In your backyard: The 10 best milkshake spots in South Africa


Forget your usual chocolate, vanilla, bubblegum or lime-flavoured milkshakes. Restaurants all around the country are now embracing the international gourmet milkshake trend by recreating traditional favourites into one-of-a-kind milkshake masterpieces.

From salted caramel, Nutella and Oreo, and popping candy-flavoured milkshakes to “adult” versions with a dash of booze, these unusual and inspired flavours have made our childhood favourites more delectable and desirable than ever.

Think homemade, retro-inspired and fantastical gourmet drinks which make the traditional seem so, well, vanilla. We’ve compiled a list of must-taste milkshakes which are guaranteed to bring all the boys – and girls – to the yard: 1. Craft in Parkhurst, Johannesburg

The restaurant’s speciality #OhShakes are literally milkshakes on steroids! Featuring the likes of The Candy Feast, Chocolate Overload and Salted Caramel Delight these sweet treats are guaranteed to invoke a flavour overload.

2. Parc Café, Durban

For the health-conscious types with a sweet tooth, Parc Café in Glenwood, Durban is the answer to “healthy” milkshakes with a twist. Their legendary Free Shakes feature a favourite avocado-vanilla combination with a double shot of rooibos red espresso that’s blended with a home-made chocolate brownie. Yum!

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3. The Boiler Room Café, Durban

The Boiler Room Café in Durban is a trendy eatery which serves divine gourmet milkshakes, including familiar staples such as chocolate and vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate, and popcorn and salted caramel. And rumour has it that their lemon and meringue gourmet milkshake is “life-changing”.

4. My Sugar, Cape Town

Chocolatiers at My Sugar in Sea Point, Cape Town, have created drool-worthy gourmet shakes with a twist that are almost too pretty to drink! Their miso caramel milkshake is a blend of caramel, cookie butter and butterscotch popcorn, and their caramelised coconut milkshake topped with vanilla-bean whipped cream is the stuff of milkshake heaven!

5. Freedom Café, Durban

Freedom Café’s delicious milkshakes are popular with Durban’s locals. From the traditional chocolate, banana and cherry shakes, to the more eccentric Spiked Shakes: banoffee pie, apple pie and peppermint crisp, there’s something for all milkshake-lovers on this menu.

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6. Protea Fire & Ice Hote! Cape Town

Protea Fire & Ice Hote! Cape Town’s gourmet milkshakes are considered to be some of the best in the Mother City. The hotel restaurant has two ranges of milkshakes – naughty and nice. The non-alcoholic shakes include the Big Blue (blueberries and cream), Aero Attack (with Aero chocolate) and the Lindt-O-Licious (Lindt chocolate). But the “Grown-Up” Milkshake range is much more exciting. Featuring the Patronage (with a shot of Patrón coffee liqueur), the Amarula-flavoured Elephant’s Trunk and the tequila-infused Tequila Mockingbird, these milkshakes are the answer to all your milkshake cravings. And for those who want to indulge without guilt, there’s even a half-size option too!

7. The Thirsty Scarecrow, Stellenbosch

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The Thirsty Scarecrow in Stellenbosch may be known for their local craft beers, but their traditional milkshake range has also won them widespread acclaim. With fantabulous flavours such as apple pie, lemon meringue and banoffee pie, it’s the one-stop shop to wet your whistle and indulge that sweet tooth. 8. XO Patisserie, Johannesburg

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XO Patisserie situated at 27 Boxes in Melville, Johannesburg, features a two-for-one deal which dessert lovers won’t be able to resist. Known for their cronuts (that’s a croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry that’s deep-fried and all kinds of delicious, for those not in the know), they’ve now created a milkshake that is topped with their famed pastry delight!

9. The Gourmet Garage, Johannesburg

The Gourmet Garage in Fourways, Johannesburg, is a retro eatery which features some of the best traditional milkshake flavours in the city. Think of all your favourites: chocolate, vanilla, banana, and even Horlicks – but with an extra-creamy twist. Guaranteed to give your palette a healthy dose of nostalgia

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10. The Leopard, Johannesburg

The popular The Leopard restaurant in Melville, Johannesburg, offers a unique Middle Eastern offering as part of their delicious milkshake range. From a double-thick halva-infused shake to a creamy tahini and preserved lemon with rose syrup shake studded with Turkish Delight and salted-roasted nut praline, these milkshakes will get your belly dancing to these exotic flavours.

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