Lorentzville is also home to the headquarters of homegrown grilled chicken giant Nando's, whose global reach has taken peri-peri chicken to new heights. Their headquarters at Nando's Central Kitchen across the road from Victoria Yards (once Nando's sauce bottling factory) is a model of contemporary South African art and design (closed to the public sadly).
The Victoria Yards complex is home to a number of prominent local artists including Blessing Ngobeni, D.S. Selibe, Hannelie Coetzee and James Delaney. It is also the site of the Daville Baillie Gallery showcasing contemporary art as well as selling South African masters, and the Daville Baillie bookshop with a great selection of art books and other interesting titles.
Artisans workshops include Tandem Design, owned by Josh and Pia McNally, who design and make custom- hand-crafted furniture; Coote & Wench, a husband and wife team who create magical furniture pieces and lighting from industrial parts; and French jewellery maker Helene Thomas's bijou studio Yol, which is an enticing cavern of exquisite hand-crafted jewellery.
Another must-stop is Tshepo The Jean Maker's studio. Tshepo's first crafted pair of jeans, the Presidential Slim Fit', kickstarted his denim career in 2015. This was after he abandoned a future in filmmaking for fashion design. His star just continues to rise – and his brand is an iconic Jobrg label. Don't leave without a pair of Joburg-designed denims. Buy off the rack or order your own custom fit.
If you've visited the boutique shopping complex 44 Stanley in Milpark you'll recognise elements of its cool and contemporary industrial aesthetic, as the two sites share a founder. The gardens of Victoria Yards are lush with herbs and medicinal plants.
We are great fans of Primal Spirit a grain to glass gin label whose distillery is based at Victoria Yards. For a great toastie and coffee head to Foakes Coffee Roastery and for the best fish and chips in Joburg, The Fish and Chip Shop is unbeaten. For some weekend live music there's Bond Society, great for the cocktail hour.
Opening hours are not regulated and many of the spaces are let to working artists so the best time to visit is on the first Sunday of the month when Victoria Yards artists throw open their doors to visitors, for First Sundays.