There’s a new development in Rosebank and it’s called the Keyes Art Mile. It’s fabulous, offering a mix of food, fashion, flames and flash.
The flash and the flames go together, in the form of Marble. Marble is the place in Jozi ‘to be seen.’ It is an extraordinary restaurant, on the third floor of the newly renovated Trumpet Building. The views of Johannesburg are stunning, especially now with the Jacarandas in full bloom. The cocktails are divine and the food is a celebration of quintessential South African fare and flames. Cooking is done on huge wood fires and the menu is extensive. The decor of Marble is classic and it is the art that makes everything stand out. Sculptures by Peter Mthombeni, paintings by Krisjan Rossouw and ceramics by Mervyn Gers. Wear something fancy and take your credit card.
The Milk Bar
All along the mile, which is not really a mile yet, is a fabulous fusion of fashion, food, decor and art. There’s the Milk Bar which has become my favourite restaurant in Rosebank. It’s quirky with gorgeous African art and paintings, a very relaxed bohemian style, delicious cakes and great coffee, served from 6.30 am. The Bunny Chow is wonderful, their chicken pies are good and the vibe is super relaxed and funky. It isn’t open every night though so check before you go.
Then there’s BGR which has the best burgers in Johannesburg. It’s simple in design, you order your burger at the counter, find a table, eat and watch the passing and very fashionable crowd. The burgers are big and American style, with pickles and cheese and pretty much anything you want. They’re the real deal, fat, juicy and good quality. Well priced too.
On the fashion side you’ll find Missibaba which is an arty experience even if you don’t shop. Beautiful hand crafted handbags and leather jackets, each item is tailor made and super luxurious. The designers and designs are purely South African. Their gold dressing room is quite something; pop in even if just to take a selfie by the curtain.
There’s Shelflife which has a pair of sneakers for R 22 thousand! It’s a premium sneaker and streetlife store, specialising in limited edition sneakers and has a great range. Also some fun t-shirts and shades and there are sneakers for the ordinary man (or woman) too.
Decor, Keyes Art Mile
Decor is big and there are a number of high-end stores – Kartell, Flos, True Design and Okapi. Go and wander around; I found scented candles that make great Christmas presents. And if you need a new sofa, you’ll find something chic and contemporary. Styles are creative with an emphasis on South African designs and designers.
Galleries, Keyes Art Mile
I think the reason the Keyes Art Mile works is because of the galleries that have always been there. Circa and Everard Read. Both are established galleries in Rosebank, architectural delights (walk to the top of Circa for the view) and always host wonderful exhibitions. Smac Gallery and WhatIfTheWorld are two new galleries in the area and as I write a few more are set to open.
Our Johannesburg guesthouses are all within easy reach of Rosebank. Ilali House would be a fabulous place to stay, especially if you’re coming to explore art. It’s a super stylish guesthouse, recently renovated, and where ‘contemporary South African art sits comfortably alongside oversized Tretchikoff prints.’ The designers have used Mexican mirrors, old leather couches, retro ducks and discarded wooden boxes, creating a delicious smorgasbord of South African style.
The Keyes Art Mile is lovely and growing. Go for a walk, take in the art, the sculpture, the food and the shopping. And take your camera for the views.