What Is It?

Join them every Saturday for a chilled session of bottomless bubbly with Graham Beck. Allowing you to discover the collection in their pursuit of the perfect bubble. They also strive to consistently raise the bar in terms of quality and distinction. At Grahm Beck they follow the time-honoured traditions of crafting outstanding sparkling wines, their passion and pride shine through in every meticulous step along the way. So to avoid disappointments make sure you book your table.

When Is It?

Saturday, 20 October 2018 at 13:00 - 16:00 and Satuday, 27 October 2018 at 13:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

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

How Much Is It?

Bookings are R180 per person and drink all the bubbly you can. Contact [email protected] or call 060 717 6728 to make a booking.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page for more information on this event.

What Is It?

Jozi’s healing watering hole — Mootee Bar in Melville — will be hosting another edition of their famed Jam Alley events! Once a month, the team from Mootee invites a host bartender from a local Joburg bar to take over the drinks and the playlist! Sounds like something you would enjoy?

Gareth Wainwright, the man behind the bar programme at Landmark Bar, will be taking the reins of the beverages and speakers alongside his new team for the soon-to-be launched Little Fox Bar by Craft Link Distillers.

When Is It?

Sunday, 30 September 2018 at 16:00.

Where Is It?

Mootee Bar, 78A 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

It is highly recommended that you make a booking, as space is limited. Please visit www.mootee.co.za for more information or email [email protected]a to make reservations.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page, website or simply visit their Instagram.

What Is It?

Perron Melville's The Excellent Adventures of Tequila is an evening of tequila tasting. Join them for a night of not one, not two, not three but TEN tequilas to taste! Your ticket gets you a welcome Margarita, tasting 10 different tequilas and some delicious mexican canapés. And not to mention the DJ providing the live music.

Some of the Tequilas to be tasted:

Don Julio Reposado
Herradura Reposado
El Jimador
Fortaleza Anejo
Fortaleza Reposado
Fortaleza Blanco
Leonista Honey Reposado
Leonista Mezcal
Leonista Reposado

So bring your friends and start your weekend off with a bang.

When Is It?

Thursday, 20 September 2018 at 19:00

Where Is It?

Perron Melville, 65 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R295 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the event Facebook page or the Perron website.

What Is It?

First Sundays Melville is an event that happens, you guessed it, on the first Sunday of every month. This time, Melville will be welcoming Spring 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 like Love Me So, Hell's Kitchen Melville, La Santa Muerte Melville, The Lonely Hearts Club, Mootee Bar and more. The Art House will also have an exhibition with various artists for the art lovers.

This is a great event for those Sundays when you're in the mood for a day out but don't know what to do.

When Is It?

Sunday, 2 September 2018 at 12:00

Where Is It?

Melville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free, food and drink prices depend on the restaurants.

For More Information?

For more information visit the First Sundays Melville event facebook page

What Is It?

Your next after-hours Thursday Thing will be Le Pique-nique a la Table. Meet new friends. Bring old friends. The long table will be laden with the spoils of The Countess’ trip to France, where she might be La Comtesse but prefers the upscale country fare. They have the perfect tarte tatin, real country pates, crusty things with cheese and truffles and French farmers' meats - so many irresistible dishes! Get ready to do some serious eating because your ticket gets you food, two glasses wine and and dessert. Plus some wonderful surprises.

When Is It?

Thursday, 6 September 2018  at 19:00

Where Is It?

The Countess Melville, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R290 per person and can be booked via phone (011 482 7361)

For More Information?

For more information visit their facebook page

What Is It?
Fine Wine Evening  is an oppurtunity to do a wine tasting with wine connoisseurs Andrea Mullineux and her husband Chris. They’ve been the Platter Winery of the Year winners twice in four years. Andrea was the Wine Enthusiast International Winemaker of the Year 2016 and is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG). Plus, they were awarded the highest score ever from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for a South African wine and MW, Tim Atkin, sees them as one of South Africa’s “First Growths”.

Based in Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland, their second venture - Leeu Passant - is based in Franschhoek exploring vineyards more far afield including South Africa’s oldest red wine producing blocks.

Once a year, they release tiny quantities of their Mullineux Single Terroir wines - Chenin Blanc and Syrah made on unique, ancient soils. This evening will explore the latest Single Terroir releases, allow you to taste some older vintages and, later in the evening, give you an opportunity to taste their Leeu Passant and Californian Fog Monster wines.

Enjoy a seated, tutored wine tasting followed by a harvest table dinner and the opportunity to taste additional wines.

When Is It?

Tuesday 21 August 2018 at 18:30

Where Is It?

NCW Resataurant, 46 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R695 per person and can be booked via email (can be found in the information box above)

For More Information?

For more information contact Zane from Grape Slave via email or the Grape Slave Facebook page. 

Love Me So

Bringing a pinch of flair, loads of flavour and a helping of heat to Love Me So's winter menu, crispy pork pancakes, jaga bata (butter potato salad) and miso eggplant have been added to the mix by chef Alex. And that's just to start. Patrons can also choose from a curated ramen menu, as opposed to building their own noodle bowl. Speaking of slurping... some signature soups, such as a chicken wanton and vegan miso noodle, will be available until winter puts its stuffy head to bed in September.

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

Carnivore (Misty Hills)

Joburg's favourite carnivorous hangout, the Carnivore at Misty Hills in Muldersdrift, serves top-notch soup of the day in little potjie pots accompanied by in-house baked honey bread. If that doesn't get your mouth watering, there's also chicken livers, venison sausages or samoosas to get you warmed up for the main course: all-you-can-eat zebra, alligator, pork, chicken, beef, lamb... Hey, it's called the Carnivore for a reason. Patrons can also expect fireplaces, song and dance and excellent service.

Details: http://carnivore.co.za/

Perron (Melville)

With churros being served at every second restaurant in the north these days, it's clear that Mexican food is the new Italian, and no one seems to do it quite like Perron in Melville. Why that specific branch? It's got a cool-kid vibe about it without having a bunch of hipsters lurking in the corner, and the food is always great. Jump right in with some Holy Moly Chicken – grilled chicken supreme with a red achiote mole, served with Mexican potatoes, roasted tomato salsa and créma. Or there's the burnt corn croquetas with smokey honey and chipotle salsa. While you're at it, you might as well indulge in a White Chocolate Fool with white chocolate, raspberry and passion fruit double-cream yoghurt (fool being a folded fruit dessert).

Details: http://perron.co.za/

Clico Boutique Hotel

Chef Marnus’ top winter picks off his menu include the Salmon Gravalax, which includes a beautiful array of winter vegetables as a light, fresh way to start the meal, followed by an order of braised lamb shoulder that is marinated for three days then slow-roasted and served with a beetroot jus. Other entries include butternut gnocchi served with roasted mushroom, spinach, and parmesan. Give it a try and let us know what you think of this adorable establishment.

Details: http://clico.co.za/

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. 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. A 2-course meal will set you back R189, and a 3-Course R229, which is inclusive of a R5 donation to StreetSmart - an NGO that takes care of street kids.

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

Winter Menus 2018

The National

According to Wayne Dietrich, Head Chef of The National eatery and speakeasy in Parktown North, smoky undertones and light, zesty dishes are the flavours for winter 2018. Some of the standout seasonal ingredients featured on his winter menu are beetroot and pumpkin, both of which are featured across a variety of dishes. Must-try delicacies on the menu are the steam buns – a starter served with crispy, sriracha fried chicken; the duck curry – a main of confit with pulled duck legs cooked in a homemade Thai red curry paste; and the Mississippi Mud Pie dessert, which boasts chocolate upon chocolate, but is still light enough to polish off.

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

By Shawn Greyling

From the outside, not much has changed since Love Me So opened during the second half of 2017. The mixologists still mix drinks the same way, the trading hours haven't changed, and part-owner, Fabio Di Cosmo, still occupies the same booth in the corner of the venue. What has changed is the menu. While old favourites have stayed – you can still build your own ramen, the Korean BBQ hasn't been touched and the kimchi is still made in-house – there are some great additions that are bound to become new favourites.

gyoza dumplings filled with prawn, chilli, and ginger

Izakaya

Chef Alex has opted to grow the izakaya section by adding Love Me So pancakes with either crispy pork or shitaki and tofu. Other additions would be the rainbow salad, miso eggplant, and jaga bata (the best damn potato salad you'll ever have in your life). Each new dish on the menu is a declaration of Love Me So's evolution.

jada bata: Japanese potato salad is a popular street food

 

love me so

miso eggpplant: slow roasted and coated with white miso paste

Signature Ramen

One of the biggest changes to the menu is the introduction of curated bowls of ramen. In this section patrons can expect shio chicken, miso tofu and pork tonkotsu – bowls put together with a mixture of Alex's personal taste and customer preferences, and an emphasis on the comfort that comes with a big bowl of ramen noodles. Indeed, consolation is what I feel when sipping on the tonkotsu broth – a taste that transports you to a culinary space where everything is pleasantly tempered with the colour of umami. It is what wine people hope to experience when they spend R2000 on a bottle of Meerlust. It is why red meat fiends beg for one of the precious few seats at LD-R's Short Market Club in Cape Town. It's why I keep returning to Love Me So over and over and over again.

love me so

A ramen bowl Shawn built when he visited Love Me So for the first time.

Soups

As much as we love sweetcorn soup, Love Me So is not a Chinese takeout, but an homage to Korean, Chinese and Japanese food. Diners can warm up with a chicken wonton soup (made with in-house roasted chicken broth, roast corn, bok choy, and spring onion), and a vegan miso noodle soup. These dishes are perfect for the colder months, but will also be enjoyed well into spring.

love me so

 

Do yourself a favour and go get infatuated with the winter 2018 menu.

By Shawn Greyling

 

What Is It?

This is a poetry session that will literally pick you up. The session will start of with an open stage for anyone who would like to be perform a piece. You can expect to be listen to professional poets doing what they do best. You can expect food, refreshments and a good time. Make sure you bring all your friends for an absolute poetry jam session.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 from 19:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

7th St & 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R 25 Per person at the door.

For More Information.

For more information Facebook.com.

What Is It?

And they are giving the chance just to do that, ask all the necessary questions to determine if you like them. But you will only get 4-5 minutes to do all that, fun and adventurous right? Then, if you are single and ready to mingle head on over. This is to help eliminate having to go to different dates every night, when you have the option to go on various dates in just one night.

When Is It?

Sunday, 29 April 2018 at 12:00 - 14:00. 

Where Is It?

Melville Grill Lounge, 76 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 70 per person, call 011 022 1793 or email [email protected]

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page.

Under the masterful eye of Michel Roux, a young Daniel Galmiche honed his culinary skills. That was during the 70s when Michelin stars were first awarded to restaurants in the UK. Roux's London based eatery was one of the first to receive this accolade - two stars to be exact. Indirectly that was a premonition to Daniel Galmiche's career. Fast forward to 2018 and Chef Galmiche has been holding his own Michelin stars for nearly three decades - four to be exact. Why is this important? Daniel Galmiche is opening a restaurant in Johannesburg - The Gold Room.

gold room

The Gold Room is set to be a fusion restaurant located in the QSL private member’s club in Milpark. The QSL members club is described as a tailored home, an exquisitely intimate and textured space for those who are moving the world forward. While the club itself is for members only (with membership fees starting at R10 000 and spiking up  to R500 000 per person), the new fine-dining restaurant will be open to the public... thankfully.

Though the menu is still being built, we can expect food fares professionally plated and made with fresh, local ingredients. Our prediction would be that fish will play a poignant role in both entrés and mains as Daniel Galmiche is the ambassador for the Norwegian Sea Food Council (and Galmiche enjoys playing around with line fish fillets, as seen in his London based restaurant, 190 Queen's Gate). Daniel Galmiche will also have to take into consideration that South Africans are big on red meat. According to our friends over at Eat Out, they recon the decorated French chef will put oxtail on the menu - a guess we are wholeheartedly amplifying (seeing as Marble has made red meat and open flame cooking popular in fine dining).

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfqrmQVHMK_/?hl=it&taken-by=galmiche.daniel

While Chef Daniel Galmiche was in Johannesburg to promote the Gold Room, he spent some time with our favourite restaurateur, James Diack (of Coobs, The National, El Contadino, and la Stalla fame). Chef Galmiche visited Diack's family farm, Brightside in Magaliesberg where Daniel overloaded his Instagram account with interesting images of local produce.

The Gold Room is set to open up shop in September 2018. Until then, we can only sit back, pop a bottle of Chablis and play the guessing game until Daniel Galmiche's manager gets back to us with more details. Take your time, Lime Light - we've got enough white wine to last us a while.

By Shawn Greyling

"As with all breathtakingly beautiful places, the pictures do not do this house justice," said one Airbnb guest to Pablo House.

When entering "Pablo House" into a search engine, one ends up with articles and photos of a demolished pink mansion in the middle of an upper-class Miami neighbourhood. This belonged to that dude who Netflix made a show about. When adding the words, "guest house" to that search, a beautiful villa overlooking the Melville Koppies. That is quite an interesting yet useless fact for you to throw into the furnace. Then again, the geniuses behind this bohemian suburb's trendiest guest house also created the popular diner, Pablo-Eggs-Go-Bar on 7th Street famously named after the dude in that Netflix show who owned a pink mansion.

pablo house

Introducing the newest member to the Hello Pablos gang, created by the founders of Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar, Pablo House promises to be the urban oasis you've been looking for. Pablo House offers a vast view of the city of gold, easy access to the hottest in local nightlife, and a break away from the rat race. Established in late 2017, Pablo House Melville officially opened its doors to the public in January 2018, incorporating itself into the already-buzzing Melville guesthouse arena.

Pablo House

Owners Louis and Leigh Roux first found this gem in 2016, previously known as ‘Yarramundi’. The pair re-imagined the concept of a traditional guest house and focused on the experiential and tactile elements, resulting in a modern and elegant experience for today’s traveller. What sets Pablo House apart, is the breathtaking view over the northern suburbs. In the layout and design of the guest house, the exploitation of this key selling point was of great importance. "Having a view in Johannesburg is a luxury in its own right. It gave us the feeling that anything is possible and so we designed the spaces to heighten the guest experience,” said Louis.

Pablo House

Throughout its ‘soft launch’ Pablo House has hosted many guests from around the world, even some high-profile musicians and artists ... fun fact, Louis used to play bass for local music heroes, Shadowclub. This has encouraged the team to pursue the creative arts traveller and sculpt the venue amenities to accommodate and facilitate all things creative. Each of the spacious rooms come standard with extra comfortable King-sized beds, en-suite washrooms with rain showers, Nespresso machines, high-speed WIFI, and Netflix (so that you can catch the latest episode of that dude with the demolished pink mansion ... fine, we'll stop with that gag now). Guests can also look forward to breakfast at the famous Pablo-Eggs-Go-Bar (where you can grab a cup of Mighty Monk cold brew nitro coffee) and try menu items such as the signature Red Shakshuka with Yemen Flat Bread or their biltong eggs Benedict.

pablo house

Guesthouse add-ons, such as personal chef-tailored dinners, laundry services, spa-treatments or home-style recording studio set-ups, are available on request. Pablo House also caters for limited functions on its sun terrace or garden and fire-pit areas.

By Shawn Greyling (with loads of help from Louis and Leigh Roux)

Last year, Chef James Diack took members of the media on a tour around his family farm, Brightside and gave them some insight into his plans for 2018: “Since we opened in Melville in September 2016, we’ve noticed a change in what people are eating and what they’re spending. And, in today’s fast-moving restaurant industry, we have to adapt,” explains James. “We’ve also seen how successful the food and environment at Il Contadino in Parktown North has been, and so we’re going to make La Stalla a mini version of that.”

The industrial-chic pizzeria will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 07h00 until 10h00 and will serve three meals a day. For lovers of The Federal’s brunch – don’t despair – a range of farm-fresh breakfasts will be available for R75 each. For lunch and dinner, La Stalla guests can choose from a selection of well-priced small plates, as well as a number of wood-fired dishes and pizza options, roasted chicken and fresh salads. Dessert will be delicious Italian gelato, served in either cones or bowls.
La Stalla

Two of the farm-fresh dishes that will be available from La Stalla are bruschetta with a variety of toppings, and arancini stuffed and dusted with wild-boar bacon (which we managed to sink our teeth into at La Stalla's launch). James will be working in partnership with Il Contadino’s Head Chef, Rausharn Griffin to operate and manage the establishment. Rausharn has worked alongside James since 2014, first at Coobs and later heading up the team at Il Contadino.

Along with having a pizza oven installed into the space, James is also updating the façade and some of the décor – the trademark reclaimed wood-paneled wall and copper-piping will remain.

For drinks, expect OC Brewery craft beer, a wine list featuring some quirky and affordable boutique wines, and some interesting cocktails. Spending time with James Diack, you soon realise that he is passionate about wine (just have a look at our interview with James). “This will be my simplest restaurant to date, and I can’t wait to share the experience with Rausharn, and with Melville,” James concludes. With his almost 100% sustainability record, James remains the pioneer of provenance in South Africa and a serious purveyor of farm-to-table deliciousness.

Our first impression of the restaurant is nothing short of two thumbs up - it is James Diack after all. Patrons can expect a similar vibe to Diack's El Contadino in Parktown North mixed with his signature farm-style flare.

Details: [email protected] | 0109004876 | https://www.facebook.com/lastallajhb/

By Shawn Greyling

31 January 2018 was the official launch of Johannesburg’s first 100% bartender-owned craft bar. Devin Cross, Peter Good, Denzel Heath and Dom Walsh, four renowned bartenders with vast international experience in hospitality, are the brains behind the bar. Mootee Bar, described as a place of healing for the soul, makes use of modern culinary and mixology techniques, blending it with traditional drinking rituals and local ingredients.

mootee bar

Source: facebook.com/mooteebar/

With 120 seats, an outside rooftop deck, open air alley seating and a private lounge, Mootee Bar is a place of healing for the soul. The barmen set out to bend creative boundaries by challenging customers' understanding of local food and drink culture. Through serving unique food and creative drinks that form a perspective that is described as an authentic, yet unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. “Africa as we know it and not Africa as the world interprets.”

mootee bar

Source: facebook.com/mooteebar/

The cocktail menu, which took eight months to develop, is described as a sort of "Rorschach Test". Each cocktail has a visual representation of taste, designed by artist Jared Hurwitz. The illustrations are designed to trigger an emotional response in the customer which leads the consumer to place their order. Unlike traditional cocktail menus, the recipes of the drinks are not displayed in the menu, and customers are enticed to explore the twelve cocktails through this unique visual interpretation technique. Each drink is inspired by a classic African tale.

mootee bar

Source: facebook.com/mooteebar/

Mootee Bar's one of a kind cocktail laboratory, which is situated in the middle of the restaurant, is something one would expect to see in a later episode of Breaking Bad (sorry, we just had to go there). It contains a Rotary Evaporator Distiller, an Ultrasonic Prep, refrigerated Centrifuge and many other gadgets all used to produce Mootee Bar's creative concoctions... you don't need to know what any of those are to be able to appreciate the beverages. Sample their milktart brandy, sparkling Umqombothi or the crystal clear brandy and coke.

mootee bar

Source: facebook.com/mooteebar/

Whilst the food and drinks are serious, the environment is relaxed and fun. With cocktails priced at R 85 each and a meal for two costing around R 200 per couple, Mootee Bar aims to be accessible to all income ranges. Their well-balanced wine list and vast selection of spirits further demonstrates the team’s dedication to providing a well-rounded product. It was Madiba that said: "it is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and with myself...” So, be sure to drop by for some good food, good drink and good company accompanied by good music. You can't go wrong.

Find more information here.

What Is It?

Does modern dating make you want to punch yourself in the throat? You're not alone! Being single isn't all that bad so why not celebrate being #single in the coolest way possible at the #SINGLE Valentine's Party. You can spend your evening meeting plenty of other singletons in the flesh instead of via the internet or latest dating APP. And as for icebreakers, there will be two options to get the conversations flowing - a twist on ‘spin the bottle’ and singles beer pong. There will be two bands performing on the evening - His & Hers and After Elizabeth. This event is open to everyone looking to have a great time as a single this Valentine's season (over 18, of course).

When Is It?

Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 18;00 - 21:30.

Where Is It?

Bread & Roses, 80 4th Avenue, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is R175 per person. Payment is needed in advance, so email [email protected] for payment details and to secure your spot.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Singles Events Johannesburg on Facebook.

What Is It?

The Light & Joy Holistic Fayre is a Gauteng-based monthly festival that celebrates well-being and friendship, spiritual education, sharing, networking and a little bit of fun. This is a safe haven where people can get together, browse through interesting and unique stalls, relax, revitalise and grow, spend time on themselves and with their loved ones, invest in their own interests, and rub shoulders with like-minded folk who share their desire for understanding, meaning and purpose in life.

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 November 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00.

Where Is It?

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

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R20* per person and children under 12 and people over 65 get in for free.

*Prices may be subject to change.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit 27 Boxes on Facebook.

We’ve all seen the legendary “Be Naked When I Get Home” images flooding Instagram, right? Well, that lovely little neon sign hangs on a pillar at Hell's Kitchen in Melville. Above and beyond its quirky signage, this 1920s New York speakeasy-style restaurant and bar doubles as the suburb's rock 'n roll hangout. Black and white photos of pop culture legends, such as musician Iggy Pop and writer William S. Burroughs decorate the interior.

What can be said about this "edgy" eatery and bar is that it hides a handful of surprises. From the decor to its tattoo-clad barmen and waitresses, it's the unique atmosphere that lends to its success. The buck does not stop there – not by a long shot. This "cool kid bunking class" persona spills over into Hell's Kitchen's menu. Sure, there's the usual pizza or cheeseburger that shows face on their list of things to eat but every Sunday patrons can expect items like wagyu beef sliders, lamb rumps, tomahawk steaks, surf n turfs and smokestacks.

You can wash all of that down with their very own HK Lager drafts. The friendly waitrons always have a joke to tell you and keep you fat and happy throughout your visit. Make sure to explore the secret room behind the bookcase, a perfect place to host a poker game or bachelor/ette. A great night out that will definitely turn into a story starts at Hell’s Kitchen. Over weekends – especially Sunday afternoons – visitors can expect live music. Grunge, indie hip-hop and everything in between can be enjoyed at Hell's Kitchen.

Find more information here. 

27 Boxes

An absolute must-visit while you're in Melville is 27 Boxes situated on 4th. This unique market is made up of a collection of shipping containers, which are used as 'shops' for a variety of local vendors, craftsmen, creators, designers and entrepreneurs. You can expect to see everything from jewellery, fashion and art to interior design, home decor, specialty stores and, of course, loads of good food and drinks. And if you love the market vibe, don't miss out on their Night Markets which make for a good night out on the town with your family and friends.

Details: www.27boxes.co.za / 011 482 1090 / [email protected] / 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

Creme De La Creme

Whether you're looking for a spot to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply want to meet up with a friend to catch up over a cuppa, Creme De La Creme on the corner of 4th and 7th in Melville is just the cafe. And best of all, it's within walking distance of all the other stores in Melville. Start off your day with a lovely breakfast, tuck into some tasty sarmies and wraps for lunch and if you're looking to stock up on some sweet treats on the go, don't forget to see what the bakery has freshly prepared. From flavoured croissants, jam biscuits and millionaire shortbread to apple crumble, Baklava and a variety of indulgent cakes, there's certainly something sweet that'll delight your taste buds.

Details: www.cafedelacreme.co.za / 011 726 7716 / [email protected] / Corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Junkie Charity Store

Love finding a bargain, looking for something vintage to add to your wardrobe or just love strolling through a store for hours checking out all of the cool, interesting and quirky items on their shelves while enjoying a few flashbacks? No matter what the reason, you'll love spending an afternoon browsing through everything at Junkie Charity Store on 7th. This store is a non-profit organisation and accepts kind donations of unwanted items from the public. The proceeds from the sale of the donated items are given to a charity of the donor's choice. You can find anything and everything here, from trinkets, art, vintage clothing and a whole bunch of accessories to an array of homeware, furniture and appliances, haberdashery, toys, books, records – you name it! You never know what treasures you'll find. 

Details: www.facebook.com / 011 024 5284 / [email protected]7A 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Snow Lion Artefacts

Snow Lion Artefacts on 7th brings you a variety of Tibetan and Nepalese products. If you're into Buddhism, meditation and yoga, then you'll love to suss out all the goodies that this spot has to offer. Many of the goods are handmade and support a range of communities in Africa and across Asia. Think malas, fragrances, lotus body products, statues and masks, jewellery, burners, yoga mats, Buddist books, DVDs and CDs and so much more. Intrigued? Then check it out!

Details: www.snowlion.co.za / 078 046 7488 / [email protected] / Shop 12b 7th Street, Melville
Johannesburg

Hobo Collection

Who doesn't enjoy a little retail therapy? If you feel like doing a little shopping for stunning items to add to your wardrobe, then you'll definitely want to check out the styles, designs and collections at Hobo Collection. You wouldn't think Melville had one of the best-kept fashion secrets in the city, would you?  With founder Edna Noel's amazing eye for choosing the best summer and winter collections of international brands from the heart of Italy, France and Spain, you know you're bound to find something stunning.

Details: www.hobocollection.co.za / 011 726 3624 / [email protected] / Shop 10, 7th Street, Melville Johannesburg

Love Books

Bookworms, this is the perfect hangout for you. Love Books are passionate about – you guessed it – books! This is a lovely escape if you're looking to get your hands on some new reading material, as their beautifully edited collection makes the task of finding the right book easier than ever. On top of all the wonderful books, they're also an exclusive stockist of Joostenberg wines from the old family farm in Stellenbosch. They also host book launches for new releases, as well as story time every Saturday for kids ages between four and eight years old.

Details: www.lovebooks.co.za/ 011 726 7408 / [email protected] / The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Clyde on 4th Antiques

Take a trip back in time by sussing out a few antiques and vintage pieces in the heart of the historic suburb of Melville. Whether you're an avid collector or just love browsing through vintage collections, Clyde on 4th Antiques is a unique spot to visit while you're out and about. The shop offers a variety of Georgian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 1950s objects, which are all displayed in a quaint old Melville residence complete with a charm of its own. So, if you have a piece that's missing from your collection or want to sell antiques that you no longer want, give Clyde on 4th a visit.

Details: www.clydeon4th.co.za / 011 482 3266 or 011 482 4259 / [email protected]75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

Placing great emphasis on lightly prepared meals with strong aromatic flavours and a spicy element makes Thai cuisine stand out among most. The combination of sour, sweet, salty, bitter or spicy, as well as colour and texture, is why most people are drawn to Thai food. The balance and play of flavours is unlike any other – it demonstrates intricacy and attention to detail.

Some of the must-try dishes include Thai rice curry, green curry (a favourite for many), massaman curry, pad Thai, som tam, tom yam goong, and moo nam tok. These are also some of the dishes that were featured on the “World’s 50 Best Foods (Readers’ Picks)” – which gives you even more reason to try them.

Now you’re probably thinking, “But where can I go to try this amazing Thai food the Joburg team is raving about?” Well, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite Thai food joints in the city. Check them out below.

Thai Food

Our Picks:

Thai Café
Cambridge Crossing, cnr Witkoppen and Stonehaven roads, Paulshof / 011 803 9806 / Email / Thai Cafe

Erawan 
Riverside Shopping Centre, 317 Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Sandton / 011 706 8000 / Email / Erawan

Saengcha Thai Restaurant
59 Terrace Road, Eastleigh, Edenvale / 011 452 9336/ Email / Saengcha Thai Restaurant

2 Thai 4
59 Corlett Drive, Illovo / 011 440 3000 / Email / 2 Thai 4

Fusionista
14 Rabie Street, Randburg / 011 793 4796 / Email / Fusionista

Why Thai Food

Why Thai Food is a must...?

Well! Firstly, experimentation is the spice of life and literally Thai has that touch of spice that you need in your life. Thai food has proven to be a favourite to many food lovers out there, and as people who are willing to explore and try new things - this is a great place to start.

I have to personally put it out there, my favourites are the sweet and sour combos, and the factor of eating with my eyes to. Thai food has a very appetising way to invite you and just make you want to eat it.

So if you are really looking forward to going to an awesome place where you can be certain that the food will satisfy the diversity you crave, these are the spots to visit.

Know of other great Thai food joints not mentioned above? Let us know below!

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? It's the fuel you put in your tank to get you from A to B. Agreed? Well, with that said, the quality of the fuel you put in makes a world of difference. And that is why we brought you all the way to Melville's quirky container shopping centre, 27 Boxes, for that supposed "most important meal of the day". Meet The Countess, our best friend when it comes to breakfast... and lunch... and dinner... and after work drinks.

But let's focus on the gin, I mean breakfast, for now. For quite some time the Countess has been our steampunk home away from home. Whenever we find ourselves in the area, we simply need to pop in. But lately we've been making the rounds more often so as to work our way through their breakfast menu. The menu reads like a fairy-tale filled with wonder. Variety is what makes the Countess a stunner when it comes to good food. The attention to detail (that goes into the industrial-age inspired decor) can also be found in the kitchen. To give you an example, one of the interesting choices for breakfast would be the Breakfast Burger. It's made up of a 200g beef patty served on a brioche bun with bacon, smoked cheese and two eggs. Now, I know you are tilting your head sideways and asking, "a burger for breakfast?" Let's inform you quite promptly that the Countess is known far and wide for her burgers.

Our favourite item on the brekkie menu by far would be the Big English Breakfast Waffle, which consists of thick and crispy Belgian waffles filled with bacon and cheese, accompanied by roasted cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, 2 eggs and a sausage. Runner up to the waffles would be the vegetarian breakfast: two slices of ciabatta bread, roasted cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, avo slices, basil pesto and smoked cheese. The beauty of it all is that the menu goes on and on... the worst part is having to choose between these tantalising creations. It's pretty cool of the Countess to cater to vegetarians and weight watchers with healthy options on the menu as well... but we'll leave that for you to discover once you go there for breakfast, which is served until 12:00.

Have you been to the Countess for breakfast before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section below. Why not plan a bit of a Melville breakfast meet-up with friends and share this article with them? Sharing is caring, after all. 

 

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