Four Must-Try Restaurants in The Maboneng Precinct

Downtown Johannesburg was once considered a no-go zone for visitors and locals alike. Stories of gang violence and heavy crime has kept many a tourist not only avoiding downtown, but Johannesburg altogether. To be clear, Jozi is still going through its fair share of post-apartheid social economic issues. Redevelopment projects like Maboneng Precinct, the massive project that bought in a slew of residential spaces and retail that is now a tourist-friendly hub, is changing the tune to what was once considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. Some love Maboneng. Some hate it. I’m just here to talk about food, so here are a few delicious restaurants worth checking out while strolling through the hipster paradise now known as Maboneng.

Pata Pata

A trip to Maboneng isn’t complete without dining at the neighborhood’s most popular spot. Named after South African singer Miriam Makeba’s hit song Pata Pata, the restaurant is a lively haunt for African dishes, cocktails and live music. Whether you’re craving brunch or looking for some nighttime socializing, it’s the kind of place you’ll find yourself visiting multiple times. Do yourself a favor and try the oxtails with pap. Thank me later.

286 Fox St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa


Little Addis Café

The restaurant is small but the flavors are big. For those new to traditional Ethiopian fare, the photo-heavy menu is easy to navigate, ranging from lentil and veggie stews as well as flavorful and meat dishes. No trip to an Ethiopian spot is complete without Ethiopian coffee. Do yourself a favor and grab a seat outside so you can people watch while dining in this quaint little café.

280 Fox St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa


The Blackanese

CravingSushi craving in South Africa? The Blackanese has you covered. Merging African fare with Asian entrees, it’s the perfect place to dine for dishes like biltong sushi or prawn braii. Adorned with exposed brick , leather and wood, the restaurant also offers sushi making classes for groups of 10 or more.

20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa


Che Argentine Grill-

The perfect spot for an elegant date night in the city, Che is a must-eat option for steak lovers. The menu is chock full of savory meat options prepared on the wood fire grill in the restaurant’s open kitchen. Starters are made for sharing with cheese and olive platters. Make a point to try the empanadas with fillings that range from ham, beef and cheese. The ambiance is dim and rustic, the perfect ingredients for a sexy night out.

303 Fox St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 2043, South Africa