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“Authentic African traditional food - a must for visitors”
Review of Wandies Place

Wandies Place
Ranked #4 of 34 Restaurants in Soweto
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wandies is in the heart of Soweto. It was originally an illegal shebeen, where locals in Soweto could have a drink. When tourism opened up in Soweto after Apartheid, Wandie opened his restaurant to tourists. Since then,thousands of guests have delighted to the large buffet meal with traditional "gnush"(mashed beans) Pap and beef stew, Marog (african spinach cooked with potato) pumpkin, steamed fresh bread, fresh salads and desert. It is licenced and the guesst just love it. I took a lady from New York, and the wandering musicians played and sang "The Click Song" , "Meadowlands" and "The Lion sleeps tonight". Lovely african atmosphere. The locals pop in and out for a take away including the local constabulary! My German ladies just could not stop making "mmmm" noises and went back for a second plate!

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Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Food is ok, a large buffet, but the experience to sit elbow to elbow with the locals is unforgettable! Not easy to find, must go with someone who has been there before. Even if you don't stay in Jo'burg but you have 4-5 hours between your flights it's a good idea to take the short trip to Soweto and Wandie's and pay a visit to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu homes after or before the Apartheid museum.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Our thanks to the staff and customers at Wandies who accepted our very short time frame for a lunch time bite. We had intended coffee only and their generosity enabled a much needed plate full of delicious traditional food to be consumed in the second restaurant area. We even got to walk through the kitchen and can verify as to its professionalism and cleanliness

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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Wandies is one of the main stopping points on the tourist trail in Soweto, the "South West Township" next to Johannesburg. Located in the suburb of Dube, it's the only restaurant in a small side street. If you manage to find the place (Google Maps does not even get you close, but a good GPS SatNav should), enough secure parking in a private parking opposite is available.

The restaurant is divided in two halves, the old one with the main kitchen and a bar has walls plastered with business cards from previous international visitors (locals rarely come here), and the new one which is a bit more modern. The atmosphere is friendly and you can be almost sure that the owner will come through and ask if you are happy.

Wandies has played host to celebrities like Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Airlines, Evander Holyfield, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones and the All Blacks.

Food is from a standard buffet, no individual orders taken, but you get a selection of typical township dishes of good quality and sufficient quantities.

It can get crowded if busloads of tour guests overrun the place, but it gives you the best township feeling if you don't dare to go to the real places where the locals go (which is certainly wirth it, but to to time and security concerns that's not for everyone).

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Reviewed July 11, 2017
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