Meet South Africa’s Most Loved Local Business

The 12 Most Loved Local businesses were recently revealed. From a hotel famed for its calamari to a car wash where you can also get a haircut, these 12 South African businesses are getting it right.

Selected across 12 categories the Most Loved Local Businesses were named as:

Most Loved Place to Stay

Chapmans Peak Hotel, Cape Town: The one with the perfect calamari

Established in the late 19th century, The Chapmans Peak Hotel is situated at the foot of the world-famous Chapmans Peak Drive in the picturesque village of Hout Bay.

The restaurant has become the grand old lady of outdoor seafood restaurants in Cape Town so it comes as no surprise that it made it onto the list!

Marble Restaurant

Most Loved Eatery

Marble, Johannesburg: The one with the celebrity chef in the kitchen

Situated in Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank, Marble Restaurant embodies South Africans’ love of cooking with fire. A quality, according to celebrity Chef David Higgs, makes our food culture different from the rest of the world.

The Butcher Man

Most Loved Butcher

The Butcher Man, Cape Town: The one that people cross town for

Located in the trendy hub of Green Point, Cape Town, The Butcher Man is not your average butcher. It offers a wide selection of prime cuts to go or eat-in, alongside a selection of curated biltong, award-winning wines, and all your culinary braai essentials.

Fournos Bakery

Most Loved Bakery

Fournos, Johannesburg: The one that is way more than a bakery

Frequently voted the best bakery in Johannesburg Fournos is home to the most delicious baked goods, sweet treats and deli products like cold meats and cheeses. The best part is that you can grab a table and stay for lunch!

Rouge Day Spa

Most Loved Spa

Rouge Day Spa, Cape Town: The one run by a dynamic mother-daughter team

Based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town the Rouge Day Spa offers a casual and comfortable environment while maintaining an above-average level of professionalism and service orientation.  The spa is fully equipped for all your relaxation needs.

Gold Reef City

Most Loved Entertainment Spot

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg – The one with the heart of gold

Gold Reef City is one of South Africa’s premier entertainment destinations. The casino and the thrilling rides at the theme park are only half the story. You can also enjoy a tour of one of the deepest underground mines in the world, a gold pouring demonstration, an opportunity to pan for gold and a visit to gold miners’ houses which haven’t changed in over 100 years. Yes, please!

Dream Body Fitness

Most Loved Gym

Dream Body Fitness, Johannesburg: The one that is completely unintimidating to work out at

Dream Body Fitness is so much more than a gym its a fitness family. With a service offering that includes everything from personal trainer to an optometrist, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the most loved businesses in South Africa.

By Dezign Interiors

Most Loved Interior Designer

By Dezign Interiors, Johannesburg: The one that really, really gets its clients’ style

By Dezign Interiors are an award-winning interior design company that offers the full-spectrum of interior design services to residential, commercial and the hospitality sectors. Whatever your needs they can assist from layout down to the last detail.

Bryanston Organic Market

Most Loved Market

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market, Johannesburg: The one that was an organic market before it was trendy to be an organic market

Known as the original outdoor market the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market has been around for 40 years. You can expect a superb range of eco-conscious goods from organic foods, natural products and handicrafts at every visit.

Exclusive Dry Cleaners

Most Loved Laundromat

Exclusive Dry Cleaners, Johannesburg: The one that treats every single client like family

Service and dedication are at the heart of everything at Exclusive Dry Cleaners. So, it comes as no surprise that they’re members of the International Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute and a proud sponsor of the Miss SA pageant.

Tubbs Car Wash

Most loved Car Wash

Tubbs’s Car Wash, Johannesburg: The one that cleans your car while you have a haircut

What’s better than getting two things done at the same time? Nothing! That’s why Tubb’s Car Wash is one of the most loved local businesses because it allows you to free up some time in your day for other things you love!

Rodon Projects

Most Loved Construction Company

Radon Projects, Pretoria: The one that is ready all day and all night

Radon Projects is into innovative construction. Their sole purpose is to provide clients with superior construction projects on time, within budget whilst maintaining very high quality. What more could you want?

Celebrating Local Success

Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, Chief Marketing Officer at Santam, who is responsible for the research, says the company wanted to celebrate those businesses getting it right, and allow others to learn from them.

“The research has strongly highlighted our vibrant and colourful business sector. There are so many amazing success stories. We truly hope our report will motivate more people to go into business or to lift their venture to the next level.”

He concludes one of the goals for the report was to encourage South Africans to consciously think about choosing local over global wherever possible.