Joburg's best pop-up restaurants

The best pop-up eateries and foodie experiences in Joburg.

15 Apr 2014


Director, illustrator, blogger, foodie and all-round personality Jono Hall hosts a themed dinner on the last Saturday of every month at MOAD (the Museum of African design) in the Maboneng precinct. It’s a three-course extravaganza focusing on quality, fresh ingredients. It’s casual, quirky and oodles of fun.


083 245 1040 or

Dinner in the sky

A rather extraordinary dining experience 60m in the air. Up to 22 guests are seated around this floating table with 3 staff (waiter, chef and entertainer) in the centre. The table and chair rig is attached to a crane that safely hoists diners into the sky to enjoy spectacular views, cocktails and eats. It’s open to the public on selected public event dates which are released and available for bookings with Computicket about 1 month prior to the event.

R220-R600 or

Monthly pop up experiences hosted by The Other Girls that take place around the Joburg CBD. Inspired by the brunch and day party movements in New York, these events take place in two parts. Part one is from 12 – 4pm and is the ‘Good Food’ portion of the event, where guests can enjoy a three-course extravaganza along with bottomless cocktails. After which there is an ‘after party’ (included in the ticket price) where it’s all about music and dancing the night away.

Cost R300

The Forum: Underground Dinners

A monthly event held at The Turbine Hall, a refurbished 1920’s power station in the city centre, including a gourmet three- course dinner and live music.


087 310 3888 or

The Forum: Farm to table experiences    

Just as it sounds, it’s a farm to table brunch in the countryside just outside of Johannesburg. It’s family-orientated dining with pay-by-age pricing for the decadent buffet that uses only the freshest, locally farmed ingredients.
Kids can enjoy pony rides, face painting and many more fun activities.  

R80-R380 or 011 492 3888

Spier Secret dinners

As part of the lead up to the Spier Secret Festival in Joburg, an annual event that used to be held exclusively in Cape Town, Spier Secret dinners will offer a lucky few the opportunity to experience an array of eccentric dining experiences. This year it’s a ‘cinematic dining experience’ where guests will eat and drink with characters from the movies.
Follow @SpierSecret and go to the Spier Secret website for more

Tra Amici

A little restaurant inside a fire station that offers you a ‘pavement lunch’ every Tuesday from 12-2pm. R55 gets you a trendy take away box that you are invited to fill to your hearts content with a serious spread of Italian fare. You can sit outside at the little tables or take your lunch on a little ‘explore Rosebank’ adventure.

Unit 2, The Rosebank Fire Station

071 057 4536 or


Love Food is a daytime café/deli in Braamfontein but on the first Friday of every month they host a ‘dinner club’: a fine-dining, three-course set menu that changes every month. You’re invited to bring your own booze at no extra cost.

Around R300

083 602 6511 or

Dîner en Blanc

The first of it’s kind in South Africa:

At the last minute a secret location is reveled and thousands of people, dressed all in white descend upon a public space somewhere in Johannesburg for the ultimate ‘chic picnic’. The idea was first brought to fruition 25 years ago in Paris and looks like it is here to stay in SA.

Approx R400


The grand white dinner

2000 guests picnic together dressed in white ‘with a splash of green’ at a secret venue which is revealed on the day. You can order picnic baskets and rent tables and chairs via the ticket site or simply bring your own. There promises to be live music, magic and entertainment.

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