We have created our own 'Parks Route' for those of you who want to take a relaxed drive around the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg (not Sandton - see here). This Route, will give you an overview of what local residents may do on a Sunday, and exposes you to:
- African crafts at the African Craft Market
- Military history at the Ditsong Military Museum
- Wildlife at the Johannesburg Zoo
- A magnificant Hotel with a superb view, The Westcliff
- Two beatuiful lakes, Zoo Lake and Emmerentia Dam, and
- The 'vibey' areas of northern Johannesburg, Rosebank, Parkhurst and Greenside (see map below)
This is a great morning or afternoon drive - or even make a day of it! You'll come away from this Route with a better idea of how the northern Joburgers spend their weekends!
You have to stop in here for a meal - for the great food and the view
If you are looking for a hive of activity all bundled into one location, then Parkhurst is the place to be. Once a quiet suburban area, Parkhurst has blossomed into a continental lair for those who want to see and be seen. The synergy between the residential roads and Fourth Avenue is evident as residents out on a stroll settle at one of the many popular sidewalk cafes.
Regardless of the expansion in commercial activity, Parkhurst may still be viewed as a quaint little village, accompanied by a grocery store, library as well as various boutiques and funky old-school antique stores, to name but a few. The two main roads that define this area are Fourth Avenue as well as Sixth Street. Fourth Avenue is alive with the buzzing sounds of sidewalk cafes, whilst Sixth Street is characterised by a variety of décor and design stores.
Parkhurst is virtually situated in the centre of the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, and is conveniently surrounded by various other popular areas such as Rosebank, Greenside, and Emmarentia. Although the property prices have increased over the years, it is a worthwhile move to make if one is considering a change in everyday suburban life.
For pub crawlers, the Jolly Roger is a fun and enjoyable hang out, not to mention the fact that their signature pizzas are absolutely scrumptious. Whatever occasion, there will be a place on Fourth Avenue. If one is in the mood for a romantic dinner, head to George's on Fourth, for a fusion menu, visit The Attic, which also has a separate hip and happening cocktail lounge. For a taste of European Cuisine, there is Espresso, while Ruby Sushi is the place to go if that fishy craving attacks.
In winter, the cafes and bistros are warm and cosy, whilst in summer; there are ample locations available if one desires a cool breeze at a sidewalk café. Whether it's a quiet breakfast, a business lunch, or a night out on the town, Parkhurst will have it.
If you haven't yet been, go ahead, give it a try. It will be worth it.
Map of the 'Parks' Route - A self-drive route for you to enjoy
View Rosebank and the 'Parks' Suburbs in a larger map