The 8 Best Breakfast and Brunch Places in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa | © Travis Lupick / Flickr
Photo of Alana Tabak
11 July 2018

As South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg boasts a wide range of delicious restaurants, bistros and cafés. With many of these restaurants offering delicious brunch menus, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our selection of the best.

Nice on 4th

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Bakery, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Tea , Fast Food, $$$
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While Nice on 4th is best known for its signature breakfast basket and the basket itself is made from toast. These toast baskets are then filled with poached eggs and bacon and topped with a spicy tomato relish. Pescatarians and vegetarians are also catered for as this breakfast special can also be made with salmon or vegetables instead of bacon.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch


Fast Casual, Casual, Cosy, Relaxed

Patisserie de Paris

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, French, Pastries, Dessert, European, Fast Food, Tea , $$$
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Patisserie de Paris, Johannesburg
Patisserie de Paris, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Patisserie de Paris

Get a taste of France at Patisserie de Paris. Serving traditional Parisian pastries freshly baked in-house, this French bakery is perfect for a quick, delicious morning breakfast on the go. If you’ve got more time, indulge in one of their breakfast combinations such as ham-and-cheese croissants.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch


Fast Casual, Boutique, Casual, Cosy

POST Breakfast Lunch

Cafe, Patisserie, European, American
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At POST Breakfast Lunch it does not need to be morning in order to enjoy breakfast: this restaurant serves brunch all day long. Sleep in, head to POST and try the Nutella flapjacks or the egg-and-cheese crostini with napolitana sauce. Enjoy brunch outside in the courtyard or find a table inside and soak up the view from the large windows.

Salvation Café

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, South African, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Fast Food, $$$
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Salvation Cafe, Johannesburg
Salvation Cafe, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Salvation Cafe

With an extensive menu offering savoury, sweet and healthy breakfasts, Salvation Café is a morning haven. Located on Johannesburg’s trendy Stanley Avenue, Salvation Café is the perfect breakfast stop before spending the day at the nearby shops and boutiques. Sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy some Caribbean sweets, French toast with fresh fruit or a halloumi breakfast burrito.


Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Healthy, Fusion, $$$
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Tasha's Mascapone French Toast
Tasha's Mascapone French Toast | © Saaleha Bamjee

This contemporary café chain boasts one of Johannesburg’s best breakfasts. Tashas is a trendy way for guests to start their day and is often visited by the city’s business people and socialites. The ambience is light and refreshing, boasting marble countertops, white roses and wooden wine cabinets. 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.

Voodoo Lily Café

Restaurant, Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy, South African, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Voodoo Lily Café, Johannesburg
Voodoo Lily Café, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Voodoo Lily

Known for their local and sustainable ingredients, Voodoo Lily Café is a conscientious and delicious breakfast option. Their fresh and wholesome food reflects their ethos of maintaining family values. The restaurant treats each and every guest like family, making for a positive and cosy ambience. Voodoo Lily Café offers a variety of breakfast dishes, such as shakshouka with homemade pita and organic oats with banana and raw honey.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert


Outdoors, Casual, Cosy

The Whippet Coffee

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, South African, Contemporary, $$$
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The Whippet Coffee is another of Johannesburg’s trendy breakfast options. Visitors rave about their handcrafted food and speciality coffees and teas. Breakfast is served until 12pm and features many vegetarian options. The fresh papaya bowl, which is filled with homemade granola and yogurt, makes for a healthy, tasty breakfast. Or, go for the equally delicious potato rosti breakfast with herby potatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, tomato relish and watercress.

Fresh Earth Food Store

Cafe, Deli, Restaurant, Grocery Store, Healthy, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Banting friendly_Fresh Earth_Hummus bowl-min
Banting friendly_Fresh Earth_Hummus bowl-min

Fresh Earth Food Store is well known for its healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The restaurant has a fresh and airy feel, and you can also sit outside at one of the café’s wooden tables surrounded by lush green plants. The menu offers dishes such as pesto and grilled vegetable frittata, and golden flax flapjacks with strawberries.

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