Nine unique dining spots to try in Mzansi

No matter where you live, or where you are going, there is a seat at the table waiting to show you that South Africa truly inspires new ways.

You really don’t need to spend your Easter weekend doing the same old lunch in the same old places. There are so many seats at so many tables to be explored and indulged in as you take a Sho’t Left in Mzansi.

No matter where you live, or where you are going, there is a seat at the table waiting to show you that South Africa truly inspires new ways.

Here’s a seat at the table to choose from in each province: 

Gauteng – Living Room, Johannesburg

If you are struggling to find your seat at the table, you need to try the Living Room. No, not your living room, THE Living Room. Situated at the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, this uniquely explorative dining experience is perhaps the only venue with a fully-fledged rooftop garden to explore. Brilliant for Sunday lunches, this may be the place to be this Easter as it always brings something fresh to the table. Plus, the view of the City of Gold is unmatched. 

KwaZulu-Natal – Cargo Hold, Durban

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most spectacular settings, offering the most unique and sophisticated ambience. Nestled in the stern of the Phantom Ship, with superb views of the ocean and shark tank, this captivating world-class venue restores the splendour of yesteryear. The Cargo Hold Restaurant has been identified as one of the ultimate places to experience in Durban. 

Free State – Clarens Brewery, Clarens

Take small-town charm to the next level as you visit the Clarens Brewery. This is one of the country’s first Brewpub, Cidery and Distillery set in the foothills of the magnificent Maluti Mountains in the most beautiful corner of the Free State. It offers locals and visitors that are passing through the opportunity to sample a selection of the seven standard ales, the ciders, the liqueurs and spirits, and the special seasonal ales that make their way onto the menu from time to time. Not to mention, the food is hearty, delicious, and satisfying.   

North West – Crystal Court, Sun City

Sometimes, you just want to feel like royalty. Be the kings and queens of your own world for a day and take a seat at the table at the Crystal Court restaurant in Sun City’s famously lavish Palace. Enjoy the very best food from around the world in a sophisticated setting with beautiful views at Sun City’s Crystal Court. You won’t stop here for a quick bite to eat, enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet, or enjoy the finest in international cuisine during a long and luxurious dinner. 

Eastern Cape – Kitchen Windows

If you’re looking for a seat at a table with an ocean view, there are few better than Kitchen Windows in Jeffreys Bay. The name “Kitchen Windows” refers to the surf spot to the right of the restaurant. Jeffrey’s Bay has always been one of the best fishing areas in South Africa. The fishermen used to refer to the area now called Kitchen Windows as Little Reef. It became a popular surf spot during the 60s and the spot became known as Kitchen Windows as the surfers of the time looked through their kitchen window to see if the surf was firing.

Here you’ll find the best seafood, a wide array of wine to choose from, and one of the best views of the bay you can get.

Mpumalanga – Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park

If you want to get wild, but remain comfortable, you definitely have to take a seat at the table at the Kruger National Park’s Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Lower Sabie is one of Kruger National Park’s Main rest camps and is situated on the southern bank of the Sabie River, in the south-eastern section of the park. It has an incredible deck overlooking the river with amazing views of the park and no shortage of delicious food to indulge in.  

Northern Cape – Cluster d’Hote, Sutherland

In Sutherland, you can take a seat at the universe’s table. This Northern Cape town has gained a reputation for being a stargazer’s paradise with an open window to the heavens. At Cluster d’Hote, you will find a family-run restaurant housed in a Victorian dollhouse with some homey hearty food that is so famous in this area (think of the best lamb you’ve ever tasted). 

Western Cape – Zeitz MOCAA

If you are done with views of nature, you may want to take a seat with a view into the soul of contemporary art at Zeitz MOCAA. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa and the diaspora. With over 100 galleries, spread across nine floors, the museum displays cutting-edge work in its permanent and special exhibitions. The restaurant is also a spectacular artistic feast and will provide a unique seat at the table like none you have ever experienced before as you soak up Africa’s most beautiful contemporary art.

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