Reasons to love little old Linden
Linden is not only beautiful but also one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg. Named after the Linden farm, of over a hundred years ago, the original farmhouse still exists somewhere in the heart of the suburb, restored to its former glory, with a typical old-fashioned verandah, repeated in a number of homes in Linden - one of its major features.
From the restored old homes to the smiling faces of business owners, there’s not a lot not to love about the suburb. Lying to the north-west of the city centre between Emmarentia and Darrenwood, Linden, prior to its land survey, was used to grow fruit. An in 1937, it became part of the City of Johannesburg.
Now rebirthed for a new generation, here are three things to try in one day while enjoying the vibey suburb:
Cheese Gourmet is worth a try, especially if you want to learn anything and everything about cheese – there’s not a thing that the staff here won’t be able to teach you.
Pop in for a meal (they don’t only serve cheese) and stock up on some tasty goodies for the week. They even design gourmet cheese wedding cakes.
Address: 71 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg
Call: 011 888 5384
A cup of coffee a day…
If there’s one spot that sums up the new Linden then it’s The Whippet. Inspired by the people of Linden and Johannesburg, The Whippet offers amazing coffee, an electric atmosphere, with people from all over flocking to their tables. The Whippet can’t even take bookings, that’s how popular this spot is. And make sure you ask for the 30-layer chocolate crepe cake.
Address: 34 Seventh Street, Linden.
Call: 061 512 1373
Big Blue is great right? But man it’s expensive... Luckily for the bargain shoppers, they have a factory shop in Linden. You’ll find some cool tees and various other Jozi goodies.
Address: 57 Third Avenue, Linden
Call: 011 888 1754