Where to Eat in Parys: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 7, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Parys (pronounced /ˈpɑːreɪs/) is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the town is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The name was given by a German surveyor named Schilbach who had participated in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the location next to the Vaal reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships Tumahole and Schonkenville.
Things to do in Parys

1. O's restaurant

1 De Villiers Street, Parys 9585, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 56 811 3683
Excellent
41%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 281 reviews

O's restaurant

Reviewed By suritad2017 - Potchefstroom, South Africa

Prices are high, i bet you pay for your beautiful view. R25 for a 250ml sparkling water is a bit much. Ordered a large chips for the kids and it was R30 for about 20 pieces. Also the waitress was not very friendly saying we cant sit at a certain table, even if no reservation sign was on it. Must say we will return for the view and location, but not the service nor high prices

2. Hoi Polloi

Patrys Circle, Parys 9585, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 56 811 3333
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 237 reviews

Hoi Polloi

Reviewed By foxyfoxholes - London, United Kingdom

We had a drink on Saturday lunchtime, and so enjoyed the place we booked to have Sunday lunch.

It’s difficult to describe Hoi Polloi. It is like dining in an eclectic home furnishing store. Every table is uniquely different to the rest, the interior is wonderfully crazy in this regard, the balcony overlooking the road, again set up with quirky tables.

You can dine or just have a drink. The service is really good and friendly. The food selection is quite extensive, with an excellent choice of wines, craft beers and spirits.

The place has a really relaxed and happy vibe. We really enjoyed our couple of hours on the balcony, watching the world go by below, and enjoying a relaxed meal amongst other similarly minded patrons.

If you happen to be in Parys, we’d recommend this place for a drink, lunch or probably dinner.

Enjoy!

3. The Pickled Pig Ale House

71 Bree Street | Bell Tower Mall, Parys 9585, South Africa (Formerly Pickled Pig) Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Gastropub, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +27 82 565 9855
Excellent
33%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

The Pickled Pig Ale House

Reviewed By EddiePake - Kempton Park, South Africa

A place with a lot of potential but décor lacks imagination. Outside back tables need to be replaced or refurbished. Plus for being one of the few restaurants where non-smokers can enjoy their food without being passive smokers even in the bar! Food was good and service was great after an initial hiccup.

4. Chang Chang

45 Buiten Street | Palm Gate shopping centre, Parys 9585, South Africa Seating Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +27 56 811 2050
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Chang Chang

Reviewed By EaterOuter65 - South Africa

Been to Chang Chang twice. Both times perfect. Service is good. Staff are pleasant. Owners are extremely friendly. The menu is "huge". The food is totally awesome. Really the best Chinese food I've had in a very long time. We were a party of eight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We test-tasted each others meals. All delicious. So, safe to say, you'll enjoy anything you choose on the menu. Will definitely be back. Again and again and again...

74 Bree Street, Parys 9585, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
22%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 62 reviews

Plumtree Coffee & Art Gallery

Reviewed By MarkFairhurst - Secunda, South Africa

What a nice little place. The ales are really tasty with its old demeanor and the good food. It's a nice place for one and all.

6. Angelo's Pane Vino

77 Bree Street, Parys 9585, South Africa Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 56 811 4813
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Angelo's Pane Vino

Reviewed By Lourens O - Fochville, South Africa

I ordered the Siciliana pizza with extra anchovies and artichoke. I had this combination the first time in San Gimignano Tuscany. How this pizza brings back fond memories! One caveat though. Come hungry!

7. Oak Creek Spur Steak Ranch

Cnr Water St & Buiten St, Parys 9585, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Fast Food, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +27 56 817 7013
Excellent
35%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Oak Creek Spur Steak Ranch

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

Reviewed By simonannitsford

We ate at Spur for lunch on a day out to Parys, and had double cheese burgers, which were huge, tasty, had all the trimmings, and we're great value as it was 2 for 1. The service was good and speedy, but whenever we're in South Africa restaurant staff always assume we can speak Africaans, but switch to English quickly enough.

8. Pont de Val Riverside Escape

212 Boundary Road | Cote de Val, Parys 9585, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 16 004 0019
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

Pont de Val Riverside Escape

The timeless French countryside-style restaurant and wedding venue on the Vaal River near Parys just an hour from Johannesburg.

Reviewed By 928stephanr

We went to Pont de Val for a friend’s birthday, but were truly disappointed. I’ve had the privilege of eating at quite a few good restaurants in SA and abroad and I must say I was expecting more. The setting is beautiful and I think they have a great concept, but the service was terrible. The waiter was friendly and helpful, but it took an hour to take our order and another hour for the food to arrive. When it came to dessert, 3 out of the 6 items on the menu were out of stock! I would expect a restaurant that only takes pre-bookings to plan better. Although everything was tasty, I would honestly not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

9. Plum Tree Coffee and Art

74 Bree Street, Parys 9585, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations African, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch +27 56 817 7814
Excellent
43%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Plum Tree Coffee and Art

Reviewed By Ilse S - Broederstroom, South Africa

Food was ok but nothing to rave about. Home cooking without great flavour. Friendly service and lovely Terrace.

10. De Vette Mossel Parys

8 Pistorius Street, Parys 9585, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Seafood Dinner, Lunch +27 60 486 7686
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

De Vette Mossel Parys

De Vette Mossel (The Fat Mussel) offers much more than perfectly prepared seafood – this is an experience – in unusual and informal surroundings with traditional Cape fishing culture – in true West Coast Style.

Reviewed By HerculesnMichelle - Johannesburg, South Africa

De Vette Mossel is a quite unique meal experience. We loved the beachy set-up and the live cooking. However the whole eating experience is very drawn out and we got quite bored. Before Starters is served a Boere brood with farm butter and Home made Apricot jam is brought to the table...be warned ....this is delicious...so much so that you eat way too much and then don't enjoy the fresh sea food. This was a onve off experience for us.

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