Parktown North, Sandton
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Just north of Rosebank in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, Parktown North, which takes its name rather obviously from its position north of the suburb of Parktown, is one of the oldest residential areas in the city with a rather interesting history.
Parktown North originally served as the residential area for the poorer relatives of the Randlords (the guys who controlled both the diamond and gold mining industries in those days), who erected their oversized manor homes on Parktown Ridge during the gold rush that hit Gauteng during the 1890s.
Today these ‘poorer’ homes are much sought after colonial-style houses and Parktown North, which has its own very active residents’ association, has an enviable village atmosphere even though it lies close to Jan Smuts Avenue - one of the busiest arteries in Johannesburg that makes getting around the city that much easier.
There is plenty to do when staying in Parktown North, the heart of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Rosebank is the home of numerous business and shopping centres and is the site of both the popular Rooftop Craft Market (a must-visit for the cheese, if for nothing else) and the African Market. There are numerous restaurants to choose from in Parktown North, and the trendy villages of Parkhurst, Greenside, Melville and Norwood with their attractive high street culture, antique shops, enticing eateries and coffee shops are all just a few minutes away.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Parktown North
Home to the largest collection of money used in South Africa’s past in the world, Absa Money Museum lies in downtown Johannesburg on Fox Street. The ABSA Money Museum is the only banking and money museum in the country, and holds a fascinating history of how economic, political and social change ... more information
The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in ... more information
The Melrose Wild Bird Sanctuary is situated in James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose Road and comprises 10 hectares. It is, thus, convenient and accessible. The bird hide invites guests to sit on the banks of the dam, unhindered and unseen by the birds as they carry on their daily routine for the visitors... more information
50 Bath Ave, Rosebank. Sundays and public holidays from 9.30am - 5pm. The Rooftop Market is regarded by many as South Africa's best flea market, and is well patronised by locals and tourists. More than 500 stalls offer quality clothing, ceramics, art and craft objects, antiques and collectibles. more information