Nine unique restaurants to try in Mzansi

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You really don’t need to spend your Easter weekend making the same old lunch at the same old places. There are so many seats at so many tables to explore and savor when you have a Sho’t Left in Mzansi.

No matter where you live or where you’re going, there’s a place at the table waiting to show you that South Africa truly inspires new ways.

Here is a seat at the table to choose from in each province:

Gauteng – Lounge, Johannesburg

If you have trouble finding your place at the table, you have to try the Living Room. No, not your living room, THE Living Room. Located in the heart of the Maboneng compound, this unique exploratory dining experience is perhaps the only venue with a full-fledged rooftop garden to explore. Brilliant for Sunday lunches, maybe the place to be at Easter as it always brings something fresh to the table. In addition, the view of the Cité de l’Or is incomparable.

KwaZulu-Natal – Cargo Hold, Durban

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most spectacular settings, offering the most unique and sophisticated ambience. Nestled aft of the Phantom Ship, with stunning ocean and shark tank views, this captivating, world-class venue captures the splendor of yesteryear. The Cargo Hold Restaurant has been identified as one of the best places to experience in Durban.

Free State – Clarens Brewery, Clarens

Take small-town charm to the next level with a visit to Brasserie Clarens. It is one of the nation’s premier brewpub, cider house and distillery located in the foothills of the magnificent Maluti Mountains in the most beautiful corner of the Free State. It offers locals and passing visitors the opportunity to sample a selection of the seven standard beers, ciders, liqueurs and spirits, as well as special seasonal beers that appear on the menu from time to time. Not to mention that the food is plentiful, delicious and satisfying.

North West – Crystal Court, Sun City

Sometimes you just want to feel like royalty. Be the kings and queens of your own world for a day and take a seat at the Crystal Court restaurant table in the famously opulent Sun City Palace. Enjoy the world’s finest cuisine in a sophisticated setting with beautiful views at Sun City’s Crystal Court. You won’t stop here for a bite to eat, enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet, or savor the best of international cuisine over a long, luxurious dinner.

Eastern Cape – Kitchen Windows

If you’re looking for a seat at a table with an ocean view, there are few better than Kitchen Windows in Jeffreys Bay. The name “Kitchen Windows” refers to the surf spot to the right of the restaurant. Jeffrey’s Bay has always been one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa. Fishermen called the area now called Kitchen Windows Little Reef. It became a popular surf spot in the 60s and the spot became known as Kitchen Windows as surfers of the time looked out their kitchen windows to see if the surf was pulling.

Here you will find the best seafood, a wide choice of wines and one of the best views of the bay you can have.

Mpumalanga – Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park

If you want to go wild and still be comfortable, you should definitely sit down at the table at Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park. Lower Sabie is one of the main rest camps in the Kruger National Park and is located on the south bank of the Sabie River in the southeastern part of the park. It has an incredible terrace overlooking the river with stunning views of the park and no shortage of delicious food to enjoy.

North Cape – Cluster d’Hote, Sutherland

In Sutherland, you can take a seat at the table of the universe. This Northern Cape town has earned a reputation as a stargazer’s paradise with an open window to the heavens. At Cluster d’Hote, you’ll find a family-run restaurant set in a Victorian dollhouse with the hearty, hearty dishes that are so famous in this region (think the best lamb you’ve ever tasted).

Western Cape – Zeitz MOCAA

If you’re done with nature views, you might want to sit with a view into the soul of contemporary art at Zeitz MOCAA. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a non-profit public contemporary art museum that collects, preserves, researches and exhibits 21st century art from Africa and the diaspora. With more than 100 galleries, spread over nine floors, the museum showcases cutting-edge works in its permanent and special exhibitions. The restaurant is also a spectacular artistic feast and will offer a unique seat at the table like you have never experienced before as you soak up some of Africa’s finest contemporary art.

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