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A colorful dress is on display in the Rich Factory store.
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A guide to local favorites in Parkhurst

A colorful dress is on display in the Rich Factory store.
  • By Pumza Fihlani
  • Photos by Gulshan Khan
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Parkhurst
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The home of effortless bohemian chic, Parkhurst is an old suburb where the arrival of young fashion designers brought in fresh energy to the area. The streets, primarily Fourth Avenue, are lined with restaurants that spill onto the sidewalk, inviting you to come inside. The buildings here are as eclectic as the neighborhood, with industrial architecture nestled among structures that have a softer, Old World charm. Street vendors sell all sorts of handmade goods, including woven baskets, beaded decorations and hand-carved statues.

Meet Pumza Fihlani

Pumza has lived in Johannesburg since 2006. She describes herself as a small town girl, having grown up in Mthatha, South Africa, in the countryside. She moved to the city as an intern, fell in love with its lights and never left. She loves city life but misses the clear night sky in the Eastern Cape province — and the sense of community there.

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Parkhurst

Rich Factory
A clothing store that blends traditional African print with the latest designs, this is the perfect place to pick up a gift for friends and family. From layered skirts and caftans, to shoes and shirts for the guys, there’s something for everyone. But the biggest draw may be the shop’s infinity dress, which can be worn in at least four ways.
Rich Factory, Corner of Fourth Avenue and 11th Street, Parkhurst, Randburg, Johannesburg 2193
Hudsons, the Burger Joint
That thick, juicy burger of your dreams exists at this American-style diner that uses locally sourced, house-ground beef. Top it with the onion marmalade, slowly cooked down for hours. For the more adventurous, a tangy spicy-jalapeño salsa makes the perfect patty companion. There are also options for vegetarians.
Hudsons, the Burger Joint, Fourth Avenue and 14th Street, Parkhurst, Randburg, Johannesburg 2193
Craft
The cozy, welcoming feel of this Bistro-style restaurant and watering hole makes it the perfect spot for afternoon drinks or an early dinner. Try the desserts, but be warned that they are ridiculously sized and super decadent. They’re best shared, although I’ve been known to finish a few by myself on a dare. There is a range of locally produced craft beer that includes options for those who like their beer clean, crisp and fruity, as well as for the die-hards who prefer their brews robust, malty and ice cold.
Craft, 33 Fourth Avenue and 13th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg 2193
Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream
There was a time when it was difficult to find a premium ice cream brand in Johannesburg, but Paul’s has taken care of that. The parlor has a sidewalk where locals sit and enjoy the various flavors of homemade gelato. The parlor evokes memories of warm summer days, laughter and dips in the pool. Pop ’round, even if just for dessert on the go.
Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream, 22 Fourth Avenue Parkhurst, Sandton, 2193
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Pumza Fihlani
Pumza has lived in Johannesburg since 2006. She describes herself as a small town girl, having grown up in Mthatha, South Africa, in the countryside. She moved to the city as an intern, fell in love with its lights and never left. She loves city life but misses the clear night sky in the Eastern Cape province — and the sense of community there.
Gulshan Khan
Gulshan is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Johannesburg.
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