4 top events for au­tumn

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Known as ‘An­tique Al­ley’ back in the 80s, Parkhurst’s Fourth Av­enue has turned into one of the city’s key entertainment and shop­ping des­ti­na­tions. Shop owner Harry Fokker gives us a lo­cal’s tour

Owner of Tshirt Ter­ror­ist

Harry launched his par­ody and pop cul­ture T-shirt la­bel on­line in 2004, but now has a shop on Fourth Av­enue. ‘There’s plenty of vibe and bus­tle here. See and be seen, but with a laid-back feel. Parkhurst is fondly re­ferred to as ‘ The Vil­lage’ by res­i­dents and reg­u­lars. It’s in the heart of the green belt and ge­o­graph­i­cally quite se­cluded, given the bound­ary formed by the Braam­fontein Spruit. You’ll of­ten find me out on the cy­cling trails be­tween Delta Park and Joburg Botan­i­cal Gar­dens. The parks in gen­eral have some amaz­ing trails, and the sub­urbs are all cy­clist-friendly. Joburg is a sprawl­ing, rangy ca­coph­ony with a true, cos­mopoli­tan heart and I love it.’ 13 Fourth Av­enue, tshirt­ter­ror­ist.co.za

UNIQUE FINDS

‘ Hunter Gatherer has vin­tage pieces fo­cused mainly on men’s in­ter­ests and decor. It’s a must-see. You’ll un­der­stand when you walk in.’ 11 Fourth Av­enue, 011-880-3036. ‘Mace­do­nia-born Pepi Dimevski started SA Hard­core Tat­toos, one of Joburg’s best, a decade ago. You’ll need to book well in ad­vance.’ 011-327-2812

PLACE TO PLAY

‘ Rock­ets. It rocks! The vibe is in­cred­i­ble, the staff are on the ball and the food, im­por­tantly, is fan­tas­tic. It has two bars and on week­ends Rock­ets quite lit­er­ally takes off. I love the fil­let au poivre, my wife en­joys the gravad­lax of sal­mon.’ Cor­ner of 10th Street, 011-880-6102

QUENCH YOUR THIRST

‘ Tap­house has a ster­ling spread of craft beers, on tap and bot­tled. My favourite right now is No. 3 Fransen Street Cream Ale, SAB’s craft of­fer­ing. Tap­house calls it­self a “pint-sized pub” but there’s a big, hearty at­mos­phere here.’ 7 Fourth Av­enue, 011-026-8968

GRAB A COF­FEE

‘I’m a straight-up es­presso kinda guy. No frills, no fuss. At 4th Av­enue Cof­fee Roast­ers they make it strong. It’s just such a cool and re­fresh­ing space in the clas­sic street-café style.’ Cob­bles Centre, cor­ner of 11th Street, 082-378-2109

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