The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Norwood

Norwood CBD


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Norwood is a suburb of Johannesburg and it is known for its old homes, diverse cultures and good restaurants. Norwood borders on Houghton and Orange Grove.

Residents in Norwood represent many different cultures including Muslim, West African and Jewish. The 1950's saw numerous Italian families moving into Norwood which subsequently became referred to as "Little Italy."

A number of homes built in the 1920's and 1930's still survive and have beautiful gardens adding to the beauty of Norwood. There are many well-known and highly rated restaurants in the area. Many of them are located in Grant Avenue which has a vibrant atmosphere. There are also a number of coffee bars and boutiques.

Norwood takes pride in its 'safe' environment which allows people to enjoy a quiet and more laidback style of life. The community policing programme assists in maintaining the security of the area.

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Street cafe

Above - Street cafe in Norwood

Photo © Johan van Zyl

St Luke's Anglican Church

Above - St Luke's Anglican Church

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Norwood CBD area

Above - CBD area

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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