What You Will Need

Learning the art of pairing food and wine can be exceptionally tricky. If you are a complete novice, you may want to start out slowly with only a few pairings. But if you are a more seasoned wine taster, try experimenting a little with your food and wine combinations. Remember that it's all about finding balance between the sweet, salty, tangy and acidic flavours, as well as the tannins in the wine.

It's important that you balance the weight of the wine and the food you are pairing it with. No, this doesn't mean getting out your kitchen scale. Weight is the way the wine coats the inside of your mouth, whether it's light and fleeting or heavy and lingering. The general rule of thumb is that if you are eating something sweet, pair it with a sweet wine. Salty flavours and rich foods on the other hand pair better with full bodied reds.

Pairing wines with cheese is an art of sorts. Bold, pungent cheeses can be incredibly difficult to balance out. To help you navigate this minefield of tastes, we've scoured our resources for the most commonly paired wines and cheeses. Check out this comprehensive list by Top Wine SA to get on the right track. Once you've got an idea of the wines and cheeses you would like to pair together, you can begin setting up your wine tasting evening. Our personal choice would be a selection of hard and soft cheeses and a variety of white wines to pair them with, but it's totally up to you.

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Where To Get It

You don't want to invite your friends to a virtual box wine and mouldy Gouda tasting, so it's best to prepare in advance. Thankfully under level 3 lockdown, we are allowed to purchase alcohol again, so either head out to the bottle store (mask on, please) or get shopping online. We recommend the Good Wine Shop for premium Cape wines at affordable prices. It may take a few weeks for your order to arrive, so best not schedule your wine pairing evening before you have your stock on hand. Of course if you simply can't wait to have a wine tasting season, you can order good quality wines from Takealot.com.

Now, for the cheese. You shouldn't have to go too far to find a few good cheeses (Checkers, anyone?), but if you really want to go all out, check out these top Italian delis in the city. Most of these delis should be operating in level 3 lockdown, so you can pop in for a quick look around and some helpful advice. Pick up a few packets of crunchy crackers or crisp white bread while you're out and you'll be set for a fabulous tasting.

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Learn More About Wine

There are wine lovers and there are wine lovers. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to spend some time this winter getting more clued up about your favourite tipple. There are many online courses you can do in between work and those epic Netflix binge runs. Sign up for one or two to keep entertained and well informed about your wines. You never know, you may just catapult yourself into a brand-new career as a sommelier. Here are three of the best online wine courses you can sign up for this winter:

Tops at Spar 

The Tops at Spar Wine Show was unfortunately cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, Tops has since introduced two online courses that you can take free of charge. Hosted by acclaimed wine educator, Cathy Marston, these courses cover all the basics of wine tasting in a fun and interactive way. Each session includes 30 minutes of theory, followed by an interactive practical 15 minute tasting session to get you swirling, sniffing and sipping your way through your wine collection!

New course dates are expected to be announced soon. Sign up here to avoid missing out.

Wines of South Africa

If you simply can't get enough of Cathy, sign up for the Wines of South Africa online wine course. This six module course is slightly more intense and studious, offering you a certificate of completion at the end of the course. You must score at least 80% on each module to pass, but you can go back and retake the module if you don't get it right the first time round. The course material is downloadable and it should only take an hour or two to complete each module, so you can easily fit it into your schedule.

Register to take the course here.

Cape Wine Academy 

For those of you seriously looking to get into the wine business, check out the Cape Wine Academy's online course packages. They offer both short courses and certificate wine courses, so whether you're simply interested in learning about wine for personal pleasure or for career opportunities, there should be a course for you. The Cape Wine Academy offers evening classes and one-day weekend classes to suit your schedule.

Find out more about the Cape Wine Academy's 2020 course offerings here.

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Happy wine tasting! 

Super Sconto

For the best Italian sandwich in town, visit Super Sconto in Orange Grove. This family-run grocery supplier and café offers an array of imported Italian dry pastas in all shapes and sizes, authentic sauces and deli meats galore. Stock up on all your Italian pantry staples at their downstairs store, before heading to the upper level for a panini sandwiched over salty salami, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and your choice of cheese. Paired with a piping hot cappuccino, this light lunch is the perfect sampler for all the goodies you will likely end up taking home with you.

Cremalat Cheese

Hidden within an industrial park on the border between Edenvale and Kempton Park, you will find a Tuscan village. Well, not really, but Cremalat Cheese certainly resembles an idyllic villa with its burnt umber facade and its romantic outdoor dining area. Upon entry, you will find a world of Italian delights - think cannelloni shells, sweet pomodoro sauce, buffalo mozzarella, mortadella, crispy ciabatta and a wide variety of Italian pastries. Once you have your fill of take-home treats, pop into the adjoining restaurant for a taste of Italy served with a smile.

The Village Deli

Italian cooking is all about keeping it simple, which is what The Village Deli in Dunvegan offers its patrons. Get your supply of extra virgin olive oil, pizza dough, gourmet Italian cheese and stone ground flour here - everything you need to become the best Italian home chef you can be. However, if you are lacking in culinary inspiration, you can always grab a loaf of freshly baked ciabatta, smother it in butter and top with a slither of pastrami. Simple, yet delicious.

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Cheese Gourmet

Linden brims with culinary delights from the world over. However, when you have a hankering for fine Italian cheese that just won't quit, take a trip to Cheese Gourmet on the corner of 3rd avenue and 7th street. While Cheese Gourmet dabbles in French and Dutch cheese specialties as well, this deli meets cheese café embodies the Italian ethos of slow eating and good conversation. Pop in for a great cup of coffee and a chat with the owners. Their love for Italian flavours also shows on the cafe menu. We recommend the open panini topped with creamy Gorgonzola and served with bread and butter pickle. Delizioso!

Tortellino D'Oro

With over 22 years in the business, the owners of Tortellino D'Oro delicatessen and restaurant are verified experts on all things Italian. For those days that you simply can't imagined slaving over a hot stove, visit their deli for pre-made Italian meals. Made with the finest ingredients, these ready meals are guilt-free and super convenient. Grab a traditional Italian dessert to go while you are here. Their pistachio gelato is said to be one of a kind. Your family will be so impressed with this Italian spread that you may never have to cook again! But, if you do, you can definitely find all you need to whip up an Italian feast here.

Casa Marani

Who could know better about classic flavours and tummy-warming Italian sauces than a mother and daughter chef duo? Casa Marani in Parkhurst represents the heart and soul of mother-daughter team, Graziella Marani and Daniela Atia. Their long-standing love affair with Italian food shines through in their sumptuous menu and in their selection of deli treats, which include Graziella's famous lasagna. Embrace the art of Italian al fresco dining and join them for a cappuccino and cannoli on this Parkhurst side street.

Mafiosi Italian Deli

Looking for gluten-free and vegan alternatives to classic Italian deli offerings? Visit Mafiosi Italian Deli at Blubird Shopping Centre in Birnam. Their cafe menu features a good selection of vegan offerings, including an enticing butternut cannelloni topped with almond cheese. Stock up on your vegan cheese, gluten-free pastas and preserved peppers here. Who said that vegans can't have their Italian feast and eat it?

Belfiore Italian Deli

Belfiore Italian Deli take artisan crafting to the next level by making their own cheese, from mozzarella, to ricotta and even robiola cheese (a fresh, soft milk-based cheese that has a tangy taste to it). They also sell a variety of frozen stuffed pastas, perfect for a last-minute dinner party. And, if you have a friend or loved one who adores Italian cuisine, gift them with one of Belfiore's gift hampers which can be customised to include sweet or savoury treats.

Fama Delicatessen

Our last feature on this list has been around since 1987. Fama Delicatessen is a family-run business dedicated to producing the very best charcuterie in the city. Offering a combination of Spanish and Italian cured meats, this deli wholeheartedly believes in the 'slow food movement', taking their time and care to curate the most delicious salami, pastrami, chorizo, Italian sausages and much more. Visit them for a taste of the Mediterranean, right in the heart of Jozi.

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.

Do you know of any other Italian delis located in Joburg? Let us know about them!

When it comes to Greek delis in Joburg, you've come to the right place! We've eaten our way through many an eatery to be able to present to you the most curated list on the internet. Ready? Let's begin!

Meze Emporio 

Located in the idyllic St Andrews suburb is a classic Greek delicatessen well worth visiting. Meze Emporio is both a deli and a restaurant, offering patrons a delicious array of Greek dishes to enjoy. Whether you enjoy cooking up a storm, or are more of a restaurant type, Meze Emporio has all you need. This is the perfect place to stock up on creamy Greek cheese, olives, pita bread, dips and frozen snacks. Or, soak up some sunshine out on their patio while enjoying a strong cup of Greek coffee accompanied by friendly conversation from the regulars. You'll feel transported straight to the motherland!

Details: 011 453 8761 | 17 Chaucer Avenue, St Andrews, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Olive You 

Olive You is one of the many secret hidden gems of Edenvale. Situated right next door to The Chocolate Den, this Greek deli offers a wide variety of local and imported olives. From the standard green, black and kalamata varieties to gourmet stuffed olives, they have it all! You can also stock up on organic olive oils, honey and an assortment of preserves here. It is definitely worth popping by over the weekend.

Details: 011 453 5818 | [email protected] | 99 Linksfield Road, Glendower Shopping Centre, Edenvale, Johannesburg.

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The Cheese Place 

If it's a deli with a little bit of everything Greek you are in search of, look no further than The Cheese Place in Linden. Supplying Greek expats and foodies with the finest cheese, olive products and other delicacies, The Cheese Place is a haven for Greek food lovers. There is nothing pretentious about this Greek deli - it's all about homemade comforts and quality dairy. Visit them as soon as you can for a slice of homemade baklava or traditional biscuits served with piping hot Greek coffee.

Details: 011 782 0381 | [email protected] | Linden View, 14 - 1st Avenue, Linden/Victory Park, Johannesburg.

La Marina Foods 

While not strictly a Greek deli, La Marina Foods is the home of Mediterranean food products in Johannesburg. Stocking an entire factory full of fresh fish, vinegar, cheese, preserves, canned goods and cold cuts, this is the place to get your hands on the best imported brands. The La Marina factory store also boasts an on-site restaurant, which serves up traditional Greek fare with a twist. Think grilled halloumi served with onion marmalade or a delectable meze platter for two. Opa!

Details: 011 608 3277 / 010 010 7220 | [email protected] | 7 Platinum Drive, Longmeadow, North Business Park, Lethhabong, Gauteng.

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The Gourmet Greek

Are you looking for lekker Greek delis in Joburg? Then look no further! The Gourmet Greek offers exactly what its name implies - delicious Greek cheese, gourmet double thick yoghurt and other delicacies to delight your taste buds. Based in Midlands, KZN, this Greek deli has stockists located all around Johannesburg, including Cheese Gourmet in Linden, the Fresh Earth Food Store in Emmarentia and Jackson's Real Food Market in Bryanston. You can also order your products directly from their online store to be collected at a stockist of your choice. Super easy and cheesy, what more could you ask for?

Details: 033 234 4338 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other Greek delis worth visiting in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

What Is It?

Come and experience the Simonsig Bubbly Tower, a five-course brunch, oysters and a selection of cheeses at The Factory on Grant this Sunday. This is the official launch of Champagne Tower Sundays at Factory on Grant, so you won't want to miss it. With an exciting afro-fusion menu on offer and a great atmosphere, this is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy your Sunday in style. Reserve your spot as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

When Is It?

Sunday, 06 October 2019 at 10:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

The Factory on Grant, Ndawo Yummy Restaurant, 72 Grant Ave, Norwood, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R485 per person. Book yours by calling 011 483 1398 or via email at [email protected]

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Facebook.

What Is It?

RMB WineX 2019, SA’s premier wine festival, celebrates 20 years of bringing Joburg wine lovers the greatest range of prestigious wines from both local and international brands. Join in the celebration of what’s hot in the wine world with award-winning winemakers and celebrities; expand your wine horizons with wine launches and bespoke winemaker tastings.

At the RMB WineX 2019 fair there will be more than 150 exhibitors. Representing a number of big brand names, newcomers to the wine scene, boutique wineries, wine routes and associations, imported stemware, charcuterie and cheeses, olives and olive oils, oysters and designer storage options.  Sample from around 800 wines - mostly local made, including fine brandy and Cape Ports. However, you can also indulge in a fair selection of international wines and champagnes too.

RMB WineX 2019

Food-on-the-move deli meals will ensure that show visitors won’t go hungry. After tucking into something scrumptious, buy your holiday season wine supply at Shop @ Show and enjoy the convenience of direct delivery to your door.

The RMB WineX 2019 fair is not to be missed, so get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - Friday, 1 November 2019 from 17:00 - 21:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R147.50 - R180 per person. Book yours here.

For more information

Visit winex.co.za for more information, or follow RMB WineX 2019 on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/RMBWineX

Twitter - twitter.com/RMBWinex

Instagram - instagram.com/explore/tags/RMBWineX

Details: 011 482 5936 | [email protected]

Woolworths

Woolworths has recently released a plant-based range worth raving about. This range includes milk, sausages, cold cuts, burgers, biltong, pre-cooked meals and a wide variety of cheese. Their cheeses are dairy- and soy-free and are made out of coconut oil. They are available in cheese spread, cheese slices and cheddar flavoured cheese, among others. These are so delicious, you wouldn't even know they are vegan. Try it on a baked potato with some vegan sour cream and a dusting of finely chopped chives.

Find more information here.

Violife

Violife makes vegan cheese that is lactose, GMO, gluten, nut, soy, preservative and cholestrol free. They also happen to be one of the most budget-friendly vegan cheese options. And, they are the easiest to come by. They are available at Checkers, Dischem and many other retail outlets. Their cheese is like magic. While raw, it is firm and crumbly whereas melted, it is deliciously creamy. This cheese is best used for an overly gooey toasted cheese sandwich. Add some bacon, spiced chicken (vegan, of course) or some greens for more of a gourmet sarmie. Violife also has an online store where you can purchase their cheese or other products like vegan deli slices.

Find more information here.

 

Irene's Gourmet

Irene's Gourmet is one of the most popular brands of vegan cheese in the vegan community. Not only do they produce some of the finest vegan cheese, they also produce yoghurt, fermented vegetables, burger patties, pesto and butter. But, back to the cheese. These come in Meltme, Cheddar style, Gouda style, Mozzarella style, cheese spread and Parmesan style sprinkle. So grab one, or all, of the variations at your favourite Pick n Pay, Spar or Dischem and make a big pot of mac and cheese for the ultimate winter warmer meal.

Find more information here.

Fancy That

Fancy That is a creamery based in Pretoria. They produce some of the most delicious vegan cheese, butter and spreads, all available at Jackson's Real Food Market. They are made from nuts and are free of preservatives. Their cheese comes in various flavours, but the pepper one happens to be a favourite. Imagine a jalapeno stuffed with a mixture of vegan cream cheese, mustard and topped with this pepper cheese.

Find more information here.

 

Fauxmage

This company is based in the Western Cape but they still supply many Joburgers with some of their favourite vegan cheeses through their various stockists. They differ from the other places on this list with the fact that they offer a more diverse range of cheese. These include Camembert and chevre, in every flavour from smoked to black truffle. What could be a better use for all these cheeses than a delictable cheese board, with crackers, crispy bread, olives, pestos and a glass of vegan wine?

Find more information here.

Nature and Moi

Nature and Moi is a French cheese company and this list would not be complete without it. This is because it is a favourite among Joburg vegans. They manufacture grated cheese and cheese slices among others, available at Checkers. Arguably, the best way to serve this cheese is on a quesadilla. Your favourite flavour cheese, spring onion, fresh tomatoes and roasted vegetables sandwiched between two tortillas and served with a dollop of guacamole, yum!

Find more information here.

 

What is your favourite brand of vegan cheese? Let us know in the comments section below!

Are you looking for cheesy restaurants and delis in Joburg? Look no further! Whether you're craving a ripe brie or a tart gorgonzola, we've got you covered. Let's get started, shall we?

Super Sconto

Super Sconto is an unassuming, no-fuss Italian deli and eatery located in Orange Grove. While this is no fine dining restaurant, it should be your first stop for delicious cheeses at decent prices. Here you will find special imported Italian cheeses, including Buffalo Mozarella (put this stuff on your homemade pizzas with a little basil), Provolone Piccante and Pecorino Romano. You can either purchase your cheese of choice from the deli, or design your own gourmet sandwich to enjoy at the eatery above the store.

Details: 169 Cnr Louis Botha Avenue & Fifth Street, Orange Grove | 011 728 2669

Cremalat Cheese & La Cucina Restaurant

Cremalat Cheese is Joburg's official hidden cheesy gem. Tucked away in an industrial park which borders Kempton Park, this wholesale cheese deli is a must-visit. They import all sorts of Italian cheeses to delight your palate, as well as an array of weird and wonderful pasta and sweet treats. However, the star of this show is the on-site Italian restaurant, La Cucina. The Tuscan-inspired decor transports you to another time and place altogether. And, the food is to die for! Order their cheese and deli meats platter for two with a tall glass of white wine. It comes with a selection of Brie, Camembert, Pecorino and Smoked Mozzarella, plus freshly baked Ciabatta and loads of butter. You won't regret it, we promise. Cheesy Restaurants in town are the way to go.

Details: Greenhills Industrial Estate, Sam Green Road, Tunney EXT 6 Elandsfontein, Edenvale | 011 822 8320

La Marina Foods

La Marina Foods are known for their wholesale seafood products and other imported delicacies. But, did you know that they also stock one of the widest and most diverse ranges of cheeses at their deli near Greenstone Mall? Plus, they have an extensive online store where you can buy as much cheese as you like. With everything from Dutch Gouda to 6 month matured Boerenkaas cheddar and mini Brie with mushroom, there is bound to be a cheese for you. If you are willing to travel to the far East of Joburg, stop by their in-house restaurant for a serving of fried halloumi fingers with your choice of marmalade (yum!).

Details: 7 Platinum Drive, Longmeadow, North Business park, Lethabong | 011 608 3277

Cheesy Restaurants

Cheese Gourmet & Cheese Cafe

Cheese Gourmet delivers exactly what its name promises - gourmet cheese! They supply only the best South African cheeses, including Raclette, Provolone, Goat's cheese and Gorgonzola. Cheese Gourmet is a treasure to the residents of Linden, boasting an impressive deli section and an eatery called the Cheese Cafe. Most of the items on the restaurant's menu feature cheese. In addition, they have two delicious cheese platter options to choose from. Order a platter for one or two, and make your selection of cheese to enjoy - the options are a combo of French, Italian and Mild European cheeses or Swiss or Exotic and Sharp & Tangy goudas.

Details: 3rd Avenue, 71 A 7th St, Linden | 011 888 5384

Che Argentine Grill Parkwood

Looking for an Argentine grill that serves some of the tastiest cheese dishes in Joburg? Visit Che Argentine Grill in  Parkwood. While a grillhouse may not be your first instinct to visit for a cheese fix, this place offers something both comfortingly familiar and a little out of the box. Their menu is divided into tapas and main meals, both of which feature an array of cheesy delights. Vegetarians, try out the Table De Quesos tapas platter - it features olives, gorgonzola, mancino, padano and pecorino cheese. Meat lovers, go for the sharing board of cold meats and cheeses - this includes salami, coppa and serrano ham, Lonza Stagionata Olives, padano, mancino, pecorino and Gorgonzola cheese. What more could you ask for?

Details: 128 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193 | 011 614 0264

Have we missed out on any great Cheesy Restaurants or delis or restaurants? Let us know about them!

 

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Super Sconto

Super Sconto is an unassuming, no fuss Italian deli and eatery located in Orange Grove. While this is no fine dining restaurant, it should be your first stop for delicious cheeses at decent prices. Here you will find special imported Italian cheeses, including Buffalo Mozarella (put this stuff on your homemade pizzas with a little basil), Provolone Piccante and Pecorino Romano. You can either purchase your cheese of choice from the deli, or design your own gourmet sandwich to enjoy at the eatery above the store.

Details: 169 Cnr Louis Botha Avenue & Fifth Street, Orange Grove | 011 728 2669

Cremalat Cheese & La Cucina Restaurant

Cremalat Cheese is Joburg's official hidden cheesy gem. Tucked away in an industrial park which borders Kempton Park, this wholesale cheese deli is a must-visit. They import all sorts of Italian cheeses to delight your palate, as well as an array of weird and wonderful pastas and sweet treats. However, the star of this show is the on-site Italian restaurant, La Cucina. The Tuscan inspired decor transports you to another time and place all together. And, the food is to die for! Order their cheese and deli meats platter for two with a tall glass of white wine. It comes with a selection of Brie, Camembert, Pecorino and Smoked Mozzarella, plus freshly baked Ciabatta and loads of butter. You won't regret it, we promise.

Details: Greenhills Industrial Estate, Sam Green Road, Tunney EXT 6 Elandsfontein, Edenvale | 011 822 8320

La Marina Foods

La Marina Foods are known for their wholesale seafood products and other imported delicacies. But, did you know that they also stock one of the widest and most diverse ranges of cheeses at their deli near Greenstone Mall? Plus, they have an extensive online store where you can buy as much cheese as you like. With everything from Dutch Gouda to 6 month matured Boerenkaas cheddar and mini Brie with mushroom, there is bound to be a cheese for you. If you are willing to travel to the far East of Joburg, stop by their in-house restaurant for a serving of fried halloumi fingers with your choice of marmalade (yum!).

Details: 7 Platinum Drive, Longmeadow, North Business park, Lethabong | 011 608 3277

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Cheese Gourmet & Cheese Cafe

Cheese Gourmet delivers exactly what its name promises - gourmet cheese! They supply only the best South African cheeses, including Raclette, Provolone, Goat's cheese and Gorgonzola. Cheese Gourmet is a treasure to the residents of Linden, boasting an impressive deli section and an eatery called the Cheese Cafe. Most of the items on the restaurants menu feature cheese. In addition, they have two delicious cheese platter options to choose from. Order a platter for one or two, and make your selection of cheese to enjoy - the options are a combo of French, Italian and Mild European cheeses or Swiss or Exotic and Sharp & Tangy goudas.

Details: 3rd Avenue, 71 A 7th St, Linden | 011 888 5384

EB Social Kitchen & Bar 

The EB Social Kitchen and Bar in Hyde Park is not a cheese restaurant per say, but they feature a number of cheesy dishes on their menu. Start your meal with fried Kataifi-wrapped halloumi fingers with Chermoula dressing. Next, move onto the thyme, pear and goat's cheese salad. Ask your waiter for wine pairing suggestions - the bar stocks both South African and imported wines, carefully selected according to world trends and customer demands. If you still have room for more, order the blue cheese and preserved Fig Josper burger. Talk about a cheese feast!

Details: 156 Hyde Ln, Johannesburg | 011 268 6039

Che Argentine Grill Maboneng

Looking for an Argentine grill that serves some of the tastiest cheese dishes in Joburg? Visit Che Argentine Grill in  Maboneng. While a grillhouse may not be your first instinct to visit for a cheese fix, this place offers something both comfortingly familiar and a little out of the box. Their menu is divided into tapas and main meals, both of which feature an array of cheesy delights. Vegetarians, try out the Table De Quesos tapas platter - it features olives, gorgonzola, mancino, padano and pecorino cheese. Meat lovers, go for the sharing board of cold meats and cheeses - this includes salami, coppa and serrano ham, Lonza Stagionata Olives, padano, mancino, pecorino and Gorgonzola cheese. What more could you ask for?

Details: 303 Fox St, Maboneng | 011 614 0264

Have we missed out any great Joburg cheese deli's or restaurants? Let us know about them!

What Is It?

Get your wallets ready because you are about to get your money's worth when you spend on fresh produce at the Sylvia's Market Fresh Produce Fair. Promising to give you nothing but the best in household goods, you can expect the freshest fruit and vegetables, cheese, olives, sauces, greens and herbs.

When Is It?

Sunday, 24 March 2019 from 10:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Sylvia's Market, 59 Frederick Street, Observatory, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Visit this website to find out about prices.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information.

Since the arrival of Roxanne's Rum Eatery on the Lonehill party scene, things haven't quite been the same. The flirty femme fatale has introduced old-school tattoo culture and rock 'n roll flair to this northern suburb, making it clear that life flows a bit differently here. But let's not get side-tracked – for that you can go read my original review of Roxanne's Rum Eatery when it first opened. This time around we're taking a look at the ample amount of vegan items that have been added to their already impressive food and drinks menu.

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For brunch, check out the vegan meatballs served with corn tortillas and a tomato compote and sesame avo. It's a great and cruelty free way to get your day started. For lunch – or as a feel-good meal – check out the chilli toasty which comes as a meatless rendition of a toasted chilli con carne sandwich. Another fun lunch item is the tacos stuffed with cannellini beans and lentil balls, Roxanne's signature pink slaw, smashed black beans with guacamole and tomatillo sauce. Other interesting daytime entries include the chickpea balls served with curly fries and the vegan Buddha bowl made up of similar fillings as the tacos.

vegan

On that note, there seems to be a lot of repeat ingredients used throughout . Though the food is amazing, a bit more creativity would have gone a much longer way. Then again, ordering from anywhere else is a mission and a half with little to no cruelty free products on the line.

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Moving on to big meals (or evening eats as I like to call them), we see vegan burgers and pizzas making an appearance, complete with vegan cheese (yeah, you read that right the first time). The burgers come on egg- and dairy free brioche buns, and the patties are home-made and served with egg-free mayo and curly fries. Come hungry as the food portions are massive. Other interesting items include cottage pie, meatballs and mash and a vegan smorgasbord of deep-fried and grilled veggies served with a vegan mayo dip. Roxanne's Rum Eatery now serves lattes and cappuccinos with almond milk too, rounding off your cruelty free eating extravaganza on a high note.

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With the introduction of Meat Free Mondays at Roxanne's Rum Eatery, patrons can scan the QR code on the menu and donate R10 to Beauty Without Cruelty, an animal-rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals. Beauty Without Cruelty offers humane, non-animal alternatives to replace cruel and harmful lifestyle choices and products such as make-up.

vegan

Since the arrival of Roxanne's Rum Eatery on the Lonehill party scene, things haven't quite been the same. The flirty femme fatale has introduced old-school tattoo culture and rock 'n roll flair to this northern suburb, making it clear that life flows a bit differently here. But let's not get side-tracked – for that you can go read my original review of Roxanne's Rum Eatery when it first opened. This time around we're taking a look at the ample amount of vegan items that have been added to their already impressive food and drinks menu.

vegan

For brunch, check out the vegan meatballs served with corn tortillas and a tomato compote and sesame avo. It's a great and cruelty free way to get your day started. For lunch – or as a feel-good meal – check out the chilli toasty which comes as a meatless rendition of a toasted chilli con carne sandwich. Another fun lunch item is the tacos stuffed with cannellini beans and lentil balls, Roxanne's signature pink slaw, smashed black beans with guacamole and tomatillo sauce. Other interesting daytime entries include the chickpea balls served with curly fries and the vegan Buddha bowl made up of similar fillings as the tacos.

vegan

On that note, there seems to be a lot of repeat ingredients used throughout . Though the food is amazing, a bit more creativity would have gone a much longer way. Then again, ordering from anywhere else is a mission and a half with little to no cruelty free products on the line.

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Moving on to big meals (or evening eats as I like to call them), we see vegan burgers and pizzas making an appearance, complete with vegan cheese (yeah, you read that right the first time). The burgers come on egg- and dairy free brioche buns, and the patties are home-made and served with egg-free mayo and curly fries. Come hungry as the food portions are massive. Other interesting items include cottage pie, meatballs and mash and a vegan smorgasbord of deep-fried and grilled veggies served with a vegan mayo dip. Roxanne's Rum Eatery now serves lattes and cappuccinos with almond milk too, rounding off your cruelty free eating extravaganza on a high note.

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With the introduction of Meat Free Mondays at Roxanne's Rum Eatery, patrons can scan the QR code on the menu and donate R10 to Beauty Without Cruelty, an animal-rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals. Beauty Without Cruelty offers humane, non-animal alternatives to replace cruel and harmful lifestyle choices and products such as make-up.

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What Is It?

Get ready for a cheesy extravaganza as the Annual Joburg Cheese Market showcases small, medium and large cheese makers and a variety of related products, along with recipe inspirations and cheese and wine pairing. The event includes wine, whisky and beer pairings and mouthwatering cheese dishes that have been checked out by health advisers, so you know what you're eating! So, cheese lovers, bring your friends and family to come mingle, eat and be merry with the best in the business.

When Is It?

Please note: Date has been changed to Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 09:00 - 17:00 due to the weather.

Where Is It?

Observatory Sports Club, 59 Frederick Street, Observatory, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 100 per person, get yours on Quicket.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page for more details. Or click here!

When posed with the not-so-age-old question about who would win a fight between the city and the suburbs when it comes to places to hang your hat, we're on the fence. There are pros for both. First on the fight bill, it's Braamfontein and Linden. We give the facts, and you choose the winner.

The City

Braamfontein is to high-rise living what caffeine is to coffee – you get a kick around every corner. We're talking about the good kind of kick. Where there's tonnes of stuff to do and tonnes of stuff to see. It's the kind of place where you take your hat off and lay your head down if you believe that the party only stops when the city cuts the power... which almost never happens because the City Of Johannesburg's headquarters is in Braamies (you can't have the mayor's office without electricity, now can you?). Don't quote us on that. Here's why you should consider Braamfontein as your suburb.

Eat

Post

Coffee is synonymous with breakfast, and you can get the best of both at Post. Its open-plan kitchen can be found right behind the counter, and the guys working the register also work the grill, which makes for an interesting – and theatrical – morning. Don’t be surprised to see the cook flip a bacon strip, take your order, pop you your change and turn around to scramble a few eggs. The menu changes quite often, giving you something new to try every time you visit, and the service and food are always top-notch.

86 Public

You can’t go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here, and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base, to prosciutto, Gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It’s no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.

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The Orbit (RIP)

Smooth jazz and great food is what attracted people to The Orbit jazz lounge in Braamies. They've been known to entertain crowds with various underground and international acts. Sadly The Orbit closed down after battling the man. You will be missed.

Kitcheners

One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what’s going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you’ve never partied in Braamies then Kitcheners is a great place to start.

Stay

Braamies is one of the places where you can pick up a super-spacious – or cramped, for that matter – living quarters for fairly cheap. Then again, there are a lot of high-rise lofts in the area that cost a pretty penny, such as those being built in Milpark. In a nutshell, Braamies is all about apartment living, and there are loads up for rent on the internet.

The Suburb

We all love Linden. It's the kind of place you go to when you aren't sure what you feel like eating, to have a quick drink or spend the day in a coffee shop. It's such a homely suburb that the reality TV game show, Big Brother (yeah, it's still a thing), was filmed here.

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The Whippet

You can roll out of bed all the way down to the Whippet and have yourself one of the best cups of coffee in town accompanied with a slice of top-notch milk tart. Need any more convincing?

Craft Beer Library

Just as the name suggests, the Craft Beer Library prides itself on being an archive for all things craft beer. It's the place for avid beer lovers and midday drinkers. Patrons can expect stouts, porters and ales on tap. If beer is not your thing then no sweat – this lovely little establishment also stocks craft cider. The Craft Beer Library serves pretty good food too – gourmet pub food, to be exact. It's quite a unique place and lives up to the hype for sure.

Rosto

Have you ever had Italian street food before? If no (or yes for that matter), head to Rosto and try out their take on chickpea fries, rotisserie chicken (best in the country, in our humble opinion) and alcoholic ice teas. Their focaccias are to die for and are made from a 90-year-old bread sponge (no jokes, we met the sponge). Rosto also serves arancini, which is deep-fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and meaty fillings. It's delicious and saves us a trip to the cool streets of Rome... Even though a trip to Italy would be pretty sweet right about now.

Party

Linden is not quite there yet when it comes to partying, mainly because it's a fairly chilled neighbourhood. There are a couple of bars and restaurants in the area that host live music and so on, but it's not the kind of place you go to to pop a couple of shots and get into dance-offs in the parking lot.

Brian Lara's Rum Bar

Only a dude as crazy as Gert Schoonraad (mastermind behind the Great Dane and Town Hall) can come up with a bar and restaurant where you receive lottery tickets upon leaving. Meet the Brian Lara Rum Bar. It's a West Indies-themed eatery and cool-kid hangout that serves really good food. Think big burgers and spicy chicken wings – that type of vibe. The place is almost always packed and usually one of the last spots in Linden to close... Because, you know, it's a party.

Stay

Off the bat, there's a new, hip and super-sexy development called Fifty Five in Linden that's the hottest place to stay for sure. Other than that, there are quite a few apartments on the market. Egoli Gas is also in the area so that is a big plus. Gas on demand at a super low rate? That is a rocking thing and a half.

By Shawn Greyling

BlackSteer Is Back

One of South Africa's most iconic heritage brands, BlackSteer, is making a comeback and we approve. The age-old steakhouse, which started in the early 60s, has opened various branches around Joburg since holding company Gold Brands' takeover in 2015.

The Menu 

To keep up with the time, BlackSteer has done a massive brand update. But, they have kept the classic ranch look it's famed for. As for the food, well... it's brilliant. Black Steer is known for its ribs. Just because they've changed their decor it doesn't mean the kitchen has changed too. The ribs taste as good as before, and come in three different flavours: Famous BlackSteer, Portuguese Style and Southern Style (Bourbon). Whatever you do, be sure to try them. BlackSteers ribs are known by older generations as the best in the country which we agree to ten fullest.

Other family favourites include their legendary grills, such as the sirloin and ribs combinations. One menu item that comes highly recommended is the cheese and bacon burger. In all honesty, this burger rocks one of the fattest and tastiest beef patties we've sunk our teeth into in recent times.

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The Vibe

The atmosphere at BlackSteer restaurants is amazing and a great spot for a first date - as long as she doesn't mind seeing your face covered in sticky beef basting sauce. Something that stands out, besides the red meat-heavy dish choices, is the music: Jimi Hendrix to Rodriguez with Greek folk music mixed in sets a pleasant mood. The menu spells classic steakhouse with an amazing variety of dishes. Speaking of menus, be sure to check out the cocktail menu. We had the mojitos, which packed a delicious punch.

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After all of this, we suggest you cleanse the palate with a whiskey Don Pedro. The staff is helpful and super friendly which is the cherry on top of the dining experience you can expect from BlackSteer.

For More Information

For more information, visit the BlackSteer website or their Facebook page. 

by Shawn Greyling

Have you been to the revamped BlackSteer? Let us know in the comments section below what you think of this brand new classic. 

What Is It?

If love the finer things in life and are up for a bit of mingling, entertainment and trying out something new then be sure to head to the Bean There Coffee Roastery. Here you get to sip on the finest wine, snack on gourmet cheese, take part in a coffee quiz and if you are a caffeine fanatic you also get to enjoy exciting coffee tasting. Go on, treat yourself!

Where Is It?

 Bean There Coffee Roastery, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg, South Africa

When Is It?

Thursday, 20 October 2016 at 19:30 – 21:30

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 170 per person online. 

For more information, click here. 

Ingredients

2L full cream milk (Not UHT)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tbs apple cider vinegar

Directions

Over meduim heat, heat up the milk and add the two table spoons of apple cider vinegar. Keep stirring. The milk solids should be splitting from the whey. Keep this going for about 15 minutes - making sure it does not boil.

Strain the curd through a cheese cloth. Mix the salt into the drained milk curd. Tie the curd/salt mixture into a cheese cloth and hang from a height for three hours - to drain any excess liquid.

Place curd into a lunch box and cut into 2cm squares.

 

Venison Meatballs With Baby Eggplant

When the gloomy weather steps on to the plate our tummies automatically crave hearty food - that's exactly why this venison meatball recipe made the list. These babies paired with baby eggplant is sure to hit the spot when the weather takes a dip. Don't worry, we'll take any excuse to snuggle up and eat this dish any day.

Click here for Recipe.

Beef & Spinach Cannelloni

The Italians perfected comfort food, so don't be too surprised if pasta makes it on to this list more than once. This creation not only boasts a perfect pairing of ground beef and spinach but calls for not one, not two but three cheeses to be used. Cheese is good, especially if it's good cheese, right?

Click here for Recipe.

Pork Fillet Strips With HoSin Sauce, Beans And Broccoli

We all love Chinese food. Heck, we all need good Chinese food in our lives at least once a month. What better than sticky pork strips served with beans and broccoli? Don't you even dare pull your nose at broccoli. Those tiny trees take months to grow and they taste amazing. They are one of our favourite veggies. Besides, they are super healthy - and complement this dish tenfold.

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Classic Chilli With Apple Salsa

The legend behind the origins of chilli con carne is that during the 1700s cowboys in California would all huddle up next to the fire on cold winter nights and toss all sorts of ingredients into a big pot and hope for the best. The result is something we all love and indulge in each chance we get. This recipe goes well with a bonfire. Just saying.

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BBQ Chicken And Pineapple Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

Welcome to the best grilled cheese you have ever had. You're welcome. There's not much to say about this but WOW! Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the steam rising off that BBQ chicken and pineapple creation you just made. It smells good doesn't it? Tiny smokey scents mixed with the sweet and tangy of the pineapple. Do you notice the cheese oozing out on the sides? Yum!

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Indian Bothi Gosht

What kind of list will be complete without including some amazing Indian food, right? Here's our top pick for Indian comfort food. Pair this puppy with a blanky and maybe some hot cocoa.

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Chocolate Cake In A Cup

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and three minutes to bake. You can literally make this in the time it takes you to run a bath. Besides, what's better than snacking on chocolate cake out of your favourite coffee mug?

Click here for Recipe.

Bacon & Blue Cheese Fusilli Pasta With Roasted Baby Tomatoes

We all love blue cheese. Sure it's a bit smelly and looks weird but ooh, it goes well with pretty much anything. That is why we've paired it with bacon and roasted baby tomatoes. This goes well with red wine and cuddles. If you're single, don't worry because pillows don't judge your eating habits anyway. Besides, it's comfort food for the win. Always.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and thanks to this French toast recipe it's become way more important. Praline-pecans for the win. Here's your chance to win a few hearts with this gourmet recipe.

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Super Chocolate Milkshake

Yeah, yeah, technically it's not food but, chocolate, again. That's reason enough. Besides, you can warm it up and dunk rusks in it or something. There, we've just turned milkshakes into a meal.

Click here for Recipe.

What are some of your favourite comfort foods? Let us know below!

A Knife Set

Whether you choose a steak, cheese or chopping set, you can't go wrong with a knife set. Just make sure you get a good quality set that will last for years, such as the Royalty Line 8-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set at Takealot.com. With a non-stick coating, sharp blades, anti-bacterial, ergonomic soft touch handles and acrylic stand, this is a gift anyone can appreciate.

A Water Jug

No one quite thinks of buying water jugs as gifts, but they’re something every homeowner needs. A great jug is a must for when the newlyweds have guests over, especially on those boiling hot summer days when they’ll need cool water at hand. The water jugs on offer at Carrol Boyes are not only useful, but stylish and unique too.

A Cheeseboard

Everyone loves cheese, right? Of course they do! And, needless to say, all cheese lovers need to have a cheeseboard lying around somewhere. Plus, it’ll give the couple an excuse to host a cheese and wine evening. Get a Personalised Couples Cheeseboard from Netflorist for an extra special gift.

A Recipe Book

One can never have too many recipe books. So, why not gift the couple with a great book full of favourite recipes? If you know what kinds of food they like, you can be specific to that food group. But, if you’re not entirely sure of their eating habits, perhaps a general recipe book is your safest bet. We recommend Cook and Enjoy, this is a great tool for those new to cooking.

A Vase

Everyone loves getting flowers. What sucks is when you get flowers but have nowhere to put them. No, you can’t get away with leaving them in the sink for a week, pretending you put them in an old paint bucket because it looks cool or just letting them die a slow, painful death by not putting them in anything at all. So, why not get a sturdy vase for the couple?

A Nutribullet

This is a kitchen product that everyone should own. It’s not quite a blender, but a food extractor that really gets all the nutrients out of the ingredients you put into it. You may want to get a few friends to chip in for this gift as it can be pricey. You can find the 600W High Speed Nutribullet in a range of different colours at Yuppiechef.

A Tablecloth

A tablecloth can really bring out an extra touch of warmth to a sit-down meal. A fun, colourful tablecloth will bring a burst of brightness to a room, while a monochromatic one will tie things together. If you want to spoil the couple even more, bulk up your gift with some matching placemats, runners and cotton napkins from Woolworths.

Fun Home Décor

Why not let the couple spruce their home up with a bit of fun, quirky décor? This gift will work best for couples who just so happen to be more on the artsy side of life - how about some fun bunting or a cute throw cushion? Get them a gift voucher at Zana Products and let them choose their own unique pieces. Or, get them a DIY kit so they can make their own.

A Set Of Mugs

Who wouldn’t want a nice set of mugs for their morning coffee? Good quality, long-lasting mugs make for a great gift, whether or not your engaged friends or family like tea – they’re bound to have guests over who do! Le Crueset's stoneware mugs are available in a wide variety of colours and styles, perfect for any couple's tastes.

A Nespresso Machine

If you’re feeling extra generous and you know your soon-to-be-married friends or family members love their coffee, a Nespresso will have them smiling from ear to ear. With a wide range of flavours, their mornings, afternoons and evenings will be forever changed. And, you can stop by whenever for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, it's a win-win.

Visit The Elephants

If you would like to learn a bit more about these majestic creatures, Adventures with Elephants is just the thing – they offer a hands-on session where you will get to learn all about these animals. You will also have the option to swim with the elephants, ride on their backs during the day or even enjoy a starlight elephant-back safari!

Check Out The Cheetahs

This cheetah sanctuary was established in 1971 and is all about preserving cheetahs and wild dogs. There are knowledgeable guides who will be able to tell you everything you want to know about cheetahs and wild dogs, so why not take a tour of this fantastic property?

Hot Water Springs

These natural hot water springs are what originally made the Warmbaths area popular and are definitely worth a visit. With plenty water activities and sports available, any adrenaline junkies out there will be able to get their hearts pumping. The water from these springs contains sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts, all of which are beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Take Part In An Amazing Race

Re-enact the Amazing Race as you know and love it from TV! You will need a minimum of 10 people (or cost equivalent) to take part in this activity. There will be a challenge at each stop off point and it’s bound to be a mentally and physically challenging experience!

Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm

Indulge in some cheesy goodness at the Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm! They produce cheese daily here in a very traditional manner so you know you’re getting good quality products! There is a restaurant on-site where you can indulge in a tasty meal. The farm also offers cheese tasting where you will be able to choose from a wide selection, including feta, cheddar, halloumi and so much more.

Take A Hike

If you love the outdoors, you’ll definitely want to go on a hike through the Diepdrift Hiking Trails in Bela Bela. There are various trails to choose from, including overnight stays and one-day walks. Animals you are likely to see on the trials include sable, antelope, hippo and giraffe so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to bring a fully-charged phone or camera along with you so that you can take some photos!

Drive Through The Malibongwe Game Reserve

Mabalingwe means 'the place of the spotted leopard' and is a game reserve definitely worth visiting for all wildlife lovers. From the Big Five, to hippo, giraffes, sable and hyena, you’re bound to see your fair share of animals. Game-viewing can be done from open-top cars or, for something a bit different, on horseback!

Makopa Reptile Park

Located just 12kms outside Bela Bela, this reptile park is for those who aren’t freaked out by scaly creatures! They have reptiles from Australia, South and North America and many other exotic places. If you want to watch the reptiles in action, you can request a demonstration! There is also a tea garden and curio shop on site, should you feel peckish.

Play Some Paintball

If you want to get some adrenaline rushing through you, paintball is certainly the way to go! Round up a crew and get involved in a game – it’ll be fun. Plus, you’re also welcome to have a braai on the property (just call ahead first to organise), so why not make a day out of it?

Get Some Golf In

Zebula Gold Estate and Spa is located 40kms west of Bela Bela and is the perfect place to kick back and relax – whether relaxation to you means a round of golf or an indulgent massage, take your pick at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa.

By Nikki Samakosky

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.

Neighbourgoods Market

In the heart of the city is the Neighbourgoods Market. Open every Saturday, come rain or shine, this market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, artisanal food and plenty of things to buy. Why not grab yourself a Balkan Burger before heading upstairs to browse  through Asseblief's rails and see what second hand gems you can take home with you? Or simply head over early, secure yourself a table and admire the stunning views of our city from the rooftop area!

When: Opening times: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 17:00 until late.

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Market On Main

Every Sunday at Arts on Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they've got it all, which makes Market on Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 19:00 to 23:00.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Rosebank Finders Keepers Market

Rosebank’s rooftop flea market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international foods, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiquities and crafts. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There really is something for everyone here!

When: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00.

Where: Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Jozi Real Food Market

As the name suggests Jozi Real Food Market is filled with everything food-related, offering you the freshest and finest produce from local small producers. From organic foods and ready-made meals to meat, condiments, spices and sauces, you’ll find everything you need for a healthy fridge and pantry at this market. Take a break from your shopping and relax under the trees with some coffee while the kids play on the lawn.

When: Every Saturday – 08:30 to 13:00.

Where: Pirates Sports Club, 4th Avenue Extension, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Bryanston Organic Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts, the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables, and wholesome foods. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little bit of shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to some live music. Sounds like a perfect day out, don't you think?

When: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

Where: Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Bamboo Farmer’s Market

With a range of fresh produce straight from the farm, visit the rooftop Bamboo Farmer’s Market and do a bit of healthy shopping. From local and organic produce, farm milk and butter, free-range eggs and chicken to fair-trade coffee, preservative-free bread and sugar-free baked goodies, this market promotes a healthy lifestyle.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00.

Where: Bamboo Farmers’ Market, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Hazel Food Market

Offering new and exciting tastes, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, sweet treats, freshly baked breads, ready-made meals for you to take home, herbs and flowers, and much more, visit the Hazel Food Market on Saturdays in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. Kids can play on the jungle gym and jumping castles while you relax in-between shopping with a sweet treat and frothy cappuccino.

When: Every Saturday – 08:00 to 14:00.

Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria.

For more information, visit their website.

 

The Shed on R59 

If you are looking for a great place to take family and friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon, then be sure not to miss out on The Shed on R59 Market. There is something to tickle everyone’s fancy, from a safe kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained, an artisanal brewery if you are a fan of beer, loads of tasty food stalls if you’re feeling a little peckish, and last but not least, plenty of stalls offering a selection of wares ranging from art and carpentry to clothing and stunning gifts (Christmas ideas before it’s too late!).

Where: 109 Malcolm Road, Daleside.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Fourways Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking to escape the dreaded routine of shopping in supermarkets for your groceries, then be sure to head to the Fourways Farmer’s Market. Set outdoors in the fresh air, they have carefully selected a number of traders who bring you the best products for you to take home! Enjoy browsing and shopping through at 50 stalls offering nothing but the finest foods, from organically grown veggies, herbs and eggs to locally made cheese, cured meats and indulgent baked treats.

Where: Montecasino Boulevard and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Walkerville Farmer’s Market 

For the best and freshest farm produce, be sure to head to the Walkerville Farmer’s Market, where only quality homegrown, handmade and homemade products are sold! Not only do they offer the best farm fresh produce, from veggies and fruits to nuts, herbs and honey, but they also offer a great variety of home-crafted products, antiques, woodwork, glass ware and other exciting merchandise! There is plenty to keep the kids entertained from fun children's activities like pony rides and face painting. Also, your four-legged friends are welcome, too!

Where: 112 Main Road (R82), Walkerville.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

In2Fresh Farmer’s Market 

Set in a fresh and relaxing country setting, the In2Fresh Farmer’s Market in Modderfontein is an artisanal market which offers a variety of high quality, fresh foods and produce. Browse and shop through stalls filled with farm fresh veggies, free-range eggs, cheese and honey, decadent cakes, pickles, sauces and a whole lot more! The neighbouring restaurant makes a mean cup of coffee, too!

Where: Corner Main and High Streets, Modderfontein.

When: Open on the last Saturday of the month – 08:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Irene Village Market 

Irene Village Market is full of crafts, vintage items, antiques and good food! The setting makes you feel as if you are walking through a forest, and there is a vast selection of goods for sale that will leave you in awe! You will be blown away by all of the creativity on display at this market. There's plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy and if you are looking to grab a bite to eat or something to quench your thirst, they have a fully licensed tea garden and food stalls for Africa!

Where: Jan Smuts Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Centurion.

When: Second and last Saturday of the month – 09:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.