What are the best places to eat in Johannesburg?

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Places to eat in Johannesburg are endless, whether the cuisine you’re craving is European, African, Asian and more, and the class of food makes those in traditional food cities green with envy. Try out these restaurants chosen by our Forbes Travel Guide editors to understand what all the fuss is really about.
 
1. Blubird Whole Food Market. In the suburb of Sandton, known for high-end shopping and upscale restaurants, stands this market, open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s known as “The United Flavors of Nations,” and carries everything from French to Serbian and Lebanese items. Come with an empty stomach and room in your bag for a few takeaway snacks.
 
2. Catz Pyjamas. Popular with Joburg university students, the suburb of Melville is also home to this happening 24-hour establishment known for its brunch as well as its cocktail menu. Boasting a staff of 70, the menu stretches from omelets to marrow bones to squid salad. Even with picky eaters in tow, everyone will find something to dazzle their taste buds.
 
3. Gramadoelas. It opened its doors in 1967 and was the first restaurant in South Africa that served patrons without regard to skin tone. With guests that have included Bill Clinton and the Queen of England, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at this historic establishment. The menu is a fusion of various South African cultures.
 
4. Roots Restaurant. Roots is outside of the Johannesburg city center on a country road, and every kilometer is well worth it. With delectable wine pairings, this is the place to venture for that last meal before heading to the airport. Visitors and locals alike flock here for the gastronomy as well as the setting.
 
5. Ami Restaurant and Champagne Bar. Oh, and did we mention tequila? It’s one of the most romantic spots in town, and offers a French-style menu, extensive wine list and more than 45 different tequilas. Known for the service as well as the food, diners are greeted with a top hat-wearing doorman as an added bonus.

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