A Guide to African and South African food in Joburg

10 Jan 2022
With its amazing cultural diversity, traditional South African cuisine is a mix of flavours and influences and great fun to explore. From township shisa nyama hangouts to inner city streetside braai stands, South Africans love their grilled meats. Then of course there are the iconic South African street foods like the bunny chow or the kota, sweet treats like milk tart and koeksisters and the unique tastes of traditional Cape Malay cuisine which mixes African and Asian spices. Add in the incredible mix of pan African cultures who also call Joburg home and you have an African gastronomic feast.

While fast food abounds, Joburg now has an increasing number of destinations such as Sanza Sandile's bookings-only supper club in pan-African Yeoville, the Roving Bantu Kitchen in bohemian Brixton or Sandton's flashy small plates restaurant Epicure, where African ingredients are treated with a special kind of reverence and dinner is a culinary journey through the continent. Meanwhile at Lucky Bean in Melville or Lebo's Open Air Restaurant in Soweto a tradition of supporting local suppliers and sticking to time-honoured South African recipes has ensured that both locals and visitors keep on coming back for more.  

Whether you are looking for a classic South African braai and beer garden or are seeking out flavours from other far flung corners of the continent like Ethiopia or Congo, here's our round-up of some of the best places to find delicious and authentic South African and African food in Joburg.


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