Lydenburg Food Guide: 7 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lydenburg

July 27, 2017 Renato Branum

Lydenburg is a town in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Alternatively known as Mashishing, Lydenburg is situated on the Sterkspruit/Dorps River tributary of the Lepelle River at the base of the Long Tom Pass. The name is derived from the Dutch Lijdenburg, or "Town of Suffering". Lydenburg has become the centre of the South African fly-fishing industry and is an agricultural and mining hub.

1. Okus restaurant and cocktail lounge

Viljoen Street, Lydenburg, South Africa Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
33%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
12%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Okus restaurant and cocktail lounge

Reviewed By Lynn0416 - Centurion, South Africa

Went for coffee and breakfast. There was no milk. Still cant understand why they couldn't get some from one of local shops. Also some of the items for the breakfast were outstanding. Eventually they offered cappuccino with cream, which was good. They did make up with some extras in with the breakfast.

2. Laramie Spur Steak Ranch

Cnr Potgieter St & Viljoen St, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available Steakhouse, Fast Food, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +27 13 235 1707
Excellent
12%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 31 reviews

Laramie Spur Steak Ranch

Spoil your family & eat out at Laramie Spur. We are the best steakhouse & burger restaurant in Lydenburg. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu.

Reviewed By Mono_Jockos - Barcelona, Spain

We ended up stopping here for lunch on Boxing Day as the usual place the tour guides take people was closed, and it was the only place open on our way to Mpumalanga, but apparently the tour company is known to the employees and they are used to large groups arriving at short notice - Laramie is a small town and apart from locals, I can't imagine many people stopping here if they had alternative options.
Despite there being may free tables, it took us ages to be seated (on a dirty table with glasses and bottles from the previous diners) as opposed to a clean one - I think it was simply the closest to where we soke to an employee.
We waited for around half an hour after having been seated to get someone's attention so we could order a drink, and when said drinks arrived ages later the waitress left two unopened bottles of beer on the table and disappeared (they weren't screw-tops like some in SA), so it took even more time for someone to come with a bottle-opener, and when they did they ended up taking some glass off of the bottle-neck along with the cap rendering the beer undrinkable - needless to say another wait ensued.
Trying to order food was equally trying - apparently the waiters and waitresses were told we were all part of a group and had an hour or so to have lunch (it is a burger/steak place after all - not fine dining by any means) and yet after about 45 minutes, nobody had come to take our food order.
When we finally managed to press-gang someone into taking our order, it wasn't the person who we had ordered the drinks from, so there was more confusion, but the food did arrive relatively (to the drinks) quickly, but starter and main together, without cutlery or condiments.
It seemed as it, because it was Christmas time, the restaurant had hired all the local teenagers for that day, despite having no experience, clue or guidance from their colleagues.
There were lots of people 'working' i.e. present in the restaurant, but groups of them were chatting about stuff, rather than serving the customers while one person answered another's question - it didn't need a debate.
The food, however, was pretty good and it was unfortunate we had to wolf it down in order not to delay the tour bus too much.
Just to put icing on the cake of ineptitude, our second waiter looked aghast when I paid without leaving a tip for such miserable service.

3. The Ocean Basket

46 Voortrekker Street, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +27 13 235 3202
Excellent
39%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

The Ocean Basket

Reviewed By CJW913 - De Pere, Wisconsin

Our tour group of 36 stopped for a short period of time for lunch in Lydenburg. We had a choice of eating at Wimpy's or Ocean Basket. Four of us chose Ocean Basket, as fish seemed a much better alternative to the common hamburger. Since...MoreThank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again if you come through Lydenburg

4. Oppi Berg Restaurant

Burgersfort Road | R37 towards Burgersfort look for the cell tower, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards African, Bar, Cafe, Barbecue, British, Pub Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner +27 63 164 8394
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Oppi Berg Restaurant

An awesome home away from home Restaurant and BnB With amazing food and even more breath taking Views of the valley

Reviewed By Carla F

Spectacular view! Good music which creates a nice vibe. The fireplace adds to the ambience and makes it nice and cosy in the winter. I can definitely recommend the T-bone. Sundays offers a tasty buffet with freshly baked breads!
Overnight stay available. The owners Sias and Evelene are very friendly and hospitable! A definite must try when you are in the area!

5. Cafe Crust

46 Maasdorp Street, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +27 13 235 3344
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Cafe Crust

A Cosy little Bakery with a warm hearth. Where we serve real, unfussy, delicious food.

Reviewed By PeterSulli - San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

The name of this little town means 'suffering' but weary travelers need not do what the Voortrekkers did when they brought their ox-wagons across the Mountains. Cafe Crust is only two blocks off the main drag, has a calm and delightful atmosphere, Seating inside or...MoreHi Peter Thank you so much for your kind review. We really appreciate it and it is what keeps us going. Hope to see you soon Regards Andre

6. Jam Jar Lounge

59 Church Street, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$8 +27 13 235 0165
Excellent
77%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Jam Jar Lounge

Reviewed By Cheryl G

Visiting my family in Lydenburg which lead to two visits to the Jam Jar. What an amazing place. The owner Lynette made us a special order of bobotie and wow the best we have ever eaten. My 81 year old father said he has never had such delicious bobotie in all his life. Thank you Jam Jar for the awesome time and great memories.

7. De Juffauens

41 Keerom Street, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa +27 73 717 8828
Excellent
14%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

De Juffauens

Reviewed By Vorsters - Melkbosstrand, South Africa

What a pleasant surprise to find this interesting little restaurant in a side street after taking a wrong turn off. We saw the restaurant on TV and were very glad that we stopped and had some lunch. The venue with the old bus, interesting décor and a very good menu with old school stories. The food was excellent and was worth while stopping.

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