Johannesburg’s best foodie hot spots

Posted on 13 May 2012

Johannesburg is a city of many faces: trend and grunge, business and art, wealth and poverty, to suggest a few contrasts. Driving from Houghton to Hillbrow is an experience not to miss: quiet, manicured suburbia gives way to bustling, grungy urban dystopia. But we came here to find the food worth talking about, so here it is.

Meeting the city at the markets

We started with the markets. Being here only a week, we could only fit in three, and we’d suggest visiting all three: Bryanston Organic Market, the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, and Market on Main in the Maboneng Precinct. Bryanston has a great selection of local producers, and while they’re not all organic, each stall has a description from the organisers as to why the producer was selected for the market (very helpful). If you have visited the Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the Jozi version – great atmosphere, urban-cool setting, and many of the same producers. It was a pity there weren’t more local jozi producers there, but that was nicely covered by Market on Main, in the urban regeneration area called the Maboneng Precinct. With an indoor and outdoor area, good music plenty to peruse it’s the kind of place that can happily consume a Sunday afternoon.

Johannesburg’s best food experiences

Other places to visit would include Cheese Gourmet in Linden. Brian and Jo pride themselves in having hand-selected the best artisanal cheeses across the country. They’re deeply involved in the Slow Food movement, and are passionate about supporting local producers. A highlight in their store includes the ‘community stand’ where they sell preserves they’ve made from the surplus of local gardens.

Also Read: The 13 Best Maboneng Restaurants

We’d also recommend a leisurely lunch at Gourmet Gurus farmstall where chef Richard serves up local (mostly grown on site) and free-range produce, and owners Lionel and Theresa have a few very interesting projects up their sleeves. Or perhaps The Leopard in Parkhurst, where the menu is sensitive to sustainable produce, as well as being delicious.You should also know that The Leipard is one of the best Parkhurst restaurants.

Mkholo Olive Farm provides an interesting day excursion to their farm in Hartbeespoort. Veronica and Patrick Jonsson will guide you through an olive picking and pressing, interesting information about olive oil, and a lunch full of homemade olive-based goodies to delight the taste buds.

And if you’re look for something a little different we’d recommend a visit to Soweto’s Moshate Grill for some pap and chakalaka – provided with truly excellent service.

Joburg’s delicious foodie products

Products to look out for include Pepe Charlot’s goats cheese made in the French style (he’s offering cheese making workshops as well), PJ’s natural sausage, Heartwood Smokehouse’s smoked meat products, The Mushroom Factory’s mushroom growing kits, Wensleydale Organic fresh and dry product range, Mrs Breadcare gluten free breads (try to tell the difference between her breads and normal bread), Les Jardins de Gaia fair trade tea, and Braeside Butchery ethical meat. Too many to mention here but the list goes on, and the stories will be coming soon.

Thanks Jozi, it’s been great!

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