This Italian villa-style restaurant offers patrons a selection of fine Italian fare and wine. They pride themselves on their true Mediterranean flavours and seafood dishes. Expect antipasto, carpaccio and pâté for starters. Followed by duck, seafood and pasta dishes for mains and delectable torte, sorbet and panna cotta for desserts.
South Africa's first MasterChef SA winner, Deena Naidoo opened this restaurant in Montecasino. He combines traditional South African cuisine with a contemporary style. The menu features items like house-made naan bread, pizzettes, gourmet burgers, curries and traditional desserts.
This French bistro and bar serves up some of the finest cocktails and bar food in the northern suburbs. Menu items include Triple Fried Fries, Wild Mushroom Arancini, Chicken Popcorn, Lobster Waffles, Hot Dog Tasting Plates and Duck Pot Pie. They also serve up High Teas, brunch and yummy platters.
One would not expect such a simply named restaurant to serve up some of the best quality gourmet burgers, seafood, certified wagyu beef, vegetarian meals and mouth watering desserts. But this chic steakhouse does just that. Expect AAA grade grain-fed beef, certified 7+ marbled wagyu steaks and burgers, braised oxtail and halloumi burgers. With desserts like Chocolate Fondant and Crème Brulee.
This North and South Indian restaurant brings diners specialty cuisine with spicy and flavourful dishes. These include Tikka, Khorma, Vindaloo, Masala, Dosa and Biryani, with a wide range of flat breads from Naan to Paratha. The menu even includes a glossary or terms, for those unsure of the meaning of menu items.
This movie cinema has 15 cinemas, including the Il Grande, the biggest fully digital cinema in South Africa. They also boast the Prive Lounge. You can catch these movies at a fraction of the price with the Montecasino Cardholders Benefits, WOW Wednesdays (discounted 2D, 3D and Il Grande tickets on Wednesdays) and the Rewards Programme.
This bird park has a colourful array of birds, reptiles and small animals for viewing. Visitors can experience the joy of hand feeding gorgeous birds at the walk-through aviary. Learn all about a variety of birds, their habitats, feeding patterns and threats at the Flight of Fantasy Show. Spend hours browsing the gardens, discovering the unknown of birds and getting a cuppa at Flamingo Café.
Montecasino is home to two theatre houses, the Teatro and Pieter Toerien. Spend an evening watching the latest plays, musicals, comedy shows and music shows. These shows cater to business professionals, kids, families and adults. Keep an eye on their events page to see all the upcoming shoes.
This arcade features the latest games, prizes and even an XD Theatre. Have a blast shooting hoops, battling villains and knocking down the clown. All in a bid to win the biggest and best prizes. Or strap yourself in and experience the immersive Canyon Coaster, Speed Racer and Haunted Mine with 3D stereoscopic graphics and FX for a ride that will ignite all your senses.
This three-level, 45 square metre laser tag zone offers flashing lights, smoke and glow-in-the-dark walls setting the seen for the ultimate laser showdown. Get your adrenaline pumping shooting your opponents whether they're your friends, family or complete strangers.
This geek haven has finally set up shop, so no more hours waiting in queues at rAge. Instead, pop by on any day of the week and get all the pop-culture and super hero merch you could ever want. These include shirts, hoodies, mouse pads, laptop covers, figures, trading cards and other collectibles.
This delightful store offers a fine selection of rare sweets, exquisite gifts, African collectibles, unique stationery and custom plushies. It is a blend of a gift store, sweet store and stationery shop, all in one. Stop by to get a stainless steel water bottle, African wild life soft toys, imported sweets and snacks, and a unique gift for someone special.
Skoobs is probably one of our favourite independent book stores. This is because of their wide varieties of classical, fiction, children's, new age and non-fiction books, quirky stationery and giant chess board. Visitors can also stop by at the adjoining coffee shop for a fantastic cappuccino and scrumptious slice of rainbow cake.
Montecasino has a total of three hotels, the Southern Sun, SunSquare and Palazzo. They each have their own unique characteristics. Southern Sun offers guests a taste of Italy and was inspired by the 15th century Palazzo Corsini Villa in Gianicolo. SunSquare has a more modern feel with the open spaces and bright lights. The Palazzo also has it's own unique flair with the romantic touches. Each of these hotels offer great service, exquisite accommodation and a luxurious charm.
Catch the latest animated and family films at Montecasino for the ultimate kids entertainment. Here, you can choose between 15 cinemas, including the Il Grande cinema. Il Grande offers the largest completely digital cinema in the country! And if you're worried about the cost of such an excursion, don't fret. Montecasino Rewards Card Holders can get massive discounts. Gold Card Holders can get 30% discount, Platinum Card holders get 50% and Black card holders get 60% off their movie tickets. Not a Rewards Card Holder? No problem. Swing by on Wednesdays for their WOW Wednesdays deals.
Have a day of great family fun at the Montecasino Bird Park. Start the day with a leisurely breakfast at Flamingo Cafe, followed by an informative bird show. Then spend the afternoon strolling through the park, meeting the colourful and lively birds, reptiles and small mammals. The park is open everyday of the year, except Christmas, from 08:30 - 17:00. Catch their Flight of Fantasy shows at 11:00 and 15:00 on weekdays and 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 on weekends and public holidays.
This creche offers care to children between the ages of 1-12, as well as lots of kids entertainment. So parents can have date night at one of Montecasino's lovely restaurants while they kids are taken care of just a few metres away. The child-minders are trained and experienced, and maintain strict security measures to keep the tots safe. The kids will have a blast! Activities include jungle gyms, LEGO, drawing, reading, painting, dancing, a play centre, TV that plays Boomerang, WII games, X-box, board games and even a sleeping room.
The Magic Company offers loads of fun games for kids and adults alike. This includes old school arcade games, air hockey tables and an XD theatre. Arcade games include classics like Whack-a-Mole, Dance Revolution, claw machines and Down the Clown. And the XD theatre offers immersive rides. Experience all your favourite theme rides like they are really happening with the 3D stereoscopic graphics and visual FX. Rides include the Canyon Coaster, Speed Race and Haunted Mine.
Have a family fun day competing against one another to see who can strike that lucky shot. At R60 per person, per game including bowling shoes, this is a great affordable option. They also cater to birthday parties and small functions at just R100 per person, per game or R300 per person for exclusive use of the venue for four hours. Refreshments are available to help you cool down after burning up a sweat. If anyone in the family is a sore loser, head over to the near-by Milky Lane for some sugar coating.
The Laser Tag zone offers three levels and 450 squares metres of kids entertainment and activities. With smoke machines, walls smothered in glow-in-the-dark paint and flashing lasers, the kids will be exhilarated. The venue offers both solo and team play. Solo play involves shooting a bunch of random strangers, whereas team play allows you to shoot your friends, family or even co-workers. We're not quite sure which we'd prefer... But at R50 for a 15 minute game, perhaps we'll try both.
This is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to getting messy and having fun. Whether you're looking to play, paint, sponge or spray your way to a masterpiece, Artjamming is just the place to be. Best of all, it won't cost you an arm and a leg for a little bit of artsy fun. You just have to pay for the canvas you have chosen (prices vary depending on sizes), then everything else comes with the price – including the acrylic paints on-tap, brushes, tools and apron. From as little as R135 (that's for the smallest canvas size available), you can create your own artwork without having to spend thousands on expensive art materials. This is perfect for all ages.
Okay, so hear us out before you brush this one off owing to the hefty entrance fee (R135 for kids under 1.3m tall and R215 for kids taller and 1.3m). Considering you pay that fee for an ENTIRE DAY'S WORTH of fun, rides, thrills and excitement, we think it's a bargain! You would have to spend way more money elsewhere to give the kids a full day's worth of shenanigans that are far less exciting. They can spend their 9 to 5 (park opens at 09:30 but you get what we're trying to say) braving the brand-new High Flying Maverick, the Anaconda and the Golden Loop, splashing and floating about the Raging River Rapids, spinning and flying on the UFO and so much more. Trust us, your kids will be exhausted after all of this fun at Gold Reef City Theme Park!
How about something different? Cooking classes! That's right! Kids will have a blast creating their own delicious treats and not only is it fun, it also helps them build essential skills. They'll be using their motor skills, doing simple math, reading through the recipe, working on their communication and teamwork abilities, learning about the science of baking/cooking, broadening their scope of general knowledge and delighting their senses. See... plenty of skills built into one fun activity! Bright Young Chefs offers everything from weekly workshops and holiday clubs (R150 per workshop) to parties (R300 per child) and events.
Who knew bouncing on trampolines could be so entertaining? Even for us parents! With this in mind, Bounce Inc has a fun family bouncing package that will have you saving and bouncing for joy! Jump as a family (four jumpers, max two adults) at R500 for two hours. That's a lot of exercise and fun right there! But if you're looking to sit back, relax and leave the bouncing to the little ones, it's R100 for anyone over three years old and under 125cm in height (R145 for jumpers taller than that).
So, the kids are going bonkers, which is driving you bonkers... What is a parent (in dire need for some quiet time and a good cuppa Joe) supposed to do spur of the moment? One word - Yeesh! No, not that type of yeesh (we're not that cruel), we mean Yeesh! as in the kiddies indoor play place. They offer moms and dads a safe haven, no matter what they need – be it a quick drop in, holiday fun, a party venue and more. You can make a stop at the Coffee Bar for some well-deserved peace and quiet. Parents need a timeout too sometimes!
This fun wonderland has been around for a very long time. Heck, we even remember the days where we'd spend hours (and loads of cash) on arcade games just to set the high score or attempt (for the umpteenth time) to grab that teddy bear from the crane machine. Those were the good old days, so, why not show the kids how much fun the Magic Company can be? You may spend a pretty penny, but it is loads of fun! There are a few Magic Company branches around the city – a few that we can name off the top of our heads are Montecasino, Emperors Palace, Gold Reef City, Silverstar, Sibaya and Carnival City.
A little pampering never hurt anyone, which is why this little pamper paradise will make the perfect spot for a playdate. The Life Day Spa Kids offers an extraordinary experience for your little ones, where they'll get to enjoy massages, manis, pedis, facials and much more. Also, this makes for a fab party idea (just keep it in mind for the next birthday if your little one loves being pampered). Treatments range from just R10 to over R1 000. There's even a Mom and Me package if you both need a relaxing day out.