What Is It?

From on-trend fashion to the latest in tech, Eastgate Shopping Centre with its prestigious brands will give you more bang for your buck on the biggest bargain-based shopping day of the year – Black Friday. With longer trading hours and a COVID-19 SAFE Shopping Centre certification, all your needs are accommodated.

Not only can you SAVE big, but you can also WIN big with Eastgate’s Black Friday competitions. There are so many ways to win a R500 Eastgate Gift Card, as well as participating tenant vouchers. You can either get spotted dining at the Piazza, get spotted wearing a funky mask, get spotted at the Aquaponics Farm, or simply snap a picture of your Black Friday purchase and tag Eastgate to stand the chance of winning. Follow them on our social media pages for more information on how to win.

Ts & Cs apply.

Eastgate outside

When Is It? 

Friday, 27 November 2020 between 09:00 and 21:00, with selected stores trading from as early as 06:00.

Where Is It?

Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about Eastgate Shopping Centre, visit www.eastgateshops.com.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 479 6000.

Don’t forget to follow and like them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with their latest news, information, events and Black Friday offers.

Eastgate inside

Celebrate With Eastgate!

Behind the scenes, Eastgate has been working to present you with an amplified Piazza experience, taking the open-air space to completely new levels of sophistication, innovation, and entertainment, as inspired by the local landscape and community.

Eastgate is a proudly South African shopping centre and it is befitting to unveil the locally-inspired passion project on Heritage Day weekend, where we celebrate culture and a South Africa that belongs to all.

Eastgate has proudly transformed its Piazza into a place with an identity, a place that has a story to tell. It will showcase the never-seen-before additions to its space with Solar Trees, beautifully painted and engaging animal sculptures, and so much more!

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Let Eastgate be your host on this exciting long weekend, where families can enjoy a sunny Weekend Market and journey through the Piazza learning about the fantastic animals of the Jukskei River, with many new photo opportunities and a delightful ambiance. Kids have an opportunity to be creative with colouring-in activities and competitions, featuring the Piazza’s new resident animals, at all the restaurants.

Further elevating the wonderful weekend entertainment awaiting you, the Piazza will host live entertainment with purpose. In partnership with Waiting in the Wings, a percentage of the parking proceeds will be donated to the relief fund for struggling artists impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

Eastgate looks forward to seeing you, and your families, for a weekend of fun!

Eastgate Shopping Centre

When Is It?

From 24 – 27 September 2020.

Where Is It?

The Piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about Eastgate Shopping Centre, visit www.eastgateshops.com.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 479 6000.

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with their latest news, information, events and offers.

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.

What Are You Looking For?

Family-Friendly Fun
Bars & Clubs
Athletic Clubs & Sports Venues


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.

Visit Bedford Centre.

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


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.

Visit Bailey's. 

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.


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.

Shopping Centres & Malls
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.

Visit Eastgate Shopping Centre.

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.

Visit Bedford Centre.

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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!

Visit Village View Shopping Centre.

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.

Visit Bedford Village Shopping Centre.

Bedford Village. Photo sourced from SPAR Bedfordview on Facebook.


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.

Visit Bedfordview Meat Centre.


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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.

Visit Italian Cheese Distributors. 

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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.

Visit Sabers Wholesalers.

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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.

Visit Country Pies. 


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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?

Hotels & Accommodation
Municipal Services


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.

Explore Shopping in Bedfordview.


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.

Explore Schools in Bedfordview.

Image from Saheti School.


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.

Explore Restaurants in Bedfordview.


Mythos at Bedford Square.


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.

Explore Entertainment in Bedfordview.

Image from the Bedfordview Night Market.

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.

Explore Hotels & Accommodation in Bedfordview.


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.

Explore Jobs in Bedfordview.

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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.

Explore Property in Bedfordview. 


Image from HQ Building and Office Park.

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.

Explore Municipal Services in Bedfordview.

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 Eastgate Shopping 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 Eastgate Shopping Centre

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

Eastgate Shopping Centre

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Trading Hours 

Under level 3 lockdown, Eastgate Shopping Centre will be extending its trading hours from 09:00 - 18:00 from Monday to Sunday. However, some tenants may be trading outside of these hours. Please see a list of stores trading with their relevant trading hours below:

Stores Open In Level 3 Lockdown

Eastgate Shopping Centre is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and world-class fashion, beauty, retail and homeware offerings. Most of the centre's stores will be open in level 3 lockdown, apart from those not permitted to trade, such as hair salons, certain restaurants and tobacconists. Find the full list of stores not trading in level 3 lockdown at Eastgate Shopping Centre here.

Nevertheless, if you are in need of grocery essentials, winter clothing and bedding, cellular services, medicines or stationery for the kids, Eastgate Shopping Centre is the place to go.

Banking Services

Groceries & Fresh Produce

Restaurants (delivery only)

Clothing & Footwear 

Jewellery & Accessories 



Cellular & Gaming

Health & Beauty 

Gifts & Stationery 


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Parking Information

To further ensure your safety and convenience, Eastgate Shopping Centre parking will be free until further notice. 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.eastgateshops.com for more information. Also, follow Eastgate Shopping Centre on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for regular updates on their stores, trading hours and special offers.

Details: (Tel) +27 11 479 6000 | [email protected]


Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square have assured their shoppers and visitors that essential industries will remain open during the 21-day national lockdown. They have also changed their trading hours to 09:00 - 18:00 daily and have implemented stringent cleaning measures to ensure the safety of their shoppers, tenants and staff. The following essential service stores will be trading during the lockdown:




Only the following entrances will be open during the lockdown:

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Eastgate Shopping Centre

Various grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential industries will remain open during the 21-day national lockdown at Eastgate Shopping Centre. The health and safety of their shoppers, tenants and staff are their number-one priority, and they have implemented the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness throughout the centre to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Their essential tenants, trading hours and operating entrances are as follows:




Petrol Stations: 

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Mall of the South

Mall of the South will be on lockdown at midnight from Thursday 26 March 2020 and will continue for 21 days until further notice. Essential services will be available to shoppers, which includes supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and veterinarian outlets. The following stores will therefore be trading during the lockdown period:




Veterinarian outlets:

Food Producer:

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Cresta Shopping Centre

For the health and safety of you, their tenants and employees, much of Cresta Shopping Centre will be temporarily closed for the 21-day national lockdown until 16 April 2020 at midnight. Please note that all shops offering essential needs will remain open.

*Please note that this is subject to change during the 21-day lockdown period.




Cellular & Post:


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Fourways Mall

All stores in Fourways Mall, except essential services, will be closed during the national lockdown period. The centre asks that shoppers respect the closures and plan their shopping trips according to their essential needs. Designated parking will be in the basement level (accessible through Short Street and Percy Road). During this period, parking will be free at the mall.






Banking Services:

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Southgate Mall

Southgate Mall respects and supports the rules and regulations imposed by Government in efforts to reduce the exposure and spread of the COVID-19. As a result of the lockdown, the centre will be partially closed from Friday, 27 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. Grocery stores, banks and pharmaceutical stores will continue to provide essential service to customers. The rest of the retailers will temporarily pause their operations.

Essential Trading Hours and Operating Entrances are as follows:


* Retailer trading hours may change subject to retailer discretion

Mall Entrances:

The following entrances will be open for accessibility into the mall:

The Centre will have a full complement of security and cleaning personnel to maintain the centre’s strict cleaning and safety protocols. The Food Court will not be accessible during this period.

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Westgate Shopping Centre

Westgate Shopping Centre will also be offering essential services during the 21-day national lockdown. Essential service stores, trading hours and operating entrances are as follows:

* Retailer trading hours may change subject to retailer discretion

Doctors & Pharmacies: 


Mall Entrances:

The following entrances will be open for accessibility into the mall:

All Centre full complimentary services:

Please note:


Menlyn Mall

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre will continue to operate and is committed to providing a safe, clean and hygienic environment for its customers and retailers under the current circumstances of the COVID-19 virus. The centre has implemented proactive precautionary safety measures in the prevention of exposure to the virus on your next visit. Essential stores that will be open during lockdown:




Opening hours:

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Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Square will be closed during the national lockdown, but Brooklyn Mall will have essential service stores open. The mall can be accessed via entrance 1 and 2 from Veale Street. Parking will be free during the 21-day lockdown.

Opening hours: 

Brooklyn Mall are still awaiting all essential tenants to confirm trade and trading hours.

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Hatfield Plaza Shopping Centre

As an added level of security, some of Hatfield Plaza's entrances will be closed. Their open entrances can be found via Hilda Street and Park Street. The Hatfield Plaza will have the following stores open and trading during the 21-day lockdown period:




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Lynnridge Mall

Only essential stores will remain open during the lockdown period at Lynnridge Mall. The following stores will remain open to offer the public essential services to get their groceries, supplies and medication:




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The Grove Mall

The majority of The Grove Mall will temporarily close for the national lockdown until 16 April 2020 at midnight. All shops offering essential needs, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential items, will remain open. There will be complimentary parking for the duration of the lockdown period. However, you must validate your parking card prior to exiting. Here are the current tenants trading and trading hours:




Shoppers will only be able to access the centre through the following doors:

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Travel Between Eastgate Shopping Centre & Sandton City In Luxury

Zeelo, the personalised shared transport service, in partnership with Eastgate Shopping Centre and Sandton City Shopping Centre, has launched an iconic commuting service between the two centres.

Shoppers and commuters are able to choose between four morning departure times from Eastgate Shopping Centre and four afternoon return times from Sandton City Shopping Centre, with a single return journey for R75 which includes free parking. Several bulk ride packages are also available at discounted rates.

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Zeelo's Luxury Features

The luxury coaches are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, meaning passengers can catch up on emails, watch their favourite series on Netflix or even nap on the commute, instead of wasting this time fighting with traffic behind their steering wheel. The coaches are air-conditioned and have spacious, reclining seats for their luxury.

“We, at Zeelo, are passionate about giving people their time back. The average commuter that drives to work in their car wastes up to thirteen weeks a year behind the steering wheel, we want to make travelling with Zeelo a viable alternative to the car”, says James Champion, General Manager of Zeelo SA.

commuters aboard zeelo luxury bus

Reducing Traffic Congestion One Journey At A Time

Zeelo call themselves the ‘getting-people-out-of-cars people’, and this is exactly what they hope to do with this service. For every Zeelo journey from Eastgate Shopping Centre to Sandton City, an average of 30 vehicles will be taken off the road, contributing to a reduction in traffic congestion, as well as carbon emissions. The partnership with Zeelo leads to the introduction of diversified modes of public transport for the reduction of carbon emissions.

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“With a vision to create the ultimate convenient lifestyle destination, the building block of on-demand spaces ensures that we provide a revolutionary convenience offering. We understand that time is a valuable resource, therefore through this initiative, we aim to afford time back to people through the means of a luxury commuting service that travels between two of the country’s leading shopping centres, Sandton City and Eastgate Shopping Centre. We look forward to the launch of this partnership and to bringing people closer to a stress-free day”, says Preston Gaddy, General Manager at Sandton City.

commuters on zeelo luxury bus in traffic

“At Eastgate Shopping Centre, we pride ourselves in offering convenience to our customers and with Zeelo, this is even more achievable! Nobody enjoys sitting in traffic, so being able to catch up on series, emails, or some beauty sleep while someone else sits in the traffic is a definite win and we are thrilled to be offering our shoppers, and all members of Joburg East, a luxury service of this nature”, says Kelly Belman, General Manager at Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Book With Zeelo Now!

Passengers wishing to use the service are able to book and pay for their rides online through Zeelo’s state-of-the-art website; have access to 24/7 live customer support through the online live chat functionality and will be able to track their bus in real time.

This initiative supports Liberty Two Degrees’ (L2D) strategic building blocks of Good and On-Demand Spaces, which have been implemented to ensure that its co-owned centres provide experiential offerings which are unique in the market.

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Get A Free Ride Pass!

Would you like to enjoy a free ride to test this service? Use the promo code JOBURG10RIDES when booking your first ride and get a 10 Ride Pass for free! Don't miss this exclusive offer.

For More Information

For more information about Zeelo, visit zeelo.co.za.

To book your ride between Eastgate Shopping Centre and Sandton City, click here.

You can also contact them on 010 500 2107 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow or like them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest news, offers and more.

What Is Spekboom?

Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra), also known as the Pork Bush or Elephant's Food, is an indigenous South African plant making big waves on the local conservation scene. An incredibly hardy plant, Spekboom is mainly found in the Eastern Cape. Flourishing in semi-arid conditions, this plant can live for up to 200 years and grow as tall as five metres.

However, the most exciting attribute of this leafy succulent is its ability to gobble up carbon dioxide to an extent that far surpasses any other plant species yet seen. In fact, Spekboom thicket is thought to be up to 10 times more effective at carbon fixing than tropical rain forests. Absorbing up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare per year, Spekboom is undoubtedly the wonder plant of the year.


#Spekboom Challenge

In late 2019, the #Spekboom challenge overtook social media. Championed by farmers in the Eastern Cape, the challenge encourages all South Africans to grow their own Spekboom plants. Whether you uproot water guzzling plants from your garden in favour of the water-wise Spekboom or decorate your home with a few potted plants, the purpose of the #Spekboom challenge is to decrease carbon emissions across the country.

Fun fact: The Spekboom plant only requires 250 - 350ml of water per year to survive!

Growing your own Spekboom is as easy as breaking off a shoot of the plant and potting it in some well-drained soil. Ensure that your plant gets enough sunshine and it should maintain its bright green appearance for years to come.

However, even if you have a black thumb, this plant is almost impossible to kill. Spekboom can easily adapt to changing weather conditions, perfect for the unpredictable Joburg climate. In cool conditions, Spekboom photosynthesises like other plants, opening its stomata during the day to absorb carbon dioxide. During drier times, the plant has the ability to open its stomata at night, preventing water loss during the heat of the day. It is this nifty ability to absorb carbon dioxide even during the evenings that makes this plant so very special.

#Spekboom challenge

Do Your Bit For The Environment

On Sunday, 02 February 2020, the City of Cape Town announced that it would commit to planting 5000 Spekboom in April of this year to coincide with National Climate Change Month and World Earth Day (22 April). Partnering with the Newlands Nursery, the city has pledged to plant shoots of the wonder plant at various spaces across Cape Town, hopefully encouraging residents to take up the #Spekboom challenge themselves.

Now, we wouldn't be good Joburgers if we didn't aim to outdo our Cape competitors. Let's band together in the run up to World Earth Day and take on the #Spekboom challenge. Here's where you can get your hands on this green gem in the city:

Sandton City and Eastgate Shopping Centre

Two of Joburg's most popular shopping destinations, Sandton City and Eastgate Shopping Centre, will be hosting the 'Plant Your Love' activation in February. This initiative is all about taking on the #Spekboom challenge and showing the earth a little love during Valentine's month. Visit either of these malls for an informative talk by WWF on the wonders of the Spekboom plant between 13 - 15 February 2020. Plus, when you spend R350 or more at these malls you will receive your own Spekboom plant to take home.



Pop into your nearest Woolworths to get yourself a cute Spekboom pot plant. These are the perfect decor item for your home or city apartment, adding both a pop of natural colour and brain-boosting oxygen to your home.

Did you know that Spekboom is edible? A favourite snack of elephants, the leaves of this plant taste similar to zesty lemon and can be eaten by humans, too. Check out this mouthwatering Tomato and Spekboom Salad recipe to get started.

So there you have it, all you need to know about the humble Spekboom and its many fantastic properties. Are you ready to take on the #Spekboom challenge, Joburg?

And, if you are serious about transforming your garden into an eco-conscious ecosystem, check out our article on the best water-wise plants to add to your garden. 

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!


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.


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


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


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


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


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!

Best Foot Forward

When it comes to shoes, diversity comes in all forms. Some of us love heels, others prefer anything with a good fit and some are trendy fashionistas, who only wear fashionable styles, brands and colours. No matter your choice of shoe, there is a store perfect for you at Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Shoe Stores Eastgate Johannesburg


Sportscene is your go-to for trendy sneakers and urban fashion. No matter what style you're looking for, they have something to meet your needs.

This store will add to any look, whether formal or casual.

Shoe Stores Eastgate Johannesburg

Green Cross

If comfort is what you are looking for, then you have found the right place. Green Cross specialises in shoes that are comfortable and stylish.

These shoes are perfect for both men and women. Green Cross also offers shoe care products to keep your shoes in top shape.

Europa Art Shoes

It's a world of footwear at Europa Art Shoes. The shoes on offer here are unique and gorgeous shoes, with a wide range of styles, colours and sizes.

Europa Art Shoes offers shoes for formal wear as well as casual wear.

Shoe Stores Eastgate Johannesburg


Timberland is one of the most unique brands around, with their signature boots.

But this store is not just about boots, they also have fashionable shoes for kids, men and women, as well as unique sneakers, heels, shoe care and more.

Shoe Stores Eastgate Johannesburg

Call It Spring

Call It Spring offers fashion forward footwear for trend setters.

This is where you'll find shoes that are different from all the rest.

They have lovely shoes, with a wide range, from casual footwear to heels perfect for the red carpet.

The Cross Trainer

Every sportsman or woman should be shopping at The Cross Trainer. They sell sneakers for every sport available. This store also has great fashion kicks on offer.

They stock many well-known and trusted brands, so pay them a visit.

Tread + Miller

Tread + Miller have mastered the art of footwear, offering a wide selection of leather shoes for you. This is a great spot to find formal, good quality shoes.

Check more out here.

What is your favourite shoe store at Eastgate Shopping Centre? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

Eastgate Shopping Centre is bringing back the magic of the festive season this December with their Festival of Fun! Come and see their magnificent lights on the piazza and grand staircase. Little ones can enjoy a number of fun rides too, with snacks and games to keep them entertained while you shop up a storm at any of Eastgate's 300 stores.

Shoppers are also invited to enjoy Eastgate's ‘Selfie Moment’ areas during trading hours, found around the various court spaces of the mall. Or stop by Banana Beach outside Krispy Kreme for a tropical island experience. It's a faux beach set-up created entirely from bananas! There are numerous other exciting activations going on at the centre during the Festival of Fun, including a game of giant dice and a beautifully decorated VW Kombi.

Father Christmas is also dropping in for a visit at the Aloe Court near Woolworths and is available to be photographed with all the kids. Be sure to remember their wish lists!

Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Monday, 16 December 2019 - Thursday, 26 December 2019 between 11:00 - 19:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Rd, Befordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

When you spend R150 or more in-centre, you have access to the carnival as well as 5 x carnival ride tickets. Provide your till slip at the carnival to take advantage of this experience.

For more information

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information about the Festival of Fun.

Details: +27 (11) 479 6000 | [email protected]

Eastgate Shopping Centre has some exciting news to announce to all their loyal shoppers. On Friday, 29 November 2019, not only will they be bringing you the best Black Friday deals in the city, but the centre will also be launching its rooftop Aquaponic Farm District! Eastgate Shopping Centre is breaking new ground. Partnering with Ichthys, one of the most influential aquaponic companies in the world, to provide sustainable solutions to food production and food security for its clients, offering them 100% natural and fresh produce at the source.

Eastgate's Aquaponic Farm is the first of its kind across shopping centres in Southern Africa. Utilising smart new technologies, they will effectively use 90% less water than conventional farms. This eliminates waste produced by aquaculture systems and regular hydroponic systems. It also reduces carbon emissions, as there is no need for road distribution. Overall, Eastgate's Aquaponic Farm will produce 100% natural food that tastes great and is healthy. The centre will also eliminate the use of plastic packaging, creating a cleaner area around the farm. 

“Liberty Two Degrees (“L2D”), owners of Eastgate Shopping Centre, have committed to reaching a Net Zero Sustainability target by 2030. The addition of the Aquaponic Farm District at the centre entrenches our continued efforts to spread awareness about the current environmental crisis, while providing our customers with an environmentally friendly alternative to food sourcing. We are extremely proud to be home to an innovative, organically designed and operated farm that supports our natural ecosystem,” says Asset Management Executive of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Carmen Collison.

aquaphonic farm

What Is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics marries aquaculture and organic farming with hydroponics, the process whereby plants and fish are grown together in one integrated system. The fish produce clean and natural fertiliser that provides a natural food source for the growing plants. The plants in turn provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. 

“The chemicals and synthetic fertilisers used in conventional farming, as well as excess water usage, carbon heavy distribution and plastic packaging of produce has become increasingly more harmful to both our environment and to our health. So, what we do is offer the ultimate solution to sustainable farming through aquaponics. We are excited to be showcasing the future of food production that is affordable, sustainable, certified by nature and educational alongside Eastgate Shopping Centre”, says Managing Director of Ichthys, Justin Hess.

Eastgate Shopping Centre’s Aquaponic Farm District will offer customers the option to buy direct. Selling organic fresh fish, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs, peppers, spinach and so much more to the public. For your convenience, these products will be sold every day from Friday, 6 December 2019 outside Entrance 10. 

For More Information

If you are interested in how the process works, visit Eastgate Shopping Centre this December. They will be conducting guided tours of their Aquaponic Farm District. Find more information about this at the Farm District Information Kiosk, located next to the Piazza, or on the centre's website

You can also follow Eastgate Shopping Centre on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/eastgateshoppingcenter

Twitter - twitter.com/Eastgateshops

Instagram - instagram.com/eastgateshoppingcentre

Details: 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | +27 (11) 479 6000 | [email protected]

Snap A Selfie!

Counting down to Black Friday (29 November, if you weren't aware), Eastgate Shopping Centre invite their customers to whip out their smart phones to snap a selfie! Take the perfect pic of yourself or a friend at the Eastgate emoji wall to stand the chance to win a R5000 gift card to spend at the mall on Black Friday. Be part of the Black Friday campaign at Eastgate by posting your selfie using #YellowIsTheNewBlack on Facebook during the month of November. Winners will be announced on Monday, 25 November 2019, so get snapping!

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WIN! Snap a selfie at our emoji wall next to the Edgars entrance on the lower level, post it on Facebook using the hashtag #YellowIsTheNewBlack during the month of November and stand a chance to win a R5 000 Black Friday gift card. ⠀ A winner will be selected on 25 November 2019. ⠀ Ts & Cs apply.⠀ ⠀ #IconicEastgate #52IconicWeeks #BlackFriday #YellowIsTheNewBlack #SnapASelfie #WinAGiftCard

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The Real Deal

Now for the real juicy deets on Black Friday at Eastgate. With over 300 tenants, Eastgate Shopping Centre is one of the largest malls located in the East of Johannesburg. First developed in 1979, this retail complex has been bringing shoppers the very best deals on homeware, fashion, toys, stationery, groceries and jewellery for 40 years. Eastgate is also the home of family entertainment, boasting an impressive Ster Kinekor IMAX theatre, The Fun Company, Hamleys Toy Store and an open air piazza where the kids can play. This Black Friday, Eastgate promises to deliver even greater discounts than in years before. While the centre can become overcrowded incredibly quickly on Black Friday, the deals are too good to miss out on. Here are some of the top retailers partaking in Black Friday at Eastgate Shopping Centre in 2019:

Checkers Hyper

Checkers was the first food retailer to introduce Black Friday in 2014. Thanks to their success the super-sale caught on, bringing massive discounts across the board to eager shoppers. Last year, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper served 125 customers per second at their 1000 stores across the country. Checkers Hyper Eastgate is sure to hop on the Black Friday bandwagon, offering incredible prices on grocery items, household goods, appliances and more. Stocking up for the Christmas season just got a whole lot more affordable.

Details: Shop number U75B | (011) 601 5360/5387


Woolworths is the place to be at Eastgate this Black Friday. Covering two levels, this is a shopper's paradise, stocking trendy fashion staples, home decor items, kid's clothing, health food, yummy treats and Christmas decor for days. Woolies knows just how tough times are for consumers, offering great deals on their custom products on Black Friday. Treat yourself to a few of the finer delights in life by visiting Woolworths at Eastgate on Friday, 29 November 2019.

Details: Shop number L20B and U15B | (011) 677 4511

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Toys R Us

Shopping for the kids' Christmas gifts can be a nightmare. Knock your holiday shopping out of the park over Black Friday at Toys R Us Eastgate. From the latest LEGO sets to board games, plushies and dolls, Toys R Us has everything your child could possibly want for Christmas. Get there early!

Details: Shop number U 28A | 087 234 8531/087 234 8697

Sunglass Hut

Summer is well on its way! Gift yourself with a stylish pair of designer sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. Whether you prefer wide, round or skinny frames, there is a pair of perfect sunnies for everyone here. The best part? You can look beach ready for a fraction of the price thanks to Black Friday! See you there.

Details: Shop number U121 | (011) 615 1575

Total Sports

For the sports fanatics and gym bunnies out there, check out Total Sports' massive Black Friday deals on athleisure wear, sports equipment and fitness tech. Kit yourself out in the best track and yoga wear, complete with fitness trackers, BPA-free water bottles and the most comfy shoes designed to help you achieve your best. It's never too late in the year to tackle your goals, so don't miss out on these awesome specials at Total Sports Eastgate.

Details: Shop number L23 | (011) 621 8941/2

Click here for our comprehensive guide to Black Friday in Johannesburg.

For More Information

Visit Eastgate's website for more information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/eastgateshoppingcenter

Twitter - twitter.com/Eastgateshops

Instagram - instagram.com/eastgateshoppingcentre

Details: 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | +27 (11) 479 6000 | [email protected]

The Eastgate Shopping Centre Piazza Relaunches!

Get ready! Eastgate Shopping Centre is excited to be launching its revamped Piazza with an exciting event that's not to be missed! The day will be jam-packed with activities from start to finish.

Enjoy the day strolling through the Piazza market on the roof top, watching all the nail-biting 2019 Rugby World Cup Final action featuring England vs South Africa on a giant screen, as well as bands performing on the outdoor stage and so much more. Don't forget to wear your green and gold in support of the Boks!


The newly revamped Piazza is now complete after almost three months of renovations, boasting modern finishes, more seating, decorative touches, beautiful lighting and future elements which include sustainable LED trees and LED screen. The Piazza is most definitely a must-visit destination this summer!

When Is It?

The relaunch event will take place on Saturday, 02 November 2019. 


Where Is It?

The Piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Entry is free, just take along some cash for parking and the restaurant specials on the day.


For More Information

For more information about Eastgate Shopping Centre and the newly revamped Piazza, visit www.eastgateshops.com.

You can also contact them on 011 479 6000 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, events, specials and more.

Recycle Rangers, Assemble At Eastgate!

Eastgate has something cool and exciting in store for their little visitors! Our planet needs their help to keep it clean and litter free. After all, it is our responsibility to take care of it now and forever. With this in mind, Eastgate wants to show children (and parents) how important recycling is, and just how much fun it can be. Are you with us, Recycle Rangers?

Did you know that next year, Eastgate won’t be using any plastic shopping bags anymore? This is because they want to keep as much plastic out of the environment as possible and do their part for the planet!

Help make a difference by heading to Eastgate’s Aloe Court from 24 – 27 October 2019 between 11:00 and 17:00, where you'll be shown how to make fashionable items out of recycled material that Eastgate has collected; like plastic bottles, bottle tops and straws. From fashion design to stylish accessories, do it all the eco-friendly and eco-fashionable way with Eastgate Shopping Centre.


On Friday, 25 October and Saturday, 26 October, they will be hosting Fashion Upcycle Workshops – no bookings are necessary as the workshops will work on a first-come first-serve basis. These workshops will be conducted by South African artist, Threaded Dame. Threaded Dame started as a hobby but soon became an avenue of promoting issues close to their hearts. They use embroidery to channel their creativity into transforming everyday goods into inspirational and inclusive pieces. Threaded Dame’s Recycle Ranger workshops on the Friday and Saturday will include up-cycled clothing embroidery, painting and colouring.

For the most fashionable thing to do this October, look no further than Eastgate’s Recycle Ranger Fashion Edition!

Parents, please note:


When Is It?

Thursday, 24 October 2019 – Sunday, 27 October 2019 between 11:00 and 17:00.

Where Is It?

Eastgate Shopping Centre's Aloe Court, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE!


For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit Eastgate Shopping Centre's Facebook page or the Recycle Ranger's event page.

You can contact them on 011 479 6000 or [email protected].

Also, don't forget to visit their website at www.eastgateshops.com.

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.


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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.

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! 

TJIPS is a newly opened eatery at Eastgate Mall. Serving up nothing but chips, this place has become a fast hit among Bedfordview diners. Patrons can expect a variety of these deep-fried potato morsels, including chips smothered in sauces, gourmet loaded chips and even dessert chips.

The Menu

As mentioned, the menu offers up nothing but chips. This includes plain or spiced chips served up with your choice of tomato sauce, mayo or half-and-half. Alternatively, you can also try the Saucy AF chips. Sauces includes the Pink Garlic Mayo, Honey-Mustard, Sriracha Mayo, Thai Peanut, Curry Ketchup, Spicy Salsa, Tomato or Mayo options.

Perhaps the main draw of the restaurant, the gourmet loaded chips are available in loads of choices. These include the Il Continentale, Parmesan chips with black truffle oil; Seoul Food, chips with pulled chicken and slaw; Oom Sam, chilli cheese chips; El Supremo, salsa, guacamole and sour cream loaded chips and the Poutine, cheesey chips topped with gravy.

For those struggling to decide, TJIPS offers a Tasting Tray for 2, featuring any two choices and a Saucy AF option. They also offer a Tasting Tray for 4, with a choice of any four options and two Saucy AF portions. We think we could manage an Il Continentale and El Supremo with a side of pink garlic mayo chips all on our own.

Oddly enough, TJIPS also offers a dessert menu. We were expecting some form of churro chips, but the desserts actually feature real chips made from real potatoes. The Shenanigans, sweet-style TJIPS with a scoop of Paul's Vanilla ice cream, peanut-caramel sauce and coconut flakes may seem a little weird. But patrons brave enough to try it have been raving since.

TJIPS Il Continentale

TJIPS Il Continentale

The Locations 

Currently, the TJIPS store is located at Eastgate Shopping Mall in Bedfordview. You can find them at entrance 9, close to the Nandos.

They are also rumoured to be opening a branch at the newly completed Fourways Mall in the northern suburbs.

And they can also be found zooming around Joburg in their AF Food Truck, keep a look out on their social media to find out the whens and wheres.

Contact Details

Tel: 011 485 0104

Email: [email protected]

Address: Eastgate Shopping Center, 43 Bradford Rd Eastgate, Bedfordview

Website: https://tjips.co/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TJIPS.CO/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tjips.co/

TJIPS Poutine

TJIPS Poutine

* Images sourced from TJIPs' Facebook page.


This potato restaurant offers diners the chance to experience the luxury and deliciousness of this solanaceous vegetable. Their menu consists of nothing but loaded chips, saucy chips and dessert chips. Menu items include taters topped with items such as Parmesan with black truffle mayo, pulled chicken and sesame slaw and even a cheeseburger with no bun, just chips. Those braver than us may try the sweet chips, topped with vanilla ice cream, peanut-caramel sauce and toasted coconut flakes. It's about time Joburg had an eatery devoted to the humble potato, if you ask us.

Contact details: 011 485 0104 | Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview | [email protected]https://tjips.co

Truffles On The Park

This eatery, based in Mushroom Park, offers a wide selection of bistro food, many of which centre around the earthy truffle. Diners can expect delectable meals ranging from bar food to signature mains. The Grilled Octopus, Burnt Corn & Avocado Salad, Braised Lamb Shoulder and Truffles Signature Burger are all fine choices. However, the Truffle Parmesan Fries remains one of the most raved about menu items. These twice-fried chips are served with nutty Parmesan and creamy black truffle aioli.

Contact details: 079 886 3134 | Mushroom Farm Park, Daisy Street, Sandown, Sandton | [email protected]https://www.trufflesbistro.co.za

Hudsons The Burger Joint

Located in Parkhurst, this burger joint makes some of the most sought after burgers in Joburg. And we can see why. With over 20 burgers, including vegan options, to choose from, this is a burger haven. As fabulous as the burgers are, we can't resist their chips. The Loaded Fries comes covered in bacon bits, sweet chilli and mozzarella. They also offer up creamy peri peri and mozzarella Disco Fries and Truffle Cheese Fries. Low Carbers and Banters also have their pick with the Avo Fries served with tangy sweet chilli sauce.

Contact details: 011 268 0713 | Cnr 4th Avenue & 14th Street, Parkhurst | [email protected]http://theburgerjoint.co.za

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The Green Craft Bar

This bar in Benoni offers diners yummy pub grub, with everything from Deep Fried Ravioli and Brannas Basted Chicken Wings to a Peanut Butter Burger and Pulled Pork. Our favourite pub grub, especially while enjoying a few jam jars, are loaded chips. This bar caters to this with their Fully Loaded Chips. These are topped with cheddar and mozzarella. Dinners can then choose to top this with spring onion, bacon and jalapeno or pulled pork and BBQ.

Contact details: 084 603 0609 | Benoni Country Club, Morris St, Morehill, Benoni | [email protected]http://www.thegreen.co.za

Brooklyn Brothers

Brooklyn Brothers has recently popped up at several locations across the city. We have often frequented the Bedford branch to get our fix of great burgers, sticky chicken wings, saucy ribs, fluffly waffles, thick milkshakes and perfectly fried chips. The Brothers have several fries that bridge the gap to gourmet including Macon & Cheese Fries, Blue Cheese Fries, Garlic Parmesan Fries and our favourite, Dirty Fries. These are smothered with Beef Chilli Mince, Cheedar Cheese, Beans and Jalapeno Fries.

Contact details: 011 615 0536 | Shop U50, Bedford Centre, Smith Road and Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview | [email protected]https://www.hooterssa.com


No matter how we might feel about the values of this establishment, we can't deny that their food is delicious. This eatery offers patrons American-style cuisine with the burgers, tacos, curly fries, shrimp, philly cheesesteak and chicken wings. Although not suitable for fine dining, this place makes a good location when we have the munchies. But no cravings can be fulfilled without a plate of chips. This is where the Big Dipper Chili Fries comes in. Huge chips are loaded with chilli con carne, cheese and chipotle cream sauce.

Contact details: 010 443 5926 | The Buzz Shopping Centre, Witkoppen Rd, Fourways | [email protected]https://www.hooterssa.com

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