When load shedding hits, you can count on these Joburg spots to keep the power and the wifi on for your remote work and dining pleasure.
Offering good quality coffee (and milkshakes) as well as delectable café fare, Bootlegger makes for a great remote working spot. With a generator intact, the free wifi keeps on going even after the power goes off. All branches open at 6:30am, with Ferndale and Norwood closing at 5pm, Rosebank at 6pm, the Chartwell branch at 8pm and Honeydew at 9pm.
With a great atmosphere, delicious food and coffee, Harpers restaurant and café has remained consistent for many years. The spot is reliable during load shedding with a working generator and wifi. They are open Monday to Thursday from 8am until 7:30pm, on Fridays from 8am until 8:30pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 8am until 6pm.
Sleek and stylish with seasonal menus and great artisanal coffee, Naked Kitchen is a sophisticated café in Morningside that has you covered with wifi and its inspired dining experience should the lights go off. They’re open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 6pm and on Sunday from 8am until 4pm.
The Whippet’s chic hipster vibe and its delicious food and coffee are some of its leading attractions. It makes for a lovely working space too with dependable wifi during load shedding. Operating hours during the week are Monday to Thursday from 7am to 4pm and Friday from 7am to 5pm.
Known for Chef James Diack’s farm-to-table ethos, Il Contadino is a Joburg favourite that is reliable during power outages with its wifi intact. It’s open Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm.
Enjoy great and authentic Italian food here and worry not about power cut interruptions and wifi. They’re open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 9:30pm. On Sundays, they’re only open for lunch.
Known for its great pizzas and burgers, 86 Public is good spot for business lunches. And you can count on the wifi even during those power outages.
It’s the tranquil garden surroundings that make the dining here extra special. La Vie en Rose is best for high teas, brunches and customised events. There’s a working generator with no wifi disturbances. It’s open Mondays from 7am to 4pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 7am to 10pm.
Specialising in single origin coffees from the continent, Motherland is a trusted coffee spot and café with a favourable, work-friendly environment. A working generator and competent wifi ensure that this consistency doesn’t change during load shedding. It is open weekdays from 6am to 5pm.
Enjoy some casual dining in the family- and dog-friendly environment of Delta Café. Come for breakfast or lunch while catching up on some work if you wish, with their reliable, free wifi that is not affected by load shedding. Weekday operating hours are Tuesdays from 9am to 7pm, and Wednesdays to Fridays from 9am to 9pm.
Treat yourself and your colleagues to an opulent business lunch at Saint with a working generator and wifi that won’t disappoint. The restaurant is conveniently open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm.
This fine-dining restaurant is one of the best in the Illovo area. For business meetings, you can rely on their efficient wifi even during load shedding. They operate from Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 10pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm.
If it’s great steak you’re after, Turn ‘n Tender provides a lovely atmosphere for friends and families to gather. But the spot is also good for a business lunch and the wifi will stay on during load shedding. Visit from Monday to Saturday, from 11.30am to 10pm, and Sunday from 11.30am to 9pm.
Gabriella’s Tea Room is a unique and tranquil space serving breakfast and lunch with Norwegian and Hungarian influences. If you’re looking for an escape while working, this is the place. And the wifi is always on. It’s open Tuesdays to Sundays for breakfast from 8am until 11:30, and for lunch from 12pm until 4pm.
Head to Parea for authentic Greek fare and enjoy the laid-back ambience during the week. The working generator makes sure the wifi is intact when the power goes off. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 10pm and on Sundays from 11.30am to 8.30pm.
The wifi at Del Forno stays on during load shedding and you can enjoy some lunchtime specials at this neighbourhood eatery popular for its pizza, pasta and grills. It’s open Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 10pm.
If you’re up for some Mexican flair in a spirited environment, Perron keeps the vibe going even during load shedding. You can count on the wifi too. It’s open on Mondays from 5pm to 9:30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 9:30pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm.
Find amazing pizza and great Italian food in a charmingly cosmopolitan environment at Piza e Vino. If you choose it for a workday, there’ll be no wifi interruptions during those load shedding days. Operating hours are Sundays and Mondays from 11.30am to 9.30pm and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 10pm.
This trusted neighbourhood Mediterranean eatery and bakery, perfect for various get-togethers, makes for a good remote working space too. A business lunch here goes smoothly with no wifi interruptions. It’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
For family or business occasions, The Grillhouse keeps the lights and the wifi on for your dining and work pleasure. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.