Neighbourhood restaurants in Parkhurst and Parktown North

UPDATED 12th Jan 2022 

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4th Ave Parkhurst  

For many years now 4th Ave Parkhurst has been a desirable restaurant destination with eateries of all types in every block between 14th st and 6th St.   It’s a mere 2km away so wonderful for guests staying at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse.

It’s a great street to meander down checking out specialty stores, clothing boutiques, gift shops and interior design and antique shops. 

Some recommendations:

Here are some restaurant recommendations some of which come from guests who have stayed at Liz at Lancaster.

Kolonaki (cnr 9th St and 4th Ave) has a really nice ambience and decor and great Greek meze, seafood, yiro and Souvlaki.   010 900 3319 

Bottega  is another favourite of mine.  It’s very small and offers pastas, salads, open sandwiches as well as more substantial meals  011 447-4448. It is open every night so good on Mondays when so many other places are closed.

But here’s the full list (well … more or less complete list) of restaurants on 4th Ave between 14th and 6th streets 

Between 14th and 13th streets

Nice  cr 4th Ave & 14th St  pavement café fare.  

Opposite in Parkhurst Square are: 

Hudson’s Burger Joint 011 268 0713

La Parada Salsa Tapas bar  010 035 6894

Liban Café  Lebanese restaurant 011 268 1191   

Between 13th and 12th Streets  

Embarc  34, 4th Ave Modern, elegant and focused on “food that intrigues and excites with a wine offering to match!” 081 848 6480 See their menu 

Fat Zebra One of my favourite spots with superb coffee and excellent bistro food has always been Fat Zebra in 7th St Linden, cnr 3rd Ave.  They also own 4th Ave Coffee Roasters in Parkhurst, so good news that Fat Zebra has now opened in Parkhurst.  They make a fabulous vegetable platter and a delicious chicken salad. 

Sashimi Ya – a Sushi addition to 4th Avewith good reviews  068 068 0086

Between 12th and 11th  Streets

Modena is cnr 12th st in the Cobbles shopping centre Good Italian food and as with many other 4th Ave restaurants, lots of outside tables 

Between 11th and 10th Streets

Espresso, Parkhurst. Source:
Espresso, Parkhurst. Source:

Espresso café and bistro has been going forever (which is unusual with Joburg’s high turnover of restaurants) and it’s consistently good.  Do not accept credit cards. Closed Mondays 011 447-8700 21 4th Ave 

The Station describes itself as a little bit of London in the heart of Parkhurst. Its themed on the London Underground with an extensive gin bar. Lots of salads, grills  087 808 4793 . For their menu

Cnr 6th Street

The Jolly Rodger As its name suggests – a typical English pub, known affectionately as ‘The Jolly’. In 4th Ave near corner with 6th street on the left travelling south.   Good place to watch sports along with Giles in Grafton Ave (more sophisticated) and Colony Arms in the Colony Centre. Linked  to Jolly Cool opposite which is open till late for things more substantial than beer and chips!  

 While all the restaurants open onto the street there are some which are more informal with more of a pavement café style menu and ambience.  

Nice is on the cr 4th Ave & 14th St  and offers good pavement café fare.

Parktown North 

Slightly further east along 6th st Parkhurst which becomes 7th Ave Parktown North, is a cluster of more very good restaurants.  

Il Contadino Parktown North

At the corner of 4th Ave (go figure the address cnr 4th Ave and 7th Ave which is where Il Contadino is.  Provincial Italian, and has outdoor eating with pavement tables.  


The Foundry Parktown North Source:
The Foundry Parktown North Source:

At the corner of  3rd Ave and 7th Ave Parktown North there’s the gastro pub The Foundry (which overflows on Friday evenings and week-ends) as well as some specialist steak eateries: The Local Grill (excellent steaks) and more everyday but very good steaks The Turn and Tender.

At 43 7th ave is the very  well-known  La Cucina di Ciro popularly known as Ciro’s. It is in a lovely old house so a great setting and the  food is excellent although pricey.









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