My favourite meal of the day without a doubt is breakfast. I love that you can either have something sweet like flapjacks or something savoury like eggs and toast and no one will judge. I always say the earlier I go to sleep then the earlier I can wake up which means the sooner I can eat my breakfast … And also have my coffee.
I have put together a list of my best breakfast spots in and around Johannesburg that we frequent all the time. What I love most about these places is firstly, the food; secondly, the coffee and thirdly, the atmosphere. I will also tell you what I always order at each restaurant. I am a creature of habit and don’t often veer from my favourites.
Tasha’s in Bedfordview
The best thing about Tasha’s is they serve breakfast all day! So if you rock up here at 4 in the afternoon, you will definitely get your scrambled eggs on toast happily served to you. I also like that you can change up the menu however you like and there won’t be a problem. Often at other restaurants when you swop this for that or say no x but extra y, they hesitate before saying they’ll have to ask the manager. At Tasha’s you can create your own dish without any hesitation!
My favourite things to order: Dr Paw Paw, Citrus Sunrise, or fruit salad and yoghurt.
More info: www.tashascafe.com
The Fat Zebra Parkhurst
Linden and Parkhurst are both my favourite neighbourhoods based on the fact that there are so many different restaurants to choose from. It has fast become a foodie’s haven. One of my absolute favourite breakfast spots though is The Fat Zebra. I cannot tell you enough how much I love this little restaurant. The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is so cozy! They also make the best poached eggs ever – they are always perfect every time. And the best thing is, they don’t taste like vinegar!
My favourite things to order: two poached eggs, macon, creamy parmesan mushrooms and ciabatta toast. I also love the maple crumpet mountain.
More info: www.thefatzebra.co.za
Glenda’s – Hyde Park
A restaurant oozing with style and chic, it is no wonder we love to eat here on Sunday mornings. The food is just as glamorous as the decor. I always feel like I’m in a café in the heart of Paris when I eat at Glenda’s and I just love it!
My favourite thing to order: nearly everything on the breakfast menu as you simply cannot go wrong with anything.
Address: Hyde Square, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and North Road, Hyde Park.
More info: www.glendas.co
Nice in Parkhurst
We have been regulars at Nice ever since my university days (which is a long time ago!). We just love this cozy little restaurant in Parkhurst’s very vibey 4th Avenue for a lazy weekend breakfast. Nice is famous for their egg baskets. The egg baskets are made from 2 slices of toast and are filled with eggs, bacon and tomato relish. My favourite though is the vegetarian basket which is filled with eggs, mushrooms, tomato relish and avocado. Be also sure to try a slice of their Belgian Chocolate Cake. It oozes deliciousness!
My favourite thing to order: half and half.
More info: www.niceon4th.co.za
Pauls French Bakery at The Neighbourhood or Melrose Arch
We visit Pauls so often, I could definitely be part of the furniture. Whether it’s for a simple cup of coffee and a croissant or a full on long lazy breakfast, it’s a go-to spot. The French music in the background really contributes to the atmosphere. And just a little heads up: the next time you’re at a Pauls, and you thought you saw me on the TV – well you did!
My favourite thing to order: the Paillasson Saumon Fumé which is poached egg, hashbrown, cream cheese, capers, smoked salmon trout and Hollandaise sauce.
More info: www.pauls.co.za
PS: Good news for Cape Town: there’s a Pauls opening soon at the V&A Waterfront!
Shuk Deli at Blubird Shopping Centre
A deli serving up a delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired menu? Yes please! Think Shakshuka or Turkish Eggs which are poached eggs with a creamy yoghurt sauce and a burst of spices) as well as a spread of freshly prepared mezze, bagels, flatbreads, Turkish rolls, dips and bakes. And don’t forget the coffee! Johannesburg was in desperate need for somewhere different and delicious, and Shuk Deli has definitely delivered.
My favourite thing to order: the Shakshuka. It’s as good if not better than what I had in Israel!
More info: www.instagram.com/shukdeli
Where is your favourite breakfast spot in Johannesburg?