According to the UK-based GQ magazine, Johannesburg is the “new cool capital of the southern hemisphere”. The article by Nick Carvell praised Jozi for it’s “seriously buzzing urban landscape packed with superb bars, inventive restaurants, cool hotels and one of the world’s most exciting theatre, art and music scenes”.
Commendations seem to be coming in steadily, with other well-respected media agencies like the BBC, New York Times and AFKTravel featuring Jo’burg and it’s highlights. With Jo’burg winning the C40 Cities Award for tackling climate change during the COP21 summit – and Maboneng emerging as one of the world’s coolest New Tourist Attractions last year, according to Travelandleisure.com – it’s no surprise that Condé Nast Traveler has said that Jo’burg is filled with a “brilliant new energy”.
With our city receiving so much attention on an international scale, we thought it was only fitting to share some of our favourite parts of Jo’burg.
Eat (and drink)
Located on the iconic Vilakazi Street, this upbeat restaurant boasts a fine selection of dishes combining fine cuisine with hearty favourites. Drinks are also sorted with cocktail specials and wine tasting evenings.
Lenin’s Vodka Bar in Maboneng
The name says it all – fans of vodka will have the ultimate experience in this trendy location, which stocks varieties of the drink from all around the world. You won’t go hungry with the well-priced menu including flatbreads and sweet potatoes fries with a cheesy sauce.
King Arabic Sandwich, Mayfair
Bringing Palestinian tastes to South Africa, this café and bakery offers a homey dining experience. Expect a traditional menu from this hidden gem and possibly the best falafel in town.
The Orbit, Braamfontein
This jazz music venue promises top-notch live entertainment with the likes of Thandi Ntuli and Nduduzo Makhathini performing regularly. It’s one of the few places one can kick back for a chilled evening of jazzy tunes, poetry and a great meal.
Bryanston Organic Market, Bryanston
As Jo’burg’s original outdoor market, there’s an authentic atmosphere to the location, which has stalls ranging from crafts to curios. Definite highlights are the fresh produce, baked goods, homeware and fun stuff for the kids.
SoMa Art + Space, Maboneng
Recently opened in November, this space mixes the worlds of art, retail and events to create a lively and contempory vibe. Enjoy drinks at the cocktail bar, art exhibitions and live music in one of Jo’burg’s hottest locations.
Soweto Fashion Week, Soweto
This celebration of the African fashion industry is one of the highlights on the events calender. It has received international recognition and is an excellent opportunity to get a look at the season’s trends, locally.
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Joubert Park
This gallery boasts collections old and new, making it of interest to any art enthusiast. With its 15 exhibition galleries and garden dotted with sculptures, one can easily spend a few hours admiring the pieces.
A lifestyle centre with a twist, 27Boxes provides a unique shopping experience in a structure built completely out of shipping containers. But it’s not just the interesting setting that makes this centre stand out – the stores consisting of fantastic galleries, eateries and home decor make it well worth the visit.