Restaurants & Cafés

Mugg & Bean

Known for their hearty brekkies and bottomless coffee, Mugg & Bean is definitely an ideal place to do some work remotely. Most branches offer their customers 30-minutes free Wi-Fi, allowing you the opportunity to catch up on your emails and browse through social media, while you get some nutritional revival. And once the free 30-minutes are up, you can ask your waiter about paid-for internet access if you still have a bit more work to do.

Vovo Telo, 44 Stanley

Vovo Telo at 44 Stanley is a great place to perch yourself for a day’s worth of work. Just think lots of coffee and delightful freshly baked treats, perfect to keep your productivity going! It can get a bit noisy with all the other café goers, so you’ll probably want to take some headphones along with you. Their large wooden tables double up as great makeshift desks. Be sure to ask them for the Wi-Fi code once you take a seat at your table.

The Grind Coffee Company, Melrose Arch

The Grind Coffee Company is a café inside a cycle shop at Melrose Arch. Order your coffee at the counter, grab a table, set up, connect to the free Wi-Fi and get cracking on your to-do list. On the food and drinks side of life, the bread is sublime and the coffee will certain put a skip in your step!

Voodoo Lily Café, Birdhaven

If you need brain food in the form of healthy, organic and sustainable produce, why not make Voodoo Lily Café your office for the day? If you decide you want to bring your dog along to keep you company, he or she be welcomed with open arms here. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, the Voodoo Burger will hit the spot - in fact, it comes highly recommended.

Man Working Coffee Shop Cafe Concept

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Kauai

Start off your day with a delicious health kick and caffeine fix at your favourite Kauai branch! They offer their customers free Wi-Fi when they order a smoothie, coffee or meal. Simply just ask for the password, grab a table and set up your work station. You’ll have access to unlimited Wi-Fi at most of Kauai's branches throughout Johannesburg.

Croft and Co, Parkview

Head to Croft and Co in Parkview, grab a table, order yourself a White Ice (double espresso with milk and ice) and activate your productivity with their Wi-Fi connection. If you need something to ensure that you're fueled and ready to take on the work day, their parma ham salad is fab. Happy working!

Wimpy

Believe it or not, Wimpy is a great place to work. The coffee is fab, the burgers are, well, Wimpy, but they fill a hole (and they will remind you of road trips with your folks, no doubt!) AND the WiFi is FREE. Just ask for the password and you’ll be sorted for hours.

Andiccio 24 

Need to pull an all nighter? Or simply just have some last minute work to finish after hours before you call it a day? Then head to Andiccio 24. They’ve got great pizza as well as free Wi-Fi at various branches throughout the city. Order a drink or a delicious pizza and get unlimited free WiFi. Just ask the waiter for the daily password and you’re on your way.

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Collaborative Workspaces

Nomads and Co.

Nomads and Co. is a great shared work space to set up your mobile office if you’re a freelancer or are simply looking to collaborate with others – you never know who you’ll find here. Plus, Nomads and Co. host all kinds of events and workshops that you’ve got to keep an eye out for because you don’t want to miss out!

Workshop 17

Workshop 17 is a quirky collaborative space, complete with an indoor putt-putt course for those moments when your brain just needs a break, you know? They have a coffee shop inside which serves up a great cup of java and you can be sure that there are plenty of creative minds wandering around Workshop 17 at any given time. Take advantage and get networking!

The Office HUB

This is a shared workspace where you can choose the workstation that best suits you - use the boardroom for that extra-important presentation or kick back and enjoy a free cup of coffee in one of the timeout areas. Oh, and they’ve got a fiber optic line so you’ll always be connected!

JoziHub

JoziHub is a dynamic space where people from all disciplines can collaborate, innovate and incubate. This spot is perfect for young start-ups to get things done. Plus, if you’re working solo, you don’t even have to book a spot – you can rock up on the day and pay then and there. Cool, right? JoziHub also hosts events and workshops so be sure to attend them for extra inspiration!

Rustic Cafe is situated in a busy neighbourhood of Joburg. The restaurant is tucked away inside the Old Parktonian Sports Club in Bordeaux.

The cafe has become the ultimate spot for foodies, sports fans, artists and students.

Rustic Cafe is a surprise for anyone who arrives at the Sports Club. The cafe is filled with character, from the food to music, the pub, cool events and the sports grounds.

Why You Will Love It

Rustic Cafe

Food

Rustic Cafe has a very diverse menu that allows you to explore. The versatile menu ranges from burgers and wings to ribs and much more. You can enjoy a filling breakfast, yummy lunch, tasty dinner and some delightful treats.

Or you can hit the pub for a cold one while enjoying the live game.

Rustic Cafe

Entertainment

Rustic cafe hosts events throughout the year. These events have customers coming back for more.

Events include the open mic sessions, on every second and last Thursday of the month. This is an opportunity to have fun, build confidence, meet other performers and have a good laugh.

And, there is no better combination than music, food and great company. So grab some friends and pop by for a meal. The mood at Rustic Cafe is always different. Some days are electric and other days are intimate. But the vibe at the cafe is always easy going.

Rustic Cafe

Have you been to Rustic Cafe before? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!

Gluten Free Foods 

With all the upcoming trends, new dietary preferences and requirements, it can be hard to find places that offer gluten-free food. Many have switched to gluten-free food because they feel it is healthier. Others are allergic to gluten and have no choice but to go gluten-free.

But this doesn't mean you have to give up all your favourite food. There are many restaurants and eateries across Joburg now serving delicious gluten-free options.

Fruits & Roots

Fruits And Roots Health Store And Restaurant

Fruits and Roots is an organic food based spot. They craft food and beverages that are packed with natural ingredients to keep your body well fueled. Their restaurant uses the best ingredients to make you a healthy and tasty meal. They have a wide range of gluten-free foods, a vegetarian buffet and a juice & smoothie bar.

Address: Hobart Corner Shopping Centre, Hobart & Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Fresh Earth

Fresh Earth Bake House

The Fresh Earth brand, as the name suggests, is all about freshness. The Fresh Earth Bake House makes some of the best bakes for you to enjoy. Whether you want something to eat on the go or are looking for gluten-free goods, this is the place for you. Their wide range of products includes breads, rusks, muffins, granola, pizza bases, wraps and so much more.

You can also visit the Fresh Earth restaurant for a lovely meal.

Address: Fresh Earth Bake House, 14 Mandy Road, Reuven, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Free Food

Free Food

Free Food is a restaurant that specialises in food that is not only fueling, but healthy and delicious. They have seasonal menus that cater breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Free Food also has a deli for you to grab something to take home.

Address: Shop 5 Reithmere, Delta Road & Corlett Drive, Birnam, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

What is your favourite gluten-free spot? Let us know in the comments section below!

When you think of Benoni, what comes to mind? We are almost 100% sure that it's not a Victorian-style home, renovated into one of Joburg's finest patisseries. However, don't let the location of this delightful cake shop and cafe deter you from paying them a visit. The Victorian Secret is all about whimsy - from the brick facade, to the magical rose garden and, of course, the delicately crafted pastries. It's the perfect place to host an Alice in Wonderland themed high tea or birthday party.

Victorian Essence

From the street, you are greeted by a magnificent oak tree and shady tables. Sit outside on a sunny day to catch the breeze. The decor and features, from the classic window panes to the white tables and chairs, pay homage to a bygone era. If you have ever wanted to step back in time, this is the place to do so. The only thing missing from this scene is a frilly parasol and top hat. (We dare you to dress up in Victorian regalia on your first visit, just for the fun of it!)

The Victorian Secret

Artisans And Sugar Masters

The Victorian Secret's kitchen is steered by culinary captains, Chef Marike and Head Chef, Sarah. These two ladies are the masterminds behind all of The Victorian Secret's artisan, hand-crafted pastries, cakes, cookies and breads. In keeping with the times, TVS offers gluten-free, Banting, vegetarian and Halaal options. Have their expert bakers craft your perfect wedding, birthday or graduation cake. They can even whip up an impressive sugar-spun French croquembouche, decorated with pretty edible flowers. These light choux pastry puffs, filled with your choice of flavoured creme patissiere, make the perfect showstopper dessert.

If you try only one sweet treat from The Victorian Secret, we recommend a brightly coloured macaron. While these classic French meringues have popped up all over Joburg in recent years, TVS is one of the few patisseries who know how to make them just right. Paired with a strong cup of tea, a macaron is the ideal afternoon indulgence.

Traditional High Tea

Speaking of tea, The Victorian Secret serves up a savoury meets sweet afternoon tea for groups of up to 20 guests. Playing on the traditional 19th Century high tea pioneered by the Duchess of Bedford, with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, flavoured teas and even Victorian crockery. For only *R200 a head, this high tea is one of the most affordable you can find in the city. That is not to take anything away from the quality of the menu. The Victorian Secret serves up high tea just as good as any patisserie in Joburg North, so keep them in mind for when you feel the need to fight off the afternoon slump.

Breakfast Elegance

If high tea isn't your cup of tea, then take a peek into The Victorian Secret's set breakfast menu. 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. Mains offer you fluffy scrambled egg, bacon, mushroom, cocktail tomatoes and a freshly baked croissant. If that wasn't enough to fill your belly, then tuck into a sweet platter filled with assorted bakery delights! You have never had breakfast this good, we guarantee.

The Victorian Secret

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, to order a birthday cake or book your high tea.

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 | 011 420 1912 | [email protected].

When Woolworths Cafe opened, our lives found purpose. Pay them a visit and soon you will be telling us about your yummy experience.

Woolworths Cafe Johannesburg

And Then... Lick Your Fingers

What has always been known their for clothing, is now known for their tasty food.

Woolworths started by showing us how we can make delicious food at home. Through social media and TASTE magazine, they inspired people to try out food recipes they wouldn't normally go for.

Right when we thought Woolies couldn't get any better, they wowed us with Woolworths Cafe.

Woolworths Cafe Johannesburg

Om Nom Nom

Food

Woolies Cafe boasts a generous menu, filled with creativity and the signature Woolworths touch. Anyone who loves food will enjoy every moment.

At the cafe, you will enjoy the luxury of an all day breakfast - nothing is better than that. The unconventional eater will love their menu and the typical foodie will find a new food spot.

The cafe has a customer-centric menu which includes many dietary options such as carb-conscious, gluten-conscious as well as vegetarian meals.

They have lunch and dinner options which include sandwiches, salads, burgers, bowls and light meals, among others. They also offer decadent desserts to finish off your meal.

Woolworths Cafe Johannesburg

Drinks

This eatery offers a variery of hot and cold beverages, whether you want an Elixir, pressed juice or a warm chai tea.

They also have fueling smoothies and sweet milkshakes. Who could dare say no?

The Look & Feel

Woolworths Cafe stays true to the traditional Woolworths brand.

They have a modest, clean-cut, minimalist look that makes us feel at home. Patrons can view the kitchen and watch as the chef prepares the meals.

So, let us eat - let us eat it all!

It's always great to go out and enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert every once in a while. If you love  food, nothing makes your heart smile more than being fed. Better yet, being fed delicious food.

We have just the places you need to visit for an amazing meal along with a genuinely good ambiance. These restaurants all ooze with a unique factor to suit whatever you want.

Here is an interesting fact about our list, all these restaurants have the word milk in them. Even if you are lactose intolerant, you will love them to bits.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Milk Bar

Let's take a quick trip to explore our tasteful African continent all in one restaurant, Milk Bar. If you want to experience something that is African-inspired, then this is the spot to visit.

Milk Bar began with the with story of three friends, who by their globe trotting nature, explore Africa and found themselves falling in love with the Motherland and becoming coffee connoisseurs. Along their travels, they saw and share memories that sparked something, and here we are at their vibrant restaurant.

You can feast your eyes (and stomach) on their generous menus, offering a wide variety of food and drinks. So, do indulge in unique meals such as sweet potato toast, sweet chickpea curry and many more. To finish off a good meal, one must enjoy a good dessert - they have cake and Paul's Ice-Cream. Need we say more.

We do have more - they have live music from time to time. That is a definite cherry on top.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Spilt Milk

Want to pair good food with a groovy live performance? Perhaps a electric ambiance? Spilt Milk is the place for you.

This social cafe situated in bustling Melville is a gem like you've never seen before. Spilt Milk has it's little quirks that draw you in. Boasting with a warm and almost nostalgic feeling, you can enjoy delicious meal to give you warm feeling inside as well.

Spilt Milk hosts Sunday Jazz so you can enjoy some sultry jazzy tunes while indulging. May we add that they have a very generous offering, from breakfast right through to dinner (and depends on what you make of dessert)? They have lovely eats that you can also order for take out.

Personal favourite: has to be their bright coloured 'Fountain Of Youth' menu.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Tiger's Milk

If you want to be left satisfied and filled to the brim, Tiger's Milk is where you need to find yourself eating and drinking.

Ever heard the term, 'dude food'? That is what they have to offer, so expect generous portions and menu accompanied by mouthwatering options. Plus, you can grab a friend to enjoy their 2-for-1 Monday special (just check website to see availability). Definitely something to look at.

Tiger's Milk has ample options on their menu, ranging from morning kicks, sharing options, meaty and much more. Honestly, the list is endless.

You can find all this goodness in their Johannesburg branches - Cedar Square, Bryanston and Melrose Arch.

The world has become very conscious of how they eat and what they eat. People are beginning to make wiser choices and implement them into their lifestyle. Fresh Earth Food Store is making this transition easier.

Fresh Earth Approach

Fresh Earth Foods is all about making conscious decisions when it comes to the food we eat. This is where vegan and vegetarians (including everyone of course) feel at home.

Fresh Earth Johannesburg

You can buy anything online, from groceries to personal hygiene and beauty products for your body, hair, hands, feet and much more. This also includes amazing homeware accessories.

So, you can basically buy everything that you need for your home here.

Fresh Earth Johannesburg

The Food

The Cafe

Fresh Earth only uses natural and organic ingredients, so you can be certain that you are getting everything at its utmost natural unaltered state.

They also have an amazing buffet to make your mouth water with all its beautiful colours and variety. They say that food is better with colour and we can definitely agree - the eat with your eyes factor will become a reality here.

Their meals are wholesome, nutritious and untouched by all the additives that go into food these days. The amazing options they have on their menu will have you craving everything. They have everything from burgers, breakfast and yummy sarmies to fueling smoothies - the list is endless. Can we not forget dessert... yum!

Fresh Earth Johannesburg

The Recipes

They are always sharing amazing recipes with food lovers, to make sure that they still maintain better decision making regarding what they eat.

The recipes include include a multitude of meals, pizza, pudding, quiches, sandwiches and more. This also includes beverages and the 'not so hungry' meals for you to make in the comfort of your home.

All their recipes are vegetarian, however you will also find some special dietary treats too.

Fresh Earth Johannesburg

Cooking Classes

If you want to better thy skills of thy pot, they offer classes

The classes are constructed in such a way that will leave you inspired and motivated to try something new. They assist with helping you make better decision, food preparation and getting creative in kitchen to make colourful, flavorful and health conscious foods.

The classes is limited to 14 people per session so booking is essential to getting closer to that beautiful meal.

Fresh Earth Johannesburg

Extra Love

Not only do they want to feed you, they also have baby food for the little bundle of joy and other necessities like dummies, bottles and even bath products.

For those who have a different kind of baby - a furry one - they also have pet care stuff if you want to spoil your pets with some treats or grooming items as well.

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.

Cafe Billi Bi Johannesburg

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.

Cafe Billi Bi Johannesburg

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?

Cafe Billi Bi Johannesburg

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.

Cafe Billi Bi Johannesburg

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.

Coffee has to be one of the fast growing cultures that have hit Johannesburg, it has become so strong that people can certainly name their favourite spots without shame and Bloom Coffee is becoming quite the hot spot in Parkhurst.

There has always been the stereotype that Cape Town is 'thee' coffee city in the country, however we can definitely say with confidence; that Joburg is bringing the brew game and has built quite the rep. They are creating and encouraging coffee connoisseurs to explore.

Bloom coffee

It Tastes Like Heaven, Brew...

Reasons why we chose to speak about Bloom Coffee? Well!...This coffee joint has really upped the ante. Not only do they love their coffee, but their passion really shines through.

Their coffee is absolutely divine, and has converted many to their amazing smooth blend. Whether you happen to be very traditional when it comes to your coffee or you are the modern and alternative coffee expert - this is also a good place to be, they will have something you can explore.

Just to add on to the greatness, they have a generous menu that boasts with breakfast and sandwiches - so breakfast and lunch are sorted. All you need to do is pop by!

Bloom coffee

Its Bean Gorgeous!

How can we not talk about their amazing, refreshing and inspiring space. If you've been here, you can testify that this space is just too dope. Words that explain the decor have to be; minimalist, clean and creative.

The colour coordination really makes the place pop and just encourages you to eat more (like seeing a squeaky clean kitchen). One thing that stands out for many is their beautiful granite top and the detail on the ceiling is without fail - Instagram worthy.

Driven by business innovation and entrepreneurship, this spot is great for social meeting and business meeting. Did I mention the outside seating? Such a french touch...Love.

Bloom coffee

In the bustling Hurst...

Bloom Coffee is situated on 34 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, a neighbourhood known for some of the best restaurants in Jozi. This bustling area is great when you just want a little break away from the organised chaos of malls, and what better place to spend your time than here.

First thing you will notice is the cyan/mint (whatever you choose to call it) logo by the almost ice white corner shop. This spot is certainly breathtaking!

Bloom coffee

The Grind...

Last few words, Bloom Coffee also has an amazing boardroom that you can book to have your meetings with clients or team meetings. This innovation speaks of the true essence of what they believe in about encouraging a better working space and just entrepreneurship in general.

If you want to check out their cool spaces, you can visit their Instagram page just to wet your appetite.

Visit Bloom Coffee here and go get your kick!

 

The Dino Expo Brings More Fun For The Kids

We all know and love The Dino Expo that has   visited more that 22 cities and towns around the country, right? It has literally been a Dino Roadshow for many years, delighting both young and old with life-sized replicas of the prehistoric terrors and creatures that once roamed the earth. But now, The Dino Expo has come up with an entirely new concept that's sure to thrill the little ones - The Dino Kids Play Arena.

Have You Heard About The Dino Kids Play Arena?

As the name suggests, The Dino Kidz Play Arena is a unique dinosaur-themed children's indoor play space that brings an interesting twist on the traditional children's venues. There's plenty of activities that'll keep the kids entertained for hours in a brand-new contemporary and clean venue. And best of all, the entertainment isn't just fun, it's educational too as there are live performance interactive educational theatres that'll delight and captivated the entire family.

The arena is a shoe-free environment, so socks must be worn for both adults and children in the play area at all times. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun with their children. Each playhouse is designed in such a way that parents can freely enter, sit down and have a little fun with their kids.

But if you need a break from all the fun and just want to sit and relax, The Dino Kids Play Arena has a café where parents can watch their children play on the security monitors.

Activities That Can Be Expected

Activities included in the standard entrance ticket:

Kids paid-for activities - R30 per activity per child

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They Host Parties, Too

For a fun and unique experience, the Dino Kids Play Arena offers the ideal spot for kids birthday parties, open play, fundraiser and team events, there's also specials on a regular basis. This is a unique space that's  comfortable and relaxing for parents but it's also filled with toys and plays structures that will keep the kids excited and engaged.

When Is It?

From Saturday, 09 March 2019 to Sunday, 28 April 2019 from 09:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

Oriental City, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and 9th Avenue, Rivonia, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are available at Pick 'n Pay and Webticket.

For More Information

For more information about the Dino Kids Play Arena,  visit their Facebook page. You can also contact them on [email protected] or 076 327 0392.

The Trea Garden is a little antique garden cafe located in Midrand and it's definitely worth a visit. Go for their delicious coffee and tea variaties but the carrot cake, gourmet ice-cream, chocolate milkshake, the beautiful scenery, the peaceful tranquility of the surroundings and the general charm of the place will keep you coming back for more.
This is the kind of place where you can bring a book and read (there's a reading nook full of books if you don't have your own). It's a place where you can genuinely get lost and never want to leave.
Trea Garden opened its doors in February 2018 by owner Amanda Jojo, who was only 20-years-old at the time. Amanda is usually there when you pop by and is always friendly and up for a chat. I sat down with her to talk about this amazing place, her story and her journey as a young entrepreneur.
Trea Garden.

Images taken from The Trea Garden Instagram

How did the Trea Garden begin? 

Trea Garden was just an idea in my head since high school. I had a dream to own my own cafe and have a lifetime supply of coffee! I had some personal life-changing experiences that made me fall in love with coffee and tea, much so, it made me deal with a lot of those issues. It gave me peace. In 2017, I met Rudi and Pallua, I pitched my idea and we then decided their plot was the best place to run the coffee shop. The name came from the combination of trees and tea.

In your own words, what's the vibe at Trea?

Trea Garden is a an antique type of shop. It reminds me of my grandmothers place. The place itself feels like you are in Joburg but not really. I love the tranquility and the peace you feel when you enter the space. It's nothing like your usual cafes in Johannesburg.

Trea Garden

What makes Trea Garden unique?

I'd say it's the outside space. It's really calming. Also, Trea Garden has so much potential. You can do so many things in the space and treat it as a spot for you to heal and relax. Which you can't really do at many cafes and coffee shops.

What's your favourite menu item and why?

(Laughs) I wish I can say I love everything because I honestly do, but the croissants are my absolute fave! I can have them any time of the day with a Red Cappuccino. If you love Rooibos with milk, this would be your best option to try out.

 Trea Garden

What has been the highlight of the past year with Trea?

The highlight was when I won the Anzisha Prize. This confirmed that Trea Garden is more than just a coffee shop. It reminded us about the reason why we started and why we need to keep on.

(The Anzisha Prize is an awards programme for young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 15 finalists from across Africa win a spot in a lifelong fellowship which helps to accelerate their path to entrepreneurship success)

Speaking of the Anzisha Prize, as a prizewinner, how else did this impact you?

Anzisha honestly changed my life. Spending time with all those entrepreneurs was refreshing. I Learnt a lot about my own journey through them. It was great being recognised as one of Africa's youngest job starters. It even gave me courage to continue doing what i love because it is life-changing to other people too

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Being only 21, you're a young entrepreneur. How do you manage  a business being so young?

To be honest, I am just winging it. One day, I am on top of everything. The next day, I am drowning. It's a matter of asking yourself "why are you doing it?", "what drives you?" and "what are you hoping to achieve with your business?". It's easier to manage everything when you have answers to those important questions. Also, the team behind me makes it easier, too.

You're re-launching the cafe and menu this year, what's new?

The re-launch (02 Feb 2019)! Yes, we are adding a new breakfast menu (which we didn't have before), filled with open sandwiches, burgers, flat breads and a big "meal of the day" which will be different every time . We also did a few renovations on the place it self. It's quite exciting to show that, too.

 Trea Garden

What else are you excited about in the upcoming year with Trea?

I am excited about us being a fully operational restaurant. Also, I'm excited about the events we are going to host this year. I love meeting new people and it's always interesting to listen to their opinions about Trea.

Make sure you put The Trea Garden on your list of restaurants to try out in 2019! Also keep a look out on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming events.

Dolci Café Is A Family Affair

Dolci Café  – one of Johannesburg’s destination restaurants when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine – has an impressive pedigree. It’s owned and run by Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband, actor Clayton Boyd (Generations: The Legacy is just one of his impressive credits) as well as their partner Zoran Mijailovic. Righi-Boyd comes from a dynasty of restaurateurs and her mother – super-nonna-chef Luciana Righi of Assaggi, Tre Nonni and Amarcord fame – is part of the team in this friendly neighbourhood eatery.

Although the restaurant business is in her blood, Chef Jackie was originally not interested in a career in food. It was only in her final year of university, studying industrial and organisational psychology, that she started a pastry course and fell in love with patisserie. After working in the corporate world for four years, she ended up as an apprentice to a pastry chef in Italy.

“Dolci Café  is truly a family affair and I love it," Chef Jackie tells me over a bold and well-bodied double shot espresso. "It’s hard work but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. People sitting in your shop, having an amazing experience and coming back with their friends and family and telling you how much they love your restaurant makes it all worthwhile. I especially love making birthday cakes for the same people each year and being a part of their lives and special occasions.”

Dolci Café

From Pasticceria To Trattoria

Dolci Café  originally opened in 2015 as a small Italian pasticceria (pastry café ) but has evolved into one of the Joburg's favourite trattorias (a laid-back Italian eatery), tripling in size along the way. On the menu are many of the signature dishes found on Luciana’s past menus, including zucchini chips, Lasagne Brie (a twist on the classic made with melt-in-your-mouth, thin, home-made pasta, oozing Brie and asparagus), fluffy gnocchi, as well as a selection of delicious veal dishes.

Dolci Café

There’s also Tagliata di Manzo (sliced beef fillet with slow-cooked Italian tomatoes and potato wedges), Tagliatelle Ragù  (home-made flat pasta with the traditional Bolognese sauce) and the Cotoletta di Pollo (chicken schnitzel served with freshly sliced tomato, boiled baby potatoes in butter and parsley and a home-made cheese sauce).

Dolci Café

Italian Kisses

Desserts are a highlight and include Italian pasticcini, tiramisu and the sublime Dolce Della Nonna, Jackie’s grandmother’s and Luciana’s mother’s famous dessert comprised of layers of zabaglione, cream, Amaretti biscuits, pecan nuts and dark chocolate. Over and above the comprehensive restaurant menu, Dolci Café  also offers fabulous pastries and desserts including cannoli (cream horns), lemon meringue and bignè (eclairs). A delicious high tea can be booked in advance.

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Although Dolci Café's focus is Italian, there are some other items on the menu including hamburgers, and tapas such as jalapeño poppers and falafel.

Dolci Café  is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sundays. It is fully licensed and offers a range of top South African and international wines. The address is Shop 6, Lancaster Village, 28 Clarence Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Telephone: 010 900 2274.

Social media:

·         Facebook: /DolciCafeSA
·         Twitter: @Dolci_SA
·         Instagram: dolci_sa
·         Web: dolci.co.za

Dolci Café Is A Family Affair

Dolci Café  – one of Johannesburg’s destination restaurants when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine – has an impressive pedigree. It’s owned and run by Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband, actor Clayton Boyd (Generations: The Legacy is just one of his impressive credits) as well as their partner Zoran Mijailovic. Righi-Boyd comes from a dynasty of restaurateurs and her mother – super-nonna-chef Luciana Righi of Assaggi, Tre Nonni and Amarcord fame – is part of the team in this friendly neighbourhood eatery.

Although the restaurant business is in her blood, Chef Jackie was originally not interested in a career in food. It was only in her final year of university, studying industrial and organisational psychology, that she started a pastry course and fell in love with patisserie. After working in the corporate world for four years, she ended up as an apprentice to a pastry chef in Italy.

“Dolci Café  is truly a family affair and I love it," Chef Jackie tells me over a bold and well-bodied double shot espresso. "It’s hard work but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. People sitting in your shop, having an amazing experience and coming back with their friends and family and telling you how much they love your restaurant makes it all worthwhile. I especially love making birthday cakes for the same people each year and being a part of their lives and special occasions.”

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From Pasticceria To Trattoria

Dolci Café  originally opened in 2015 as a small Italian pasticceria (pastry café ) but has evolved into one of the Joburg's favourite trattorias (a laid-back Italian eatery), tripling in size along the way. On the menu are many of the signature dishes found on Luciana’s past menus, including zucchini chips, Lasagne Brie (a twist on the classic made with melt-in-your-mouth, thin, home-made pasta, oozing Brie and asparagus), fluffy gnocchi, as well as a selection of delicious veal dishes.

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There’s also Tagliata di Manzo (sliced beef fillet with slow-cooked Italian tomatoes and potato wedges), Tagliatelle Ragù  (home-made flat pasta with the traditional Bolognese sauce) and the Cotoletta di Pollo (chicken schnitzel served with freshly sliced tomato, boiled baby potatoes in butter and parsley and a home-made cheese sauce).

Dolci Café

Italian Kisses

Desserts are a highlight and include Italian pasticcini, tiramisu and the sublime Dolce Della Nonna, Jackie’s grandmother’s and Luciana’s mother’s famous dessert comprised of layers of zabaglione, cream, Amaretti biscuits, pecan nuts and dark chocolate. Over and above the comprehensive restaurant menu, Dolci Café  also offers fabulous pastries and desserts including cannoli (cream horns), lemon meringue and bignè (eclairs). A delicious high tea can be booked in advance.

Dolci Café

Although Dolci Café's focus is Italian, there are some other items on the menu including hamburgers, and tapas such as jalapeño poppers and falafel.

Dolci Café  is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sundays. It is fully licensed and offers a range of top South African and international wines. The address is Shop 6, Lancaster Village, 28 Clarence Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Telephone: 010 900 2274.

Social media:

·         Facebook: /DolciCafeSA
·         Twitter: @Dolci_SA
·         Instagram: dolci_sa
·         Web: dolci.co.za

The pinnacle point of the Good Food Studio is all about cooking in delicious style. If you're into bettering yourself in the kitchen - or learning from scratch for that matter - then start with the best ingredients, sourced both locally and abroad, and then let the Good Food Studio help you cook and bake them in style—using SMEG appliances and the most cutting-edge cooking studio any foodie would want... oh so fancy, wouldn't you agree?

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Top Notch Teachers

One of the most exciting and cutting edge attractions at the Good Food Studio (that's not their impressive collection of German chef knives), is their commitment to showcasing the best local and international chefs, who will share their unique flair, skill, and passion for cooking with you. The Good Food Studio will bring you the latest cookbook launches and give you a chance to meet the authors, and hold special classes with the chefs so that they can share their knowledge and wisdom. But of course the Good food Studio has a standard curriculum as well as other classes that change according to what’s hot in the food world right now.

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A Studio To Die For

When you arrive in the Good Food Studio, you’ll be greeted warmly by their well trained and caring receptionist, Annelise and have a chance to order a coffee or other refreshing drink from their stocked bar and browse through the library of baking, frying, braaing, and baking books. The auditorium is used for demonstrations by guest and celebrity chefs or can be used as a boardroom area for training before moving on to one of the Good Food Studio's modern, beautifully fitted kitchens for a hands-on cooking class. A smaller kitchen that hosts between 8 and 16 guests for more intimate, specialized classes and a larger kitchen that can host up to 24 guests for a more relaxed, fun filled experience.

The Pick ' Pay Good Food Studio formal dining area overlooks the river from a balcony and can seat up to 24 people. It can be screened off to create a private area and is ideal for book clubs, tea parties, food shoots, directors’ lunches or any other occasion where good food and style meet.

Details

Address: Pick n Pay on Nicol, Cnr Republic & William Nicol, Sandton

Site: http://www.picknpay.co.za/goodfoodstudiojohannesburgabout

By Shawn Greyling

This place is the unofficial bookworm capital, and has become the popular spot with Milpark, Auckland Park and Melville locals. The Richmond Studio Cafe is owned by ex The Star photographer, Antoine de Ras and INL editor, Mantombi Makhubele so you can imagine just how much creativity flows around this place.

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This place is the combo that you need; comfort food and warmth...

Melt My Heart

I had to use that as a heading because the minute you lay your eyes on the food at Richmond Studio Cafe; you will realise that it works for being the greatest options for comfort food.

Best believe, even though it might not always turn out well - we do eat with our eyes, however the one think that really exceeded my expectation was how lovely the food here is. The food is absolutely amazing, almost like soul food but with a modern twist to it.

Richmond Studio Cafe

This spot specialises in coffee, cakes, pastries and a brunch menu that generously full of variety and much to choose from. Enjoy savoury croissants and other exciting breakfast and lunch options that will have you weak at the knees. My number one has to be the spicy chicken mayo sarmie (not that I'm diverse whatsoever where chicken and may come together.

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Cuddle Up!

As much as I talk about heartwarming food - nothing quite like a warm environment full of spontaneous gestures that make you want to enjoy butter popcorn and hot choc.

The nostalgic materials of wood really bring the vibe and place together, making you feel right at home. It's a slice of heaven really, the Richmond Studio Cafe has become a home to freelancers, journalists and creatives who sit down for their daily java fix. It's quite motivating.

Find more information here.

27 Boxes

An absolute must-visit while you're in Melville is 27 Boxes situated on 4th. This unique market is made up of a collection of shipping containers, which are used as 'shops' for a variety of local vendors, craftsmen, creators, designers and entrepreneurs. You can expect to see everything from jewellery, fashion and art to interior design, home decor, specialty stores and, of course, loads of good food and drinks. And if you love the market vibe, don't miss out on their Night Markets which make for a good night out on the town with your family and friends.

Details: www.27boxes.co.za / 011 482 1090 / [email protected] / 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

Creme De La Creme

Whether you're looking for a spot to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply want to meet up with a friend to catch up over a cuppa, Creme De La Creme on the corner of 4th and 7th in Melville is just the cafe. And best of all, it's within walking distance of all the other stores in Melville. Start off your day with a lovely breakfast, tuck into some tasty sarmies and wraps for lunch and if you're looking to stock up on some sweet treats on the go, don't forget to see what the bakery has freshly prepared. From flavoured croissants, jam biscuits and millionaire shortbread to apple crumble, Baklava and a variety of indulgent cakes, there's certainly something sweet that'll delight your taste buds.

Details: www.cafedelacreme.co.za / 011 726 7716 / [email protected] / Corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Junkie Charity Store

Love finding a bargain, looking for something vintage to add to your wardrobe or just love strolling through a store for hours checking out all of the cool, interesting and quirky items on their shelves while enjoying a few flashbacks? No matter what the reason, you'll love spending an afternoon browsing through everything at Junkie Charity Store on 7th. This store is a non-profit organisation and accepts kind donations of unwanted items from the public. The proceeds from the sale of the donated items are given to a charity of the donor's choice. You can find anything and everything here, from trinkets, art, vintage clothing and a whole bunch of accessories to an array of homeware, furniture and appliances, haberdashery, toys, books, records – you name it! You never know what treasures you'll find. 

Details: www.facebook.com / 011 024 5284 / [email protected]7A 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Snow Lion Artefacts

Snow Lion Artefacts on 7th brings you a variety of Tibetan and Nepalese products. If you're into Buddhism, meditation and yoga, then you'll love to suss out all the goodies that this spot has to offer. Many of the goods are handmade and support a range of communities in Africa and across Asia. Think malas, fragrances, lotus body products, statues and masks, jewellery, burners, yoga mats, Buddist books, DVDs and CDs and so much more. Intrigued? Then check it out!

Details: www.snowlion.co.za / 078 046 7488 / [email protected] / Shop 12b 7th Street, Melville
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Hobo Collection

Who doesn't enjoy a little retail therapy? If you feel like doing a little shopping for stunning items to add to your wardrobe, then you'll definitely want to check out the styles, designs and collections at Hobo Collection. You wouldn't think Melville had one of the best-kept fashion secrets in the city, would you?  With founder Edna Noel's amazing eye for choosing the best summer and winter collections of international brands from the heart of Italy, France and Spain, you know you're bound to find something stunning.

Details: www.hobocollection.co.za / 011 726 3624 / [email protected] / Shop 10, 7th Street, Melville Johannesburg

Love Books

Bookworms, this is the perfect hangout for you. Love Books are passionate about – you guessed it – books! This is a lovely escape if you're looking to get your hands on some new reading material, as their beautifully edited collection makes the task of finding the right book easier than ever. On top of all the wonderful books, they're also an exclusive stockist of Joostenberg wines from the old family farm in Stellenbosch. They also host book launches for new releases, as well as story time every Saturday for kids ages between four and eight years old.

Details: www.lovebooks.co.za/ 011 726 7408 / [email protected] / The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Clyde on 4th Antiques

Take a trip back in time by sussing out a few antiques and vintage pieces in the heart of the historic suburb of Melville. Whether you're an avid collector or just love browsing through vintage collections, Clyde on 4th Antiques is a unique spot to visit while you're out and about. The shop offers a variety of Georgian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 1950s objects, which are all displayed in a quaint old Melville residence complete with a charm of its own. So, if you have a piece that's missing from your collection or want to sell antiques that you no longer want, give Clyde on 4th a visit.

Details: www.clydeon4th.co.za / 011 482 3266 or 011 482 4259 / [email protected]75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

Paul Bakery is finally in South Africa and you can enjoy all the baked goods your heart desires at our beloved Melrose Arch. This family-owned bakery-restaurant will start trading all things delicious this Thursday, 02 March 2017 and the official grand opening will be on Sunday, 05 March 2017.

Hurry along to this fine establishment for an authentic Parisian-style experience already enjoyed by everyone in Europe, Asia, America and The Middle East with over 670 outlets. The aroma of PAUL's wide range of artisan and elaborate breads is enough to evoke sheer happiness from anyone.

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The Paul brand is built on a legacy of passion for excellence, exemplified by traditional artisan production methods passed down over five generations. Established in 1889 in Croix, Northern France, their commitment to excellence ensures you're served food made with carefully selected fresh ingredients, polished presentation and unsurpassed quality.

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For More Information

Explore the world of Paul’s distinctive French style, vist PAUL's

The Grind Coffee Company

Cycle your way to The Grind Coffee Company located in the stunning and outdoor-oriented Melrose Arch precinct. With draught coffee and coffee-in-cone as some of their cafe options who wouldn't want to make a special trip out?

Park Cafe

Cycle your way to Park Cafe to enjoy some coffee and light meals. Popular with journalists, gallerists, ladies-who-lunch and other artsy people, start a conversation about your bike and, who knows, you might start a new trend in Parkwood.

Delta Cafe

Why not take a group bicycle ride to the family friendly Delta Cafe located in the quiet suburb of Craighall Park? Offering delicious cafe goodies and divine coffees, it's a fabulous treat for everyone. With a secure parking lot, you can rest easy while you enjoy your morning or afternoon of eating, drinking and checking out the horses in the paddy next door.

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Father Coffee

Located in the trendy area of Braamfontein, Father Coffee is a fabulous cafe. Loved by hippies and bohemians alike, if you have not already cycled to this cafe, do so asap and be one with the people. The cafe is also secure enough to leave your bike locked outside.

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Also located in Braamfontein, Doubleshot Coffee & Tea is a slightly bigger cafe with a bit more seating and bike parking space. Serving great coffees and teas, peddle over there and enjoy a stunning cup of yumminess in the inner city sun.

Origin Coffee Roasting

The Maboneng Precinct is a cycling hub, so you'll feel well at home. Make your way there and be sure to pause at Origin Coffee Roasting for a phenomenal cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Their staff members are very friendly and accommodating, so if you want your beloved bike right next to you inside the cafe, it's no stress!

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4th Avenue Coffee Roasters

For gourmet coffee before you enjoy the Joburg sun while cycling, visit 4th Avenue Coffee Roasters in Parkhurst. With tasty goodies included on their menu, it's a must-cycle-to cafe whenever you're feeling for a strong cup of brew. Please consider the locals and their precious hounds who take to the streets on foot.

The Whippet

The Whippet not only serves amazing coffee and cafe nibbles but it's located in the quirky and safe area of Linden. Serving everything with passion, cycle your way to this nifty spot and have yourself a stunning experience.

Soul Souvlaki

We are all pretty much obsessed with The Maboneng Precinct so cycle back there and check out Soul Souvlaki. With a designated space for cyclists' bikes you can enjoy your cafe experience while your bicycle is parked securely next to you.

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Know other great cafes to cycle to not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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In the mood for phenomenal waffles and exquisite Italian dishes? Then you definitely need to visit Café Bruegel Coffee Shop in the nifty area of Edenvale. This venue is also good for groups of parties or even individual sitting if a quick lunch is what you're looking for. For those with young ones, the cafe is family friendly. You don't have to worry about booking as walk-ins are accepted. So treat yourself and the family or friends to a scrumptious Italian meal or decadent dessert at Café Bruegel today!

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The Whippet

What used to be the Linden Hotel is now one of Johannesburg's most famous coffee shops and milk tart spots. But let's focus on the coffee for now, shall we? The Whippet is a fan favourite and a hit amongst tourists for some reason. Maybe it's got something to do with the good coffee? Of course, it does! Either way, their americanos are brilliant, their espressos potent and the lunch menu is something out of a midsummer night's dream. The baristas are all good at what they do and super friendly. Add The Whippet to your must-have coffee bucket lists, please.

Motherland Coffee Company

This coffee shop only uses the finest coffee beans sourced from African countries like the Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda. They aim to reclaim Africa, our motherland, through their excellent java. They do this by only sourcing fair trade coffee beans to ensure that every sip you take supports Africa and her people.

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Bean There

Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world and with it comes the ups and downs of big industry. Thanks to Bean There and its massive investment in fair trade coffee from Ethiopia, many farmers and farm workers in the region have access to things such as running water and medical aid... and these improvements to the working condition has split over into every cup of coffee served at the Bean There Cafe at 44Stanley in Milpark.

State 5

State 5 is the coffee company that has brought Greenside and Fourways the evolution of cold brew coffee. This process leaves one with a delicious cup of joe that has a more delicate flavour with an even bigger kick than your regular cup. Their menu has an extensive range of cold brew mixes that will leave you begging for more.

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The Grind Coffee Co.

The most Instagrammed coffee in the world can be found at Melrose Arch inside a cycling store... yup. Dayne of The Grind Coffee Co. is quite passionate about java and this shows in the flavours and aroma that is brewed up in every cup - or cone - served at his coffee shop. They also serve deli styled sandwiches, and cold brew for those hot summer days.

Father Coffee

This coffee shop has a branch in the prestigious Rosebank and our beloved Braamfontein. They stock a wide range of coffee beans from all over the world. The friendly staff are more than happy to teach the clientele about how to brew the best cuppa with the machines and beans you have at home. So you can enjoy that perfect cup of warmth in your own home.

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Double Shot Coffee & Tea

We don't want to pick one above the other but... Double Shot in Braamfontein holds a very special place in our hearts. Artisan coffee would be the best way to explain what's going on at this little shop in the city. The owner roasts up a fresh batch of their in-house blend each morning, so you know it's fresh. Double Shot also serves muffins, cookies and pastries for those who feel like a nibble... oh, and they also serve craft teas... yeah, craft teas is a thing.

Have you been to any of our favourite coffee shops? Let us know if the list is missing one of your hangouts and we'll be sure to check it out. Sharing is caring so show this to that caffeine addicted friend of yours. 

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