4 Al fresco eateries in Joburg

Almost Orange (Hartebeesport)

Long lazy weekend lunches beneath the trees is what Almost Orange is all about. The casual sister restaurant to the more serious Silver Orange invites guest to indulge in a selection of generous sharing platters packed with Mediterranean delights, gourmet cold and cured meats or a selection of beautiful cheeses. Next, choose from their small plates options, which includes the likes of salt-and-pepper calamari and pulled pork belly spring rolls. Complete the meal with a libation from their well-stocked bar of premium gins and craft beers.


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Arbour Café (Birdhaven)

This courtyard eatery is the perfect space to unwind in the leafy suburb of Birdhaven. Pick a table out on the centre court eatery and enjoy a selection of dishes from the European-inspired café menu. The mushroom galette is a must-try, the soft savoury French buckwheat pancake enveloping a creamy exotic mushroom sauce. If you’re in a mood for a sandwich, try the creamy peri-peri option. It’s also the perfect place to pop in for a slice of delicious cake, a coffee and some sunshine.


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Culinary Table (Lanseria)

An absolute hidden gem, Culinary Table is a glorious garden-to-table eatery helmed by chef Daniela Gustadt, who serves up honest flavour-forward food. Sit out on the patio overlooking the organic kitchen garden and indulge in an array of dishes off the weekly menu, which changes based on what’s growing. From babka French toast to beetroot risotto, they’ve got it all!


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Leafy Greens Cafe (Muldersdrift)

Antonia de Luca’s café is the perfect place to escape to for some countryside air and clean eating. Leafy Greens offers an exciting array of vegan, vegetarian and plant-based dishes for breakfast – try the gluten-free pancakes served with berry coulis – and lunch, where a buddha bowl with falafel, beetroot hummus, rice noodles and a creamy hemp dressing comes highly recommended. Also on offer is an array of freshly pressed juices.


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