Melville is best known for its vibrant entertainment, nightlife and parties. As you can expect, the streets are full of trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs. If more outdoorsy entertainment is what you're after, try a stroll through the rolling hills of the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, or enjoy the weekend markets.

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Nightlife

The Anti Social Social Club

The Anti-Social Social Club is a modern, Asian-style bar and restaurant in Melville. If your idea of a night of entertainment means good food, company and delicious drinks, this is the place for you. The menu at the Anti Social Social Club is light and pairs perfectly with their equally-delicious cocktail menu.

Visit The Anti Social Social Club.

Jo'Anna Melt Bar

Located on always-trendy 7th Street, Jo'Anna Melt Bar is an ultra-stylish and sophisticated bar located in Melville. You'd be forgiven for asking what a melt bar is - it's a new idea, after all! Simply put, everything coming out of the kitchen has cheese on it. To complement these delicious cheesy dishes, patrons can enjoy a range of craft beers. Jo'Anna Melt Bar is essentially a place for sophisticated guests to hang out, relax and enjoy delicious food and great company.

Visit Jo'Anna Melt Bar.

Ratz Bar + Diner

A real Melville institution, Ratz Bar + Diner has been entertaining Melville residents for 24 years! Ratz is Melville’s premier LGBTQI+ friendly restaurant and cocktail bar. Ratz has a reputation for delicious food, tasty cocktails, and hits from the 70s til the present day to dance the night away to. If you’re in the mood for a night of music, drinks, and dancing, Ratz Bar + Diner is definitely the place for you!

Visit Ratz Bar + Diner.

Smoking Kills Bar

Smoking Kills is an unusually old-fashioned place. It rejects the label of restaurant, pub or nightclub. What is it then, do I hear you ask? They describe themselves as nothing more or less than a bar, an "unapologetic watering hole". If you love rum, Smoking Kills Bar is the place to be. Though they aren't a restaurant, you can enjoy a light bite to eat with your drink, but nothing fancy. If a fun night out on the town with friends is what you're after, Smoking Kills is where you'll want to start. 

Visit Smoking Kills Bar.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is an American-style, rock-themed bar and restaurant in Melville. Known for its iconic “Be Naked When I Get Home” neon sign, 1920s New York speakeasy glamour, and secret poker room hidden away behind the bookcase, Hell’s Kitchen is an iconic and fun place to go for a night out. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious bar food, and good company while savouring some Jameson’s whiskey. Bliss!

Visit Hell's Kitchen.

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Outdoor

27 Boxes Night Market

If barhopping isn't quite your thing, the 27 Boxes Night Market could provide the night-time entertainment you've been searching for. Located at 27 Boxes, Melville, the Night Market takes place on Wednesday evenings from 17:00 to 21:00. The event is pet-friendly, and features a variety of local vendors, arts and crafts, live music and more!

Visit 27 Boxes Night Market.

The Green Market Melville

For all enthusiasts of the “organic cannabis lifestyle”, The Green Market Melville is essentially paradise. You can find The Green Market on the rooftop of 27 Boxes on Saturdays, and from there, the choices are endless. Cannabis-themed food, therapeutic products, oils, ointments and even dog treats can be purchased here. Enjoy live music and drinks at the bars nearby, it's an experience not to be missed.

Visit The Green Market Melville.

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

The Melville Koppies Nature Reserve is a nature reserve and Johannesburg Heritage Site located in Melville. The Koppies are a perfect spot for a day trip if you're even slightly interested in the history and geography of Johannesburg prior to the discovery of gold in 1886. Its geology dates back 3 billion years, and there is evidence of both Stone Age and Iron Age man. The ridges themselves are also remarkable, as their vegetation is entirely indigenous - a rare thing so close to the City of Johannesburg.

Visit The Melville Koppies Nature Reserve.

Melville Food and Farmers Market

Do you love organic fruit and veggies, fresh milk and bread, baked goods and more? If so, a trip to the farmer's market is in order! The Melville Food and Farmers Market has been supplying the Melville and local community with fresh produce for a long time, and has appeared in various iterations throughout the years. Support your local farmers and have a great time in the fresh air!

Visit The Melville Food and Farmers Market.

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Melville is the place to be where delicious food is concerned. If you're a foodie of any description, the restaurants in Melville will be your idea of heaven! You can sample a variety of delicious foods from so many different cuisines, pretty much all on one street! Let's get ready to tuck into some divine treats as we take you on a journey down Melville's culinary streets and avenues.

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African
American and Fast Food
Asian
Mediterranean
Coffee Shops and Cafes

African

Lucky Bean Restaurant

The Lucky Bean Restaurant in Melville serves a delicious fusion menu of African-inspired food, as well as some of Johannesburg's best vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Known for its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, Lucky Bean is a local favourite. Also a bar and lounge, The Lucky Bean Restaurant is a perfect spot to stop by for a drink and a tasty meal after a long day.

Visit Lucky Bean.

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American & Fast Food

Have Wings

A unique restaurant experience to be sure, this trendy little restaurant chain started in Melville and has expanded across South Africa from there! They specialise in chicken wings, and offer five mouthwatering flavour options: Hot & Smokey, Extra Hot & Smokey, Sweet & Sticky, Oriental and Lemon & Coriander. All wings come with freshly-prepared, delicious dips, also available in a variety of flavours, as well as fresh, tasty side dishes.

Visit Have Wings.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is an American-style, rock-themed bar and restaurant in Melville. Known for its iconic "Be Naked When I Get Home" neon sign, 1920s New York speakeasy glamour, and secret poker room hidden away behind the bookcase, Hell's Kitchen is an iconic and fun restaurant for a night out. Enjoy a burger, pizza, steak or chicken wings while savouring some Jameson's whiskey. Bliss!

Visit Hell's Kitchen.

Ratz Bar + Diner

A real Melville institution, Ratz Bar + Diner has been in operation for over 24 years! Ratz has earned a reputation as Melville's premier LGBTQI+ friendly restaurant and cocktail bar. Ratz is known for delicious food, tasty cocktails, and hits from the 70s til the present day to dance the night away to. If you're in the mood for dinner, drinks, and dancing, Ratz Bar + Diner is definitely the place for you!

Visit Ratz Bar + Diner.

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Asian

The Anti Social Social Club

The Anti-Social Social Club is a modern, Asian-inspired bar and restaurant in Melville. The menu at the Anti Social Social Club is light and pairs perfectly with their equally-delicious cocktail menu. If you’re in the mood to socialise with friends and enjoy good company, food and drinks in an unusual setting, this little bar and restaurant is perfect for you.

Visit The Anti Social Social Club.

Bambanani

Bambanani is all about family and food. Located in Melville, Bambanani serves up a fresh and delicious Asian-inspired menu, combining a boutique restaurant experience with a kid's play area. Bambanani provides full-time child minders and a safe environment, allowing parents to relax and enjoy their meals.

Visit Bambanani.

Love Me So

Ramen! Who doesn't get excited about it? While Love Me So in Melville have made a name for themselves serving heavenly Asian fusion cuisine, they are best known for their ramen. Also definitely worth sampling is their sticky, crispy Korean BBQ,  and Japanese Izakaya (shared plates). If you feel like something a bit lighter, a poke bowl could be just what you need. Make sure to try a cocktail while you're there!

Visit Love Me So.

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Mediterranean

Ba-Pita

Ba-Pita brings the taste of the Mediterranean to the heart of Melville. This petite restaurant located in 7th Street specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. So, it doesn't matter if you're craving shawarma, falafel, or kebab, Ba-Pita packs a punch where flavours are concerned. Close your eyes and you'd be forgiven for forgetting where you are!

Visit Ba-Pita.

La Petite Maison

Often described as one of Johannesburg's hidden gems, La Petite Maison is a restaurant you truly need to experience to understand. Located at the top of Melville's 7th Street, La Petite Maison is an intimate space, and seats only 20 people. The menu is limited, and dishes are accompanied by a fine selection of boutique wines.

Visit La Petite Maison.

Piza Ē Vino Melville

Piza Ē Vino is a firm South African favourite. At Piza Ē Vino,  they prepare every dish using basic, yet flavourful ingredients. Because of this, every dish is bursting with Italian flavour and deliciousness! Their wide menu features antipasto, pizza, pasta and desserts.

Visit Piza Ē Vino Melville.

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Coffee Shops & Cafes

Cafe De La Creme

A real Melville favourite, Cafe De La Creme patisserie has been baking up a storm in Melville for many years. No visit to Melville would be complete without stopping at Cafe De La Creme for a sweet treat or a wholesome meal. If your sweet tooth has been tickling you, this is definitely the place to be!

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IT Corner

IT Corner Cafe is a fantastic, unique little cafe located in the heart of 7th Street, Melville. Offering an unusual, yet effective combination of tech support and breakfast delights, IT Corner Cafe is the place to go if your laptop, computer, phone or tablet is acting up. Bonus points for their fantastic cappuccinos and light, hearty menu items!

Visit IT Corner.

Service Station

Service Station Café Melville is another classic Melville cafe. Located in the Bamboo Centre, Service Station is both a restaurant and a food store. Head to Service Station for a sit-down meal, freshly made treats, all based on local fresh produce. Service Station also stocks a selection of  local and international products.

Visit Service Station Café.

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