I only discovered the awesomeness of Parkhurst about 3 years ago.
I can’t believe that before that, I didn’t even know it existed!
For those of you who haven’t been there yet, you have to go.
It’s an arty suburb with tons of great restaurants. You can spend a Saturday morning there browsing through boutiques and snacking on delicious food.
The busiest and most popular street is 4th Avenue.
My favourite hangouts are on this street.

1. Nice on Fourth
This is a quaint little bookshop that is also a restaurant. They do breakfasts and lunch. Everything is fresh and yummy. It’s owner run, and, as with most great restaurants, the owner is always there. They don’t do bookings and there is always a queue so go early on weekends.
Recommendations: their wheat free chocolate cake is to die for. They also do an “egg basket” where the basket is made of toast and the eggs fill it.
Get more info here

Nice on Fourth
(I’m aiming to take my own pics at all these places but I’m still trying to get used to taking my camera wherever I go, so these pics are all pinched from the establishments’ websites)

2. Full Stop Cafe
They used to be on 4th Avenue, but have recently moved up the road to 7th Avenue. You can’t miss it.
I love the vibe here- people bring their dogs on a Sunday, and it’s very chilled and laid back.
I’m planning to have my bday lunch there- perfect spot to hang out on a sunny afternoon.
The food is continental/ cafe style- you’re not going to get gourmet food but there will be something on the menu to suit everyone’s taste.
You can find more info here

Picture Full Stop Cafe in Parktown North, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaPicture Full Stop Cafe in Parktown North, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Picture Full Stop Cafe in Parktown North, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
 3. George’s on Fourth
I love this restaurant. It’s romantic and the food is excellent. They’ve recently added an upstairs loft that creates a really cool ambience. Make sure to book as they get really busy.
Picture George's on 4th in Parkhurst, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 
4. Vovo Telo
They call themselves an “artisan bakery”. They were started in PE (my hometown!) and were bought out by famous brands. They’re now doing fantastically well. Famous brands seem to be able to turn everything to gold (think Tasha’s). The bread is fresh and you can buy to take home. I’ve only ever had breakfast there, but the french toast with berry coulis and marscapone is to die for! mmm…. this morning’s muesli and yoghurt breakfast seems sad in comparison.
Check out their website at

5. Moema’s
They’ve been on Top Billing and have been featured in many magazines. They are a small “gourmet” bakery (think R20 doughnuts, R38 tartlets) and are open during the day.
Lovely spot to chill with the girls, although your “view” is a parkade.. but hey, we live in JHB so we can’t expect much more.
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Those are just a couple of places I’ve been to… go there on a Saturday morning or a Friday night and experience it for yourself… there are so many smaller places to explore and try out apart from what I’ve mentioned above.
x H