The ABC of Craighall Park

UDATED 17 Jan 2022 

26 reasons to love the area …. 

A great sense of neighbourhood with residents always looking out for each other. There are active street groups where useful community info is shared. 

Fournos at Dunkeld West Shopping Centre
Fournos at Dunkeld West Shopping Centre

B is for Fournos which means Bakery in Greek – one of the best in Jozi.   Its Greek fare vies with the French style breads and pastries at the Patisserie in neighbouring Blairgowrie. The latter’s baguettes and chocolate brownies win hands down.  Fournos has great bistro style food and an excellent precooked meal by weight section. The Patisserie makes to die for breakfasts. There is also a very good Butchery at the Valley shopping centre where you can get scrumptious skewered marinated chicken thighs. And if you’re a carnivore – delish biltong too.  

Colourful Splendour  is a wonderful nursery down by the Spruit – seedlings, perennials, indigenous plants galore.  It’s difficult to practice restraint when shopping there.

Self-seeding cosmos at Delta in autumn. It was introduced via contaminated horsefeed imported from Argentina during the SA War in the early 20th C
Self-seeding cosmos at Delta in autumn. Cosmos was introduced via contaminated horsefeed imported from Argentina during the SA War at the turn of the 20th Century Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

D is for Delta Centre which has a whole ABC of its own.  It’s 4 blocks from Liz at Lancaster on the edge of Delta Park  is a fabulous stretch of open parkland along the Braamfontein Spruit  with dams and great birdlife. It’s a favourite for cyclists, joggers, walkers and their dogs but just make sure you go when it is busy –  mornings and evenings and over weekends.  There have been incidents when it is very empty.

Exclusive books is one of SA’s independent bookstores with a branch at neighbouring Hyde Park Shopping Centre.  Take some time out to browse the shelves and you can even take a few books and skim through them while you enjoy a coffee at the in-house Seattle Coffee shop or a meal at Olives and Plates

F is for Flowers at Dunkeld West Fruiterers  – hearsay is that their turnover from flowers is more than their turnover from fruit and veg.  They make up beautiful bunches of your choice. No matter what flowers I choose,  I always have flower-envy when I’m there. Other people’s bunches always look way better than mine!

Gym – There are 2  gyms within walking distance of Liz at Lancaster:  Body Mechanix  at 119 Buckingham Ave and John Meyer Both are smaller personalized studios offering gym and Pilates classes and private training sessions. 

H is for Horses – yes right in the middle of a Jozi Suburban area. The River Rangers are based at Delta Centre and offer riding lessons, pony rides and outrides in Delta Park.  They also  have daily patrols along the Braamfontein Spruit, monitoring ecological, social and security conditions. 

In the early afternoon when the horses have been brought in from the paddocks, kids can get rides at the stables.

Internet connection – the new basic essential. The suburb has rolled out one of the first Fibre To The Home [FTTH]  infrastructres  in Joburg.  With fibre optic cables of up to 100meg speeds, it is state of the art technology in South Africa.

Jewelry store at the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre. Petite Jewellers is another family run business with great personal service. They stock Farah: a wonderful brand range of stylish, hard-wearing and incredibly inexpensive watches.

Kid-friendly venues. There are 2 in Craighall Park – Delta Park has an amazing kids playground near the Environmental Centre (entrance off  Craighall Road Victory Park). And at Delta Café (off Marlborough Drive), littlies can picnic on the grass, clamber up the ladders and down slides under supervision of child minders, all while adults enjoy a chilled meal on the deck or spilling out onto the lawned area.  AJ’s in the PArk have a jumping castle, small jungle gym, trampoline & childminders to keep an eye on children whilst they play. Kids are also able to make their own pizzas. Outdoor tables overlook a large playing field where kids often play soccer and catches.  

Delta Cafe: Great deck overlooking the park, a fabulous supervised playground and a lawn to spill out onto

Location! Location! Location!   Almost equidistant from the business and leisure hubs of Sandton and Jozi Central, and 3km from Rosebank, Craighall Park is one of the most centrally positioned suburbs within the inner zone of Joburg.

Market Place makes delicious precooked frozen meals – lasagnes, curries, quiches as well as fabulous home industry cakes and biscuits. Their lemon meringue ice-cream is worth every spoon of calorie intake. 9 Graton Ave next to Giles.

N is for the Neighbouring suburb of Parkhurst which has loads of pavement cafes, coffee spots and eateries along 4th Ave. It’s a great place to browse the wide variety of little antique outlets, gift stores and small specialty shops.

O is for the outdoors – every Saturday morning there is a Parkrun at Delta Park. You can be one of those who runs the 5km, or you can amble along with or without dogs and children in strollers. Either way it’s a great start to the week-end.

Pastas and great Italian food at  Dolci Café cnr Lancaster and Clarence where you can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy delicious bistro style food. Or Pronto in the Colony Centre. 

Wonderful Italian fare at Dolci – half a block from Liz at Lancaster

Q is for the Quirky little cluster of shops and activities down at REEA by the river, including stables, a vege garden and a second hand shop. 

Cnr Cafe 3 blocks from Liz at Lancaster
Cnr Cafe 3 blocks from Liz at Lancaster Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

And there are Restaurants galore in Craighall Park – from  the trendy neighbourhood bistro, the Cnr. Café,  to the  cheap and cheerful Chinese as well as the Italian Modo Mia at Shepherd’s Bush on Jan Smuts Ave. 

S is for sushi.  Want a quick and healthy lunch ‘on the hoof’ ?  Stop by the Fisherman’s Deli at the Dunkeld  Shopping Centre and pick up some sushi and sashimi made while you wait. And you can also choose some fresh fish of the day for supper.

Toast & Co is a chic upmarket beauty salon where you can get great pedicures, manicures and facials.  And if you haven’t  spent enough on your pampering, there are shoes, handbags, jewelry and lots of accessories and trinkets to tempt you.

Ultra chic Hyde Park is across Jan Smuts from Craighall Park – expensive boutiques , lots of ladies who lunch, a wide choice of eateries and a Metro cinema complex.

V is for Vice… a small quirky coffee shop is an off-shoot of adjacent popular neighbourhood restaurant: Cnr Café.  

Vice Cnr Rothesay and Buckingham Aves Craighall Park

Want a fun vibey Watering hole – try Giles on Grafton Ave where there’s a great pub space which spills out onto an outdoor deck area – a favourite for sports lovers to watch their teams and packed for TGIF drinks. 

X  Marks the spot of Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, one of several guesthouses in Craighall Park.

Worshippers sing and dance around a central leader/preacher while somebody drums
Worshippers who wear white, blue or green,  chant, and clap while dancing to drum beats around the central leader/preacher. Liz at Lancaster

Y is for a big Yes for living in Craighall Park.

Z  is for the Zionist independent church gatherings where members meet in their small groups to worship on Sunday afternoons down in Delta Park. Their singing, dancing and drumming can be heard in the distance at Liz at Lancaster.

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