Outdoor Restaurants In Joburg


Jozi is filled with roadside cafes and restaurants with awesome outside seating. We went exploring and found these wonderful al fresco dining hotspots in town. 

The Whippet

Head to this trendy spot in Linden for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch – best enjoyed while basking in the spring and summertime sun rays. Plus, you can indulge in some people watching – you never know who’ll walk past on Linden’s bustling streets.

If you’re a coffee aficionado, The Whippet will have you coming back for more! The traditional options are all on the menu, but why not opt for something a bit different, like the Double Chocolate Cold Whippeccino… picture blended rich chocolate, milk and a shot of espresso. How about that, coupled with tasty Eggs Florentine, a Baked Bean Breakfast or the Whippet Burger?

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Details: Corner 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg | 011 782 7310

Il Giardino Degli Ulivi

Home-made pastas, seasonal vegetables and good meat, fish and chicken dishes are what Il Giardino is all about. Translated, Il Giardino means the ‘Garden of Olives’, owing to its beautiful olive trees. Enjoy a cocktail or two and a delicious lunch outside in the courtyard under the olive grove.

And for your entertainment, live music ranging from Gypsy jazz and country rock to bluegrass will be available on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sundays during lunch. Booking is essential.

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Details: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 482 4978

Espresso Cafe & Bistro 

The usual Espresso crowd knows how good a sunshine-filled spot on a Saturday or Sunday can be. That’s why people who go here for brunch tend to stay at their tables until the sun goes down… If you’ve yet to experience this Parkhurst gem (and even if you have), you’ve got to go.

We definitely suggest heading over for brunch and staying for dinner and maybe even a sundowner or two in-between. Hint: their prego roll, smothered in their special creamy peri-peri sauce, is the star of the show. Second best would have to be their calamari pasta, which is also covered in their famous sauce… it’s to die for! Please note that Espresso is a cash-only restaurant so make sure to stop by an ATM on the way!

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Details: Corner 4th Avenue and 10th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | 011 668 7000

Voodoo Lily Café

Voodoo Lily Café is a dog-friendly restaurant so why not enjoy the sunshine over some breakfast with your furry friend? Their shakshuka is some of the best in town and their coffee is pretty great, too, making this spot perfect for breakfast after a morning walk with your dog! They open at 7am every day so you can even pop in before work!

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Details: 64 St Andrew Street and Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | 011 442 6965

Al Fiume

Situated on the banks of the Hennops River, Al Fiume’s shady wooden deck surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the soothing sounds of the flowing river, is the perfect spot to relax and sip on a glass of wine. It’s a good place to enjoy a day out with family, friends, or for a romantic date with that special someone but, really, Al Fiume is ideal for any occasion.

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Details: No. 18, R511, Hennops River, Pretoria | 079 531 3725

Doppio Zero Greenside

If you’re out in the city, and looking for a good place to have a meal in the open, try Doppio Zero in Greenside. With freshly baked croissants, muffins, ciabattas and other breads, and delicious pizzas and pasta, you won’t be stuck with what to order. Enjoy summer in the city under shaded tables with a cocktail or a delicious glass of wine.

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Details: Corner Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 646 8740

Salvation Cafe

For any occasion, be it a breakfast, birthday celebration, anniversary party or wedding, pay Salvation Cafe a visit. On those hot summer days, sit outside on the patio under the olive trees for shade, and enjoy something delicious from their daily specials board. For breakfast, try something from their selection of sweet, savoury and healthy breakfasts or choose one of their salads or sandwiches for lunch.

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Details: 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 482 7795

La Vie En Rose

Sit in the stunning garden and eat whatever your heart desires! The menu at La Vie En Rose covers pretty much everything, so expect to find menu items like decadent waffles and scones to scrambled eggs, signature burgers, hearty pasta and more! Dine in nature at this gem of a restaurant.

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Details: 60, 5th Street, Johannesburg| 011 268 6144

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