Situated between Zoo Lake, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam, the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Greenside, with its many purple jacaranda trees blooming brilliantly in spring, is known for its wide variety of excellent restaurants varying from traditional Indian and Italian to pavement coffee shops and a colourful, vibrant shebeen.
Greenside doesn't boast the stately homes of its neighbour, Parktown North. Nor the revamped trendy cottages of adjacent Parkhurst. But it does have some of the best restaurants to be found in any Johannesburg suburb.
HOW TO GET HERE
From downtown Johannesburg take Barry Hertzog (M7) North and turn right into Gleneagles Road (M20). The area is well-served by both buses and taxis, and there is adequate parking available.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Any time of year, although in spring Greenside blooms brilliantly thanks to its many trees.
AROUND THE AREA
Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Parkview Golf Club, Pirates Rugby Club.
Greenside is best explored on foot.
WHAT TO EAT
Take your pick from a wide variety of different cuisines. Try chicken feet or tripe at Mamma’s Shebeen for an authentic South African experience.
- The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, adjacent to Greenside, date back to 1886.
- Excellent restaurants.
- Emmarentia Dam; great for family outings.