Amadeus Mozart. Stevie Wonder. Judit Polgár. Child prodigies have the ability to impact the world around them in a big way. Chefs Lisa De Beer and Darren O’Donovan are just that. Their combined resumes are proof of just that: extroardinary talent at a young age is quite possible. Their time spent at Cube Tasting Kitchen, Aurum and Est Est Alea just adds to their abilities in the kitchen. To make matters even more interesting, is that Mitchel Du Plessis of Est Est Alea has been thrown into the mix as chef de cuisine.

Above and beyond the fact that the team is quite young and promising, Embarc Restaurant was planned and set up during the most troubling of time: the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. What worked in the restaurant's favour was that rental prices in Parkhurst, where the restaurant is situated, dropped drastically. Another bittersweet thing that worked in their favour was being able to purchase kitchen equipment from other restaurants that unfortunately had to shut down.

We could pick up a lot of kitchen equipment at great prices, but it’s been a massive concern looking at where people sit financially … we’ve taken a risk and believe that because it’s a small restaurant and we have a loyal following that people will come out to support, and we’ve been fortunate in that we’ve been full since we opened.

Embarc Restaurant

The menu boasts the chefs' histories, bringing out their individual flare into a single combined offering. Each dish is a work of art. In Lisa’s words: “It’s contemporary dining – high-end but unpretentious.” What makes the menu unique is that diners can have each main entree as a starter portion at half price, allowing them to create their own five- or seven-course tasting menu.

There are no wrong choices when it comes to Embarc Restaurant's menu. Standouts include prawns wrapped in pastry and deep-fried, served with aerated creamed tom yum with a lime, mirin and soya gel and orange and pickled ginger mayonnaise. Another top choice is the beer and beef: carpaccio of beer-cured sirloin, cold-smoked, seared and shaved and served with a beer reduction dressing, a sprinkling of popped sorghum (the root of umqombothi) for crunch and a sprinkle of parmigiano reggiano and yeasted mayonnaise.

From the main menu, the parmesan and onion risotto: caramelised onions are folded through the risotto along with an onion stock and served with crunchy onions, onion seeds, onion cream, pine nuts, parmesan and truffle shavings.

Embarc Restaurant

Embarc Restaurant opened its doors on 18 November 2020 and can seat 30+ guests, making it an incredibly intimate dining experience. This is exactly what the team is going for: to build a band of loyal and regular visitors. You should become part of that following.


Address: 34 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Randburg, 2193, South Africa



Contact No: 081 848 6480

Trading Hours:

Let's get cracking and introduce you to our ten favourite butchers in Joburg (and an honorable mention in Pretoria).

Meat Empire – Benoni

Meat Empire offers spit braais as well as meat specials and packages for when you just need to beef up your supply. They've got a range of mixed meat hampers that include lean mince, pork chops, lamb chops, stew beef, steak, wors and chicken ... so why not head to Benoni and stock up now?

For more information, click here.

Braeside Butchery – Parkhurst

For the best free-range and grass-fed meat, money can buy, head down to the Braeside Butchery in Parkhurst and buy up great quality veal, lamb, beef, bacon and boerewors ... they have everything! Their beef is lean, their veal is tender and their lamb, succulent!

For more information, click here.

The Butcher Shop and Grill  Sandton

Cutting steak, chops and leg of lamb to your order, the Butcher Shop and Grill in Nelson Mandela Square offers you a great selection of cuts from their finest quality meats, whether you want pork, beef, lamb, chicken and even fish from their deli. And, if you wish, sit down and order yourself a juicy steak at their restaurant! The Butcher Shop and Grill won us over and earns its spot as one of the best butchers In Joburg.

For more information, click here.

Country Meat  Fourways

This wholesale family butcher and deli in Fourways brings out the freshest and best quality meats straight from their farm and abattoir. Choose from their fresh cuts of beef, lamb and pork, portioned and packed to your requirements. All their meat is brine-free and, since they grow their own animal feed, the meat is also GMO-free.

For more information, click here.

Sloane Meat Market  Bryanston

For some of the best biltong in town, your favourite cuts of lamb and beef, poultry and spit braai catering, visit Sloane Meat Market and see what they have on offer! There is a huge selection of prime cut and quality meats to choose from, no matter what you are planning on preparing for dinner. And be sure to check out their bulk specials! Sloane Meat Market is one of the most legendary butchers in Joburg - give them a try.

For more information, click here.

Meat Etc.  Benmore

Pick up some great and affordable braai packs from Meat Etc. before your next get together with friends for the rugby. They have a range of specials that'll cater to every meat lover (and budget) out there! They've got it all, from chicken sosaties and steaks to boerewors and everything in-between!

17, 19 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Rembrandt Butchery  Linden

For all your braaiing needs, stock up on Rembrandt Butchery in Linden's delicious boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, and their legendary and moreish biltong! They have a great selection of fresh red meat to choose from and free-range chicken, too. Rembrandt is one of our favourite Butchers In Joburg for sure!

For more information, click here.

Meat On Grant – Norwood

This traditional family butcher and deli has it all. Stock up on the finest beef, pork, mutton, lamb, chicken and venison from this little spot in Norwood. For your biltong treats for rugby season, be sure to check out what they have on offer. They also offer spit braai hire and services.

For more information, click here.

Alma German Butchery – Murrayfield, Pretoria (Honourable Mention)

Looking for some of the finest authentic German meats in town? Then why not head down to Alma Butchery and check out their extensive range of meats, fine brawns, liver pates, and terrines? Alma Butchery is also said to have the best smoked eisbein ... try it for yourself!

Details: Corner of and, Rossouw St &, Natalie Ave, Pretoria

Gourmet Butcher – Online

If you're all about being healthy, order the healthiest type of meat you can find  grass-fed, free-range – from Gourmet Butcher. And the best part is that you don't even have to get up from the couch to place your order! If you're on the lookout for more than meat, they also offer a range of ready-made meals such as creamed spinach and cottage pie ... sounds like they'd both work pretty well with a nice, juicy fillet steak if you ask me!

For more information, click here.

Butchers In Joburg

By Kim Brown

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Situated in Joburg's most popular culinary strip, 4th Avenue Parkhurst, The Station opened its doors to the public in mid-November. Modeled after the legendary London Underground tube travel network, the restaurant started out as a lovely little bistro and bar in Bree Street, Cape Town. With the formal introduction out of the way, let's dive right into it, shall we?

The Station

A Little Bit Of London In Joburg

Founded by Neil Basel, The Station is inspired by London style living, complete with decor and design that would make any Brit feel at home. The theme is inspired by the colours, sights and sounds that the London Underground has to offer. The decor features the trademark Underground seating and a station map. There’s also a red telephone booth and even speakers in the bathroom playing the sounds of the Underground.

It's More than Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas At The Station

It's been said that British food is quite bland and as exciting as eel pie sounds, we'll give it a skip. Fortunately for us, the menu at The Station in Parkhurst sings like the Sex Pistols and we're loving it. If you dig spicy food then you're in for a treat!  We recommend that you start off with the London Hot Eye Beef Pan which consists of cubed sirloin in a creamy peri-peri sauce, served with in-house baked ciabatta.

Moving on to the all-important mains, add a bit of classic UK flair, we recommend that you hook yourself up with a delicious Kingsley Kebab! Yup, there's chicken or beef (or both!), and comes served with tzatziki, hummus, a spicy tomato salsa, and a lekker slice of freshly made pita bread. Give the Chicken Kiev, drenched in Parmesan and truffle mushroom sauce, a go - it's winner times ten... just like The Station!

The Station

150 Gins At The Station

Yup, you read that correctly - a whole 150 of them. The Station’s gin menu, which offers visitors the chance to DIY their own G&T - from brand to botanicals, the sky's the limit.

Above and beyond the impressive gin selection, The Station also offers a massive cocktail menu as well as a collection of local and international beers and ciders... and we're sure if you ask nicely they'll serve your beer at room temperature like a real Englishman would prefer.

More Information

Do yourself a favour and stay up to date with what The Station has to offer by following them on Facebook and Instagram.


Phone: +27 87 808 4793

Address: 24 4th Ave & 10th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

Trading Hours

Thursday 11am–11:30pm
Friday 11am–11:30pm
Saturday 11am–11:30pm
Sunday 11am–11:30pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–11:30pm
Wednesday 11am–11:30pm

Vovo Telo, Lonehill

Head to Vovo Telo in Lonehill for their take on freshly baked bread, rich coffee and truly yummy confectionery and pastries. While snacking on these delights, sit outside with your pooch and enjoy the fresh air. Sip on a Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Shake while your dog enjoys a bowl of Vovo Telo's finest water of the day. Just be sure to grab a loaf of bread to take home before you leave.

Contact details: 011 024 2233 | Shop LL42, Lonehill Shopping Centre, 22 Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill | [email protected] |

Salvation Café, Milpark

There are few places as ideal for spending an afternoon with your pup than Salvation Café. Here, you and your furry friend can spend a lazy afternoon in the leafy courtyard. Tuck into the Salvation Gourmet Burger, with beef, bacon, caramalised onion, guacamole and local cheddar. Finish off your indulgence with the famed New York Cheesecake served with berry coulis.

Contact details: 011 482 7795 | 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg | [email protected] |

Walkhaven Dog Park, Zwartkop

Walkhaven Dog Park in Zwartkop is the perfect place to spend some much needed time with your furball. The 22 hectares offers plenty of space for the dogs to run, play and burn off some excess energy. You can pack a picnic full of treats for you and the pooch or even have a braai. If you're too hungry to cook your own food after all the fun, then head to The Walkhaven Kitchen and grab a cheesy pizza instead.

Contact details: 071 212 9955 | Plot 77, Walkhaven Farm, Zwartkop

Royal Coffee Roasters, Edenvale

If you need a caffeine fix before, during or after a long walk with your furbaby, stop by at Royal Coffee Roasters at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. Sip on a cup of expertly prepared coffee alongside a decadent red velvet cake while you and your pooch enjoy the sights and scenes of the busy Vale. This is a great spot for you and your pooch to relax before tackling a hike through the avenues.

Contact details: 011 452 2751 | No 1 Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Park, Edenvale | [email protected] |

Nice on 4th, Parkhurst 

For an impeccable breakfast with your dog, visit Nice on 4th. The home of good breakfast, this restaurant offers a variety of must-try delicious early morning eats. Options include the famous breakfast baskets, breakfast bunny chow and crumbly croissants. There's no better start to the day than with good food, strong coffee and a lovable fur ball at your feet.

Contact details: 011 788 6286 | 37 4th Ave, Cnr 14th street, Parkhurst | [email protected] |

Voodoo Lily Café, Birdhaven 

Situated in Birdhaven, Voodoo Lily Café is the ultimate place to stop by for a light nibble with your dog. Not only do they offer a divine selection of breakfast, small plates, sandwiches, salads, burger, sushi and desserts, they also have yummy options for your pooch. Dogs can choose between chicken breasts, chicken livers and doggy biscuits, while you dine on a mouthwatering Tuna Melt.

Contact details: 011 442 6965 | 64 St Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Milkbar, Parkmore

As the most popular hangout in Parkmore – from Friday after-work drinks to long lazy weekend lunches – Milk Bar is also a dog-friendly restaurant in Johannesburg. Provided they’re well-mannered and on a leash, they can join you for an afternoon beer and burger in the sun.

Contact details: 083 282 3758 | Holt St, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196 | [email protected]

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Arbour Café, Birdhaven

Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the north? No sweat! Arbour Café, located right next to Voodoo Lily Café, offers a French take on dining out with your beloved dog. Visit this establishment and taste their Crispy Duck Confit and five-spice cherry sauce, with your best friend at your side. Your buddy can enjoy the fresh air and all the attention from passersby while you get in some much-needed French comforts.

Contact details: 011 788 4111 | Corner St Andrew St and Wrenrose Ave, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | [email protected] |

The Usual On Grant, Norwood 

If you happen to be in Norwood, pop into The Usual On Grant. There is nothing ordinary about this restaurant, despite the name. Sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with your furry friend. Refresh yourself after a long stroll with a well-deserved milkshake. Choose between Vanilla Cookies, Peppermint Crush, Caramel Crunch and Mixed Chocolate and Nut while your dog makes new friends.

Contact details: 011 483 0799 | 66 Grant Avenue, corner Nellie Road, Orange Grove, Norwood


Delta Café, Craighall Park

If you're dining out with your family, dogs included, there is no better spot than Delta Café. At this eatery, dogs can laze about on the green lawn while the kids go wild playing on the jungle gyms. While the furry and non-furry kids burn off their extra energy, you can take a break and enjoy a chilled glass of wine or even sneak in a slice of chocolate cake.

Contact details: 010 900 3850 | 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Pizza Del Forno, Benoni

Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the east? Benoni has become a new go-to suburb for entertainment, dining and spending time with your beloved dog. Dine outdoors under the shade of the umbrellas at Pizza Del Forno in Farrarmere. While Rover tucks into a bowl of refreshing water, you can feast on your choice of traditional pasta or gourmet pizza. But be warned, Farrarmere is a dog-loving neighbourhood and there may be a chorus of "Ooh, he's so cute".

Contact details: 011 849 5870 | Farrarmere Shopping Centre, 20 Sheridan Rd, Cnr Bayley Road, Farrarmere, Benoni | [email protected] |


Do you know of any other dog-friendly restaurants in the city? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

La Parada Comes To Parkhurst!

After the successful launch of their Waterfall Corner restaurant, La Parada has now opened their newest branch in the ambient and trendy hub of Parkhurst Square!

La Parada Parkhurst

Image provided by La Parada Parkhurst.

Well known for their unique blend of traditional Spanish-style tapas and good times, the La Parada restaurants have somewhat of a cult following amongst discerning young professionals looking for elegant casual dining, to have a few drinks, and let their hair down. Of course, there’s no better place to have a good time than in Parkhurst.

La Parada Parkhurst

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On weekends, Parkhurst's 4th Avenue strip comes alive with well-heeled revellers looking for a place to shake off the stress of the week, and the new the brand-new restaurant couldn’t fit in more perfectly.

New Spot, New Menu!

The restaurant's much-loved sharing philosophy remains, but this new spot has a somewhat revamped menu. “We’ve moved away from traditional Spanish tapas,” explains Sian, the NPD Chef & Quality Manager. “We’ve kept the concept of small plates built for sharing, but we’ve tried to elevate the level of elegance and quality. The menu is focused on serving fresh seasonal dishes, where we have added new and unique tapas only served at Parkhurst. These dishes are prepared simply and plated. We have also incorporated new edgy cocktail offerings to our list of alcohol beverages.

person drinking a cocktail at restaurant

Image provided by La Parada Parkhurst.

We’re thrilled to see a brand, we at Life & Brand Portfolio hold so close to our hearts, expand into iconic locations like 4th Avenue, Parkhurst and the excitement people express when they see our logo go up at the front of the store. The brand might have been born in Cape Town, but we can’t wait to show Jozi what La Parada is all about” says Life and Brand Gauteng Regional Manager, Jason Wilkins.

people eating at stylish restaurant

Image provided by La Parada Parkhurst.

For More Information

For more information, visit

You can also contact the Parkhurst restaurant on [email protected] or 010 035 6894 for bookings.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news, offerings and information about their restaurants.

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Whether you’ll be visiting Parkhurst for business or leisure, this suburb offers a handful of accommodation options to suit your needs, occasion and budget, all within close proximity to bustling business hubs and the popular 4th Avenue strip. Keep reading to find the perfect home away from home.

What Are You Looking For? 

Cottages & Guest Houses


Although there are no hotels in the little suburb of Parkhurst, neighbouring suburbs do offer various options for you to take a look at if you'd be happy with staying within close proximity to the area. To find out where you can book a room at a hotel nearby, click on your desired suburb below:

Cottages & Guest Houses

A Spacious Cottage in Parkhurst

This spacious cottage in Parkhurst offers travelers accommodation that's close to the bustling strip of 4th Avenue, as well as all the exciting retail hubs and business centres in neighbouring areas. Enjoy their lovely garden and free Wi-Fi throughout the property, as well as free private parking. There's also family rooms and a braai area if you're looking to unwind and relax after a long day attending business meetings within the city. All rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a shower and free toiletries.

Click here to find out more.

House Number 57

Ideally situated only a few kilometres away from the Rosebank and Sandton CBD, House Number 57 on 9th Street is the perfect accommodation solution. This house comprises of three en-suite guest rooms each fitted with either a double or queen size bed, and some feature two single beds. There is a communal lounge and dining room area, and if you're looking to enjoy your meals outside, there's also a patio which overlooks the pool. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and secure parking.

Click here to fins out more.

Abbott's in Parkhurst

Looking for something that's self-catering? Why not book a stay at Abbott's in Parkhurst? Located on 3rd Street, this flatlet offers the ideal accommodation if you're looking to be within walking distance of the trendy, vibrant and vibey 4th Avenue. The flatlet includes a large upstairs double bedroom with queen bed, a comfortable seating area, TV with DSTv, Wi-Fi, a full bathroom with shower and bath, full kitchen, as well as a work-from-home office below the bedroom with spacious desk working space.

Click here to find out more.


Looking for accommodation that'll fit right in with your budget while also being central to all of the entertainment, restaurants and exciting retail destinations available in Parkhurst and along 4th Avenue? Click here to see what AirBnB has to offer in the suburb of Parkhurst. There's something to suit every budget, style and need, whether you're visiting on business or leisure.

Click here to view accommodation offers on AirBnB.

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From an exciting cinema experience to plenty of art galleries and more, Parkhurst is just the place if you're looking to enjoy something unique and out of the ordinary. There's sure to be something for all ages, all you have to do is pop in for a visit and explore this suburb for your self.

What Are Your Looking For?

Recreational Activities
Art Galleries


Egrek Cinema

In the mood for a movie but don't want to visit one of the overcrowded cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek is an independent 30-seat cinema offering high quality projection, surround sound and comfortable seats, perfect for screening the latest movies. This is an interesting and a beautiful cinema experience you don't want to miss. Visit Egrek Cinema's website to see what's currently showing on their big screen.

Visit Egrek Cinema.


Verity Park

Whether you're looking to enjoy some fresh air, walk the dogs, or get in some exercise after a long day at the office, guests and residents can visit Verity Park on 6th Avenue. This is a little green space where you can just escape the rush of everyday life and reconnect with nature for a little bit. Other than being a lovely outdoor area to take the dogs, get active and socialise with family and friends, it also offers a playground equipment to keep the kids entertained and some benches if you just want to relax and take in all the sights and sounds of the park.

Visit Verity Park.


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Recreational Activities

Parkhurst Recreation Centre

You'll find the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 5th Avenue. Here, you'll also find the Parkhurst Clinic and the library, as well as a garden. And just across the street, you'll be able to walk the dogs and enjoy some fresh air at Verity Park, complete with a playground for the kids (which has a spinning wheel, swings and slide) and benches if you're keen on relaxing during your stroll. There are classes and lesson held at this centre from time to time, as well as support groups. Recreational activities include art and drama classes, ballet, bridge, senior exercises, samba lessons and even holiday programs for children.

Contact the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 011 442 6717.

4th Avenue

If you have no idea where to start, be sure to make your way to 4th Avenue in Parkhurst and explore your way through the suburb from there! This bustling and ever-popular strip is filled with many shops, restaurants, antiques and more, ready for you to enjoy. It's just the place if you're looking to shop for something unique and exclusive, grab a bite to eat or a refreshing cocktail with your friends, or if you're in need of a night out on the town. There's sure to be something for all tastes on 4th Avenue.

Visit 4th Avenue Parkhurst.

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Image: 4th Avenue in Parkhurst by 4th Avenue Parkhurst.

Art Galleries

Guns & Rain Art Gallery

For contemporary fine art, visit the Guns & Rain Art Gallery on 12th Street. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to explore and admire exquisite works of art by emerging artists from seven African countries (namely South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Nigeria) with a focus on social and political issues. Artists include Bev Butkow, Thina Dube, Ann Gollifer, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun and Nicky Marais, just to name a few. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade. Visits are by appointment only, but if you can’t visit in person, you can also view and order art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.

Visit Guns & Rain Art Gallery.

The Art Room

The Art Room, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, is a vibrant venue that plays host to art exhibitions, performance art, auctions, poets, musicians and even wine tastings. The Art Room produces exhibitions throughout the year and also offer unframed artworks available from the Editions Box. So, if you're in need of some inspiration, or simply just want to appease your inner artist, feel free to visit the gallery and view and browse the exhibitions, or have a little chat about art.

Visit The Art Room.

The Henry George Gallery

Since 2014, the Henry George Gallery on 6th Street has been devoted to showcasing profound works of art from artists from all over the country, whose personal visual interpretations and approaches resonate authenticity and break new ground in art. This gallery seeks out emerging South African talent for collectors and those who are looking for some beautiful local art for their homes.

Visit the Henry George Gallery.

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?

Comfort Food
Something Sweet


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).

Visit Rockets Parkhurst.

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.

Visit Hudsons Burgers.

Comfort Food


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.


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.

Visit Espresso Caffé & Bistro.

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.

Visit Bogetta Café. 


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.

Visit Casa Marani Italian Restaurant & Deli. 

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.

Visit the Modena Italian Eatery.


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.

Visit Liban Café & Restaurant. 

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.

Visit Kolonaki Greek Kouzina.

Something Sweet


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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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.

Visit the Jolly Roger.

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.

Parkhurst offers parents a small selection of schools within the area, providing children with only the best education possible to ensure a great start to their future. And since Parkhurst is a little suburb, there are only a handful of schools ranging from pre-school and primary schools to extra mural classes that's sure to delight.

What Are You Looking For? 

Primary Schools
Extra Mural Classes


Greenpark Nursery

Begin your children's journey into education at Greenpark Nursery School. This school has been operating for over 50 years and is a full-fledged, custom-built education facility. Here, children are well prepared for the move from pre-school to primary school, giving them a solid foundation on which to grow into well adjusted individuals. And not only do the children learn here, but so do the parents! There's a parents course that helps support moms and dads through the challenging yet rewarding journey of parenthood.

Visit Greenpark Nursery.

Little House Montessori

Located on 18th Street in Parkhurst, the Little House Montessori is a small and dedicated Montessori pre-school that caters to children aged between 2 to 6 years old. Here, you're little ones will develop their essential skills while also having fun and learning the basics to get them ready for 'big school'. They thoroughly prepare children for formal schooling with their Grade 0 programme. This pre-school focuses on the individual needs of each child, and also offers education and fun learning on a wide range of interests and abilities found within their school group of children.

Visit Little House Montessori.

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Little Star Montessori

And just a few streets up from the Little House Montessori is the Little Star Montessori, located on 15th Street in Parkhurst. This school also caters for children aged between 2.5 to 6 years old and ensures your children get the best start into their schooling journey. Just like all of the Montessori schools throughout the country, this school focuses on each individual child, their own development, as well as their own personal interests and abilities. Here, children will learn at their own pace while engaging the building blocks of knowledge and education.

Visit Little Star Montessori.

Primary Schools

Virtual Schools South Africa

Looking for a home schooling solution? Then be sure to visit Virtual Schools South Africa. This facility offers parents and their children a refreshing new way to learn and build their knowledge in the digital age. Virtual Schools have put together a variety of blended learning solutions ideal for learners from grades R – 12. All of their educational solutions are fully compliant with the South African curriculum standards. Their schooling solutions are all flexible, affordable and of the highest quality.

Visit Virtual Schools South Africa.


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Parkhurst Primary

You can find Parkhurst Primary School on 15 Street. This school caters to children in the grades R through to 7. Other than providing your child with a strong educational foundation that'll see them through to high school, there are also a variety of extra mural activities to ensure they receive a holistic education that ranges from academics to sports and culture. Extra mural activities include mini cricket, netball, soccer, archery, speech and drama, dance, chess and athletics.

Visit Parkhurst Primary School.

Extra Mural Classes

Guppies & Goggles Swim School

Looking to teach your children how to swim? Then why not let Guppies & Goggles help! Here, they will teach your children how to take to the water confidently in an outdoor heated pool. They cater to children of all ages. Also, with water being a sensory environment, the instructor/teacher incorporates sensory activities into the swimming classes to help develop the swimmer's skills in the pool. They work at each individual child’s pace and slowly build their confidence to swim.

Visit Guppies & Goggles. 

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The Russian School of Ballet SA

The Russian School of Ballet SA aims to inspire each of their students to reach their ballet dreams. This school teaches and passes their knowledge, expertise and the Vaganova ballet technique to each of their dancers, ensuring each learner receives thorough training in Russian ballet and dance. Their equipped, top-quality studios, complete with a wall of mirrors, spring floors with Harlequin Studio mats, offers the perfect environment for aspiring dancers to learn the Vaganova Ballet Method.

Visit The Russian School of Ballet SA.

Chinese Martial Arts & Health Centre

Are your children interesting in learning martial arts? Then be sure to visit the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre in Parkhurst. They have been teaching traditional styles of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Gung since 1986 at their various centres throughout the country. You can find their Parkhurst centre on 10th Street. Here, you can find beginners Kung Fu and Kung Fu kids classes. You can also join in on the fun if you'd like like to join in on the fun. Not only is this a great workout for all, but is also the perfect class for defense purposes.

Visit the Chinese Martial Arts & Health Centre. 


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Other than all the incredible restaurants and cafés 4th Avenue has to offer, there's also a plethora of interesting shops to visit if you feel like a little bit of a retail spoil. From antiques and exclusive fashion, Parkhurst offers an unique retail experience like no other suburb. Keep reading to find out more.

What Are You Looking For?

4th Avenue

4th Avenue

There is only one place to start your shopping spree in Parkhurst, and that's 4th Avenue! From unique yet trendy couture to interesting eateries and lots of art and design in between, 4th Avenue is a lovely place to visit over the weekend if you're looking for something slower and different to the usual bustling malls and crowds. Here are a few stores you'll be able to browse through when you visit 4th Avenue.


For unique and beautiful high-end fashion for ladies, Desray Designs is just the store you should visit while strolling down 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. Here, they make their own clothing patterns, do their own cutting and sew together 95% of their ranges themselves. All of Desray's items of clothing are made with love and attention to detail, as they believe in giving ladies variety and exclusivity, along with amazing quality. You can either visit their store on 4th Avenue to see what ranges and clothing they have in-store or you can shop online. There's sure to be something stunning to suit your style and preference.

Visit Desray.

Ri.Ch Factory

Looking for vibrant and oh-so beautiful African contemporary fashion to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe? Then be sure to visit Ri.Ch Factory, founded by Rina Chunga Kutama. Either visit their store on 4th Avenue or visit their online store to see what gorgeous designs they have to offer, ranging from brightly coloured infinity dresses and Bali crop tops and pants to stunning skirts, hats, kimonos and more.

Visit Ri.Ch Factory.

Parooz Fashions

Get cool, trendy and exclusive fashion at affordable prices at Parooz Fashions. Here, their aim is to dress fashion-forward, unconventional, non-conformist, avant-garde, unique and trendy women with fresh and unique clothing. To see what fashion they have available, visit their online store and browse through their selection of dresses, body suits, rompers, swimwear, shoes and outwear. Their ensembles are slicker than the average. And if you're looking for some inspiration, parooz through their lookbooks online.

Visit Parooz Fashions.


Established in 2018, Partisan believe that quality and sustainability combined with comfort and style is the winning formula to every man's wardrobe. Visit their online store or the physical shop on 4th Avenue and take a look at their collection of eco-friendly, vegan sneakers; smart yet fresh dress shirts; suave and cool fedoras; and variety of comfy tees. No matter what your style, Partisan is sure to have just the thing to add to your wardrobe.

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Green Grass Design Shop

For a unique gifting idea that's sustainably produced, visit Green Grass Design Shop on 4th Avenue. They design, create and make delightful things that you're sure to love using laser cutting! Green Grass Design has also created a unique environment for their designers and those in their upskilling workshops to create beautiful products. Visit their online store and browse through their selection of intricate boxes, coasters, dominoes, bunting banners and much more. They are proudly South African and their products reflect an eclectic mix of our different cultural roots.

Visit Green Grass Design Shop.


Looking for trendy couches to furnish your living room? Then be sure to visit MØDERNIST. They manufacture their own range of couches and stock contemporary retail products from local designers. They specialise in imported Danish mid-century furniture as well as international pieces that are from the same period. Other than stunning furniture, they provide restoration and re-upholstery services for your well-loved yet falling-apart furniture items. They also stock a variety of  retail products including lighting by Hoi P'loy and MOS, as well as paintings by Allan Barnsley.


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Tshirt Terrorist

T-shirt culture is a thing, which is why Tshirt Terrorist is just the store to visit if you're looking for the coolest, trendiest and most unique t-shirts to add to your collection. They stock their own brand, as well as guest labels and smaller, independent designers whose work they treasure and want their shoppers to discover. You can expect to find ballsy, intelligent, niche t-shirt designs for bold, outspoken, self-styled individuals.

Visit Tshirt Terrorist.


From storage related products to décor items for you home, Santos on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street is just the place to visit and browse through. Take a look at their range of lifestyle furniture, storage solutions, home accessories, lighting and more. There's sure to be something to suit your home, style, budget and needs. Their factory also allows for custom-made designs if you're looking for something specific.

Visit Santos.


Moms and dads and parents-to-be, if you're looking to spoil your little bundle of joy with new toys, stylish clothing and other cute accessories or need to prepare with some newborn essentials, Cloud+Co on 4th Avenue is a must-visit. This lifestyle store for children aims to provide parents with only the best products that are organic and ethically made and sourced, both locally and internationally.

Visit Cloud+Co.

Antigone Art & Antiques

Antigone Art & Antiques buy and sell unusual and rare antique pieces on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. This spot is well worth the visit if you love antiques and would like to take an interesting journey back into the past. The store is filled with unique items. To name a few that's on their website at the moment (August 2020):  a Vintage Vampire Kit circa 1880; a Carousel Horse circa 1940; Herman Moll Map of the World (1719); and a fine Stinkwood Rusbank circa 1860.

Visit Antigone Art & Antiques.


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The small and dense northern suburb of Parkhurst is mainly residential, but is well known for its trendy street life and sidewalk cafés, exuding quite a similar feel and atmosphere as vibey Greenside and Melville. The area is also quite popular for its two main business roads – 4th Avenue, which offers visitors, residents and tourists a lovely collection of restaurants and cafés, décor and design, antiques and service shops; and 6th Street, which is quickly converting into a design and décor, art and small business hub. Let's take a look at this exciting suburb and see what it has to offer.

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Hotels & Accommodation


In need of some retail therapy? Well, when it comes to Parkhurst, there's only one place to go when the shopping bug hits – 4th Avenue! Here, you can expect a glamorous and eclectic combination of trendy high street couture, interior design and beautiful art and divine dining that's sure to delight the palate. 4th Avenue offers visitors and residents a secure and refreshing break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as a unique retail experience like no other. You can explore stores such as The Art Room, Desray, The Corsetiere, the Parkhurst Bookshop and many more.

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Although Parkhurst is a small suburb, there's still a handful of schools in the area. Whether you're looking for a pre-school ideal for the starting blocks of your little ones' education or need to enroll your child in a primary school, there's a few options for you here in Parkhurst. Schools in the area include Parkhurst Primary, Little House Montessori, Little Star Montessori, Guppies & Goggle Swim School, Greenpark Nursery, Virtual Schools South Africa, The Russian School of Ballet SA, and the Chinese Martial Arts & Health Centre.

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After exploring everything that 4th Avenue has to offer, why not sit down and enjoy a divine brunch or light lunch at one of the suburb's amazing restaurants. All along 4th Avenue, there are sidewalk cafés that's sure to delight. There are so many options to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice! The Jolly Roger and Espresso are two of the longest standing establishments on the street. But over the years, quite a few new kids have arrived on the block, making this the ideal spot for a night out on the town. More recent hot spots on 4th Avenue include Hudsons Burgers (for some of the best burgers in town), Nice On 4th (perfect for breakfast and brunch outings), Rockets (great pizza, pasta, steaks) and CRAFT (you NEED to try one of their dessert shakes!)

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Visiting the city of Johannesburg for business and looking for accommodation that's not too far, not too close, but perfectly central to all the business and entertainment hubs in the city? The suburb of Parkhurst offers a few comfortable and unique places to reside during your stay. This is also the ideal area if you're planning a quick weekend getaway, as there's plenty to see and do all within driving distance from the suburb. The area may be small, but there are various options for you to choose from here.

Explore Accommodation in Parkhurst.

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Other than the bustling 4th Avenue and all of it's intricate and interesting shops and eateries, Parkhurst does offer visitors and residents a couple entertainment options perfect for the whole family. First up is the Parkhurst Recreation Centre complete with art and cooking classes, a small park, sports and the local library. Then there's Verity Park where you can walk the doggos and enjoy a little bit of nature and fresh area. And if you're looking for a movie watching experience like no other, there's the new Egrek Cinema. Feel like a little bit of artistic inspiration? Visit the Guns & Rain Art Gallery, which showcases many talented, up-and-coming artists and their works.

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Jobs In Parkhurst

There's nothing better than finding a job close to home. And if you've just moved to Parkhurst or are thinking of making the move, finding a job here will just put the icing on the cake. Just think of enjoying the best in convenience – being within close proximity to your office or workplace, saving on travel costs, spend less time idling through rush hour traffic, and being just a stone's throw away from all the best retail centres in the area. Visit Indeed’s Parkhurst Jobs page to see what jobs and vacancies are available within the suburb to get your started on your path to success.

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Property In Parkhurst

Parkhurst is mostly a residential area. And with entertainment hubs, restaurants and retail hot spots all within close proximity to this little suburb, there's no doubt why it's a popular option for students, singletons and families alike. Other than boasting easy access to various major routes and exciting must-visit shops and restaurants, it's central to many quality educational institutes and business centres. Parkhurst definitely ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding the perfect home. Whether you're looking for your dream home to start a family or are in need of a small bachelor pad, there'll be just the space in Parkhurst. Visit Property24 and take a look at what property and apartment options that's currently on the market.

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Who Are They?

MG Professional is an Intradermal Cosmetic Specialist, specialising in microblading and permanent makeup. They also offer makeup and hair styling services in Parkhurst with an absolute passion for beauty.

What Do They Offer?

Where Are They Located?

9 6th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

Safety Precautions In Place

MG Professional always have and will continue to uphold the highest hygiene at all times. Masks and gloves ALWAYS, one-on-one sessions with clients, no waiting time (clients should come to appointments alone please), cleaning and sanitising all the time to prevent any germs at any given time, sealed aftercare given.

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice By Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch

There are few places offering as decadent milkshakes as Protea Hotel Fire & Ice at Melrose Arch. With more than 30 milkshakes gracing their menu, you'll be spoiled for choice. Options come in crazy and interesting flavours and include alcoholic options. Some of our favourite options include Ouma en Oupa (carrot cake and rooibos) and the Bee's Knees (dark chocolate, orange and honeycomb). For an alcoholic option, try the Russian Roulette with a dash of caramel vodka.

Details: 011 218 4000 | Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch, 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg |


For a yummy Freak Shake that is worth every calorie, head to Craft in Parkhurst. Available in four decadent flavours, these are a must-try. Sip on the Candy Carnival, Turkish Delight, Chocolate Overload and Salted Caramel Delight, all piled high with desserts, sweets, chocolate and sprinkles. If these are a little too over the top and sugar loaded for you, worry not. Craft also has a selection of 'regular' milkshakes, such as the Oreo Cookie and the Rolo Shake.

Details: 011 788 7111 | 33 4th Avenue, Corner 13th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | [email protected] |

Kota Joe Roadhouse

This roadhouse has always been famous for their fabulous and interesting milkshakes. Having recently launched a new menu, they'll definitely have something to keep your sweet tooth coming back for more. Popular options on their milkshake menu include Nutella, Cookies & Cream, Ferrero Roche and Oreo & Peanutbutter. But their newer menu items include such gems as Black Forest, Peppermint Oreo, Top Deck, Milk Tart and Custard Crunchie.

Details: Branches can be found in Boksburg, Edenvale and Auckland Park | [email protected] |


Hudsons The Burger Joint

If you're close by, do yourself a favour and stop by Hudsons and order one of their magnificent milkshakes. Their milkshake selection features varieties such as the Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel Popcorn, Cookie Monster, Nutella Waffle and Strawberry Candyfloss. Pair this with any one of their gourmet burgers and you're in for a treat. And, if you're vegan, you can delight in the yummy Vegan Oreo Shake with a delectable side of vegan Panko Crumbed Wings.

Details: Branches can be found in Parkhurst and Bedfordview |

Brooklyn Brothers

Another burger spot makes it onto this list in the form of Brooklyn Brothers. Milkshakes and burgers has got to be one of the best combos of all time, wouldn't you agree? Crazy Shakes on offer include the Brooklyn Heights (topped with choc fudge icing, whipped cream, a Kit Kat finger and a toasted doughnut), the Harlem Split (caramel and custard blend, choc icing rim, whipped cream, banana, cherries and sprinkles) and the Red Hook (berries, cream cheese icing, candy coated mini chocolates, whipped cream and a sour belt skewer).

Details: 011 615 0536 | Bedford Centre, Corner of Smith Road and Van der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | [email protected] |


Dukes is yet another spot on this list that pairs burgers and milkshakes. Their range of milkshakes include regular options like Vanilla, Bubblegum and Strawberry as well as gourmet milkshakes like Strawberry Cheese Cake, Nutella & Pretzel and Chocolate Ganache. If it's been a rough week, you can also opt for the alcoholic concoctions, which include the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

Details: Branches can be found in Greenside and Melville |



There are four mouthwatering Monster Shake options to choose from at Burgerack – The Waffle Shake (waffle, peanut butter, honey and banana), The Candyfloss & Bubblegum Shake (candyfloss, bubblegum and Astros), The Caramel Popcorn Shake (caramel popcorn and chocolate sauce) and The Choc Crunchy Shake (honeycomb, Astros and chocolate sauce). Apart from these, they also offer eight regular milkshake flavours.

Details: Branches can be found in Klerksdorp, Rosebank, Alberton, Sandton, Benoni and Johannesburg South | [email protected] |

Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove has been a go-to destination at Sandton City for many years, and for good reason. Their shakes are made with real Italian gelato and comes in nine flavours - Strawberry Cheesecake, Milk Tart, Walnut Brownie, Malva Pudding, Black Forest, Choc Mint, Iced Coffee, Chocoholic and Snowball. If this isn't enough to get you into a sugar coma, then order a decadent cake slice to pair with your drink.

Details: 011 783 6111 | Sandton City Shopping Centre, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg | [email protected] |

Mike's Kitchen 

Mike's Kitchen may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of decadent and indulgent milkshakes. But all that is about to change. Mike's Kitchen offers eight Original Milkshakes, four Supreme Milkshakes and four Over 18 Shakes. Little ones will delight in the Peppermint Crisp Caramel shake (vanilla shake loaded with crushed Peppermint Crisp and caramel sauce) while the adults sip on the Springbok Penalty (vanilla ice cream, mint liqueur and a double tot of Amarula).

Details: 010 492 3793 | Branches can be found in Boksburg, Bryanston, Florida Glen and Parktown, among others |


Want more? Check out our vegan milkshake article to find the most delectable vegan shakes in the city.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What is your favourite spot to grab a milkshake? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

The Lizamore and Associates Gallery in Parkhurst presents Karin Preller's latest exhibition 'Almost no memory' this March.

In 'Almost no memory', Karin Preller engages her personal archive of photographs, in paintings that are as much about memory as the condition of forgetting/the erasure of memory. The exhibition reflects Preller’s continued interest in personal photographic archives, made public in paintings refracted through the prism of the past and the camera’s lens.

In her new works, more so than in previous work, the ephemerality of memory is made visible by her handling of paint; by figures that merge with the background, by the erasure of details that echo the erasure of memory. The title of the exhibition, 'Almost no memory', implies something of the elusiveness of memory and the spectral, haunting nature of the photograph.

Don't miss this exhibition!

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Thursday, 05 March 2020 at 18:00 - 21:00. It will then run until 28 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, 2193 Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free of charge. 

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Details: 011 880 8802 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The March sisters' story has been told a thousand times over across genres. But, you've never seen it done like this before. While Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women was snubbed at the 2020 Academy Awards, it has been hailed by critics as sensitive, clever and surprisingly charming. Visit Egrek Cinema in Parkhurst to see Little Women on the big screen for a limited time. Perfect for a girl's night out!

When Is It?

Friday, 06 March 2020 - Thursday, 12 March 2020. 

Where Is It?

Egrek Cinema, 38 4th Avenue, 2193 Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R120 for adults, R100 for pensioners and R80 for children under the age of 12. Book your tickets here.

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Details: 010 900 0833 | [email protected]

What Is It?

If you haven't managed to watch this year's Academy Awards Best Picture winner, Parasite then here is your chance. Egrek Cinema in Parkhurst will be screening this thrilling drama for a limited time. Don't miss out on seeing this "horribly fascinating film, brilliantly written, superbly furnished and designed, with a glorious ensemble cast put to work in an elegantly plotted nightmare." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Book now!

When Is It?

Friday, 28 February 2020 - Thursday, 5 March 2020. 

Where Is It?

Egrek Cinema, 38 4th Avenue, 2193 Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R120 per person. Book yours here.

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Details: 010 900 0833 | [email protected]

Chef James Diack was 28 years old when he first combined his passion for provenance with armfuls of freshly-grown ingredients from his family's farm in Magaliesburg, Brightside, and set about to change the landscape of Joburg dining. “It’s been an incredible seven years, and I have learnt many lessons,” explains Chef James Diack. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so grateful to every customer who has visited Coobs over the last seven years and I’m excited to celebrate this milestone with our 2019 summer menu.

Not only has Coobs won numerous awards over the years, but it’s also pushed the boundaries of provenance-inspired eating beyond simple bean sprouts and home-grown herbs – both for the 130-strong team that works for him, and for the customers who get to indulge in Brightside Farm’s latest crop. His passion for provenance has established him as a thought leader in the South Africa dining scene and has put his Wild Boar Ragu and Pork Belly firmly on the foodie map.

Coobs Summer 2019/20 Menu

His latest menu, for summer 2019/20, is a collection of the freshest ingredients the farm has to offer, plated as refined dishes and proffered alongside some of South Africa’s best boutique wines. Dishes are tasty, fresh, simple and show off the quality of the ingredients.

Some of Coobs’ best-selling dishes from the last seven years include Beef Carpaccio, Caprese Salad, Duck Liver Parfait, Acorn-fed Pork and Lamb Bangers, Tarragon-roasted Baby Chicken and Coobs’ Carbonara Pasta with crispy wild boar bacon. For dessert, experience the farm's memory lane with Malva Pudding or Spiced Poached Pears with nut brittle and honeycomb ice-cream (pictured below).


Growth Of The Group

Over the course of seven years, the success of Coobs has led to increased production from the farm, and demand from customers for more. Coobs is now the flagship restaurant in The Brightside Group alongside James’ three other restaurants, Douglas + Hale (2018: Parktown North), Il Contadino (2017: Parktown North) and La Stalla (2018: Melville).

There will only ever be one Coobs,” explains James, “but, while each of my other restaurants is slightly different, they are individually driven by a young chef and front of house manager that I have trained to deliver simple, beautiful, flavourful food with gracious hospitality in stunning environments.



Coobs has won the hearts of thousands… from Trip Advisor Awards to Eat Out Everyday Eateries, Best of Joburg and the coveted Jenny Handley Gourmet Guide Award – One Plate received in 2019. In 2018, James' work for sustainable farming, eating and education was recognised by SASSI when he was awarded a 2018 Trailblazer Chef Award.



For James, and the Diack family, the biggest success has come in the form of being able to grow what the farm produces and to grow their impact on the community around them.

We’ve grown from 13 staff to over 130 – never mind the families that our staffs’ income supports, and communities we ultimately invest into. This is the true essence of sustainability that sits as the cornerstone of my business – a sustainable business that can hopefully outlast the recession, and at the same time, provide 95% of our own ingredients.

Coobs is located in the leafy suburb of Parkhurst, Johannesburg. To experience the latest menu, featuring some of the top dishes from the last seven years, make a booking on +2711 447 0710 or email [email protected].

For The Bohemian

The Maboneng Precinct
Most people go to The Maboneng Precinct on Sundays because of Arts On Main. However, this precinct is perfect for any and every free-spirit in Joburg on any day of the week. Quirky food places, coffee shops, art galleries and fashion boutiques - it's a bohemian's dream. It's real downtown Jozi, so go experience it for yourself.

1Fox Precinct
Popularly know for the Market Shed and The Good Luck Bar, 1Fox Precinct is another bohemian favourite. Nestled in Ferreirasdorp, everyone (boho or not) must visit it at least once. The precinct is also home to the rad Fox Junction event venue - so don't just throw any silly ol' event, throw a real unconventional and unforgettable shindig here.

For The Hipster

All hipsters love Braam so if haven't been to Braam yet, you're losing your touch honey. Get with the program! From alternative fashion to trendy clothing stores, it's one of the top non-mainstream fashion hubs in the city. Don't even get us started on the quirky coffee shops and rad restaurants ...

Park Corner
Park Corner is the new kid on the block when it comes to trendy spots. Remember when the coolest thing about Rosebank was the Goodman Gallery and Circa Gallery? Well now, you can take your hipster yourself out at Bolton Road Collection, among other rad restaurants Then be off to your art exploration. This corner is definitely one of our favourite additions to the city!

For The Fashionista 

Melrose Arch
We know Joburgers don't play about their fashion. At the Arch, you're on it with the fashion shows, the clothing brand launches, fashion photoshoots and so on. If you are one that loves to look good, but if it's not quality then you don't want it, take a drive to Melrose Arch. Go on, get your wardrobe kitted out with the hottest fashion trends on the runway.

Hyde Park Corner
Want your haute couture right here and right now without the admin of ordering online and waiting 5 to 7 working days to get it? Then Hyde Park Corner is the place to go. So whether it's Valentino, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent or Versace - there's a store with just the thing you need. After all that shopping on your favourite fashion spoils, refuel at one of their fine restaurants.

For The Party Animal

Kong Club Rosebank
If you're a party animal,  love music and you don't mind breaking it down with some local and international celebs then Kong is the place for you. This nightclub is best known for playing the latest hip-hop and house music - perfect for those looking to let loose on the dance floor. But it's not just about the partying, you have to look the part too at this club - dress up.

7th Avenue Melville
Feeling nostalgic over your varsity years when club hopping was a must and you had it all on one street? Then, get out of the house and join the other party animals on 7th Avenue is Melville. This road is lined with a diverse range of clubs and restaurants. If you don't want to dress up, it's super chilled.

For The Lunching Lady & Gent

4th Avenue, Parkhurst
For the ladies and gents that love to lunch and indulge in some window shopping , 4th Avenue, Parkhurst is definitely the place to go. With a range of independant restaurants, it's one of those "let's spend the whole afternoon here" type of locations. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner - one could totally live there.

44 Stanley
Another great spot is 44 Stanley. Home to a collection of specialty stores from antiques to fashion, you can grab a delicious lunch at one of their restaurants then do some shopping or browsing. Spend either some well-deserved 'me-time' or much-needed bonding with your friends.

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Why Aura?

We all deserve a little pampering every now and then. And there is no better place for this than Aura Skincare & Nail Bar. This bar offers many relaxing and therapeutic treatments to give you some well deserved pamper treatments.

Situated in Parkhurst, this skincare and nail bar has become a firm favourite due to their incomparable products and quality treatments.

Aura Skincare & Nail Bar Parkhurst

Aura Skincare & Nail Bar focuses on a variety of treatments, which include microblading, eyelash extensions, nail treatments, massages, facials, waxing and threading. They also have innovative treatments such as sugaring.

Something else on offer is their house brand, Graham Beck. If you're unsure of what treatments and products you're looking for, contact their expert consultants for advice about what products are suitable for your skin type. 

Aura Skincare & Nail Bar Parkhurst

Relax And Enjoy

Here are just some of treatments that you can enjoy:

Facials And Facial Enhancements

The bar offers a lot of different treatments, catering to different needs. The facial products they use include Dermologica and !QMS. These products are used to give skin a deep cleansing to fix the root of any problem.

Aura Skincare & Nail Bar Parkhurst


Who doesn't enjoy a massage? Aura offers a full body experience from back, neck and shoulders to full body options, hand and foot massages.

Nail Bar

To keep the ladies, and gents, in tip-top shape, Aura offers a nail bar to treat any chips, breaks and tears and to keep those talons painted and polished.

Waxing, Threading & Sugaring

This salon also offers long-lasting hair removal in the form of waxing, threading and sugaring on the legs, arms, chest and face.

Aura Skincare & Nail Bar Parkhurst


The packages available at Aura Skincare & Nail Bar make for a great gifting option. So spoil a loved one or yourself with a well-deserved pamper!

Contact details: 071 889 8572 | [email protected] | | 65 6th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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If you love burgers with good quality ingredients, then Hudsons The Burger Joint in Parkhurst is the place for you.

Hudsons The Burger Joint is inspired by American contemporary diners and brings you a gourmet, craft, quality and mouthwatering experience.

Hudsons Parkhurst

We Love The Food

Parkhurst is home to many great restaurants. But none are quite like Hudsons. This burger joint has become a much-loved eatery among Joburg residents and has stolen the hearts of Jozi with their variety, portions and value for money.

Why We Love Hudsons The Burger Joint 

Hudson's offers innovative dishes to make your burger experience a delicious and juicy one. They also offer a wide variety of menu items, allowing you to try something new with each visit.

Any meal at Hudsons will be creative and full of flavour.

While they are a burger joint, they also serve up many other yummy options for all dietary requirements, to satisfy everyone from carnivores to vegans.

Hudsons Parkhurst

Oh So Scrumptious!

Among the delicious food and drinks available at Hudsons are tasty burgers and craft beers, all of which are worth exploring.

The use of fresh and high quality ingredients adds to the flavour and textures, resulting in a mouthwatering world-class burger.

Hudsons Parkhurst

The Ambience

This two storey restaurant is tucked away in bustling Parkhurst and offers an energetic vibe.

Hudsons is a great spot for anyone looking to grab a meal, some refreshing drinks or wanting to catch the game on the big screen.

Hudsons Parkhurst

Time to munch down and explore the delightful cuisine at this vibrant restaurant.