Victoria Yards is the ultimate destination for art lovers, foodies and yogis. Located just on the outskirts of the inner city, this mixed-use precinct hosts weekly Sunday markets and the annual Night of 1000 Drawings exhibition. Their artist studios are home to some of Joburg's top artisans, designers and visual artists, including Ayanda Mabulu, Blessing Ngobeni, James Delaney and Roger Ballen. The restaurant offerings at Victoria Yards aren't to be ignored either, with Foakes Coffee, IMPI Brewery and the famous Fish & Chip Shop on site.

Level 3 Lockdown

During hard lockdown, Victoria Yards halted all events and temporarily shut their studios to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Now, as we move into advanced level 3 lockdown, this urban hub is welcoming back its most loyal patrons, as well as new visitors. While their weekly market and yoga sessions will still be on hold for the time being, you can now visit Victoria Yards to mull around their lush gardens, for a quick cup of coffee or to admire their artist's exquisite work. Here are some of the must-visit stores and restaurants open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown:

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Retail

All retail stores will be open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown. Come through to find a fantastic selection of home and decor goods, clothing, jewellery and bespoke accessories from their top traders.

Find the full list of Victoria Yards' retail tenants and artist studios here.

Victoria Yards Online Shop

Even if you're not quite ready to step out into the real world, you can still support your favourite local artisans and traders. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, Victoria Yards debuted their VYBuy Online Shop. From handcrafted mugs to bespoke jewellery, artist prints, tea sets and notebooks, this online shop has a wide range of trinkets and treasures to collect. There's even a selection of nifty face masks to help you keep looking stylish while preventing the spread of the virus. New customers receive 20% off on their first purchase, so get shopping!

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Food

Takeaway food and beverages will be available from Victoria Yard's top eateries in level 3 lockdown. Come and stroll around the Yard's chic urban gardens while you nibble on some tasty treats. Some of their tenants are also offering ready-made meals to take home with you. Yummy and convenient, what more could you ask for?

Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery

The newly revamped Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery is open for takeaways on their premium coffees and delightful breads. They are open from 08:00 from Monday to Saturday, so be sure to stop by for an early morning treat on your adventures around Victoria Yards. Call them on 072 211 1281 to pre-order your baked goodies.

Food I Love You

Food I Love You is an experimental dining studio and catering venue. During lockdown they've been offering ready-made family style meals. These Sunday home feasts feed up to a family of four and are made with whole ingredients without sacrificing on bold flavour. WhatsApp your orders to 081 835 0115 before 10:00 on Saturday to enjoy a fabulous feast delivered straight to your home the next day. Follow Food I Love You on Instagram for weekly updates on their menu.

IMPI Brewery

Support local beer making by paying a visit to IMPI Brewery at Victoria Yards. Their Homestead Lager is the stuff of dreams after months of alcohol restrictions. Pick up a case or two of their craft brews on your rounds about the Yards. Unfortunately, IMPI Brewery cannot sell alcohol over weekends due to level 3 lockdown restrictions, however you can join them for a tasty wood-fired pizza on Sundays. So get yourself up off the couch, out of the house and into the lush sunshine of the Yards this weekend.

The Fish and Chip Shop 

Fish Friday anyone? If you've been missing the classic tastes of the Fish and Chip Shop at Victoria Yards, you're in luck, because they are now open for takeaways. Get yourself a generous helping of battered hake and salty chips to go or be sorry that you missed out. Call them on 060 713 0279 to place your order for collection.

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For More Information

Visit www.victoriayards.co.za for more information or follow Victoria Yards on social media to keep up to date with their offerings in lockdown:

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Details: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg | (Tel) 010 594 5210 | [email protected]

Father's Day With A Difference 

How much effort do you usually put into making Father's Day special for your dad? We know that dads can be awkward about receiving gifts and being spoiled, but that's no excuse not to make them feel loved and appreciated on this special day. Dads are often our most unsung heroes, always there to pick us up when life gets us down. Celebrate your dad for the super man he is this Father's Day by organising a few special treats for delivery from The Victorian Secret.

This chic bakery and restaurant, located in Benoni, is one of our ultimate spots for a classy brunch in the city. Of course, due to lockdown regulations, you won't be able to treat Dad to a sit-down breakfast. However, this does not mean that the celebrations shouldn't go ahead as planned. The Victorian Secret now offers delivery and curbside collection on an array of their best pastries, platters and pre-made meals - everything you could possibly need to make this Father's Day the best you've ever pulled off!

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Bouquets And Boards

While we may have to celebrate Father's Day at home or from a distance this year, you can still show Dad just how much you love him with one of The Victorian Secret's specialty bouquets. No, you won't be gifting Dad with pretty peonies, but a fine selection of biltong and droewors instead! These quirky bouquets are sure to put a smile on his face, as you present him with his very own edible gift.

If your dad is a cheese and wine kind of man, order a delectable platter from The Victorian Secret to enjoy before a Father's Day braai. Their assorted cheese board comes with a selection of cold meat, biltong, cheese, preserves, fresh fruit and crackers. Pop open a bottle of his favourite wine and enjoy together.

Afternoon Tea

Do dads participate in afternoon tea rituals? You bet they do! Deck out your dining room table with a scrumptious selection of sweet and savoury treats from The Victorian Secret's high tea menu. We've got our eye on mini boerie rolls, Thai green curry pinwheels, mini filled croissants and berry cheesecake for dessert. You can order as many tidbits as you like from the menu, so whether your dad is a savoury guy or a complete sweet tooth, there should be something to tickle his fancy.

Fancy Dinner

Dad deserves a fine dining dinner to wrap up his day. Rather than spend all day slaving away in the kitchen, spend quality time with your dad while The Victorian Secret whips up your dinner. You can order one of their prepared meals in advance, so you'll be super prepared for Father's Day. We like the sound of the Oxtail Stew served with your choice of rice or garlic mash. Available in small and large portions, this is the perfect winter warmer to spoil Dad with.

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Oxtail Stew - photo sourced from The Victorian Secret on Facebook.

How To Order

Orders on ready-made meals must be placed before 12:00 daily for same day delivery. Cakes, pastries and bakery items must be ordered a day in advance. The Victorian Secret will be taking orders via WhatsApp only. Contact them on 078 975 9929. Please note that deliveries under R400 and outside of Benoni will be charged a delivery fee of R50.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/The-Victorian-Secret-665135663505612/

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/thevictoriansecret/

Details: 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni, Gauteng | [email protected].

Salvation Cafe

If you've been missing out on Saturday morning brunch at Salvation Cafe, you're in luck. You can now order a selection of breakfasts, coffees, sweet treats and ready-made meals for delivery or collection at their 44 Stanley restaurant. While Salvation Cafe is back up and running, they are working under strict health and safety regulations. This means that all their meals will be cooked in small batches and in advance. However, this does not detract from its freshness or taste value. Pre-order your weekly meals from them to see you through the chilly season with ease. Orders must be in by 16:00 on Wednesdays for delivery on Friday afternoons. Delivery within a 5km radius is free, while it will cost you R12 per km if you live further away.

Our top pick: Cape Malay Lamb Bobotie

Nothing tastes more like home than a hearty lamb bobotie. But it can take hours to prepare! Instead of slaving over the stove after a hard day's work, pre-order yourself a Cape Malay Lamb Bobotie from Salvation Cafe. This family-style meal should feed at least four hungry tummies and at only *R160, it's a steal!

Check out the rest of Salvation Cafe's ready-made meal offerings on their website. Order yours by contacting them on 011 482 7795 or via email at [email protected].

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Fournos 

If it's Mediterranean-inspired cuisine you're after this winter, look no further than your nearest Fournos Bakery. You can visit them in-store if you wish or order your pre-cooked meals for the week via their website. Fournos also offers cook and eat options, providing you with all the ingredients you need to whip up delicious winter dinners. No more pondering what to cook only to discover that you don't have the necessary ingredients to prepare it!

Our top pick: Chicken Lasagne served with a medium salad and a fresh loaf of bread

Lasagne really is the ultimate winter comfort meal, isn't it? But it takes an age to assemble all the layers just right. Rather order a pre-made chicken lasagne from Fournos. It comes with a fresh salad and a loaf of bread. Talk about a balanced meal without all the extra fuss! Fournos also makes quiches and full roast chickens to order. Click here to see their full ready-made menu.

To order a ready-made meal from Fournos, simply register on their website and buy online. Contact your nearest branch for delivery information.

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Lexi's Healthy Eatery 

Vegan friends, we haven't forgotten about you and neither has Lexi's Healthy Eatery. This top vegan restaurant is back in the kitchen bringing their famous gourmet plant-based food to their loyal customers in lockdown. Recently, they debuted a new delivery menu feature - Lexi's In Your Freezer! These plant-based whole meals are made ready to go and packed with all the good stuff you need to get through winter. All you have to do is place your order on the Urban Foods website or via the Uber Eats app, sit back and get ready to enjoy a fantastic, wholesome meal. You can also call your nearest Lexi's branch directly and have them deliver your order to your car outside their restaurant. Either way, it's super convenient and super healthy.

Our top pick: Sweet Shepherd's Pie 

Shepherd's Pie is undoubtedly a winter dinner staple. But how does one turn it vegan and still keep its flavour integrity? Order a Sweet Shepherd's Pie from Lexi's! Made with a delicious lentil bolognese topped with Lexi's signature sweet potato and leek mash, this is the ultimate vegan comfort food. Plus, it's totally gluten-free, low carb and refined sugar-free, so you can kick guilt to the curb and enjoy your dinner with absolute satisfaction.

Click here to see Lexi's full lockdown delivery menu.

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Deli Via

Enjoy wholesome cooking delivered right to your door this winter, thanks to Café del Sol’s brand-new luxury delivery line, Deli Via. You can order everything from fresh homemade sauces and delicious artisanal pizza to hearty pasta dishes and signature whole cakes, all prepared with love and delivered with care. All you have to do is take a look at their selection of delicious options online, place your order, pay, get it delivered and enjoy. Take you pick from frozen meals you can stock in your freezer for those evenings when you just don't feel like cooking or indulge in some cooked pasta dishes and mains. Click here to find out more.

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From left to right: Asparagus and Brie Cheese Lasagne, Beef Lasagne and plain Tagliatelle. Images provided by Deli Via.

Looking for more ready-made convenience? Check out these retailers and caterers who supply ready-made meals to the public.

The Pick n Pay Good Food Studio is run on the simple ethos that good food doesn't need to be difficult to make. Like Remy the Rat, their motto chants, Anybody Can Cook! Whether you have zero experience using a mixer or are a seasoned Masterchef, the PnP Good Food Studio welcomes one and all. Their state-of-the-art studio boasts superior chef's knives, SMEG appliances and great staff. Plus, they supply you with the freshest local ingredients to whip up delicious meals. You can attend a number of classes here and various foodie events. From standard cooking classes to the latest trends in food, there is always something to be learnt here.

Of course, due to the COVID-19 crisis, classes at the Good Food Studio have been postponed. However, this does not mean that you cannot still enjoy their tasty blend of healthy and hearty offerings. Under level 3 lockdown regulations, the Good Food Studio has opened their kitchen to produce an array of ready-made meals just for you. Each week, they advertise their new menu via their Facebook page and through their weekly newsletter. These delicious family-style meals are the perfect comfort during these chilly months. All you have to do to order is email Annelise at [email protected] before Thursday at 12:00. You can then collect your order from the Good Food Studio on Friday between 10:00 - 15:00 or Saturday between 08:00 - 12:00.

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Photo sourced from the Good Food Studio on Facebook.

What The Good Food Studio Has On Offer This Week (16 June - 22 June):

Family Favourites

Feeding your family nutrient-rich and immune-boosting meals in winter is vital. But who honestly has the time to slave over the stove? Trust in the Good Food Studio to feed your family well this winter with their selection of old family favourites made with a twist. These meals can feed up to a family of four, without blowing the weekly budget. Take your pick from these scrumptious savoury dishes and sides:

Dessert Time

We all need a little sweet treat every now and then. Spoil your family with a classic pudding made with love and care by the chefs at the Good Food Studio. This week they're offering a self-saucing chocolate pudding for four. We can't think of any better way to end off a hearty winter meal, can you?

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Father's Day Hampers

It's Father's Day this Sunday, had you forgotten? If you've failed to make adequate plans to spoil your dad this Father's Day, check out what the Good Food Studio has on offer. Their Father's Day hamper comfortably feeds four hungry mouths and comes with a variety of sides, breads, salads and desserts. Mix and match your accompaniments to build the perfect Father's Day meal.

Sides (Choose 2) 

Breads (Choose 1)

Salads (Choose 2) 

Desserts (Choose 1)

Father's Day hamper orders must be placed before 12:00 on Thursday, 18 June 2020. Place your order by emailing [email protected]

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For More Information

Visit the PnP Good Food Studio website for more information. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with their weekly meal offerings.

Details: Pick n Pay on Nicol - Good Food Studio, Cnr William Nicol & Republic, Hurlingham, Johannesburg | 011 998 3310 | [email protected]