8038, Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto
You know a place is special when it’s located opposite Desmond Tutu’s house. After months researching a character called Vuyo, based on an advert about an entrepreneur who started his own mobile vending business, Miles Kubheka discovered that Vuyo was a fictitious character, but still decided to trademark the name and make it a brand. Vuyo’s, set in the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners have lived, is a restaurant that combines modern with traditional. Only a couple of steps away from the house where Madiba lived from 1946-62, Vuyo’s is also a five-minute drive away from the Hector Petersen memorial. This double-storey restaurant has great views of Soweto; you can enjoy their well-stocked bar while dining on some Sebete (chicken livers), Mokopu (butternut) and Kasimari (a township twist on fried calamari). You’ll love it in the summer when you get to sit outside, people-watch and check out the supercars that are a feature on Vilakazi Street during weekends.
Whether it’s lounging in KwaMashu or sipping bubbles in Vilakazi Street, township restaurants are up there with the best of them.
Contact: 011 536 1838
ARTIZEN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
P47 Vovo Road, 4360 KwaMashu, Durban
Some of South Africa’s biggest entertainment awards have happened in Durban. This is not surprising considering the city’s warm, tropical weather throughout the year. The numbers also prove that Durban is the place to be having had over 7-million tourists visit its shores in 2015. It’s no wonder then that the city’s beginning to give Joburg’s upmarket township spots a run for their money. One such establishment is Artizen in KwaMashu. With well-known DJs playing sets over weekends, Artizen is perfect for a chill out session with great music and good friends. The restaurant often posts events on their Twitter page @artizen_sa, so make sure to follow them so you don’t miss out.
Contact: 082 970 7475
333/4/5 Sagila Street, Phiri, Soweto
If you’re a meat lover then Bafokeng Corner is the place for you. From beef stew to chicken and wors, this is a meat-lover’s paradise. With platters meant for groups, Bafokeng Corner is the modern-day Joburger’s prime spot, with its minimalist, white interiors the restaurant is both welcoming and sophisticated. The platters, described as ‘hampers’ on the menu, start from R150 and go all the way up to over R350, depending on the size of your posse. Located close to Jabulani Mall, the restaurant is near the M1 North and is easily accessible from major Jozi routes. For the guys, if you’ve been given a weekend visa then this is the perfect spot for you and your friends to chill on a boys’ weekend.
Contact: 084 505 8318