Johannesburg Eating, drinking and dancing
(+27 (0)11 950 6000)
This lively venue at the Misty Hills Country Club in Muldersdrift is where everything from beef to impala ends up on the barbecue. Vegetarians are also well catered for. Reservations are a must.
(+27 (0)11 646 3744)
Located on Greenway, this place is popular for its fusion menu, so among the succulent steaks and roast duck you’ll find less familiar dishes like ostrich salad and crocodile carpaccio. A reservation is strongly recommended.
(+27 (0)11 684 1477)
This restaurant on Melrose Square serves delicious and authentic African recipes from Cape Town to Cairo; the lamb fillets and the East African fish curry are particularly good. The atmosphere is just as special, with live music and storytellers. Book a table on the terrace; a reservation is essential.
(+27 (0)11 646 0058)
Moyo at Zoo Lake
This branch of Moyo on Prince of Wales Drive is great during the day, particularly for families.
(+27 (0)11 325 2442)
This hotel restaurant at 10 Bompas in Sandton is set in the garden of the hotel with a refined menu including specialities such as crab ravioli with saffron, and quails’ eggs cooked in tea.
(+27 (0)11 784 1404)
Smith & Wollensky’s
This place at Sandton City Mall is ideal for sizzling steaks.
(+27 (0)11 784 8676)
The Butcher Shop
Overlooking Nelson Mandela Square at the Sandton City Mall, this is one of the best steak restaurants in town.
(+27 (0)11 784 1575)
The Thomas Maxwell Kitchen
On 11th Street in Parkmore, this option has a sleek 50s retro style and a strong French influence to the menu. The Fillet medallion with thyme, foie gras and truffle cream is delicious.
(+27 (0)11 880 2470)
Located on Third Avenue in Parktown North, this steakhouse serves huge sizzling slabs of beef in a hunting-lodge atmosphere.
Johannesburg’s nightlife is some of Africa’s best, and this stylish cocktail bar, behind unpretentious Café Flo, is ideal for Martini sipping among the fashionable clientele.
36 Gleneagles Road, 116 Greenway, Greenside
In the edgy Newtown area, this place has great artwork and hosts cultural events and live music, although it’s best as the place for all-night partying.
39, Pim Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct
Located in the Stanley Avenue Shopping Complex, this place has DJs from Thursday to Saturday. It’s one of the most popular places in town and often keeps going until 10am.
44, Stanley Avenue, Milpark
Six and Unplugged
Melville has emerged as a centre for great clubs and bars: these two good bars are right next to each other on 7th Street.
For a more up-scale experience try this place with its three sleek bars, where Johannesburg’s sophisticated urbanites come to play.
Gwen Lane, Sandton
Xai Xai Lounge and Buzz 9
The Melville area is a great place for cafés, particularly around 7th Street where you’ll also find plenty of early evening bars, like Xai Xai (pronounced Shy Shy) Lounge and Buzz 9.
Shop 7, Melville Gardens, 7th Street
Located in the city centre, this is another energetic and lively nightspot.
115, Anderson Street
A popular hangout for Johannesburg’s young style set at weekends. The salads and sandwiches are excellent.
18, Chaplin Road, Illovo