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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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Pizza night, anyone? Buonissimo Deli Pizza in Modderfontein is back up and running, bringing Italian food lovers their favourite tummy-warming dishes for collection or delivery. Their handcrafted pizza bases are amazing - perfectly matured for a fluffy centre and crisp edges. In level 3 lockdown, their kitchen will be open until 8pm, so you have ample time to order your dinner and set the table for a night in. If you live within 5km, get ordering and show your support for their hardworking staff.
Details: Flamingo Shopping Centre, Cnr Queens St & Valley Rd, Modderfontein | (Tel) 011 608 3077 | [email protected]
How about a little Mediterranean feast from one of Joburg's top Greek restaurants? Mythos at Bedford Centre is open for collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown. You may place your order by contacting the restaurant directly or via the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Mythos has guaranteed their customers that their kitchens are operating under strict health and safety protocols. They encourage you to avoid visiting their restaurants, however, and to opt for contactless delivery instead to ensure your well-being. Mythos is also offering delivery specials on some of their most popular menu items, including yiros, platters and pizza! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekly specials.
Details: Bedford Square, Cnr Van Der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 615 2271 / 011 517 2349
While you may not be able to experience the flaming brilliance of Fireroom at home, you can still enjoy their one-of-a-kind dishes in lockdown. Their Bedfordview branch is offering the full Fireroom menu for delivery, including their signature sushi, poke bowls, dim sum, pizzas, pastas and an assortment of fine wines! Fireroom has opted to deliver using their own staff rather than employ a third party service. This not only keeps their staff in a job, but ensures the strictest hygiene standards are kept from their kitchen to your doorstep. Orders will be open between 11:30 - 17:00 daily, so make sure to place yours in good time.
Details: Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 465 0587
Need a little extra spice in your life? Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg is open for deliveries during level 3 lockdown. One of our resident foodie writers swears by their Paneer Palak and Butter Naan for cold winter nights in. Pair it with a bottle of Chardonnay from Masala's wine menu and you'll be set for the perfect night in. You can order directly from the restaurant or via the Mr Delivery app. Delivery within a 6km radius is free.
Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]
We all need a sweet treat every now and then. Thankfully, The Victorian Secret in Benoni is open for delivery of their scrumptious bakery delights and select menu items. If you've never tried their macarons before, now's the time to do so. Available in an assortment of flavours, these moreish morsels are simply divine. You can also order custom birthday cakes and high tea kits to celebrate special occasions at home. Bakery items must be ordered a day in advance, while prepared meals should be ordered before 12 noon for same day delivery. Delivery is free around the Benoni area on orders over R400. If you live outside of the area, delivery will cost you R50, but it'll be worth the extra spend, trust us.
Details: 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929 | [email protected]
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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.
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!
Details: Shop F2, Bedford Square, Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 010 020 8992 | [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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?
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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
Kaylee's is a vegan eatery that popped up at the Comic Warehouse. And vegans from Bedfordview and surrounds have been flocking there ever since. Kaylee serves up yummy, healthy, nutritious and fresh food that is good for you and the environment. We love their Caesar Bowl, filled with rocket, bacon, avocado, cashew Parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing. But if you're looking for something a little more hearty, try the Korean BBQ featuring BBQ short rib, marinated cucumber, avocado and micro herbs. One of the best things about this eatery is that you can choose between almond, coconut and soya milk.
This eatery has quickly become one of our favourites, with their delicious fare and freshly baked goods. We love all the vegan options from curries and tofu scrambles to pastas and pizzas. Their menu has a diverse range, offering fare to every vegan palate. This has become a top notch restaurant for dinners of mixed eating habits. Our favourite is the Rainbow Bowl, with a trio of quinoa, buckwheat and pearled couscous, roasted beetroot and tomatoes, chimichurri tofu, avocado, nigella seeds, green hummus and tahini.
Hudson's has long been the burger joint for many Bedfordview residence. But they have recently updated their menu to include vegan options. It is also the joint to get a tasty taco, perfect pizza and blissful burgers. They have even included a marvelous milkshake. It is almost impossible to choose one of their five glorious sounding burgers, so we'll just have to keep going back until we've tried them all. But that's ok, because then we get loads of their vegan Panko Crumberd Wings appetiser with garlic mayo, siracha, vacon bits and spring onions. All of this topped off with a creamy and decadent Oreo milkshake.
This massive retailer has recently launched a new range of plant-based food. Woolworths at Bedford Centre is one of the few branches of this retailer in the east that has a huge variety of the new vegan range. Here, you can get vegan milk, salami, ham, schnitzels, sausages and chocolate among the many other options. The vegan world has been a buzz over Woolworths' vegan biltong for a while now, with many people having trouble finding it. But this branch retails this too, in two flavours. The vegan biltong consists of spiced and dried mushrooms, resulting in a slightly bitter version of the real thing. This treat can be found in the pay queue isle.
This health store has several branches across Joburg, including one in Bedfordview. This branch is just down the road from the Doppio Zero and is about five minutes away from the Woolworths at Bedford Square. They sell a range of vegan food but they also stock a variety of vegan and cruelty-free toiletries. Unfortunately, this branch of Wellness Warehouse does not have a Wellness Café, but it is still the go-to for hard-to-find vegan food and beauty products.
Herbi Vohr is one of the more popular brands among vegans. This is because they produce delicious alternatives to meat such as biltong, ribs, bacon, chicken, steaks and sandwich slices. However, it has always been a mission to get our hands on it for those of us residing in the east. We would have to flock to the northern suburbs when the craving hits for their ample supply. Step in Spar at Bedford Village. Like some of the other Spar branches in Randburg, this Spar is now a stockist of all things Herbi Vohr, except the biltong. Spar has also always been a great store for browsing and finding oddities, so look around and you may find a few keepers.