Ever since its start as a gold-rush town in the 1800s, Johannesburg has been a destination for the dreamers arriving with stars in their eyes—if they can make it here, they’ll make it anywhere.

This dynamic, sprawling metropolis is South Africa’s financial capital and home to booming arts, music, and fashion scenes. But lately, the city has been racking up some serious culinary cachet. On top of that, Joburg’s cultural diversity means that there’s a wide-ranging gastronomic influence, promising a plate for every palette.

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