Where To Eat?
The Vegan Chef
The latest offering to take the vegan world by storm, The Vegan Chef has recently opened up shop at the Green Thumb nursery in Benoni. Offering everything from Southern Fried Chikn and Sticky Ribs to Waffles On A Stick and Doughnuts, this is vegan food for the soul. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about and feel free to bring along your pooches for a day out in the lush gardens of the nursery.
If sweet Belgium delicacies are more your thing, then make sure you stop by Little Belgium during your tour of Benoni. Serving both sweet and savoury treats, this waffle house and bakery is the perfect outing for the whole family. We're suckers for the Black Forest Gourmet Waffle. Topped with wild berry sauce, chocolate shavings and cherries, this ticks all the boxes.
The Victorian Secret
The Victorian Secret is our go-to for light brunch, delicate high tea and perfectly baked sweet treats. Visit early in the morning and relax in the picturesque gardens while indulging in The Queen Victoria - two poached eggs, bacon, rocket, grilled tomato, crisp rosti and creamy hollandaise sauce. Before you leave, pick up some of their famed macarons. Available in a rainbow of flavours, these soft and crumbly treats are totally worth it.
Where To Shop?
Uncle Tim's Centre
Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni is a must-visit for any antique collector, crafter or hobbyist. Housed in historical buildings, this centre first opened their doors in 1993. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength and is now home to a wide variety of shops selling antique collectibles, trinkets, books, art, furniture, vinyl records and giftware. Visit their Carboot Sale or Antique & Collectors market and spend hours browsing through the hidden treasures.
Speaking of hidden treasures, there is no better place to find all your antiques, collectibles and trinkets than the avenues of Benoni just south of Farrarmere. Along the lanes of Victoria Avenue, Woburn Avenue, Russel Street and Howard Avenue, you'll find a plethora of artsy shops and restaurants. Selling everything from timepieces and novelty ornaments to art and craft supplies and artisan goods, these charming streets offer quite the adventure.
East Rand Crafters Market
Spend a day shopping up a storm with the kids in tow at the East Rand Crafters Market. Offering everything from monthly markets to themed annual events, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Shop for all your preserves, plants, fashion accessories, jewellery, kitchen accessories, wind chimes and beauty products while your kids have a blast with the inflatables, face painting and other activities.
Contact details: 49 Aerodrome Dr, Benoni | www.eastrandcraftersmarket.co.za
Where To Play?
Benoni Country Club
For sports enthusiasts, there is no better thrill than a day out at Benoni Country Club. Here, you can play a round of golf, indulge in the full driving range, try a game of bowling, take a shot at tennis or squash or join the running club. Other than the sport facilities, the club also has a gym, conference facilities, a full bar, a pizza oven, a restaurant, a pro shop and a car wash. If this isn't sporting entertainment at its best, we don't know what is.
If you're an animal lover, then Benoni is about to become your second home. Cat Village is a non-profit pro-life organisation in Northmead offering a home to 1000 felines. They provide shelter, food and care to homeless, neglected and abandoned cats. If you'd like to visit these adorable kitties, you can do so by volunteering at the shelter. Alternatively, head to any of their pawsome events.
Highveld Honey Farms
One of the largest honey producers in South Africa, Highveld Honey Farms was established in the 1960s. Running 8000 beehives, this farm is your go-to for all things honey. Visitors can stock up on a wide range of honey products at their onsite shop while learning all about the process of cultivating this sweet nectar. They also offer all the bee keeping equipment you could ever need, from hive kits to protective clothing.
Want more? Then check out our secret gems of Benoni article.
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