Eating Out in MelvilleThe Ant Café
Where? 11, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg
When? Booking is essential
How? Call +27 (0)78 777-8877
Melville is a lively Johannesburg suburb that is characterised by its buzz and Boho chic style. This is where the University of Johannesburg is situated, which means that the suburb and its attractions are frequented by the trendy and intellectual, the creatives and the thinkers. The Ant Café is situated in the very heart of this vibrant hub.
This is the longest-running restaurant in 7th Street and remains the first choice amongst those looking for what is widely considered to be the best pizza in Johannesburg (and, perhaps, even further afield). The rustic décor is a fusion of classic Italian with strong grungy, Bohemian influences to create a unique space. The vibe is palpable, and students and tourists alike love to make themselves at home here and enjoy good coffee, great pizza and a welcoming atmosphere.
The coffee is made using good quality, locally sourced beans. The Ant Café is licensed too, so those wanting to relax with a glass of wine will have found their perfect perch. Cold Gauteng winters can be enjoyed at the fire side with a comforting glass of glühwein. In addition to the awesome thin-crust pizzas, there are a few other dishes that make up the menu.
The interior of the Ant Café is dark and rebellious; with grungy, Indie music playing to set the scene. There is also an outdoor area for those wanting to watch the locals and students carrying on their daily routine. This provides a real taste of the diversity and vibe of a cosmopolitan metropolis in South Africa.
Because the Ant Café is such a popular spot, it is essential to book your table in advance, even on week nights.