This place has been a Louis Botha landmark for as long as we can remember. It’s an icon that’s worth visiting – hungover or not. Plus, if you’re feeling too ‘bleh’ to get dressed, you don’t have to because this is an old-school drive-in, which means that you don’t even have to leave your car – you just flick your lights to catch a waiter’s attention and order through your window. He’ll bring your food to your car and, if you decide to eat there, will hook a metal tray to your window. Easy as that.
Our pick: The toasted chicken mayo on brown and a double thick chocolate milkshake.
Address: 377 Louis Botha Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.
Mr Big Stuff
This place is pretty much an American-style diner in the heart of Braamfontein. The artery-clogging combos include chicken mayo waffle sandwiches, fried chicken and waffles and mac ‘n’ cheese burgers (yes, burgers topped with deep fried mac and cheese squares – for reals).
Our pick: The crispy chicken waffle sandwich.
Address: 87 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The breakfast from this fab steampunk-styled Melville spot will set you straight. Before you order, no matter how you’re feeling, walk around and admire the décor. It’s amazing. Okay, back to the food – they’ve got options to suit everyone (even the hungover vegetarians out there) so you’re bound to find something to make you feel half human again.
Our pick: The Full English: two eggs, thick cut bacon, mushrooms, chicken livers, roast tomato, cheese and toasted ciabatta.
Address: 27Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
Knead’s got a lot of options to choose from – even healthy ones – but that’s the last thing you want when you’re feeling, ahem, under the weather. From omelettes and brioche French toast to sweetcorn fritters and more, you and your belly are spoilt for choice.
Our pick: Brace yourself for the roast pork belly breakfast. It’s jam-packed with slices of grilled pork belly, eggs, crispy bacon, seared cherry tomatoes, roast filed mushrooms served with a homemade tomato and apple chutney.
Address: Shop L 08, Michelangelo Towers Mall, Upper Level, Opposite Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg.
This is another one of those ‘something for everyone’ spots so decision-making can be tough. Do you want a baked treat or a classic egg dish? You can even have the best of both worlds with an eggy croissant – that’s sure to sort your stomach out, isn’t it? You might want to skip the coffee, although it’ll be a brave move (it’ll only dehydrate you further) and have a refreshing apple and mint frostee instead.
Our pick: Creamy scrambled eggs served on ciabatta with smoked salmon trout.
Address: The Factory, Grant Avenue, Johannesburg.
Post churns out good quality, delicious food – there’s no doubt about that. Their coffee is fab too and goes perfectly with their meals – whether you’re going for the chocolate flapjacks served with Nutella or the bacon and honey French toast. After ordering from the counter, perch yourself outside and get some fresh air – we both know you need it.
Our pick: The bifteki breakfast, which is scrambled eggs, a burger patty, relish and rocket.
Address: 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Firstly, start with a traditional Greek coffee. It’ll wake you up in a second! If that’s too harsh for your system, Daleah’s offers a digestive juice, which is hot fresh ginger lemon water with a dash of honey. Browse the menu and pick one of the many drool-worthy options!
Our pick: The breakfast pita, which is filled with eggs, halloumi, bacon and tomato.
Address: 6 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Warm & Glad
Warm & Glad will sort you out good and proper. They even have a ‘recovery’ section on their menu, which includes a bloody Mary and prosecco mimosa – hair of the dog, you know? Food-wise, they’ve got all sorts of wonderful egg creations, great toast combos and even sweet breakfast treats.
Our pick: Go to their ‘eggs and sides’ section and create whatever combo tickles your fancy! Like fried eggs with fried red skin potatoes in olive oil, a dollop of gorgonzola, streaky thick-cut bacon and baby tomatoes.
Address: 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Corner St. Alban’s Road, Craighall Park, Craighall, Johannesburg.
Jo Bean Waffle House
Sometimes all you need when you’re feeling down under is a good ol’ waffle. And where better to get said waffle than at Jo Bean Waffle House? Sweet or savoury, they’ve got you covered! They even have a Banting-friendly waffle if you’re that way inclined.
Our pick: A Wizza, which is a cross between a waffle and a pizza and is everything you’d ever want it to be – a waffle with bacon, mozzarella and tomato relish.
Address: 189 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff, Johannesburg.
Service Station’s eggs are truly delicious – in fact, they are reason enough to pay this place a visit. Whether you want a classic combo or a breakfast sandwich, you’ll find the right meal for you. Start off with a freshly-pressed juice to get some nutrients back into your body and feel better!
Our pick: Weekend brioche French toast with marscapone and berries.
Address: Bamboo Centre, Corner of 9th Street and Rustenberg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.
By Nikki Samakosky