Top 10 Restaurants in Sandton.

Johannesburg’s Sandton has it all: gorgeous properties, buzzing day and night life and of course, some pretty stellar eateries…

Given this, it’s one of the best places to visit in South Africa – and whether you’re a traveller, foodie or business person, you will certainly enjoy these mouthwatering restaurants listed below!

#1 Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery

Established in 1994, the newest version of Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery – brought to you by the Martin brothers – is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable, and uniquely special, meal.

Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery prides itself in offering a memorable dining experience, complemented by its quality meat products and bespoke butchery.

Stay a while and enjoy a mouthwatering steak in sublime settings overlooking Sandton – or take home some butchery goodies to cook for your loved ones…

The choice is yours – but either way, quality and happy tummies are a guarantee.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 2366

Website: www.trumpsgrill.co.za

Address: Shop 11, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#2 Pigalle Sandton

With branches in Cape Town, Melrose Arch, Bedfordview and of course, Sandton, the popular restaurant chain, Pigalle, needs little introduction.

These restaurants are known and loved for their warm ambiance, good service… and even better food! This is, in every sense, urban-chic dining at its best, with an international menu (specialising in poultry, fish and meat dishes) to match!

If you’re looking for an elegant, delightful dining experience in oh-so-suave Sandton, then head to Pigalle!

Contact: +27 (011) 884 8899

Website: pigallerestaurants.co.za

Address: Shop UO9, 4th Floor, Michelangelo Towers, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#3 The Grillhouse Sandton

A favourite among business folk and families alike, The Grillhouse Sandton effectively offers diners the best of both worlds.

Whether you want a professional place to hold a work function, or somewhere to go to let your hair down with loved ones – The Grillhouse has you covered.

They are especially famous for their ribs and steak, but happily cater to all kinds of eaters, as salads, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes are also on offer!

Join The Grillhouse Sandton for a lovely, arty (and faintly New York-style)  grillhouse meal!

Contact:  +27 (011) 783 6132

Website: www.thegrillhouse.co.za

Address: Building 1, 11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#4 The Big Mouth

Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth
Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth

This contemporary take on a diner, located in Nelson Mandela Square, offers a truly global dining experience… In fact, it feels more like a place one might find in New York, London or even LA and yet, it still has an unmistakably South African feel.

The Big Mouth is uniquely decked out, with bold blue seating, brass accents and more to ensure, ensuring it has plenty of (decor) charm too!

Their menu offers something of everything good – including the freshest seafood, delicious sushi and gourmet burgers around!

Contact: +27 (011) 783 4097

Website: www.thebigmouth.co.za

Address: Shop No. 13 & 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner of Maude & 5th Streets, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#5 Qunu

With an innovative menu – that incorporates bold flavours, which burst to life in your mouth – and an honest approach to its cuisine, Qunu is certainly among the best restaurants in SA.

Qunu is, in more than one way, elegant, Johannesburg-based eating at its finest… Its warm surroundings, hands-on sommeliers and gorgeous Fig Terrace all help to ensure guests enjoy beautiful meals, in equally lovely surroundings.

And given how it is named after the famous country home of late former President Nelson Mandela, you know it has strong South African roots too!

Contact: +27 (011) 292 6000

Website: www.saxon.co.za

Address: Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#6 Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo

Piccolo Mondo, situated at the Michelangelo Hotel, is arguably one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg… and beyond.

Here, guests rave about the all-round amazing experience it provides, which is enhanced by its sumptuous restaurant interiors, gourmet food and professional, efficient staff. One thing is for sure: there is no compromise on quality or service.

Culinary quality, flair and adventure all come to life at Piccolo Mondo and while the restaurant draws inspiration from a distinctly Italian theme, it still offers a few memorable, uniquely creative culinary surprises… What’s not to love about a restaurant like that?

Contact: +27 (011) 282 7000

Website: www.legacyhotels.co.za

Address: 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo via Facebook
Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo via Facebook

#7 The Butchershop & Grill

Found in the heart of Sandton, in Nelson Mandela Square, The Butchershop & Grill is a true dining institution in South Africa.

For well over twenty years, this unrivalled steakhouse has been satisfying new and returning customers alike with its top class food and service.

The Butchershop & Grill is a family business, which has been handed down to three generations. Over the years, they have also expanded to Cape Town and the Middle East.

Its Sandton branch can seat up to 600 guests, meaning there is no shortage of space – or memorable, delicious food to be found at The Butchershop & Grill.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 8677

Website: www.thebutchershop.co.za

Address: Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square,Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#8 Winehouse

Winehouse is synonymous with taste excellence and elegance… This glass-fronted wine cellar – which overlooks the lush Ten Bompas Hotel gardens and a lap pool – is where executive chef, Johannes de Bruijn and his capable team serve up culinary magic!

It lies in the business heart of Johannesburg, so it’s easily one of the more perfect spots in Joburg to enjoy top dining and engaging, over-the-table business talks.

Winehouse offers French-inspired food, filled with South African charm, and a beautiful, chic restaurant setting.

Contact: +27 (011) 325 2442

Website: tenbompas-restaurant.co.za

Address: Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Ten Bompas Hotel via Facebook
Winehouse, Ten Bompas Hotel via Facebook

#9 Chaplin’s Grill

While the original Chaplin’s may have been located in Melville from 1980 onwards – Rainold Petersen moved the newly dubbed Chaplin’s Grill to Sandton in 2012.

Chaplin’s Grill pays homage to the former, equally great eatery, Chaplin’s, while still showcasing Rainold’s love for superior food, wine and beer.

The menu at Chaplin’s Grill is simple, yet creative. Specialties include the likes of calamari salad, brinjal Mille-feuille and vension, roast duck and prawn curry – though vegetarians are certainly not overlooked!

Contact: +27 (076) 564 5979

Website: chaplinsgrill.co.za

Address: 61 Woodlands Avenue off Republic Road, Corner of William Nicol Drive, Hurlingham, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#10 Parc Ferme

Parc Ferme offers diners a chic and traditional experience, complemented by its fine cuisine, served up by Mauritian executive chef, Atmaram Mahadea.

With its contrasting decor (black and white tones), mixed fabrics and succulent food, guests will enjoy a luxurious experience eating out in Sandton. It’s also a great place to host special occasions, like bookings and birthday celebrations.

Contact: +27 (011) 245 4846

Website: www.parcferme.co.za

Address: 8 Maude Street, Sandton Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Top 20 Coffee Spots in Johannesburg 2017

Johannesburg is famous for many things and it’s definitely one of SA’s most important cities in so many respects… but it’s also quite the coffee hub, serving up many great places to find your morning kick-start, midday cuppa or last coffee fix of the day…

Here are the Top 20 Coffee Spots in Johannesburg 2017:

#1 Bean There Coffee Company

Bean There Company is South Africa’s first Certified Fairtrade coffee roaster. They have branches in Johannesburg, and one in Cape Town too.

They make quality coffee and aid fair trade and job creation in Africa, thereby improving people’s lives and producing great coffee.

Contact: 087 310 3100

Website: http://www.beanthere.co.za

Address: Craighall, Johannesburg and 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

#2 Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Photo credit: Doubleshot via Instagram

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea are small batch coffee roasters and artisanal tea blenders, who strive to handcraft products that their clients will love, as they express their artisanal approach to things.

They pride themselves in authenticity and hand-pick the best seasonal beans and ingredients to produce exceptional coffee for your enjoyment.

Contact: 011 100 5241

Website: http://www.doubleshot.co.za

Address: Corner of Melle and Juta Street, Braamfontein

#3 Motherland Coffee

With branches in Hyde Park Lane and Rosebank – as well as Dunkeld and Cape Town – Motherland Coffee sees itself as a pioneer for African coffee heritage and believes firmly in the Fair Trade practice.

They specialise in Ethiopian/Rwandan coffee blends and also serve light lunches and snacks.

Contact: 011 447 8125

Website: http://www.motherlandcoffee.com

Address: The Zone Shopping Centre, Rosebank and Hyde Park Lane Office Park, Hyde Park

#4 Olivias Coffee Bake

Open since 2006, Olivias is the place to head for coffee and a tasty bite to eat. With Frappes and a bracing Greek Iced Coffee, you’re almost assured of your coffee fix the moment you pass over their threshold.

This cottage-looking, Italian style shop also offers pastries, tarts, freshly baked breads, cakes and more.

Contact: 011 888 8395

Website: http://www.olivias.co.za

Address: 175 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff

#5 Cramer’s Coffee

This chain coffee shop offers espresso-based coffee drinks, croissants, muffins and sandwiches for its guests to enjoy.

Their espresso-based offerings are produced using beans from certified fair trade roasteries and are prepared by passionate baristas for new and existing loyal customers to appreciate.

Contact: 011 833 2699

Website: http://www.cramerscoffee.com

Address: 17 Harrison Street, Marshalltown and 1 Eloff Street

#6 Father Coffee

With branches in Braamfontein and Rosebank, Father Coffee is here to serve the best coffee in Jozi, and to supply the best beans to homes, offices and cafes in the city.

They believe in drinking, making and serving better coffee… something they certainly do!

Contact: 082 513 4258

Website: http://www.fathercoffee.co.za

Address: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein and The Zone, 177 Oxford Street, Rosebank

Photo credit: Father Coffee via Instagram

#7 Park Café

This lovely, little Parkwood café is a popular spot for ladies-who-lunch, gallerists and journalists. They are well-known for their coffee, tasty breakfasts, light lunches and their spectacular Belle Epoque coffee machine.

Enjoy a cup of coffee, paired with something savoury or sweet, like their carrot cake or red velvet cupcakes.

Contact: 011 447 0250

Website: http://www.parkcafe.co.za

Address: The Parks Centre, Corner Wells and Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

#8 Cnr Café Bistro & Deli

This tranquil, quaint bistro, Cnr Café, is chilled and comfy and is a wonderful spot to go for a good cup of coffee and a freshly baked slice of cake.

They also offer breakfasts, signature dishes, sandwiches, salads, desserts, cakes and other beverages.

Contact: 087 550 4873

Website: none

Address: Corner of Buckingham & Rothesay Avenue, Craighall

#9 Salvation Café

Founded back in 2006, Salvation Café is all about celebrating the soul of good food and drink, made fresh and served with love.

They are the place locals like to drink and eat at it, and also offer breakfasts, light lunches, nice, strong coffee and more.

Contact: 011 482 7795

Website: http://www.salvationcafe.co.za

Address: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

#10 The Whippet Coffee

This trendy Randburg café-bar serves simple homemade dishes, speciality coffees and teas, as well as craft beers.

They hail as a coffee destination “inspired by the people of Linden and Joburg.”

Contact: 011 782 7310

Website: http://www.thewhippetcoffee.com

Address: 347th Street, Linden, Randburg

#11 Jozi Blue

Photo credit: Jozi Blue via Instagram

Jozi Blue is a speciality coffee shop, which aims to enhance your coffee experience and make it superb.

They buy their beans from speciality roasters, and then make the perfect cup of coffee.

Contact: 011 440 3798

Website: http:joziblue.wordpress.com

Address: 9 Northfield Avenue, Glenhazel, Johannesburg

#12 The Local Kitchen co

The Local Kitchen co allows for eating in, take outs and deliveries.

Aside from coffee and other beverages (including wine, beers and spirits), this local eatery serves tasty burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, homemade pies and salads for either breakfast or lunch.

Contact: 011 463 0721/25

Website: http://www.thelocalkitchenco.co.za

Address: Shop 11, The Posthouse Link, Corner of Posthouse and Main Road, Bryanston

#13 Bread & Roses Café & Bistro

This Melville café is a café that takes Americanos seriously. On the side, they offer breakfast and lunch, taking their menu far beyond mere coffee.

Careful thought goes into everything from their coffee bean selections to their desserts, as well as the café’s vibe.

Contact: 011 482 1858

Website: http://www.facebook.com/BreadandRosesCafeandBistro

Address: 80 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Mellville Johannesburg

#14 Nice on 4th

Located on Parkhurst’s popular 4th Avenue, Nice consists of a restaurant and bookstore.

They are famous for their menu, with its freshly squeezed juices, cake selection and of course, their coffee too. They also cater for private events and high teas.

Contact: 011 447 7287

Website: http://www.niceon4th.co.za

Address: 37th Avenue, Corner of 14th Street, Parkhurst

#15 Urban Grind Roasters

Self-titling themselves as a shop of coffees rather than a coffee shop, their business is to bring people into the world of coffee.

They even offer a barista training course, believing strongly in the importance of educating people on coffee.

Contact: 010 900 4256

Website: http://www.urbangrindroasters.com

Address: 666th Street, Parkhurst

Photo credit: Cito via Instagram

#16 Craft Coffee

Claiming to have a selection of SA’s finest available coffees, Craft Coffee take their coffee seriously.

With some 50 years combined experience, they really know their stuff and represent quality in premium, roasted coffee and its preparation.

Contact: 011 492 0501

Website: http://www.craftcoffee.co.za

Address: 50 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newton

#17 Vovo Telo

Serving good coffee (and other beverages), pastries, artisanal breads, sandwiches, light breakfasts and lunches, Vovo Telo has several branches across SA (and JHB), as widespread as Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and Richmond Hill, P-E.

They believe in good service and quality goods and manage to successfully bring you both.

Contact: 011 784 0938

Website: http://www.vovotelo.co.za

Address: Grayston Shopping Centre, Grayston Drive, Sandton

#18 Bottega Café

This local Italian pizzeria offers a wine bar, whiskey club and of course, coffee and other beverages.

They are a casual eatery, bakery and apparently traditional barbershop too.

Contact: 011 447 4448

Website: http://www.bottegacafe.co.za

Address: 22nd, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst

#19 Café de La Crème

This relaxed coffee shop and bakery serves coffee, breads, cakes and pastries, as well as light lunches and wraps.

Contact: 011 726 7716

Website: http://cafedelacreme.co.za

Address: Corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville

Photo credit: Ilne Weyers via Instagram

#20 Krispy Kreme

With branches spread across Johannesburg, this American doughnut chain landed first in JHB, South Africa.

With a long history in the States, they have thus far been well-received in SA and serve a good selection of doughnuts, coffee and chillers too.

Contact: 011 268 5830

Website: http://www.krispykreme.com

Address: The Zone, Rosebank

So while Johannesburg may have other wonders and offerings to enjoy, don’t ignore its coffee shops and cafes. Some of them are real gems, which offer coffee done right!