Joburg hotspots: 3 irresistible places to eat in Steyn City


New restaurants are sprouting up across Johannesburg, contributing to an eclectic dining landscape dominated by privately owned establishments. This transformation has elevated the city’s culinary scene to one of its top attractions, drawing in both locals and tourists alike. Nowhere is this more evident than at Steyn City, where a curated selection of privately owned eateries serves as a microcosm of the broader culinary movement sweeping through the city.

Steyn City’s boutique dining options stand out for their variety and diversity. These are, after all, the hallmarks of a world-class luxury residential lifestyle estate that prides itself on providing something for everyone, whether that pertains to homes or activity, as the estate has a wide number of facilities.

For non-residents who are looking for a lunch where one lazy course follows another until it’s early evening, or a champagne celebration to mark a special dining occasion, Steyn City has these spots open for you.

19 by Michael

19 by michael at steyn city

19 by Michael is where it all started at Steyn City – which is why many people regard it as their go-to when they’re in the mood for a special occasion dinner, after-work drinks or anything in between.

It is, first and foremost, the restaurant’s stunning setting at the architecturally award-winning clubhouse that draws guests in. Steyn City is well known for its beauty: located on 2 000 acres of indigenous planted parkland, this is a place where time seems to slow, and where every vista is a kaleidoscope of green. These views have secured Steyn City’s 18-hole Nicklaus design championship golf course a spot amongst the most popular courses in Gauteng – so it follows that the restaurant, 19 by Michael, overlooking the course, is just as sought after.


But it’s not just the views that make this such a special spot. Swiss-trained chef Michael Holenstein, who has been at the helm since 2020, and sous chef Mpotseng Modise have made their mark with an unwavering accent on dishes that delight: each plate is a careful curation of textures and flavours that marry masterfully. 19 by Michael also stands out for its emphasis on local ingredients that pay tribute to South Africa’s culinary heritage, with a menu that changes seasonally.

So, what’s on that menu? You can choose the à la carte offering, where dishes range from the salads of grilled nectarine – drizzled with balsamic, the acidity offset with creamy bocconcini and the bitter bite of arugula – to the traditional (Mpotseng’s mixed grill, with boerewors, chicken drum and thigh, rump steak, chakalaka and pap) and even the classic. Anyone for a double cheeseburger? Alternatively, order off the light meals menu (the snack platters are a great option) or treat yourself to ocean-fresh sushi. 19 by Michael also has an enviable wine list, and because cocktails are a natural companion for any stunning sunset, there’s a prime selection of these too.

Café del Sol Steyn City


Here’s a name that is synonymous with hearty yet delicious Italian-style cuisine. The Café del Sol family brand has garnered one accolade after another in recognition of its scrumptious Italian-inspired fare, and Steyn City’s locale stays true to all the factors that have made it one of Johannesburg’s favourites.

Expect the same attention to detail, a key ingredient when food is made with love. Café del Sol Steyn City dishes up the same hearty pasta dishes – just like Nonna would make – as well as lip-smacking antipasti and Neapolitan pizza, all bubbling cheese and pillowy crust, straight out the oven. Of course, a meal would not be replete without sampling one of their delicious desserts.

Not in the mood to eat out, but still feel like a Mediterranean feast? Check out the deli and fill up on fresh pasta sauces, Italian treats and specialty cheeses and meat – everything you need to plan the perfect charcuterie board, picnic or dinner party.


Again, it’s the restaurant’s setting that makes the difference. You’ll find Café del Sol spilling onto the Main Piazza at City Centre, Steyn City’s flagship apartment development. City Centre’s apartment homes have redefined urban living, bringing a touch of Europe to South Africa with the development’s bustling piazza. It’s a natural fit for a restaurant that calls to mind sun-kissed shores of faraway places. The piazza also makes it a great choice for families seeking a special place, where adults can chat away the hours while children roam free.

Want to take a wander around the Main Piazza after your meal? Drop into Paul’s Homemade Ice cream, a true haven for those with a sweet tooth. While this much-loved chain first made its name with inventive ice cream flavours (malva pudding, Nutella and banana, and Vietnamese coffee caramel are just a few examples), it has since branched out – so make this your first stop for buttery pastries, gooey brownies and anything else your sugar craving could make you imagine.

The Farmhouse


Speaking of family-friendly destinations and family-owned eateries, The Farmhouse warrants mention here. Expansive lawns welcome you to this charming venue under the trees, the original farm dwelling that remains on the property, where children can work out their energy on the tractor, slides and swings while you settle down to the important business of eating and catching up with friends.

It’s also a great place for parties – but equally picture-perfect (and Instagrammable) if you’re hosting a bridal shower, baby shower, children’s birthday party or even a milestone birthday.

The menu is a wonderful mix of true crowd-pleasers, from breakfasts like Hollandaise-laced eggs Benedict and creamy mushrooms with poached eggs and Parmesan on toast, to the classic chicken pesto sandwich or all-time favourite Farmhouse burger. Alternatively, indulge in bacon and Brie with sweet chilli sauce on your favourite bread or during winter, a hearty bowl of soup with fresh home-cooked ingredients. There’s a menu specifically designed for young ones featuring a range of flavoured milkshakes that will have them ordering more. From the virtuous to the indulgent, there’s a treat for everyone.


Proof indeed that Steyn City offers a world of flavours and experiences, all without leaving the front gates.

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