Explore Illovo

Illovo is where all the cool kids hang out. From brand managers to graphic designers, they all hang out at the top of Corlett Drive and nurse hangovers at Wolves with the guys from Desmond And The Tutus. Here’s our guide to one of the coolest suburbs in Jozi. 


Explore Illovo

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Not only is it home to young professionals, artists, and musicians but Illovo is also a pretty cool place to hang out. Often referred to as Melville’s younger brother who decided to get a job at an ad agency, Illovo knows how to graft and bust a move on weekends.


One of our favourite pizza places is in Illovo. Do yourself a favour and check out 86 Public for an authentic slice of Italy’s best export. Another favourite among locals is Wolves Cafe. Previously owned by vocalist of Desmond and the Tutus, Shane Durrant, Wolves attracts all the cool kids to the yard. The restaurant offers interesting eats such as fried chicken waffle sandwiches, grilled cheese and tomato soup and a variety of other diner style eats. For burger lovers there is the GBC (Great Burger Company) where you can build your own burger and enjoy your creation with a lekker craft beer. For those into delicious Mexican, try Perron for a fish taco that will make your heart sing.


For entertainment there is Wolves Cafe which hosts comedy nights and live music throughout the week (check their Facebook page for updated events). Other than that, Illovo has quite a bar scane to check out. Everything from The Griffin Gatropub to HogsHead, there are plenty places to grab a drink and enjoy a night out with friends.


One of the most well known shopping stops in Illovo would be the Thrupps Illovo Centre. It is filled with the usual suspects, Clicks, PostNet etc. but also boasts an array of beauty salons, the legendary Thrupps grocery store and decor shops. The Post Office Centre next door to Thrupps is home to the original Patisserie and a fabulous Indian restaurant.

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Birdhaven Park /Ethel Grey Park


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