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Despite being one of the oldest cafés and pizzerias on the Melville strip, The Ant Café is continues to be a popular hangout. Its rustic charm, unpretentious setting and authentic Italian cuisine attracts the locals, tourists and students alike.

If you’re visiting The Ant Café, don’t expect understated elegance and opulence. An assortment of Knickknackery sits haphazardly on the shelves– ranging from empty wine bottles and tea tins to pin-up posters and nude sculptures. When shown to your seat, you’ll notice that the chairs are mismatched and the wooden tables are bare. The décor, along with the homey feel about the place, has seen many patrons enjoying a quality meal and a draft or two.


Start your dining experience with a ‘Focaccia Salad’ for the table. Opt for a traditional ‘Greek Salad’ that is served with all the usual trimmings – feta, cheese, mixed lettuce and tomato. Diners looking to enjoy a dish with a bit of local flair can nibble on the ‘Republiek Salad’. This dish will provide you with all your healthy greens while adding some biltong, feta and caramelised onion into the mix. If you’re looking for more flavour, lightly drizzle the dish with an olive pesto.


Having been dubbed as one of the finest pizzerias in Johannesburg, The Ant Café’s pizzas are a firm favourite among past diners. For the vegetarians, the ‘Zucchini and Aubergine’ is a tasty treat to share with friends.

If it’s pasta you’re looking for, the smoked chicken dish certainly whets the appetite. The chicken is slathered in a creamy garlic sauce and topped with melted gorgonzola cheese and peppadew. For your convenience, the meal is served with your choice of pasta - spaghetti, penne or fettuccine.




Travel on De Villiers Graaff Motorway/M1. Take the exit toward R55 which will merge onto Empire Road. Turn right onto Menton Road continue straight ahead and turn left onto Landau Terrace and right onto Hurley Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto 1st Avenue and at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 7th Street. The Ant Cafe will be on the left.


-26° 10' 33.83''


28° 0' 31.43''
Shop11, 7th Street


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Food Served
ItalianLight MealsPastasPizzas
Average Price$$
Payment accepted
Trading Hours
Monday: 12:30 - 23:00
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00
Secure Parking
Outside Seating
Load Shedding
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