• South Africa’s rich culinary landscape boasts a diverse range of flavours and dishes, and among them, the bunny chow stands out as a unique and delicious creation. This iconic South African street food is a must-try for any food enthusiast. 

    Bunny chow consists of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with a delectable curry, offering a tantalising combination of textures and flavours. 

    Discover two of the best places in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban where you can savour this delightful treat:

    Cape Town

    The Burner

    The Burner
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    For a twist on tradition, head to The Burner in Cape Town. This modern eatery has taken bunny chow to new heights by infusing global flavours and innovative ingredients into this classic dish. Expect an eclectic menu featuring mouthwatering options such as peri-peri chicken bunny chow and pulled pork with apple slaw. The Burner’s commitment to quality and creativity ensures a delightful culinary adventure with each bite.

    Address: Manhattan Suites and Conferencing, 3 Esplanade Rd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441

    Times: Tuesday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 08:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11: am – 10:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Eastern Food Bazaar

    Eastern Food Bazaar
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    Located in the vibrant city center, Eastern Food Bazaar is a bustling food hall that offers an array of South Asian and Middle Eastern delights. Among their mouthwatering offerings, their bunny chow is a standout. Prepared with authentic spices and locally sourced ingredients, their bunny chow is known for its bold and unforgettable flavours. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal while immersing yourself in Cape Town’s diverse culinary scene.

    Address: 96 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 09:00 pm


    Dosa Hut

    Dosa Hut
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    Johannesburg’s cultural diversity shines through in its culinary offerings, and Dosa Hut is a prime example. Specialising in South Indian cuisine, this restaurant serves not only delectable dosas but also some of the best bunny chows in the city. The perfectly spiced curries and fluffy bread combine for a satisfying meal that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Durban. Whether you’re a fan of traditional fillings or crave something more adventurous, Dosa Hut has it all.

    Address: Behind Mark white Nissan Cnr of Leslie &, Merrow down plaza, Witkoppen Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2191

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

    The Indian Bay Leaf Restaurant

    Bay Leaf Restaurant
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    Tucked away in the heart of Joburg, The Indian Bay Leaf Restaurant is a hidden gem for lovers of Indian cuisine. While their menu is a gastronomic journey through India, their bunny chow is a standout dish. Prepared with a rich blend of spices and high-quality ingredients, their bunny chows are a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation. The welcoming atmosphere and attentive service make dining at The Indian Bay Leaf a memorable experience.

    Address: 57 Mint Rd, Fordsburg, Johannesburg, 2092

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm


    Durban Curry House

    Durban Curry House
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    In Durban, where the bunny chow originated, Durban Curry House stands as a symbol of culinary excellence. Here, you’ll find bunny chows that pay homage to the dish’s roots. With a perfect balance of flavours and spices, their bunny chows are a true representation of Durban’s curry culture. The Durban Curry House offers a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can savour the taste of history.

    Address: 286 Mathews Meyiwa Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 7:30 – 4:00 pm

    House of Curries

    House of curries
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    No bunny chow exploration is complete without visiting House of Curries, a legendary Durban establishment. As one of the oldest and most cherished bunny chow spots in the city, House of Curries has perfected the art of crafting unforgettable curry-filled bread loaves. Their rich, flavourful curries are nestled within freshly baked bread, creating a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Durban’s culinary heritage.

    Address: 275 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001

    Times: Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:30 am

    Whether you find yourself in Cape Town, Johannesburg, or Durban, these handpicked establishments offer an unforgettable journey into the world of bunny chows.


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