Northern suburb of Linden in Johannesburg, with Johannesburg city silhouette seen in the distance. This is the retail centre with flats in the centre of this upper class housing suburb. (PHOTO: iStock)
Perhaps one of Johannesburg's most charming neighbourhoods, it is also one of its oldest. Pretty and pleasant, it is leafy, dotted with restored homes and has some of the best eateries and drinks spots in the greater Jozi. Sitting on the foothills of Northcliff Hill, it sits on a bit of a slope.
The 'hood was named after Linden farm, which stood in this part of Johannesburg over a hundred years ago.
Now, it's THE neighbourhood to go out in. Here's where:
Food and Drinks
Brian Lara Rum Eatery has been on everyone's radar for a while now. That jerk chicken has some good word of mouth, that's for sure!
Expect bold and very flavourful combos - and some great drinks - in a vibrant setting.
Van Der Linde Restaurant is another fantastic find. It consists of four rather magnificent departments: Bakery & Deli, the Gin & Juice Bar, the Restaurant and the Wine Shop.
Thinks local traditional food with a modern, international twist. Get the green juice!
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Known for divine coffee shops like The Whippet, Linden is also home to one of the area's oldest coffee houses, The Argentinean. Grab a flat white hear, or go sponge on the Wi-Fi at Yield. It's a good spot to work and it served up a mean Americano.
Also visit Paputzis for some laid-back garden courtyard atmosphere!
Shop and see
Go check out No End Contemporary Art Space. Run by artists for artists, its main objective is to support young artists and curators by providing a platform to showcase their work.
If you love second-hand bookstores, Books Galore is for you. Also check out the fabrics at Arthur Bales and vintage furniture at Re-Trend.
Then get your meats at the famous, Rembrandt Slaghuis - their biltong makes us drool.
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Then go swimming at the Linden Swimming Pool. It's heated and covered, which means it's accessible all year round!
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