The Gleneagles strip is brimful of popular restaurants and vibrant bars that start buzzing from 5pm daily and continue long into the small hours of the morning. There are shops aplenty lining the busy sidewalks that are frequented by street-dancers and buskers, adding to the consistent convivial atmosphere with which this area has become synonymous.
On the corner of Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles is Doppio Zero, a crowd-pleasing and popular restaurant that has something for everyone. Pizzas, pastas, burgers, grills, seafood, salads and freshly baked breads and pastries. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a large spread of baked goods on sale all day.
Further along, The Office attracts a trendy, professional crowd that gather after office hours to enjoy the daily cocktail specials and tapas. The decor is both classy and whimsical adding character to the space and the tables and chairs flow on to the sidewalk, acting as an invitation for passersby. They often have a DJ to keep the vibe going until late.
Mamma’s Shebeen, with its pop-culture décor, is a relaxed establishment that offers frozen margaritas in jars, live bands on Sundays and a food menu that features some South African township staples with a twist.
Spiceburg serves North and South Indian cuisine and is halaal. Open for five years now it is a Greenside institution. Real Sushi serves quick and affordable food made with care, ideal for a pre-party meal, while Topo Gigio invites patrons to while away the day enjoying thin-crust pizzas and pitchers of sangria on the sun drenched-upstairs deck. The meze and tapas platters at Café Sofia make it the ideal option for larger groups. Adega’s classic Portuguese fare is ever popular, while The Greenside Café’s vegan food draws in people from all over Johannesburg for its unique dining experience.
There’s more to Greenside than just eating and drinking. There is a mosaic-making studio and a shop that sells crystals, incense and tarot cards, as well as a couple of antique shops along the way. Kilims and other beautiful carpets are displayed in huge glass windows at Paco’s, making it easy to find.
The young, creative – if not rebellious – Gleneagles road is located in the leafy suburb of Greenside in northern Johannesburg.