Nelspruit’s Best Bites

29 September 2015 by Katy Johnson

One of the things that makes Nelspruit such a great city to visit is there is so much choice when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat. Italian, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Greek, Mozambique, Swazi and of course South African favourites can all be easily found. So no matter whether it is a light bite or a three-course dining experience you are after – Nelspruit will deliver. 

Here are just a few of the wonderful flavours of Nelspruit that will get your taste buds tingling.


#1) Cicada

Monday-Saturday 11:30-21:00

If you are looking for a place with a great vibe, friendly staff and a wide choice of what to eat, look no further than Cicada. It’s hard to find a place that does it’s steak as well as it sushi and vice versa, Cicada does it and their cocktails lift this this restaurant to another level. Set in the fabulous Sonpark surrounds it is the atmospheric place to be on a Friday night. Must Try - Without a doubt the sushi, which is probably the best in Nelspruit, where else can you get Zulu Sushi? Be warned, it is addictive and will keep you coming back for more.

Contact Details – Telephone: 013 741 1751 | Shop 5, Sonpark Shopping Centre


#2) The Food Fundi

Monday-Friday 07:00-16:00, Saturday 08:00-13:00

If you are looking for mouth-watering, value for money, gourmet food then The Food Fundi is the place to go. Conveniently situated in the centre of Nelspruit’s CBD, The Food Fundi caters for everything from business breakfasts to laid back lunches. A food lover’s paradise with their combination of great cooking, homemade breads, marmalades, and the use of locally sourced fresh produce has ensured The Food Fundi’s place at the top of the list of where to grab lunch in Nelspruit.

Must Try – The roast beef sirloin sandwich with brie and onion marmalade (quite possibly the best sandwich in Nelspruit) and any of the homemade biscuits (the chocolate brownies are out of this world!).

Contact Details – Email: Jason@thefoodfundi.co.za | Telephone: 013 755 1091 & Cell: 076 730 9808| Address: Absa Square, Corner of Paul Kruger St and Louis Trichard

#3) Halls Farm Stall

Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 17:00

The Halls Farm Stall is more than simply a café, it is a destination shopping experience. A place where you can work up an appetite browsing through the delicious homemade pickles, spreads and sweets, before enjoying a wholesome breakfast or hearty lunch either in the café or outside looking over the beautiful Fever Tree Nursery. Their mantra is to produce basic, well cooked, sumptuous meals with beautiful fresh ingredients and the result is a delectable menu that offers great farm breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas. Must Try – The quiche of the day is always fabulous, goodness knows what they do to get it so light and fluffy but it really is exquisite.

Contact Details – Email: gavin@thefarmstall.net | Telephone: 013 752 2142 | Address: N4 as you come into Nelspruit, just before the Mbombela Stadium.

#4) Roco Mamas

Sunday–Wednesday 09:00 – 22:00, Thursday & Saturday 09:00- 23:00 & Friday 09:00-00:00

A new addition to the Nelspruit foodie scene, Roco Mamas is fast becoming the place to eat at Ilanga Mall. The amazing ‘Smashburger’ elevates the humble burger to a totally new level, with the wide selection of fresh toppings and a gourmet menu to choose from. There is also a great vibe, thanks to the fabulous staff who clearly love what they are doing. The chicken wings and ribs will also keep you coming back for more, explaining why Roco Mamas is always full! Must Try – The Smashburger – either from the menu or create your own, it doesn’t matter, they are all exquisite!

Contact Details – Email: ilangamall@rocomamas.com | Website: www.rocomamas.com | Telephone: 013 742 2103 | Address: Ilanga Mall, Cnr Flamboyant and Bitterbessie St, West Acres, Nelspruit.

#5) Zest

Tuesday – Saturday 09:00 – 21:30 & Sunday 09:00-15:30

A true fusion of culinary styles, Zest’s skilful Chefs blend the best local flavours and fresh produce with Mediterranean, French and Italian traditions to produce truly outstanding food. Their cleverly constructed menu gives diners a wide selection of light, hearty and truly divine meals, with the guarantee that anything you choose will be perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Good food in a fabulous setting with elegant décor and attentive hosts makes Zest obvious choice for any special occasion. Must Try – Everything! With a menu like this it is hard to choose.

Contact Detail - Email: gt@zestrestaurant.co.za | Telephone: 013 007 0066 | Address: S25 23 28.49, E30 52 56 64.2 Take the R37 out of Nelspruit towards Lydenburg/Mashishing Zest can be found 10km out of Nelspruit on the Right signed Kavinga Lodge.