Restaurants, shops and tenants


From formal business lunches to casual engagements with friends, and on-the-run coffees, breakfasts and scrumptious sandwiches, Constitution Hill's dining options offer an exceptional experience. While eating and drinking are not permitted in the museums and exhibitions, you are still welcome to enjoy some refreshment in a place seeped in history and heritage.

To host your own private or public event at Constitution Hill, please visit our Host an event page.

Food I Love You Restaurant

If you’re in need of refreshment during your time at Constitution Hill, be sure to visit The Food I Love You Kitchen - our on-site restaurant.

Located in the Old Fort, this is an exceptionally warm and aesthetic space that allows you to take in your surrounds as you take your pick from their innovative and flexible à la carte menu with items made from fine, locally sourced and seasonal produce.

Closed on Mondays


Today, Constitution Hill is home to the offices of several entities, including Chapter 9 institutions and non-governmental organisations, that occupy the space once used by the zinc shacks that were part of the Women’s Jail’s isolation cells.

In different ways, these organisations all serve to promote constitutionalism, human rights and development in South Africa.

The Commission for Gender Equality

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is a Chapter 9 institution established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The CGE works to advance, promote and protect gender equality in South Africa by undertaking research, public education, policy development, legislative initiatives, effective monitoring and litigation.

For more information, visit the CGE website. is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. Section 34 of the Constitution gives everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court or other independent and impartial tribunal or forum. This right, however, has no meaning if the individual concerned is unable to afford legal representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.

For more information, visit the website.


The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) of the University of Johannesburg is a leading research centre in South Africa. SAIFAC’s vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of research excellence in its key focus areas of constitutional, human rights, public and international law. SAIFAC’s mission is to produce advanced research in its focus areas; to foster collaboration and engagement between academics and members of the legal community across South Africa and internationally; and to advance constitutionalism, human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa.

For more information, please visit the SAIFAC website.

The Awethu Project

The South African History Archive