Europa

Cheesecake is said to have originated in ancient Greece. So, where better to get yourself a dreamy, creamy slice of baked cheesecake than the Mediterranean inspired Europa? If you have never tried their Oreo or Bar One baked cheesecakes, do so as soon as possible. With a sweet, crumbly base and decadent cream cheese filling, these pair perfectly with a bitter coffee or equally sweet hot chocolate.

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George's Bread & Co.

Ask any Boksburg resident where to find a great mini cheesecake and they will tell you George's Bread & Co. This bakery and confectionery is all about delicious baked goods served with a smile. They offer classic cheesecake and baked cheesecake, both in full size and mini portions. So, whether you are hosting a cheesecake party or just have a craving for the tangy goodness of cream cheese, there is something here for you.

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Harpers Restaurant

Harpers Restaurant at Eastgate Mall is unofficially known as 'Bedfordview's favourite cake and coffee shop'. Their display table is the stuff of dreams, laden with English scones, macarons, cookies and, of course, cheesecake. Indulge yourself with a slice and one of the dessert drinks - Irish Coffee, Amarula Dream or Frangelico Hot Chocolate. It's simply delish!

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Royal Coffee Roasters

Formerly known as Beans About Coffee, this quaint coffee cafe at Stoneridge Centre serves up some of the best coffee in the city. If you don't believe us, pay them a visit. We recommend the chocolaty Mocha - with bitter undertones of strong Ethiopian grinds and velvety chocolate, this gourmet coffee is the ideal mate to a chilled Blueberry Cheesecake. Served with blueberry compote and a dusting of icing sugar, this is cheesecake heaven if ever there was one.

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Motherland Coffee Company

Coffee and cheesecake seem to be the couple of the moment. Cue Motherland Coffee with their inspired caramel and condensed milk cheesecake. The biscuit base is dense and buttery, while the caramel is sweet and textured. We think that this is the most 'South African' of the cheesecakes on this list, so be sure to give it a try the next time you roll into Motherland for that caffeine fix.

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Shed & Silo

Shed & Silo is quintessentially farm style. Situated out in Benoni, this country cafe is famed for its cakes and generous breakfasts. The bakery recently introduced a Top Deck Cheesecake to the menu. Baked in three layers - vanilla cream cheese, chocolate cream cheese and condensed milk topped with Flake chocolate! Shed & Silo is the ideal getaway from the city, so take the trip out early on a Saturday morning. We promise that this cheesecake is worth the drive.

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La Tazzina

Edenvale is the home of coffee shops and cakeries, tucked away on a quiet side street is one of the suburb's best - La Tazzina. With an Alice in Wonderland themed garden and a welcoming harvest table brimming with sweet delights, this is undoubtedly Edenvale's best kept secret. The owner is a whiz at whipping up a mouth-watering cheesecake. Encased in a biscuit shell, her New York style baked cheesecakes come in classic, berry or Belgian chocolate. You can order a slice at La Tazzina or go full on glutton and order one to take home for a special occasion.

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Frangelicas Kosher Patisserie

Frangelicas is one of Glenhazel's oldest bakery-cafes. Family owned and community-orientated, this Kosher patisserie is almost always busy. Their classic cheesecake comes topped with sweet royal icing for added indulgence. However, if you want to truly test your sweet tooth, try out their Baklava Cheesecake, dripping with sweet syrup and covered in chopped almonds, this is cheesecake taken to another level of decadence.

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The Strawberry Farm - Harties

Finally, we must mention the Tangoroa Strawberry Farm out in humble Harties. Strawberry picking season lasts from mid-September until early December each year, bringing in families from all over Joburg to harvest the ripe, juicy berries. But, the Strawberry Farm does not go into hibernation during the off season. Instead they entice visitors with their specialty cheesecake - made from their very own strawberries, this chilled cream cheese cake is layered with strawberry coulis and crumbed biscuits. Enjoy a slice with a cup of strong tea and the serene farm surrounds.

Do you know of any other awesome cheesecake hot spots hidden in the city? Let us know about them! 

Eating

You are spoiled for choice at either Rosebank Mall or The Zone when it comes to eating out. Each boasts a variety of impressive restaurant and cafe features. So, whether you are in the mood for a quick coffee or a long lunch, you can find your perfect fit at these malls.

Rosebank Mall

In line with their African-meets-European retail experience, Rosebank Mall offers shoppers a great selection of eateries with diverse menus. Catch an Italian-inspired lunch or dinner at Andiccio 24 - serving up custom craft pizzas, salads, ciabatta and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream 24 hours a day, this is a pizza lovers dream restaurant. You can order your pizza without cheese or with a gluten-free base too, so nobody is left out of the experience.

In the mood for coffee and cake? Pop into Caramello's. This Rosebank Mall resident has been in operation since 2002, bringing shoppers the tastiest artisan cakes. They also have a full A La Carte menu to enjoy on special occasions. With more than 20 varieties of cheesecake, there really isn't anywhere else you need to be!

Rosebank Mall

Caramello's Cakery

Europa is one of Rosebank Mall's most popular foodie joints. The atmosphere here is always welcoming and the smells wafting from the kitchen are oh-so inviting. For a classic Margarita pizza with a super crispy base and fresh basil, or the best white hot chocolate in the city, visit Europa. Breakfast, lunch or dinner - their Mediterranean fare is always a treat.

Of course, we must also mention Starbucks at Rosebank Mall. Free WIFI, great coffee and tasty sweet snacks, what more could you ask for?

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The Zone @ Rosebank

The Zone offers hungry shoppers an array of restaurants to choose from. The food court here is all about elegance, indulgence and good vibes. Most of The Zone's eateries have outdoor seating, so you can enjoy a little sunshine and fresh breezes, too.

For good wine, freshly made pasta and great service visit Piza ē Vino. This is real Italian food made authentically, with the finest ingredients. Delicious.

Health fanatics have two options here - Lexi's Healthy Eatery or tashas. Lexi's is all about healthy, ethical and sustainable eating. Plant-based eaters can indulge in delectable breakfast bowls, gourmet toast, sarmies, wraps and sweet indulgences, all made from plants and with very little processed animal products. There is a kiddies menu too, so the whole family can go out for a healthy bite to eat.

The Zone

While tashas have a number of franchises across Joburg, each have their own menu and personality. tashas at The Zone is always bustling. Their decor is eye-catching and stands out from all the rest - think lots of green, splashes of gold and bold prints reaching out in the courtyard to call you inside for a bite to eat. This is the ideal spot for a Saturday morning brunch with friends, before you head out on that shopping spree.

In a hurry? Pop into Motherland Coffee for a pick-me-up. Their premium African roasts are just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Or, you can ditch the diet and order a divine doughnut from Krispy Kreme. They have free WIFI, so sit back and answer a few emails while dunking away at your secret cheat.

Shopping

Shop till you drop is an understatement when it comes to both Rosebank Mall and The Zone. Featuring your favourite department stores, fashion boutiques and kids clothing emporiums, these malls are the ultimate places to shop in the city.

The Classics

Rosebank Mall is perfect for seasonal clothing shopping and getting hold of all your essentials. Offering you tons of variety in style, function and price range. Our must-visit ladies fashion outlets at this mall include, H&M, Poetry and Nicci Boutique. For the guys, we recommend Cotton On, Fabiani and Jones & Kent.

Rosebank Mall is also a great place to do your year end stationery shopping. With a Cardies, CNA, Exclusive Books and TYPO, you can get all you need for school, work or fun.

The Mall anchors itself on South Africa's most well loved department stores - Edgars, Clicks, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem and Woolworths. So, come and get your grocery shopping, clothing run and stationery needs all at one super chic Joburg mall.

International Extravagance

The Zone @ Rosebank is home to a number of European and American apparel brands, including Timberland and Adidas. They are also home to the Thula Sindi brand - a proudly South African women's wear brand dedicated to affordable quality. Get yourself some fancy new footwear at Superga, Nike or Europa Art Shoes. The Zone is the place to deck yourself in the latest international fashion trends. Shop here for special occasions or the next time you score a big bonus!

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Entertainment

Joburg shoppers are hard to please - we don't only demand the best in food and fashion, but we expect to be entertained by our shopping experiences too. Luckily, Rosebank Mall and The Zone are well equipped to cater to all our needs.

Markets & Movies

Rosebank Mall offers two alternative retail experiences - the Rosebank Sunday Market and the Rosebank Art & Craft Market. The Sunday Market takes place on the parking rooftop, bringing you a large selection of craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet food traders. This world-class market is a must-visit. Check out their Facebook page for event updates.

The Rosebank Art & Craft Market is a permanent feature at the mall, taking its residence right next to Europa. Don't let first impressions fool you, this is no ordinary flea market. As you descend into the underground market, it opens up into a plethora of stalls selling African curios, trinkets and hand-crafted goodies. You could spend a few hours exploring down here, discovering the warmth and ingenuity of traders from across Africa.

Rosebank Mall's Ster-Kinekor Cinema is dedicated to bringing you the best art-house films, live screenings from the National Theatre in London and South African releases. The cinema has recently been revamped, offering movie goers a coffee bar, gourmet menu and more comfortable seating. Click here to see our list of must-see movies at Rosebank Mall Cinema Nouveau.

Family Fun & City Sightseeing

The Zone @ Rosebank is family-fun orientated, offering you and the kids a world-famous toy emporium, arcade games galore and the chance to explore the city.

Pop into Hamley's to be transported to the magical world of toys. Their plushies are too cute for words and their range of toys are superior. Plus, kids can enjoy a ride on the Hamley's train or an impromtu dance off with the Hamley's Bear.

Older kids will appreciate the good times to be had at The Fun Company. Arcade games, bowling, mini-golf and spinning bumper cars will keep them entertained for hours. Parents can unwind at the Sports Bar, or have a go at competing with the kids at their favourite games.

Lastly, bring the family along for a City Sightseeing tour on the iconic Red Bus. The bus departs from The Zone, taking you on a trip through the city to the Johannesburg Zoo, the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Carlton Centre. Afterwards you can catch a family-friendly movie at The Zone's Ster-Kinekor Cine Prestige theatre.

So, there you have it. All that Rosebank Mall and The Zone have to offer. We'll leave it up to you to decide who wins this battle! 

Tucked away in the suburb of Oaklands is a small centre called, unsurprisingly, the Oaklands Shopping Centre. At a quick glance from the road it has little to recommend it. The sign is unremarkable and the shops themselves are hidden behind the trees and parked cars. It has, however, an appeal worth discovering. The centre draws a remarkable number of people throughout the day because many of the businesses support each other, and act as a common draw card, by being remarkably good. The ones that have impressed me more than somewhat are:

Tortellino D'Oro is an extremely attractive, clean and well run Italian restaurant and delicatessen. Started by the Bollini family over 30 years ago, today it is managed by Catarina. It has grown significantly since then, expanding by taking over adjoining premises and converting the sidewalk outside into a covered open-air verandah. Whilst not the cheapest it is extremely popular and the food and service, which I have enjoyed whenever I can persuade someone to take me there, is excellent. After enjoying coffee or a meal you will want to investigate the delicatessen side and choose something/s to take away with you. Some well known public figures, and an extremely faithful clientele, are regular patrons. It is well worth a visit, and you know that you will enjoy it as you walk in. Tortellino D'Oro means ‘golden pasta shaped as a belly button’ – visit the website to find out why!

Open from 9am - 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am - 3pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tel 011 483 1249. Web: www.tortellino.co.za

Odizee Gifts is right next door and is an intriguing shop. They carry a range of different, quality items for the home or for gifts, and are also stockists of Charlotte Rhys products. It is fascinating to browse through the shop, listening to the conversations and watching people spend money on items of jewellery, antique silverware, garments or one of a number of little items. If you are looking for inspiration you should get it here.

Tel: 011 728 1078

Europa Coffee Shop has also extended itself over the sidewalk. On most days there will be people sitting under the umbrellas enjoying a meal or a drink, whilst the rest of the world takes care of itself. It is wonderful to have such places where it is possible to relax outside instead of being hidden in the depths of a mall. They have some great staff and the food is good.

Tel 011 728 3720

Oaklands Farm Supply is another of the main draw cards. It was established over 40 years ago and is known for its quality and good selection. Although not overlarge it is well laid out and an attractive shop to enter. The produce always looks fresh and appealing. They also have a range of kosher products, and a large selection of fresh cut flowers, freshly squeezed juices and a salad bar. They will deliver fruit platters and gift baskets.

Tel: 011 728 3214

All in all this little shopping centre has great appeal and much to recommend it – including a good Postnet. It is compact so that no great distances are involved, and one can tick a number of items off the ‘to do’ list whilst treating oneself to a ‘little something’ or a bit more – especially at Tortellino D'Oro.


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What's on at Maropeng

November 6: Cooper’s Cave picnic
Maropeng and iHominin are offering budding palaeontologists a rare opportunity to explore a 1.5-million-year-old fossil site.

Cooper’s Cave, 1.2km from the famous Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg, is a relatively newly discovered fossil site, where several species of animals and a number of stone tools have been found.

The day’s activities include an interactive fossil and site talk, exploring a cave, a chance to look for fossils, and learning how to make stone tools.

This is a must-do for adults and children with an interest in palaeontology and archaeology. Remember to pack a hat, apply sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes – oh, and bring your camera!

The price is R350 per person and it includes a light picnic lunch. The tour will start at 09h00. This is a family event.

Please note, bookings can only be made online. Make a booking

Please note: bookings are confirmed once paid for in full and are not refundable within 72hrs of arrival.