This enchanting restaurant is among the many eateries at 44 Stanley. They offer an abundance of Italian style fare with a traditional South African twist. As good as the food is, what keeps visitors coming back is the ambiance. They are tucked away behind the shady trees in a rustic setting with harmonious music in the background. The food and mood at this restaurant could make anyone think they have stepped into a café in Italy rather than a tiny suburb in Joburg.
Chocoloza is a chocolatier that is another gem of Milpark's prominent 44 Stanley. These chocolate specialists hand make their chocolates out of pure Belgian chocolate. They offer patrons the chance to choose their own chocolates and watch them being made. If that's not enough, their ingredients are also locally sourced to give you a delicious morsel that is free from artificial ingredients, palm oil and preservatives.
The best place to get your caffeine fix in Milpark is Bean There. This coffee bean retailer is South Africa's first certified fair trader. This means that the farmers of the beans are offered fair payment for their products which, in turn, empowers the community. All their coffee remains unblended to ensure that each type of bean can be roasted for their own unique flavour.
Mixed-use developments are something of a hot topic when it comes to Johannesburg these days and the most established such precinct on the edge of downtown Joburg is 44 Stanley. Fusing downtown urbanism with a subtle sophistication, it offers a combination of carefully curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants. It is a hipster hangout of note with a variety of eateries, clothing stores, jewellers and book stores. On Sundays, 44 Stanley comes alive with a vinyl market, live music and local folk, as well as visitors from further afield.
Garden Court Hotel
With Melville and Westcliff nearby, Milpark is not quite kitted out for accommodation. But that's not stopping the Garden Court Hotel from owning its space in this neighbourhood. The hotel has well-appointed, en-suite rooms that offer modern, affordable accommodation and a host of amenities. The executive rooms have a self-catering option. Dining is available at the breakfast room and in-house restaurant.
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The Westcliff Deli
Enjoy a Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch with a view - served on the 07th and 08th of May, or 3 Course Set Dinner, served on the 07th and 08th of May.
Spoil your mother with a three course set dinner, served on the 7th May, or four course set lunch, served on the 8th of May, (includes a complimentary glass of MCC on arrival).
Manor House & Kids Club
A Mother’s Day family buffet brunch will be served on the 07th and 08th of May. A complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme for children from 4 – 12 years will also be available to all hotel and restaurant guests on both dates.
In the heart of Greenside is a quirky little cafe that is, as its name states, a little odd... and that's the way we like it. Spoil mom with a brunch date at oDD Cafe - their gnocchi is some of the best we've ever had.
Fancy a healthy lunch that appears decadent? Head to Leafy Greens in Muldersdrift for some good vegan food in one of the most nature-loving parts of Gauteng. The setting is beautiful and the quiche to die for. Homemade gluten-free granola and chia seeds served with home-made almond milk, goji berries, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, lucuma anti-oxidant powder, raw honey, fresh fruit, bee pollen, nut butter. Yes, that tastes as good as it reads.
Out of nowhere Craft has become one of the most visited restaurants in Joburg - and there's a very good reason for that. From smoked bacon and apple slaw to the most amazing milkshakes you have ever seen, they have it all.
Cafe De La Creme
Pastries and preserves all over the place! Cafe De La Creme is a nifty little eatery that'll whisk your mother away to another place. It's warm and friendly inside and the menu is something to write home about. A winner would be the sesame crumbed chicken strips with mozzarella on a bed of mixed greens with sun dried tomato and avocado served on their in-house baked ciabatta.
Il Giardino Degli Ulivi
When you take a seat at Il Giardino in the lively 44 Stanley complex you could just as well be anywhere in Italy, relaxing in an olive grove next to a soothing dam with braziers to warm you when the weather turns chilly. The spaghetti aglio olio pepperoncino is a winner in our books.
Fine dining is the name of the game and your mom will be very impressed once you've finished your lunch at Eat in Northcliff. The set menu is fairly pricey but the food is worth every penny. How's about some slow braised pork belly with smoked lentil and vegetables, creamed leek, butternut and a honey spice jus for lunch?
Escondido Tapas and Wine
It's all in the name. Need we say more than Spanish snacks and Franschhoek vino? It's the best way to thank your mother for everything she has done for you. We'll drink to that! Not one visit is the same as the last as Escondido changes its menu every day. Be sure to check it out.
By Shawn Greyling
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