Johannesburg

Day tripping: Lunch in the Gauteng countryside

26 Sep 2018
created 13 Apr 2017
Escape the city for a day and head out to the countryside for a relaxed al fresco lunch. In the Cradle of Humankind, 45 minutes drive north of Sandton, go sightseeing at the Sterkfontein Caves and afterwards enjoy a leisurely lunch at the fine dining Roots restaurant or drive a little further north into the Magaliesberg valley and dine at the delightful Die Ou Pastorie or the luxurious De Hoek Country Hotel. Also in the area the glorious Nirox Sculpture Park makes for a perfect weekend day trip with a summer pop-up restaurant Nita's Kitchen serving harvest table lunches and meze platters.

Closer to the borders of the city venues like the cute vegetarian cafe Leafy Greens or The Forum Company's beautiful weekends-only The Kitchen at L'Antico Giardino in Lanseria offer elegant harvest table lunches that appeal to those seeking respite from the identikit malls of the northern suburbs. This area is also wedding central, with popular wedding venues like The Hertford Hotel doubling up as Sunday lunch destinations.

Alternatively explore the countryside around Pretoria. After a tour of the fascinating Sammy Marks House Museum, enjoy a light lunch and homemade lemonade under mature oak trees at the museum's tea garden or in Irene take the kids for lunch and a day out at the Irene Dairy Farm.  Meanwhile for some of the most memorable fine dining in the country make a booking for the multi-award winning Mosaic at the Orient in Elandsfontein.

If you are looking to escape the city for lunch here's our pick of some recommended dining destinations.

 

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