Joburg's best first date restaurants

Private Property South Africa
Lucy Sarah Heaney

Here are a few popular places to enjoy a first date at.

First dates are awkward – there’s no denying that. The concept of spending a few hours with a complete (or almost complete) stranger can be scary, and it’s definitely not something that many of us look forward to. But if you want to start dating someone, the first date is an unavoidable reality. In an effort to help improve this experience, we’ve put together a few of our favourite places in Joburg to take that guy or gal that you’ve had your eye on.

The Artisan

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Since opening last year, The Artisan has become a popular favourite along the Greenside strip. With incredible artworks chiselled into the walls, a focus on artisanal brilliance, and one-of-a-kind decor, you and your date will have endless things to talk about. Order from the impressive beer list, grab some tasty cocktails (the Sidecar to Work is a favourite) and if things are going well, let drinks turn into dinner and pick something from the food menu – what’s more romantic than sharing a plate of tasty nachos?

Social on Main

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The vibrant atmosphere at Social on Main in Bryanston is perfect for taking the pressure off on a first date. If the conversation is flowing, grab a couple of drinks and head outside to the deck where it’s a little quieter. If you’re struggling a bit, hang out by the bar together, where the chatter and music will help you out by filling in the awkward pauses. Like The Artisan, Social on Main boasts an impressive food menu too, so don’t be afraid to sit down and order some dinner if the drinks are going well and you’re looking to extend the date.

Craft

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Craft is a great spot for a first date at any time of day. The coffee, beers, tasty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners mean that you can’t go wrong with this spot, no matter what kind of date you’re after. Visit for a casual afternoon coffee with the potential to turn into evening cocktails, and you’ll be able to seat yourself in either the bustling restaurant or the busy bar.

See for yourself:

The Artisan

011 027 3707

theartisan.joburg/wp/

Social on Main

011 706 7115

socialonmain.co.za

Craft

011 788 7111

facebook.com/craftrestaurant

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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