Joburg People – Liz Delmont of Liz at Lancaster

more than a year ago

Liz Delmont is the owner of the Liz at Lancaster guesthouse in Craighall Park. An art historian by training turned entrepreneur she opened her guesthouse in 1995 and left academia to run it full-time in 2005. These are some of her favourite places in Joburg.

“Jozi is my city. I have lived here all my life and despite its frenetic madness, I love the creative energy, connected-ness, and, of course, its climate."

PIECE is a great craft/décor/gift store specialising in exquisite handmade items. Here traditional craft meets contemporary design. 23 Voorhout St, New Doornfontein.

DELTA PARK Comprising 104 hectares of public parkland on either side of the Braamfontein Spruit, with lovely dams and bird hides, and a well-frequented children's playground area, Delta Park is a another favourite of mine. It is well used by a mix of dog-walkers, cyclists, joggers, bird-watchers and even horse riders and on Sunday afternoons when small groups of African independent church members meet near the spruit for their open-air ceremonies, their singing and dancing to the beat of drums can be heard across the park.

LALI If you want a special gift - small and easy to pack – visit Lali in Parkview for stylish individually-designed silver jewellery. Very reasonably priced they will also make to your specifications – so treat yourself to some earrings, a fabulous necklace or some cufflinks.

BRENTHURST GARDENS High on the Parktown ridge is an early 20th Century Randlords home: Brenthurst. The home of the Oppenheimer family since 1922, they open the 45-acre gardens for tours by special arrangement. It’s fascinating to see bio-dynamic gardening in action but for me the highlight is Leigh Voight’s paintings of Nguni cattle in the old library. Open weekdays between October and April by appointment only for a 2-hour tour for 10-12 people. Advance booking is essential and the entrance fee of R100 (to be paid in advance) goes to charity. But be warned – when booking you will need to provide full names, ID/passport numbers and car registration numbers for all members of your party.

PAPUTZI'S A very different place for a light lunch, Paputzi’s is an unpretentious little eatery at the back of a 1940s converted house in the suburb of Linden. Its rural feel, with fruit trees providing dappled shade and chickens clucking away in the background, is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of enclosed shopping malls. Don’t expect lightning service – just slow down and enjoy the generous portions of wholesome fare.


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