Belles Patisserie

Red velvet cake and cupcakes are signature treats at the elegant little spot that is Belle's Patisserie. What’s more is they even offer a “skinny” version for those who are watching their waistline, and we can assure you that they taste just as delectable as the real deal.

Contact details: 082 968 5389 | Facebook

Walnut Grove

A well-loved Sandton establishment, Walnut Grove is home to some of the very best bakes in our city – and their delicious, generous slices of red velvet cake are no exception. Accompanied by a tall chai latte, it’s the ultimate sweet tooth fix.

Contact details: 011 783 6111 | Shop B38, Sandton City, Cnr 5th Street and Rivonia Road | [email protected] | https://walnutgrove.co.za/

The Secret Tea Garden

The Secret Tea Garden offers diners a lovely, relaxed garden setting where they can tuck into a fresh slice of red velvet cake, perhaps with one of their perfect iced coffees on the side. It’s the perfect spot for girl time or a lengthy catch-up!

Contact details: 011 467 1191 | 16B Penguin Avenue, Norscot Manor Recreation Centre, Fourways, Sandton | [email protected] | https://www.secretteagarden.co.za/

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Fournos Bakery

From the minute you step inside Fournos Bakery, you’re sure to be mesmerised by all of the drool-worthy sweet treats on display, which can be pretty overwhelming. But let us assure you that you can never go wrong with their perfectly bite-sized dreamy red velvet cupcakes.

Contact details: 011 771 2500 | [email protected] | https://www.fournos.co.za/

Voodoo Lily Cafe

A cosy restaurant, Voodoo Lily Café is a great lunchtime option – especially when your meal is finished off on a sweet note with a slice of their freshly baked red velvet cake. We warn that the slices are rather generous, so you may want to share (or not!).

Contact details: 011 442 6965 | 64 St Andrew St, Birdhaven | [email protected] | Facebook

Royal Coffee Roasters 

For a decadent slice of red velvet cake paired with the perfect cup of coffee, head to Royal Coffee Roasters in Edenvale. If you're a lover of cream cheese icing, then this is the cake for you. Covered in generous lashings of icing with a subtle hint of lemon, this icing is good enough to eat with a spoon.

Contact details: 011 452 2751 | Stoneridge Centre, Cnr Modderfontein and Hereford Rd, Greenstone Park, Edenvale | [email protected] | https://www.royalcoffee.co.za/

The Patisserie

Tucked away in the Post Office Centre in Illovo, you’ll find a charming little spot by the name of The Patisserie. While all of their sweet treats are simply to-die-for, their red velvet cupcakes are one of the first things you’ll want to try. They’re ever so moreish. That’s all we’ll say.

Contact details: 011 268 0022 | Post Office Centre, 30 Rudd Rd, Illovo, Sandton | [email protected] | https://thepatisserie.co.za/

Vovo Telo

Most people associate Vovo Telo with quick breakfasts and great coffee, but our top reason to visit this little Lonehill establishment is for their red velvet cake and that only. Generously sized, each slice is a real treat, and best enjoyed with a frosty milkshake.

Contact details: 011 024 2233 | Lonehill Shopping Centre, 22 Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill | [email protected] | http://vovotelo.co.za/

George's Bread And Co

There are few bakeries crafting confectionery as perfectly as George's Bread And Co. At George's everything is divine, from the cakes and tarts to the pies and bread. But we can't stop by without getting a red velvet cupcake. With light and airy cake topped with perfectly sweet cream cheese icing, this is an indulgence worth the extra calories.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 | Shop 7, Cnr Northrand and Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected] | https://gbco.co.za/

Châtea Gâteaux Patisserie

Yet another cake lover’s paradise on our list, Château Gâteaux Patisserie offers diners just about every cake under the sun. However, the best by far (in our opinion, at least) is their red velvet slice. They have a cute little cupcake version on offer, too, which are just as delectable.

Contact details: 031 569 6964 | [email protected] | https://www.chateaugateaux.co.za/

Where is your favourite place to get red velvet cake or cupcakes? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Is there anything better on a mid-Saturday morning than a good plate of eggs Benedict and a refreshing Bloody Mary? We didn’t think so! Brunch is a saving grace – it doesn’t happen too early, it offers just the right amount of indulgence, and it’s a social event that almost everyone enjoys. We’ve rounded up our favourite go-to brunch spots in Jozi that are sure to satisfy nearly every craving in the book – happy feasting!

The Whippet Coffee

The well-loved spot that is The Whippet Coffee is one of our city’s trendiest brunch destinations. Visitors rave about their speciality teas and coffee and handcrafted foods – and for good reason! Let’s just say that we're yet to have a disappointing meal here. On the menu, you’ll find drool-worthy brunch options, including a Crispy Bacon Croissant, Breakfast Burrito, Eggs Benedict and Fresh Papaya Bowl. Accompany your dish of choice with their Wake Shake or Crème Brulee Latte and you’re all set for a downright delectable meal, which you can enjoy in the beautifully decorated indoor section or at a table under the trees outside. Just be sure to arrive extra early to secure yourself a table.

Where: 34 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg.

Café de la Créme 

Our favourite brunch spot in Melville is Café de la Créme – by far. This French-styled bakery and cafe show off a light-meal menu offering bread, cakes, pastries, wraps, a variety of Turkish- and Greek-inspired sandwiches, moussaka and meat dishes for lunch and dinner. Set on the corner of 7th and 4th, this bakery is a great spot to indulge in a quick lunch or quiet coffee. One side of the restaurant serves amazing confectionery, while the other half is a tea room-style cafe.

 

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LEFT: The Summer Seed Scrambled at The Whippet Coffee. RIGHT: The Egg Basket at Nice on 4th.

Urban Angel Café 

Tucked away in a rather unassuming office park is a magical brunch spot that goes by the name of Urban Angel Café. Here, you’re spoilt for choice with a number of tantalising brunch options on the menu, including their Cauliflower Rosti, Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Flapjacks served with raw honey and freshly baked banana bread served with mascarpone cream cheese icing. If you’re a juicing junkie, you’ll also be glad to know that their raw juices, as well as smoothies, are just as enjoyable as everything else. They offer up everything from an alkalising green juice to a classic beet juice. As far as the smoothies are concerned, the Raw Chocolate Smoothie is love at first sip.

Where: Boskruin Office Park, corner President Fouche Drive & Hawken Road, Boskruin, Johannesburg.

Nice on 4th

While the cutesy little spot that is Nice on 4th has lunch and dinner menus that are sure to wow you, what they’re best known for are their signature baskets, which make for the most delightful brunch. The most popular by far is the Egg Basket, which features two baskets made out of toast, which is then filled with poached eggs and crispy bacon and topped with a spicy tomato relish. Feel like really treating yourself? Then you may want to opt for the Salmon Basket instead which is the perfect combination of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, cream cheese, relish and chives – best enjoyed with a freshly squeezed watermelon juice.

Where: 37 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

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LEFT: The Crème Brulee Latte at The Whippet Coffee. RIGHT: The Bacon Eggs Benedict also at The Whippet Coffee.

Belle's Patisserie

An award-winning spot, Belle's Patisserie is a stylish little patisserie that’s just fabulous for enjoying brunch with the girls or that someone special. Their mouthwatering menu consists of some seriously indulgent brunch offerings, from an Open Salmon Omelette to their signature Bellisima Flapjack Stack. If you’re Banting, you’ll be relieved to know that they also offer options catering to your diet, such as their Crustless Quiche and Cauliflower Wrap. Pair your meal of choice with a cup of their delicious coffee, and you’re all set for a very memorable brunch! Oh, and don’t forget to end your meal off on a sweet note with one of their Skinny Red Velvet Cupcakes – they’re simply to-die-for.

Where: Shop 16, BluBird Shopping Centre, corner of Atholl-Oaklands Road & Fort Street, Birnam, Johannesburg.

Gia's on Montrose

Situated on the stunning Montrose Nursery property, Gia’s On Montrose is a lovely al fresco spot that’s perfect for indulging in a leisurely lunch. And the best part? It’s just outside the buzzing Sandton CBD. On the menu, you’ll find a number of creative options to pick from, including the Deluxe Breakfast Croissant, which is filled with an egg, bacon, rocket, mushrooms, tomato, Parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction, as well as the Danny De Vito Breakfast, which consists of one egg, beef or pork sausage, grilled rosemary, mushrooms, tomato and a slice of toast. Plus, their Fresh Fruit Shakes make the perfect accompaniment to any of their tasty dishes.

Where: 66B South Road, Morningside, Johannesburg.

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LEFT: The Cheese & Tomato Tramezzini at Gia's On Montrose. RIGHT: The Buttermilk Crumpets at The Fat Zebra.

The Fat Zebra

Another brunch hotspot that’s located in the up-and-coming vicinity of Linden is the sexy café known by the name of The Fat Zebra. At this stylish spot, you can treat yourself to their Buttermilk Crumpets stacked with crispy bacon, crème fraîche, seasonal berries, toasted almonds and syrup, which just so happen to be some of the very best crumpets in town. If something savoury is more up your alley, we recommend The Full Monty, or the Eggs 'Ben-Addicted'. The Fat Zebra is also an ideal spot to hit up after a big night out, especially with their hangover breakfast offering known as The Babalaas, which is their take on a toasted sarmie, filled with bacon or macon and egg, topped with ham, cheese and grated Parmesan, with crisps and a shot of cream soda on the side.

Where: 71 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg.

The Secret Tea Garden 

Another scenic outdoor option, The Secret Tea Garden boasts a gorgeous garden setting as well as some delectable brunch options to pick from. The menu is simple and straightforward, but at the same time sure to satisfy whatever kind of craving you’re harbouring. Try out their Secret Bite open sandwich, which boasts sweet chilli chicken breast on rye or health toast, topped with lettuce, fried onion, avocado and feta, or their tasty Bacon, Egg & Cheddar Cheese Tramezzini. Just be sure to save space for a slice of their signature Chocolate Chiffon or Bar One cake afterwards – it’s something you won’t want to miss out on. What’s a brunch without a sweet ending anyway, right?

Where: Norscot Manor Recreation Centre, 16B Penguin Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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LEFT: The Michelle's Treat Open Sandwich at The Secret Tea Garden. RIGHT: The English Elegance Breakfast at La Vie En Rose.

Salvation Café

Serving up the very best sweet, savoury and healthy breakfasts, Salvation Café is a morning heaven of note. Their extensive menu offers visitors a whole host of different morning entrées, such as a Breakfast Burrito filled with organic sausage, scrambled eggs, spring onion, jalapeno, sour cream, cheese, tomato salsa, guacamole and fresh coriander, or a Garden Wrap stuffed with carrot, beans, cucumber, halloumi, sundried tomato pesto, olives and avocado. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to try out their fantastic French Toast topped with fresh fruit instead. The best day to pay this beautiful courtyard spot a visit has got to be a Saturday when 44 Stanley is at its busiest.

Where: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg.

La Vie En Rose 

The enthralling garden restaurant that is La Vie En Rose is the perfect place to enjoy the best meal of the day in a lovely, laid-back atmosphere. On their menu, you’ll find some sublime options to choose from, ranging from basics like avocado toast and waffle, to more creative dishes like the English Elegance and the September Morn. If you arrive feeling extra peckish, try their Blushing Beauty Sandwich, which is filled with Norwegian smoked salmon, cream cheese, Spanish onion and avocado, or the Rising Star Wrap, which is a vegetarian-friendly option consisting of crispy Moroccan brinjal and Danish feta, dressed with fresh mint, basil, Spanish onions and tangy lime zest. Then, finish off your meal with a plate of their New York Style Baked Cheesecake or French Macarons.

Where: 60 5th Street (Killarney Country Club), Johannesburg.

By Candice May

Know of other great brunch hotspots not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

The Secret Tea Garden

Set in the tranquil gardens of Norscot Manor in the heart of Fourways, The Secret Tea Garden offers you a lovely quiet escape from the malls. It’s a fabulous, affordable venue for a leisurely family breakfast or an afternoon filled with tea and cake. Relax on the beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured garden and distant views while your little ones amuse themselves in the impressive play park, which is guaranteed to give parents a much-needed break over the busy weekend!

Where: 16A Penguin Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Montecasino Bird Garden

If you haven’t yet visited the incredible Montecasino Bird Garden, why not pay the place a visit over the weekend? There are beautiful walkways past countless exotic birds, an impressive cycad garden, a frog room as well as the longest snake in the world… how cool is that? Plus, you’ll also find other unusual mammals like sloths and lemurs in the bird gardens; it’s an outing that’s sure to thrill the whole family! You can even attend a wonderful Flights of Fantasy show any day at 11:00, 13:00 or 15:00.

Where: Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Melt Chocolates

Pretty much everyone likes chocolate, right? And you can trust us when we say that there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix than Melt Chocolates! The family-owned chocolatier offers an extensive variety of chocolates for you to taste and shop, as well as a delightful little cafe. At the cafe you can order up some of the very best chocolate milkshakes and cupcakes that we’ve tasted in Joburg… just be prepared for a sugar rush of note following your visit.

Where: Nicolway Shopping Centre, corner of William Nicol & Wedgewood Link, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Zoo Lake Swimming Pool

Before you stick your nose up at this, hear us out… we know we’re not really in the age of using public pools any more, but Zoo Lake Swimming Pool is beautifully maintained and kept looking fresh at all times. It’s a great place for some family fun or time with your loved one on a warm day; simply grab your costume, pack a picnic basket and you’re ready to go!

Where: Zoo Lake Sports Club, Avonwold Road, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Roast Café

Situated in the leafy Melrose Arch centre, Roast Cafe offer the most drool-worthy cakes along with top-notch coffees. You’ll be able to choose from divine options including roasted coconut, cashew cream, salted peanut butter, red velvet, red velvet and meringue, Bar One Cheesecake, Smarties and rainbow… tempting, isn’t it?

Where: 10A High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg.

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Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, the gorgeous Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens sure is the place to go. One of SA’s eight botanical gardens, you can snack on sarmies beneath the waterfall while watching the Verreaux’s Eagles perched at the top with your binoculars or, you could walk through the breath-taking rocket and fern garden and breathe in some real fresh air. Otherwise, if you prefer, you can organise yourself a guided tour of the gardens.

Where: Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

The Living Room

If your idea of a great weekend goes hand in hand with a great party, then there’s no place to be seen other than The Living Room. The uber-trendy rooftop venue in Maboneng overlooks the fabulous city skyline and feels as if you’re sitting in a nursery, hence its name. Lounge around snacking on tapas and sipping on cocktails as the sun goes down, and then get ready for a real party which is sure to pick up later in the evening.

Where: 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

The Maboneng Precinct

When it comes to Maboneng, we love going on Sundays because this is when the Market on Main comes alive. However, there’s plenty to do in this renewed and vibrant inner-city area that’s brimming with the trendy on any other day. Take in a movie at The Bioscope, tuck into a meal at Grain Restaurant, sip on a cocktail at The Living Room, or even take a swim at the newly-opened Poolside Café.

Where: Corner of Fox & Kruger Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

Hennops Hiking Trail

If nature is your thing, you’ll absolutely love spending your weekend walking in nature on the fantastic Hennops Hiking Trail, which is a short 40 minute drive out of Sandton. There are two main hikes, plus a shorter trail, which is suitable for kids. All trails boast wonderful scenery to soak up, and there’s even a swimming pool to splash in post-hike. The range of landscapes is enough to get the soul stirring... trust us on this!

Where: Hadeda Camp, Pretoria Rural, Pretoria.

Le Sel @ The Cradle

Last on our list, but by no means least, is the relaxed, contemporary eatery that is Le Sel @ The Cradle. Architecturally magnificent with extensive outdoor seating and the most amazing views of the Cradle of Humankind, the restaurant offers diners an experience like no other. Their menu is extensive, offering up everything from wild mushroom risotto and grilled tuna to braised lamb shank and duck confit. And, on Sundays, they have a special set menu for you to indulge in, which also comes highly recommended.

Where: Route T9, Kromdraai Road (R540), Cradle of Humankind.

By Candice May

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.