African people sitting outside the cafe in Mellville, a trendy artistic suburb situated near the University, west of Johannesburg city centre.
Forget the malls, and get away from the chain-restaurants, Melville is defined by its one-of-a-kind eateries, bars and shops. Shop vintage books, chow down on Israeli delicacies or sip on tequila at La Santa Muerte.
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Here's where to chow, sip and browse when staying in Melville:
Nothing, and I mean nothing is better for breakfast than eggs. However, Pablo-Eggs-Go-Bar takes things to another level entirely with its Israeli-menu twist. Situated on Melville’s famous 7th street, it serves up the best red Shakshuka with Yemeni flat bread and more.
Or head to the Great Eastern Food Bar for some Asian tapas like Korean chicken and delicious steamed buns.
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La Santa Muerte or Hell's Kitchen. But right now, everyone's loving this spot at the moment. Get some pretty damn authentic Mexican grub here, or party the night away while sipping on some of their delicious tequilas.
Also grab a shake, coffee and some delicious sweet treats at Melville's coolest new coffee shop, Tilt.
Whether it's in Melville central or Westdene, stay in an Airbnb to get the ultimate neighbourhood experience.
Walk up and down 7th Street for sure, and be sure to pass by Scala, the classic gents barber shop found on 5th street. This is the celebrity-status barber shop that appears in the credits of the famous local soapie, 7de Laan.
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Melville offers a lot in terms of vintage and second-hand shops, so be sure to enjoy some antique-browsing while you're here. But it also has some first-hand clothing and bookstores you should check out.
Love Books is one of the best book shops ever. Its signature, well-edited range of books that make book buying an exciting and inspiring experience.
Another great place to shop at is Superella. Owner and creator behind the shop, Ella is known for making free-flowing monochrome looks that are both comfortable and sustainable.
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