Best Local Hotel, Best Venue For Private Functions and Best Hire Venue/ Conference Centre. This hotel, located just 10 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport, boasts 665 rooms of varying sizes, four onsite restaurants and over 60 conference venues. Set in a picturesque lush garden, this hotel meets all your needs, whether it be luxurious accommodation, the perfect wedding venue or a night of fine dining in the city.

Contact details: 011 897 0000 | Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | https://www.birchwoodhotel.co.za | [email protected]

Emperors Palace

Winner for Best Venue For International And Local Artists To Perform, Best Entertainment Destination For Parties And A Night Out, Best Casino and Best Place To Take Out-Of-Towners is none other than Emperors Palace. This casino and entertainment area offers all the traditional casino games as well as several hotels, theatres and cinemas; conference venues; restaurants; spas and shops. The Palace Of Dreams is your one stop destination for all your entertainment needs.

Contact details: 011 928 1000 | 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg | https://www.emperorspalace.com/

Birchwood Hotel

Birchwood Hotel

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Who's your favourite Best Of Ekurhuleni winner? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

The Urban Markets are the masterminds behind some of the biggest markets in the city. Bringing you the Horwoods Family Market, the Urban Life Market at Stoneridge Mall and now the St Dunstans Christmas Market! Join the school in celebrating the impending festive season with craft stalls, yummy food and live entertainment. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday mood. 

When Is It?

Saturday, 16 November 2019 from 10:00-16:00.

Where Is It?

St Dunstans College, 54 Millburn Street, Rynfield, Benoni, Gauteng. 

How Much Is It?

Not communicated. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. 

For more information

Contact Urban Markets on www.theurbanmarkets.net | 082 896 8000 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The Sibikwa Arts Centre presents their annual Directors Showcase this November. Giving four young directors the opportunity to stage their work, Sibikwa Art Centre continue their community-driven efforts. The four directors selected for this year's festival are Aphiwe Namba, Moeketsi Kgotle, Linda Tshabalala and Nhlanhla Mazibuko. You can expect an afternoon of original, innovative and skilled performances. Exploring issues such as mental health, memory and identity, and relationships, through comedy, drama and musical theatre, the Directors Showcase is a must-see.

When Is It?

Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 14:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Sibikwa Arts Centre, Cnr Bolton & Liverpool Rd, Benoni, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R40 per person. Contact Vumile Qupe on 011 422 4359 / 079 706 2394 or at [email protected]

For more information

Follow Sibikwa Arts Centre on Facebook for more information.

What Is It?

You can expect everyone to arrive and leave happy, they are making sure they will be catering to everyone in the family so the kids will definitely not be bored, and of course not forgetting mom and dad, you can expect to see craft stalls, food stalls and of course ease into the beautiful day with live entertainment coming just for you on the day. Be sure to bring your friends too!

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Saturday, 30 November 2019.

Where Is It?

Northfield Methodist Church, Corner Aerodrome Drive and Webb Street, Benoni, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information.