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4 best restaurants in Johannesburg

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Espresso

Trendy see-and-be-seen on Joburg’s hippest street

Parkhurst’s main road is a foodie’s pilgrimage. The restaurant that made it that way is Espresso, a pavement style eatery that spills out onto the street with the city’s youngest and hottest. Peri-peri calamari and prawns are their speciality – and their sauce is legendary. PS Bring cash. This is, perhaps, the only restaurant not to take cards!

4th Avenue, Parkhurst        +27 11 447 8700

2 DW11-13

City of Gold’s gold standard

One of SA’s Top 10 restaurants, this leads the culinary charge in the country’s most bustling city. Its award-winning menu continues to surprise keeping regulars both returning for their favourites and to try something new. Expect simple dishes that explode with flavour, wine teasers and a contemporary, yet unpretentious atmosphere.

Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Avenue        +27 11 341 0663

3 Chaf-Pozi Soweto

Joburg’s “must-eat” meat

Looking for the authentic? Chaf Pozi is as real as it gets, presenting its meat-mad menu, Shisa Nyama – or flame-grilled - style. Choose from delicious cuts, prepared and cooked in front of you. Wash it down with local beer. For the daredevil, there’s a bungee jump between two brightly painted cooling towers. And it’s right next to the stadium, making it your perfect pre- or post- event spot!

Orlando Towers, Cnr Kingsley Sithole & Nicholas Street        +27 72 629 6640

4 Silver Orange Bistro

Out of the city, out of this world

Take a lunch break from Joey’s and drive out to Hartebeespoort Dam. Not only is this one of the area’s most scenic spots but it’s home to one of its finest restaurants. Everything at the S.O.B. is just swell: the entrance’s grand wine display, the masterfully plated food and the dazzling interiors. Naturally, that also makes the wine award-winning – and, if there was a prize for afternoon sun, this place would grab that too!

R513, close to the Mfula Intersection, Hartebeespoort        +27 82 378 2948


5 hottest bars in Johannesburg

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 The Radium Beer Hall

Live entertainment at Johannesburg’s oldest bar

Get jazzed-up at the Radium, an authentically historic Joburg bar that's as popular as it was in the old days. Offering cold beer, great food, friendly ambience and live jazz, the bar keeps its embossed tin ceiling pumping! With live jazz four nights a week, the place gets busy, so arrive early to secure your favourite table in the corner!

282 Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove        +27 11 7283866

2 The Jolly Roger

Joburg landmark keeps pulling the pints

How do you stay popular for, literally, decades on Johannesburg’s trendiest night-life street? Well, you act like the Jolly, as this unpretentious pub is known, serving up cold beer and piping hot pizza. You’ll find all sorts in this double storey: singles, couples, canoeists, students, businessmen, even mountain bikers. In fact, at some point, almost everyone in Joburg has had a pint in the Jolly!

10 4th Avenue, Parkhurst        +27 11 442 3954

3 The Island Bar

Cocktails served with cherries, pool deck and gorgeous views

Add an unforgettably pink Highveld sunset to your cocktail as you lounge around the pool of this ultra-chic Johannesburg bar. Situated on the rooftop of one of the plushest hotels, you can take a dip, mingle with the crowd or nip out of the sun for even more posh respite in the adjoining Whisky & Cigar Bar.

1st Road Hyde Park        +27 11 341 8080

4 The Shack

Shebeen quenches your thirst after a township tour

Popular amongst locals and tourists alike, The Shack is just off famous Vilakazi Street, scene of so much of South Africa’s famous black history. Few other places roll out such a warm welcome and you’re bound to make new friends over a calabash or two of the local sorghum beer. It’s best enjoyed at the end of one of the many safe and reliable township tours.

8069 Pagwa Street, Orlando West        +27 82 933 5193

5 Katzy’s

Nouveau riche splashes cash and two fingers of bourbon

Everything reeks of quality at Katzy’s. This classy music venue is patronised by those who enjoy aged whiskey, fine cigars, sunken leather couches and the best live music. Be sure to dress up for the occasion. And if all those cognacs, bourbons and whiskeys go to your head, soak it up with a meal at the adjoining steakhouse, one of Johannesburg’s best.

The Firs, Cradock Ave        +27 11 880 3945