Johannesburg. Hipsters and foodies are taking over, and the bar for brunch has been set high. Whether youre stopping in Joburg for a short while before connecting on to elsewhere, or spending your whole time here, take look at the following list to see wheres hot for brunch in Jozi. 1. Pablo Eggs-Go- Bar, Melville Having only opened in April 2016, Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar is off to a roaring start. Sitting on the corner of Melvilles trendy 7th Street, this brunch spot attracts Joburgs cool crowd by the dozens. Even on a miserably wet Saturday morning in early January, when Joburgers are supposedly still on holiday, a queue for tables still snaked out of the front door. A good sign. An impressive and original food menu awaits inside, with an even more extensive cocktails list. Waiters recommended the Shakshuka and the breakfast burger, the Eggs-Go-Bar signature dishes, and they certainly did not disappoint. Only after a sizeable Bloody Mary and a refreshing mimosa did the penny finally drop regarding the perplexing name of this spot. Anyone who hasnt watched the story of Pablo Escobar unfold in the series Narcos might leave a little confused by the Colombian twist to some of the dishes and the cocktail names such as Medellin Mojito; but theyll be satisfied nonetheless. 2. The Whippet, Linden The Whippet in Linden is one of those trendy places that keeps being recommended by smug brunch enthusiasts who discovered it before you did. Fair enough, though, as it definitely is worth shouting about. Again, a Saturday morning queue was involved in the fight to get a table here, but coffees were promptly supplied to ease the pain a little. The food was fresh and tasty – particular shout out for the flatbread; a crispy, oily base for all the usual breakfast suspects; eggs, bacon, mushroom and more. A good reason to visit Linden. 3. Salvation Cafe, 44 Stanley, Milpark Yet another trendy brunch spot that feels like its been directly lifted from Shoreditch, London, or from Berlins edgy Kreuzberg. In fact, its easy to forget youre in South Africa at all. 44 Stanley is a little complex in Milpark that offers boutique shops and a couple of little restaurants, and of course a beer yard. Its a calming little pocket of Joburg making it a perfect spot for some weekend brunch at Salvation Cafe, one of the few options of eateries there. Sat beneath the canopy of trees next to a gently trickling water feature, and it would be very easy to spend the whole day here. 4. Vovo Telo, Parkhurst Yes, Vovo Telo is indeed a chain, but theres something quite enticing about the Parkhurst branch on a Sunday morning. Its buzzy and friendly somehow, with a cute courtyard out the back where eggs and coffee can be enjoyed in the shade. Its always very busy, so some patience may be required, but its a safe bet for a decent brunch. With a bakery attached, the place smells incredible and Parkhurst is also a lovely area to stroll through once the brunch-shaped gap in your stomach has been satisfied. 5. Junipas, Bryanston The vibe of this place is probably a little less cool than many other Joburg spots, but that is exactly whats quite attractive about Junipas. It doesnt try too hard to be anything its not; its a simple, but decent all-day bistro with a pretty extensive breakfast menu. It must be pointed out that theres a distinct lack of avocado on offer, but a strong focus on eggs, which is also welcome. A special mention goes to the coffee and pastry section here, to which there is a whole separate area dedicated. Service is attentive, and families/mummies who brunch are a very common sight here. You do look out onto the car park of Hobart Grove shopping centre, but unfortunately thats often par for the course in Joburg.The brunch business is booming in
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