Sakhumzi Restaurant

The best chicken we've had in a while can be found at Sakhumzi in Orlando West. We highly recommend the flame grilled birds on offer at this unique little restaurant. The buffet is great - it's a brilliant way to explore the culinary prowess of Sakhumzi's kitchen. From stews to grills, this eatery is worth a first, second and many follow-up visits.

Details: 6980 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1379 | [email protected]

Chez Alina

If you're looking for a business or buffet lunch in Soweto, check out Chez Alina. This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The beer is always cold and the food always flavourful, so be sure to check out this restaurant the next time you are passing through Dobsonville. The mood is chilled and the well-trained staff are friendly. Add Chez Alina to your bucket list - you won't be sorry.

Details: 33990 Masemola Street, Dobsonville, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 988 5297

Vuyo's Restaurant

Situated on the popular Vilakazi Street in the heart of Soweto, Vuyo's Restaurant is the place to be. The view is amazing and the eatery itself is within walking distance of many popular tourist attractions. It's all about modern African cuisine at Vuyo's, as they put a twist on traditional meals. It is well worth ending your meal with one of their delicious desserts. The are many cakes on display are worthy of a posting or two on Instagram, for sure!

Details: 8038 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1838 | [email protected]

Culinary Guide

Robby's Place

The classiest shebeen on the planet can be found in Pimville. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the dining area or outside in the courtyard - all in a relaxed and friendly environment. This Soweto gem is so popular that pre-booking is essential at least a day before your visit. Robby's is also a B&B, so why not plan a weekend foodie trip to Soweto for you and a couple of friends?

Details: 5634 Mokoka Street, Zone 5, Pimville, Soweto, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 933 7965 | [email protected]

Wandies Place

In Dube Village, there's this really cool spot popular among the locals. Wandies Place is where the flavour of Soweto lives. The dishes include mutton, lamb, beef or chicken - roasted or cooked, served buffet style. While there is a set menu, you can skip straight through to the all you can eat option. Fun fact - Wandies is a personal favourite of Virgin boss Richard Branson.

Details: 618 Makhalemele Street, Dube, Soweto | Tel: 011 982 2796 | [email protected]

By Shawn Greyling

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