Taking a walk to see Joburg’s public art would be incomplete without a few stops, so here’s my favourite 4 snack stops in the city.
1. Velo (photo from Yaela’s Stage blog)
Where: The Grove, Melle Street, Braamfontein
What it is: A gallery/coffee shop/hangout/with free wifi/fresh food/great coffee. The kind of place you can stay for an hour/or a day.
What it has: The most delicious croissants, cappuccino and sandwiches, and proximity to real street life (plus parking under Hotel Lamunu).
Where: Cnr Simmonds& Anderson Street Marshalltown
What it is: an Asian/everything diner near Standard bank’s headquarters so prepare yourself to be surrounded by the villains of 2011 – bankers.
What it has: delicious sushi, artfully prepared by the friendly chef and great service too.
3. Golden Peacock
Where: Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg
What it is: one of the oldest samoosa take-out joints in the city. It’s been there since I was a kid and is as good as ever
What it has: hot samoosas, mutton, chicken, pea and potato, cheese and onion and a whole more in between. Not the friendliest faces but the samosas make the trip all worthwhile. Plus note the sign:
Where: The Grove, melle street, Braamfontein
What it is: a little misleadingly named as you won’t find real bowls of ramen here – but the stir fries are tasty, the menu simple and it’s a good lunch stop.
What it has: chicken stir fry with fresh crunchy vegetables
* See Public Art in Joburg – the west side story Part I for how to spend the rest of your time.