It’s easy to get around the capital city, with attractions close enough to do a walking tour. You can also grab a local taxi or visit the Windhoek Tourism Information Centre for registered transport options. Even if you only have a day or two, here are some places you shouldn’t miss:
JOE’S BEER HOUSE: This legendary institution offers delicious German and Namibian food, ice-cold beer and good entertainment. The decor alone – consisting mainly of memorabilia collected by the original owner, Joe Gross – is worth a visit. Nelson Mandela Ave. Tel: +264 61 232457.
GATHEMANN RESTAURANT: Enjoy game, German specialties and terrace dining at this more formal establishment. 175 Independence Ave. Tel: +264 61 223853.
MAERUA LIFESTYLE CENTRE: Pop in here to visit Flaunt, a deli that serves delicious salads, gourmet sandwiches (Banting options are available if you prefer) and delicious sweet and savoury snacks. Next door is a good, old South African Superspar, but this one has an amazing selection of imported German foods and delicacies at great prices. Centaurus St.
ZOO PARK PLAYGROUND: Situated in the centre of town on Independence Ave, this lush park is a great place to enjoy a coffee or the sun while the kids run around.
INDEPENDENCE AVE is one of the main city streets and buzzes with people, retail stores and coffee shops. Windhoek’s first pharmacy, Luisen Apotheke (opened in 1910), is still operating. You’ll also find many of Windhoek’s historical and cultural buildings, such as Gathemann House, the Kronpinz Hotel and the Nama War Memorial.
POST ST MALL CRAFT CENTRE (CITY CENTRE): Take a stroll down this popular pedestrian walkway from the Clock Tower to Wernhill Mall and you’ll find a beautiful selection of local and international arts and crafts. Stop at the Gibeon Meteorites, which are mounted in steel columns and estimated to be 600 million years old.
For more information on Windhoek and Namibia as a travel destination, visit the Namibia Tourism website.