Food & History Tours in the city

I always believe the best way to get to know a city is by exploring its food scene. The first thing Alex and I do in any city that we travel to is take a walking food tour. But we’d never taken one here in Joburg? Not until very recently. And oh boy was it a game-changer.

Not only did it expose us to incredible areas that we would never have visited on our own. But it gave us a deeper understanding and appreciation of the city as a whole. Whether you’ve just arrived in the city or you’ve lived here all your life- everyone should take the time to do this.

And lucky for you, I have just the guy for you!

Ancient Secrets Tours

Chef Dhyan started his culinary career back in California in the mid-Eighties. He returned to South Africa in the Nineties and has gone on to teach about world cuisine and the anthropology of food at local culinary schools.

There are many tours on offer in Joburg today. But what makes his tours so particularly impactful is Ishvara's many years of experience and his vast knowledge of food and anthropology. He explores questions like;

Where do these ingredients originate from?

How did different food evolve over time and why?

How has history and the intersection of cultural impacted food?

Alex and I have attended countless food tours all over the world but Ishvara’s approach is truly something exceptional that you just have to experience first hand.

Food Tours

Asian Food Tour in Cyrildene

In this half day tour you'll take a walk through a remarkable suburb. Stop off at the Asian fresh food market. Learn about China's impact in Africa, see how tofu is made, visit small stores specialising in Indonesian, Thai, Japanese and Korean ingredients. And so much more!

A festival of flavours in Fordsburg

The multi-ethnical suburb of Fordsburg has a tumultuous but remarkable history. It's most famous today for its bargain shopping, colourful clothing stores and the countless restaurants and food stores, each specializing in foods from various countries and ethnicities from around the globe.

History Tours

These are next up on our wishlist of tours to try!


The old “shtetyl”. A journey through Jewish Johannesburg


The early beginnings of residential Johannesburg

Ferreirasdorp in the Fifties

Following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela


Home to artists and anti-Apartheid activists


Prices on all tours vary depending on the size and style of tours. Starting at R350.00 per person to join a group tour with a maximum of 30 people. And up to R4250-00 for private group tours.

Contact details:

If you would like to plan one of these tours or would like to request more information you can contact him via the Ancient Secrets Facebook page or by emailing him at Please let him know I sent you. x

The Joburg Experience

In conversation with a longtime local

When did you first arrive in the city?

I returned to South Africa in 1990 after living in California.

What do you love about it?

It is the only real city in SA .. the diversity of experiences and cultures …

What do you dislike about it?

The crime.

One tip you wish you knew when you just arrived?

To look for the less obvious attractions

Favourite place to eat?

Meze Greek Restaurant in Senderwood for Authentic Greek Food.

Favourite place to get a drink/coffee?

The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Maboneng

Nomination for who we should feature next?

Da Graziellas Sicilian Restaurant in Edenvale

Disclaimer: At time of posting South Africa is currently in an adjusted level 3 lockdown to fight the second wave of Covid19. Please follow government rules and regulations and wear a mask at all times when out in public.