Where to Eat in Johannesburg

Wed, 6 May 2015
The LeopardThe Leopard

The Leopard, Melville

This modest institution may not look like much on the outside, but it’s on nearly everybody’s must-visit list during a stay in Joburg. Frequented by locals and visitors alike, the leopard has a small, yet comprehensive menu and shabby chic décor. Enjoy Asian-fusion inspired tapas – and be sure to try the quail while you’re there.

  • +27 11 482 9356
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  • 63A, 4th Avenue, Corner of 5th Street
    Johannesburg
    2109

Stella and Luna

4th Avenue in the suburb of Parkhurst is a hub of its own. Stella and Luna is just one of the many restaurants located on this busy street. Small but lively, you can eat al fresco on their Italian menu – the courgette fritters are a must.

  • +27 11 4470669
  • Corner of 12th Street & 4th Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2193

Perron

Known as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Johannesburg, you’ll be lucky to get a table at this place. Bookings are essential at this lively haunt, and despite it being a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny.

  • +27 11 8807296
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  • Illovo Junction, Corner Oxford Road and Corlett Drive
    Illovo, Sandton
    Johannesburg
    2092

The Foundry

Fun and accessible in the strip around ParkTown North, this bistro-type restaurant has a hearty menu, topped with delicious desserts. Good for a quick and easy bite, The Foundry has a fast turnover and accommodates large bookings. Tip: Great for big groups

  • +27 11 447 5828
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  • Shop 7 Parktown Quarter, 3rd Avenue
    Parktown North
    Johannesburg
    2193

Blackanese

If you’re downtown and fancy a spot of sushi, Blackanese offers a tasty fusion of African and Asian cuisine. The restaurant has a ‘Bring Your Own Booze’ policy and if you have some free time, sushi making classes are also available.

  • +27 782109671
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  • Maboneng Precinct, 20 Kruger Street
    City and Suburban, Inner City
    Johannesburg
    2094

Good Luck Club

Attached to Wolves café, the Good Luck Club offers delicious but slightly expensive Asian fusion cuisine. Perfect for a light snack or an easy bite, the twice-fried beef is an absolute must.

The Wolfpack

If you’re looking for a great burger, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Wolfpack. Another great spot located on 4th Avenue Parkhurst, this lively restaurant has a great atmosphere with the sound of VH1 classics playing in the background. Try outdoor dining on their roof terrace.

Cafés

Arbour Café

Located in the suburb of Birdhaven, Arbour Coffee is a quaint coffee shop with a rustic French feel. Its courtyard is welcoming and their carrot cake is exquisite. If you’re having breakfast, go for the wheat pancakes with bacon and brie.

  • +27 875504227
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  • 64 Street Corner of Andrews Road & Wrenrose Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2196

Vovo Telo

What started off as bakery in Port Elizabeth is now a much-celebrated franchise in some of the major cities across the country. Vovo Telo has a rustic charm and an affordable and extensive menu spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Father Coffee

Undoubtedly the coolest roastery in Joburg, Father Coffee is run by the hippest of hipsters. Barry and his impressive beard will make you one of the best cups of coffee, and its location on Juta Street in Braamfontein makes it the perfect place to people watch.

  • +27 825134258
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  • 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein
    Johannesburg
    2001

Love Food

Good for a quick bite, this deli-style café offers affordable, generous portions of a number of freshly made salads. With limited seating, it’s a hotspot for office locals during the lunch-hour rush and good for anyone on the go.

  • 083 602 6511
  • 4 Ameshoff Street, Braamfontein
    Johannesburg
    2010

Wolves

A hangout for the cool-kids of Illovo, this small café is popular with locals looking for a quiet drink after work. You’ll also find a range of small goods made by local designers – from socks to etchings to jewellery. This space also hosts the occasional gig or comedy show.

Burnsides Cafe

Situated just off Jan Smuts avenue, this café has an idyllic setting for lunch and dinner. Everything on the menu is good, and you can take a look around the gallery at your leisure. Breakfast is only available on weekends.

  • +27 11 326 3970
  • 6 Burnside Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2026

Park Cafe

This cute yet hidden little café is located in the small mall of Parktree. Kitsch and colourful, the cakes are great and the coffee is too. The ideal spot for a breakfast meeting.

  • +27 11 447 0250
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  • Wells Street and Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg
    2193

The Leopard

Stella and Luna

Perron

The Foundry

Blackanese

Good Luck Club

The Wolfpack

Arbour Cafe

Vovo Telo

Father Coffee

Love Food

Wolves

Burnsides Cafe

Park Cafe

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