The Financial Mail rates these restaurants for their visuals, interiors and people-watching potential. Il Contadino Yes, we know — the view from this restaurant is of a busy Parktown North street. But that’s actually part of the charm — and it couldn’t be more Joburg, really. You get to recognise every fifth person who drives past and admire the beautiful trees and the city’s summer rains while you sip on your Negroni. We’d definitely grab one of Il Contadino’s pavement tables and merge the Big Smoke with Italy by ordering wild boar arancini, fresh gnocchi or a lamb, mint and fennel pizza. This is the newest (and fourth) child of prolific chef and restaurateur James Diack, and it’s a goodie. And take note: the restaurant does breakfast, too. Corner of Fourth and Seventh avenues, Parktown North, Johannesburg Saigon Suzy Ramen, bao, killer cocktails and drool-worthy interiors that include a ceiling covered in paper parasols. It doesn’t get cooler than Parkwood’s new Saigon Suzy. Oh, w...

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