Where to find South Africa’s best fries

Posted on 1 March 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Any experienced foodie knows that the perfect serving of fries can easily take one’s tastebuds to paradise.

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Whether you prefer yours golden brown, loaded or cheesy, South Africa has an eatery to satisfy your craving for good potato fries.

Looking for the best fries? Here are only a few of the best places to try.

Doodles Fries

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Located in Rosebank, Doodles Fries offers an elevated French fry experience. The eatery is truly a paradise for those who have a deep love for fries. It offers fries of different kinds and you can choose between cheesy fries, truffle fries, as well as a selection of loaded fries. For those who still prefer their fries simple, the eatery also has delicious classic fries on offer.

Address: The Zone @ Rosebank, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196.


If you prefer thin-cut French fries, McDonald’s is the place for you. The American multinational fast food chain has been a South African staple for decades. It serves fries which are hot and firm, with an agreeable crust that borders on golden brown.

McDonald’s has approximately over 400 restaurants in South Africa, so you can enjoy some fries at one near you.

Kota Joe

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Kota Joe is a trendy roadhouse with a selection of loaded fries on their menu. You will be spoiled for choice between a basketful of fries with cheesy garlic and bacon, crumbed chicken or even mince and smashed avo.

They also make delicious milkshakes which can be perfectly paired with your scrumptious fries. Kota Joe has a number of locations around Gauteng, including Edenvale, Boksburg, Wonderboom and Alberton.

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Surf Riders Café

If you’re looking for yummy fries around Durban, Surf Riders Café is an option worth considering. The eatery’s standard fries are stellar and soft with a touch of crispiness. Moreover, their cheese fries are simply out of this world. Not in the mood for good old potatoes? Surf Riders Café also offers the option to swap for sweet potato fries.

Contact: 062 747 7037


Are you a fan of simple but scrumptious fries? Steers offers exactly that. The South African fast food brand is a local favourite and makes chips which are thick-cut and fried golden brown. As you bite into a crisp exterior, some hot and fluffy potato awaits. Steers has franchises all over South Africa which stand ready to satisfy that craving for those golden brown fries.

Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

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Located on Cape Town’s Bree Street, Clarke’s offers some of the best meals in the Mother City. Their cheese fries are smothered in perfectly melted sharp cheddar. With a touch of smokey char, they are nothing short of scrumptious. Clarke’s standard fries also carry the right amount of deliciousness and crisp.

Address: 133 Bree Street, Cape Town, Western Cape.

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