The Best Of Ekurhuleni is a reader's choice award granted to businesses around the East Rand. According to the organisation, "The Best of Ekurhuleni Reader’s Choice Awards were established to inspire the residents of Ekurhuleni to celebrate the best of the best and inspire growth and prosperity in local business and organizations."
These awards are a great way for locals to learn more about their surroundings and to explore the best Ekurhuleni has to offer. While we can't mention all the award winners, we will discuss some of our favourites of the worthy winners.
George's Bread & Co.
Offering an assortment of delectable baked goods, treats and confectionery, George's is probably one of our favourite bakeries in Gauteng. We are nothing short of in love with the soft and airy Red Velvet Cupcakes, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and perfect Cheesecake. It seems every time we pop by they have something new to make our mouths water. As such, it is no surprise that they take home the awards for not one, but six categories. These include Best Coffee Shop, Best Bakery, Best Pies, Best Place For Party Platters, Best Bakery With Café and joint Best New Restaurant.
The Victorian Secret
Tucked away in Benoni lies a beautiful Victorian house adorned with rose arches, crisp white window panes and a giant oak tree. This home has been renovated into one of the best bakeries in the East. In fact, according to Best Of Ekurhuleni, they are the Best Tea Garden. After sampling their delightful brunch, high tea and confectionery, we couldn't agree more. Spend a breezy summer afternoon lounging under a shady tree while indulging in a perfectly baked macaron. We recommend the granadilla or raspberry, but those more daring can opt for the salty sweet bacon treat.
East Rand Mall
East Rand Mall is the proud winner of Best Shopping Mall. Situated in Boksburg, this mall is home to several other winners, including Best Clothing Store For Him (Edgars) and Best Accessories (Lovisa). Featuring 180 retailers, restaurants and entertainment hubs, this mall has been the go-to for East Randers since 1992. Recently renovated, this mall now has even more parking space and a more modernised feel.
Green Craft Bar
This bar meets pub, located in Modderfontein and Benoni, has won two awards in this year's Best Of Ekurhuleni. They take home the prestigious title of Best Craft Beer Pub. With nine beers on tap, 17 largers, 21 ales and a range of other suds on offer, we are not surprised. They also have a pretty good gin list, which is why they also took the Best Craft Gin Bar title. While sampling their bitter beer and ample gin, make sure to try the Green Pizza or Peanut Butter Burger. They may sound weird, but they're worth a taste.
Contact details: Modderfontein - 082 446 3768 | Modderfontein Country Club, 1 Centenary Rd, Modderfontein, Johannesburg ; Benoni - 084 603 0609 | Benoni Country Club, Morris St, Morehill, Benoni | https://www.thegreen.co.za
Another multi-award winner, Birchwood Hotel takes home Best Local Hotel, Best Venue For Private Functions and Best Hire Venue/ Conference Centre. This hotel, located just 10 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport, boasts 665 rooms of varying sizes, four onsite restaurants and over 60 conference venues. Set in a picturesque lush garden, this hotel meets all your needs, whether it be luxurious accommodation, the perfect wedding venue or a night of fine dining in the city.
Winner for Best Venue For International And Local Artists To Perform, Best Entertainment Destination For Parties And A Night Out, Best Casino and Best Place To Take Out-Of-Towners is none other than Emperors Palace. This casino and entertainment area offers all the traditional casino games as well as several hotels, theatres and cinemas; conference venues; restaurants; spas and shops. The Palace Of Dreams is your one stop destination for all your entertainment needs.
Contact details: 011 928 1000 | 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg | https://www.emperorspalace.com/
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