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Melville & the neighbourhood

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Melville & the neighbourhood

Essentials
Medium-sized grocery store with most of what you might be looking for.
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Superspar - Melville
8 Main Rd
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Medium-sized grocery store with most of what you might be looking for.
Large grocery store in Campus Square Mall, has greater stock than the others.
Pick n Pay Auckland Park
Large grocery store in Campus Square Mall, has greater stock than the others.
Small/medium grocer in Campus Square Mall with better produce, higher quality food and some organic options.
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Woolworths Campus Square
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Small/medium grocer in Campus Square Mall with better produce, higher quality food and some organic options.
Drinks & Nightlife
Happy hours from noon to 7pm every day which includes 2-for-1 cocktails - but don't be fooled, we think they just put half the alcohol in each.
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Six Cocktail Bar
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Happy hours from noon to 7pm every day which includes 2-for-1 cocktails - but don't be fooled, we think they just put half the alcohol in each.
Pleasant yet gritty ambiance, but otherwise a pretty standard bar with some pub food on the menu.
Jo'Anna Melt Bar
7 7th St
Pleasant yet gritty ambiance, but otherwise a pretty standard bar with some pub food on the menu.
A probably gay bar (we've never really confirmed).
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Ratz Bar Melville
11 7th Street
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A probably gay bar (we've never really confirmed).
If you want to get your groove on until 2am.
Liquid Blue
8 7th St
If you want to get your groove on until 2am.
Shopping
A quirky bookshop that might be worth popping into.
Bookdealers of Mellville
12 7th St
A quirky bookshop that might be worth popping into.
An architectural catastrophe, but filled with small alternative shops and a few places with bites to eat. Hosts a weekly market on Sundays with vendors from all over. There are a number of places for a quick bite here. For a full list, check out 27boxes.co.za. Our favourites include The Blue Fig pizza, the Curry Shack, and Reserved Cafe. There’s also a Thai take-away place, Philly cheese steaks, and pub food at other establishments.
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27 Boxes
75 3rd Avenue
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An architectural catastrophe, but filled with small alternative shops and a few places with bites to eat. Hosts a weekly market on Sundays with vendors from all over. There are a number of places for a quick bite here. For a full list, check out 27boxes.co.za. Our favourites include The Blue Fig pizza, the Curry Shack, and Reserved Cafe. There’s also a Thai take-away place, Philly cheese steaks, and pub food at other establishments.
Shopping mall with everything you’d expect to find in a shopping mall. From here, it’s easiest to enter through the parking garage we’ve labelled on the map, then go up the stairs.
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Campus Square Shopping Centre
39 Kingsway Avenue
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Shopping mall with everything you’d expect to find in a shopping mall. From here, it’s easiest to enter through the parking garage we’ve labelled on the map, then go up the stairs.
Everything Else
Nearest clinic.
Meldene Medical Centre
28 4th Ave
Nearest clinic.
Pharmacy open longer hours than the one around the corner.
Mays Chemists Melville
11 Main Rd
Pharmacy open longer hours than the one around the corner.
Small pharmacy just around the corner
Melville Pharmacy
2d 7th St
Small pharmacy just around the corner
Parks & Nature
Local nature preserve that has protected the indigenous landscape; one of the only places in the city that still looks like what this part of Africa would have looked like before the city came into being. It has fences around it with limited access gates; the Koppies East is open daily, Koppies Central is open only on Sundays. You get amazing views of the city CBD, Rosebank and Sandton from the top of the hill. Ask for directions since the gates are not easy to find.
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Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
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Local nature preserve that has protected the indigenous landscape; one of the only places in the city that still looks like what this part of Africa would have looked like before the city came into being. It has fences around it with limited access gates; the Koppies East is open daily, Koppies Central is open only on Sundays. You get amazing views of the city CBD, Rosebank and Sandton from the top of the hill. Ask for directions since the gates are not easy to find.
Food Scene
Italian food. For pizza, the other local options are better; maybe their pasta and dishes are nice; we don’t go there because we have a Sicilian at home
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Cafe Picobella Trattoria
66 4th Ave
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Italian food. For pizza, the other local options are better; maybe their pasta and dishes are nice; we don’t go there because we have a Sicilian at home
Read ‘me so’ as ‘miso.’ Mostly Japanese noodles and Korean dishes - good for large goups to order a little of everything and share.
Love Me So
63 4th Ave
Read ‘me so’ as ‘miso.’ Mostly Japanese noodles and Korean dishes - good for large goups to order a little of everything and share.
Lebanese food. It's very new and we have not yet tried it.
BalBek Lebanese Restaurant and Shisha ZA
76 4th Ave
Lebanese food. It's very new and we have not yet tried it.
We’ve had better Indian food, but if you’re in the mood for it, this is your spot. Prices are reasonable.
Satkar Indian Restaurant
83 4th Ave
We’ve had better Indian food, but if you’re in the mood for it, this is your spot. Prices are reasonable.
“Family and Food,” has a kid’s play area. We don’t have kids so have never been.
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Bambanani
85 4th Ave
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“Family and Food,” has a kid’s play area. We don’t have kids so have never been.
A mix between fine dining & affordability; they serve some traditional South African fare and some fusion dishes. Good for visitors to sample local food and South African wine.
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Lucky Bean
16 7th Street
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A mix between fine dining & affordability; they serve some traditional South African fare and some fusion dishes. Good for visitors to sample local food and South African wine.
Pub-style pizza in a colourful environment.
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#Ant #Cafe
11 7th St
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Pub-style pizza in a colourful environment.
A stylish tapas restaurant with something for everyone. Not the cheapest place in Melville but good if you feel like a variety of small dishes.
Lonely Hearts Club
10 7th St
A stylish tapas restaurant with something for everyone. Not the cheapest place in Melville but good if you feel like a variety of small dishes.
Our local hang-out; good coffee and free wifi. Serves café-style breakfast, lunch, and early dinners. They have a tech guy who can fix most issues with laptops/phones, should you have any. The food is all halal. No alcohol.
#IT #Corner
Our local hang-out; good coffee and free wifi. Serves café-style breakfast, lunch, and early dinners. They have a tech guy who can fix most issues with laptops/phones, should you have any. The food is all halal. No alcohol.
Open from morning until late; serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; sometimes with live music, comedy or karaoke at night. Tends to attract a middle-aged crowd.
Poppy's
Open from morning until late; serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; sometimes with live music, comedy or karaoke at night. Tends to attract a middle-aged crowd.
Also has a place called Xai Xai next door: two places, two names, same menu. Nice sidewalk seating & big variety on the menu, but the food is not quite as good as the location. Xai Xai also has take-away pizza.
Nuno's Portuguese Restaurant
Also has a place called Xai Xai next door: two places, two names, same menu. Nice sidewalk seating & big variety on the menu, but the food is not quite as good as the location. Xai Xai also has take-away pizza.
Craft beer on tap; good grills and pub food if you’re in the mood for meat. Food is usually good but service is painfully slow. Very hipster. Connected to La Santa Muerte at the back.
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Hell's Kitchen
4 7th Street
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Craft beer on tap; good grills and pub food if you’re in the mood for meat. Food is usually good but service is painfully slow. Very hipster. Connected to La Santa Muerte at the back.
One of two supposedly Mexican restaurants (we have yet to find a truly authentic one in Joburg). Next to and under the same ownership as Hell’s Kitchen.
La Santa Muerte
One of two supposedly Mexican restaurants (we have yet to find a truly authentic one in Joburg). Next to and under the same ownership as Hell’s Kitchen.
A good brunch spot; just about everything on the menu has eggs. Gets very full on weekends from about 9:00 to noon, so make a reservation if you want a weekend brunch.
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Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar
2 7th St
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A good brunch spot; just about everything on the menu has eggs. Gets very full on weekends from about 9:00 to noon, so make a reservation if you want a weekend brunch.
Among the better pizzas in the area, and has a nice garden setting. Can also deliver.
pizza vino melville
10 Lothbury Rd
Among the better pizzas in the area, and has a nice garden setting. Can also deliver.
Cafe serving breakfast and lunch, with a small bakery for pastries and things.
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De La Creme Melville
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Cafe serving breakfast and lunch, with a small bakery for pastries and things.
The owners of La Stalla have their own organic farm which supplies much of their food. The menu is small and changes frequently. They usually have a few main dishes with meat or veggies, and there are always some pasta and pizza options.
La Stalla Resturant
The owners of La Stalla have their own organic farm which supplies much of their food. The menu is small and changes frequently. They usually have a few main dishes with meat or veggies, and there are always some pasta and pizza options.
A fantastic place for fine dining - one of Joburg's best new haute cuisine restaurants. The place is small so booking in advance is usually necessary.
La Petite Maison
1 7th St
A fantastic place for fine dining - one of Joburg's best new haute cuisine restaurants. The place is small so booking in advance is usually necessary.
A quirky little place to have a casual drink and some small dishes vaguely Asian in flavour. It's under the same ownership (and connected to) the Tiny Tiki Bar; both menus are available at both places.
The Anti Social Social Club
9 7th St
A quirky little place to have a casual drink and some small dishes vaguely Asian in flavour. It's under the same ownership (and connected to) the Tiny Tiki Bar; both menus are available at both places.
Cocktails galore, with flavourful nibbles and small all-day breakfast dishes with a tropical Pacific island theme. It's under the same ownsership as the Anti-Social Club and both menus are available at both places.
The Tiny Tiki Bar
Cocktails galore, with flavourful nibbles and small all-day breakfast dishes with a tropical Pacific island theme. It's under the same ownsership as the Anti-Social Club and both menus are available at both places.
Getting Around
Nearest Rea Vaya (bus rapid transit) station - the cards are in your welcome pack.
UJ Sophiatown Residence Station West
Nearest Rea Vaya (bus rapid transit) station - the cards are in your welcome pack.