A Bite in Every Suburb

This is part two of my beginners guide to Joburg. This time we'll have a look at some of my favourite restaurants or food spots in the major suburbs throughout the city.


If you're looking for an action plan on where to explore, or know the area well but could just do with some recommendations, here's a short list of some suburbs with some classic spots for you to try!


Braamfontein: EAT YOUR HEART OUT

We loved stumbling upon this place after a walk through the market. They make a sensational chicken shawarma and have an great breakfast menu too. Make sure to check out some of the the cool products they sell. I particularly loved this tap water bottle by Love Jozi

Details on location available here.


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Bedfordview: Yamitsuki Sushi Bar

I swear to goodness I get cravings just thinking about this place. Alex and I have still not found a better sushi spot in the city. Nestled in Bedfordview main restaurant avenue, this place is a well known local gem - so make sure to book as it can get really busy. Price range is average to high. I never think sushi is a cheap meal but Yamitsuki is certainly better priced and better quality than other sushi spots around Sandton etc.

Details on location available here.

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Craighall: Dolci Cafe

Date night? You just found the perfect spot. An Italian restaurant and cafe that always feels like a cosy extension of home. Only difference is the decor's a little nicer and you have the most phenomenal wait staff ready to make your evening feel super special. They also have one of the better wine selections in the city - and, coming from a wine family, you know that must be good.

Details on location available here.


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Illovo: Parea Greek Tavern

Cliché greek decor, no frills food and a great reputation for keeping customers satisfied? That's Parea for you. Nestled in the heart of Illovo Junction, this little spot is always abuzz and always worth it. I'm already a sucker for good souvlaki but add in live greek dancers and plate smashing on a Friday night? SOLD.

Plus it's a great starting spot for a night out as it's walking distance from all the usuals; 86 Public, Hogshead and Babylon!

Details on location available here.


Sandton: Tashas Sandton City

I know this is in a mall - don't @ me. If you think navigating Joburg is difficult then try making sense of the Shopping maze that is Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. Tasha's is the perfect stop to meet gal pals for brunch or when your feet have gotten sore and your hangry-ness has set in and you need somewhere to park your partner and all your shopping bags. The decor is phenomenal (especially the flamingo room), the portions are huge and the coffee options are plentiful.

Details on location available here.


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Linden: People's Republic of Noodles (PRON)


"Hey Siri, can one ever eat too many dumplings?" Well, at PRON, the limit does not exist. Think cosy evenings spent sharing small pots of steaming dumplings and noodles with friends. The owner is so sweet and will encourage you to over eat with the same enthusiasm as your grandmum on Christmas Eve. Make sure to book, it gets pretty busy over weekends!

Details on location available here.


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Melville: The Whippet Coffee

I love food and I love Melville. But BOY do I love the food in Melville. This is the quintessential coffee house with delicious food and a perfect setting for your Saturday Morning - Insta Stories. So cute!

Details on location available here.


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Parkhurst: Kolonaki Greek Kouzina

Perfect for date night or a good greek meal with friends. Excellent service, top wines and delicious food. There's a reason why it's everyone's favourite so make sure to call ahead! The owners have really mastered the semi-outdoor mediterranean experience, so if you enjoy Kolanaki, make sure to check out Modena (Their Italian restaurant which is just further down the road).

Details on Kolonaki's location available here.

Details on Modena's location available here.


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Parkmore: Banchan

I'll do a more detailed post on this at a later stage but, in the meantime, make sure you go! We started coming to this place back in early 2018, before they had a liquor license or a sign out on the street. We've tried just about everything on the menu and it's genuinely all excellent. If you're new to South Korean food and you don't know where to begin we recommend sticking to the basics. It doesn't get more authentic than KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and beers followed by their kimchi fried rice. Pro Tip: Ask for the old menu - It has photos of the dishes!


Details on location available here.

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Parktown North: La Boqueria

I'll be honest. I am still not completely convinced by the food here. The selection could be better and the prices are a bit steep. But the vibe is 100% worth the visit. I like going here for a late boozy afternoon with drinks and snacks before going somewhere else for food (Like Il Contadino or Douglas & Hale).


Details on location available here.


Parkwood: Che Argentine Grill

The smell of sizzling steaks, the sound of laughter and a big welcoming smile from the owner greets you as you walk in. Well prepared food, service with soul and decor that makes for a really romantic date night. A triple yes from me. This is another one of our personal favourites so I'll also look at doing a more detailed post soon!

Details on location available here.


Here's my full Joburg Beginners Guide:

As mentioned this list is by no means exhaustive and these aren't the only or arguably best spots in each area. But they should make for a good start! Feel free to comment with further recommendations or spots you think we should check out.

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