Buonissimo Deli Pizza

Pizza night, anyone? Buonissimo Deli Pizza in Modderfontein is back up and running, bringing Italian food lovers their favourite tummy-warming dishes for collection or delivery. Their handcrafted pizza bases are amazing - perfectly matured for a fluffy centre and crisp edges. In level 3 lockdown, their kitchen will be open until 8pm, so you have ample time to order your dinner and set the table for a night in. If you live within 5km, get ordering and show your support for their hardworking staff.

Details: Flamingo Shopping Centre, Cnr Queens St & Valley Rd, Modderfontein | (Tel) 011 608 3077 | [email protected]

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Mythos 

How about a little Mediterranean feast from one of Joburg's top Greek restaurants? Mythos at Bedford Centre is open for collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown. You may place your order by contacting the restaurant directly or via the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Mythos has guaranteed their customers that their kitchens are operating under strict health and safety protocols. They encourage you to avoid visiting their restaurants, however, and to opt for contactless delivery instead to ensure your well-being. Mythos is also offering delivery specials on some of their most popular menu items, including yiros, platters and pizza! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekly specials.

Details: Bedford Square, Cnr Van Der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 615 2271 / 011 517 2349

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Fireroom

While you may not be able to experience the flaming brilliance of Fireroom at home, you can still enjoy their one-of-a-kind dishes in lockdown. Their Bedfordview branch is offering the full Fireroom menu for delivery, including their signature sushi, poke bowls, dim sum, pizzas, pastas and an assortment of fine wines! Fireroom has opted to deliver using their own staff rather than employ a third party service. This not only keeps their staff in a job, but ensures the strictest hygiene standards are kept from their kitchen to your doorstep. Orders will be open between 11:30 - 17:00 daily, so make sure to place yours in good time.

Details: Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 465 0587

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Masala Indian Restaurant 

Need a little extra spice in your life? Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg is open for deliveries during level 3 lockdown. One of our resident foodie writers swears by their Paneer Palak and Butter Naan for cold winter nights in. Pair it with a bottle of Chardonnay from Masala's wine menu and you'll be set for the perfect night in. You can order directly from the restaurant or via the Mr Delivery app. Delivery within a 6km radius is free.

Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]

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The Victorian Secret 

We all need a sweet treat every now and then. Thankfully, The Victorian Secret in Benoni is open for delivery of their scrumptious bakery delights and select menu items. If you've never tried their macarons before, now's the time to do so. Available in an assortment of flavours, these moreish morsels are simply divine. You can also order custom birthday cakes and high tea kits to celebrate special occasions at home. Bakery items must be ordered a day in advance, while prepared meals should be ordered before 12 noon for same day delivery. Delivery is free around the Benoni area on orders over R400. If you live outside of the area, delivery will cost you R50, but it'll be worth the extra spend, trust us.

Details: 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929 | [email protected]

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For those of you who don't live in the East but are dying for restaurant food, check out these eateries delivering across the city. 

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!

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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.

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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!

Bedford Square is an open-air piazza and restaurant hub. This is the ideal spot for date night, family dinners or a mid-week movie treat at Ster Kinekor Cinemas. With the likes of Mythos, Lupa Osteria, Catch and Europa on the Square, this is where fine dining lives at Bedford Centre. There is also an outside play area for the kids, making it a hive of activity. However, there has always been one thing missing from this picture - gourmet coffee on the go!

On Friday, 6 December 2019, Bedford Centre announced their latest addition to the Square. Starbucks SA officially opened their doors over the first weekend of the holiday season. Situated between Ster Kinekor and Virgin Active, Starbucks brings a welcome change to the Square. Offering shoppers that much-needed pick-me-up and active gym bunnies their morning cuppa, Starbucks on the Square is sure to be a hit with young and old.

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Festive Cheer! 

We all know how tedious Christmas shopping can be. Take a load off at Starbucks on the Square this Christmas. Not only do they have four new delicious hot drinks to prep up your day, but they are offering great deals on merchandise and their signature brews.

Try out the new Toffee Nut, Vanilla Cardamom or Gingerbread Lattes or the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate in between shopping sprees this December at Starbucks. Classic espresso and steamed milk are infused with wintery spices and topped with whipped cream. Paired with any one of their yummy pastries, these drinks will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time! They come piping hot in adorable red, green and white Christmas cups. However, for the eco-conscious coffee connoisseurs out there, Starbucks also has a great deal on their reusable cups. Available for only *R29, this is a Christmas steal. Plus, you get R2 off each purchase every time you bring your cup back to Starbucks for reuse!

To welcome in their new customers, Starbucks on the Square have also stocked up on their signature vintage Christmas blend. This beloved brew, first scooped in 1984, is a Starbucks holiday tradition known for its full-bodied flavour that compliments nearly everything on your holiday table. What began with an original Christmas Blend has expanded to new varieties like Starbucks Reserve™ Christmas and Starbucks Christmas Blend Espresso Roast with fresh takes on the classic recipe and roast. Pick up a bag of these holiday blends at Starbucks on the Square and surprise a coffee lover this Christmas. Or, add it to your own stocking, we promise not to tell!

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For More Information

For more information about Starbucks at Bedford Square, follow Starbucks SA or Bedford Centre on Facebook. You can also visit their website at www.starbucks.co.za.

Details: Shop F2, Bedford Square, Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 010 020 8992 | [email protected]

The Mythos Myth

Mythos have been in the business of serving up authentic Greek cuisine since 2006. Never taking the term 'authentic' lightly, Mythos' Head Chef brings a wealth of family recipes to the table. She also insists on importing all her key ingredients directly from Greece. It is this dedication to excellence which has won Mythos Restaurants the Best of Joburg's Best Greek Restaurant award for five consecutive years.

Mythos has been a long-standing favourite at Bedford Centre. This eclectic, European-style restaurant piazza is the heart of the Bedford Centre Shopping Mall. Mythos' simple ethos of authenticity and tradition helps it stand out among the many vibrant eateries at Bedford Centre. Catering both to Bedfordview's large Greek community and to those of us who just love Greek food, Mythos is a home away from home. So, it was with sadness that we looked upon the bolted doors of our favourite Greek restaurant in the east a couple of months ago.

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However, it was all for the greater good. Mythos has now officially re-opened at Bedford Centre! With a stunningly upgraded dining section, new menu features and a gourmet gelato bar, this family restaurant has never looked better.

Tapas, Tradition and Tzatziki 

Mythos Bedford Square invited us to their official re-opening on Thursday, 19 September 2019. We opted to sit in their al fresco dining area for a bit of fresh air. Luckily, we could also see all the action going on from our table, live music, belly dancing and a buffet table which had everyone clamoring for more.

Mythos served up an array of their traditional Greek tapas, as well as a few main menu tasters. Needless to say, we filled our blue and white plates to the brim with deep fried squid heads, dolmades, falafel, keftethes, spanakopita, cheese croquettes, santorini halloumi, pita bread and Greek salad! Topped with the best tzatziki we have ever tasted and super smooth hummus, these tasty nibbles were a divine treat.

By the time we came back for mains, we were already well satisfied. Nevertheless, we had to sample the roast potatoes and lamb. We are utterly convinced that Greek chefs make the best roast potatoes of all the culinary masters in the world. Mythos did not prove us wrong. Hearty and crispy, with just enough seasoning, Mythos' roasties are a must-try. Of course, the lamb was cooked to perfection. Tender and sweet, it was the perfect way to round off our main meal.

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Between mains and dessert, Mythos unveiled a brand new feature that is sure to have old and new customers dancing with joy. Opa! Big Fat Greek Evenings are set to take over Mythos at Bedford Square on Saturday nights. With traditional Greek music and dance, plate breaking and belly dancing, these events promise to be an all out festivity of Greek culture. We were treated to a taste of these upcoming events, as skillful belly dancers enchanted diners with their sultry moves. Overall, the atmosphere of the entire evening was one of celebration and joy and we will certainly be returning for more.

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Dreamy Gelato

Finally, dessert was served, grandma's famous loukoumades, coated in syrupy honey, pecans and a dust of cinnamon. Mythos also opened their brand new Gelato Bar for service, offering a variety of rich and creamy ice cream. Unfortunately, we didn't have the stomach for these extra sweet desserts, but other guests seemed delighted by their sticky portions. In future we will definitely learn not to gorge on the feta cheese to keep space for pudding!

For more information

Visit their website for more information about the new Mythos look and menu features. You can also follow them on social media for event updates and specials:

Facebook - facebook.com/MythosGreekRestaurants

Instagram - instagram.com/mythos_greek_restaurants

Details: 011 615 2271 | Bedford Square, Bedford Centre, Cnr Van der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Chevy Lane

This American-style diner at Bedford Centre offers up delectable burgers, waffles, milkshakes and hot dogs. The garage theme encompasses cars, street signs, a petrol station and even a car crash scene. The venue features entertainment for all ages with a cigar bar for the grown ups and a jungle gym, arcade games and adjoining ice cream parlour for the kids.

Find more information here

Mama Taco

This Mexican fast food chain offers up a delicious variety of Mexican food including tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos and churros. Perhaps our favourite menu item, Mama Taco has a Build Your Own option. Patrons can choose their base of a taco, burrito, Muncho Bowl or nachos and stuff it their very own choice of grains, protein, veggies, cheese and salsa.

Find more information here

Kong Sing

This Chinese restaurant specialises in sushi and dim sum. Their menu has a wide variety of deliciously flavourful soups, chop suey, chow mein, curry, sweet and sour dishes, dim sum and sushi. We love their selection of desserts which includes deep fried ice cream, deep fried bananas, bow ties and crispy buns.

Find more information here

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Brooklyn Brothers

For gourmet burgers, dessert style milkshakes, crunchy chips, sticky ribs and perfectly cooked chicken wings, head to Brooklyn Brothers. This urban-style diner offers up dude-food that ladies can pig out on, too. Although, there is no actual pig as this establishment is Halaal certified.

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Calistos

With Portuguese flavours and flair, Calistos Bedford Centre offers all the scrumptious Portuguese classics. These include items like the Trinchado, Prawns, Rissoles, Piri-piri and Prego. But their menu also has some unique finds such as the Argentinian Steak, Chicken Schnitzel and Avocado Ritz. All this can be enjoyed with their fine selection of imported cognac, premium whiskey and cigars.

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Mythos

Deliciously prepared traditional Greek food can be found at this eatery. Mythos serves authentic pitas and dips, meze, souvlaki, yiro and all the other Greek food we've come to know and love. Their range of desserts, or glika, stands out from the crowd with the choices or loukoumades, baklava, rizogalo and kataifi.

Find more information here. 

Lupa Osteria

This Italian restaurant, named for the Roman Goddess, prepares mouthwatering meals consisting of antipasti, pasta, pizza and main meals. They also have a vegan menu with vegan pasta, pizza and dessert choices on offer. Their wine and liquor menu is extensive with many interesting and tasty cocktails.

Find more information here

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Salsa Mexican Grill

Bedford Centre has another Mexican offering, but in the form of a restaurant this time. Not only can you find tasty and spicy nachos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, platitos and fajitas, but you can also get craft gin, tequila and beer. Finish off your meal with a thick and creamy milkshake, available in six flavours.

Find more information here.

Banjaara

We complete our round-the-world trip at Bedford Centre with delectable North Indian cuisine. Bunny chow, tandoori breads, roti rolls, tandoori grills, briyani as well as chicken, vegetarian, seafood and lamb dishes grace the menu. Their meals are available in mild, medium or hot options and they are Halaal certified.

Find more information here.

PHMIC

We can't resist the sweeter side of life, and what's sweeter than Paul's Homemade Ice Cream? Bedford Centre is one of the few, if not the only, locations in the east where we can get a lick of these indulgent scoops. Favourite flavours include Passion Fruit and White Chocolate; Mint Chocolate Brownie; Vegan Strawberry; Chocolate, Nutella and Oreo and Birthday Cake.

Find more information here.

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Contact details: Bedford Centre | 011 622 1840 | Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview | [email protected] | http://www.bedfordcentre.com

To find more weird and wonderful things worth exploring at Bedford Centre, check out this nifty article.

Dining Out

Mythos

One of our favourite Greek eateries is tucked away at The Zone @ Rosebank. Mythos serves authentic Greek cuisine with ingredients imported from the country itself. Try the Veg Platter for an all-round Greek experience. The platter consists of grilled halloumi, black mushrooms, tiropita, spanakopita, dolmades, kalamata olives, falafels, keftethes, hummus and pita. Finish the meal with a decadent slice of Baklava Cheesecake for a sweet touch.

Contact details: 011 268 0916 / Shop Number: G07 / https://mythos.co.za

tashas

tashas offers simple food made with quality ingredients to create delectable meals worth remembering. Their menu features an array of options such as healthy and delicious breakfasts, light lunches and fulfilling drinks. The Roasted Hazelnut Latte, made with espresso, hot milk and hazelnut syrup, is the perfect drink for an August afternoon. Pair this with the Creamed Avo on Toast, with fennel, labneh, chives, pistachio and cucumber.

Contact details: 011 447 7972 / Shop Number: G28 / https://www.tashascafe.com

Piza ē Vino

For traditional Italian fare cooked with authentic methods, try Piza ē Vino. Menu items include fabulous pizza, delightful pasta and gourmet burgers. Spoil yourself with the Mozzarella Inpanata for starters, followed by the artichoke, cheese and mint stuffed Ravioli in cherry tomato and butter sauce. End the decadence with a vibrant slice of Limoncello Tart with mixed berry sauce, granadilla and toasted marshmallows.

Contact details: 011 447 6569 / Shop Number: G2-4 / http://pizaevino.co.za

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After Dinner

Ice Cream

If the desserts at these restaurants don't spark your appetite, then head over to one of the many ice cream parlours at The Zone @ Rosebank for a sweet treat. Get gloriously sugary ice cream tacos at Paul's Homemade Ice Cream, airy bubble waffles at Plan B Dessertery and mouthwatering sorbets at Häagen-Dazs. These creameries offer ice cream that is so good, you won't need the extra garnishes. Click here to find out more.

The Patisserie

For the ultimate indulgence, whether before or after dinner, head over to The Patisserie. This bakery creates the finest confectionery from quality and fresh ingredients. Experience a taste of Paris with their breakfasts, high teas and baked treats. Their macarons and red velvet cupcakes are famous on the foodie scene. But we suggest getting yourself one of their packed gift boxes, to try a wide variety of their luscious goods. Go on, you deserve it.

Contact details: 011 268 1304 / Shop Number: EG08 / http://www.thepatisserie.co.za

Coffee

Nothing ends off dinner quite as nicely as a rich and bitter cup of coffee, especially after a sweet dessert. The Zone @ Rosebank offers several coffee shops, serving up some of the best java on offer in Joburg. Coffee shops here, besides the aforementioned restaurants, include Motherland Coffee Company, Father Coffee and Starbucks. Click here to find out more about the fantastic brews offered at this mall.

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Entertainment

Movies

For a romantic or fun family night out, head to the movies. The Zone @ Rosebank is home to Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau. Watch the latest in family, animated, thriller, horror, romantic comedy, comedy and drama on the big screen in either 2D or 3D. Or catch more artsy films and live screenings of theatre shows at their Cinema Nouveau.

Contact details: 087 809 1706 / Shop Number: 2F01 / https://www.sterkinekor.com

City Sightseeing

Experience the most fascinating points of interest in Joburg with City Sightseeing. Meet up at The Zone @ Rosebank, then spend the day exploring the city on the big red bus. Places you'll get to see include Constitution Hill, Zoo Lake, the Military Museum, Carlton Centre and the Johannesburg Zoo. You can also choose to extend your trip to a two day tour or have a two hour pit stop in Soweto to explore this unique town with a local guide.

Contact details: 081 744 4491 / Shop Number: KI04 / https://www.citysightseeing.co.za

The Fun Company

This popular fun zone features Spin Zone Bumper Cars with LED lights, comfortable seating, seat belts and the spin feature. They also offer the immersive 4D Theatre which creates a unique sensory experience with the vibrations, water spray, bubbles and smells. Other activities offered are Glow Mini-Golf, Tenpin Bowling, Arcade Games, and a Sports Bar.

Contact details: 011 447 4099 / Shop Number: FF20 / http://www.thefuncompany.co.za

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The Zone @ Rosebank contact details: 011 537 3800 / 177 Oxford Street, Rosebank / [email protected] / https://thezoneatrosebank.co.za

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Dining Out

Chevy Lane

The scene at this American-style restaurant is set with vintage cars, street signs and diner style seating. This one-of-a-kind eatery is the ultimate spot to grab a gourmet burger, delectable milkshake, yummy desserts and a few retro Instagram shots.

Find more information here.

Lupa Osteria

Lupa Osteria is an authentic Italian restaurant offering mouthwatering pizza, pasta, antipasti and truly scrumptious Italian desserts. Their menu also includes vegan antipasti, pizza, pasta and desserts. This is the place to be if you want to experience genuine Italian fare made with traditional methods.

Find more information here.

Mythos

Voted Best Greek Restaurant by Best of Joburg, Mythos serves up some of the best meze, souvlaki and yiros in Joburg. With a decadent range of Glika Desserts including Rizagalo, Loukoumades, Baklava, Kataifi and Baklava Cheesecake, this eatery is sure to be a hit with any sweet tooth.

Find more information here.

Salsa Mexican Grill

America, Italian, Greek and now Mexican. Bedford Centre truly offers a round the world cuisine experience. Mexican cuisine featured here include sumptuous quesadillas, burritos, tacos, nachos, platitos, ensaladas and churros. They also offer a wide array of craft tequila which includes The Reaper HP22B, a chilli tequila that's so spicy, you'll need to sign a disclaimer before trying it.

Find more information here.

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Retail Therapy

The Tea and Coffee Emporium

Get all your coffee and tea needs including ground coffee, coffee beans, coffee capsules, coffee machines, coffee grinders, milk frothers, tea infusers, tea pots, black tea, herbal tea, green tea, loose tea, hot chocolate and syrups at this emporium.

Find more information here.

1959

This store specialises in all types, shapes, sizes, flavours and colours of sweets. Visit this store to find a wide selection of Lindt, Tolberone and giant M&M chocolates. You can also get new and interesting cool drinks, unique jelly beans, tough wine gums, sticky marshmallow fluff, minty gum and boxed truffles for that special someone.

Find more information here.

Plains Trains and Automobiles

This specialised hobby store offers service and repairs to remote controlled airplanes, cars and boats. This is a paradise for die-hard collectors with a passion for diecast, plane, train, car and boat models, whether they are starting out or have been at the game for years.

Find more information here.

Heroes of Games and Comics

Besides the huge and well-stocked Exclusive Books, Bedford Centre is also home to a comic book store. Heroes of Games and Comics offers everything from graphic novels and manga to trading cards and super hero collectibles. Whether you're team Marvel, team DC or altogether prefer Dark Horse, this is the place to find the next item of your collection.

Find more information here.

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Entertain Me

Movies

Bedford Centre offers not one, but two cinemas, Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor. The Ster-Kinekor theatre offers six screens, all making use of the latest technology to showcase the best entertainment for audiences. The Nu Metro cineplex offers luxurious viewings with the leather recliners, bar, VIP lounge and à la carte menu.

Find out more about Ster-Kinekor here and Nu Metro here.

Artjamming

Have fun painting the town red at Artjamming. Choose from 12 different canvas sizes and spend hours painting, sponging and spraying with any of the 45 available colours. And the best part, you don't have to spend hours cleaning paint off clothes, the floor and brushes.

Find more information here.

Blue Ocean

This virtual reality arcade has the latest technology and games, with a 3 x 4 m green gaming area, headset and two motion controllers. Have a blast experiencing something new in an alternate reality and finally learn what all the virtual reality fuss is about.

Find more information here.

Gravity

Gravity is a fun and interactive jumping park with wall-to-wall, floor level trampolines. Children, parents, adults, friends and family can all spend an exhilarating day jumping off that extra energy. You'll have so much fun, you won't even notice those calories burning off.

Find more information here.

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Contact details: 011 622 1840 / Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview / [email protected] / http://bedfordcentre.com

Mezepoli

This Greek eatery is based in the popular mixed-use precinct of Melrose Arch. They specialise in Mediterranean fare perfectly paired with sweet wines. Their menu boasts a wide selection of olives, cheeses, dips, salads, seafood, vegetarian and meat options. But it is their yiros that keep us coming back for more. Their yiros come in several options, but the halloumi version is a favourite. The cheese is crispy and golden and somehow more flavourful than regular halloumi. It is served with the creamiest tzatziki and a lovely array of fresh ingredients adding the perfect crunch.

Find more information here.

Zorbas Taverna

This little eatery is tucked away in the heart of Boksburg, down Northrand Road. They are a small family-owned business that makes great Greek food. What is great about this restaurant is that they have Greek Evenings featuring music, dance and, of course, plate breaking. What would any Greek night be without a bit of plate breaking? For those less destructive than us, the food is reason enough to visit. Their yiros are available in beef, kefte (meatballs), lamb, pork, sheftalia (pork kebabs), chicken, calamari, squid, halloumi or feta and falafel. Pro tip - when in doubt, go for the chicken. This succulent spiced chicken will always be a winner. And delicious. If you're up for it, try their Greek coffee. But be warned, this miracle drink is not for everyone.

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Plaka

This restaurant has several locations throughout Joburg. They offer Greek specialty food that will make you feel like you're on the white sandy beaches of Greece. Their selection of olives and feta options are definitely worth a try. Their yiro comes in one option - beef, but they do it well. Fresh bread stuffed with tender cuts of marinated beef, followed by the slight crunch of the vegetables, all coming together with a scrumptious sauce. Yum!

Find more information here.

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Mythos

Mythos is one of the largest and most popular Greek restaurants in Joburg with eight locations in all four corners of our city. They offer authentic Greek cuisine such as souvlaki, meze and, of course, yiros. They have a variety of yiros including chicken, halloumi and beef. The Chicken & Halloumi yiro is a must try, as it combines the best of both worlds - meat and cheese. The yiros are served with tzatziki, tomato and red onion. Just be sure to try a slice of their sweet and rich Baklava Cheesecake before you leave.

Find more information here.

Nikos

Nikos also has several locations scattered across Joburg. Their menu, though small, is filled with ample choices from meze to desserts. Out of all the places on this list, their yiro options are the most extensive with 13 choices in chicken, beef, pork, lamb and vegetarian. We can't recommend any particular yiro, we rather suggest you try them all and pick your favourite. This way, you'll get a chance to try their meats, vegetables and dips as well as all the combinations of the three.

Find more information here.

Dominique's Café

This café is located in Cresta Shopping Centre in the northern suburbs. Their menu is stacked with plentiful options from stuffed waffles to gourmet sandwiches. None of these items are yiros though. What they do have are zivas, which are naan-like flat breads folded around delectable stuffings. In essence, a ziva is a yiro. Or at least they're similar enough to warrant a ziva making this list. They have a few options to choose from but the Halloumi, Avo and Tomato Ziva is close to the best thing since sliced bread. If Greek food is lacking anything, it's the creaminess of fresh avocado. This ziva brings the lusciousness of avocado to the almost perfect yiro, giving us perfection.

Find more information here.

 

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Where To Shop In Bedfordview 

Bedford Centre

Bedford Centre is the place to be and to be seen. It's one of Johannesburg’s premier fashion and shopping destinations. Situated in the heart of Bedfordview, it offers its discerning shoppers a unique, elegant, European-inspired shopping, living, working and dining experience. Always with its finger on the pulse, Bedford Centre constantly meets the demands of its clients. They achieve this by continuously enhancing their ever-growing collection of luxury brands and offering unique campaigns tailored to fashion aficionados.

Eastgate

Situated near Bedford Gardens, Eastgate is a super mall. Packed with one of the most beautiful food courts (as far as malls go). Their wide range of retail outlets and entertainment facilities also cater for the whole family. If there's something you're looking for, you'll find it here. Eastgate boasts 122 000m² of shopping delight. The recent revamp of the mall's façade adds to the luxe environment of Bedfordview.

Village View

Village View Shopping Centre is stylish and trendy. Located in the heart of Bedfordview on the corner of Kloof and Van Buuren Roads. This centre boasts hand-picked tenants, selected for their attention to detail and uncompromising quality. Stores include Woolworths Food, a wide range of stunning boutiques and a delectable range of restaurants like Tashas, Pigalle, Rodizio, as well as Turn 'n Tender.

Where To Eat In Bedfordview

Brunch

Fournos

Nestled inside Bedford Centre, Fournos is one of Jozi's most trusted and praised bakeries and breakfast spots. Poached eggs served with salmon, croissants stuffed to the max and build-your-own breakfast buffets are just a few of things that are going on here.

View Cafe

Quite a popular brunch spot, View Cafe has invested an ample amount of time into working with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavour and soul. All of this work shines through in their food. Beyond the presentation of their infamous continental breakfast, View Cafe is a beautifully decorated venue. It's one of those places that looks like it's been frozen in spring all year round.

Dinner

Pigale

Pigalle Bedfordview serves exceptional seafood, meat and poultry dishes with a focus on Portuguese cuisine. They place a strong emphasis on personalised silver service with the intention of creating an unforgettable fine dining experience. Surf 'n turf is the name of the game at Pigalle. They are also your one-stop shop for all things bubbly. With an extensive list of MCCs and champagnes, you're in for a treat.

Mythos

Bedfordview is known for its Greek community. Thats' why Greek family restaurant Mythos, finds itself at home here, despite its distance from the Mediterranean. Built on authentic family recipes all the way from Mykonos to Mikines, Mythos is the place to get your fix of dolmades, spanokopetas and koftas.

Vini's

Imagine pizza and pasta like from the old country, the kind Don Corleone would be proud of. Vini's has a wide selection for those hearty meat eaters, vegetarians and those with a sweet tooth. They indulge in keeping some old-time favourites on their menu and include new dishes to titillate the taste buds. Taking inspiration from seasonal vegetables, fruits and meats, Vini's takes great care in the presentation and flavour of their dishes.

Where To Sleep

B&B's

Munday Bed & Breakfast
The Munday is perfectly situated in a tranquil up-market residential estate in Bedfordview.v The only entrance to this peaceful estate is through three controlled, boomed-off gates with CCTV cameras. It's also guarded 24 hours, creating a peaceful environment.

Hallbury Estate

Located in the quiet suburb of Morninghill, Bedfordview is Hallbury Estate's . Their distinctive contemporary styling, coupled with exceptional levels of service, safety and facilities have made them the venue of choice for guests seeking a comfortable home-away-from-home experience.

Hotels

Mercure Bedfordview

The Mercure Johannesburg Bedfordview is an affordable hotel with 120 air-conditioned rooms and apartments. Unlimited WIFI is available to guests throughout the whole building, and there are three boardrooms and a self-service business centre for your convenience. Guests can lounge on the terrace or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Grab a drink at the bar before heading down to their restaurant, which serves an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Situated opposite Eastgate, the hotel is a central place to hang your hat.

Garden Court Eastgate

Situated 15 minutes from O. R. Tambo International Airport, Garden Court Eastgate is an ideal base of operation for any visiting businessperson or adventurer. The hotel’s 157 en-suite rooms offer a range of amenities, including air conditioning, free WIFI, an electronic safe, a writing desk and 18-hour room service. Rooms include double or queen size beds, ensuring maximum comfort and relaxation. The subtle contemporary decor throughout the hotel enhances your sense of comfort from the moment you arrive.

By Shawn Greyling

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