Johannesburg Food and Wine Tours
The Vibrant Capital at the Heart of South Africa
When a traveller thinks of South Africa, images of safaris and Cape Town with its famous mountain come to mind. Perhaps Johannesburg is not as a sexy as Cape Town, but is the thriving business capital of the African continent. A unique urban renaissance has enabled the city to evolve into a multicultural melting pot of unique cuisines from all over the continent. While Cape Town bears the crown of South Africa’s most touristic city and has its own well-established food scene, it is Johannesburg’s Pan-African cultural edge that makes it an exciting foodie destination.
The city’s diverse neighbourhoods offer hungry travellers a chance to eat their way across the African continent. In the Fordsburg neighbourhood, for example, you will discover Tandoori chicken made the traditional Pakistani way, or enjoy a uniquely South-African/Indian dish: the bunny chow (a quarter loaf of bread filled with delicious lamb or chicken curry).
In Little Addis, in the inner city, travellers can share a large injera (sourdough flatbread with fillings) at a wide range of Ethiopian restaurants. You will also find several Somali restaurants serving delicious briyani and baasto, Somali versions of pasta bearing the legacy of Italian influence. In the Yeoville neighbourhood, you will find traders selling cassava and dried shrimp, as well as bustling restaurants from Ghana, Cameroon and the Congo.
The Portuguese and Mozambican influences are felt in the south of the city, where you can enjoy delicious Mozambican piri piri chicken, espetada and mouthwatering fish baked whole.
The gentrification projects of the inner city have opened up previously unexplored spaces and made possible new food experiences for locals and tourists alike. You can spend a Saturday morning exploring the Braamfontein neighbourhoods’ street food market and enjoy amazing views of the city with cocktails on a rooftop. Maboneng’s Market on Main takes place on Sundays, offering a similar street food experience in the city’s creative design district.
The city offers endless possibilities for Pan-African cuisine, but what about South African food? It would be difficult to define South Africa’s national dish. A national cuisine is a product of a shared national culture and this is something that has still not been defined in South Africa. The country still suffers from the terrible legacy of Apartheid, which promoted only white and European traditions. During this regime, the intricate and rich food traditions from Indian, Cape Malay, Zulu, Xhosa and Khoisan cooking were largely ignored. Awareness of the diverse local food culture is changing, however, and more traditional foods are now being showcased in street food markets and restaurants. Most South Africans share a love for red meat, especially cooked over the coals on a braai (barbeque).
Our food and culture tours in Johannesburg offer a unique opportunity to combine a cultural perspective of the city, exploring a historical neighbourhoods, meeting locals and sampling delicious food at authentic family-run restaurants.
Our South African cooking class is a vibrant experience taking place in the city’s creative design district, Maboneng. In a relaxing environment, you will be guided by our enthusiastic and experienced chef in creating an authentic African dish using fresh, organic local produce. The experience is a special one, as you share a meal with your friends and fellow travellers, paired with magnificent local wines.