It’s hip to feel cool at 1 Fox Precinct

I have heard before of the fashionable restaurants, brewery and food market that nestle together at 1 Fox Precinct , but did not realise that this is such a seriously up-and-coming cool cultural space in Jozi central, until I recently graced the place with my presence.

On entering the area, one sees the Urbanologi restaurant on your left. Inside, their interior design is not only eye-catching, but very inviting.

1 Fox Precinct

The food at Urbanologi is in its own class. As so neatly stated on their website: “The essence of our food comes from using the highest quality of fresh Asian and local ingredients while harnessing the character of street food with an Avant Garde thought process.”

Part of the “very inviting”part, however, is the fact that the restaurant is situated inside the Mad Giant brewery.  The waiters heartily told me about their famous brewery tours and tasting room which is skipped only at one’s own peril.

Mad Giant Brewery

Book online for up to 15 people per session and see how the perfect brew is pursued.

The Fox Market Shed next to Urbanologi is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The Sheds hosts a Night Fox the last Friday of every month with some exciting events.

Fox Market Shed Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight with Gauteng Opera starts at 7 on 9 December at The Sheds. I have already booked my tickets.

Of course, no space can call itself up-and-coming if there are not artists involved. The Living Artist Emporium (LAE) hosts emerging artists and provides a space for them to create their art. LAE  supplies the necessary infrastructure, guidance and tools to enable emerging artists to create cutting edge contemporary art and build their careers.

It is interesting to know that 1 Fox Precinct was part of the first mining camps that sprung up at the time of the discovery of gold in the 1880s. The area became the centre of the administration, maintenance and storage of trams and buses during the rapid growth of Johannesburg’s transport sector in the first half of the 20th century. The M1 freeway constructed between the 1960s and 80s can be seen above the bustle of 1 Fox. Standing in the middle of the Precinct, I looked into the notorious ten storey, blue coloured cement building of the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

Johannesburg Central Police Station

This station was previously called John Vorster Square. During the apartheid era, the building was a site of interrogation, torture and abuse by the South African Security Police. During September 1997, John Vorster Square was renamed Johannesburg Central Police Station and with the bust of John Vorster was removed.

Our Johannesburg Guesthouses are all situated within 30 minutes drive from the funky 1 Fox Precinct with its blue police station sternly and paradoxically residing over it. The closest guest house is Melville Manor Guest House situated in the historical suburb of Melville. Melville Manor offers 3 different room types with free WiFi, a room safe & mini fridge.

Melville Accommodation Staff

Jane, Anna, Irene and Caroline are the hearty hosts of Melville Manor.