As South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg boasts a wide range of delicious restaurants, bistros and cafés. Many of these eateries offer delectable breakfast menus, and even Sunday brunch as well. The only down side to this is having to choose which of Johannesburg’s spectacular breakfast or brunch places to go to! Hopefully our selection of some of the finest will help…
Nice on 4th
While Nice on 4th has amazing lunch and dinner menus, what they are really known for is their signature breakfast basket. This perfect breakfast combination features a basket made out of toast. (Yes, a basket made of toast!) These toast baskets are then filled with poached eggs and bacon. Finally, the breakfast basket is topped with a spicy tomato relish. Pescatarians and vegetarians can also rejoice: this special can be made with salmon or veggies instead of bacon. Pair their breakfast bowls with a fresh-squeezed juice or coffee and you’re away!
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 7.30am- 4pm
Watch out for: The breakfast baskets of course!
Address: Nice on 4th, 37 4th Ave, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 788 6286
Grand Central Café
Grand Central Café is a bar by night but a splendid breakfast spot by morning. Here, breakfast is served daily until 12.30pm. The breakfast menu is extensive and largely focuses on a variety of egg dishes. From classic omelets to eggs benedict, Grand Central Café is an egg lover’s paradise. Try the croquet madame, which is brioche bread topped with ham and a fried egg, or their “steakfast”, which boasts a sirloin steak, two eggs and grilled onions and tomatoes. The portions are large and each breakfast is served with a choice of toast, so visitors should work up an appetite before arriving.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 6.30am-11pm
Watch out for: The egg-cellent menu (sorry)
Address: Grand Central Café, The Piazza, Melrose Arch, 38 Whiteley Rd, Melrose North, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 684 1506
Patisserie de Paris
Get a taste of France at Patisserie de Paris. Serving traditional Parisian pastries, this French bakery is perfect for a quick yet delicious morning breakfast on the go. Or, sit in their café and indulge in one of their breakfast combinations; going from ham and cheese filled croissants and quiches. The light and airy décor featuring shades of pink and light blue puts diners in a good mood from the start of each day. Also, their baked goods and pastries are baked fresh in-house – bon appetite!
Watch out for: The freshly baked goods
Address: Patisserie de Paris, 9 Mackay Ave, Randburg, Johannesburg South Africa, +27 11 326 0913
POST Breakfast Lunch
At POST Breakfast Lunch it does not need to be morning in order to enjoy breakfast because this restaurant serves breakfast all day! No sir, there’s no rush to make it out of bed in order to eat breakfast at POST. Sleep in, head to POST, and try the chocolate flapjacks with nutella, or the egg and cheese crostini with napolitana sauce. On a nice day, guest can enjoy their breakfasts in POST’s outdoor courtyard. Or, take a seat inside next to one of their large windows and wallow in the view.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 6.30am-4pm, Sat 8.30am-2pm
Watch out for: The all-day options
Address: POST Breakfast Lunch, 70 Juta St, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 72 248 2078
Serving savory, sweet and healthy breakfasts, Salvation Café is a morning heaven. Their huge menu offers a whole host of different morning entrées. Located on Johannesburg’s trendy Stanley Avenue, Salvation Café is the perfect breakfast stop before spending the day at the nearby shops and boutiques. Locals enjoy meeting up with friends in Salvation Café’s lovely courtyard for one of their many breakfast meals, or heading down for some Caribbean sweets, French toast with fresh fruit, or a haloumi breakfast burrito.
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 8am-4pm
Watch out for: The haloumi breakfasts
Address: Salvation Café, 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 482 7795
This contemporary café chain boasts one of Johannesburg’s best breakfasts. Tashas is a trendy way for guests to start their day, as it is often visited by the city’s business people and socialites. The ambiance is light and refreshing, boasting marble countertops, white roses, and wooden wine cabinets to boot. Their eclectic menu features breakfast dishes from around the world. Don’t miss the hummus toastie or the Italian croissant filled with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 6am-6pm
Watch out for: The stylish clientèle
Address: Tashas, Shop No. G28, The Zone, Oxford Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 447 7972
Voodoo Lily Café
Known for their local and sustainable ingredients, Voodoo Lily Café is a conscientious and delicious breakfast option. Their fresh and wholesome food reflects their mantra of maintaining family values. The restaurant treats each and every guest like family, making for a positive and cozy ambiance. Voodoo Lily Café offers a make your own breakfast egg scramble option, along with other breakfast dishes, such as the shakshouka with home-made pita, and organic oats with banana and raw honey.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-3pm
Address: Voodoo Lily Café, 64 St Andrew St & Wrenrose Ave, Birdhaven, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 442 6965
The Whippet Coffee
The Whippet Coffee is another of Johannesburg’s trendy breakfast options. Visitors rave about their hand-crafted food and specialty coffees and teas. Breakfast is served until 12pm and features many vegetarian options. The fresh papaya bowl filled with homemade granola and yogurt makes for a delicious and healthy breakfast. Or, go for the potato rosti breakfast with herbed potatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, tomato relish and watercress. Delicious!
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 6.30am-4pm, Sat 7am-3pm
Watch out for: The tasty rostis
Address: The Whippet Coffee, 34 7th St, Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 782 7310
Warm & Glad
Warm & Glad’s name says it all: their food is warm and visitors are always glad they came. The restaurant opened in 2012 and has since provided guests with breakfast in a comfortable atmosphere. The décor is unassuming and homey with wooden stools at the counter, houseplants scattered throughout and soft lighting to boot. Don’t miss their all-day breakfast, featuring scrambled eggs with chorizo and freshly squeezed juices.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 7.30am-10.30pm, Sat 8am-10.30pm
Watch out for: The all-day breakfast options
Address: Warm & Glad, Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 781 0455
Fresh Earth Food Store
Fresh Earth Food Store is well-known for their healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine. With a scrumptious breakfast menu, even meat eaters can enjoy the Fresh Earth Food Store’s offering. Like their food, the restaurant’s ambiance feels fresh and airy. Sit outside at one of the café’s wooden tables surrounded by lush green plants and don’t miss the pesto and grilled vegetable frittata, or the golden flax flapjacks with strawberries. They are both divine!
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-4pm
Watch out for: The flax flapjacks
Address: Fresh Earth Food Store, 103 Komatie St, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 646 4404