Get into the Christmas spirit ….

Candlelight shopping Parkhurst : The outdoor shopping event Jozi looks forward to every year: Parkhurst 4th Avenue’s Candlelight Shopping. Enjoy 2 evenings of late night dining and Christmas shopping on Thursday November 24 and Thursday December 1  from 5pm to 10pm.

Parkview Charity Christmas Market The 2011 Christmas Market at the George Hay Park, Parkview (opposite St Columbus Church) has become an institution over the last 3 years. There are over 70 stands to visit – so lots of opportunity for Christmas shopping. With lots of entertainment for both young and old, the market provides a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to spend time together. And there are plenty of meeting places to relax with a tea garden, oyster and champagne bar and a pub.  Fri 25 Nov 3 – 10 pm; Sat 26 Nov 10 am – 10 pm and Sun 27 Nov 10-4.   Entrance fee for adults is R30 and Kids pay per activity

Bryanston Organic Village Market is open every Tuesday evening (5-9pm)  from now until the 20th December.  Apart from always offering fabulous food goodies, unusual gift ideas and great natural fibre clothing, the evening markets have a very special feel. Full moon in December is on the 10th so the Tuesdays either side will be moonlit markets.  Enjoy!

Carols by Candlight at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort on December 3rd with the Mzansi Youth Choir. You are asked to bring along items for donation, such as clothing, toys, soaps and canned food.

Carols by Candlelight Zoo Lake Thursday 24th November. If the Joburg weather doesn’t join in the Christmas spirit, the event will be moved to the next day, 25 November, at the same time.                                                                                                                                            For more see

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Works from Absa’s collection go on show

Opening on Thursday 17th November (along with Robyn Penn at Arts on Main) is Land, Now and Then, an exhibition based on selected artworks from the Absa collection which explores ways in which landscape(s) across South Africa have been historically used, portrayed, read and/or understood.     

Where: 161 Absa Towers North, Absa Art Gallery

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Had a great meal at The Leopard, Andrea Burgener’s new restaurant in Parkhurst

Andrea Burgener, who owned and ran Superbonbon in Auckland Park and then Deluxe at 44 Stanley, has opened The Leopard on 4th Ave Parkhurst, so adding to the choice of upmarket pavement restaurants in this eating-out destination.  Her quirky style and superb food make The Leopard a ‘must-visit’. I went there for lunch last week and as always, Andrea’s menu offers unusual fare and when the dishes arrive they are as delicious and subtle as the mouth-watering descriptions suggest.  We had a roasted beetroot, chickpea, and feta salad with a sweet mustard vinaigrette – visually sensual with the chick peas soaking up the pink of the beetroot, and a superb Caesar salad with a hint of chilli.   Breakfast fare includes dishes like Pistachio-rolled labneh with star-anise poached pears , pannekoek with klipdrift cherries and cream, and basil mushrooms on toast.  Decor is typically Andrea, with great swathes of  coloured cloth for napkins, hanging lights of different styles, and kids stickers in rectangular shapes on the walls.   It’s bright, fresh, airy and the food is to die for. Breakfast is served from 10 to 5 and lunch from 12 to 3. Closed on Sundays and as yet no licence (so bring your own) and no credit  cards (there’s an ATM next door).  Really worth a visit. For more on The Leopard see 

For those not familiar with Joburg and the Parks region, Parkhurst is the next suburb to the south of Craighall Park and Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse is a 5 minute drive from 4th Ave Parkhurst.

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