You can take a Capetonian out of the Mother City, but you can’t take their love of the city away from them. This could because there is simply no place quite like Cape Town. To make it easier for those who are visiting Joburg or have relocated to the City of Gold, but miss home, we asked Joburgers and Capetonians to share places or activities in and around Gauteng that are reminiscent of some of Cape Town’s most-loved sights and cultural touchpoints.
Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park when missing afternoons spent enjoying Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
“The Nirox Sculpture Park in the West Rand is great for a picnic. They sometimes host concerts when the park turns into Joburg’s own version of Kirstenbosch,” shares Kemong Mopedi. “There’s something about Parkhurst as well. The general ambience on 7th Avenue, with its strip of restaurants, really cool people and how everything is set up, definitely remind one of Cape Town and places such as Observatory and Long Street.”
Joburg has a few markets to match the Mother City’s vibrant bazaars
“Capetonians are quite big on markets, like the Old Biscuit Mill, and we’ve got a growing market scene in Joburg. We’ve got Maboneng, Arts on Main, The Neighbourhoods Market and other smaller neighbourhood markets popping up,” suggests Claudia Padayachy. “There’s an amazing guest house called the Reading House in Cape Town. It’s an old property which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with Victorian-themed rooms. It reminds me a bit of Shepstone Gardens, which is a wedding venue in Joburg, which was also designed by him.”
Norwood’s Grant Avenue when longing for Woodstock’s laid-back eateries
“Situated in the heart of Norwood, Grant Avenue offers a laid-back vibe that you could enjoy with just about anyone. There’s a wide range of restaurants to choose from, whether it’s for brekkie, lunch or dinner. There’s also a nursery and coffee shop, which is a great setting for a delightful date and is also ideal for a catch-up session with your girlfriends, while your baby enjoys the peaceful surrounds, ” says Buhle Mbete.
Outdoor activities in Gauteng that appeal to Capetonians’ love of nature
“The Walter Sisulu Gardens in Roodepoort are spectacular and have an itinerary of activities lined up throughout the year. It is similar to Kirstenbosch. Another place, which is a little different and more artistic, is the recently renovated Keyes Art Mile precinct, which reminds me of the Cape Town CBD and Long Street. One other place I’d say – like Cape Town’s wine farms, where you can have lunch away from the city – is The Forum L’antico Giardino, which is near Lanseria. It’s a beautiful place, where the kids can run around. Monaghan Farm is also around the area and great for outdoor lunches. You can also go strawberry-picking near Hartbeespoort – in Cape Town, that’s quite a cool thing to do,” says Ingrid Wood.