Joburg cafés locals love

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Photo courtesy of Warm and Glad via Instagram.

Nothing makes you feel more at home in a city than finding the places that the locals love. We’re talking about the corner cafés and quaint little coffee shops tucked down side streets and inside and between high rises.

We asked around, and here are five places in Johannesburg frequented by locals and returning businesspeople, well worth experiencing yourself.

Warm & Glad

Warm & Glad aims to do just that ... make your dining experience a warm and glad one. It prides itself on having “the finest neighbourhood café and bistro offering prime comfort food, impeccable coffees and teas, wonderfully house-made desserts and a wine and cocktail list of which to make glad the heart of all who venture into our cosy and welcoming space”.

Need we say more. Situated in Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, this local haunt opened its doors in March 2012. Focusing on food with an Asian and Portuguese influence, the easy-dining neighbourhood establishment insists on using the best quality ingredients bought from local suppliers. It's intent on creating a sense of community across the board from different suppliers to the patrons that sit at its tables.

Pop by for happy hour from 3pm to 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
Contact: or call +27 (0)11 781 0455.

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Warm and Glad café and bistro offers prime comfort food coupled with impeccable coffees and teas. Photo courtesy of @warmandglad via Instagram

Park Café

If a quaint and quirky little café is your cuppa, then you’ll adore Park Café in Parkwood, Johannesburg. This lovely gem is popular especially as an easy day-time spot where one can pause for a second, enjoy a cup of coffee or if your schedule permits indulge in lunch and small talk.

It is particularly lauded for its coffee, delivered via its Belle Epoque coffee machine, and freshly made breakfasts and light lunches. Owned and run by sisters Vicky Ross and Lexi Reckling, the café is often filled with happy regulars who enjoy the laid back vibe as well as the café’s Wi-Fi hotspot.

Find it on the ground floor of The Parks shopping centre at the corner of Jan Smuts and Wells Avenue.
Contact: or call +27 (0)11 447 0250.

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Pause for a moment and enjoy a delicious cuppa and tasty light meal at this quaint and quirky little gem, Park Café. Photo courtesy of @parkcafejozi via Instagram

Father Coffee

Father Coffee is all about a better coffee experience, as its motto, “Drink better coffee. Make better coffee. Serve better coffee,” clearly states. Located in the inner-city suburb of Braamfontein, this sidewalk coffee roastery and espresso bar boasts delicious brews and a trendy interior.

Father Coffee is big on sourcing coffee from Africa and Central America and serves coffee roasted in-house. The café has regulars from all walks of life, from students and those creatively inclined to businesspeople. If you enjoy a great cuppa this is your top stop for a quick pre-work or lunch takeaway.

Contact: or call +27 (0)82 513 4258 / +27 (0)82 411 1431.

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For a great coffee experience, enjoy the brews of a Father Coffee’s barista. Photo courtesy of father_coffee via Instagram

The Whippet

The Whippet believes every neighbourhood has a story and that the stories of the the neighbourhood is its story. The owners and staff are driven by passion: for coffee (or “the sit-down moment” as they refer to it), for food (they believe in using only the freshest ingredients sourced from local grocers), for people (they pride themselves on well-paid staff), and for architecture (shop design is inspired by the neighbourhood).

This trendy Linden coffee shop even has an extended breakfast time – you can get breakfast until 12pm giving you even more time to do what’s important to you.

Unconventionally named after a breed of dog, The Whippet –  the owners are well known for their love of animals – it is striving to change the coffee shop scene. The aim is to create a love for neighbours’ goods and it does this by incorporating local bakers and coffee roasters in its space. With strong coffee, delicious baked goods and a sense of community, you’re sure to feel at home at The Whippet.

Find it on the cnr of 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Linden. Call +27 (0)11 782 7310

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This yummy health breakfast can be found at The Whippet. Photo courtesy of The Whippet

Petits Fours

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At Petits Fours indulgence is a form of art. Photo courtesy of Petits Fours

Think pastel shades of sweet indulgence and rich cuppas. According to Petits Fours "indulgence is a form of art", and it sure does pull out all the stops with pretty looking and great tasting creations.

A French-inspired food emporium and cake boutique, this little deli also stocks exclusive imported décor. Everything about it screams pleasure and indulgence and its aim is to provide you with a taste sensation.

Petits Fours Deli & Décor started out as just a little cake shop, founded by Magdaleen van Wyk  about seven years ago. But love and dedication has transformed the deli into a popular dining choice and turned it into a franchise. For a treat for your eyes and tastebuds don’t miss a chance to sit down and partake of the goodies.

There are two branches in Johannesburg:

  • Petits Fours Paris found at Heathway Shopping Centre on the corner of Beyers Naude and Castle Hill Drive. Contact: or call  +27 (0)11 431 0319
  • Petits Fours Milan found at Bryanston Shopping Centre on the corner of Ballyclare and William Nicol, in Bryanston. Contact: or call +27 (0)11 514 0932.