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Timed Out Magazine rank Jozi number two in the world in terms of eat out!

THE ranking of Johannesburg as the number 2 in the world’s top 12 cities in which to eat out is another global accolade that assists destination  Gauteng to better position a world-class culinary experience that is remembered long after tourists have returned home.

This accolade comes after many – the creative melting pot of Maboneng was ranked by US business magazine Forbes as one of 12 coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2018.

This was followed by Melville’s 7th street in 2021 labelled by Timed Out magazine as one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the world, landing on number 12 in the globes coolest top 30 streets, an improvement from number 33 the previous year.

Whilst in 2022 the Tourism Sentiment Index named the Capital City, Pretoria, as of the top 100 destinations in the world. The city ranked at 73.

Gastronomy travel experiences have been on the rise in the sector and the growth has been attributed to an improvement in authentic, curated experiences for travellers who are part of this niche, seeking cultural experiences through food.

In the lively streets of Gauteng, a unique food culture is thriving.

From the bustling district of Braamfontein to the vibrant township of Soweto, top ‘Kota’ joints in Gauteng are where locals flock for a taste of something truly special.

These humble establishments are known for their mouthwatering Kotas – a popular street food that fuses diverse flavours and textures.

Imagine sinking your teeth into a soft loaf of bread, filled to the brim with juicy meats, melting cheese, and a range of delectable toppings. Every bite is an explosion of savoury goodness that leaves you craving for more.

With their finger on the pulse of Gauteng’s culinary scene, these Kota joints offer a true taste of the region’s diverse culinary landscape. From classic flavours to innovative twists, there’s a Kota to suit every palate.

Gauteng Tourism collaborative efforts with some events has been to use the platform to provide market access for food experience curators especially from townships, which is why the Kota is a must eat dish according to Time Out’s the ranking.

As the golden province’s food scene continues to evolve, the future of Kota joints looks bright. These humble establishments are not only a testament to the region’s rich culinary heritage but also a platform for innovation and creativity. With the rise of social media and the increasing interest in food tourism, Kota establishments have reached a wider audience and showcase the unique flavours of Gauteng.

Whether it’s through collaborations with local chefs or the introduction of new and exciting Kota variations, the future of these joints is sure to be filled with delicious surprises.

These humble establishments have become an integral part of the region’s food culture, attracting food enthusiasts from all walks of life.

“Cuisine is at the heart of South African tourism offering, and many events have ensured that food becomes part of an integral experience,” says Gauteng Tourism CEO Sthembiso Dlamini.

“As a result, the Gauteng Tourism Authority, together with other key partners in the food and beverage sector have collaborated with the Delicious Festival Trader Academy to empower informal traders in the sector by providing them with the essential skills and knowledge to thrive in formal and competitive settings.

The food and beverage aspects are crucial components of the tourism experience,” she adds.

The next time you find yourself in Gauteng, be sure to seek out these beloved local establishments and embark on a mouth-watering journey that will leave you craving for more.

Whether you’re indulging in a classic Kota or trying out one of the unique variations, each bite is a tantalizing explosion of flavours and textures.

Get ready for a mouth-watering adventure that will leave you hungry for more!

Image (Kota establishments have reached a wider audience and showcase the unique flavours of Gauteng that has positioned Jozi number two in the world in terms of eat out).

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