9 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Johannesburg

Food is a pleasure that almost every human on this planet finds satisfaction in experiencing. The eclectic food stalls and cafes in Johannesburg are about finding happiness and pleasure in food. These stalls are spread across suburbs and myriad districts for people’s content. Here you will find 9 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Johannesburg where you can find the best food.

Places to Eat and Drink in Johannesburg

1. Melville


Located at the 7th Street, Melville is a spot that already has been popular for night outs however it may be a little less gung-ho than its counterparts, The Parks. Adjacent to Braamfontein, Melville is best known for bar-hopping, friendly masses, and bohemian eateries. The Great Eastern Food Bar, Pulp Fiction, and Ant Café are highly recommended by us.

2. Rosebank


Rosebank has a street setting to it and pedestrians have a good time enjoying the food stalls and cafes over here to their fullest. Situated along with the Rosebank Towers, Rosebank is a popular part of the town due to the markets over here. Shopping lovers are frequently to be found in a place like this. In contrast, the nightlife here is also very rejuvenating and stargazing. The Rosebank Sunday markets dominate at weekends on Sunday and new additions have also been made to the place like a new cocktail bar and food stalls in general.

3. Greenside


Riddled between the Parks, Greenside is one of the most soothing places to have a meal and hang out. The intricate elusiveness of nature hardly describes it as a farm and the resemblance to any country living is absent. The Jozi Real Food Market and its artisan food stalls, however, are something to tell you about the country living setting.

4. The Parks

Parktown North Parkview and the Parkhurst

The Parktown North, Parkview, and the Parkhurst are collectively the Parks. Each of them delivering their way of high street restaurant hospitality, the landscape, however, is having lots of trees. The people, however, re-complete of the concrete build, and hence the area also surrounds cars and automobiles. The village setting to these suburbs makes the area perfect for its high popularity in Johannesburg.

5. Auckland Park

Auckland Park

Auckland Park is located somewhere around a koppie, located at the SABC tower and the University of Johannesburg campus. 44 Stanley Avenue is located around Mill Park where you can find varieties of shops and restaurants in an eco-friendly outdoor center. You can consider it as mall shopping without the mall i.e., without any fluorescent lights or any mass-produced merchandise. The food over here is impeccable.

6. Norwood


This is somewhat like Melville, but it is located on the other side of town. You will find here the interesting art-deco architecture, mixed in with the local Spar and slowly emerging high street, all these will make your visit worthwhile. People often speak about Norwood as a ‘garden suburb’ but you’d be hard-pressed to find anything larger than a postage size garden here. You will also find a vibrant mix of cultures – Jewish, Muslim, West African, and South African. All these give it a cosmopolitan vibe that extends to its restaurants, particularly Grant Avenue.

Here you can visit The Factory on Grant, Nonna Mia’s, Zahava’s for great food.

7. Braamfontein


Packed with galleries, theatres, restaurants, hotels and museums, Braamfontein (or Braamies) is where you’ll find the city’s local government and the constitutional court. It’s also dubbed Jo’burg’s Soho, for its transformation from almost-ghetto type status to a trendy start-up and creative place. You must visit Play Braamfontein (the developers behind the regeneration of part of Juta Street) and Johannesburg’s Neighbourgoods Market which are popular. Here you cannot miss out Daleah’s, Doubleshot Coffee and Tea, Love Food, and The Bannister Hotel Bar and Restaurant.

8. Sandton


It is the hub of business of South Africa and home to Africa’s richest square mile. The Gautrain comes here regularly, straight from the airport. And when it comes to shopping the malls of Sandton drip with anything and everything a fashion freak could desire. In the daytime the delicate district is the playing ground of top investment banks, consultants and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. But at night the restaurants, bars, bistros, and club scene continue to entertain people all night.

The most popular eatery is The Sand Deck at the Sandton Sun for drinks, The Wolfpack, The Butcher Shop & Grill.

9. Fordsburg

Fordsburg - 9 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Johannesburg

This is locally known as ‘downtown India’ or ‘little India’. Fordsburg is a vibrant neighborhood right in the center of Johannesburg, known for its Indian food, culture, Middle Eastern vibe. It is home to miners working on Johannesburg’s gold reef. It is the home of the Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg Square market, and the Bag Factory artist studios. Evenings are packed with street-side grills, Bollywood music, busy takeaways, bakeries and restaurants, spices, flavors, and enough bargains to keep you coming back. Best on Saturday nights. Here you can try out many food for instance, Bay Leaf, Al Makka. To sum up, this is also one of the 9 best places to eat and drink in Johannesburg and loads of delicacies.

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Mamta Sharma