A busyness of eateries: Linden

Original Post of 2nd June 2017 UPDATED 12th January 2022 

18 within 6 blocks in Linden … now that’s a busyness of eateries

Along with being a delightfully retro neighbourhood, if it’s a choice of eateries that you want – then Linden is the place which rivals even 4th Ave Parkhurst. A friend of mine who lives in the suburb said to me back in 2017, that he had counted 22 eateries within 3 blocks of where he lives. With the fall out from the various lockdowns during the pandemic many restaurants have not survived. So I recently did a little reccie of Linden to see how this restaurant hub had fared. Many have closed but one is still really spoilt for choice with many café style eateries, which serve bistro style food, often open during the day only. And then there are specialist restaurants including South American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese and of course sushi. Most have outdoor spaces and some are even set in a garden (Paputzi’s).  German guests staying here at Liz at Lancaster  returned to Johannesburg for a visit after living here for several years.  When based here they lived in Linden and so returned to see their old stamping ground. They were amazed at the plethora of restaurants in the area.  Check  Zomato for restaurant menus, reviews and ratings. 

1. Paputzi’s – garden restaurant serving lunch – 69, 4th Avenue between 6th and 7th Street 011 782 9393 Breakfast and lunch only closed Sundays.

2. Gotcha Cafe – garden restaurant in a little enclave with a tiny nursery and antiques shop. Pizzas and burgers. Directly opposite Paputzis 68 4th Ave Breakfast and Lunch only 082 7997301 Fully licensed

3. Argentinian  – c/r 4th Avenue and 7th street. A bakery and coffee shop 011 888 9759 Breakfast and lunch only

4. Gaucho  This new kid on the block, a south American style restaurant has been given excellent reviews.  To book contact 087 655 4480 ; 079 455 7117 ; info@gauchorestaurant.co.za

5. Pron – Chinese noodle restaurant amidst the enclave of restaurants on 7th St (no 69) 011 782 1736; Takeaways available; wine menu; Lunch and dinner only. Brainchild of Emma Chen – of Red Chamber fame – who experiments here with street-style Chinese food. 

Excellent coffee at the Fat Zebra & fab salads
Excellent coffee and great salads at the Fat Zebra (Photo: Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse)

6. Fab Up until recently The Fat Zebra and FAb were under the same ownership. But no longer. Fab has great coffee (as does The Fat Zebra) and great food.  

7. Fat Zebra – (a real favourite) – nice bistro style restaurant. 71 7th St 082 469 5757 Salads, tapas café style; Fully licensed; Breakfast and lunch only; GREAT coffee  

Amazing choice of local cheeses which you can taste before buying; small cafe next door
Amazing choice of local cheeses which you can taste before buying; small cafe next door (Photo: Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse)

8. Cheese Gourmet – on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street – probably Johannesburg’s best cheese shop with an adjacent café 011 8885384 breakfast and lunch only ; not licensed; Banting friendly excellent locally-sourced charcuterie, pickles

9. Aroma Specializing in north Indian cuisine, this establishment is a favourite for takeaways +27 81 536 0935

10. Buns out Hmmm just the name puts me off! It sells itself as :”Bottles. Burgers. Beers. Local burger joint with a twist” 

11. Bembon Portuguese deli and bakery with very reasonable Prego roll specials +27 10 745 3977

12. The Whippet – the opposite corner – trendy breakfast, lunch and coffee shop serving the film community of Linden 011 782 7310 Breakfast & lunch only; Wine and beer; takeaways available

13. Soul Souvlakia  This small hole in the wall provides excellent Home-cooked style Greek food. There are also franchise outlets in Craighall Park, Parktown North and Rosebank. 

Brian Lara Rum Eatery recently opened
Brian Lara Rum Eatery (Photo: Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse)

14. Brian Lara Carribean Rum Café on 4th between 7th and 8th Sts Apparently their rum and coke cocktail is completely delicious (from some young partygoer guests!) 

15. Yield Coffee is a small coffee bar right next to Herbert Evans art suppliers.  

16. Satori – well established family Italian restaurant on 4th Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets 011 888 7452 Lunch and dinner. Offer takeaway and have a wine menu 

17. Gravity Café – garden terrace on 51 4th Avenue (just opposite the Spar) serving breakfast and lunches 011 888 3810 071 8712103. Fully licensed

18. Picola Italian – basic Italian restaurant on the Spar centre car park. Lunch and dinner









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