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.

What Are You Looking For?

American
Comfort Food
Cafes
Italian
Mediterranean
Something Sweet
Pubs

American

Rockets Parkhurst

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).

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Hudsons Burgers

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.

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Comfort Food

CRAFT

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!

Visit CRAFT.

Cafés

Nice On 4th

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.

Visit Nice On 4th.

Espresso Caffé & Bistro

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.

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Bogetta Café

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.

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Italian

Casa Marani Italian Restaurant & Deli

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.

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Modena Italian Eatery

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.

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Mediterranean

Liban Café & Restaurant

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.

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Kolonaki Greek Kouzina

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.

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Something Sweet

Fab&Co

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.

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Pubs

Jolly Roger

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.

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Jolly Cool

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.

Visit Jolly Cool.

Over the past four years, Parkhurst has gone through a massive revamp with many cool new places that have popped up. Here's what's new to the hood. 

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Parkhurst was developed as a suburb in 1904, but it wasn't until 1938 that a couple of shops sprung up. In the 70s Parkhurst got its first antique store and others followed suit until it was dubbed "antique alley". But it was only in the mid-90s that this lovely little suburb saw its first coffee shop. This opened the floodgates for restaurants, cafes and delis to take over the area.

Shops

From the hair salon, Hair Traffic, to our favourite bookstore, Ricks Books, Parkhurst has something for everyone. There is also an array of small boutique clothing stores for ladies, and fashion houses such as Paul Smith and Desray can be found here.

Eat

Head to Parkhurst hungry and you'll leave stuffed with the best food on the planet. On 4th Avenue you will find restaurants such as Craft (known for their stellar milkshakes), Bottega Cafe (pretty chilled place serving Italian food), and Coobs (owned by one of our favourite bistro chefs, James Diack). Also be sure to check out the pizzas at Jolly Roger - half price Wednesdays and Sundays are the best, even though it gets super packed.

Art And Antiques 

Whether you are looking for that perfect painting to hang above your Bauhaus-inspired couch or wanting to add to your ceramic collection, Parkhurst has all of the above and more. There is a wide range of art galleries and dealers, such as the Cow Artworks and the Art Room, so you will most certainly find the quirk that tickles your fancy hidden somewhere along 4th Avenue.

By Shawn Greyling

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The Marco Polo offers electronic gambling and entertainment in a glamorous and sophisticated environment. The bars and restaurants are fully licensed and the gambling lounges provide for smoking and non-smoking areas. Denominations start from as little as 2c per game. There are a selection of over 40 games to choose from, ranging from old favourites such as Wolf Run, Coyote Moon and Triple Fortune Dragon, through to the very latest such as Jolly Roger, Secrets of the Forest and Red Rooster, in over 800 terminals in total across our various sites.

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