Parkhurst is bursting at the seams with restaurants that you most definitely need to add to your foodie bucket list. This trendy strip offers visitors and residents everything from great breakfasts to lazy brunches and amazing coffee hot spots to delightful dinners. There's sure to be something for all tastes, so be sure to take a walk down 4th Avenue to see what they have to offer, or take a short drive around the area to see what's on the menu.
Rockets Parkhurst is one of the busiest restaurants on the 4th Avenue strip over the weekends, so be sure to book your table in advance. They offer guests a fine selection of foods on their menu, ranging from pizza, pasta and steaks to tasty tapas, burgers, and sweet desserts. They even have a delicious selection of breakfasts and brunches to ensure you start off your day with a hearty and nutritious meal. And don't forget to take a gander through their wine and cocktail menus, offering everything from champagne and red and white wines to classic blends, mojitos and their selection of Rockets All Star cocktails. PS. The Rockets Starburst is amazing (a fusion of Bacardi, Smirnoff Vodka, Bubblegum and Orange).
For some of the best burgers in the city, visit Hudsons Burgers on the corner of 4th Avenue and 14th Street. Here, you can expect to get a mouthful of delicious, hearty and moreish American-style goodness! All of their ingredients are either locally sourced or made fresh daily. This includes their roasted garlic mayonnaise, onion marmalade and mint jalapeno salsa. But if you're craving something else, not to worry, their menu is jam-packed with other tasty musts such as pizzas, sliders, vegan mains (think nachos, infinity burgers and more), as well as sweet desserts and indulgent milkshakes.
Right on the corner of 4th Avenue and 13th Street, you'll find this gem of a restaurant. The hip and cool CRAFT Restaurant is an absolute must visit when you're visiting Parkhurst, whether it's for a night out on the town or a Saturday afternoon adventure. CRAFT is more than just a place to grab a bite to eat, it's a space that awakens your sense of nostalgia, comfort, happiness and belonging. Three things we love about this spot: the fact that they're dog-friendly; they have a great menu of comfort food; and they have the most epic dessert shakes we've ever seen! Be sure to order one of their gigantic dessert shakes. If that doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth, then nothing will!
Perfect for breakfasts, brunching, or lazy lunches with family and friends, Nice on 4th is just the café to visit when you're out and about in Parkhurst and need a bite to eat. They are well-known for their breakfast baskets and on-the-go coffees, making this spot the ideal place to start your morning on a good note. This also makes a lovely spot for a birthday party, decadent high tea or kitchen tea, and even a baby shower. Take a look at their menu and read through their selection of breakfasts and brunch dishes, light lunches, divine high tea treats and array of coffees. There's bound to be something for every taste.
Get your caffeine fix at Espresso Caffé & Bistro! Not only will you get one of the best cups of coffee here, but you can also pull up a seat at this pavement caffé and indulge in your choice of towering salads, exquisite cocktails and the wonderful ambiance. And a little secret: this spot is famous for their generous portions and secret sauces. Delicious brekkies are served from 09:00 until noon, and thereafter, enjoy your choice from their wide range of salads (trust us, you definitely want to try their salads), light meals, epic trademark dishes, pizzas and pastas, and Italian ciabatta creations.
Open early the morning for scrumptious breakfasts and closes late after the last person leaves after enjoying something delicious from the ever-changing chalkboard dinner menu, Bottega Café is just the spot if you're looking to get your Italian fix. Enjoy the lovely ambiance and savour the unassuming yet luscious food that speaks for itself. This is the ideal spot for romantic dinners for two, for viewing live sports, and perfect if you're looking to plan an special function to celebrate an anniversary, a baby shower, and engagement party, and more.
For fresh, authentic, and oh-so indulgent Italian, just the way Nonna would make it, Casa Marani Italian Restaurant & Deli is a must-visit. Excellent food, top quality local and imported ingredients, generous portions and great service at the core of Casa Marani. And if you're looking to take some of the Italian goodness home with you, they also offer a wide variety of the best imported Italian products and fresh, handmade cooking in the deli, all ready and waiting take home. This restaurant is well-known for their famous homemade pasta and lasagna dishes, and their delicious sauces.
Modena Italian Eatery brings a truly authentic Italian experience to the heart of Parkhurst! Pay them a visit and indulge in a wide selection of homemade pasta dishes, cheesy pizzas, hearty breakfasts, yummy risotto, decadent desserts and much more. It's the best in Italian, and best of all, you don't need to purchase a flight ticket to experience authenticity. There's sure to be something on their menu to please your taste buds.
Ever tried authentic Lebanese cuisine? If not, then this is a spot well worth visiting if you're looking to take your taste buds on a culinary journey to Lebanon without having to leave Johannesburg. Guests will enjoy the wide variety of delicious options that's on the menu, which includes schwarmas, kebabs, Kastaletta (lamb chops), burgers, seafood, and much more. And if you enjoy a little bit of hooka, they've also got a lovely selection of sheesha flavours for you to try.
In the mood for some traditional Mediterranean cuisine that's sure to delight your taste buds? Then head to the tempting meze kitchen, Kolonaki Greek Kouzina, for some of the best Greek and Mediterranean inspired cuisine in Parkhurst. This warm and welcoming restaurant offers guests fantastic hospitality and service, along with great food that's sure to have you coming back for more.
Fab&Co is just the spot if you're looking to grab a good breakfast or brunch with your loved ones. This lovely boutique eatery on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst specialises scrumptious breakfasts, small bowls and fabulous light lunches when you need to plan a long overdue gossip session with the girls. And to top it all off with something sweet and decadent, they also offer delicious Italian homemade artisan gelato, made on site, with fresh full cream milk. Talk about indulgent! Also, don't forget to grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee before you go or try their yummy Belgian waffles.
Looking for a great spot to hang out at after a long day at the office, along with a few ice cold ones and great grub? Then the Jolly Roger is just the place. This spot is one of the oldest pub hangouts on the 4th Avenue strip, offering guests everything from reasonably priced pizzas (which are absolutely delicious) and beer on tap, to live sports on the TV and amazing tunes from their Jukebox. The Jolly Roger is all about having a good time, meeting great folk and enjoy a relaxing night out on the town. Also, all customers can connect to their free Wi-Fi if you have some last minute paperwork to do before calling it a day.
And just across from the well-know pub, Jolly Roger, is this popular bar and restaurant, Jolly Cool! This is just the spot if you're looking to enjoy a fun night out with your mates, indulging in pizza, sipping on vibrant and tasty cocktails, and maybe even playing a few rounds of pool. You can also expect great music, live sports, burgers and pasta, and a pumping vibe. This spot is usually quite busy over the weekends, so if you're looking to get your hands on a table, be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
There’s one thing that comes to mind the moment we hear the name Social on Main, and that’s COCKTAILS! This trendy, hip and happening hangout in the heart of Bryanston offers one of the broadest selection of cocktails we’ve seen in a long time! Think frozen margaritas, refreshing jam jar concoctions, flavourful mojitos, ice-cold G&Ts, and of course, the wide array of craft beers, ciders, red and white wines and some bubbles. There’s something for all tastes – sweet, tart, bitter, crisp, light or strong.
This Cape Town favourite branched out to our beautiful city a few years ago and has become one of the most popular and coolest places to hangout in the city. Tiger's Milk offers a happy place for those looking to meet up with their mates or beat the peak-hour traffic with a draught or two. And if you’re looking for a cocktail, their selection is sure to tickle your taste buds. Take your pick from the selection of classics and virgin cocktails they have available or try something a little out of the ordinary.
Cedar Square: 010 286 1030 | [email protected] | Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Willow Avenue, Fourways, Johannesburg.
For cocktails inspired by classic literature, visit A Streetbar Named Desire in Parkwood. This tapas hot spot has three bars on-site, as well as a two-page long cocktail menu. Taking inspiration from Tennessee Williams' wicked personality and those of his delicate characters, their mixologists have crafted a variety of tantalising drinks. Try the Kindness of Strangers, with gin, lime juice, spiced rhubarb shrub, bitters and rhubarb stalk, for a back of the tongue tingling experience. Or, stick to the classics and order a Negroni - a delightful blend of Campari, gin and vermouth. Then, sit back and soak up the sensual charisma of the place.
Details: A Streetbar Named Desire | 011 268 6485 | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Unit 2 Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
We all know and love the Greenside Strip, and if it’s cocktails you’re after, then you need to make a stop at The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar. Their cocktail menu includes everything from the classics (Long Island Ice Tea, Cosmopolitan, Gin Martini and the Classic Vodka Martini, just to name a few) and artisan specialties (the Tequila Rosemary Slammer is a must-try) to jugs perfect for sharing (Rum & Raspberry for the win).
For sundowners re-imagined, be sure to visit Mix Cocktail Bar in the heart of in the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank. This is a great spot to grab a couple cocktail with your mates after a long day or week at the office, accompanied by amazing sunsets and a trendy vibe. They have a wide selection of interesting cocktail blends and combinations for your to choose from, all you have to do is decide which one you'd like to sip on or how daring you are to try something new.
Sin+Tax in Rosebank is the perfect spot for a nightcap. They offer visitors some of the best cocktails you could find in the city and take the mixology to a whole new level! It’s cool, classy, trendy and exudes a speakeasy vibe. With such an awesome setting comes the incredible and ever-changing menu of artisanal cocktails – TOTALLY worth the experience.
This stylish and upbeat little bar is a great spot if you’re looking to sip on interesting cocktails during happy hour. It offers a young and fun vibe, complete with awesome tunes, a choice of over 60 different cocktails and, of course, delicious meals in case you get a little hungry. Round off the weekend with a spot of dancing with their Salsa Sundays and if your usual Happy Hour is a little too short for your liking, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Happy Hour at Six Cocktail Bar is from 12:00 – 19:00 every day! And during Happy Hour, don’t miss their two-for-one cocktail special. Cheers to that!
Looking to get together with your friends for a gossip session over a few delectable cocktails? If you're in the Bedfordview area, then you need to grab a table at The Ivy Champagne Garden. Take your pick from their impressive selection of creative and delicious cocktails and grab a tasty bite to eat from their Afro-Asian menu filled with sushi, tapas, salads, poké bowls and so much more. As for cocktails, we absolutely love the Rooftop Hawaiian – Havana Club Rum, blue curacao, fresh pineapple and pina colada syrup – divine!
Cigars, sports on the big screen, wine and cocktails – what more do you need to help you unwind after a long and busy week at the office? If this sounds like just what you need to relax, then head to Indaba Hotel’s Siphuza Bar for a night on the town. They offer an array of wine and cocktails for your sipping pleasure, sporting action live on their screens, as well as a selection of cigars if you would like a little bit of a puff.
Billy’s is a bar and cocktail lounge which caters for a more mature scene. It has recently undergone a big revamp and has now come back better and more stylish than ever before! With a variety of over 60 different cocktails (they have it all!), American-style 200g beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from) and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down at the end of yet another crazy week. Sit and chill in the seated areas and socialise with friends or, if you feel like busting a move, there is a DJ playing the latest music – and you can make requests so you can dance to your favourite tunes.
This one is an oldie but still a goodie if you're in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a meal (they make a mean pizza), or grab a few drinks with your mates after work. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00. With reasonably priced food and drinks, what's not to like? Wash your pizza down with a chilled drink and enjoy!
Unwind, relax and indulge a little at the Blind Tiger in Parkview. This café offers delicious California-inspired cuisine as well as a delightful cocktail menu for you to sip and enjoy in their bar area or out in their outdoor terrace. Sip on your choice of classic cocktails and an interesting wine offering. As of September 2020, they're now open Monday to Thursday from 15:00 and Friday to Sunday from 12:00.
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