Where to be seen: SA’s most Insta-worthy restaurants

Base your dining decisions on how aesthetically pleasing a spot is? Need that succulent-covered wall as the background of your burger shot or perfect dapples of light to gleam off your glass of carrot juice? These restaurants around the country serve up delicious food and are also pretty easy on the eye. From a Scandi-style coffee shop to a Parisian crêperie, here are the eateries that will help you get the ‘gram.


+27 Café (Hatfield, Pretoria)

Situated in the heart of Hatfield, this café is an arty escape from the city. The food here is as beautiful as the space – we even wrote an article about how pretty it is. Sit in the leafy courtyard and enjoy items like crustless baked cheesecake, fluffy white cheddar omelettes, or ruby-hued berry French toast.

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55 at Workshop55 (Parktown North, Johannesburg) ?

The newest addition to this textured space, 55 has so many elements worth ‘Gramming. From the opulent pink and gold wallpaper and contrasting turquoise tiling to shiny parquet floors, quirky surrealist art and their resident parrot. Bubbles seem like an apt choice for pre-dinner drinks at this art deco lounge – and to toast your imminent Instagram fame!

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Breezeblock (Brixton, Johannesburg)

This light-filled space with its minimalist charm and contemporary pastels is a photographer’s dream. Watch the shadows shift, revealing new angles to the gorgeous tiles, art and succulents collection. The chairs alone deserve to be captured to the ‘Gram for posterity – so get clicking!

Culture Club – Bar de Tapas (Hazelwood, Pretoria)

If you’re not here for the tapas, you’re definitely here for the festive Med-inspired alfresco vibe beneath fairylight-dotted trees. The stylish bar area is also a perfect place to linger over cocktails.

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La Coco C Food Purveyors (Silver Lakes, Pretoria)

Wholesome breakfasts and lunches are almost too pretty to eat here and an added bonus is the easy breezy setting that suits the charming all-day deli and eatery. Don’t miss out on the colourful vegan options and superfood lattes.

Van Der Linde (Linden, Johannesburg) ?

This considered space has everything you need to up the chic Scandi vibes of your feed – warm wooden tones, large windows and greenery for days. You’ll have a hard time choosing just one background – there’s the Houtlander furniture as well as Monsteras and fiddle-leaf fig plants. (Or don’t choose at all – that’s what young throwbacks are for, right?)

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The Chefs Table (Umhlanga)

The chef here was the winner of the 2017 Eat Out Rising Star award, plus the restaurant has fast become one of the most stylish spots in the city. So stylish, in fact, that they were nominated for the 2016 Boschendal Style award. From the Tretchikoff mural to the touches of marble and brass, this industrial yet cosmopolitan space makes for the perfect backdrop to chef Kayla’s seasonal dishes.

Khuluma (Station Drive)

Station Drive needs no introduction as an Instagram hotspot. Khuluma is the latest space to pop up on the graffiti-lined street and it won’t take long before the pretty pink interior and perfectly poured coffees start filling our feeds. They also adorn their tempting pastries with colourful edible flowers for a little touch of whimsy.

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Prodigy Coffee (Umhlanga)

With its white subway tiles, wooden chairs and low hanging plants, this beautiful new coffee shop takes on a calming Scandinavian-esque look that’s perfectly suited for slowly sipping coffee and checking emails. The name of the game here is coffee, but the café also offers easy breakfasts and pastry lunches.

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Western Cape

Betty Blue Bistro (Hermanus)

Following Betty Blue on Instagram is either a really good or really bad idea – they provide brilliant pops of colour on your feed but also extreme hunger pangs. Pass the dilemma on to your followers by ordering one of the colourful salads, curries or infamous pancakes.

The Electric (District Six, Cape Town)

The Electric calls themselves an “ongoing experiment”, which is evident from the nut milk bar’s understated and rustic décor. Snap a pic of the photogenic juices, the health-conscious yummy-looking dishes or in front of the bright yellow entrance.

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île de païn (Knsyna)

Whether you choose to sit outside under the enormous tree or inside under the floating light installation reminiscent of social weavers’s nests, there’s plenty worth photographing in this volumous space. Exposed brick, clever architecture and picture-perfect bakes will have you snapping and munching away.

Maison J (Camps Bay, Cape Town)

Jason Lilley’s newest labour of love serves up croissants and coffee, making for a simple yet elegant setting for a snap beside one of the Tiffany’s-esque takeaway containers. Even better? You can have the ocean in the background.

Swan Café (Cape City Bowl)

You’ll struggle to keep this to just one post – with their stunning galettes, cutesy teapots and über Parisian décor, you’ll be tempted to capture every inch of this crêperie (at least until you’re side-tracked by the amazing food).

The Woodlands Eatery (Vredehoek, Cape Town) ?

This isn’t your average Italian spot. Dishes like arancini balls, fish tacos and tantalising pizzas will cause your followers massive food envy. They also have a bunch of vegan options.

? Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

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