7 luxury brunch spots in Joburg

Is there anything better on a mid-Saturday morning than a perfect plate of eggs benedict and an ice cold Bloody Mary? I think not! Brunch is a saving grace – it doesn’t happen too early, it offers just the right amount of indulgence and it’s a social event that almost everyone enjoys. These brunch destinations in Joburg are sure to satisfy nearly every craving in the book – happy feasting!

The Whippet Coffee
This coffee shop is a Linden hotspot. Visitors rave about its speciality teas and coffees and hand-crafted foods – and for good reason! On the menu, you’ll find mouth-watering brunch options, including a crispy bacon croissant, breakfast burrito, eggs benedict and fresh papaya bowl. Accompany your dish of choice with a Wake Shake or Crème Brulee Latte and you’re all set for one seriously moreish morning meal! PS: Make sure to arrive extra early to secure yourself a table as the restaurant doesn’t take bookings. 34 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg. Details: 011 782 7310

Nice on 4th
While this cosy, cutesy café on Parkhurst’s busy and buzzing 4th avenue offers lunch and dinner menus that are sure to wow you, it’s best-known for its signature baskets. The most popular is the Egg Basket, which features two baskets made out of toast filled with poached eggs and crispy bacon and topped with a spicy tomato relish. The Salmon Basket is also a treat and is the perfect combination of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, cream cheese, relish and chives – best enjoyed with a freshly-squeezed fruit juice. 37 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. Details: 011 788 6286

KCC – La Vie En Rose
This charming garden restaurant is a super spot to enjoy the best meal of the day. The menu is extensive and has basic options like waffles and avocado toast as well as more creative dishes like the English Elegance and the September Morn. Feeling extra peckish? Try the Blushing Beauty Sandwich, filled with Norwegian smoked salmon, cream cheese, Spanish onion and avocado. Another great option is the Rising Star Wrap – a vegetarian-friendly option with crispy Moroccan brinjals and Danish feta, dressed with fresh mint, basil, Spanish onions and tangy lime zest. Killarney Country Club, 60 5th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg. Details: 011 268 6144

Urban Angel Café
Tucked away in an unassuming office park is this quaint and quiet spot. It dishes up tantalising brunch options like a cauliflower rosti, eggs benedicts and buttermilk flapjacks served with raw honey. If you’re a juicing junkie, be sure to try its raw juices. The alkalising green juice and classic beet juice are both super-refreshing. Side note: The Raw Chocolate Smoothie is also love at first sip! Boskruin Office Park, corner President Fouche Drive & Hawken Road, Boskruin, Johannesburg. Details: 011 010 2777

The Fat Zebra
Another top-class brunch spot in the hot foodie district of Linden is this owner-run eatery. Here you can treat yourself to the best buttermilk crumpets in town, stacked high with crispy bacon, crème fraisch, seasonal berries, toasted almonds and syrup. Fancy something savoury instead? Try The Full Monty or the Eggs ‘Ben-Addicted’. After a big night out‘The Babalaas’ goes down well – think a toasted sarmie filled with bacon or macon and egg, topped with ham, cheese and grated Parmesan and served with crisps and a shot of cream soda on the side. 71 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg. Details: 082 469 5757

Warm & Glad
The name says it all – the food is warm and hearty and visitors are always oh-so-glad to be here! The brunch menu is a feast for the eyes (and tummy) with options like rich, creamy scrambled eggs or a nutritious bowl of homemade granola. The bacon and gorgonzola gourmet sandwich and Nha Trang chicken baguette are more filling options that go down well with a prosecco mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Details: 011 326 0786

Salvation Café
At this morning heaven tucked away in 44 Stanley, the menu of morning entrees is a feast for the eyes (and tummy). Try the breakfast burrito, filled with grass-fed sausage, scrambled eggs, spring onion, jalapeno, sour cream, cheese, tomato salsa, guacamole and fresh coriander. Another popular option is the Garden Wrap, stuffed with carrot, beans, cucumber, halloumi, sundried tomato pesto, olives and avocado. For those with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with the French toast! 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg. Details: 011 482 7795

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