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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BemBom 

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! 

If you have quite the healthy appetite, why not swing by the East side of Joburg for a generous meal, visit is Cafe Billi Bi situated at the Stoneridge Shopping Centre.

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It's A Creative Play On The Palate

They have a very unique way of plating and presentation, not only this but they also add so much character to food with their unexpected twists and combinations. It's lovely for a person who wants to explore or just maybe go for something different.

It's all great to eat with your eyes, but pointless if the taste does not match the look. However, Cafe Billi Bi is about that and more, awakening your senses on a different level. One thing that will probably stand out for you is the way that they use colour to appetise you and get that mouth watering is refreshing.

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The food is great and so is the menu, very generous, maybe super generous for a person who might want to take everything home. They take you on an adventure in taste and variety. They take unexpected to another level, this including their particular sandwich - the Meatball Sandwich with homemade thick tomato sauce topped with melted bocconcini mozzarella and fresh basil on a ciabatta roll. Sounds groovy right?

Their options range from full breakfast to light, lunches that include amazing pasta dishes. They have every drink you can probably think of. Did I mention cake? and more cake?

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Extra...Ordinary

Cafe Billi Bi prides themselves with their attention to detail service to make your experience with them a memorable one. To be quite honest, the best thing to finish of any meal is good service.

To add on to the greatness, their vibrant restaurant, usage of colour and decor is enough to awaken anyone's appetite. As soon as you step in, you walk into this bright and refreshing atmosphere. It's like walking into a movie and the cast has been told to be excited, the ambience is really motivating.

The chef, Clifford Correia is also the owner of this lovely place, with +- 20 years in the industry, he has managed to take average, traditional and add an innovative twist to make something remarkable and with staying power to keep you wanting more.

May I just add that the coffee is a stand out from the many stand outs, it's no surprise that they say that they take their coffee seriously. When you sip on their coffee, you will understand.

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This Magical Brew

Cafe Billi Bi is proud of the coffee, brew and you can only understand this when you have the direct experience of smelling and tasting it.

They use a coffee blend called the Mokador coffee, which only has premium coffees with a rich history behind it. This coffee has been around for years and still manages to make stellar quality with familiar blend, Arabica and Robusta.

This non-conventional cafe is a must visit, make sure that you add it to your experience list. A meal here is no ordinary thing.