Roaming Office – The Troyeville

28 Mar 2024
The Troyeville, situated on the eastern edge of Joburg's City Centre, is a popular destination serving some of the most delicious Portuguese food in the city. Built in the 1930s, it's a Joburg institution. In 2021, the hotel changed ownership and the new owners embarked on a major upgrade, giving the place a fresh and bold look.

As a result of these exciting developments, we recently took our Roaming Office to The Troyeville (March 2024), a day when our Johannesburg In Your Pocket team works from a hotel workspace to get the opportunity to connect with hospitality partners and explore hotel properties. Discover more about our Roaming Office adventures here.
The popular restaurant at The Troyeville Restaurant. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

Where we worked

Our workspace for the day was a table in The Troyeville Banqueting Hall, a spacious venue on the fourth floor that can accommodate private parties, corporate events, or conferences. We enjoyed the view offered from the balcony, where the Joburg skyline greeted us when we looked up from our laptops or sauntered out for some fresh air.

Culinary offerings

We began our day with scrumptious pastéis de nata: crispy pastries filled with creamy custard and dusted with cinnamon from the Casa Das Natas Bakery and Coffee Shop. The coffee shop is located on the ground floor and was formerly The Troyeville Hotel's famed ‘Flamingo Room’ (named because of its shocking-pink flamingo mural, which sadly is no more). With walk-in access from the street, this is the spot to satisfy your craving for pastéis. The coffee is also top-notch here.  

Creamy pastéis de nata. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

For lunch, we ate on an outdoor deck tucked into the hotel complex. It's an extraordinary space, attached to a glass "box" suspended above a welcoming terrace, perfect for smaller family gatherings and celebrations with exceptional city views. It has even hosted a small wedding previously – an utterly romantic spot for any Joburg lover. Lunch was a Portuguese feast in The Troyeville's signature style, for both the eyes and stomach. Our starters included creamy chicken and cheese rissoles, grilled halloumi, and tasty calamari. The main course was an eyeful of peri-peri chicken, espetada, prawns, and a prawn curry – a favourite – served with rice, chips, and a crisp garden salad. The food was faultless, and a suggested lazy lunch. We could see why The Troyeville is a popular weekend destination.

The Troyeville has a wide variety of Portuguese food for lunch and dinner. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

Where to rest your head

Most people who have visited over the years have probably never explored the second floor with its neat budget accommodation offering – five rooms available for around R650 per night for a standard room and R850 for a suite. The rooms are spacious and the largest suite has a living area, kitchenette, bathroom, and a bedroom that feels like a cosy apartment. The hotel constantly strives to enhance guests' experiences and has plans to renovate the rooms soon.

The rooftop bar and other venue spaces

The Troyeville takes pride in hosting various events – from corporate functions and meetings to private parties and special gatherings, including engagements and weddings. They offer several spaces at different levels to build on the event experience, creating a journey. The highest space is the large rooftop bar, Sunset 1403 Rooftop Bar, which has previously hosted events such as Pride after parties. Apart from the rooftop, the hotel also has an outside deck which has been the location for romantic engagements. The deck is near an outdoor seating area with a wood-fired pizza oven, great for food-centric events. If you're looking for a unique venue for an intimate gathering, ask them about their newly added glass room and deck venue.
The Troyeville's rooftop bar is the perfect party setting to view the city. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

The hotel's sports bar is a popular watering hole to watch sports and The Troyeville Restaurant's proximity to Emirates Airline Park (formerly Ellis Park Stadium) makes it a go-to location to grab lunch before a big rugby game.
Incidentally, if your shoes need some TLC, look out for Bongani's shoe-cleaning station outside the restaurant where you can get your shoes professionally cleaned. It's one of those small details that brings an old-school charm to the hotel.

The Troyeville is a testament to Johannesburg's rich culinary and hospitality scene, with its roots dating back to the 1930s. With plans for further room renovations and a diverse range of services, including event hosting and entertainment options, The Troyeville is one of those places that has stood the test of time, preserving its historical charm and offering a memorable and entertaining stay in the city.
The hotel's shoe-cleaning service is a great pit stop before a meeting or dinner. Photo: Johannesburg In Your Pocket.

The Troyeville has limited, off-street guarded parking in the back (the main entrance is for drop off and pick up only). To find the secure back entrance, turn into the small lane alongside Portugal Fisheries. Turn left through the boom and park. The back stairs take you directly to the restaurant.

The best route to the hotel is to take the highway east to the Joe Slovo exit at Maboneng, move into the left lane, and drive straight along Albertina Sisulu Road (The Troyeville is located at 1403 Albertina Sisulu Road). An alternative is to travel via Sylvia Pass, driving past Cyrildene and Bruma. Hook a right on Albertina Sisulu Road. 


The Troyeville is a short drive from the Park Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere

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