Bertrams, centrally situated, lies to the east of the city surrounded by Doornfontein, Lorentzville and Troyeville. It’s right next door to the Ellis Park precinct, on a Rea Vaya route and was proclaimed a suburb on the 16th August 1889 when Robertson Fuller Bertram, an estate developer, acquired a portion of the farm Doornfontein.
Bertrams is not the place that you should go wandering the streets of on your own, however there are a few places that are quite safe to go to and are my favourite places to visit in the area.
A must visit is the Bertrams Inner City Farm for great organic vegetables in the heart of Jozi. It’s advisable to make time to visit here as you walk around with either Amon, Refilwe or one of the other ‘farmers’ as they harvest your order.
Refilwe and her crew can also be found at Victoria Yards on their first Sundays; do try their freshly squeezed juices, mine been the beetroot, apple and ginger. They have a facebook page – Bertrams Inner City Farm and are situated at 46 Bertrams Road (the entrance is opposite the Rea Vaya station).
Right next door to the Bertrams Inner City Farm is the Joburg Cricket Club which caters for the children in the area and has had some amazing success stories, such as a trip to Greece in 2015 with the youth, only to return with the Hellenic Cricket Federation trophy as winners. Visit http://www.joburgcricket.club for more information.
Another of my favourite places is Twilsharp Studios which has working artist studios with an exhibition space. It is run by husband and wife team Garfield and Rebecca, who stay in the most intriguing accomodation on top of one of the many workshop roofs.
It’s not generally open to the public but do keep an eye on the Twilsharp Studios Facebook page (@twilsharpstudios) for upcoming exhibitions. It’s one of those places that makes you feel right at home. It is situated at 40/42 Gordon Road, Bertrams.
Unfortunately most of the area has falling into disrepair but with developments like Victoria Yards and Nando’s Head Office in the neighbouring suburb of Lorentzville things will hopefully start to improve.