Doppio Zero 

Is your dad a passionate beer lover? Treat him to a 'beertastic' Father's Day feast prepared by Doppio Zero. Their Father's Day menu features an array of beer-inspired dishes sure to make Dad smile from ear to ear. From their tapas selection to mains and even dessert, it's all about beer this Father's Day. Here's what's on offer:

Tapas

Mains

Dessert

How To Order?

Doppio Zero will only be accepting Father's Day orders via their WhatsApp ordering and delivery service. Find your nearest Doppio Zero branch and their WhatsApp contact details here. Please place your order in advance. You can opt to have your order delivered for a fee of R25 within a radius of 5km, or to collect from the restaurant.

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The Victorian Secret 

Is your father more of a gentle soul who loves nothing more than a classic brunch feast? Treat your old man to a delectable sweet or savoury spread prepared by The Victorian Secret. Their Father's Day menu features a number of sweet treats to show Dad just how much you love him, as well as family-style sharing meals. You can also gift your dad with one of their quirky biltong bouquets or a divine cheese platter this Father's Day. Here's an idea of what The Victorian Secret has up their sleeve for you and Dad this Father's Day:

Build Your Own High Tea 

Dads love the gift of choice. Treat your father to his own divine high tea this Father's Day, taking your pick from this yummy selection of sweet and savoury nibbles:

Sweets

Savoury 

How To Order?

Pick your selection of treats and WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929. Delivery on orders under R400 and outside of the Benoni area will be charged at R50. Please place your order before 12:00 on Saturday, 20 June 2020 to receive your delivery on time.

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The Good Food Studio 

Sadly there will be no Father's Day cooking classes happening at The Good Food Studio on Nicol this year. However you can still organise a super Father's Day feast from their kitchen, as they are now offering ordering and collection on a variety of ready-made meals. These family-favourite dishes are not only made with wholesome ingredients, but the love and care that you would likely put into preparing a meal for Dad yourself. If you simply won't have the time or energy this Father's Day to whip up a tasty feast, get in touch with the Good Food Studio to organise a ready-made lunch for the family.

Their Father's Day menu features a delicious selection of sides, salads, breads and dessert. Let the old man whip up a braai of meat to serve alongside this array of snacks and heart-healthy salads:

Sides 

Breads 

Salads 

Desserts 

How To Order?

Father's Day orders must be placed by Thursday, 18 June 2020 before 12:00. Email Annelise at [email protected] to place your order. You will then be able to collect your Father's Day feast from the Good Food Studio on Friday between 10:00 – 15:00 or Saturday between 08:00 – 12:00.

Details: Pick n Pay on Nicol – Good Food Studio, Cnr William Nicol & Republic, Hurlingham, Johannesburg.

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Would you like to treat your dad to dinner and drinks this Father's Day? Check out these restaurants offering order and delivery on takeaway beers, ciders, wine, bubbly and cocktails.

Happy feasting!

Father's Day With A Difference 

How much effort do you usually put into making Father's Day special for your dad? We know that dads can be awkward about receiving gifts and being spoiled, but that's no excuse not to make them feel loved and appreciated on this special day. Dads are often our most unsung heroes, always there to pick us up when life gets us down. Celebrate your dad for the super man he is this Father's Day by organising a few special treats for delivery from The Victorian Secret.

This chic bakery and restaurant, located in Benoni, is one of our ultimate spots for a classy brunch in the city. Of course, due to lockdown regulations, you won't be able to treat Dad to a sit-down breakfast. However, this does not mean that the celebrations shouldn't go ahead as planned. The Victorian Secret now offers delivery and curbside collection on an array of their best pastries, platters and pre-made meals - everything you could possibly need to make this Father's Day the best you've ever pulled off!

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Bouquets And Boards

While we may have to celebrate Father's Day at home or from a distance this year, you can still show Dad just how much you love him with one of The Victorian Secret's specialty bouquets. No, you won't be gifting Dad with pretty peonies, but a fine selection of biltong and droewors instead! These quirky bouquets are sure to put a smile on his face, as you present him with his very own edible gift.

If your dad is a cheese and wine kind of man, order a delectable platter from The Victorian Secret to enjoy before a Father's Day braai. Their assorted cheese board comes with a selection of cold meat, biltong, cheese, preserves, fresh fruit and crackers. Pop open a bottle of his favourite wine and enjoy together.

Afternoon Tea

Do dads participate in afternoon tea rituals? You bet they do! Deck out your dining room table with a scrumptious selection of sweet and savoury treats from The Victorian Secret's high tea menu. We've got our eye on mini boerie rolls, Thai green curry pinwheels, mini filled croissants and berry cheesecake for dessert. You can order as many tidbits as you like from the menu, so whether your dad is a savoury guy or a complete sweet tooth, there should be something to tickle his fancy.

Fancy Dinner

Dad deserves a fine dining dinner to wrap up his day. Rather than spend all day slaving away in the kitchen, spend quality time with your dad while The Victorian Secret whips up your dinner. You can order one of their prepared meals in advance, so you'll be super prepared for Father's Day. We like the sound of the Oxtail Stew served with your choice of rice or garlic mash. Available in small and large portions, this is the perfect winter warmer to spoil Dad with.

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Oxtail Stew - photo sourced from The Victorian Secret on Facebook.

How To Order

Orders on ready-made meals must be placed before 12:00 daily for same day delivery. Cakes, pastries and bakery items must be ordered a day in advance. The Victorian Secret will be taking orders via WhatsApp only. Contact them on 078 975 9929. Please note that deliveries under R400 and outside of Benoni will be charged a delivery fee of R50.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/The-Victorian-Secret-665135663505612/

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/thevictoriansecret/

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected].

Buonissimo Deli Pizza

Pizza night, anyone? Buonissimo Deli Pizza in Modderfontein is back up and running, bringing Italian food lovers their favourite tummy-warming dishes for collection or delivery. Their handcrafted pizza bases are amazing - perfectly matured for a fluffy centre and crisp edges. In level 3 lockdown, their kitchen will be open until 8pm, so you have ample time to order your dinner and set the table for a night in. If you live within 5km, get ordering and show your support for their hardworking staff.

Details: Flamingo Shopping Centre, Cnr Queens St & Valley Rd, Modderfontein | (Tel) 011 608 3077 | [email protected]

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Mythos 

How about a little Mediterranean feast from one of Joburg's top Greek restaurants? Mythos at Bedford Centre is open for collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown. You may place your order by contacting the restaurant directly or via the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Mythos has guaranteed their customers that their kitchens are operating under strict health and safety protocols. They encourage you to avoid visiting their restaurants, however, and to opt for contactless delivery instead to ensure your well-being. Mythos is also offering delivery specials on some of their most popular menu items, including yiros, platters and pizza! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekly specials.

Details: Bedford Square, Cnr Van Der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 615 2271 / 011 517 2349

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Fireroom

While you may not be able to experience the flaming brilliance of Fireroom at home, you can still enjoy their one-of-a-kind dishes in lockdown. Their Bedfordview branch is offering the full Fireroom menu for delivery, including their signature sushi, poke bowls, dim sum, pizzas, pastas and an assortment of fine wines! Fireroom has opted to deliver using their own staff rather than employ a third party service. This not only keeps their staff in a job, but ensures the strictest hygiene standards are kept from their kitchen to your doorstep. Orders will be open between 11:30 - 17:00 daily, so make sure to place yours in good time.

Details: Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 465 0587

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Masala Indian Restaurant 

Need a little extra spice in your life? Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg is open for deliveries during level 3 lockdown. One of our resident foodie writers swears by their Paneer Palak and Butter Naan for cold winter nights in. Pair it with a bottle of Chardonnay from Masala's wine menu and you'll be set for the perfect night in. You can order directly from the restaurant or via the Mr Delivery app. Delivery within a 6km radius is free.

Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]

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The Victorian Secret 

We all need a sweet treat every now and then. Thankfully, The Victorian Secret in Benoni is open for delivery of their scrumptious bakery delights and select menu items. If you've never tried their macarons before, now's the time to do so. Available in an assortment of flavours, these moreish morsels are simply divine. You can also order custom birthday cakes and high tea kits to celebrate special occasions at home. Bakery items must be ordered a day in advance, while prepared meals should be ordered before 12 noon for same day delivery. Delivery is free around the Benoni area on orders over R400. If you live outside of the area, delivery will cost you R50, but it'll be worth the extra spend, trust us.

Details: 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929 | [email protected]

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For those of you who don't live in the East but are dying for restaurant food, check out these eateries delivering across the city. 

The Secret Garden

Tucked away at Uncle Tim's centre, The Secret Garden is an eatery offering vegan, vegetarian and meat options. Shrouded by green shrubbery, a kaleidoscope of flowers and delicate water features, this is a must-visit garden restaurant. The menu features a range of savoury waffles, platters and breakfasts that are customised to your diet.

Top pick: The Breakfast Waffle, topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu for vegans; egg, mushroom and welsh rarebit for vegetarians and bacon, eggs and welsh rarebit for omnivores.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected] | Facebook

Shed & Silo

Located on the outskirts of Benoni, Shed & Silo offers country-style dining made with love. This eatery promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce, ensuring you get the freshest ingredients. While surrounded by the farmlands, you can indulge in country fresh breakfasts, cakes and a harvest table.

Top pick: Shed & Silo's cakes are a definite must-try. Try the decadent Red Velvet cake or the Chocolate Top Deck Cheesecake.

Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | www.theshednsilo.co.za

Little Belgium

In the mood for some delicious waffles? Then head to Little Belgium at Flamingo's Nest Boutique Hotel in Rynfield. This eatery has a waffle for every palate, from indulgent sweet to gourmet savoury pastries. With plenty of space for the kids to play, this is the perfect spot for an outing with the family.

Top pick: The Chocolate Brownie - a golden waffle topped with a rich dark chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and ruby-red strawberries.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove and Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | littlebelgium.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is the ideal spot for delicate dining, whether it be brunch or a high tea. Dine like royalty, surrounded by magnificent trees, flower beds and Victorian-style architecture. With a bakery and a tea garden onsite, you'll be spoiled for choice. Diners can tantalise their taste buds with a range of elegant breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and exquisite baked delights.

Top pick: The Victorian Secret is famed for their macarons. The raspberry and granadilla options are delicate, light and chewy while packing a flavour punch.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn Street, corner Russel Street, Benoni | | thevictoriansecret.co.za

The Vegan Chef

The Vegan Chef is one of the many great vegan restaurants in the East. Offering a range of wholesome, hearty and delicious vegan soul food, this restaurant is a must for anyone interested in a plant-based diet. Hidden away at the Green Thumb nursery, this is a great spot to bring the family (including those with four legs) for a yummy day out.

Top pick: It's difficult to choose a favourite between the Southern Fried Chickn and the Sticky Wings. But, why compromise? Get both and a selection of other tasty treats with a generous platter.

Contact details: 072 117 8550 | 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | theveganchef.co.za

Nikos

What's better on a warm afternoon than expertly crafted Greek food? If this sounds good, then head to Nikos to dine on your fill of tasty and satisfying Greek delicacies on their deck. Serving up a range of mezes, traditional dips, souvlaki, yiros and sweet treats, this is one restaurant you won't leave hungry.

Top pick: We are obsessed with their yiros! Whether you choose your flat bread stuffed with halloumi, falafels, chicken, beef, lamb or pork, you won't be disappointed.

Contact details: 061 524 6946 | Oakfields Shopping Centre, Corner Oak Street and Hanekam Street, Northmead | [email protected] | nikosgreek.co.za

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Del Forno

Craving traditional Italian fare? Then Del Forno is the place for you. Located at Farramere Shopping Centre, this spot offers delectable pastas and mouthwatering pizzas. And what's more, they welcome your furry friends. Offering a wide array of Mediterranean meals, this eatery is your go-to for hearty dining.

Top pick: There is nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta. And Del Forno's Red Pepper Pesto sauce poured over fettuccine with creamy spinach, mushroom, sundried tomato, cherry tomato and halloumi bits does not disappoint.

Contact details: 011 849 5811 | Farrarmere Shopping Centre, 20 Sheridan Road, corner Bayley Road, Farrarmere | [email protected] | www.delforno.co.za

Lemongrass

Have you ever tried Dutch-Indonesian cuisine before? Well, now is your chance to try this unusual combination. Lemongrass's menu expertly combines these two cuisines with the flavours and meals familiar to a South African palate, crafting delectable pastas, pancakes, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Top pick: The 9-Dish Rijstafel is a fan favourite, offering diners the chance to explore nine different dishes with unique flavours.

Contact details: 086 610 2380 | 38 Russel Street, Western Extension, Benoni | | lemongrass.co.za

Have you been to any of these restaurants? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below!

Where To Eat?

The Vegan Chef

The latest offering to take the vegan world by storm, The Vegan Chef has recently opened up shop at the Green Thumb nursery in Benoni. Offering everything from Southern Fried Chikn and Sticky Ribs to Waffles On A Stick and Doughnuts, this is vegan food for the soul. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about and feel free to bring along your pooches for a day out in the lush gardens of the nursery.

Contact details: 082 606 6836 | Green Thumb Nursery, 152 President Brand Street, Benoni | [email protected] | https://theveganchef.co.za/

Little Belgium

If sweet Belgium delicacies are more your thing, then make sure you stop by Little Belgium during your tour of Benoni. Serving both sweet and savoury treats, this waffle house and bakery is the perfect outing for the whole family. We're suckers for the Black Forest Gourmet Waffle. Topped with wild berry sauce, chocolate shavings and cherries, this ticks all the boxes.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | littlebelgium.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret is our go-to for light brunch, delicate high tea and perfectly baked sweet treats. Visit early in the morning and relax in the picturesque gardens while indulging in The Queen Victoria - two poached eggs, bacon, rocket, grilled tomato, crisp rosti and creamy hollandaise sauce. Before you leave, pick up some of their famed macarons. Available in a rainbow of flavours, these soft and crumbly treats are totally worth it.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | [email protected] | thevictoriansecret.co.za

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Little Belgium: Black Forest Waffle

Where To Shop?

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni is a must-visit for any antique collector, crafter or hobbyist. Housed in historical buildings, this centre first opened their doors in 1993. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength and is now home to a wide variety of shops selling antique collectibles, trinkets, books, art, furniture, vinyl records and giftware. Visit their Carboot Sale or Antique & Collectors market and spend hours browsing through the hidden treasures.

Contact details: 010 590 8003 | 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni | [email protected] | uncletims.co.za

Victoria Avenue

Speaking of hidden treasures, there is no better place to find all your antiques, collectibles and trinkets than the avenues of Benoni just south of Farrarmere. Along the lanes of Victoria Avenue, Woburn Avenue, Russel Street and Howard Avenue, you'll find a plethora of artsy shops and restaurants. Selling everything from timepieces and novelty ornaments to art and craft supplies and artisan goods, these charming streets offer quite the adventure.

East Rand Crafters Market

Spend a day shopping up a storm with the kids in tow at the East Rand Crafters Market. Offering everything from monthly markets to themed annual events, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Shop for all your preserves, plants, fashion accessories, jewellery, kitchen accessories, wind chimes and beauty products while your kids have a blast with the inflatables, face painting and other activities.

Contact details: 49 Aerodrome Dr, Benoni | www.eastrandcraftersmarket.co.za

Uncle Tim's Centre

Uncle Tim's Centre

Where To Play?

Benoni Country Club

For sports enthusiasts, there is no better thrill than a day out at Benoni Country Club. Here, you can play a round of golf, indulge in the full driving range, try a game of bowling, take a shot at tennis or squash or join the running club. Other than the sport facilities, the club also has a gym, conference facilities, a full bar, a pizza oven, a restaurant, a pro shop and a car wash. If this isn't sporting entertainment at its best, we don't know what is.

Contact details: 011 849 8821 | Morris Avenue, Morehill, Benoni | [email protected] | www.benonicc.co.za

Cat Village 

If you're an animal lover, then Benoni is about to become your second home. Cat Village is a non-profit pro-life organisation in Northmead offering a home to 1000 felines. They provide shelter, food and care to homeless, neglected and abandoned cats. If you'd like to visit these adorable kitties, you can do so by volunteering at the shelter. Alternatively, head to any of their pawsome events.

Contact details: 083 668 8595 | [email protected] | catvillage.org.za

Highveld Honey Farms

One of the largest honey producers in South Africa, Highveld Honey Farms was established in the 1960s. Running 8000 beehives, this farm is your go-to for all things honey. Visitors can stock up on a wide range of honey products at their onsite shop while learning all about the process of cultivating this sweet nectar. They also offer all the bee keeping equipment you could ever need, from hive kits to protective clothing.

Contact details: 011 849 1990 | Plot 185, Uys St, Rynfield Agricultural Holdings, Benoni | [email protected] | highveldhoney.co.za

Benoni Country Club

Benoni Country Club

Want more? Then check out our secret gems of Benoni article.

Do you know of any other must-visit spots in Benoni? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is tucked away at Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and water features, this spot is the ultimate garden to dine like royalty. With meals catering to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters, there is something here for every palate. In fact, almost all the menu choices are available in both vegan and meat options. Our top choice for brunch would be the Breakfast Waffle. Vegans can enjoy their savoury waffle topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu scramble, vegetarians get their waffle topped with an egg, mushrooms and welsh rarebit and meat eaters can indulge in a waffle complete with eggs, bacon and welsh rarebit.

Contact details: 083 299 2160 | 40 High Road, Benoni | [email protected] | Facebook

Little Belgium

What better way to enjoy a late morning brunch than with a plate of fluffy waffles? Luckily, Benoni is home to a waffle haven. Little Belgium, located at Flamingo's Nest Boutique Hotel, offers generous checkered goodness straight out of Belgium. Offering a selection of breakfast, savoury and sweet waffles, there is no better place to indulge come brunch time. While the adventurous may opt for the Sergeant Benedict or a Butter Chicken Waffle, we're suckers for the classic sweet waffle. Available in six variants, there's something to satisfy any sweet tooth. Complete with a lush garden and play area for the kids, this is the perfect spot to treat the family this summer.

Contact details: 066 291 7996 | Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | [email protected] | https://littlebelgium.co.za/

The Victorian Secret

For Victorian-style brunch elegance, head to The Victorian Secret on Woburn Street. Complete with giant trees, stark white window panes and an exquisite tea garden, this restaurant and bakery is worthy of a queen. Spoil a loved one with a delicate lunch under the shade of the luscious trees. The menu features an array of breakfasts, light meals and gourmet sandwiches perfect for brunch dining. We recommend none other than the Queen Victoria. Two poached eggs are served with bacon, rocket and grilled tomato on a crisp rosti, topped with creamy hollandaise sauce. Pair this with one of their fine teas for the perfect brunch.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn Street, Corner Russel Street, Benoni | [email protected] | http://thevictoriansecret.co.za/

Shed & Silo

Experience country-style dining like never before at Shed & Silo. This farm-style restaurant promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce. This not only helps the environment, but ensures the food on your plate is as healthy and fresh as can be. If you're unsure of what to try on your first visit, you can't go wrong with the Eggs Benedict. Olive ciabatta is topped with crispy bacon, perfectly cooked eggs and creamy hollandaise. This dish is finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a garnish of micro herbs. Brunch doesn't get any better than this, especially when paired with a perfectly brewed cup of hot coffee.

Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | https://www.theshednsilo.co.za/

Café Bellini

Looking for the ultimate brunch spot for a group of friends or family? Then head to Café Bellini. Winding walkways, green shrubbery and magnificent garden decor sets the scene for a brunch like no other. With their wide array of breakfast, sandwich, wrap and light meal choices, you'll have trouble deciding on what to order. Our choice would be between the Breakfast Cup - two toast cups filled with poached eggs, bacon and grilled tomato - and the Cypriota Open Sandwich - fried halloumi, avocado and sweet chilli sauce on a choice of white, brown, rye or low GI bread. Throw in a Greek-style Café Frappé and you're set for the day.

Contact details: 063 967 9653 | 204 Elston Ave, Benoni | [email protected] | https://www.cafebellini.co.za/

The Social House

Treat yourself to a mouthwatering brunch at The Social House. Offering family-style dining in a cosy environment, there is no better place to enjoy beautifully plated meals in the late morning to early afternoon. While their menu features many yummy choices, who could resist a filling Breakfast Burrito? Stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage and tomato and onion relish, we couldn't. Vegetarians have the option of replacing the chorizo with mushroom for a meat-free alternative. If that isn't your cup of tea, try the Quiche (also available in a crustless option for the carb-conscious) of the day, served with a crunchy side salad.

Contact details: 011 425 2566 | 49 O' Reilly Merry Street, Rynfield, 1501 Benoni | [email protected] | http://socialhousecafe.co.za/

Do you know of any other tasty brunch spots in Benoni? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Cafe Bellini

As an introduction to the hidden gems of Benoni, head out to Cafe Bellini. This quaint restaurant serves up delicious, hearty breakfasts, generous lunches and some of the best cake and pastries in the suburb. Think caramel fudge popcorn cake, baked cheesecake with blueberry couli and mini baklava rolls. Cafe Bellini is available for small private functions, including afternoon teas and birthday parties. With their beautiful rose garden outside and wrap around Victorian-style porch, this is Benoni at its very best. The restaurant also offers a walk-through gift section with unique, up-market decor accessories and jewellery, so stop by as soon as you can.

Details: 204 Elston Avenue, Western Extension, Benoni, Gauteng | 063 967 9653 or 082 708 0555 | [email protected]

The Victorian Secret 

For the finest French macarons in Benoni, visit The Victorian Secret. This side street patisserie is housed within a renovated Victorian home, giving it ample charm and character. We recommend taking a seat outdoors underneath their expansive, shady trees. The furniture is quintessentially Victorian too, with bright white lacy accents all around. TVS has set high tea and breakfast menus, featuring their most delightful cakes, pastries and savoury nibbles. However, you are welcome to pop by unannounced for a spot of tea, a lovely brunch or a variety of sweet treats.

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 420 1912 | [email protected].

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The Secret Garden

Benoni sure does have a lot of secrets up its sleeve. For a vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining experience, visit The Secret Garden at Uncle Tim's Centre. Almost every menu item here has a suitable vegetarian or vegan alternative. So, while your meat loving friends tuck into a traditional English breakfast, you can enjoy a potato cake with tofu scramble, set on a bed of spinach, with sauteed tomato, mushrooms, spicy beans and a Fry's vegan sausage! Set in a lovely garden complete with water fountain and an abundance of plant life. The Secret Garden grow their own veggies too, so you can dine assured that the spinach on your plate has been plucked directly from the garden beds next to you.

Details: 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 083 299 2160 | [email protected]

Uncle Tim's Centre

If you love all things Victorian, then Benoni is the place for you to eat, shop and admire. Uncle Tim's Centre is a Victorian treasure chest of antiques housed in a collection of historical buildings in Benoni. Take a peek into Uncle Tim's Cabin, a five-roomed antiques and collectibles store. The old farmhouse plays host to 20 other shops, each selling something unique. From patchwork and embroidery to second hand books and vinyl, bespoke jewellery and an on-site art gallery, Uncle Tim's is a retail wonderland. The pinnacle of hidden gems in Benoni, Uncle Tim's regularly hosts markets and fairs, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Details: 40 High Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 010-590-8003 | [email protected]

Shed & Silo 

Everyone needs a break from the drudge of city life. Take a journey out into the tranquil avenues of Benoni to visit Shed & Silo, a country-style cafe famous for its Eggs Benedict and Chocolate Mousse Cake. There is a large patio area which overlooks lush farmland and the restaurant's vegetable gardens. It's the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cuppa. However, the interior decor of the restaurant is delightfully pretty as well, with glass cabinets, wood accents and hanging flower baskets. Retreat inside on a chilly day to enjoy a warming drink and some of the best gourmet cake Benoni has to offer.

Details: 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni, Gauteng | 063 294 6157 | [email protected]

Little Belgium

What's more satisfying than a crunchy, sweet waffle? A savoury one perhaps? Little Belgium is one of the newest additions to the hidden gems of Benoni list. Located at Flamingo's Nest Hotel, this is a family-friendly waffle house with a difference. Their take on the classic waffle is inspired, serving Thai Vegetable Curry, Butter Chicken and Beef Tagliatta Waffles! If you are a stickler for tradition, their menu also features all the good old classics. Kids can have a blast playing on the jungle gyms overlooking the lagoon outside, while you tuck into a thick, creamy milkshake. There is also a dedicated kiddies menu, so all can enjoy a tasty meal.

Details: Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel, Corner Dove & Boundary Road, Rynfield, Benoni AH | 082 886 3996 | [email protected]

Korsman Bird Sanctuary 

The Korsman Bird Sanctuary is located within the boomed residential Westdene suburb of Benoni. However, it is open to visitors, offering the best urban bird watching experience in the East Rand. There are a number of watch points to sit and admire the natural beauty around you, as well as 2.5km walking and cycling trails. There is also ample space on the perimeter of the sanctuary to enjoy a family picnic on the grass. Dogs are welcome too, so long as they are leashed and well behaved. It is free to view the park from the outside, so come out for a bit of fresh air in the heart of hidden Benoni.

Details: The Dr, Westdene, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 421 7418 / 082 690 2832 | [email protected] 

Benoni Monkey and Bird Park 

If you want to get up and close with some wildlife, then bring the family to the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park. Home to an array of exotic species of monkey, bird and rabbit, this sanctuary is ideal for a day out with the kids. There is an adjoining tea garden and play centre, so you can relax while the kiddies muck about. Children are welcome to interact with the animals, so long as they are considerate and gentle. This is a great kids party venue too, with catering options available from the restaurant.

Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]

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Sibikwa Arts Centre 

The Sibikwa Arts Centre is one of Benoni's truest hidden gems. Working in community theatre for over 30 years, this arts centre plays a vital role in children's education and vocational training. The centre also happens to host some of the coolest jazz concerts, heritage festivals and theatre showcases in Benoni. Come and jive along to the sweet sounds of music here, or get involved in the community work. Kids can join the Saturday Arts Academy to hone their dance, singing and acting skills. Helping the youth become the very best versions of themselves through the practice of discipline and art, the Sibikwa Arts Centre is a must-visit gem.

Details: 13 Corner Bolton & Liverpool Road, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 422 4359 | [email protected]

Pug Rescue SA

Finally, we have the most adorable and worthwhile hidden gem to visit in Benoni. Pug Rescue SA calls this suburb their home, offering animal rescue services and special fund-raising events for abandoned and injured pugs and cross breeds. Come and spend some time with these sweet rescues, who will gladly thank you with a snort, lick and wag of the tail. You never know, you may just find a new addition to your family here.

Pug Rescue is hosting their final 'Spoil a Pug' event this December. Join them for a much-needed spoil session where you can walk a pug or give them a friendly belly rub at a doggie 'pool party'. All you need to bring along with you is a donation of R20 per person, or a can of Husky with gravy for these lovable rescues. The event takes place on Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 08:00 and 10:00.

Details: 80/1 Nielsen Road Benoni North Argicultural Holdings, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 508 0384 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other hidden gems in Benoni? Let us know about them! 

Shed & Silo

The Shed & Silo Country Cafe offers that classic East Rand simplicity in their scrumptious breakfast menu. The restaurant is situated on a farmstead in Benoni, so there is an added air of tranquility with every meal. Try the Eggs Benedict - served with crispy farm style bacon, olive ciabatta toast, sprinkled with black sesame seeds and topped with sweet micro herbs. Once you have gobbled up all of that goodness, take a saunter over to their cake display. These are some of the best cakes in the east, so make sure to take a slice home or treat yourself to an after breakfast dessert.

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The Bread Basket 

The Bread Basket at Greenstone Mall serves up traditional breakfasts with a Mediterranean twist. Plus, their bread and cookies are to die for, so you might as well pay them a visit. Their standout breakfast is the Banana and Peanut Butter French Toast Croissant which is served with vanilla ice cream. Not particularly nutritious, but this is perfect for when you need a little sweetening up on a Saturday morning. The Bread Basket also offers weekend breakfast specials featuring all the greats; bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, chips, toast and two eggs. Paired with one of their gourmet flavoured coffees, this is as good as breakfast gets in the East Rand.

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Little Belgium

Little Belgium is the new kid on the breakfast block, but don't let that deter you from experiencing their ingenious take on the timeless waffle. This trendy waffle house just opened in October 2019 at Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel in Benoni. All their meals are made fresh and can be adapted to suit your dietary needs. There are four breakfast waffle options, but our top pick is the healthy Yogi. A crispy waffle stack, drizzled with golden syrup, topped with Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit of the day. If you want something more substantial, try their Beef Tagliattan waffle - wild rocket, topped with caramelised red onion, rare grilled sirloin, balsamic reduction and crumbed feta cheese, served on a crispy waffle base and garnished with micro greens!

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The Red Door Cafe

The Red Door Cafe in Edenvale is the ideal spot for hipster-inspired breakfast grub, serving up Ferrero Rocher croissants, Nutella cruffins and Cornflake crusted french toast with cream cheese and fig jam confections. The Red Door is also Edenvale's dedicated Paleo and Banting-friendly eatery. Their seasonal Paleo menu features a delightful breakfast bowl comprised of sweet potato wedges, red onion, spinach, bacon, hash browns, avocado and a poached egg. So, the next time you are hungry for a healthy, yet flavourful brekkie, take a journey to the east.

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La Tazzina

Another Edenvale favourite is La Tazzina. This Alice In Wonderland themed cafe is well hidden, but well worth the hunt to find it. Their adorable garden makes the perfect setting for a slow breakfast with friends or family. While they are mostly famous for their cakes and pastries, this quiet cafe also serves up a mean Mediterranean breakfast with your choice of Italian coffee. We love La Tazzina's omelette options, which range from basic three egg and cheese, to the Popeye - an omelette filled with spinach, feta and mushrooms! However, our favourite is the La Tazzina open omelette - topped with mozzarella, bocconcini, rosa tomatoes and homemade pesto. It is breakfast perfection.

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Cafe Billi Bi

For a classy breakfast experience in the east, visit Cafe Billi Bi at Stoneridge Mall. This is the place where all the cool kids hang out, with breakfast aficionados travelling from far to sample Billi Bi's fare. It is also dog-friendly, so bring your best furry friend along. Their salmon and asparagus Eggs Benedict is almost too picture perfect to eat, with slivers of smokey salmon and parma harm perched elegantly atop a poached egg, fresh asparagus and rye toast. Dressed in a Hollandaise sauce, this is early morning fine dining fit for a king. Cafe Billi Bi is famed for their premium roast coffee, too. Sit back, relax and enjoy the simple life while sipping on your favourite brew. The view from the restaurant is quite impressive, so bring your selfie sticks along!

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The Victorian Secret 

Benoni truly seems to be the east's representative for awesome breakfast and unique dining experiences. Take a trip to The Victorian Secret as soon as you can for a great breakfast treat. Set inside a renovated Victorian-style home, TVS is one of Joburg's finest patisseries. Their set breakfast menu includes a starter of homemade granola served with fresh seasonal fruit and yoghurt, accompanied by bottomless filter coffee and tea or one jug of freshly squeezed fruit juice to share between six people. Next up, there is a buffet of fluffy scrambled egg, bacon, mushrooms, cocktail tomatoes and freshly baked croissants. And if that wasn’t enough to delight you, tuck into a sweet platter filled with assorted bakery delights.

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Harpers Restaurant

Harpers Restaurant at Eastgate Mall is a long-standing favourite with residents of the east. Their breakfast menu is varied and generous, offering everything from healthy granola, to full Farmhouse spreads. There is the traditional English breakfast for when you're mighty hungry - fried or poached eggs, bacon, beef sausages, grilled tomato, large brown mushroom and grilled onion, served with toast and preserves. Harpers also caters for vegetarians with meat-free French toast, Spanish style eggs and fried brinjal, mushroom, spinach and grilled cherry tomatoes on toast. Sample their selection of herbal Twinnings teas with a macaron or gingerbread man for breakfast pudding.

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George's Bread & Co. 

George's Bread & Co. recently won the Best of Ekhuruleni award for Best Bakery, Best Coffee Shop, Best New Restaurant and Best Bakery with Cafe. If that wasn't reason enough to get you to travel to Boksburg, then come and indulge in their array of breakfast pastries. Apple and Custard Danishes, Chelsea Buns and Muffins greet you at the cafe counter. George's cafe haven't skimped on the tea and coffee either. We recommend the Dirty Chai Latte - a shot of espresso muddled with Chai spices and topped with frothed milk or cream. Don't forget to pick up a loaf of their 100% Sourdough bread or a pastry to take home.

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BemBom 

Finally, we have BemBom - an authentic Portuguese coffee shop, bakery and cafe. Their slogan "The Sweet Taste of Portugal" is apt, as their menu features a great selection of Porto-Mediterranean dishes. They are also one of the most reasonable breakfast spots in the East Rand, with branches in Bedfordview, Meadowdale and Benoni. For something a little outside of the breakfast box, try the Papas de Milho Amarelo - freshly cooked polenta with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and a poached egg, topped with grated Parmesan cheese. It's porridge with a difference!

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Do you know of any other great breakfast spots in the East Rand? Let us know about them! 

The Best Of Ekurhuleni is a reader's choice award granted to businesses around the East Rand. According to the organisation, "The Best of Ekurhuleni Reader’s Choice Awards were established to inspire the residents of Ekurhuleni to celebrate the best of the best and inspire growth and prosperity in local business and organizations."

These awards are a great way for locals to learn more about their surroundings and to explore the best Ekurhuleni has to offer. While we can't mention all the award winners, we will discuss some of our favourites of the worthy winners.

George's Bread & Co.

Offering an assortment of delectable baked goods, treats and confectionery, George's is probably one of our favourite bakeries in Gauteng. We are nothing short of in love with the soft and airy Red Velvet Cupcakes, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and perfect Cheesecake. It seems every time we pop by they have something new to make our mouths water. As such, it is no surprise that they take home the awards for not one, but six categories. These include Best Coffee Shop, Best Bakery, Best Pies, Best Place For Party Platters, Best Bakery With Café and joint Best New Restaurant.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 | Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand and Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected] | https://gbco.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

Tucked away in Benoni lies a beautiful Victorian house adorned with rose arches, crisp white window panes and a giant oak tree. This home has been renovated into one of the best bakeries in the East. In fact, according to Best Of Ekurhuleni, they are the Best Tea Garden. After sampling their delightful brunch, high tea and confectionery, we couldn't agree more. Spend a breezy summer afternoon lounging under a shady tree while indulging in a perfectly baked macaron. We recommend the granadilla or raspberry, but those more daring can opt for the salty sweet bacon treat.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni | [email protected] | http://thevictoriansecret.co.za/

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall is the proud winner of Best Shopping Mall. Situated in Boksburg, this mall is home to several other winners, including Best Clothing Store For Him (Edgars) and Best Accessories (Lovisa). Featuring 180 retailers, restaurants and entertainment hubs, this mall has been the go-to for East Randers since 1992. Recently renovated, this mall now has even more parking space and a more modernised feel.

Contact details: 011 823 1110 | Bental Rd, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected]https://www.eastrandmall.co.za

Green Craft Bar

This bar meets pub, located in Modderfontein and Benoni, has won two awards in this year's Best Of Ekurhuleni. They take home the prestigious title of Best Craft Beer Pub. With nine beers on tap, 17 largers, 21 ales and a range of other suds on offer, we are not surprised. They also have a pretty good gin list, which is why they also took the Best Craft Gin Bar title. While sampling their bitter beer and ample gin, make sure to try the Green Pizza or Peanut Butter Burger. They may sound weird, but they're worth a taste.

Contact details: Modderfontein - 082 446 3768 | Modderfontein Country Club, 1 Centenary Rd, Modderfontein, Johannesburg ; Benoni - 084 603 0609 | Benoni Country Club, Morris St, Morehill, Benoni | https://www.thegreen.co.za

The Green Craft Bar

The Green Craft Bar

Birchwood Hotel

Another multi-award winner, Birchwood Hotel takes home Best Local Hotel, Best Venue For Private Functions and Best Hire Venue/ Conference Centre. This hotel, located just 10 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport, boasts 665 rooms of varying sizes, four onsite restaurants and over 60 conference venues. Set in a picturesque lush garden, this hotel meets all your needs, whether it be luxurious accommodation, the perfect wedding venue or a night of fine dining in the city.

Contact details: 011 897 0000 | Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | https://www.birchwoodhotel.co.za | [email protected]

Emperors Palace

Winner for Best Venue For International And Local Artists To Perform, Best Entertainment Destination For Parties And A Night Out, Best Casino and Best Place To Take Out-Of-Towners is none other than Emperors Palace. This casino and entertainment area offers all the traditional casino games as well as several hotels, theatres and cinemas; conference venues; restaurants; spas and shops. The Palace Of Dreams is your one stop destination for all your entertainment needs.

Contact details: 011 928 1000 | 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg | https://www.emperorspalace.com/

Birchwood Hotel

Birchwood Hotel

If you would like to see the rest of the winners, click here. For more information about these awards and to stay up to date with the latest news and events, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or contact them on 011 916 5416.

Who's your favourite Best Of Ekurhuleni winner? Let us know in the comments section below!

When you think of Benoni, what comes to mind? We are almost 100% sure that it's not a Victorian-style home, renovated into one of Joburg's finest patisseries. However, don't let the location of this delightful cake shop and cafe deter you from paying them a visit. The Victorian Secret is all about whimsy - from the brick facade, to the magical rose garden and, of course, the delicately crafted pastries. It's the perfect place to host an Alice in Wonderland themed high tea or birthday party.

Victorian Essence

From the street, you are greeted by a magnificent oak tree and shady tables. Sit outside on a sunny day to catch the breeze. The decor and features, from the classic window panes to the white tables and chairs, pay homage to a bygone era. If you have ever wanted to step back in time, this is the place to do so. The only thing missing from this scene is a frilly parasol and top hat. (We dare you to dress up in Victorian regalia on your first visit, just for the fun of it!)

The Victorian Secret

Artisans And Sugar Masters

The Victorian Secret's kitchen is steered by culinary captains, Chef Marike and Head Chef, Sarah. These two ladies are the masterminds behind all of The Victorian Secret's artisan, hand-crafted pastries, cakes, cookies and breads. In keeping with the times, TVS offers gluten-free, Banting, vegetarian and Halaal options. Have their expert bakers craft your perfect wedding, birthday or graduation cake. They can even whip up an impressive sugar-spun French croquembouche, decorated with pretty edible flowers. These light choux pastry puffs, filled with your choice of flavoured creme patissiere, make the perfect showstopper dessert.

If you try only one sweet treat from The Victorian Secret, we recommend a brightly coloured macaron. While these classic French meringues have popped up all over Joburg in recent years, TVS is one of the few patisseries who know how to make them just right. Paired with a strong cup of tea, a macaron is the ideal afternoon indulgence.

Traditional High Tea

Speaking of tea, The Victorian Secret serves up a savoury meets sweet afternoon tea for groups of up to 20 guests. Playing on the traditional 19th Century high tea pioneered by the Duchess of Bedford, with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, flavoured teas and even Victorian crockery. For only *R200 a head, this high tea is one of the most affordable you can find in the city. That is not to take anything away from the quality of the menu. The Victorian Secret serves up high tea just as good as any patisserie in Joburg North, so keep them in mind for when you feel the need to fight off the afternoon slump.

Breakfast Elegance

If high tea isn't your cup of tea, then take a peek into The Victorian Secret's set breakfast menu. A starter of homemade granola served with fresh seasonal fruit and yoghurt, accompanied by bottomless filter coffee and tea or one jug of freshly squeezed fruit juice to share between six people. Mains offer you fluffy scrambled egg, bacon, mushroom, cocktail tomatoes and a freshly baked croissant. If that wasn't enough to fill your belly, then tuck into a sweet platter filled with assorted bakery delights! You have never had breakfast this good, we guarantee.

The Victorian Secret

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, to order a birthday cake or book your high tea.

You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/The-Victorian-Secret-665135663505612/

Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/thevictoriansecret/

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | 011 420 1912 | [email protected].

What Is It?

The Victorian Secret invite you to their second Gin & Macaron Pairing afternoon this November. After the success of the first event, they decided to bring you another. But, this time you can expect even more French-inspired macaron perfection and fun. Come and sample some of the Victorian Secret’s famous macarons paired with the finest local gins. You will receive four pairings per person, as well as delicious food and pastries up for sale.  

Tickets are limited, so be sure to book ASAP!

When Is It?

Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 14:00-20:00.

Where Is It?

The Victorian Secret, Cnr Woburn and Russel Street, Benoni, Gauteng. 

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R250 per person. Book yours by contacting TVS on 011 420 1912 or via email at [email protected]

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/thevictoriansecretbenoni

Instagram - instagram.com/the_victorian_secret