You wake up in a comforting cocoon, stretch under a luxurious duck-down duvet and stroll over to your private balcony. Your mind clicks into gear and you think about how to spend the perfect Saturday in Jozi.
Make your first stop Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. This vibey food market takes place in a former office block and sprawls over two storeys. The casual atmosphere, of large wooden tables and benches stretching the length of the main hall, invites visitors to tuck into culinary delights including authentic Paella, Belgian waffles and burgers. Attracting a trendy crowd, the top floor is given over to fashion; homeware and vintage treasures. Catch some live music or chill out to a DJ while enjoying a frozen cocktail or some South African craft beer. Neighbourgoods is a popular meeting spot to soak up the energy of Jozi and is open on Saturdays from 09h00 to 15h00.
Head South to the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank. Johannesburg’s art and design capital is home to a number of art galleries including Everard Read which is South Africa’s oldest commercial gallery as well as CIRCA (a contemporary space); SMAC (local and international work in three different spaces) and TMRW (featuring art and technology). Fashionable eateries like Afrikoa Cafe and Milk Bar vie for attention as well as Joburg’s first live-fire restaurant, Marble. The reputation of the Keyes Art Mile as a creative destination is strengthened by enviable retail opportunities including timeless interiors from Anatomy Design, locally made sneakers and streetwear at Shelflife and luxurious, handmade handbags at Okapi.(Images sourced)
Now you’ll need a boost of caffeine. Luckily one of our favourite local coffee brands the Motherland Coffee Company is close by. Amble down the road and discover a business built on fair trade practice and the pursuit of social justice. Oh ... and some of our favourite coffee served by dedicated baristas. Latte or long-black anyone?
While in the area spend some time exploring the trendy neighbourhood of Parkhurst. Head for Fourth Avenue with its eclectic mix of couture, design, antiques and alfresco dining at loads of cafes and restaurants. Join the stylish crowd by ordering a double scoop of Italian gelato from FAB or artisanal small-batch ice cream from Paul’s Homemade and wander the avenue in search of that elusive vintage find.
Once back at the urban oasis of AtholPlace, settle down in our library and ask our barman to serve you a well-deserved gin and tonicmade with a South African craft gin or a signature cocktail!If you enjoyed this article on exploring Jozi you might enjoy some of our other blogs on things to do in our city: Inner City Walking Tour , Jozi Day Trips , Out and About in Jozi and Jacarandas