Sometimes you have a weekend in Jozi that is so good, so good, that you think why would anyone choose to live anywhere else.
Here are a few of my Jozi highlights:-
The Baker Brothers, Melville
These guys are at 27 Boxes and there is literally no reason to buy bread from a supermarket ever again. The bakery is actually the kitchen and so you buy your bread straight out the oven! Sourdough, rye, ciabatta and cheese, totally preservative free and oh my gosh delicious. Sam is on the premises from 4.30 am, the aroma of freshly baked bread is overwhelmingly perfect. Melville Manor is within easy walking distance of The Baker Brothers and for all our Johannesburg Guesthouses who don’t make their own bread it is definitely worth the short drive. Plus, wandering through 27 Boxes or along 7th Street in Melville is a lot of fun.
Circa Gallery, Rosebank.
I love the architecture of Circa Gallery, it’s a little bit ‘New York Guggenheim,’ elliptical in design and features both indoor art and outdoor sculpture. The current exhibition, Brett Murray’s ‘Again and Again’ is astonishing. There are paintings, video installations and some of the most extraordinary sculpture. I love art that makes one think and this exhibit left me thinking about the turmoil that the world is in, about fascism and politics, but mostly, how very clever Brett Murray is. I did enjoy the fabulous pie and salad at The Milk Bar next door afterwards where I could engage with everyone around me and ask – But what does it all mean! By the way, The Ashford and ilali Guest House are both close enough to walk to the gallery which is in the Keyes Art Mile.
Emmarentia Dam / Zoo Lake
The weather over the weekend was glorious. We bought cheese, olives, dips and pate from Cheese Gourmet in Linden, packed a picnic blanket (borrowed from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse) and headed to Emmarentia Dam. We chose a beautiful spot under the trees and picnicked while the dogs, kids and cyclists all hung out around us. Emmarentia really is New York’s Central Park and a picnic or a stroll around here is just divine. Everyone should do it, local or tourist. If you’re in a guesthouse closer to the Zoo Lake (Roscommon Cottage, Zoo Lake B & B or At The Zoo) then you can also just stroll over to the Zoo Lake in Parkview / Forest Town for a picnic or – even better – have a delicious meal at Moyo. Sit on the deck overlooking the lake, enjoy the stunning view, have a fab meal, and then – shop at the curio store next door.
Rugby at Ellis Park
Yes, this is a definite highlight. I’m a new rugby fan and you’ll find me at every match from now on. Tickets for the game on Saturday were just R60 for pure brilliant entertainment. We started off at The Troyeville Hotel which is a real Jozi institution, ate platters of prawns, chicken livers, chicken, salad, calamari, mussels, SO MUCH, for a ridiculous amount of no money, and then – wandered over to Ellis Park Stadium. It helped that The Lions walloped The Waratahs, but what a game. You can Uber if you want although there is safe parking at the hotel, and it was fun!
Arts on Main, Maboneng
It never gets boring going to Maboneng and it’s always different. The market on Sunday is wonderful with tons of stalls, clothing, art, food and artisanal products. After a bit of retail therapy I love sitting under the olive trees, sipping wine and people watching, but also wandering and exploring the side streets. There’s always great music, interesting people, a good funky African vibe and hey, we should all do this every Sunday!
There’s tons to do in Jozi – markets, movies, fun runs, walks, museums and galleries. Stay tuned or follow our blog for more!