Tag Archives: Hidden gem

Salvation Cafe, 44 Stanley

I am a little bit in love with Salvation Cafe lately. Situated in the heart of 44 Stanley in Milpark (an old series of industrial buildings, transformed into a meander of trendy boutiques and restaurants), it offers everything that I admire in food creation. Prepared with love and their own freshly grown herbs and greens, it offers a trendy buzz of deliciousness, complete with organic ingredients and plenty of vegetarian options.

According to their wesite:

All true!

Try creating your own fresh juices – a good ol’ ABC – apple, beetroot, carrot – with a twist of ginger is divine.

Get there early on a Saturday – before 9.30am – or make yourself comfortable with the idea of waiting for a table. It’s a comfortable environment (and they have wine) so tables don’t turn over so quickly.

Being in the centre of the buzz, it’s always  a good place to play ‘which hipster has the weirdest hairdo’ too 😉

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Jozi’s hot free wi-fi spots

Having sporadic internet issues at the moment, I’m all ears for quiet places with free wi-fi where I can run to and get my work done. I fear that I am fast becoming one of those ‘coffee shop entrepreneurs’, but nonetheless, it is always nice to have a change of scenery, some tea and cake and get things done.

Jozi is filled with these kinds of places – you can find some of them here – although not an extensive list, it does have a few options.

I thought I’d share my favourites with you, some of which I have already blogged about:

Just Ginns – This little gem of a coffee shop/lifestyle store lies in Chilli Lane Shopping Centre in Sunninghill and is my personal favourite. Cakes, scones, treats and sweets, as well as fresh juices and a harvest table lunch offering, you really can hang around all day and be taken well care of. Be sure to tip well here – they donate all tips to charity. There are enough power points and the wi-fi is fast.

Bean There – This coffee shop at 44 Stanley is also a lovely find. Excellent free trade coffee and a bustling atmosphere, it’s a great spot to try out. They don’t serve food there, but you can get a sandwich from the sandwich stall and eat at Bean There while you work. They also have a conference room for hire.

Wolves – Totally hipster spot in the heart of Illovo. See my post for more detail. You must have a red velvet cupcake or three – the best in Jozi!

Gingko – Feel as if you are working from your patio in your own garden at Gingko. Fresh, organic and free-range everything, their smoothies and juices are to die for! See my post for more detail.

I hope to see you around at my ‘offices’ 🙂 Get in touch with me on Foursquare and we can connect.

Please do share any of your own personal favourites as comments – I’m always on the lookout for hot wi-fi spots…


Leafy Greens Cafe, Muldersdrift

Here’s another vegetarian gem, just outside of Jozi. Take a relaxing drive towards Muldersdrift and you will find Leafy Greens Cafe, just opposite Casa Linga (they share the same premises). Their website is not very good, but their vegan buffet is delicious.

All their food is vegan and organic and they have their own veggie garden on the farm that they use for their dishes. Every meal sold at Leafy Greens Cafe gives R1.00 to feed a child in Africa through the JAM Movement. They also have a shop inside the restaurant with all sorts of health foods (try their agave and vanilla pecan nuts…holy crap!)

Sounds like a decent way to spend a Sunday afternoon, right? Give it a go.


Tashas – Yum!

Okay, so Tashas is amazing. This is definitely another fairly hidden gem. I had lunch there today in Gateway, on my post-Durban July day. The decor is just gorgeous – you can see that a lot of thought went into decorating this place. The food is just plain delicious and they serve very healthy-sized portions, with a lot of vegetarian variety on the menu.

Serious mouth orgasms happening in this place!

The pics below were taken in the Gateway branch, but are also a few in Jozi that is just as impressive.

Eat your heart out!