Top Choice Cafe in Ficksburg

Cafe Chocolate

Part restaurant, part chocolate factory and part theatre, this is Ficksburg's top eatery and de facto cultural centre. Popular items include homemade pastas, pizzas and Maluti trout, and there's a good selection of …
Top Choice International in Clarens

Clementines Restaurant

The food at this souped-up country kitchen tastes just as good as it looks on the gourmet international menu, featuring everything from rainbow trout with almond butter to tender ostrich fillets. Professional servic…
South African in Clarens

Highlander Restaurant & Scotch Bar

A solid choice in town with longer hours than most other establishments, this high-spirited pub serves delicious wood-fired pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, but also less common and surprisingly delightful items, suc…
Deli in Harrismith

Marné's Coffee Shop, Deli & Gifts

Pots of brightly coloured flower line the path to this cozy lunch spot, which doubles as a country store. There's indoor seating as well as outdoor tables on a wrap-around porch; it's a lovely setting for tea and a …
Ethiopian in Phuthaditjhaba

Demelash Restaurant

A rare Ethiopian outpost in small-town Free State serving delicious rice flour filled with chicken, beef or vegetables and doused in one of a few authentic, tangy sauces. The place is often filled with teachers and …
Pub Food in Fouriesburg

Di Plaasstoep

An excellent local Afrikaner pub serving hearty meat dishes, craft beer and a standout buffet Boer breakfast, complete with mince, boiled eggs and oversized sausages. There's also a cosy beer garden where guests are…
Braai in Phuthaditjhaba

Chisa Nyama

A fairly typical South African-style eatery, where you can buy cheap beef, pork and sausage at a butcher shop (Five Star) and have a braai on a communal grill just beside the shop. Everybody then eats at outdoor pic…
Portuguese in Clarens


This stylish place on the square serves Portuguese and Mozambican dishes like trinchado (braised beef), peri peri chicken, spicy prawns and egg tarts.
Pub Food in Fouriesburg

Windmill Pub & Grill

If your thirst needs quenching or if steak is on your wishlist, try Windmill Pub & Grill in town, which offers bench seating in a lush, shady setting.