Top Cheap Eats in Johannesburg

Dont let your budget keep you from enjoying delicious food
Don't let your budget keep you from enjoying delicious food | © Dan Gold / Unsplash

Johannesburg is fast becoming one of the top foodie destinations in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank when eating out. We’ve rounded up the top cheap eats in the city so you can stretch your cash and satisfy your cravings.

Cafe Picobella Trattoria

There’s no need to splurge to get your fill of traditional Italian cuisine. Cafe Picobella Trattoria, in the heart of trendy Melville, serves up dishes originating from pretty much all over Italy. They’re known for their tasty pizzas (all under R100 or £6.15), but they also serve a mean melanzane and the best osso buco this side of Milan.

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Hello Tomato

This trendy takeaway joint serves Italian cuisine to go made using only the freshest ingredients. They try to keep meals authentic while keeping prices as reasonable as possible. So if you’re spending an evening binge-watching your favourite series, look no further than Hello Tomato for the ultimate comfort food to keep you company.

Humble Harry’s

Humble Harry’s is, exactly as its name suggests, a quaint eatery serving unpretentious food and is a favourite meeting spot for locals. The breakfast menu is large and the reasonable prices are no reflection of the large portions. If you stop by for lunch or dinner, you can fill up on anything from salads to pies, pastas or the massive burgers, which are all under R100 or £6.15.

J’s Diner

Mozambican Portuguese chicken is a firm South African favourite, and J’s Diner has become synonymous with the dish. Opt for a full chicken if you’re hungry and choose between lemon and herb or peri-peri flavouring. Other Portuguese options on the menu include trinchado, prawns and chicken pregos, all for under R100 or £6.15.

Satori Restaurant

Another Italian favourite, Satori, is situated in the vibey neighbourhood of Linden. From mouthwatering starters to pastas and a large selection of pizzas, the menu boasts low prices and hefty portions, perfect for family gatherings.

The Schwarma Co

The Schwarma Co in Norwood’s bustling Grant Avenue serves the best of Mediterranean cuisine. The starter menu includes a variety of dips and spreads accompanied by falafel (get seven balls for only R40 or £2.50) and other delicacies. The lamb schwarma, at only R85 (£5.20) and filled with all the extras you desire, is a must-have.

Delta Café

Delta Café is a popular breakfast and brunch spot, and easily one of the most affordable restaurants in the city. Trees provide shade and tower over the relaxing outdoor area, the food is mostly organic and free range and Bean There coffee satisfies caffeine cravings. Nothing on the menu is priced over R100/£6.15, from burgers to sandwiches to salads and pastas; whatever you’re after, you’ll find it here.

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