Johannesburg, Jozi, or Joburg. No matter what you call it, it truly is the food capital of South Africa. From American delights to Zulu treats, there's something for every single palate under the sun. For more than a decade Joburg.co.za has written about restaurants and food trends and now we want to take it one step further and create a digital food map of the entire city! So, without further ado, let's get cracking and introduce you to restaurants in Johannesburg.
If you’re craving shiza nyama, a cold beer and a vibrant atmosphere with township music to set the tone, then Chaf Pozi is definitely the place to go. Located in Soweto, you won’t have a more authentic South African experience than this. Some of the menu goodies you can look forward to including chicken livers, chakalaka, pap and gravy, and even traditional dessert!
Hombaze African Cuisine
Forget about the long trip to your home base and just visit Hombaze located in Parkmore, Sandton for traditional African cuisine that will impress even your gogo. Offering quality and healthy food paired with exceptional service you won’t want to go anywhere else. Hombaze is also rated as one of the top African cuisine restaurants in the country so give it a shot.
Located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Nambitha is one of the most popular African eateries in Soweto. Serving soul food while offering catering services, conferencing and venue hire as well as buffet bookings; no matter what the event is, you’re guaranteed a delicious plate of satisfying African cuisine with a touch of a la carte menu options.
Best known for its boneless chicken wings, Hooters came to South Africa nearly ten years ago and has grown from strength the strength. The American brand brought along a wooden sports bar feel complete with Budweiser on tap, spicing up things when it comes to restaurants in Johannesburg. Whether you're catching up with mates over drinks and chow or watching the Lions take the Super Rugby Cup, Hooters is a fun place to hang out. We highly recommend you visit the Fourways branch.
Texan Wing Bar
The Texan Wing Bar at Montecasino is the brainchild of the marketing team behind the American brewery, Budweiser. Serving up Tex-Mex style cooking complete with spicy wings, big steaks, and cold beer, the Texan Wing Bar is like taking a trip to Dallas without stepping foot outside of Johannesburg.
Situated in Melville's 27 Boxes, The Countess has been around for quite some time. Are you craving a burger so action-packed that it should have a guest appearance on Game of Thrones? Look no further than the 200g beef burger braai'd in oxtail fat and served on a brioche bun with mature brie, explosive chilli, doubled-edged aioli, elusive greens, fiery tomatoes, and seductive pickles... we need to sit down after that. Wow. Steampunk meets gourmet food. Get yourself to The Countess as soon as possible.
Love Me So
From Melville with love! Love Me So does not have set dishes of ramen; instead, you build your own. You start by choosing a broth (chicken and sake, mushrooms and miso, or chicken and pork), a protein (pork belly, crispy shredded pork, butter roasted chicken breast, or aged beef sirloin), and then finish it off with four toppings, such as ramen egg, kimchi, spring onions, beans, slow-roasted tomato, and so on and so forth.
Tapas, noodles, and drinks. That's what the People's Republic of Noodles (PRON, for short) is all about. Just kidding! PRON is an Asian owned restaurant that's stood the test of time in the culinary rat-race of Linden. The restaurant is owned by the very same family who owned Red Chamber in Hyde Park. PRON specialises in cuisine native to Northern China - noodles.
The Great Eastern Food Bar
Every now and then a restaurant comes along that everyone rants and raves about. The Great Eastern Food Bar located on the outskirts of Melville, is one of these places. It's an eatery with a diverse menu, kitted out to tantalise the taste buds of even the weirdest food critics around town. Spoilt for choice, their food items boast an eclectic mix of Asian-inspired dishes from dim sum, smoked trout steamed buns to bowls of ramen.
Father Coffee has gathered some of the best beans from the best bean producers around the world. Not only have they gathered the best beans from African countries, but they have sourced beans from as far as Brazil, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. This coffee shop is by far one of our favourite restaurants in Johannesburg, thanks to its delicious baked delights. These treats are always a great combination to have with Father Coffee's fresh brew.
Known for its quality coffee and being associated with luxury brands such as McLaren and Rolls Royce, Naked Coffee is taking the coffee game to a whole new level. Our favourite Naked shops can be found inside the luxury car dealership Daytona at Melrose Arch.
The Whippet is formed around the ethos of a lifestyle approach to business; where they celebrate the butchers, the barristers, the bakers, the growers, the businessmen and women, and the artists who make neighbourhoods tick. Pop into The Whippet for that first cup of premium roasted coffee and some breakfast in the morning, or feast on scrumptious cakes or a relaxed lunch.
Ghazal North Indian Restaurant
Situated in Melrose Arch, Ghazal offers authentic North Indian cuisine that features sensational spice balance and a wide variety of curries. A highlight is the prawn masala, which has a delicate, mild blend of spices that complements the sweet prawns perfectly. And don’t miss out on their comprehensive wine list and the best puffed garlic naan in Jozi.
Lugz Indian Cuisine is an Indian restaurant that specialises in food that is full of flavour and character. They offer signature Indian cuisine favourites like bunny chow and curry, among others. Their delicious meals burst with flavour. A favourite for many is the bunny chow, this spicy treat is a definite must-try!
The menu is massive at Sarvana Bhavan with an extensive list of different veggie curries, a Chinese wok (yup), and lovely treats made in their clay oven. In fact, this restaurant is so South Indian that their entire kitchen comes from that region. Another interestingly South Indian thing is that all the plates, cups, spoons, forks, knives, etc. are similar to those you can find when eating at a restaurant in India.
Cafe Del Sol Botanico
Looking for some of the best Italian in town? Then visit Café del Sol Botanico at Bryanston Shopping Centre. Click here to read about our initial visit to this lovely Italian restaurant. Their selection of pasta dishes have become culinary landmarks – hearty, homemade pastas ranging from Nonna’s ragu, gnocchi, seafood risotto and stuffed calamari – and are absolute musts when you visit for a lazy lunch, vibey dinner or an indulgent treat. They've also launched a new luxury delivery line, Deli Via, that'll deliver their famous Italian dishes right to your door.
For great, wholesome, and authentic Italian cuisine perfect for the entire family, Gemelli at Posthouse Link Centre is an absolute gem that you need to visit when in the area. Their contemporary Italian food menu explores innovative and contemporary ways of paying homage to timeless Italian flavours and combinations, with a memorable touch of Gemelli flair. Each plate is full of flavour, colour, and detail, as well as fresh, seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients. There's sure to be something for everyone, as their menu includes a classic pasta selection, a hearty selection of meat dishes, delicious starters, and decadent desserts.
Lanser's On Main
It is evident that words such as decorum and chivalry are disappearing from the lexicon shared between Joburg restaurants. The culture of dining out has turned into something resembling an assembly line to convey guests into the one end and out the other. Enter Chef Lanser Fourie. His soft-spoken voice, big smile, and demeanor are set to change all that. It's his bistro in Bryanston that's slipped the lever on this conveyor-belt style of eating out and brought back the fundamentals of hospitality.
The Mediterranean Basin is known for turning mealtime into a social experience. Ethos is perfectly designed for this. Big, comfortable booths line the centre of the main dining hall, flanked by intimate tables, perfect for housing smaller dinner parties. Right in the centre, one will find an olive tree - the lifeblood of the Mediterranean. And just like the Mediterranean has a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea, Ethos has a beautiful view to the north, thanks to floor to ceiling windows, perfect for enjoying sundowners with friends and compatriots.
Mezepoli is as Mediterranean as they come (if the Med was known for great sushi as well). Worth trying is the assortment of mushrooms grilled with rock salt and dressed with olive oil, lemon and fresh parsley. And it goes without saying, the crispy spanakopita filled with spinach and feta is on par with the street food you will find in Athens. What would a visit to a Greek and Turkish inspired restaurant be without diving face-first into the salad section? The rocket and spinach salad is a leafy greens fanatic's dream with its sundried tomato, chèvre, pine nuts, and mustard balsamic vinaigrette.
Are you looking for authentic Greek restaurants in Johanneburg? We've got you sorted. Plaka has been delivering authentic Greek cuisine to Joburg foodies for over 26 years. Their menu is generous, offering a variety of traditional meze, fish dishes and vegetarian dips. Made from the freshest ingredients, their food is simple yet delicious. Having eaten our way through the menu, we recommend the meze platter for two, a hearty feast of pita bread, assorted dips, falafel, handcut chips, tomato salad and grilled halloumi. Paired with a chilled glass of white wine, this is more than satisfying. Sit and talk for hours over this meal with loved ones for a true Greek dining experience.
Back from the grave, Ba-Pita has returned! A hipster hangout during the 80s and 90s in Yeoville, Ba-Pita has set up shop in boho Norwood. Shawarmas, laffas, koftas... it's safe to say that the more things change the more they stay the same. Fortunately for us, Ba-Pita has kept many of its celebrated dishes on the menu, introduce old school flavours to a whole new generation of diners.
The Schwarma Co
The Schwarma Co. is a Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern restaurant nestled in the heart of the Norwood eatery district. Their menu is generous and homely, welcoming the hungriest of patrons. Featuring super fresh salads, schwarmas, laffa, kebabs and hamburgers, this is the place to go if you are looking to tuck into comfort food made well.
With dishes called ‘Land of Milk and Honey’ and ‘Breakfast in the Middle East’, it’s safe to say that Teta Mari has got a thick Jewish theme going on - and we love it! Find food that could easily have come out of any Jewish grandmother’s kitchen here. This place is definitely worth a visit.
Looking for Portuguese restaurants in Johannesburg? For quite some time now J's Diner has been the talk of Blairgowrie with its tender peri-peri chicken and authentic décor and design. We all love good Portuguese food, right? Be sure to grab a table and a drink and get lost in J's awesome menu. You will not be disappointed - not by a long shot. From gourmet burgers to classic dishes from Lisbon it's all here. What are you waiting for? Go get your prawn on!
Portuguese cuisine has always been popular in Joburg, and Restaurante Parreirinha rates right up there with the best. This authentic Portuguese restaurant located in La Rochelle, the South of Joburg, opened its doors in 1975. ishes such as the Steak a Parreirinha (beautiful rump dressed in ham and asparagus and basted in a secret mustard sauce) and the grilled pork slices (sliced pork fillet topped with a fried egg, and garlic sauce) are the reason why it's always packed to the brim. Of course, as an authentic Portuguese eatery, there are prawns aplenty and tender grilled chicken to die for.
The Pigalle brand is one that Joburgers have come to love, cherish and trust over the years. It was started by passionate individuals who have instilled that same drive in their staff. From kitchen to the front desk, visitors are treated with respect golden-rimmed by excellent service. Any past and present patron of this classy establishment can tell you that Pigalle has set the bar quite high when it comes to upmarket dining.
Looking for South American restaurants in Johannesburg? We've got you! Recently relocated to Rosebank, Che Argentine Grill is your South American friend in Jozi. The menu is inspired by Bernado's grandmother who taught him how to cook and Oscar's love for South American food. Tapas items such as albondigas en sal (pork and beef meatballs bathed in a sofrito) and the octopus completed with potato and pimenton oil are firm examples of what Argentinian comfort food is. The starters (or entradas in Spanish) are simple and familiar. The empanadas are made in-house and stuffed with only the best quality ingredients.
Chef Nikita Zoulis - of J.Rabbit Tequilaria and The Whippet fame - heads back to the traditional way of cooking at Linden's Gaucho. Just like they do in the pampas lowlands, an open flame is the name of the game. Though South America is known for its consumption of beef, Gaucho embraces the continent's lesser-known love affair with seafood. This is shown in the restaurant's take on grilled Chilean sea bass (or more accurately, Patagonian toothfish) which is served with toasted almonds.
boasts Brazilian-inspired dishes that will make your taste buds believe you’ve been transported straight to South America. With that said, Roast Café fans will be delighted to learn that certain favourites on the menu will still be available at Rodizio, such as Roast Café’s delectable cakes, its oft-talked-about breakfasts and several other popular items.
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Just like any other part of Johannesburg, Roodepoort has restaurants as diverse as its residents. No matter your tastes, there's bound to be the perfect treat at the ready to delight you! Whether it's sweet or savoury, sit down or take-away, you're going to enjoy your culinary world tour through Roodepoort.
A firm local favourite, Big Fat Greek is a flavour bomb waiting to go off! This dine-in or take-away Greek restaurant in Roodepoort specialises in all your favourite takeaway treats. Fancy some giros, meze, dolmades or souvlaki? Then, this is definitely your kind of place. If you're not feeling especially adventurous, you can always grab a fast food staple, such as a hamburger, fish and chips, or a chicken burger. Top off your meal with some baklava for dessert!
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RocoMamas has carved out a solid reputation as one of the biggest names in the burger and grill business, and they stick to this at their Featherbrooke location. Enjoy all your favourites, from their famous Smash Burgers to delicious sticky ribs and fried chicken. Is your sweet tooth tingling after all that salty goodness? Make sure to top it all off with a Rocomamas signature G-Shake or Freak Shake, or a sweet Killer Waffle.
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Described as "the best take-away in Roodepoort", Yusufs Take-Away offers traditional fresh, hot, halaal goodness. Make sure to try the Samoosas with Dip, as well as the AK47 Roll and Russian Roll. Still hungry? The Koeksisters are always a delicious way to end off your snack attack.
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Love Thai food? Simply Asia keeps it as authentic as a chain restaurant can: at Simply Asia, native Thai chefs do all the cooking! They specialise in stir fries, red and green curries, traditional Thai soups, and noodles. You can enjoy a meal as mild or as spicy as you can handle, and they also serve some non-traditional dishes such as sushi. Make sure to top off your savoury meal with a Thai sweet treat - we'd recommend chocolate spring rolls or a Thai chocolate brownie!
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If you're in the market for a delicious family feast, Yummy Asian Chinese Food & Sushi Bar is the spot for you! They offer a fantastic selection of delectable sushi platters at affordable prices, as well as delicious Chinese cuisine. With friendly staff and efficient service, they're a neighbourhood favourite.
Papachinos is a restaurant with a strongly family-friendly ethos. As a family-friendly restaurant, kids can have fun with "roll, make and bake" pizza, making delicious food in the process. Papachinos Clearwater is exactly the place to enjoy hearty meals with your whole family, in a fun and friendly environment for children to enjoy.
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Bossa is a firm favourite restaurant in Roodepoort. Beloved by locals and newcomers to the area, Bossa always delivers something memorable and delicious. With everything from burgers and beer to cocktails and snacks, this restaurant is a versatile sports bar with a twist. Even equipped with a play area, Bossa is child-friendly, too.
Are you ready for a Mexican restaurant extravaganza in the heart of Roodepoort? La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria is the place to go for an unforgettable taste of Mexico. Whether you're in the mood for food or drink, the Grille and Tequileria will deliver an unmissable experience.
The original Founders Restaurant and Grill was established in 1984 in Florida North on the West Rand of Gauteng. Founders Grill is one of Roodepoort's firm favourite restaurants, serving up delicious grilled meats, seafood and more! A family restaurant with a long history in the area, Founders Restaurant and Grill is the perfect place to come for a sit-down meal with friends and family.
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Craving a Portuguese-style feast? Adega restaurants specialise in exactly that! Adega Retail Crossing brings the deliciousness and flair of Portuguese cuisine to Roodepoort. Come hungry, and bring your friends and family to tuck into an unforgettable variety of foods. Their specialties are, of course, Portuguese, as well as seafood, sushi and vegetarian food.
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If you're in need of a relaxed, family-style dining experience, Mozambik restaurants are what you need. Mozambik Retail Crossing serves traditional Portuguese-style seafood, as well as a large variety of Portuguese dishes at their Roodepoort restaurant. With a relaxing vibe and awesome food, Mozambik provides a welcoming experience for family and friends.
Stop by Little Miss Muffin for a cosy and relaxing coffee shop experience. Tucked away in the heart of Roodepoort, Little Miss Muffin is small, quaint, and eclectically decorated! This hidden gem is perfect for everything from kitchen teas, to stopping by for a quick cuppa. Enjoy their delicious food and child-friendly atmosphere.
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Another of Roodepoort's hidden gems, Nostaglie Koffiewinkel is an inviting little cafe with personality and a cosy atmosphere. Their coffee and sandwiches come highly recommended, as does their friendly service! Nostalgie is the perfect coffee shop to stop by for a relaxing afternoon coffee and a chat with the owners or with friends.
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Cute and quiet, Oh My Beans is a homey garden cafe in Roodepoort. Overlooking a bright and colourful nursery, Oh My Beans brings delicious food and yummy coffee (make sure to try the mochas) to your table. Their nursery is overflowing with gorgeous flowers, so make sure to stop and smell the roses while you're enjoying your sweet treats!
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Edenvale has become somewhat of a restaurant town in recent years. Known for its diverse selection of cuisine offerings, the area is a great spot to explore new tastes and flavours. All we can say is come hungry, because there's a lot to be explored here!
Experience authentic Thai cuisine without leaving Edenvale at Saengcha Thai Restaurant. Come and enjoy fragrant curries, broths and various other Thai specialties at this much-loved restaurant. Their red Thai curry is said to be the perfect balance of sweet, sour and umami. Book a table as soon as you can or miss out!
In the mood for a fiery Durban curry? Stop by the Curry Lounge in Edenvale. From the classic bunny chow to hamburgers, this Indian fusion restaurant has all you need to satisfy those curry cravings. This is the perfect spot to pick up a quick Friday night takeaway. Their menu features child-friendly and vegetarian options, so the whole family can tuck in!
Come and sink your teeth into a juicy smashburger at RocoMamas. Located at Stoneridge Centre, this American meets South African burger joint is a must-visit for anyone with a love of gourmet grub. Try their turbo-charged cheese fries with chilli for a taste explosion!
Start off your morning the right way with a classic glazed doughnut and piping hot coffee from Krispy Kreme at Greenstone Shopping Centre. This American doughnut shop has been in the business of putting smiles on their customers faces since 1937. Join the long legion of Krispy Kreme fanatics and indulge in the sweeter side of life.
La Cucina is at the top of our list of the best Italian restaurants in Johannesburg. Tucked away within an industrial park on the border of Edenvale and Kempton Park, this family run Italian deli and restaurant makes some of the freshest and most authentic pasta dishes in the city. Served with a crisp glass of white wine, you'll feel transported straight to Tuscany. Be sure to book ahead as the restaurant can be get busy.
Italian cuisine is all about sharing with the ones you love. This ethos is shared by Papachinos restaurant - undoubtedly one of the best family-friendly restaurants in Edenvale. Kiddies absolutely love it here thanks to the large play areas, designer pizza menus and fun atmosphere. If you're ever looking to host a birthday party for the litte ones in Edenvale, this is the place to do it.
Brunch lovers, this is the spot for you. Cafe Billi Bi at Stoneridge Shopping Centre is an eclectic Mediterranean eatery offering delicious breakfast spreads, gourmet open sandwiches, wholesome salads and the best smoothies in Edenvale. Cafe Billi Bi is also dog-friendly, so bring your pooch along to enjoy a casual dining experience overlooking the Greenstone Hills.
Piatto's Mediterranean-inspired menu is a sight to behold. Featuring everything from sumptuous pastas to succulent grills, this menu offers a delicious taste experience. The restaurant is a go-to for romantic evenings out as it boasts quite an impressive view and secluded dining options. So come and wine and dine your sweetheart at Piatto Stoneridge or risk getting the silent treatment.
Malagueta is a Brazilian/Portuguese restaurant located at the edge of Horwoods Farm in Edenvale. This top family-friendly restaurant offers the little ones ample space to play about while parents can sit back and soak up the sun on the large deck. The menu features an array of authentic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes, including chicken and steak espetada and generous seafood platters.
Mozambik is another top family-friendly Portuguese restaurant located in Edenvale. Their Afro-Porto fusion cuisine is one-of-a-kind. Infused with all the flavours of Mozambique, their food transports you to a whole other place and time. Plus they've got a ton of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained, while you sip on a cocktail (or two).
Sprout Cafe is a health food lover's dream. Their Paleo, vegan-friendly menu offers meals and snacks filled with all the nutrients you need to get through the day. From their juices and smoothies to Keto brownies, Sprout Cafe is all about conscious and healthy eating. If you're considering a few food lifestyle, stop by here to experience just how healthy eating can be.
Edenvale is littered with coffee shops and cafes along its sprawling avenues. However, none stands out quite like The Red Door Cafe. You'll find the best French toast in Edenvale here, as well as Paleo menu options, scrummy scones and delicious main meals. Look out for the tiny red scooter to find the Red Door. It's very well hidden!
Edenvale is famous for one particular landmark - the Dutch Windmill! But did you know that there is a coffee shop and restaurant hidden inside it? De Molen Pancake House serves up authentic Dutch pancakes, stroopwaffles and poffertjies among other delicacies. If you've never dined here before, you've been missing out. So, climb up the winding windmill and take a seat inside to enjoy a truly unique dining experience.
Edenvale is the place for hidden coffee spot gems. Some are so well hidden, that even the suburb's most savvy residents don't know they are there. One such cafe and eatery is The Landing. Tucked away just off Linksfield Road, this is a coffee and cake lover's ultimate dream. They opened in 2017, but I only recently spotted their signage while stuck in an afternoon traffic jam. Needless to say, I headed back that same weekend to check out what they have in store. I was not disappointed in the least.
The Landing is more than just a coffee shop. It has an attached artisan deli, which features top quality cured meat, preserves and cheese. But, let's begin with the restaurant. There are three separate dining areas, 'Landing 1', 'Landing 2' and 'Landing 3'. I chose the third option, which is outside under the shade of lovely old trees. The overall feel of the restaurant is rustic, home-style with an urban sensibility. The decor is simplistic and comfortable. It accommodates both family-friendly dining and date night diners. As far as quaint coffee shops go, this is one of the finest that Edenvale has to offer. Open from 06:30 am between Monday to Saturday, there really is no reason not to stop by.
The Landing's breakfast menu offers a variety of options, including budget breakfasts and healthy choices. I tried the Bacon, Egg and Avo Rosti - two potato rostis topped with crispy bacon, two eggs and avocado. With four rashers of bacon, this breakfast is super generous. The much-loved combination of bacon and avocado works perfectly alongside the salty potato rosti, which is a great alternative to the usual toast. Paired with a famous Landing Cappuccino, this went down quite well. Breakfast is served between 06:30 and 12:00, so you have ample time to get yourself down to the Landing.
However, if you are unable to rouse the family for breakfast, the Landing also serves up a selection of Mediterranean and French inspired lunches. I will definitely be back to sample the Sandwich au Jambon - ham, emmentaler cheese, mustard and cornichons on a French baguette, served with chunky chips and salad. If that doesn't float your boat, they also offer quiches, hamburgers, wraps and salads. Kiddies have their very own menu, too. With scrambled eggs, chicken nuggets and fries and a cheese and ham toastie on offer, their bellies will be singing with joy.
The Landing recently extended their hours to offer their patrons a cafe dinner experience. The dinner menu is still in development, but so far it's looking pretty good. With starters of mussels, peri peri chicken livers, crumbed mushrooms and caprese salad, you are off to a good start. Follow up with a choice of salad, seafood, steak or pasta dinner. We are particularly intrigued by the Salmon and Asian Salad, which includes a 200g Salmon fillet served with an Asian salad of carrots, cucumber, radishes and a soy sauce dressing.
Their selection of wine, beers and ciders makes any date night just that bit more romantic. Enjoyed on the patio, under the glow of the stars, there is no better way to spend time with a loved one. While the drinks menu isn't extensive, it offers all the good old classics. But, The Landing is always open to suggestions on their menu, so go right ahead and let them know what you would like to see on the list.
For dessert, you are equally as spoiled for choice, with classic Creme Brulee and Amarula Creme Brulee, as well as a divine selection of cakes, including their famous Baklava Cheesecake. For those without a sweet tooth, there is a three cheese platter to enjoy. Overall, it's a superb dining experience.
I suppose that Edenvale could be described as its own village. Although, you need not reside in the avenues to enjoy the wide array of treats at the Landing's Village Deli. Their freshly baked bread is picture perfect, and it tastes good too. This is ideal for a quick lunch after the big breakfast feast you have indulged in at the restaurant. Pick up some deli meat, fine cheese and preserves to serve with it. The deli also stocks kitchen staples and luxury items, such as pastas, sauces, olive oil and spices. Sourcing their products directly from manufacturers, this humble store will have you whipping up Nonna's old recipes in no time.
Looking for something sweet? The Village Deli's cakes are available in slices for sit-down, or as whole cakes with pre-order. So, whether you need a little sugar fix or a last-minute celebration cake, they can help you out. The cake menu features classics like carrot cake, red velvet, chocolate and lemon meringue. They also make gourmet cakes - Lindt Chocolate, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Apple Toffee Caramel Cake, Rocky Road, Oreo Cheesecake and gluten-free flourless Lemon Poppy Seed Cake! Don't waste time trying to bake your own birthday cake next year. Give the Village Deli a call.
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Details: 15 Linksfield Rd, Dunvegan, Edenvale, Gauteng | (011) 453-1936 | [email protected]
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What puts a kick in your step better than a piping hot cuppa joe? Come and get your wake up call at the newly refurbished Wakey Wakey Cafe. This little corner cafe has been known by many names, starting out as Cafe Bruegel, before becoming Paoletto Cafe and now Wakey Wakey! But, it doesn't really matter what their name is, this place is known for their Italian coffee, Belgian-style waffles and great ambiance. With free WiFi, there really is no reason not to stop by here on a weekend morning.
Details: Cnr Horwood Street & 8th Avenue, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 454 5325 | [email protected]
Not in the mood for waffles? Pop down the avenues to De Molen Pancake House at De Bakery. This traditional Dutch bakery and restaurant is housed inside a windmill, offering the quaintest and most authentic dining experience. Plus, their pancakes are to die for! We recommend the Dutch Apple and Cinnamon paired with a frothy cappuccino. While De Molen is not known for its barista skills, the coffee is good enough to enjoy out on the windmill balcony. This eatery is all about good home-style Dutch cooking, so expect generosity and ample kindness.
Details: 47 Van Riebeek Avenue, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 453 2222
Still not hitting the spot? Try out The Red Door Cafe's variety of hipster-esque Illy Arabica drinks. Alongside the Illy brand, the Red Door also hosts an alternative 'guest coffee' of the month. Currently their guest is Kingsman Coffee Roastery, an ethically sourced high-quality green coffee loved around the world. The menu features all the good old classics, but with a nod to the vegans of Edenvale. Order your favourite coffee with almond or soy milk, a dash of cinnamon and a little honey - heavenly. The Red Door's bakery is famous for their chocolate croissants, cruffins and other assortment of sweet delights. Now you can have your cake and coffee and eat them!
Details: 26, 5th Avenue, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 453 1926 | [email protected]
Now, this one may be a little difficult to find. La Tazzina Restaurant is so well hidden that many Edenvale residents don't even know it's there. Unassuming from the outside, this cakery and cafe is a must-visit hidden gem. Their outdoor dining area is idyllic and sweet, with pops of pastel and sprawling plant life. However, what really leaves a good impression is the sight (and smell) of their confectionery display. Adorned with indulgent chocolate cake, scones, cupcakes and pretty macarons, this table is well worth drooling over. Partnered with one of La Tazzina's strong Italian blends, these dessert delights will have you coming back for more. This is the perfect place for a catch up with friends or long brunch. The coffee here is always perfectly prepared, so give it a try.
Details: Cnr Of 1st Ave & Amelia St, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 454 4334 | [email protected]
Directly opposite the Red Door Cafe is the Little Penny Farthing Coffee Shop. Offering a more family-friendly environment, this coffee shop is the best spot in Edenvale for a quick cuppa with the kids in tow. There is ample space for them to play around here, so you can enjoy your beverage in relative peace. With its cosy setting, Little Penny Farthing is a welcome escape for many moms and dads. Bring the family along for a hearty breakfast served with good, rich coffee.
Details: 25 Fifth Avenue corner 2nd street (BG's on 2nd), Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 454 4744
Edenvale's truest coffee connoisseurs know that there is only one place to go for premium roasts, perfectly ground and percolated. Delivering a subtly bitter, yet round coffee flavour that always beckons for more, Royal Coffee Roasters at Stoneridge Shopping Centre really know their way around a coffee bean. Serving up Ethiopian, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Kenyan and Ugandan brews with a smile. Give their Cinnamon Roll a try the next time you are there. Washed down with a Mocha topped with fresh cream, you're in coffee-meets-chocolate heaven. The best part about Royal Coffee Roasters is that you can purchase your coffee beans and equipment here. From French presses, to filters and even state of the art Italian coffee machines, they have it all!
Details: No 1 Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Park, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 452 2751 | [email protected]
Finally, we have the Landing Restaurant. If its designer coffee you are looking for in Edenvale, then this is where to find it. While they do offer all the classics like espresso, macchiato, flat white, americano and cappuccino, the Landing Restaurant also delivers gourmet coffee unlike anywhere else in the East. Think Creme Brulee Latte, Dirty Chai, Tiramisu Latte, Popcorn Latte, Lavender Latte and a super healthy Tumeric Latte! Their iced coffees are also a big hit. Our favourite is the Greek Frappe - a sweet blend of espresso, condensed milk and ice. Yum!
Details: 15 Linksfield Rd, Dunvegan, Edenvale, Gauteng | 011 453 1936 | [email protected]
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Starbucks is a hub of work, play and confection at Eastgate Mall. With free WiFi and scrumptious eats on offer, this is the ideal place to stop by when that caffeine craving kicks in. Seeing as it's 'spooky season', Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice range is all anyone has on their mind. But, who can blame them? This drink consists of handcrafted espresso infused with pumpkin spice, steamed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin spice. Give it a try before the season ends.
Details: Shop no. U46 – U47 | (010) 020 7962 | Click here for more information.
Another American export that calls Eastgate Shopping Mall its home is Krispy Kreme. While famed for their glazed and stuffed doughnuts, Krispy Kreme also offers a pretty good coffee. From frothy cappuccinos to iced frappes, they have all you need to curb that craving. Add a dash of hazelnut, salted caramel or toffee nut syrup to your hot or cold beverage for added flavour. And throw in a doughnut for good measure. In honour of the release of the new Addams Family movie release, Krispy Kreme have introduced the Wednesday Addams, Lurch and Cousin Itt doughnuts to their menu. Spooky, but delicious!
Details: Shop no. U108 | (011) 615 4707 | Click here for more information.
Harpers Restaurant takes coffee at Eastgate to another level. This up-market cafe is Eastgate's mecca for coffee and confectionery addicts. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to sweet treats - from English scones, to macarons, carrot cake and cheesecake. Pair your little indulgence with Harpers' cheeky Irish coffee - piping hot espresso totted with either whiskey, rum, Kahlua, Amarula Cream or Frangelico. Not in the mood for a tipsy treat? Harpers also offers an array of flavoured coffees, including vanilla and hazelnut.
Details: Shop no. U28C | (011) 615 3816 | Click here for more information.
If the Woolies Cafe buffet isn't enough to impress you, then their coffees certainly will. Standouts on the menu include the Vanilla and Cinnamon Latte which is light, frothy and sweet, and the Frozen Hazelnut and Honey Latte. With all the glorious flavour notes of honey on the palate and a subtle nutty overture, this icy beverage is the ideal closer to a day of strenuous shopping. Woolies Cafe offers an array of savoury and sweet dishes to pair with your coffee of choice. However, if we had to pick our favourite, it has to be the dense, fruity carrot cake. Topped off with cream cheese icing, this carrot masterpiece goes down oh so well with strong coffee.
Details: Shop no. L20B | (011) 677 4511 | Click here for more information.
Sometimes all you need is a good old cappuccino to go. That's where Pallet Coffee Bar saves the day. Situated in the bustling food court, this food truck meets coffee bar stocks all the old favourites, including muffins and buttery croissants. Stop by here if you are in a rush and in dire need of caffeine.
Details: Centre Food Court | (078) 520 7660
If you ever get lost at Eastgate Mall, just follow the smell of baking cinnamon. It is almost impossible to pass by Cinnabon without noticing it. Your mouth starts to water as the delectable fragrance of melted butter, spices and chocolate drift through the mall. Don't be a hero, give in to temptation and gift yourself with a spicy Cinnabon. While you're at it, order a coffee too. Coffee and cinnamon are best friends, after all.
Details: Shop no. U54 | (011) 615 0315 | Click here for more information.
Finally, we have the Nespresso pop-up shop. Offering you a taste of their full-bodied blends, Nespresso should ideally be your last stop on your way out of the mall. Pick up a supply of Nespresso capsules for your home coffee machine. That way you'll never be without your beloved brew.
Details: Entrance 6 | 0800 63 7773
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For most of us, coffee is a magical elixir that gets us through any day without committing murder. This tasty drink is always there for us, giving us the loving support and strength we need to make it through, whether it be early morning meetings or late night assignments. It's only fitting that this bitter beverage receive its own appreciation day. To honour this very special day, we've put together a list to guide you through the best coffee our city has to offer. From earthy and dark undertones to fruity and chocolaty notes, there's a coffee for everyone.
First and foremost, coffee is an energy boosting drink. Some may like bitter black coffee, while others prefer theirs more as a dessert in a glass. Whatever your preference, there is a plethora of coffee shops and cafes around Joburg that have the goods. For the good old fashioned plain coffee, Motherland, Father Coffee and Double Shot Coffee offer some of the best Joe in the city. But for a sweeter touch, perhaps a gourmet delight?
For those looking for liquid decadence, these are some of the most luxurious coffees in the city. Indulge in chocolate flavoured creamy mochas, nutty lattes, subtle spiced drinks, melted chocolate bars, glorious dessert beverages and sinful alcoholic mixes. These scrumptious treats are served with shameful lashings of whipped cream, drizzles of delightful sauces and a sprinkling of extra pizzazz. All of this results in a tantalising experience on the taste buds.
Have you ever visited a restaurant, eatery or coffee shop and tried something so yummy and delish that you wanted to have it at home, too? Well, now you can. Many coffee shops in the city are roasting and combining their own signature blends. Patrons can purchase a bag of these craft beans and make their favourite coffees in the comfort of their own home.
Unfortunately, we can't always rely on coffee shop baristas to brew up our magical potions for us. But we can get something close to the real thing with good quality coffee beans and machines. Beans can range in origin, including regions like Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, Honduras, Indonesia, Rwanda and Tanzania. All are available in light, medium and dark roasts, as well as fair trade and organic. But to truly make great java, you'll also want the latest machines, gadgets and coffee making accessories.
Coffee not only makes a yummy warm drink, but makes for fantastic fare too. Think tiramisus and layered cakes or even milkshakes, iced coffees and an added extra to cocktails. Just remember, all coffee confectionery is perfectly matched with a piping hot cup of java. Check out these mouthwatering recipes.
Joburg is developing a huge coffee culture and people in the city are becoming true connoisseurs in the art of java drinking. Everyone is always looking for the perfect spot for their caffeine fix, so here is a quick guide to getting a cuppa Joe at The Zone @ Rosebank, brew!
The city is starting to appreciate the root of the coffee, from the bean to the brewing process. People love the idea of being able to explore with different roasts, comparing the flavours and going on a journey to finding their best blend.
You are probably wondering "where do I begin?". The Zone @ Rosebank waits eagerly for you to pay a visit. The Zone @ Rosebank is packed with awesome coffee spots to explore. Not only that, but these stores specialise in the bean work, making magic in a cup so you can expect perfection.
Let's take a look at what The Zone @ Rosebank has in store for us with these cool coffee spots.
With a slogan like "Drink The Love'', how can you resist but fall in love with the coffee at Motherland Coffee Company.
They take pride in their coffee, sourcing their beans from across Africa from countries including Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Congo. They remind you why Africa is the Motherland. They are situated in a cosy corner at The Zone @ Rosebank, welcoming you to a warm and comforting setting.
They are all about making sure that you get the perfect cup of coffee accompanied by delicious delights and a good homely ambiance.
Father Coffee is all about the minimalist feel and they have perfected the look and simplicity of their packaging.
They specialise in hot and cold brews, ensuring that you get your coffee just the way you like it. You also have a wide range of blends to choose from - they have coffee from all over the world including countries that would never cross your mind, such as Guatemala and Honduras.
So, you get to explore the world all in one place and get that kick that you so desire.
This vibrant coffee shop has been long-awaited by the Joburgers and now sits in bustling Rosebank. Starbucks Coffee Company has many people flocking to it to have their amazing coffee.
They have mastered the art of bringing the old and the new together. Starbucks takes variety to a whole new level, you could probably have a different drink every week for years. Maybe a bit exaggerated, however, they offer a world of exploring.
Their inviting space is always gathering the coffee junkies to spend time at their store.
Now that we have taken a look at what's brewing, now is the time to grab a friend and go grab a cuppa Joe. Are we allowed to say cheers if the drink is hot?
I've been living in the West Rand my entire life. From the coffee shops of Krugersdorp, to the craft breweries of Magaliesburg, I've seen it all. Well, that was until I stumbled across Random Harvest Country Cottages in Muldersdrift.
Hidden on a dirt road just off of the infamous Magalies Wedding Mile, Random Harvest is a nursery, tea garden and bed and breakfast. It is a popular hangout spot for those living in the northern and western suburbs of Johannesburg. Random Harvest serves as the perfect escape from the city that's just down the road from town.
I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the owner, Linda. She took me on a tour of the 21Ha farm and showed me the grassland which she is quite proud of. Random Harvest is home to 159 bird species (confirmed by an ornithologist) and is a great place to walk around. Here you can rekindle your love for nature or ponder whether or not you should sell your house and move to the countryside (if only it were that easy, right?).
Breakfast was a pleasure. In fact, their entire menu is stuffed with amazing delights, most of which are made in-house. For instance, the toast served with breakfast is freshly baked by the Random Harvest kitchen. The butter that accompanies breakfast is also freshly made from their very own cow's milk. Food is served al fresco under a spread of monkey thorn acacias which provide shade and serenity for the dining experience. Menu items range from farmhouse style breakfasts to delicate homemade Guinness pies. As a side note, they serve the most delicious chocolate milkshakes.
Be it a quick brunch with friends, breakfast with family or an overnight stay, Random Harvest offers that simple farm living we've all been yearning for.
By Shawn Greyling
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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