Jozi on a Saturday

Does your heart start beating fast when you think of how expensive Johannesburg can be? Mine does, but this weekend I worked out how to ‘do Jozi cheaply.’ Here is my Saturday diary.

I started at the Wits Art Museum – entry is free, the museum is seriously magnificent, they have an astonishing collection of art, photography and sculpture and you can easily spend an hour, or more, in this architectural delight.

I then walked into Braamfontein to the Neighbourgoods Market. I love this market, filled with arts, craft, fabulous food and champagne. I didn’t drink the champagne (budget) but the Spanish paella is well recommended, I think it was R 60 and you get a huge plate of spicy deliciousness. It’s easy to wander around, sit and people-watch and explore the funky shops, boutiques and galleries in the funky suburb.

I had a quick cup of coffee at Post (R20) and then headed to the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

The Nelson Mandela Bridge leads from Braamfontein into the Inner City and it is really special to walk across. The views of Park Station allow for great photographic opportunities and you get to see the inner city from a great vantage point.

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Once on the other side, turn right and head to Newtown. It’s well signposted. So far in total, you have walked for just ten minutes. The new Workshop Newtown is fantastic. These were old potato sheds, just behind the railway line and huge fruit market, that have now been converted into a large, fun, funky retail area.

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Funky summer sandals from Galago

I shopped (again, budget) but can I just say that if you do have some money, this is the place to shop. Amazing arty and creative, there is clothing, art, knick-knacks, fabric, everything, all with a great African flavour.

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I picked up an ice cold freshly squeezed fruit juice (R 25), wandered to the Market Theatre to have a look at the historical building and across to Museum Africa. I chose to not go in (tired) but it is there if you want it, as is the SAB Museum.

I then tossed up the idea of Uber against a local taxi, and the local taxi won. I was kindly helped by locals who told me which finger to hold up and where to stand. I was going to The Parks, to end off my day with a walk in nature, around the Zoo Lake. R 7 in the local taxi, and I was back in my own hood.

The day was fantastic. I was exhausted, inspired, a little bit hungry (but I do have a big appetite) and I had seen a ton and only spent around R 120. I also knew when I got back to my Johannesburg Guesthouse they would arrange a fantastic dinner for me.

Next blog – Jozi on a Sunday. Watch this space…