Restaurants

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceInternational 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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

O’s Restaurant

In this stylish, thoroughly satisfying restaurant down by the river, have some deep-fried calamari strips followed by peri peri steak, or fillet flambé prepared at your table. The pizza menu is also worth a...

Top ChoiceInternational in Bloemfontein

Seven on Kellner

Set in an old house with inside and outside dining options, Seven on Kellner offers an informal, intimate atmosphere. Poultry, meat and seafood dishes are delicately prepared with expert hands along a Middle...

Bistro in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Hoi Polloi Bistro & Boutique Caffe

A split-level restaurant adorned from top to bottom in oddities, antiques and memorabilia – but with two distinct menus. The creaky but elegant upstairs is the bistro, serving dishes like warthog carpaccio,...

Steak in Bloemfontein

New York

Locals love this upmarket steakhouse, with its decor invoking 1920s New York, for special occasions. The menu features seafood, chicken and burgers, but it's the saucy steaks that steal the show. There are a...

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,...

Pub Food in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Venterskroon Inn

This former brothel turned pub is the perfect spot for a beer after exploring the Vredefort Dome, and on Sunday afternoons it hosts a famous, three-course lunch (reservations essential). Guests who overdo it can...

Cafe in Bloemfontein

Euro Caffe

Inexplicably tucked into the Mimosa Mall, this delicious restaurant offers an enormous (and ambitious) menu and some of the friendliest service in Bloemfontein. Choose from healthy, fresh salads, piping-hot pizza...

South African in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Plum Tree

Filled with old knick-knacks and antiques from the times of the Voortrekkers, this artsy coffee shop serves good, old-fashioned Afrikaner food. Expect things like skilpadjes (lamb's liver cocooned in netvet, a...

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...

Italian in Bloemfontein

Bella Casa Trattoria

This efficient Italian trattoria serves lots of pasta choices along with pizzas and salads. It’s a cheerful, family-friendly place with a cosy indoors and ample courtyard seating at tables covered with blue...

Steak in Bloemfontein

Longhorn Grill

No relation to the US-based chain (that's LongHorn Steakhouse!), but this delicious other steakhouse is packed nearly every night, as the beef cuts are award-winning and the atmosphere is posh. The flavourful...

Cafe in Bloemfontein

Picnic

A cool place with a great outlook over the water, perfect for a long, lazy chill-out. The food is excellent – especially the salads and sandwiches. Enjoy the fresh bread, quality ingredients and homemade touches...

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...

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...

Italian in Bloemfontein

Avanti

With a covered terrace and heavy leather chairs, this stylish place serves more than just pizza and pasta (although it does those too, and does them well). The lamb loin chops are delicious, and there's a good...

Cafe in Kroonstad

Plumbago Garden Centre and Coffee Shop

Tucked into a historic home surrounded by a gardening complex, this cute little coffee shop serves classic pizza and pastas, along with healthy salads, burgers and specials like hot chicken livers. The coffee and...

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...

Portuguese in Clarens

Gosto

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