An area very popular with locals and visitors alike, the busy suburb of Parkhurst, just north of Rosebank, is one of Johannesburg’s top dining and shopping destinations. If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
Although it’s one of Johannesburg’s older suburbs, registered in 1904 as Johannesburg’s 67th suburb, the randlords who made their fortunes from gold built their mansions elsewhere because Parkhurst was only a small area with tiny plots.
Today the 2 200 plots in the narrow streets are densely packed with little houses and quaint cottages, often remodelled and lovingly restored by their present owners with bright coats of paint, quirky front doors and charming trim gardens. In the evenings you’ll find some of Parkhurst’s residents walking their dogs, catching up on news of the day or just relaxing in the suburb’s pretty little Verity Park.
Although Parkhurst isn’t a glitzy area like Sandton, it’s an upmarket suburb that has managed to retain a vibrant village atmosphere.
If you enjoy a European-style café culture, then head to its busy heart, 4th Avenue. Weave your way past people sipping coffee, drinking green tea or enjoying an alfresco meal, and browse in the antique, craft and book shops, funky clothing and gift boutiques, and some of Joburg’s best interior design and decor stores, or take a break in one of the numerous hair and beauty salons (there’s even one for pampered pooches).
You’ll also discover some of the city’s best restaurants offering everything from sushi, seafood, pizza, tapas, burgers and fine dining, to milkshakes, craft beer and fine wine.
Chic shops, sidewalk cafés, a fascinating variety of restaurants, fast-food outlets, pubs, bars, and Joburg’s great sunny climate – Parkhurst has them all. Come and see for yourself.