By Daryll Williams | October 18, 2022

Chapter 1: Our Favourites - Updated 2023


David Higgs, formerly of Five Hundred at The Saxon and Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s best chefs, and his latest culinary creation promises something new for “meat and flame enthusiasts”.

Why go?

Marble is a celebration of South African enthusiasm of cooking over a flame, boasting an array of fresh ingredients all cooked on our perfectly prepared coals including fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.

A celebration of quintessential South African fare, Image Credit: Marble


a: Trumpet on Keyes Corner, Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank
t: +27 10 594 5550
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 12h00 – 22h00

Shortmarket Club

Shortmarket Club manages to take old-school aesthetics, combine them with dinnertime classics, and filter the whole thing through a postmodern lens. Creating a glamorously plush dining experience overrun in era-bending throwback and cutting-edge flavour.

Why go?

Shortmarket Club is all about the theatre of dining. Look forward to an upmarket European-style brasserie serving delicious modern European food with Asian influences

A celebration of quintessential South African fare, Image Credit: Shortmarket Club


a: 1 Oxford Parks, 199 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, 2196
t: +27 10 006 2323
h: Tuesday—Saturday: Lunch: 12h30-13h30, Dinner: 18h00-20h30

44 Stanley

The most established precinct on the edge of downtown Joburg, 44 Stanley’s shady arcades and green courtyards are placed between what was once a series of industrial 1930s buildings, to make for Johannesburg’s most unique spaces.

Why go?

Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or a beautiful setting in which to enjoy Sunday lunch, 44 Stanley in Milpark has the eatery you’ve been looking for.

A mix of carefully-curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants, Image Credit: 44 Stanley


a: 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf
t: +27 11 482 4444
h: Monday—Saturday: 09h00–17h00, Sunday: 09h00-16h00.

La Boqueria

The tapas categories are divided into nibbles, bruschetta, ceviches, fried street food, skillets, soul bowls, live-fire barbequed dishes, kebabs and paellas—it’s a culinary journey that stretches from Japan to Mexico, from Italy to Argentina. Once you understand the formula, you’ll enjoy the ride.

Why go?

This uber-trendy, mostly-Spanish-inspired eatery takes its cues from iconic food markets, such as London’s Borough Market and Barcelona’s La Boqueria on Las Ramblas.

Iconic eatery with sublime food and décor to match, Image Credit: La Boqueria


a: 17 3rd Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 2193
t: +27 11 325 0011

h: Brunch: Saturday—Sunday, 10h00–12h00

h: Lunch: Tuesday—Sunday, 12h00–17h00

h: Dinner: Tuesday—Saturday, 17h00–22h00

Signature Restaurant

Signature Restaurant boasts an exquisite lunch and dinner menu, with a local and international wine list for even the most discerning palate. It’s the ideal spot for spending time with family, friends or colleagues celebrating life; birthdays or enjoying a romantic night out.

Why go?

Delivers an unparalleled mix of attention to detail, flawless service, sumptuous cuisine and some of the best bluesy or jazz sounds on nightly basis.

Sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients, Image Credit: Signature Restaurant


a: Morningside Shopping Centre Cnr Rivonia & Outspan Roads, Morningside, 2196

t: +27 11 884 8888


h: Monday—Saturday: 12h00–00h00, Sundays: 12h00–16h00


Pigalle Restaurant is situated in Sandton, in the Michelangelo Towers, a prominent structure in the Sandton skyline and one of South Africa's elite hotels. The perfect choice for an intimate dinner, catchup with friends or a special occasion.

Why go?

The restaurant is upmarket and exclusive and the menu hits all the right notes comprising of fresh seafood and classic dishes with Portuguese flair.

Exceptional seafood dishes in Johannesburg, Image Credit: Pigalle


a: UO9, Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton, 2196

t: +27 11 884 8899


h: Monday—Sunday, 12h00–21h00

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