Johannesburg is jam-packed with cinemas! The only thing you need to do is find your nearest one, grab your family and friends, buy a few snacks, and pick which movie you're in the mood to watch. From action-packed films and family-friendly animations to hilarious rom-coms and hair-raising horrors, you'll definitely find a flick on circuit at one of these movie cinemas in the city.

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Ster-Kinekor
Nu Metro
The Bioscope
Egrek Cinema
Latest Movie Releases

Ster-Kinekor

With cinemas scattered all over the city, Ster-Kinekor is sure to a movie for all ages, every mood and every occasion. To see what movies are currently showing or to find a Ster-Kinekor cinema near you, visit their website. A few locations where you can find a Ster-Kinekor includes Cresta Shopping Centre, Sandton Shopping Centre, Bedford Square, Cradlestone Mall, Cedar Square, Carnival City and Mall of Africa, just to name a few.

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Nu Metro

Bringing cutting-edge cinema experiences such as 4DX, Xtreme and VIP at select cineplexes nationwide, Nu Metro brings you the latest blockbusters across a variety of genres. From exciting animations that'll delight families and audiences of all ages and moving dramas that'll have you reaching for a tissue to adrenaline packed action and hair raising horrors, there's sure to be something showing on the big screen. You can even make your movie viewing experience even more lifelike. Click here to find your nearest Nu Metro cinema and see what's currently on circuit.

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The Bioscope Independent Cinema

Who doesn't know the ever-popular Bioscope Independent Cinema? This unique cinema has brought visitors only the best in local and international film features to Joburg movie lovers for a full decade. This June, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope Independent Cinema said goodbye to its home in Maboneng, and made its way to its brand-new location at 44 Stanley in Milpark. Be sure to visit their website to see what shows and screenings are coming up or currently showing.

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Egrek Cinema

In the mood for a movie but don’t want to visit one of the usual cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek Cinema is an independent 30-seat cinema offering an intimate and exclusive viewing experience, perfect for screening the latest movies. Visit Egrek Cinema’s website to see what’s currently showing on their big screen.

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Latest Movie Releases

Wondering what's currently on circuit at the city's most popular cinemas? Click here to see what releases you can expect throughout the month. Be sure to visit Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, find your nearest cineplex and book your seats now. Also, be sure to keep in mind that cinemas are now practicing social distancing and strict safety regulations, rules and protocols. Visit their websites to find out more.

Bedfordview is a hive of activity over weekends and even holidays as entertainment seekers flock in from surrounding suburbs. There's something thrilling and exciting to entertain all ages in the suburb of Bedfordview.

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Family-Friendly Fun
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Athletic Clubs & Sports Venues

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Family-Friendly Fun

Bedford Centre

Bedfordview is first and foremost a family-orientated suburb. It's a great place for kiddies of all ages to hang out and have some fun. There are lots of activities for the whole family to get stuck into as well. Whether your brood is the movie going kind or prefer the outdoors, there should be something to keep you entertained. Bring the little ones along to Bedford Centre to spend the day bouncing at Jump Gravity, watching a movie at NuMetro cinemas or tucking into a gourmet milkshake at Chevy Lane.

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Eastgate Shopping Centre

The piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre is ideal for kid-friendly Friday night fun. The open air play area is the ideal spot for the little ones to run around while you enjoy a fabulous dinner at one of the mall's top restaurants. We love Mozambik for their Afro-Porto fusion cuisine and outdoor kiddies' play area. Eastgate Shopping Centre is also home to the only Ster-Kinekor IMAX Theatre on the East Rand. Bring the brood along for epic 3-D adventures and luxury cinema experiences.

Visit Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Bedfordview Night Market 

For a laidback Friday night with the family, visit the Bedfordview Night Market at Jeppe Quondam. This is the largest multicultural food and craft market in the city, perfect for the whole family. With live entertainment, fun activities and yummy eats, it's a definite must-visit for moms, dads and little ones. The market also hosts special events on select Sundays and public holidays. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date with their upcoming events.

Visit Bedfordview Night Market.

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Bars & Clubs

Bailey's 

Singletons, twenty-somethings and party animals often frequent Bedfordview over weekends. This is because there is a great selection of bars, pubs and clubs here. The entertainment scene is well worth getting in on, whether you're into the rave vibe or a more laid back atmosphere. Bailey's stands out as a hub for good food, affordable drinks and great live entertainment. Join them for their awesome live music events and karaoke sessions.

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Ivy Champagne Bar

If you're looking for a contemporary, chic party experience, get yourself in the door at the Ivy Champagne Bar. This rooftop cocktail bar is one of Bedfordview's most popular spots for sundowners and late night events. Overlooking the suburb below, you'll think you're right in the heart of the city.

Visit the Ivy Champagne Garden.

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Athletic Clubs & Sports Venues

Jeppe Quondam Sports & Social Club

Bedfordview is a sporting town through and through. This shows in its many athletic clubs, sports bars, gyms and training fields. Jeppe Quondam is where soccer fans meet rugby fanatics, tennis champs match up against squash masters and swim meets take on a whole other level of competitiveness. If you're a total sports maniac, check it out.

Visit Jeppe Quondam Sports & Social Club.

Bedfordview Country Club

Bedfordview Country Club offers a range of sporting activities for all ages. Come and make lifelong friends (or natural sporting enemies) here. You may also find your latest hobby or sporting challenge. All in all, this is the place to be for sports fans and athletes.

Visit the Bedfordview Country Club.

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Fireroom

Voted as one of our top soosh spots in Johannesburg, Fireroom offers the ultimate theatrical dining experience. Come and experience sushi like you never have before - set aflame! This contemporary fusion restaurant buzzes on Friday nights as sushi, grill and steak lovers flock in from around Bedfordview and nearby suburbs. We recommend the Village View platter to share - 6 Springbok roses, 4 Dragon rolls, 4 Tiger Rolls and 4 Fire rolls. A delightful combination of South African and Japanese flavours, this platter goes down a treat with a bottle of Fireroom's premium wines.

Click here to read our review of Fireroom Bedfordview. 

Details: (Tel) 011 465 0587 | Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston.

Yamitsuki

As one of the few teppanyaki spots in Joburg, Yamitsuki is an immensely popular restaurant. Complete with a mile-long conveyor belt and an extensive menu, this is one of Bedfordview's top foodie destinations. Flaming Asian tapas, teppanyaki stir fry and even biltong and cream cheese rolls, Yamitsuki caters to tastes of all kinds. Visit them for an all-round exquisite dining experience and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Top tip: Mondays are Two for One on assorted sushi plates!

Click here to read our review of Yamitsuki Bedfordview.

Details: (Tel) 086 117 8744 | [email protected] | 55 van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.

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John Dory's

Looking for a sushi restaurant that also caters to kiddies? Look no further than John Dory's at Bedford Centre. Their child-friendly menu and kid's play area is ideal for midweek dinner out with the little ones. Pop by on a Wednesday to enjoy half-price sushi while the kids tuck into a plate of hake and chips. Alternatively, order the Family Sushi Deal and let the whole family dig into a sumptuous sushi feast.

Details: (Tel) 011 615 3846 | [email protected] | Shop M13, Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith & Van Der Linde Rd, Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.

Kong Sing Chinese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Just a hop and a skip away from John Dory's is Kong Sing Chinese Restaurant & Sushi Bar. This all you can eat buffet bar is a must-visit for sushi lovers on a budget. For just *198 per person, you can devour all the soosh you can manage on all days of the week! The sushi menu here is simple but enticing, featuring fashion sandwiches, California rolls, maki, nigiri, sushi parcels, and sashimi. If you're a stickler for authentic cuisine, Kong Sing's sushi offerings will have you shouting from the rooftops.

Details: (Tel) 079 520 6330 | [email protected] | Shop M1, Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith & Van Der Linde Rd, Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.

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Jungle Sushi and Teppanyaki 

寿司 restaurants come and go, but Jungle has stood the test of time. One of the longest-standing restaurants at Key West Centre, Jungle offers an array of sushi and Japanese teppanyaki dishes. We adore their sushi boats, which come in a variety of size portions including a massive 20 piece assorted deluxe boat. So whether you're dining alone or in a party of sushi fanatics, there should be enough to around for everyone. Jungle frequenters will know that there is a secret menu item that you simply must try - deep-fried ice cream! The perfect marriage of deep-fried tempura and creamy dessert, this unique dish goes down a treat after a boatful of sushi.

Details: (Tel) 011 455 5600 | Key West Centre, 43 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Germiston.

If you've never gone on a shopping expedition through Bedfordview, then you're in for an adventure. Whether you are a fabulous fashionista or simply looking for a new spot to do your weekly grocery run, there are more than enough retail options in this suburb to suit your needs. Bedfordview also boasts a number of family run curio shops and boutiques, perfect to find one-of-a-kind gifts and trinkets. So, get on your shopping shoes because we've got a lot to explore.

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Wholesalers
Factory Shops

Shopping Centres & Malls

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Bedfordview is home to one of the oldest and largest malls in the city. Eastgate Shopping Centre was constructed in 1979 to offer the suburb's residents a wide variety of retail options at the foot of their doorsteps. The Centre now brings in shoppers from neighbouring suburbs too, such as Kensington, Bruma and Cyrildene. With over 300 stores, Eastgate Shopping Centre is a mecca for all things retail. Stop by to explore the Centre's fashion offerings, its expansive food court and a ton of fun activities for the kids.

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Bedford Centre

Often punted as Eastgate Shopping Centre's biggest rival, Bedford Centre is a favourite shopping destination for Bedfordview locals. While smaller than its sister mall, Bedford Centre is home to a number of popular fashion stores. With its family-friendly atmosphere and European-inspired restaurant square, this is the place to go for a good dose of retail therapy. Bring the kids along to Jump Gravity while you browse around the Centre for your next fashion buy.

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Village View Shopping Centre

Not everyone enjoys doing their shopping at big malls. If you prefer a bespoke retail environment, visit Village View Shopping Centre. Situated along Bedfordview's main avenue, this shopping centre is relatively quiet. Here, you will find boutique fashion stores, a Woolworths food store, and a number of health and beauty shops. The Centre is also home to some of Bedfordview's best restaurants. Pop by on a Saturday morning for a casual brunch before kicking off your shopping escapades!

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Bedford Village Shopping Centre

Another one of Bedfordview's smaller shopping centres is Bedford Village. Just a hop and skip away from Village View Shopping Centre, this retail precinct is all about good food and great eating. Bedford Village is home to Spar Bedfordview - the verified home of the best gelato in the suburb. There is an array of restaurants at the centre, too. Once you've had your fill of yummy eats, pop into La Koufeto Gift Shop. This family run trinket store is the perfect place to find baby's first birthday gift, custom jewellery and one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

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Wholesalers

Bedfordview Meat Centre 

Nothing beats getting your meat cut and packaged by a local butcher. Bedfordview's local butchery is tucked away down a side street, flanked by bustling restaurants. It is quite easy to miss it, but once you know where it is, you'll be unlikely to get your meat anywhere else. Another one of Bedfordview's family run businesses, Bedfordview Meat Centre stands out as an independent grocer amidst the grand shopping centres of the area. Visit them for a taste of old-worldly charm and great customer service.

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Italian Cheese Distributors

How about a bite of mature Italian cheese and delectable deli meats? Italian Cheese Distributors is one of Bedfordview's secret hidden gems that you simply must visit. Come and get your share of Italian deli meats, canned goods, pastas, dairy products and frozen ready meals.

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Meze Emporio

At the far end of Bedfordview, you will find one of the best Greek delis in the city. Meze Emporio stocks all assortments of Greek sweet and savoury delights. Pop by to gather up a true meze selection of cheeses, dips and preserves, as well as the best Greek coffee in town and a few homemade sweets.

Visit Meze Emporio.

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Factory Shops 

Sabers Wholesalers

Sabers Wholesalers sells sweets, savoury snacks and cold drinks to the public at factory prices. Visit their store at Sunview Centre to get hard candies, chocolates, chips and juices in bulk. Sabers is the ideal shopping destination for small retailers and public customers looking for factory prices on all their favourite sweets and snacks.

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Country Pies

Right next door to Sabers is Country Pies. Here, you can purchase a variety of baked snacks and meals at factory low prices. This family-run business has been in operation for 20 years, delivering top quality pies and pastries to the public. Visit them to get your supply of catering goods or a selection of yummy eats for a large party.

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Bedfordview is an affluent suburb located in Western Ekhuruleni. At an area of 11.07 km², it is one of Johannesburg's smaller suburbs. Nevertheless, Bedfordview still offers a wide variety of entertainment, retail, motoring and hotel accommodation offerings. The suburb prides itself on a diverse selection of restaurants and dining options, traversing a number of local and international cuisines. Bedfordview residents value the area for its family-friendly lifestyle. The suburb boasts seven elite private schools, as well as tons of entertainment for the kids. Property is well sought after in this suburb, for both residential and business purposes. Here, you will find expansive family homes, high rise luxury apartments, world-class retail precincts and business offices, all within a square kilometre.

What Are You Looking For?

Shopping
Schools
Restaurants
Entertainment
Hotels & Accommodation
Jobs
Property
Municipal Services

Shopping 

One of Bedfordview's biggest drawcards is its retail destinations. With two exclusive shopping centres in the area, it brings in shoppers from all around the city of Johannesburg. Bedford Centre and Eastgate Shopping Centre provide a world-class shopping experience, right in the heart of the East Rand. Bedfordview is also home to a number of smaller shopping precincts, including the eclectic Village View Shopping Centre.

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Schools

Bedfordivew is a sought-after school district, offering parents their pick of public and private schooling options. A number of the schools in Bedfordview cater to classes from pre-primary age to matric and include a religious grounding in their educational principles. This includes St Benedict's College, SAHETI and St Andrew's School for Girls. Prospective university students should keep in mind that there are two institutions of higher learning in the area as well.

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Restaurants

Bedfordview's Van Buuren Road is a veritable restaurant strip. Careen down the avenue for a taste of the flavours of the world. Whether it's Asian fusion cuisine you're after, flame-grilled steaks or Mediterranean-inspired delights, Bedfordview's many restaurants should have something to tempt your taste buds. Take your pick from popular restaurant chains at Bedford Square, including Mythos, Lupa Osteria and Salsa Mexican Grille. If it's Friday night takeaways you're after, pop into the food court at Eastgate Shopping Centre for quick and convenient meals on a budget.

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Entertainment 

Bedfordview is a hive of activity over weekends as entertainment seekers flock in from surrounding suburbs. With multiple cinema complexes, including a Ster-Kinekor IMAX theatre at Eastgate Shopping Centre, the area is a verified movie lover's paradise. Bedfordview boasts an entrenched sporting culture too, evidenced by its variety of athletic clubs, gyms and sports bars. Jeppe Quondam is by far the suburb's best known sporting club, offering tennis, cricket, rugby and squash training for all ages. The monthly Bedfordview Night Market is held on the premises, transforming the fields into the biggest multicultural food and craft market in the city.

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Hotels & Accommodation

The suburb of Bedfordview is located a short 14 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, making it an ideal stay-over for business travelers. Book your stay at a local B&B or one of the suburb's many hotels. The Nicol Hotel and Conference Centre is the most centrally located and offers ample opportunity to get out and explore the surrounding restaurants and shopping centres. The hotel features a 24-hour gym and outdoor pool for the fitness bunnies, as well as an on-site restaurant. If you're stay is strictly business related, book a room at the Mercure Hotel Bedfordivew. Situated directly opposite Eastgate Shopping Centre, this hotel is the ideal place for speedy Uber pickups to and from your meetings or back to the airport.

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Jobs

Thanks to its many retail outlets and shopping centres, Bedfordview offers many job opportunities to its residents and neighbours. It is a hub for small and large businesses, including doctors and dentists rooms, consulting agencies, construction companies, motor dealerships and real estate agencies. Due to its close proximity to the Germiston city centre and outlying areas, Bedfordview is regarded as a mecca for job opportunities in the East Rand. For many, it provides the opportunity to work near to home as well, as opposed to travelling to and from the Joburg CBD or Sandton each day.

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Property 

Bedfordview property is renowned for its size and stature. Many of the homes here reflect the area's rich history, featuring early 20th Century architecture and expansive outdoor space, ideal for large families. However, Bedfordview's most iconic building was just recently built and completed. The HQ Building and Office Park is a landmark of modern design. Situated adjacent to the Bedford Centre apartment complex, this building lights up brilliantly at nighttime. Bedfordview's property market is coveted for both residential and business listings to rent and buy. Whether you're in the market for a bachelor's apartment, townhouse, forever home or office space, Bedfordview offers prime real estate well worth you're investment.

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Municipal Services

The Bedfordview Licensing Office offers learner's and driver's licence testing, license renewal and temporary licences. Skip the queue and pop by their drive-through renewal centre, which is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 08:00 - 15:00, and on Wednesdays from 09:00 - 15:00. The suburb also boasts a large public library and rates hall situated along Hawley Road. The Bedfordview Municipal Clinic is located just behind the library, offering free health care services to the public.

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Level 3 Lockdown Update 

As the country entered level 3 lockdown on Monday, 01 June 2020, many businesses and trade sectors were allowed to reopen. As Bedford Centre welcomes back more of their tenants and their loyal customers, stringent safety and hygiene measures will remain in place. This is to ensure the health and safety of all who visit the centre. Your cooperation and support is appreciated during this time.

Safety Precautions In Place At Bedford Centre

There are various health and safety measures implemented across the centre, which include:

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Trading Hours 

Under level 3 lockdown, Bedford Centre has extended its trading hours:

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday and Public Holidays: 09:00 – 15:00

Stores Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Bedford Centre is a premium shopping destination situated in Bedfordview, offering a huge variety of retail stores, two supermarkets, numerous restaurants, family fun and an undeniable European-aesthetic. During level 3 lockdown, most stores will be open at Bedford Centre for grocery essentials, winter clothing and bedding, cellular services, medicines and books. Certain restaurants will also be open for deliveries and collections.

Banking Services

Groceries 

Footwear & Clothing 

Health & Beauty 

Homeware 

Eyecare

Restaurants (delivery or collection only)

Books & Stationery 

Cellular & Gaming

Specialty Stores

Services 

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Stores Not Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Unfortunately, a few stores will not be permitted to trade during this time. These stores include:

Parking Information

To ensure your safety and convenience, parking will be free at Bedford Centre for the month of June. Upon arrival the boom will automatically open and no ticket will be dispensed. When exiting the centre, proceed straight to the booms.

For More Information

Visit www.bedfordcentre.com for more information. Also, follow Bedford Centre on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on their trading hours and store offerings during level 3 lockdown.

Details: Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | +27 11 622 1840 | [email protected]

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*Please note that this information was correct at the time of writing in June 2020.

Who Are They?

Salsa Mexican Grill is all about fun, flavour and authentic Mexican cuisine. Their franchise store at Bedford Centre is the heart of the outdoor piazza, welcoming patrons in with a smile and vibrant atmosphere.

What Do They Offer?

Traditional Mexican dishes and fusion cuisine - nachos, tacos, quesadillas, cocktails, mocktails and churros.

Where Are They Located?

Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Safety Precautions In Place?

More frequent hand washing and sanitising by staff. Customer hands are sanitised upon entry into the store. More frequent sanitising of tables, condiments and credit card machines. Customers are seated at least 2 meters apart. Strict adherence to the 50 person rule.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

For More Information

Visit the Salsa Mexican Grill website for more information.

Details: 011 615 4562 | [email protected]

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Plaka Eastgate

Plaka is situated on the piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre. Standing out starkly against a collection of fast food restaurants, Plaka is the home of Mediterranean eating at Eastgate. Newly refurbished to offer patrons an even more authentic taste of the Greek islands, Plaka Eastgate is spacious and inviting. With shades of crisp white and ocean blue, their decor immediately transports you to another place. This is the ideal spot for a quiet Sunday lunch with the family, date night or a celebratory dinner.

Plaka has been delivering authentic Greek cuisine to Joburg foodies for over 26 years. Their menu is generous, offering a variety of traditional meze, fish dishes and vegetarian dips. Made from the freshest ingredients, their food is simple yet delicious. Having eaten our way through the menu, we recommend the meze platter for two, a hearty feast of pita bread, assorted dips, falafel, handcut chips, tomato salad and grilled halloumi. Paired with a chilled glass of white wine, this is more than satisfying. Sit and talk for hours over this meal with loved ones for a true Greek dining experience.

Plaka's dessert menu is equally enticing, featuring classic Greek pastries, ice cream and rich, creamy yoghurt served with crushed nuts and honey. The Eastgate branch also treats their patrons to a special palate cleanser in between mains and dessert - slices of chilled watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon. Overall, their service is welcoming and attentive. It is definitely worth a visit!

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Deli Delights

Once you have devoured your meal and thoroughly soaked up the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere at Plaka Eastgate, pop into their on-site deli. Here, you will find the best imported products to make your own Greek feast at home, along with a selection of home-made meals, biscuits and other sweet delights. It's this little touch of homeliness that sets Plaka apart from the rest.

For More Information

There are two other Plaka venues in Gauteng to visit on your great Greek eating adventures. Click here for more information.

Mythos At Bedford Centre

Just a few blocks away from Plaka at Eastgate you will find its rival, Mythos. Located on the square at Bedford Centre, this authentic Greek restaurant recently reopened its doors to welcome in patrons, old and new. Their newly refurbished decor is evocative of a Mediterranean palace, with opulent drapery, generous seating and romantic lighting. 

Mythos first opened in 2006 and has since expanded across Joburg at various venues. However, their branch at Bedford Centre has always maintained an air of fine dining without sacrificing a family-friendly atmosphere. There is almost always a celebration to be had at Mythos, such as an anniversary dinner or their 'Big Fat Greek Evenings' which take place on the last Saturday of every month. Complete with a fantastic feast, live music and dancing, performances from trained belly dancers and breaking of the plates, Mythos offers their guests far more than just a dining experience. The warmth of family and friends exudes in everything they do.

But, speaking of the food, Mythos has both a set menu and main menu. Featuring an array of traditional salads, dips, sides and main meals, there is no shortage of Greek flavour here. Mythos prides itself on using only the best imported ingredients, evident in the flavours and quality of their food. And, like any good Greek restaurant, sharing is the name of the game here. The meze platter for two includes keftethes, fillet souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, prawns, calamari, yiro, peri-peri chicken livers, tzatziki, taramosalata and pita bread. While quite protein heavy, this platter can easily be paired with a village Greek salad to find its perfect balance.

Gelato Me

After a filling Greek feast, what could you possibly have room leftover for? Gelato, of course! Mythos at Bedford Centre boasts an enticing gelato counter, stocked with a variety of flavours. We say give them all a try to find your favourite. From chocolate hazelnut to pistachio, funfetti and even tiramisu flavours, they have something to soothe any sweet tooth.

For More Information

Find your nearest Mythos branch here.

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So, there you have it! All that our two favourite Greek giants have to offer. We'll let you make the final verdict on who the ultimate winner of this challenge is. Opa!

Doppio Zero

There are few places suited to brunch as perfectly as Doppio Zero in Bedfordview. Pop by in the early afternoon and dine outdoors in the sunshine of the tree lined street. Their menu items are vast, catering to vegan, vegetarians and meat eater alike. While you may opt for a healthy start to the day, we recommend the Breakfast Stack instead. With sweet potato rösti, a fried egg, streaky bacon, rocket, tomato, red onion, brown mushroom and avo, this will delight any palate.

Contact details: 011 450 1542 | Shop 53 Cnr Van Buuren and Hawley Road, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.doppio.co.za

Harpers

If you happen to be at Eastgate Shopping Centre around brunch time then stop by at Harpers for a delightful meal. Here, you can get freshly made scones, muffins, croissants, waffles and crumpets to satisfy any craving. But if you're looking for something a little more filling, have no worries. Harpers is the home of breakfast in the East Rand. For something different, give the Croque Monsieur a try. This toasted ham and cheese sandwich is smothered in cheese sauce and Gruyere and grilled.

Contact details: 011 615 3816 | Shop U28C, Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.harpers.co.za

tashas

For a healthy take on brunch, head over to tashas at Village View Shopping Centre. Get your vitamin fix with a fruity smoothie or a freshly squeezed fruit juice. Alternatively, tuck into a nutritious breakfast of poached eggs, asparagus or spinach, lemon sauce and seeded bread. Add a side of crispy parma ham, macon or bacon to add some meatiness to your meal. Brunch just got healthy.

Contact details: 011 455 1008 | Shop 12, Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Road, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.tashascafe.com

Europa

Located at Bedford Square, Europa offers residents of Bedfordview a Mediterranean take on brunch. Indulge in breakfasts, light meals and sandwiches inspired by the flavours of Italy and Greece. The Corelli, with health bread, a poached egg, halloumi, brown mushrooms, tzakziki and tomato, avocado and onion salsa, makes for the ultimate Greek feast. Whatever you do, don't leave Europa without trying one of their robust coffees.

Contact details: 011 615 0963 | Shop F19 & F20 Bedford Square, 25 Van Der Linde Road,
Bedfordview | [email protected] | europa.co.za

Happily Ever Laughter 

To spoil the family with a special brunch, pay Happily Ever Laughter a visit. This restaurant and venue is the perfect spot to take the kiddies for a day out in the sun. With the jungle gyms, slides and other fun activities, the little ones are bound to work up an appetite. Fill them up with a plate of deliciously sweet pancakes or some scrambled eggs and toast served in Happily Ever Laughter's unique frying pan.

Contact details: 011 450 0711 | 24A Riley Road, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.happilyeverlaughter.co.za

Fournos

Nothing makes for a better brunch than a good bakery. And what better place to get freshly prepared confectionery than Fournos? Fournos at Bedford Centre offers diners the option of sitting down for a meal or grabbing a quick treat on the go at any one of their two kiosks. The sit down menu has many choices of coffee, tea, healthy or hearty breakfasts and DIY sandwiches. But we can't resist their selection of flaky croissants. These buttery morsels are available in a range of flavours, including plain, chocolate, blueberry and almond. All of these flavours are definitely worth the indulgence.

Contact details: 011 615 0733 | Bedford Centre, Smith Street, Bedford Gardens, Bedfordview | [email protected] | www.fournos.co.za

Is there a brunch spot in Bedfordview that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments section below!

Bedford Square is an open-air piazza and restaurant hub. This is the ideal spot for date night, family dinners or a mid-week movie treat at Ster Kinekor Cinemas. With the likes of Mythos, Lupa Osteria, Catch and Europa on the Square, this is where fine dining lives at Bedford Centre. There is also an outside play area for the kids, making it a hive of activity. However, there has always been one thing missing from this picture - gourmet coffee on the go!

On Friday, 6 December 2019, Bedford Centre announced their latest addition to the Square. Starbucks SA officially opened their doors over the first weekend of the holiday season. Situated between Ster Kinekor and Virgin Active, Starbucks brings a welcome change to the Square. Offering shoppers that much-needed pick-me-up and active gym bunnies their morning cuppa, Starbucks on the Square is sure to be a hit with young and old.

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Festive Cheer! 

We all know how tedious Christmas shopping can be. Take a load off at Starbucks on the Square this Christmas. Not only do they have four new delicious hot drinks to prep up your day, but they are offering great deals on merchandise and their signature brews.

Try out the new Toffee Nut, Vanilla Cardamom or Gingerbread Lattes or the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate in between shopping sprees this December at Starbucks. Classic espresso and steamed milk are infused with wintery spices and topped with whipped cream. Paired with any one of their yummy pastries, these drinks will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time! They come piping hot in adorable red, green and white Christmas cups. However, for the eco-conscious coffee connoisseurs out there, Starbucks also has a great deal on their reusable cups. Available for only *R29, this is a Christmas steal. Plus, you get R2 off each purchase every time you bring your cup back to Starbucks for reuse!

To welcome in their new customers, Starbucks on the Square have also stocked up on their signature vintage Christmas blend. This beloved brew, first scooped in 1984, is a Starbucks holiday tradition known for its full-bodied flavour that compliments nearly everything on your holiday table. What began with an original Christmas Blend has expanded to new varieties like Starbucks Reserve™ Christmas and Starbucks Christmas Blend Espresso Roast with fresh takes on the classic recipe and roast. Pick up a bag of these holiday blends at Starbucks on the Square and surprise a coffee lover this Christmas. Or, add it to your own stocking, we promise not to tell!

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For More Information

For more information about Starbucks at Bedford Square, follow Starbucks SA or Bedford Centre on Facebook. You can also visit their website at www.starbucks.co.za.

Details: Shop F2, Bedford Square, Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 010 020 8992 | [email protected]

Children have become fashionistas and parents just love dressing their kids up in fun and exciting ways. We know of the perfect place to find everything you need for your little ones - Bedford Centre.

With the upcoming trends, kid's fashion has become more creative, allowing little ones to look as cute as ever.

Kids Fashion Bedford Centre
Cotton:On Kids

Cotton:On has brought their vibrant energy to Cotton:On Kids.

The store has exciting and colourful kid's clothing perfect for both boys and girls.

Your little ones will be fashionable and fabulous.

Mr Price

Mr Price is one of the go-to spots for clothing because of their wide range of clothing at affordable prices. They have everything from shirts and pants to shoes and accessories.

Grab the kids and head out for a shopping spree fit for any little prince or princess.

Kids Fashion Bedford Centre
O'Bebe

O'Bebe specialiases in special occasion garments for children, offering some of the most beautiful and unique outfits. The store provides clothing for all ages, from newborns to toddlers.

If you are looking for christening dresses and suits, flower girl dresses, accessories and gifts, this is the place to shop.

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Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids caters to boys, girls and toddlers.

The clothing at Naartjie Kids is joyful, fun and colourful. The natural softness of the fabric they use is perfect to keep kids comfortable.

You can also find the Naartjie Kids brand at Truworths stores.

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Kids Emporium

Kids Emporium has clothing for the tiniest tots, ensuring they are cute and fashionable at all times.

The clothes at Kids Emporium are made with the softest fabric to keep baby happy and comfortable.

Kids Emporium at Bedford Centre shares their space with Maddy Magoo, a hair salon that specialises in baby haircuts styles. This is the perfect spot to keep toddlers trendy and fashionable.

Earthchild

Earthchild

Earthchild is a natural fashion brand for kids that is all about quality and comfort.

The clothing at this store is available in subtle colours with exciting designs. This is a great spot to visit when looking for some bonding time with your little tot.

Do you know of any other fashionable stores for kids at Bedford Centre? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

There is nothing quite like a good cup of coffee to waken you up and get you ready to take on the world. If you are an avid coffee drinker then you know that good coffee can fix anything.

Coffee Spots Bedford

Seattle Coffee Co

Seattle Coffee Co, better known as Seattle, has found a home at Bedford Centre.

The brand is well known for its passion and love for coffee, sourcing quality beans to make sure that each and every cup is the best.

Seattle Coffee Co is not limited to beverages, they also have delicious delights and yummy treats to compliment the beautiful brew.

Where to find them: Shop U55

Europa

Europa is one of the best spots to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a moreish meal.

They have a generous menu, giving you many options to choose from. Their menu is full of variety that will leave you spoilt for choice.

Europa is definitely the spot you need to visit for a wake up call.

Where to find them: Shop F19 & F20

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Lattelicious

Lattelicious is a coffee cafe that prides themselves on their coffee and awesome atmosphere.

If you are looking for a vibrant cafe that will serve you the best brew, Lattelicious is just what you need. They also have a menu that caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

They have a deep passion for coffee and offer six types of coffee options. These are filter fine, beans, moka express, espresso, medium grind and cafetiere. This is variety at its best.

Where to find them: Shop U5 & U6

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The Tea & Coffee Emporium

The Tea & Coffee Emporium is a great place to visit if you're looking for something to take home.

They supply some of the best coffee beans around, as well as gadgets to perfect your preparation process. If you are looking for coffee machines for your home or work place, this is the spot to visit.

Here, you will find blends from around the world, including Italy, Honduras, Colombia and many more.

Where to find them: Shop LK2

Well, there you have it - a dose of awesome spots to get you that good cuppa java. Enjoy!

Papachinos

Papachinos is a much-loved family-friendly restaurant with locations all over Joburg. However, their branch at Stoneridge Shopping Centre offers a kid's party experience that will have your little one beaming from ear to ear. Not only can the birthday person and their band of buddies make their own pizzas, but the decor and atmosphere is all about the kids. That's not to say that the parents can't have a good time. Papachinos' menu caters to young and old, offering Italian-inspired family meals. Little bambinos can tuck into their fill of fries, burgers and waffles, while the adults indulge in a cocktail or two. The play area at Papachinos Greenstone is unrivaled. The kids will have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild here, so book their next party at Papachinos!

Details: Cnr Modderfontein & Hereford Drive, Shop 95, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone, Edenvale, Gauteng | 010 449 9941 | [email protected]

Go Ape SA

When you think of Modderfontein, you are not likely to imagine a paradise for kids. However, you would be wrong to assume that there is nothing for the kids to get up to in this old dynamite town. Go Ape SA is an aerial park situated smack bang in the middle of Modderfontein. They offer climbing, scaling and obstacle courses for children aged four to 18. So, whether you are a parent to a precious pre-schooler or sullen teen, this party venue is sure to delight them. You also need not worry about safety, as there are strict guidelines according to ages. Little ones are kept far from the older tree climbers, so risk of injury is minimal. Go Ape caters to parties for kids aged five and upwards, offering a designated party area, snacks and party packs. Let's get climbing!

Details: Go Ape SA, Corner of Valley Rd & Johannesburg Rd, Modderfontein, Lethabong, Gauteng | 072 544 0415 | [email protected]

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Go Ape SA

Gravity 

Trampoline parks have jumped up all over the city. However, for a fantastic kids party in the East, check out Gravity at Bedford Centre. More than just a bounce centre, Gravity has an array of adrenaline pumping activities, including a climbing wall, zipline and foam pits. Parents also need not worry about catering or party favours, as Gravity does it all for you. The birthday person also receives a voucher for one free bounce session and a special Gravity gift. If your child has a whole bunch of energetic friends, bring them here. Afterwards, lug them all along to Chevy Lane, the coolest 1950s-inspired diner in Bedfordview. With monster milkshakes, gourmet waffles and burgers galore, you'll be the coolest parent of the moment.

Details: Bedford Centre Upper Level, Corner Smith Street & Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Gauteng | 072 052 4781 | [email protected]

Happily Ever Laughter

For an outdoor kid's party, visit Happily Ever Laughter in Bedfordview. The play area here is perfect for toddlers, as moms and dads can easily keep a weary eye from their tables. However, there is ample fun and whimsy to be had for little ones on the funky slides and mini race track. If you want a more formal party, Happily Ever Laughter can organise that too. For an additional cost, they will arrange decor according to your theme, as well as yummy platters for the party goers and parents. The restaurant also hosts casual high tea for mommies and daughters, featuring delectable sandwiches, scones and pastries. So, whatever kind of party you have in mind, let Happily Ever Laughter deliver all that and more.

Details: 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 011 450 0711 | [email protected]

Kiddilicious

Another Bedfordview haven for overworked moms and dads is Kiddilicious. Offering a wonderful alternative to indoor party venues, Kiddilicious has mostly outdoor seating perfect for small parties. But, if you are in need of a more private area for the little one's birthday celebrations, Kiddilicious also has a separate party venue. This spacious indoor area flows out onto a covered patio and a beautiful, fully shaded garden and play area. You can order a couple of yummy platters to share, as well as mini cakes to sweeten up the occasion. If that wasn't enough to convince you to book this venue, then take a sneak peek at the Kiddilicious Beauty Salon. Hosting pamper parties for groups of up to 12 young ladies, spa packages include welcome mocktails, paraffin manis and pedis, facials and fruity treats to snack on. Book now!

Details: 15 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 076 358 6003 | [email protected]

Benoni Monkey and Bird Sanctuary

If your little one and their friends prefer the outdoors and are the animal-loving kind, organise a party at the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park, offering a fun, relaxed environment with an array of birds, bunnies and other exotic wildlife to keep the kids entertained. There is also a separate play area and party venue. You need not worry about catering or any of the other fuss that comes with party planning, as the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park will arrange it all for you. Just sit back and enjoy the fresh air while the kids learn all about interesting animals. This is perfect for small birthday party groups.

Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]m

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Trees Eco Fun Park Benoni

Trees Eco Fun Park is a private facility located in Benoni. If all you really need for your child's birthday party is lots of open space, a swimming pool and braai facilities, then this is the venue for you. Ideal for a family get together, Trees Eco Fun Park offers access to all their facilities for only *R250 per spot, which accommodates up to 30 people. Booking is essential as no walks in will be allowed. Pack up the kids, their cozzies, sunscreen and their favourite braai snacks. Birthday cake is welcome too.

Details: 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 559 8504

Kidzville

Finally, we have Kidzville Party Venues in Kempton Park. With five different themed party venues available according to your child's age, Kidzville is one of the most diverse party venues in the East. Each venue comes complete with a shaded lapa area, braai facilities, separate bathrooms and play areas. Host an Adventure Island, Boot Camp, Farm Fun, Pirate Park or Disco Party for the special birthday person. Kidzville supplies all the cutlery and furniture you need to host a smashing party. It's great for parents on a budget who prefer to supply their own snacks and entertainment. Kiddies are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the venue, so be sure to specify the dress code on your invitations.

Details: 81 Main Road, Brentwood Park AH, Kempton Park, Gauteng | 083 463 1429 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other awesome kid's party venues in the East of Joburg? Let us know about them!

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What Is It?

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Don't leave it to the last minute this year. Rather visit the first ever Boutique Christmas Market on the piazza at Bedford Centre! Come and find uniquely crafted gifts, perfect for filling Christmas stockings. The kiddies can also have a ball of a time playing on the jungle gyms and astroturf at the piazza. See you there! Don't forget your festive hats and Christmas cheer.

When Is It?

Thursday, 14 November 2019 & Friday, 15 November 2019 at 15:00 - 20:00.

Where Is It?

Bedford Centre Piazza, Corner Smith and Kirkby Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is free.

For more information

Follow Bedford Centre on Facebook for more information.

Details: 011 622 1840 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Bedford Centre welcomes you their new local pop up market. Hosted by Urban Markets, the masterminds behind the awesome Horwoods Farm Family Market and the Urban Life Market at Stoneridge Shopping Centre.

The Bedford Centre Local Market features handmade products by proudly South African traders. So, come and support them and get yourself a special locally made treat or trinket. The market will be hosted until December, in the pop up shop opposite Factorie on the lower level. Stop by on your next trip through the mall or make it a family outing over the weekend. We'll see you there!

When Is It?

The market will run from October to December 2019. 

Where Is It?

Bedford Centre, Corner Smith and Kirkby Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free entrance.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/Bedfordcentre

twitter -twitter.com/bedfordcentre

Instagram - instagram.com/bedfordcentre

Contact them on 011 622 1840 or via email at [email protected]

Pink Milk Natural Luxury

The Pink Milk Bath brand started out as nothing more than a small batch production company based in Pretoria. Selling her handcrafted, local bath and body products at markets, beauty fares and on the shelves of retail stores, Mapule Shilubane has grown her brand since 2010. All of Pink Milk's products are made from African ingredients, including rose, lavender, elderflower and mint, which leave your skin feeling super soft and cared for. Produced with an ample amount of African wisdom about healing damaged skin and bringing out your inner glow, Mapule's beauty products are simply heavenly.

Pink Milk recently set up their flagship store at Morningside Shopping Centre, bringing their customers all the best in luxury bath goodies. Now, they have set their sights on Bedfordview! Opening a pop-up store at the popular Bedford Centre, Pink Milk Bath will launch their new summer range this October.

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Bubbles, Milkshakes and Bath Tea

Bath time gets a whole lot more fun and innovative when Pink Milk Bath are around. Gone are the days of lackluster bubbles and boring bath bombs, because the Milky Bar Soap is here. Start your bath time routine with this luxurious bar which perfumes you with rosy, woody, herbaceous, floral, fruity and spicy notes. You can use it in the shower or bath, and it's great for mani-pedis.

Next, move on to Pink Milk Bath's Sugar Polish. This creamy scrub helps exfoliate the skin without abrasion. Use it once a week to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and moisturised. It's perfect for getting your dry skin in top condition for the coming summer months.

Now, for the most exciting bath goodie from Pink Milk Bath - their colourful Milkshake Topping Bath Confetti! Sprinkle over your bubble bath for a relaxing scent and a little extra sparkle. Just like a strawberry milkshake topped with rainbow vermicelli, this unicorn-inspired bath will brighten any bad day!

Pink Milk Bath

Pink Milk Bath Milkshake Topping!

Pink Milk Bath's bestsellers are their Milk on Ice and Bath Tea. Both handcrafted to give you the most relaxing bath time experience, these two products are a must-have for your bathroom shelf. Hand-mixed and left to mature for three weeks, The Milk on Ice salt soak ensures a perfect relaxing bath blend. Use it in a hot bath as a full body soak or for that perfect pedicure. Need something a little extra to help you unwind? Bath Tea is a milk bath infused with cardamom, elderflower, lavender, chamomile and a special blend of the finest oils and botanicals. Treat yourself to your favourite cuppa while soaking up all this natural goodness.

For more information

Check out the new Pink Milk Bath pop-up store at Bedford Centre. It is located on the second floor level opposite CNA. You can also follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates, specials and their new summer range products.

Details: Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith and Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | [email protected]

What Is It?

Hamleys Bedford Centre invite you and the kiddies to a Saturday Fun event. From 12 - 2 every Saturday, this toy emporium becomes a kid's wonderland as the Hamleys bears, princesses and toy soldiers come out to play. Hop aboard the train or dance with all the fun characters in the store. It's a whole lot of fun, so don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 12:00 - 14:00.

Click here to see further event dates.

Where Is It?

Hamleys Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith and Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Facebook.

Details: +27 (11)622 1840 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Get that spring back in your step at the weekly Bedford Mall Walk. A group of enthusiastic walkers of all fitness levels meet up outside FNB at Bedford Centre every Sunday morning to go on a brisk 1.5km or 3.km walk around the mall. But, don't stress, you aren't alone in this. Your professional walk instructor is Helena Calitz who has 15 years experience in health and fitness! So, lace up those walking shoes and we'll see you there.

When Is It?

Every Sunday morning from 07:45. The next event takes place on Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Check out their Facebook events page for further dates and times.

Where Is It?

Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith and Kirby Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is free for the first month, thereafter there is a monthly membership cost.

Register on the Bedford Centre website.

For more information

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information.

Details: 27 (11)622 1840 | [email protected]

The Mythos Myth

Mythos have been in the business of serving up authentic Greek cuisine since 2006. Never taking the term 'authentic' lightly, Mythos' Head Chef brings a wealth of family recipes to the table. She also insists on importing all her key ingredients directly from Greece. It is this dedication to excellence which has won Mythos Restaurants the Best of Joburg's Best Greek Restaurant award for five consecutive years.

Mythos has been a long-standing favourite at Bedford Centre. This eclectic, European-style restaurant piazza is the heart of the Bedford Centre Shopping Mall. Mythos' simple ethos of authenticity and tradition helps it stand out among the many vibrant eateries at Bedford Centre. Catering both to Bedfordview's large Greek community and to those of us who just love Greek food, Mythos is a home away from home. So, it was with sadness that we looked upon the bolted doors of our favourite Greek restaurant in the east a couple of months ago.

Mythos

However, it was all for the greater good. Mythos has now officially re-opened at Bedford Centre! With a stunningly upgraded dining section, new menu features and a gourmet gelato bar, this family restaurant has never looked better.

Tapas, Tradition and Tzatziki 

Mythos Bedford Square invited us to their official re-opening on Thursday, 19 September 2019. We opted to sit in their al fresco dining area for a bit of fresh air. Luckily, we could also see all the action going on from our table, live music, belly dancing and a buffet table which had everyone clamoring for more.

Mythos served up an array of their traditional Greek tapas, as well as a few main menu tasters. Needless to say, we filled our blue and white plates to the brim with deep fried squid heads, dolmades, falafel, keftethes, spanakopita, cheese croquettes, santorini halloumi, pita bread and Greek salad! Topped with the best tzatziki we have ever tasted and super smooth hummus, these tasty nibbles were a divine treat.

By the time we came back for mains, we were already well satisfied. Nevertheless, we had to sample the roast potatoes and lamb. We are utterly convinced that Greek chefs make the best roast potatoes of all the culinary masters in the world. Mythos did not prove us wrong. Hearty and crispy, with just enough seasoning, Mythos' roasties are a must-try. Of course, the lamb was cooked to perfection. Tender and sweet, it was the perfect way to round off our main meal.

Opa!

Between mains and dessert, Mythos unveiled a brand new feature that is sure to have old and new customers dancing with joy. Opa! Big Fat Greek Evenings are set to take over Mythos at Bedford Square on Saturday nights. With traditional Greek music and dance, plate breaking and belly dancing, these events promise to be an all out festivity of Greek culture. We were treated to a taste of these upcoming events, as skillful belly dancers enchanted diners with their sultry moves. Overall, the atmosphere of the entire evening was one of celebration and joy and we will certainly be returning for more.

Mythos

Dreamy Gelato

Finally, dessert was served, grandma's famous loukoumades, coated in syrupy honey, pecans and a dust of cinnamon. Mythos also opened their brand new Gelato Bar for service, offering a variety of rich and creamy ice cream. Unfortunately, we didn't have the stomach for these extra sweet desserts, but other guests seemed delighted by their sticky portions. In future we will definitely learn not to gorge on the feta cheese to keep space for pudding!

For more information

Visit their website for more information about the new Mythos look and menu features. You can also follow them on social media for event updates and specials:

Facebook - facebook.com/MythosGreekRestaurants

Instagram - instagram.com/mythos_greek_restaurants

Details: 011 615 2271 | Bedford Square, Bedford Centre, Cnr Van der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Eastgate Shopping Mall

Eastgate first opened in 1979. Since then it has undergone renovation, reconstruction and expansion to bring you an even better retail experience. This mega mall now houses over 300 stores, many of which are branded fashion emporiums. Eastgate is known for having something for every kind of shopper - from the kiddies to busy moms and dads, teens, young adults and even grandma. They pride themselves on being a lifestyle hub in Bedfordview, offering an array of restaurants, clothing stores, homeware and boutique shops.

Eating at Eastgate

Eastgate boasts an impressive food court. Whether you are in the mood for fast food, oven-fired vegan pizza or gourmet tjips, the food court is sure to have something to curb your cravings. While it's almost impossible to pick a favourite, we have to give a special nod to Primi. Their outdoor deck overlooks the Bedfordview suburb, making it the perfect place to chill out with friends or for a Friday night date. Plus, Primi's pizzas are made to perfection - a thin base, just the right amount of Napoletana sauce and the freshest toppings. Their cocktails are pretty good, too.

For kiddie-friendly options, pop into Mantovani's or Mozambik. Mantovani's is the ideal place to take the family out to dinner. Their Half-Price Pizza Tuesdays are famous for being crowd pleasers, as are their steaks and selection of wines. Mozambik offers something a little different - an Afro-Porto fusion of flavours with a dedicated kiddies menu and play area. What more could you ask for?

Click here to read our full article on dining out at Eastgate.

Eastgate

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Shopping

You could well and truly get lost at Eastgate Shopping Mall. Next time you feel the shopping spree itch, head on over to check out their variety of department stores, fashion boutiques and homeware emporiums. Our must-visit fashion store at the centre is H&M. This store stretches on for what feels like forever, displaying aisle upon aisle of trendy fashion staples for work and play.

When it comes to home and interior, you are spoiled for choice. Shop around at Coricraft, House & Home, Carrol Boyes and Mr Price Home for all your decorating needs.

Lastly, for good old grocery shopping, roll your trolley into Checkers Hyperama, Woolworths or Game. These supermarkets are great for Christmas shopping or month end grocery dashes. The queues can be quite hectic, but you can always pop into the Lindt chocolate shop for a special treat afterwards.

Eastgate

Entertainment

Eastgate knows the meaning of bigger is better and more is more. This is more than just a shopping mall, it's a hive of entertainment for all ages. The kids can have their fill of fun at The Fun Company arcade. With tons of games, bowling and snooker, this is a paradise for kids.

Right opposite the arcade, you will find Hamley's toy store. Let the kids be entertained by the princesses, clowns and giant teddy bears. The Hamley's train also makes its way through the mall every half an hour. Never again will a child cry crocodile tears over having to go shopping with mom or dad!

Older kids can catch the latest movies at Ster-Kinekor's IMAX Theatres. Featuring 10 cinemas, this is one of Ster-Kinekor's largest movie houses. Luxury cinema seating and a Pizza Hut menu to order adds to the experience. Click here to see Ster-Kinekor's latest blockbuster offerings at Eastgate.

Bedford Centre

Believe it or not, Bedford Centre is even older than Eastgate! Originally developed in the early 1970s, Bedford Centre underwent massive reconstruction in 2006. Bringing shoppers the ultra-chic, European-inspired Bedford Piazza, this expansion saw the mall become a premium retail and restaurant destination. Featuring 62 000 square meters of retail space with 170 stores, numerous delectable eateries, a Planet Fitness Mega Club and two pristine cinema houses, Bedford Centre is a fine choice for local shoppers and visitors.

Fine Dining at Bedford Centre

Bedford Centre puts a classy spin on the idea of a mall food court. Surrounding the open air piazza, these restaurants offer cuisines ranging from Greek and Italian to Mexican and Portuguese. So, whether you are looking for a decadent slice of cake, a tequila party or a classic date-night restaurant, Bedford Centre should have something right up your alley.

On the east side of the mall there are also a number of takeaway and family-oriented eateries. If you visit only one, we recommend Chevy Lane. A retro-inspired diner, complete with chequered tiles, Chevy replicas and pinball machines. This milkshake and burger joint provides good food, entertainment and a vibe unlike any other. Grown ups can take some time out at the adjoining Hollywood Detour Bar which has an incredible view of the suburb, while kids are sure to be delighted by the props, costumes and colourful treats on offer.

Bedford Centre

Retail Therapy

The greatest thing about Bedford Centre is that you can shop in relative peace for most of the year. While it does tend to get a little mad around the holidays, off-peak time is a shopaholics dream. You can easily have an entire shopping trip at the centre without becoming overwhelmed by crowds or noise.

Bedford Centre is home to all the good oldies when it comes to clothing and fashion. Edgars, Pick n Pay Clothing, Mr Price, Cotton On and Foschini are all located on the ground level. Hop from one store to the next to find that perfect outfit or accessory. Plus, these stores often have seasonal sales, so you can score a number of bargains in one shopping trip.

For interesting curio stores and geeky havens, visit Heroes of Games and Comics. This quirky store greets you with Harry Potter memorabilia displays, Marvel figurines and DC branded hoodies. It's the perfect place to pick up a gift for a fanatic friend. Just across it, you will find Planes, Trains and Automobiles - a specialised hobby store, offering repairs to radio controlled planes, cars and boats. All your comic, craft and curio need are sorted!

Click here for a full rundown of the exciting retail options at Bedford Centre.

Bedford Centre

Family Fun

Bedford Centre makes up for its seemingly small stature with tons of fun entertainment for the whole family. With two prestige cinema complexes, ArtJamming, VR Gaming and a Gravity Jump Centre, you and the kids will never be bored here. That's why during school holidays, this is a kiddies playground.

However, adults haven't been forgotten. Bedford Centre's Exclusive Books caters to the bookworms and scribes, while the outdoor piazza often hosts fun runs and Halloween dress up parties for the whole family. Additionally, there is a baby grand piano just outside Foschini which often sees musicians perform impromptu concerts.

The Verdict 

Eastgate Shopping Mall and Bedford Centre each offer their own special retail and entertainment experiences. Visit them both to pick your favourite, or hop between the two to make the most of the Bedfordview retail mile.

Happy Shopping!