What Is It?

Celebrate the Festival of Lights at 27 Boxes in Melville this October. There will be a variety of stalls, food stands, live entertainment and, of course, a spectacular show of light. Come and enjoy a night out in trendy Melville, this Diwali. Traditional Indian dancers and DJs will take to the stage to keep you entertained all day long. You can also pick up a delicious selection of sweet meats, incense and lamps from the various stalls.

The 27 Boxes Diwali Festival and Market is hosted by Flavourz of India Spice Emporium. So, don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For More information

Check out their Facebook events page for more information.

What Is It?

The innovative team behind Maboneng's Market on Main are yet again brewing something fresh and exciting in Joburg. The Walala Wasala Market returns to 27 Boxes in Melville this February. The first market of its kind at 27 Boxes, you can expect delicious treats from a selected line-up of people who are passionate about what they do! Artisanal breads, craft cheese, ready-to-go meals, fresh produce, baked treats and cool summer cocktails, as well as a design-led selection of traders offering handmade goods, vintage clothing and quirky gifts.

If you appreciate where things come from and the crafters who made them, then join Walala Wasala for a fun day out in the creative Melville hub. Walala Wasala is an experience for the whole family - so, don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 09:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

27 Boxes, 75, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is free.

For More Information

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact them via email at [email protected].

Finding a good restaurant with delicious food and an authentic ambience that is fresh and exciting can be tough. The question is, where do you find something exciting and different? The answer, NCW Restaurant.

An Explorer's World

Melville had its proud moment when NCW landed in the bustling area. The restaurant offers non-conventional food pairings, impeccable presentation and plating as well as an unexpected environment.

NCW Restaurant Melville Johannesburg

NCW is an explorer's world. If you are looking to explore unexpected food combinations, the NCW Restaurant is the place to be. This spot brings together a feeling of warmth and unique spontaneous touches that will trigger wistful memories.

NCW graced an Edwardian building and gave it an unforgettable signature look with touches of old and new to create a contemporary finish.

Enjoy the outdoor seating for some sundowners before heading indoors for an amazing dinner and good music. This spot gives off a taste of Mediterranean, tropical and urban at the same time. Talk about variety.

NCW Restaurant Melville Johannesburg

Textures, Colours & Collages - John Vusi Mfupi

The Spice Of Variety

This restaurant is a place where food, the art of food and art come together. The breathtaking combination speaks to the Joburg crowd, who are always on the move to find the next unique thing.

The interior complements their artistic style and diverse menu courtesy of the versatile chef.

NCW Restaurant Melville Johannesburg

The Food

The food will introduce you to a new side of your palate. Expect cuisine bursting with flavour, unexpected delicious delights and extraordinary plating.

Chef Ence will bring new flavours to your food journey. Ence has worked for well known food industry names, such as Roots Restaurant and Overture. This experienced chef wants to introduce the new delights he has found on his own ventures.

NCW Restaurant Melville Johannesburg

NCW has a seasonal menu, making sure that you get something fresh, new and unpredictable every season. All this amazing food and inspiration-on-a-plate is the work of Chef Ence Willemse who is supported by Chef Ofentse Mathope and Phillip.

The Restaurant

At this restaurant you'll find the love of food and music all under one roof, showcasing just how all of these elements work together to tell one story.

Boasting a wine cellar, you can expect delicious drinks to compliment your meal. Food and wine lovers can experience a world of exploring. You never know, you might discover pairings you never have before. Melville has surely received a gem with NCW.

NCW Restaurant Melville Johannesburg

Book your reservation and prepare yourself for an amazing time out in vibrant Melville.

Opening Hours:

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00.

Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 18:30 - 23:00.

For More Information

For more information about this restaurant, visit their website at www.ncwrestaurant.com.

You can also contact them on 011 482 1998 or [email protected].

Also, don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

What Is It?

Poetry speaks to the hearts of those who are willing to listen and create, and in that spirit Pick Me Up Poetry Presents Rasheed Copeland.

Pick Me Up Poetry in Associated with Hear My Voice are presenting talented and verbally expressive, Rasheed Copeland.

Rasheed will be bringing the wit, realness with hard hitting sociopolitical issues. To add some spice, there will be some supporting artists so make sure you are there.

It's poetry y'all...come and be inspired.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 at 19:00

Where Is It?

The Countess Melville, 27 Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R50 per person. (At the door)

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

What Is It?

The Love Me So Wine Club invite you to their monthly wine tasting event this July. Showcasing wines from the Saronsberg Winery, Tulbagh, the Love Me So Wine Club celebrate local wines and good food. You can enjoy enjoy five wine tastings from Saronsberg Winery, as well as a choice of three Izakaya (Japanese small shared dishes). There is a meat and vegetable option for the shared dishes, so bring all your friends along.

Here's what the menu includes:

Wine Tastings:
Saronsberg Brut MCC 2016, Saronsberg Earth in Motion 2019 (white Blend), Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2017, Saronsberg Seismic 2016 (red Bordeaux Blend) and Saronsberg Shiraz 2017.

3 x Izakaya:

Meat option:
Inhari salmon pockets, Beef Guydon and Panko Chicken Breast Katsu Saunce.

Vegetable option:
Kyoto Soy Ramen, Char Grilled Bok Choy and Corn Tempura Fritters.

This event is limited to 40 people, so make your booking as soon as possible!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Love Me So, 63a 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R220 per person for wine tasting and Izakaya, or R270 per person including dessert. Get your tickets online via Howler.

**Bookings close on Tuesday, 30 July at 15:00 or when sold out.

For More Information

Follow Love Me So on social media for event updates and further information:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lovemesojozi/

Instagram - instagram.com/lovemesojhb

Contact them on 060 717 6728 or via email at [email protected]

The Whippet Has A New Home In Melville

We all know and love the Linden gem, The Whippet. It's just the spot to visit for that early morning caffeine fix, to catch up on a few pressing deadlines and even meet friends for a bite to eat. And just recently, they have spread the love and deliciousness of their good food and amazing coffee to the popular and trendy suburb of Melville. With a brand-new harvest store, they're set to offer guests only the freshest of delights, straight from their very own rooftop farm!

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A Little Bit About Their New Harvest Store

Opening their doors to the public on 09 July 2019, their new harvest store - The Whippet in Melville - will offer visitors fresh produce harvested straight from their rooftop farm. The Whippet in Melville Harvest Store is just the beginning of their big dream to introduce a true farm-to-table experience to this bustling suburb, while also decreasing their carbon footprint. The Whippet is all about having a conscience, authenticity and a sense of community.

Melville visitors and customers will be able to purchase fresh herbs and vegetables from their harvest room. And to make your experience even better, they have also expanded their offering by introducing homemade korrelkonfyt, lemon cordial and grapefruit gin salt. Once the rooftop farm is grown and producing, it will supply both the Linden and Melville stores with fresh ingredients to create the dishes that are not only sustainable, but delicious.

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The Art Of Their Design

The Whippet are not only passionate about coffee and good food, but also about design. This passion is what led them to an old art deco hotel, formerly known as the Melville Mansions on the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, which they now call their second home. Each of their shop designs are inspired by the surrounding neighbourhood’s history and heritage, falling in line with their love for Joburg and each unique suburb where they've laid down roots. The design of the Melville store was guided by a vision to use materials that are handmade, authentic, raw and honest to convey the humble concept of a harvest store: a space to experience honest, raw, fresh food in a space that reflects the same ‘goodness’.

The Whippet in Melville Harvest Store is about three times the size of the original Linden premises and also features a glass installation (plant wall), which showcases many handpicked cuttings from the Melville Koppies. The look and feel of this brand-new space was conceptualized by Kassa Studio.

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For More Information

For more information about The Whippet Coffee, visit their website at thewhippetcoffee.com.

You can also contact the on 061 512 1373 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

What Is It?

Tenor Sandile Mabaso will be performing a concert of 19 Italian songs and arias. Sung all in Italian, these songs date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Originally composed by the early masters of opera who were members of the Florentine Camerata. Their innovative approach to the opera is still used today, so you are bound to be in for a treat. Mabaso will be accompanied by experimental concert pianist , Jill Richards.

The 19 Italian songs and arias capture the joys and pains of new love. A few of the songs even mention names of the lovers. This heightens the intensity of the emotions in the music. The audience will be transported back in time. Come and experience the full emotions of the songs through Mabaso's powerful voice.

When Is It?

Sunday, 07 July 2019 at 15:30 - 17:30.

Where Is It?

84 7th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R125 per person. Get yours online at Quicket.

For more information

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Contact them on 084 5988 125.

What Is It?

The Melville Comedy Club has an awesome new year line-up for all you fans. The comedy bill includes Nicholas Goliath, Loyiso Madinga, Tats Nkonzo, Shanray van Wyk and Yusuf Cassim. The Melville Comedy Club officially opens its doors for the year on 31 January 2020. Championed by Goliath & Goliath, this comedy hub is a must-visit.

Trust us, you won't want to miss these shows, so get your tickets as soon as possible!

When Is It?

Friday, 28 February 2020 at 20:00.

View all shows with dates and times here.

Where Is It?

1 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 per person. Get your tickets here.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/goliathcomedyclub

Twitter - twitter.com/TheGoliathCC

Instagram - instagram.com/goliathcomedyclub

Contact them on 011 431 1297 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

First Sundays Melville is an event that happens, you guessed it, on the first Sunday of every month. This time around, Melville will be welcoming the month of July in with a bang. Take a walk through Melville and experience the hustle and bustle of all that’s on offer which includes live music, bar hopping as well as food, drink and lifestyle specials at a variety of Melville’s most loved restaurants, bars and shops.

Various restaurants and bars will offer food and drink specials, including Love Me So who invite you to enjoy three of their new menu features and receive a complimentary Jack Black Beer Draft. Aj Cullinan will also be on the decks to keep the party pumping. SIX Cocktail Bar will be hosting Salsa Dancing from 15:30 - 20:30, while The Lonely Hearts Club and Hell's Kitchen offer awesome drinks specials for the day.

To see other participating restaurants and bars, click here.

First Sundays Melville is a great event for those Sundays when you're in the mood for a day out, but don't know what to do, so don't miss out!

When Is It?

Sunday, 7 July 2019 at 12:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free, food and drink prices depend on the restaurants. Click here for more information.

For More Information

For more information visit the First Sundays Melville Facebook page.

Mzansi has really warmed up to the idea of markets, and it's no surprise that the love for street food has grown so much. Then again, why wouldn't you fall in love with the diverse and delicious Street Food that they make? The moment you walk into a market, your mouth waters and you instantly get hungry from all the aroma and just food porn in general.

I personally love markets for the vibes and mostly the food, it allows for us explorers who want a bit of everything (okay! maybe everything) to taste and have fun with our palates. The most difficult thing about it is always waiting until the market days before you can enjoy the food that you love the most. So let's check out some of the stalls that actually have restaurants or travelling food stalls.

Soul Souvlaki

Soul Souvlaki has been around for a while and to this day there are many who don't know that they have restaurants that offer the amazing food that they serve at markets.

I happen to be one of the people that had a Soul Souvlaki right under my nose and I only found out it's been in Craighall for a while. They have branches in Parktown, Bedfordview as well as Maboneng. My first encounter with this slice of heaven was at the Market on Main and I was taken by their food - value for money.

They really take Greek food to another level by adding that soul touch.

Smoking Kills Bar

This has to be the best combination of a bar and street food. The first thing that caught my attention about Smoking Kills Bar was exactly that - their name.

Just like their name suggests, they don't do average; probably the most unique look and feel to go for, even their barmen are very unique. Their menu is just all about unique so if you are looking for a spot that has flavour, they are definitely the one - they had me at pulled pork.

This spot situated in the bustling student hub, Melville so pay them a visit to witness their rebel groovy vibe.

Balkan Burger

They are not exactly the "Stay at home joint" as they move around, but Balkan Burger is worth it. This amazing food stall/truck is normally at the markets.

However, if you want to have some of their deliciousness, please follow them on their social pages. They move around Joburg and are always ready to serve up some goodness. Just an FYI: they also do catering for events in case you want to share the yummy on a bigger scale.

With all that said, I hope that you have received much hope from the above and now you can stop having unstoppable cravings during the week because of the weekend waiting.

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To all the street food lovers out there, here's a little gesture from me to you!

Coobs

The refined dining bistro lives up to its name with a variety of beautifully-plated dishes which provide warm comfort, with a lighter feel. Expect Jerusalem artichoke soups, a Caesar salad with a warm poached egg and crispy wild boar bacon, roasted quail and braised pork belly with leeks and sultanas. Finish your meal with white chocolate mousse tart served with pistachio crust and berries or spiced poached pear served with a nut brittle and a honeycomb ice cream.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/CoobsParkhurst/

Credit: the Joburg Foodie

Il Contadino

The neighbourhood eatery has elevated French and Italian country-style dishes. Look out for the last of the season’s zucchini blossoms which are stuffed with ricotta and then deep-fried, roast duck with Jerusalem artichoke puree and a range of warm deserts.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/IlContadinojhb/

Credit: the Joburg Foodie

Douglas + Hale

Whether you choose a nibble, small plate or something all for yourself, the menu provides an incredible assortment of comforting foods to accompany a cocktail or one of the 66 boutique local and international wines sold by the glass. Autumn options include smoked pork cracking, pork and leek pot stickers, roasted beetroot salad or confit duck leg with cranberry jus.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/douglasandhale/

Credit: the Joburg Foodie

La Stalla

Hearty stews and home-cooked meals are a hit with the local Melville crowd. The menu is simple and satisfying – sweet corn fritters with chorizo, spicy chicken livers, oven-roasted chicken with salad and a peperoni pizza with leeks. Desserts include homemade gelato and a lemon tart.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/lastallajhb/

moyo

Tradition forms the corner stone upon which moyo has built its house. And with tradition comes repetition. Last year it was creamy red pepper soup, hearty stews and hot desserts. This year our favourite African-inspired dishes include dukkah lamb chop thins on a bed of sweetcorn puree and sheba, served with grilled mealies and pap. Patrons can also expect a seafood samp potjie, and West African chicken schnitzel or a beautiful helping of traditional beef dombolo (dumplings) stewed with carrots, mushroom and onions. For pud? Dig into the Moyo Mess – a brown sugar caramel pavlova topped with spicy muscadel poached pears, whipped cream and gooseberries or red velvet cheesecake served with a berry compote.

Details: http://www.moyo.co.za/

Winter Menus 2018

By Shawn Greyling

The Ultimate Concoction And Where To Find It?

Once upon a time, in the city of Joburg were treasures hidden, creating a world of mystery and transcendence of what would be an amazing night between you and a sexy, tasty drink. If there's one thing that South Africans do really well, it's have a good party. Jozi has become one of the hippest and trendiest places to go to with the new restaurants, precincts markets and events, to name but a few.

The Joburg is becoming the one city that everybody wants to flock to. It has drastically changed from being that unsafe place to being where everybody wants to party. It is not surprising that people have found an interest in it as amazing spots just keep popping up like mysterious hidden gems. We are always searching for something new and found just the thing for your journey, filled with mysterious electric vibes.

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Zwipi Underground Bar

Zwipi Bar is situated in what could be known as a bus depot where some Joburg residents catch the bus. Now, this spot is home to Zwipi, a new and spontaneous bar. This bar is part of a collective called Thunder Walker, which includes a restaurant. So we won't be going hungry.

We love architecture and this has to be one of the most beautiful buildings. And it houses an amazing concept. Just a side note, this spot is open Thursday to Saturday nights from 7pm but please do call for confirmation as the place can sometimes be booked.

If you're looking for a place that serves the best wash downs with a unique atmosphere in an unexpected spot, this is it.
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Sin + Tax

In Rosebank, sits a mysterious and electric bar with a secret door that opens up a world full of spontaneity, creativity and unique mixology. Sin + Tax is situated on Bolton Street. The passage, as you walk through, adorns an amazing work of art on the huge wall. At the end of the passage, lies the secret door.

The one thing that stands out is the uniform, the vibe and the mixologists. Everyone is speckled with tattoos and shades of black. The raw and inspired look fits in perfectly with mystery, like something out of a movie. The secret door leads to an underworld with the hottest party. Although your pockets may need to be a little bit deep, the drinks are worth it - they are mind blowing. Definitely a must visit!
Mzansi, the world is your oyster now let's discover something new!

How To Put Your Head In The Game

If you (like me) are always on the hunt for great and amazing deals, and if the thrift store is your happy place, then you've stumbled onto the right article, as this is your guide to all the amazing thrift stores around Johannesburg. We've looked far and beyond for the best places to hunt for a fab find or two.

Macklemore's Thrift Shop song

Bounty Hunters Charity Shop

Where: Bounty Hunters Charity Shop, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

They are not only an incredible thrift store, they are also doing it for a great cause. This is a charity shop that depends solely on donations, so if you aren't buying do a good deed by donating a few items you no longer have use for. They support 30 charity organisations, some of which are dependants on this shop. Recently they have extended their reach to people and their pets in neighbouring communities who are financially stressed. So, at least you know your money is going to great, helpful and meaningful reasons.

For more information click here!

TWECO The Curiosity Shop

Where: 225 Beyers Naudé Drive, Northcliff, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Support this beautiful cause whose mission is to assist and promote a variety of registered charity organisations by offering a retail facility for their donated items through affiliation with them. This store will sure tickle your fancy in more ways than one, because you will find everything you want from antique items such as clothes, house decor, furniture, books, handbags, shoes, kitchen ware and many more.

For more information click here!

TWECO The Curiosity Shop

Junkie Charity Store

Where: 77th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

Next time you find yourself around Melville and looking for some great deals, be sure to pop by at the Junkie Charity Store. They were established in 2010 and they sell secondhand items, but hold on don't let the "secondhand items" drift you away from thinking they don't have quality stuff. Their secondhand merchandise is always high quality, interesting and beautiful, which ensures that each visit can be an adventurous thrifting experience.

The charity organisations that Junkie supports are:

For more information click here!

HospiceWits

Where: They have several stores around Joburg. To know which one is near you click here!

Please tell us you've heard of, or at least been involved in lending a helping hand to, HospiceWits. Well, now you do. They say the philosophy that lies behind the active care offered by HospiceWits to the terminally ill is to emphase the importance of living to the fullest with whatever time is left. So, if you're running your thrift errands and confused as to where to go, look no further they sell pre-loved second hand items that are in a sellable condition, including furniture, books, clothing, children's items, accessories, magazines, homeware, decor items, artwork, electronic goods in mint condition, music, DVDs, footwear, chairs, tables, toys, bags, suitcases, gardening items... you name it, they have it!

For more information click here!

HospiceWits

Cash Converters Melville

Where: 9 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Maybe you're not looking to buy, but to sell some of your stuff? This is the perfect place to do so. Someone else will enjoy them and they will be taken care of because you know another man's used goods are another man's treasure. And your wallet will be extremely glad to have some company!

For more information click here!

Reminiscene

Where: Shop 106, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

The name says it all people. This thrift store takes you back in time, giving you the best in vintage and old skool style that will definitely make you stand out with style and class, darling! They have been running for 27 years so you know they really know what they are doing. The shop specialises in period clothing from the 1970s and before. The shop not only has clothes but handbags, leather day bags, evening bags, shoes, gloves and of course jewellery.

For more information click here!

Reminiscene

Dunusa Markets

Where: De Villiers Street, Johannesburg.

Last, but by no means least. This is my ultimate favourite, and I would one hundred percent recommend it to anyone who is looking for quality, real, amazing, affordable, unique styles that you'll probably be the only one owning. Don't believe me? Go check it out yourself, and tell me how many nice things you found. 99.9% of my clothes are from this place, and if I do say so myself, I clean up nice with my affordable thrifted goods from Dunusa.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

Okay good people, now that we know where to find all the gems, let's head out! We've always wanted thrifting partners we're so glad we've found you. Let's go spend some bucks at these amazing thrift spots.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

Do you have any Thrift Stores you can recommend to us? Feel free to comment down below, your opinions matter because we write for you!

Where To Eat

Cosmopolitan is such a terrible word but it'd be the best one to use when explaining the Melville cuisine scene. At the top of 7th Street there's Xai Xai serving Mozambican food and then on 4th Avenue there's Perron - the self-proclaimed Mexican appreciation society. In between there's a French-style patisserie, a restaurant that specialises in eggs (yeah) and tons more. Pretty much whatever you're in the mood for you'll find in Melville. Also, it's worth mentioning that Ant Cafe serves the best pizza in the area - we can't stop eating their stuff.

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What To Do

Nightlife

Melville takes on a whole new appearance at night. Because it is central to two major universities there is a vibrant student life. The bar and lounge scene is huge here. If you're going bar hopping then start at Hell's Kitchen with its Fire Water whisky and work your way down the strip. There is also an LGBT vibe going on at Ratz. Be sure to check out the best cocktails in Melville as well. Note that you will most likely bump into a celebrity when hitting Melville so don't act too starstruck, you hear. Just go out and explore Melville.

Culture

As one of the original cultural hubs of Jozi, Melville boasts a bunch of art galleries, historic second-hand bookstores and cool places for writers, artists and TV people to hang out at. Be sure to stop by The Art House on Corner 4th Avenue and 5th Street.

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Points Of Interest

Melville is home to the world renowned 27 Boxes - a shopping centre constructed out of shipping containers. Melville Koppies is an awesome place to go for a walk - it's dog-friendly too. A lot of the old mining houses in the area were built during the gold rush and some have been turned into guesthouses. Melville also is full of second hand and charity shops which are all filled with amazing treasures. Remember the best way to experience a neighbourhood is to run headfirst into it... so, you know, go explore Melville.

Words and photos by Shawn Greyling

Have you been to Melville? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. Why not share this article with a buddy or three and plan a trip to the old streets? Remember to #ExploreJoburg with us.

If there is something that South Africans are good at, it's cooking and boy do we have variety when it comes to our cuisine. There is a world of bursting diversity to indulge in...

Sakhumzi Restaurant

Sakhumzi restaurant has to be one of the most spoken about African cuisine restaurants in the country. Situated on the most famous street of Soweto, Vilakazi street - this restaurant serves the best of Kasi flavour. One dish that will have hook, line and sinker is the "chakalaka".

I have to mention that the vibe at Sakhumzi is absolutely lovely, with the most welcoming service and spirit of what our country is all about. There is a very rich history behind this restaurant, and if you want the true storytellers to fill you in - best visit them!

African Cuisine

Pata Pata

Pata Pata has to be the most tummy hugging food ever plus it makes for great comfort food too. Situated in the most hip and happening precincts of Joburg, the Maboneng Precinct - rest assured the ambiance will be a on point.

The ambience is a combination of chilled and cosy, but has that electric feeling to it too and you get to enjoy the sultry sounds of Jazz music (I was sold at Food and Jazz). This 60s inspired place will have you feeling welcomed , did I mention that the traditional food they serve is enough to convert any tourist.

And well, its all in the name - Pata Pata was known to make people feel good and enjoy themselves back in the day.

Vuyo's Restaurant

Guys! If there is one place that has a very memorable history in our country, it has to be Vuyo's story. Just Google Hansa Pilsner - Vuyo, this was an advert that showcased a story of how Vuyo's humble beginnings because a massive success. Known for his awesome boerewors which says south African is all ways, you can trust that his restaurant will bring a variety of tasty nibbles and flavour.

The quirky thing about it is the names of the dishes, they have been named using South African languages like Mokopu which means Pumpkin in Sotho (this dish is grilled butternut and morogo (spinach) fritters with corn kernels, caressed with toasted macademia nuts and dressed with lemon-honey sauce). Mouth watering yet?

Lucky Bean Restaurant

Lucky Bean Restaurant is about variety, something new and amazing food. They have amazing South African dishes with a twist so if you are looking for something fresh and new flavour, this is the place.

Authenticity is the word that best describes this gem, situated in the ever so youthful Melville. This area is one that always manages to impress where ambience is involved. Nothing amazing food and jazz music can't fix. They have fine dining elements that make for a super romantic date spot.

Okay! Joburg, let's eat the city away.

 

Ratz Bar

One of the best spots to get your drink on in old town would be Ratz Bar. This is a prime cocktail spot too – that's why they're on this list, right? One of the most sought-after designer drinks at Ratz would be the Ratz Poison which is made up of Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Cane, cherry lemonade, pineapple juice and a Stroh float.

Six Cocktails

If you're after interesting shooters and mixed drinks then Six Cocktails is your kind of dig. One of our favourites would be the Absent Without Leave which consists of apple and lemon infused Absinthe. Live a little!

La Santa Muerte

We love La Santa Muerte so much that we can't choose which cocktail of their's we should praise more. My dear, do yourself a favour and go grab yourself one el Hefe and one frozen margarita... whatever happens after that is your business – just make sure to send us photos.

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Jo'Anna Melt Bar

For a very long time, the Jo'annnna Melt Bar has seen the suburb of Melville through the good and the bad times. This drinking hole has put its fair amount of smiles on plenty faces. The reason? Its cocktails, of course. Our top pick would be the apricot and ginger siesta which contains silver tequila, apricot extract, fresh lime juice, aromatic bitters and ginger ale.

Liquid Blue

If you ever find yourself in Melville over a weekend or party night then pull in to Liquid Blue. Go straight to the bar and say "I would like an apple and rum fondue jar, please." Don't forget the word please. This drink will blow your mind. It's got three types of Bacardi, lemon juice, homemade chocolate fondue syrup and sour apple topped with an apple fan.

Mootee Bar

Mootee Bar was named as one of the top ten new international cocktail bars for 2018. Their menu is unlike any other Melville restaurant. Each cocktail is inspired by an African folk story and has a visual representation of taste, designed by artist Jared Hurwitz. With 120 seats, an outside rooftop deck, open air alley seating and a private lounge, Mootee Bar is a must-visit Melville venue. Try out their milktart brandy, sparkling Umqombothi or the crystal clear brandy and coke.

Cocktails

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is Melville's very own 1920's inspired speakeasy. Their menu specialty is whiskey, but they offer crafty G&T's and their very own HK Lager drafts as well.

Love Me So

Situated on Melville's fourth avenue, Love Me So offers something truly unique. This Asian-fusion ramen bar opened its doors in 2017. Their cocktail menu is divided into classic tipples and Asian flavour inspired drinks. We recommend the Hidden Dragon, which consists of fresh basil, tequila, lemon, lime and pineapple.

By Shawn Greyling

What Is It?

It's the weekend, so what you waiting for? Head to Love Me So in Melville for their Bottomless Bubbly Saturdays with Graham Beck, every Saturday until 23 February 2019. Love Me So are in pursuit of finding the perfect bubbly and strive to raise the bar on quality and distinction with every Bottomless Bubbly Saturday they host. What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon, than by sipping on bottomless bubbly with a few close friends?

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 February 2019 from 13:00 - 16:00.

Bottomless Bubbly Saturdays is... you guessed it, every Saturday.

Where Is It?

Love Me So, 63A 4th Avenue, Melville, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R180 per person and you can drink all the bubbly you can! Get your tickets from Howler.co.za.

For More Information

For more information about this bubbly event, visit Love Me So on Facebook.

Have You Heard?

We all know and love this popular hot spot in the heart of Linden. And they have some amazing news they'd love to share with those who enjoy the Melville scene. Get ready, because The Whippet Coffee will soon be opening the doors to it's second store - their first harvest store - in Melville! After years of planning, they'll be sharing the love, good food and amazing coffee in trendy, lively and hip suburb. And we can already tell you that this new Melville store is going to be a stunner!

This brand-new store will be opening it's doors on Tuesday, 09 July 2019, so follow them on social media to stay in loop of all the excitement - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - and to get the latest updates.

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A Little Bit About The Whippet 

If you haven't been to The Whippet in Linden, you're certainly missing out! This is the place to be when visiting this lovely, leafy and friendly suburb. The Whippet believes in four unique elements:

Their passion for coffee Coffee is a sit down moment with those you love and work with. Here, they source only the best beans, roasted by the best roasters and then blended and made with a lot of passion and love by some of the best baristas in the city. Don't believe us? Go try it out!

Their passion for food Great food, fresh ingredients, amazing flavours. What more do you need for a great dish? They believe in creating amazing food that's great to share or simply great to indulge in.

Their passion for people – Their staff are well looked after and this coffee shop is one of the first companies in the industry to offer staff funeral, disability and life cover. They want to change the way South Africa does business.

Their passion for design and architecture – The shop's designs are inspired by the neighbourhood’s people and their history – not a single store looks the same, because no neighbourhood is the same.

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For More Information

For more information about The Whippet Coffee, visit their website at thewhippetcoffee.com.

You can also contact the on 061 512 1373 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Hard Rock Café

This café, in Sandton, offers American-style fare in the form of chicken wings, nachos, diner-style milkshakes and smoky burgers. But the reason they are on this list is because of the music. Hard Rock Café is inspired by the theme of rock. They have a giant guitar above their door and their bar is lined with 7000 drum sticks that scream ROCK! in that guttural growl we love. The walls flaunt the legends of rock and other musical gizmos in shiny display cabinets. They also have a shop where you can purchase memorabilia of your favourite 80s hero or the hot bassist performing on stage.

Rumours Rock City

Rumours Lounge, renamed Rumours Rock City, says it all in the name. This is unquestionably a city of rock, metal and all the wild and heavy genres this world has to offer. This spot has two bars that divide the space into different sections: the more refined lounge area with cushioned arm chairs and a comfortable carpet and the vivacious and exuberant stage area with head banging and mosh pits. The stage area has a dance floor for the more vigorous among us, as well as a seated area for the more restful. The walls are collaged with posters like a teenage metal head's room, the drinks flow and the live music goes all the way to your bones. They host events on an almost weekly basis and often have live performances from bands like Prime Circle, Springbok Nude Girls and Van Coke Kartel. To see their upcoming events, check out their Facebook page.

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Sundowners

Sundowners in Alberton is a bar and restaurant that boasts an inside and outside area, several pool tables, a bar and a swimming pool. The outside area has a large field with ample seating, a field large enough for any lively gig and a dance or moshing floor. The honest musical enjoyment promotes a sense of camaraderie. One feels so welcome there, you could fall asleep in the field — but that is a story for another time. Sundowners hosts bands like Deity's Muse and Man as Machine. In fact, they even have their own house rock band — Alchemy.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is a rock themed restaurant in Melville. They have a short but sweet menu featuring a few burgers, some steak, a handful of pizza options and a lot of whiskey choices, with over 20 different whiskeys on offer. Their decor has a classy feel with taupe oaten walls, simplistic lighting and checker board floors. The leather chairs and library gives the place a classic, old-fashioned gentleman's study vibe. And they have an enjoyable soundtrack of pure rock that evokes the alternative lifestyle.

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Aandklas

There is a great rock spot worth mentioning in Pretoria, Aandklas is a pub in Hatfield. This pub has a bar area where you can catch up on life's happenings with your mates and another dance floor area which ignites the feeling of being at a club, but with good old-fashioned rock. If you're taking the drive out to our northern neighbour, pop by for an old school night our with good old-fashioned music.

 

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What Is It?

This is a chance for you to go out with friends to an authentic African bar, with a different twist. For the second part of their 2018 #mooteespaza international bartender series in partnership with Bacardi Martini, on the 30th of October, Mootee brings you a once off, unique guest experience. Introducing Jimmy Barrat, head-bartender at the world renowned Contemporary Japanese Cuisine restaurant Zuma, currently #69 on the World's Best Bars list.

Mootee Spaza: Jimmy Barrat

Jimmy is known for developing bartending in the middle-east, bringing an international light into Dubai for drinks and cocktails, his unique take on drinks using old Japanese ingredients combining them with modern techniques and bartending mind set ready for the modern drinker with, somewhat, a healthy dose of hospitality and charm. Mootee Bar and Grey Goose Vodka are inviting you to come and share this experience with them, for one night only. Expect mouth-watering, original cocktails created especially for you, their Mootee Maaitjies.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 20:00 - 24:00.

Where Is It?

Mooteebar, 78a 4th avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page or website their website.

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