Here's a look at Joburg's many must-visit delicatessens.
Where: 77 7th St, Linden
Where: Greenhills Industrial Estate, Edenvale
The Corner Deli by Familia Pinto Products
A classic neighbourhood family-run Portuguese deli in leafy Modderfontein that is owned and run by the Pinto family. They make what many argue are the best pastéis de nata in the east. The deli also has a great cheese and bread selection, and there's a a large range of Familia Pinto branded products on sale, including their famous sauces.
Where: 32 High St, Modderfontein
Global Cheese CompanyOwned by the Neofitou family this Greek cheese factory also has a small deli where you can buy any Greek ingredient you could ever possibly need. There are loads of imported Greek foodstuffs as well as locally made Greek cheeses, olives, pickled vegetables, sweet treats and the like and a small cafe selling coffee and cakes. The Global Cheese Company doesn't only make Greek cheese like feta and halloumi, they also make a variety of other cheeses including gouda and gorgonzola.
Where: Greenhills Industrial Estate, Edenvale
Feigel's Kosher DeliIn business for five decades, Feigels is famous for its classic east European influenced staples like blintzes, rye bread, pickled herring, soups and the best bagels in town. You can also get 'snacks' to go like a beef on rye or a falafel in pita. Order ahead for the multi-course Shabbos special meal which feeds a family of four and changes weekly.
Where: There are branches in Glenhazel, Lyndhurst and at the BluBird Centre in Birnam.
Where: There are several branches in Joburg including at Dunkeld West Centre, BluBird Centre in Birnam, Bedfordview, Little Falls, Mall of the South and Southgate.
Frozen For YouLaunched in 2018 by Karen Short, who is also the founder of local catering company By Word of Mouth, Frozen For Your has really come into its own during the pandemic and as well as a store in Morningside, you can also find their products on sale in Bryanston, Linkesfield, Dainfern and Parkview. Frozen For You is exactly as it sounds, specialising in a wide selection of healthy homemade meals such as pies, stews and curries, all frozen and packaged ready for you to heat up and eat at home. Find your nearest store online at frozenforyou.co.za.
Where: Morningside Shopping Centre, cnr Rivonia Rd and Outspan Rd, Morningside
Where: 64 St Andrews St, Birdhaven
Where: Longmeadow North Business Park, Modderfontein. leopardfoodcompany.com to get delivered to your home or visit the deli to collect. Great for high quality locally produced ingredients that have a focus on sustainability as well as delicious heat-up or just go ahead and serve take-home meals that are so good you'll want to tell your family you made them yourself.
Where: Rand Steam Shopping, Richmond and Village Green Shopping Centre, Gleneagles Rd, Greenside
The Little DeliThe cutest little neighbourhood deli in the heart of Linden is owned by a husband and wife team who started out in the food business with a catering company Johnsons Catering before extending into specialising in making their own sausages and patisserie. Of course the next logical step was to open a store and now at The Little Deli you can buy their fantastic range of items made from scratch (and all strictly farm to fork) that include ready to heat pies, pasta sauces and homemade soups, stocks and broths. Visit their Linden store or shop online at thelittledeli.co.za.
Where: 47 4th Ave, Linden
Mastro DeliPart of the local Mastrantonio group of Italian restaurants (their most famous branch is in the Illovo Square centre), this cafe and deli opened early 2021 and hit the ground running with an exciting and extensive selection of Italian foodstuffs. As well as the usual pantry staples, cheeses and charcuterie, there's a great range of heat-and-eat meals and the most divine homemade gelato. The store has a coffee bar inside and plenty of terrace seating.
Where: Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park
In the heart of Bedfordview's Greek community, this huge Greek deli was launched in 2000 by Taki Betsakos (who also owns the Meze Foods factory). In addition to the extensive deli there is also an adjoining restaurant with outdoor seating where you can enjoy traditional dishes made from family recipes, and for deliveries there's an online shop.
Where: 17 Chaucer Ave, Senderwood
This super pretty little spot in the new Delta Heights building in Blairgowrie (near Delta Central) serves up great coffee (the accompanying crunchies are the bomb), fresh sandwiches and plenty of tasty goods to take home. Just around the corner you'll also find Fresh Earth which specialises in organic fruit and vegetables and speciality health foods.
Where: Delta Heights, 94 Conrad Dr, Blairgowrie
Pastelaria PrincesaThis double-storey Portuguese bakery and cafe is famous for its super authentic custard tarts and crispy fresh prego rolls. They also stock a lot of other Portuguese essentials like fiery homemade peri peri sauce, chorizo and olives as well as great cakes.
Where: 146 Queen St, Kensington Read our review of the new look Pronto here.
Where: The Colony Shopping Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park.
Rio D'OuroRio D'Ouro is a fishmonger, butchery and deli located in Rosettenville, South Joburg. This area of the city has long been associated with Joburg's large Portuguese community and it is here that the world-beating grilled chicken chain Nandos had its first store. A family business that has been trading since 1971, at Rio D'Ouro you can find everything you need to make the perfect Portuguese dinner at home such as prawns, linefish, calamari, classic smoked and spice charcuterie like chourico and perzunto, the freshest Portuguese bread and pastries as well as deli items such as pasta, rice, imported biscuits and wines.
Where: 155 Main St, Kenilworth
The RefilleryThis 'plant-friendly' grocers is a 'weigh and pay' plastic-free shop selling a wide range of cereals, grains, pulses, pasta, rice, teas and coffees as well as fancy 'superfoods' like chia seeds and baobab powder. You can also order online at therefillery.co.za.
Where: Find them Morningside Shopping Centre, Hyde Park Corner and Cedar Square in Fourways
Where: Bamboo Centre, cnr 9th St and Rustenburg Rd, Melville
Where: The Italian Club, 7 Marais Rd, Bedfordview
Where: 169 Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove
Where: Oaklands Shopping Centre, cnr Pretoria St and Victoria St, Oaklands