Parktown North – where trees hug the heavens and succulent aromas waft past

One enters Parktown North to a lively hub amidst the ‘Parks’ – a rich history reflected by what was the home of the subordinate residence of the Randlords (the entrepreneurs who controlled the diamond and gold industries of Joburg in the pioneer phase of the 1870s and up to World War I). Evolving from European influence, beautifully renovated colonial homes and well-manicured tranquil parks invites one to the area. And amongst these homes lie two guesthouses for the discerning traveller.

One of these guesthouses is the four-star Leighwood Lodge with its Graeco-Roman feel. The rooms are spacious, elegant and classy with luxurious finishing touches that overlook the landscaped garden. With excellent but non-intrusive service it’s a great escape from the typical stereotyped hotel atmosphere.

A guest from Cape Town recently described it, “What a gem! I spent 2 days on business in Joburg and what an absolute pleasure to stay at Leighwood Lodge. The hosts are welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The small details just made this place even more special – homemade rusks in the beautifully appointed rooms and the most delicious breakfast. Perfection”.

Leighwood Lodge’s luxury features including a plasma TV with 18 channels, under-floor heating and heated towel rails which all add to the experience. And not forgetting the business functionality of Wi-Fi, fax, scanning and photocopying facilities which easily keep guests in touch with the outside world.

Another guesthouse situated in this peaceful environment is Acorns on 8th, offering a comfortable stylish yet non-pretentious cottage and apartment, both with their own private entrance. A Tripadvisor review says it all: “I spent 2 months at Acorns on 8th and my stay couldn’t be better. The place is super confortable, it felt just great to arrive home after work and enjoy the place. I had a little terrace for my own that opened to the pool, which is the charm of the house. The hosts are absolutely lovely, super helpful and are happy to show you around, offer a lift to the mall or even take you to one the game reserves. And finally, the location is great: you have shops 5 min walking and cafes and pubs at a 10min walking distance. Plus, it’s a safe area”.

Acorn’s on 8th’s comfort and privacy is ideally suited for long term stays for both business guests and those who may be relocating to Johannesburg.

Further along, a crossroad in Parktown North is famous for its award winning steakhouses with street-side tables.  A sophisticated liveliness welcomes both residents and visitors both day and night. Top restaurants such as The Local Grill ticks every box and is famous for high quality cuisine cooked to perfection.

Other supreme steakhouses which woo its patrons include La Boqueria , The Foundry, and Turn & Tender.

La Boqueria – Hello Joburg lists this as one of the Top 5 must try new eateries in Joburg.

For festivity, The Foundry will entice with its rustic influence of flavours, eclectic young vibe, and choice of tap-house craft beer.