Top Choice Bistro in Johannesburg

Service Station

In a far corner of Melville, Service Station is that easy-to-miss 'secret spot' that locals like to recommend. Bountiful breakfasts featuring flapjacks and brioches are reeling 'em in. As is the kaleidoscope of fres…
Top Choice Modern African in Johannesburg

Lucky Bean

Low lighting, slick tunes, a decked-out cocktail bar and waiters who happily skip down a flight of stairs to serve – Lucky Bean is easily the most atmospheric place in Melville. The food is spot on, too – light any-…
Top Choice Steak in Johannesburg


Get an honest-to-goodness Jozi steakhouse experience at this New York–style institution inside The Firs. Rub elbows with red-meat lovers of all stripes and choose your cut: prime sirloin, T-bone, spare ribs or fille…
Top Choice Bistro in Johannesburg

Thomas Maxwell Bistro

The king of bistros in Parkmore, bustling Thomas Maxwell is never short of a discriminating mob. That’s all thanks to three winning details: its rustic-chic decor; the uplifting Jozi-meets-NYC mood; and, of course, …
Top Choice Deli in Johannesburg

Eat Your Heart Out

The best spot in Maboneng to start the day. The Israeli breakfast – omelette, toasted pita, diced salad, pickled cabbage and cottage cheese – is the highlight, while the bagels and cheesecakes will leave your taste …
South African in Johannesburg

Adega do Monge

A heaving, tastefully designed Luso–South African joint that’s close to Diamond Digger’s Lodge and draws in eastern suburbs locals and folks from further afield – bookings are highly advised. Portions are huge and s…
Cafe in Johannesburg

Café de la Creme

This bakery-cafe does a roaring lunchtime trade in sandwiches, burgers and cakes, but it’s the morning bread run that really gets up your nose, in a good way. Grab a coffee and a magazine and watch the world go by t…
Indian in Johannesburg


Don’t let the grubby stairwell put you off – this is a Jo’burg institution, with authentic Indian food and eccentric decor that’s been attracting luminaries for years (Nelson Mandela and …
Middle Eastern in Johannesburg


With its colourful paintings enlivening the walls and its relaxed atmosphere, Zahava's can do no wrong. It's known for its freshly prepared Middle Eastern specialities, including snack-size zivas (flatbread), latkes…
Jewish in Johannesburg

Next Door

Rub shoulders with rabbis and Jewish families in this welcoming kosher restaurant, which fills up quickly most evenings. Bagels and wood-fire pizzas will titillate your tastebuds.