Insider secrets: Hyde Park
Wondering where the locals shop, eat and drink, and where to watch out for hot new properties? Look no further…
Hyde Park Shopping
Hyde Park Corner has undergone a number of facelifts in its 50-something years (not unlike many of its patrons, some might say), but has retained the feeling of the original compact mall. It continues to boast almost exclusively high-end brands and retail outlets. Here you can shop for the signature check on the inside of a Burberry trench coat, find the perfect pair of red-soled Louboutins (at 2A) or – if Botox seems a little too extreme – search for skin-boosting treatments at cosmetics boutique Metropolitain. Adding to the mix is controversial newcomer Luminance, which stocks an intimidating (and impeccable) list of 70 local and international luxury brands as well as shoes and clothing from its own private label.
Regular shoppers know to skip the parking queues by purchasing a prepaid parking card (available from the centre’s information desk) that can be topped up as necessary.
Where to Eat and Drink
Hyde Park Corner offers a small but surprisingly good selection of restaurants:
- Life and Tashas le Parc do good caféstyle eating.
- The local Willoughby & Co continues to serve great fish and sushi.
- The gem of the centre is probably legendary chef (and author) Emma Chen’s Mandarin restaurant, Red Chamber (on the upper level).
- The mall also boasts its own hotel (access is through the centre’s car park), and the infinity-style pool deck at the Southern Sun Hyde Park is a favourite spot for summer sundowners (and after-work meetings).
In November each year, Hyde Park Corner hosts Joburg’s fantastic FoodWineDesign fair: for three days, the mall’s open-air rooftop parking space is transformed into a series of marquees and open-air seating spaces where visitors can browse the best of specially curated South African craft and design, taste locally made wine, brandy and port, and snack on artisanal delicacies from cheese and cured meats to fresh oysters and premium teas, coffees and chocolates. This year, the fair takes place from 8 to 10 November.
A noteworthy new development in Hyde Park is Les Maisons on Fifth, a cluster complex of stately homes in the French colonial style. Situated close to the Hyde Park Corner, the complex comprises eight homes, each featuring high ceilings, warm accents, meticulous detailing and the very best of finishes.
It is a project by Century Property Developments, which has also been responsible for the internationally acclaimed Waterfall Valley and Waterfall Hills retirement estates, the Waterfall Equestrian Estate, the Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate and the Blue Hills Estate, and is as committed to sustainability and the principles of green living as it is to superior design and the provision of homes that provide increasing asset values.
Prices for the homes at Les Maisons on Fifth, which are being marketed by Sotheby’s International Realty range from R10,8 million to R15,9 million. They all feature grand entrances, graceful reception rooms and full en-suite bathrooms for every bedroom. ‘The beautifully styled gourmet kitchen equipped with Smeg appliances, custom-designed doors and windows, French ironmongery, gas fireplaces, underfl oor heating and solar hybrid heat-pump geysers are also all showcased in a show unit,’ says marketing agent Daniela Apteker. Each built on a stand of approximately 960m2 in extent, these homes also have ample staff accommodation, garaging for three vehicles and fully landscaped gardens with fountains and automated irrigation.
Text: Meg Wilson and Nechama Brodie
Photographs: David Ross, supplied
Hyde Park Shopping: www.hydeparkshopping.co.za
- 2A: www.apsleygroup.co.za
- Metropolitain: www.metropolitaincosmetics.co.za
- Luminance: www.luminanceonline.com
Hyde Park Corner: www.hydeparkshopping.co.za
- Tashas le Parc: www.tashas.co.za
- Willoughby & Co: www.willoughbyandco.co.za
- Red Chamber: www.redchamber.co.za
- Southern Sun Hyde Park: www.tsogosunhotels.com
Find out more about the FoodWineDesign Fair at www.foodwinedesign.co.za