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JB’s Corner

One of my favourite spots when I have a tight budget is JB’s Corner. Their menu features a great selection of items for under R100 – from pastas and pizza to burgers and nachos, there is something for everyone. According to my boyfriend, the Dagwood Burger is great! 100g homemade BBQ beef patty, melted cheddar, bacon, ham, easy over egg, fresh tomato and 1000 Islands sauce on toasted white bread served with chips for only R69!

For more information, visit their website.

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Schwarma Co

I love Schwarma Co. They have a great selection of schwarmas from the delicious Lamb schwarma (in pita with a salad) for R65 to the healthy Salad in Pita for R40. They also serve your favourite meat and fillings in laffa and they have a fab collection of Chef Specialties and burgers to choose from. Most of the options on their menu costs under R100.

For more information, visit their website.

Doppio Zero

If you are feeling a bit tight in the pocket, but want a good meal that will give you more bang for your buck, then head down to Doppio Zero in Greenside. The majority of the meals on their menu cost under R100 and they are sure to have something to satisfy a cravings. One of my favourites from here is their filling Alfredo (country ham, mushrooms, garlic and parmesan cream sauce) for only R68.

For more information, visit their website.

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Europa

Europa is another of my favourite spots when I am looking for something good to eat that won’t leave me feeling light in the pocket. The Chicken Schnitzel (served with chips, a side salad and a delicious sweet chillinnaise sauce I just CAN’T get enough of!) is my usual, and it’s only R74 for a huge piece of schnitzel with all the trimmings!

For more information, visit their website.

Da Vincenzo

Looking for affordable Italiano? Then try out Da Vincenzo out in Kyalami. They have a fab selection of pastas, pizzas, gnocchi and risotto and the entire menu is all under R100. Great Italian food that won’t hurt your wallet! I definitely wouldn’t mind trying the Messicana Pizza for R78. Mince, green peppers, mushrooms, onions and a touch of chilli for some spiciness.

For more information, visit their website.

Cappello

I visit Cappello in Norwood on a regular basis for a good Saturday afternoon snack. This is the perfect place to relax, people watch and tuck into something delicious. They serve a great selection of meals whether you’re just a little peckish or ravenous, and most of the menu is under R100. I never pass up their Nachos for R64, but their Cordon Bleu Schnitzel is also a winner! Filleted chicken breast, crumbed and panfried then baked with ham, Mozzarella cheese and mushroom sauce served with chips for R85.

For more information, visit their website.

Col’ Cacchio

For a great selection of delicious pizzas at affordable prices head down to Col’ Cacchios! I love the variety and uniqueness of most of their pizzas, and they are perfect for sharing with that special someone. I absolutely love the Nacho Libre Pizza topped with jerk spiced chicken strips, homemade guacamole, tomato chilli salsa, fresh coriander and sour cream for R92!

For more information, visit their website.

Catz Pajamas

Open 24 hours a day and offering affordable food, this was one of my hot spots back at university. They offer you a wide selection of dishes to choose from whether you are in the mood for a late night breakfast, wraps, meat, pizza and pastas. The Cacciatore is delicious! A creamy pasta with chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion and garlic for R66.50. Note, Catz has moved to Randburg from their old home in Melville... and back to Randburg again. Ferndale to be exact.

For more information, visit their website.

Simply Asia

If you are in the mood for some Thai food but have a tight budget, then why not try out Simply Asia? Everything on their menu is under R100 and it all sounds so divine, I have no clue what I would order! The Ped Phad Khew-Wan sounds like a winner in my books – tender roasted duck in a green curry sauce stir-fried with butternut, red pepper, brinjal, chilli and basil for R79!

For more information, visit their website.

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Breakfast

Catz Pajamas

I remember this place from back in my studying days at UJ. This was a great place to hang out after that early morning or late afternoon class. They're a bistro, now located in Randburg, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, every day! Try out their three egg open style omelette!!

Find more information here.

News Café

This was another favourite among me and my friends while we were at university. This is an ideal place to hang out with friends for a cocktail or two and also for a breakfast that you can have any time of the day! They have a great selection of breakfasts to choose from, like the aptly named Hangover Eggs – toasted ciabatta, two fried eggs and streaky bacon with baked beans and their chilli sauce topped with feta. It was the perfect cure after a long night of partying!

Find more information here.

Doppio Zero

I have always been a fan of Doppio Zero, especially for their freshly baked croissants (the croissant topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and balsamic grilled tomato for breakfast is my favourite)! They have a great selection of breakfasts for you to choose from any time of the day. The next time I visit, I definitely want to try out the Barbarossa Breakfast – hash potatoes, chorizo, home-baked beans, baby spinach, chilli, tomato salsa, poached eggs and crumbled feta served with ciabatta toast.

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Tasha's

Making some of the best breakfasts in town, why not make a stop at Tasha’s at Melrose Arch and indulge in a delicious brekkie any time of the day? There is a great breakfast menu to choose from and a nice selection of vegetarian options available too. Jett & Luke’s Mini Breakfast Rolls makes my mouth water! Two baby burger rolls with fried eggs, cheddar, streaky bacon, rocket, grilled onion and innova potatoes!

Find more information here.

Mugg & Bean

Everyone has been to a Mugg & Bean at least once before. With their giant muffins, amazing frappés (Vanilla Freeze, yes please!) - and let’s not forget their all-day yummy breakfasts, this is the perfect spot to take the family for a late breakfast. My usual has always been the South African Farm Breakfast – two fried eggs, grilled tomato, boerewors topped with tomato salsa, hashbrown and macon served with a slice of toast.

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Europa (Sandton City) 

With a great selection of egg breakfasts, croissants and all-around healthy choices, there is definitely something for everyone at Europa. The branch in Sandton City is one of the spots I visit the most when I am out doing my shopping and need a well-deserved break! Their breakfasts are served all day, and make sure you take a look at their deli!

Find more information here.

Wimpy

Wimpy brings back a lot of childhood memories when it comes to their breakfasts. As a child, every year on the way down to the coast for our annual family holiday, this was always our halfway stop. I have always loved their Hashbrown Splashdown breakfast – two eggs, two bacon rashers and a hashbrown. But the Wrap-it-Up breakfast wrap is my new favourite! Filled with scrambled egg, bacon, cheese, grilled onion and Wimpy relish!

Find more information here.

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Catz Pajamas

I remember this place from back in my studying days at UJ. This was a great place to hang out after those early morning or late afternoon classes. They're a 24-hour bistro and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, every day! I always enjoyed their smoked salmon, mushroom and cream cheese three-egg omelette!

Find more information here.

News Cafe

This was another favourite among my friends and I while we were at university. This is an ideal place to hang out with friends for a cocktail or two, and also for a breakfast that you can have anytime of the day! They have a great selection of breakfasts to choose from like the aptly named Hangover Eggs – toasted ciabatta, two fried eggs and streaky bacon with baked beans and their chilli sauce topped with feta. It was the perfect cure after a long night of partying!

Find more information here.

Doppio Zero

I have always been a fan of Doppio Zero, especially for their freshly baked croissants (the croissant topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and balsamic grilled tomato for breakfast is my favourite)! They have a great selection of breakfasts for you to choose from any time of the day. The next time I visit, I definitely want to try out the Barbarossa Breakfast – hash potatoes, chorizo, home-baked beans, baby spinach, chilli, tomato salsa, poached eggs and crumbed feta served with ciabatta toast.

Find more information here.

Breakfast

tashas

Making some of the best breakfasts in town, why not make a stop at tashas and indulge in a delicious brekkie any time of the day? There is a great breakfast menu to choose from and a nice selection of vegetarian options too. Jett & Luke’s Mini Breakfast Rolls makes my mouth water! Two baby burger rolls with fried eggs, cheddar, streaky bacon, rocket, grilled onion and innova potatoes!

Find more information here

Mugg & Bean

Everyone has been to a Mugg & Bean at least once before. With their giant muffins, amazing frappés (Vanilla Freeze, yes please!), and let’s not forget their all-day yummy breakfasts, this is the perfect spot to take the family for a late breakfast. My usual has always been the South African Farm Breakfast – two fried eggs, grilled tomato, boerewors topped with tomato salsa, hashbrown and macon served with a slice of toast.

Find more information here.

Europa (Sandton City) 

With a great selection of egg breakfasts, croissants and healthy choices, there is definitely something for everyone at Europa. The branch in Sandton City is one of the spots I visit the most when I am out doing my shopping and need a well deserved break! Their breakfasts are served all day, and make sure you take a look at their deli!

Find more information here.

Wimpy

Wimpy brings back a lot of childhood memories when it comes to their breakfasts. As a child, every year on the way down to the coast for our annual family holiday, this was always our halfway stop. I have always loved their Hashbrown Splashdown breakfast – two eggs, two bacon rashers and a hashbrown. But the Wrap-it-Up breakfast wrap is my new favourite! Filled with scrambled egg, bacon, cheese, grilled onion and Wimpy relish!

Find more information here.

The Beer Co.

I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with having breakfast with beer, there is no set time as to when throats open right? And that rule also applies to breakfast too, you can pop in and your breakfast will be fresh and ready at The Beer Co. Upon walking in I instantly felt like I was not even around Joburg, because it is beautifully isolated in the Rand Airport with gorgeous open fields.. Are you sold? Because I am! To see exactly what they have to offer, check out their Menu! The food is as good as mamma’s (ok maybe better), with something for everyone. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself!

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POST Breakfast Lunch

The name says it all. We all dread waking up early yet breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we shouldn't skip breakfast at all, but we are also committed to sleep. I only want to wake up when I feel like I've had enough sleep. So, snooze that alarm all you want because you won't miss breakfast at POST Breakfast Lunch! They serve brunch all day everyday. They also have a variety of amazing food to try out like their Nutella flapjacks and their egg-and-cheese crostini with napolitana sauce.

Find more information here.

Voodoo Lily Café

Let's cast a spell on you to visit this amazing joint! The Voodoo Lily Café serves delicious and wholesome food and is situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Birdhaven. It has always been about family and a sense of community, so bring your friends and family to enjoy some late breakfast with you. To add on top of that they are pet-friendly, hold on, there's more! You can order your pooch something from the dog menu so everyone in the family enjoys their hearty breakfast. They also serve up famous health shots, health drinks, health shakes and Banting meals. If you are looking for baked goods, their bakery is on site, I told you you'll love them.

Find more information here.

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