Great places to enjoy a hamburger

If hunting down a great hamburger is part of your holiday itinerary, the eateries in South Africa certainly won't disappoint. From designer gourmet burgers to fast-food with flair, we are a meat-loving nation and as a result know how to serve up a mean hamburger with all the trimmings. Our restaurants also cater for special dietary needs so you will find Halaal burgers and vegetarian burgers at choice restaurants. more

District Six Eatery, Emmerentia, Johannesburg

Dining at the colourful District Six Eatery in the Johannesburg suburb of Emmarentia is not unlike eating at the kitchen table of a family home. Here you'll find spicy comfort food, brightly coloured decor and a carnival atmosphere that will make you long for the Cape, even if you've never been there. more

Culinary cool

South African culinary cool is found in the most arresting of settings. Imaginative restaurant owners are bringing colour to the dining scene, matching extraordinary locations with themed décor and artistic food combinations. As for the chefs, they are becoming rock stars in their own right. more

Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards 2013

Since 2007 the authoritative foodie magazine and website, Eat Out, has recognised independent South African food producers at a ceremony sponsored by DStv Food Network. Whether it be a delicious new jam, organic yoghurt, rib-eye beef or organic herbs, the winners are a celebration of the best South African food producers have to offer. more

Fresh at Paul Cluver, Elgin, Western Cape

Fresh, the award-winning country restaurant on the Paul Cluver wine estate in Elgin, 70km from Cape Town, concentrates on organic ingredients, grown on the estate itself or on nearby farms. Enjoy the sociability of a meal prepared in an open kitchen, eaten at communal trestle tables. Who knows, you may make new friends! more

Freedom Café, Durban

Durban's Freedom Café is one of the funkiest places to eat out in this port city. It is a boutique restaurant set inside a fire-engine red shipping container, and offers tasty dishes inspired by the continent of Africa. Oh, and the venue is dog friendly. more

9th Avenue Bistro, Durban

9th Avenue Bistro, which opened in 2001, has an excellent reputation for delicious light meals that are inventive yet honour classical cooking traditions. Menus are reinvented to match the season in an atmosphere that is sophisticated yet laid-back, in true Durban style. more

Chain restaurants offering vegetarian options

Chain restaurants offering vegetarian options have grown in South Africa in recent years. From traditional and health-oriented fast food outlets to sit down eateries, vegetarian dishes have increasingly made their way onto these menus. As a result, vegetarians have much more choice, no matter where they find themselves in the country. more

Little Gujarat vegetarian restaurant

Little Gujarat restaurant in Durban is one of the city’s best-kept secrets when it comes to traditional Indian food, prepared the Durban way. A popular, unpretentious local lunchtime spot, it caters for vegetarians, vegans and Jain vegetarians, who are spoilt for choice with the array of authentic dishes on offer. more

Northern Cape food terroir

Whether you explore the ancient food culture of the Khomani San, or prop up the bar at the venerable Kimberley Club, the food terroir of the Northern Cape offers food fundis a platter of unique epicurean opportunities and delicious traditional dishes. more