When you feel like a home-cooked meal, made by someone else, or you just need to stock up on some pantry basics, skip the supermarket and support one of Joburg's many fantastic local delis. With restrictions on alcohol and hot food takeaway services now lifted, you can also expect to find that Joburg's delis have an even larger selection of tasty things to buy than ever before!
Here's a look at Joburg's many must-visit delicatessens.
Friendly and highly knowledgeable service and an excellent selection of farmhouse food products from across the country, are the hallmark of this cafe and deli. The Cheese Gourmet is one of the few places in Joburg that can actually lay claim to the title of stocking “artisanal products”, including more than 140 cheese varieties, preserves and cured meats produced with care. The store owners Jo and Brian Dick are champions of Slow Food. The store even supplies Banting - Paleo breads baked fresh daily. Find Cheese Gourmet at 77 7th Street in Linden.
Cremalat, a name that combines “crema” (cream) and “latte” (milk) in Italian, is a family-run restaurant, cheese shop, cheese factory, and Italian deli in a nondescript office park in Edenvale. Founded by husband-and-wife team Claudio and Margaret Giustiziery more than 20 years ago, Cremalat specialises in Italian cheeses. At this Italian deli you can also buy high-quality imported Italian foodstuffs like gourmet pasta, cured meats and salami, coffee and olive oil, while also seeking out friendly advice on Italian food and cookery from the highly knowledgeable staff. After the bags have been filled take a peek through the glass window into the cheese factory and watch as the mouth-watering parmesan, gorgonzola and creamy mozzarella are produced and packaged. The cheese counter is beyond tempting and the creamy fior di latte mozzarella in particular is worth breaking your diet for. Find Cremalat at Greenhills Industrial Estate in Edenvale.
Global Cheese Company
Owned 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 haloumi, they also make a variety of other cheeses including gouda and gorgonzola. Find Global Cheese Company in Edenvale
Feigel's Kosher Deli
In 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. There are branches in Glenhazel, Lyndhurst and at the BluBird Centre in Birnam.
Consistently voted Johannesburg's best bakery and deli, Fournos has reopened its food retail (the cafe remains closed) with a great selection of cheeses, sauces, cold meats, fantastic breads and pastries as well as the most delicious rotisserie chicken. There are several branches in Joburg including at Dunkeld West Centre, BluBird Centre in Birnam, Bedfordview, Little Falls, Mall of the South and Southgate.
Quick to innovate in these most unsettling times for the restaurant industry, Birdhaven cafe Voodoo Lily relaunched in May as a 'Gourmet Grocer' selling a wide selection of gourmet deli items such as sauces, spice mixes, olive oils, artisanal bread, coffee, tea, cookies and pies sourced from small local producers based in nearby suburbs. They are also running a 'dark kitchen' which specialises in pizza and you can get coffee to go. Find the Gourmet Grocer at Voodoo Lily, 64 St Andrews Street in Birdhaven
This established food wholesaler in a Modderfontein office park is not on any major city route but if you travel for Epicurean delights they have it all – including locally-made pestos, whole smoked salmons, French black cherries and exotic teas, as well as outstanding sushi. They also now deliver too. Find La Marina Foods in the Longmeadow North Business Park, Modderfontein.
The Leopard + Kitchen + Larder + Can Do is a small deli located in the courtyard of Milpark's boutique shopping centre 44 Stanley, which also has a branch at the nearby Rand Steam shopping centre. You can also order food from The Leopard online at leopardfoodcompany.com to get delivered to your home or visit the small 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. Find The Leopard+ at Rand Steam, Richmond and 44 Stanley, Milpark.
This 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. Find Pastelaria Princesa at 146 Queen Street in Kensington.
The Italian restaurant at Craighall's The Colony Centre now has an excellent deli (as well as being open for sit down meals) packed with Italian deli goods as well as patisserie and frozen meals to enjoy at home. They also offer delivery in the neighbourhood and have a very easy-to-navigate online store. Read our review of the new look Pronto here. Find Pronto Italian Restaurant, Food Store & Deli at The Colony Shopping Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park.
Rio 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. Find Rio D'Ouro at 155 Main Street, Kenilworth
Adjoining Rosebank's popular Greek takeaway spot Soul Souvlaki, Sesame Suprette has now transformed from a coffee and sandwich takeout spot to a full superette. Drop by to pick up deli essentials like local cheeses, cold meats, pasta sauces, coffee, olive oils, fresh juices and organic fruit and veg. The perfect pit stop if you work in Rosebank and can't face the supermarket queues! Find Sesame at 18a Baker street, Rosebank
44 Stanley's iconic Salvation Cafe has reopened for sit down meals served in the beautiful sunny courtyard and has perfected a menu of homemade meals to heat and eat at home. We particularly recommend their amazing soups and pizzas. Find Salvation Cafe at 44 Stanley, Milpark
A Melville institution, Service Station Cafe at the Bamboo Centre is open for sit-down meals and also has a great collection of homemade ready meals. You can drop by the cafe to buy your meals in person or arrange for delivery. Ideal for family meals at home, the deli menu includes homemade pies, lasagne, curries, soups, savoury tarts and some amazing patisserie. Find Service Station Cafe at Bamboo Centre, cnr 9th St and Rustenburg Rd, Melville
For authenticity it doesn't get better than the Italian Club, the heart of easern Joburg's sizeable Italian community in Bedfordview. In addition to making excellent wood-fired pizzas for takeaway and delivery, the club's deli and also sells a wide range of Italian pantry staples as well as tasty meals to heat and eat at home.
This Italian food emporium has a superb range of pastas, cheeses and olive oils. Super Sconto was once the heart of Joburg's Little Italy in Orange Grove. While the Italian community is no longer centred around this area the store remains a go-to destination. Stray upstairs for a panini and espresso. Hot lunches are served from Tue to Fri, and Mon to Sat there's fresh homemade pizza. Find Super Sconto at 169 Louis Botha Avenue in Orange Grove
The beautiful heritage building Somerset House on Gandhi Square, now known as the Thunder Walker, is a multi-functional space run by local tour company JoburgPlaces that includes an underground bar, events space and cafe. As of July 28 Thunder Walker has reopened to the public serving lunches, coffees and mocktails in the pretty Scatterlings Arcade area where you can also buy Thunder Walker's heat-and-eat-meals and other deli items as well as gifts, tableware, books and household treasures in the adjoining Town Treasures shop. Find Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square, Joburg City Centre
The expansive deli that adjoins this cosy family-run Italian restaurant is a wonderland of difficult to find Italian ingredients and outstanding meats and cheeses. Their ready-made meals such as lasagne, Tortellino’s signature melanzane and the famous Spinach Malfatti (dumplings of ricotta cheese and spinach) have long been a favourite with the well-to-do residents of neighbouring Houghton and if you are celebrating a special occasion they have a super selection of sweet treats. Find Totrellino D'Oro at Oaklands Shopping Centre, corner Pretoria Street and Victoria Street, Oaklands
ONLINE DELI DELIVERY SERVICES
A number of delis listed above offer ordering online and delivery services. See The Leopard, La Marina, Pronto Italian Restaurant Food Store & Deli, and Service Station Cafe & catering.
These listed below offer online-only deli delivery services.
Deli Via by Cafe del Sol
Family-run Italian eatery Cafe del Sol has launched its own authentic Italian deli online.Called Deli Via, the online shops offers a range of cooked and frozen Cafe del Sol famous home made pasta with a range of sauces. You can also order their pizzas, frozen soups and broths, baked goods and cooking kits. Collection is also available at Cafe del Sol Botanico, Bryanston. Order from Mr D or Uber Eats (some items require 24 hours notice) or via email@example.com or 082 469 3657. The deli trades from 12:00–19:00.
Leading events and catering company The Forum Company has launched a delicious new gourmet meal service, The Forum Kitchen. The Forum Kitchen's impressive menu is packed with freshly prepared meals portioned to feed two or a whole family of four, including family favourites like beef short rib, Moroccan lamb tagine and bread and butter pudding, as well as plant-based and vegetarian dishes that have a special emphasis on immune system boosting. The online store also stocks lots of gourmet pantry essentials as well as wines and spirits, all available for delivery.
Tutto Food Co
Joburg catering business Tutto Food Co, famous for their popular paella market stalls, have launched a brilliant new online deli service with an ever-growing selection of tasty pantry items available from a host of local food suppliers including Babettes Bread, Balkan Burger, Che Argentine Grill, Father Coffee, Coalition pizza and many more. The comprehensive online store stocks everything from organic fruit and vegetables to fresh juices, homemade frozen meals and the best chicken soup. Order from Tutto Food Co online at tutto.co.za