Best Spots to Grab Classic South African Cuisine At


Our cuisine is out of this world. From Milk tart to mogodu our food is as diverse as our people. Here are our favourite locals is lekker eateries.

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District Six

For the best in Cape Malay cuisine all locals know to head to District Six Restaurant in Emmarentia. It’s a personal favourite of ours because the service is outstanding and the milk tart not too sweet – in fact, the milk tart is voted the best in the city. But that’s not the only reason why we love D6, as it’s colloquially known. The smoor snoek, the lam bredie and the bobotie is what dreams are made of. District Six may be a couple thousand kilometres from the Fairest Cape but it sure brings the flavour.

Chaf Pozi

Zamalek and shisa nyama. That’s the best way to spend a Sunday in Soweto. Soak up the local culture and cuisine at Chaf Pozi which is right around the corner from the infamous Orlando Towers. The locals are friendly and the food amazing. From chicken flatties on the open fire to pap and wors on every plate, it’s a perfect piece of mzanzi.

Bergbron Plaaskombuis en Padstal

Koeksisters, milktart and vetkoek – it can all be enjoyed at the decadent Bergbron Plaaskombuis en Padstal. This little cafe specialises in Afrikaner food such as skilpadjies, jaffels and bredie. The food is hearty and the portions massive. All items on the menu are handmade. We suggest the putu pap and maalvleis.

The Jazz Maniacs At The Soweto Hotel

Tradition meets cutting edge in the kitchen of the Jazz Maniacs. This upmarket eatery at the Soweto hotel specialises in classic dishes such as mogodu and dombolo. The restaurant also serves some of the spiciest and sexiest chakalaka this side of the Orange River.

The Lucky Bean Restaurant

How’s about a six course tasting menu which comprises of the best food the rainbow nation has to offer? The Lucky Bean Restaurant can take you on a culinary journey through the country without you having to leave their comfortable little hideout in Melville – just make sure you pre-book the tasting menu. From springbok pie to jazz music, the Lucky Bean is rocking it in all the right spots.

Have you visited any of these restaurants? Let us know in the comments below. Share this with a buddy and organise a dinner date at any of these spots.

By Shawn Greyling

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