If you live in Johannesburg, you have probably had breakfast at Wimpy.  If you are looking for something new, why not try one of these restaurants?  In addition to unique menu offerings, they all offer a simple breakfast for under R30.  All three great breakfast restaurants are chains, which means you will be able to enjoy them when you are on holiday in Cape Town as well.

Coffee at Mugg & Bean RestaurantCredit: Taken from M&B website for promotion of their restaurant.Mugg & Bean (Parkhurst)

With over fifty locations in Gauteng, you will surely be able to find a Mugg & Bean near you.  The Parkhurst branch is a popular choice for a neighborhood breakfast.  With tables spilling out on to the sidewalk in the summer, you can choose to sit outside or closer to the coffee.  With two pages dedicated to breakfast, it is one of the most complete offerings in the country and the restaurant is of course known for its coffee.  As a bonus, all the Mugg & Bean restaurants have consistently great service and happy staff.

Mugg & Bean has an American inspiration, so the breakfast menu includes choices such as New Orleans French Toast, which is served with bacon, and The All American Breakfast which is an American twist on the classic English breakfast.  There is also a Classic Benedict and a Salmon Scramble.  Designer Omelette choices include your standard vegetables and breakfast meats, but also give you the option of the chicken strips or M&B chunky fries.

Breakfast can be ordered all day long, if you are in the mood, and as with the rest of the menu, portion sizes are big.  If you want something a little healthier, try the Tropical Breakfast, which is a fruit salad with yoghurt, honey and muesli.  If you on a budget, order the Mugg & Bean On the Go Breakfast, which includes 2 eggs, 2 bacon rashers, grilled tomato and toast for under R25.

Reviewer's Choice

Start with a cup of the Americano coffee or any of the delicious speciality coffees on offer.  Order the Sweetcorn Waffle Stack which is served with oven-roasted sweet balsamic tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.  It does sound a bit strange bu,t add on the fried onions for a real treat.  Wash it all down with Mugg & Bean's Bottomless Lemonade.

Contact Details

  • W: www.themugg.com
  • T: +27 11 788 7111
  • A: 33 4th Avenue, Laura Court, Parkhurst.  For other locations, consult their website.

Café Sofia (Greenside)Cafe Sofia Restaurant in Greenside, Johannesburg

On the quiet side of this bustling high street, Café Sofia is a popular breakfast spot for locals.  Its terrace tables are covered by the restaurant's distinctive orange awning.  Situated between the Woolworths and delightful boutique shops means you can easily fit it in to any Saturday morning you may have planned.  The waiters are well trained and helpful and this is a great option if you are starving as the kitchen staff know how to get food on the table quickly.

The breakfast menu is concise, but covers all the bases with options like French Toast and gourmet omelettes.  You may also want to try the Cape Benedict, which is made of poached eggs, smoked salmon trout, toasted bread with a dill flavored Hollandaise sauce.  If you are really hungry, order Café Sofia's Big Breakfast with eggs, beef, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and toast.

This restaurant also offers one of the best deals in town with its Breakfast Special, including 2 eggs, bacon, grilled tomato, hand cut fries and toast.  All this for R25, including a cup of their strong coffee.  And if you aren't a fan of potatoes for breakfast, they will gladly substitute their delicious grilled mushrooms, which you don't want to miss.

Reviewer's Choice

Order the Breakfast Balkanika for poached eggs with spinach and yoghurt, a slice of toast with smoked paprika flavored Hollandaise.  Don't forget about their delicious coffee, or order a Bloody Mary if you were out in Greenside the night before.

Contact Details

  • W: www.cafesofia.co.za
  • T: +27 11 646 4003
  • A: Shop 1, 133-135 Greenway Rd, Greenside.  For other locations, consult their website.

Europa Restaurants in JohannesburgEuropa Restaurant (Linden)

Although it was initially launched as a coffee shop franchise, Europa is becoming a very popular chain in South Africa for meal times.  There are even Halaal branches in Gauteng.  Each Europa is independently owned and operated, although the menu is fairly standardised.  Each of the Europa restaurants blends contemporary decor with the casual European bistro-styled cuisine.  The Linden branch offers a jungle gym for small children within its enclosed back patio.

Staple breakfast items, such as flapjacks and omelettes are joined by unique egg-centered breakfasts.  Try the Domingo with scrambled eggs, mozzarella, bacon, mushrooms and onions on a focaccia and served with Neopolitana sauce for dipping. For the very hungry, try the Tre Tenori, so called for the combination of bacon, sausage and rump steak served with vegetables, chips and eggs.  There is a good choice of healthier options as well, from oats to the Carreras which is breakfast stack of mushrooms and tomato with a poached egg on a whole wheat bagel and drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

The R26 Presto breakfast includes one egg, served as you like it with grilled cherry tomatoes, toast and your choice of bacon, sausage or mushrooms.

Reviewer's Choice

The Placido Omelette is filled with Choriço sausage, cheddar cheese, chilli and caramelised onions with Europa's classic Neopolitana sauce.  Order this with one of Europa's gourmet coffees.  Hold on to the menu after giving your order, as you are really going to want to order something to take home for lunch.

Contact Details

  • W: www.europa.co.za
  • T: +27 11 782 4486
  • A: Shop 3, First Place, 44 1st Avenue, Linden.  For other locations, consult their website.

Click on the map below for the locations given on this site.  The websites for each of these restaurants lists all their locations, if these are not the closest branch to your home or hotel.  Whichever place you choose, you will enjoy these great breakfast spots.

Breakfast Restaurants in Johannesburg
Mugg & Bean in Parkhurst Get Directions
33 4th Avenue, Laura Court, Parkhurst
Cafe Sofia in Greenside Get Directions
135 Greenway, Randburg 2034, South Africa
Europa Restaurant in Linden Get Directions
44 1st Ave, Randburg 2194, South Africa