Not for the carb-weary, this bakery is home to fresh pastries, cakes, croissants and pasta kneaded from scratch right in the store. What more could you possibly ask for? Make sure to grab coffee from the cafe as well.
Vovo Telo, Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst, Randburg, Johannesburg 2120
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
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