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Where to eat and drink at Victoria Yards

25 Oct 2018
created 23 Oct 2018
Home to an expansive urban farm which lines its winding paved pathways and a community of makers, artists and artisans whose talents span everything from jewellery design and furniture-making to fashion, craft beer and baking, Victoria Yards is a creative hub on the eastern side of the city. It is located in a complex of restored industrial heritage buildings opposite the Nandos headquarters in the gritty suburb of Lorentzville .

The Victoria Yards urban vegetable gardens are harvested every week with organic veggies and herbs on sale every weekend and during Victoria Yards First Sundays event (the best time to visit) where the resident artists and artisans throw open their studios to the public. On First Sundays you can also drop in for a Mediterranean-inspired farm-style breakfast or harvest table lunch at Food I Love You, a catering company whose 'food studio' is based here or grab lunch from one of the food trucks.

On any other day there are also other excellent food and drink options that are well worth the journey. Lunch on Joburg’s most authentic fish and chips from The Fish and Chip Shop, a family run business that pride themselves on making the finest fish and chip takeaways which come traditionally wrapped in paper and are just as good as anything you’ll get at the seaside. Or visit  Impi Brewing Co for pizza and craft beer. Founded by friends and professional property valuers Nico Booysen and Tsietsi Madonsela, the Impi Brewing Co produces two beers; the Warrior Pilsner and the easy-drinking Homestead Lager and serves pizzas from an on-site wood-fired pizza oven. Even if beer isn’t your drink of choice, Impi’s impressive triple-volume bar filled with antique Zulu artefacts is worth a visit on its own. Meanwhile craft gin drinkers can look forward to the launch of the gin distillery Primal Spirits in early 2019.

As you head home, pass by Foakes Roastery for their freshly baked sourdough breads and a bag of java goodness to go. Handmade daily by the Foakes resident baker Washington, the sourdough breads are made using a special family recipe while the coffee beans are small-batch roasted onsite.
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