Johannesburg also known as Jozi or Joburg is one of the largest cities in the world. With a deep and rich history, vibrant art and culture scene, and global influence it's a bustling hub on the continent. We love Joburg culture for its style, willingness to push boundaries, and progressive nature. It feels like Afro-futures the minute you touch down in this city with its alternative scenes, urban landscape, and the energy that fills the cities revitalized spaces like Braamfontein and Maboneng.
The Best Events and Experiences in Jozi this December
Our tried, tested, and curated list of the best places to event and experience all over Johannesburg
Who wouldn’t want to spend their Saturday drinking bottles of bubbly, taking in Braam from a rooftop, and noshing on locally sourced nibbles? Neighbourgoods has become an attraction in and of itself, popular with the tourist crowd, but this shouldn’t stop you from checking out this Saturday staple. Just don’t make other plans - you could easily be here all day.
Once home to the most diverse set of Johannesburg residents, pre-apartheid, the Yeoville neighborhood has a storied history. Currently home to a large population of West African immigrants, it is known as a center of crime but Sanza Sandile has carved out a safe space to gain appreciation for the place he calls home through the tastebuds of adventurous visitors. A native South African who has watched the neighborhoods progression, Sanza’s spin on the cuisine found in the home of the local denizens will have you craving for more.
No visitor to Johannesburg or South Africa for that matter should ever leave without experiencing the Apartheid Museum. One of the most artfully done museum’s tackling a hard and troubling moment in South Africa’s history known worldwide the museum makes it all tangible - sometimes hauntingly so.
Across South Africa, First Thursdays is when the art and creative worlds open up to the community inviting everyone to take part. From exhibition openings to tastings to tours, Johannesburgs top galleries and art spaces come together each month of the year.
The Best Restaurants in Johannesburg
Johannesburg’s dining and cocktail scene has everything a food lover or at home mixologist would want. From casual places to find a “braai” to 5 star experiences, Joburg is a great place for foodies.
There are braai spots and then there is Bafokeng Corner. Far away from Soweto’s Vilakazi tourist strip - Bafokeng is the braai spot for true Sowetans.
As a dining experience Marble stands tall in Johannesburg. From the well-designed interiors to a view that’s perfect for a Johannesburg sunset it is one of our favorite places to have a meal with friends.
24 Hours. This is the one place you can count on after a long night in Joburg. This pizza joint is an institution and the Sandton location is the perfect spot to people watch at about 6AM on a Saturday morning when long legged ladies and the cities “big men” are spilling out of nearby Taboo.
Ché Argentine Grill
One of the latest and more legit dining concepts in the Maboneng Precinct, Ché is like being instantly transported to a rustic Argentinian villa without leaving the heart of one of Johannesburg’s most popular districts.
Pablo Eggs Go Bar
If you’ve never tried the North African breakfast dish “Shakshuka” you are in luck. Pablo’s version of poached eggs dish is rich in flavor with a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, and cumin.
Another favorite of Johannesburg’s jetset crew, Gemelli is a black owned Italian spot with dish after dish of amazing cuisine.
The Best Places to Party in Johannesburg
Johannesburg has a diversity of nightlife options that rival cities like New York or Paris. From laid back Jazz Bars to thumping mega clubs to underground monthlies - there is a vibe for everyone.
The original Johannesburg jazz club has seen the likes of Bra Hugh Masekela and Feya Faku among other greats. With a bistro vibe and amazing food, it is definitely the place for a premium jazz experience in the city for those that like things on the quieter side. Shows happen nightly except for Mondays.
For a glimpse at how Johannesburg’s young hipster set parties, head out to Shakers in Maboneng. A favorite of locals and visitors alike - this spot is definitely for the 20-somethings or the young at heart. While you won’t see much outright dancing here - the environment is definitely a lively one to meet people in the city.
The Sands Sandton
With an outdoor pool deck and a champagne lounge, the Sands could easily be in Miami, except it has better music and an African vibe.
See and be seen at the Johannesburg nightclub attracting a pan-African crowd in the heart of Rosebank. One could dance all night with the mix of Hip Hop, Afrobeats, and South African music in the air
Sleek, sophisticated and sexy, this is where Joburg's young, influential elite meets. The most well-known club in the city rivals anything in New York, Miami, and dare we say Lagos itself
The Best Places to Stay in Jozi
Johannesburg is already a hub for meetings and events but it’s quickly growing as a leisure destination. To compliment the growing demand for in-city lodging new and international concepts are making their way to the most popular areas of the city. Here are our top picks for work and play.
Radisson Blu Sandton
If a more mainstream hotel is your preferred choice during your stay, look no further than the Radisson Blu Sandton.
Africa Pride Melrose Arch
A close rival of the Radisson Blu albeit lesser known the Ubumwe Grande gives you standard modern touches and a jaw-dropping rooftop pool.
If a private butler is something you fancy during your stay alongside luxury service and amazing views - The Saxon is your place to be.
If you want to feel like you found paradise in the middle of a residential neighborhood head to our favorite boutique hotel - Pablo House.
Just on the outskirts of Maboneng, Hallmark House is the only David Adjaye creation in Johannesburg. With hanging gardens and an imposing facade it is truly a sight to behold.
One of Johannesburg’s most popular AirBnB listings is on it’s way to building the most unconventional hotel concepts on the continent.
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